Oakham's Royal British Legion Club is to close on 29th June after last ditch refurbishment plans have collapsed.
the club has been struggling for the past four years, when it has been failing to make a profit, but members were hopeful when they handed the lease to the national firm 'New Legion Clubs' which promised to transform the building. However, they decided to abandon plans for the revamp of the High Street site for at least six months. Members are reported to be heartbroken, as tey believed that the club would be refurbished when the lease was taken over.
Representations by the cluob to the National Legion Clubs organisation have been in vain, and apparently they have taken over 8 Royal British Legion Clubs of which none are trading at predicted business plan levels.
Although the refurbishment might be reconsidered in the autumn, members aren't holding out much hope, and are resigned to the closure of their club. There will be an auction of memorabilia, fixtures and fittings on 27th June at 6.00pm, with just items special to the Oakham club being retained.
What do you think about the Royal British Legion Club closing in Oakham? They seem to be quite active in the rest of the Stamford area, although I don't know if they turn a profit or not. You can find out more about the Stamford branch by clicking here
(British Legion is an organization of ex-service men and women who help unemployed and disabled veterans of war, their widows and families.Every year, In the run up to Remembrance Sunday (the Sunday closest to Armistice Day of 11th November), millions of red poppy badges are sold to commemorate the dead of both World Wars and to raise funds for the Legion to continue their work.You can find out moe by clicking here)