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News Archive > General > Voice report kick-starts bid to save Legion club

Voice report kick-starts bid to save Legion club

By Simon Fernley 27th February 2020

Voice report kick-starts bid to save Legion club
The recent St Austell Voice front page

ST AUSTELL’S cash-strapped Royal British Legion club has been saved from imminent closure thanks to the generosity of members and residents.

The club contacted the Voice earlier this month amid fears it could be forced to close the branch, which had been based in Duke Street since 1987, within a matter of days due to financial issues.

A new committee was set up in November and has been working towards paying off what it called “legacy bills” dating back up to four years on top of the day-to-day costs of running the venue.

Paul Carr-Griffin, who took over as secretary, issued a “we need you” message to members of the branch and warned that people needed to start using the club or donating if they didn’t want to see its doors closed.

Mr Carr-Griffin urged members to dig deep to raise the £3,000 needed to save the club in under two weeks. He said that of the 151 members only around 50 used the club regularly.

And his plea for help saw the community and members rally together to ensure it can remain open for now.

Mr Carr-Griffin told the Voice: “I am very pleased to report that, due to your editorial, we are now not in imminent danger of closure due to the generosity of members of the club and also members of the public.

"We still have lots of legacy debts to clear but for now we can look to the future. We have re-opened temporary memberships at £2 per week. We also have a Just Giving page which can be accessed via our Facebook page.

“We are having regular discos and karaokes that are being given either free of charge or from donations from the members.

“All in all we’re not there yet but being very positive towards the future and we are immensely grateful for all the support we're getting.”

A JustGiving page - Save St Austell Royal British Legion Club - has been set up to try and save the branch by raising £20,000.

The page explains: “The RBL club provides an essential social platform for ex veterans as well as many other people. Like many other clubs the RBL has seen a decline in membership and is struggling now too exist.

“We have a new committee that have taken over the reigns and are trying out upmost to save this club from having to close its doors. The club is in serious debt and needs as much help as possible. We believe that if we can get on an even keel that with our new energised committee that we can assist the club to support itself if we can clear its debt. Please help.”

To donate visit https://bit.ly/37QIdCh

By Simon Fernley 27th February 2020

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