Cupar Round Table could fold after 52 years

Helpers Cupar Explorer Jessica Hughes and Ian Robertson with Santa on the Round Tabale sleigh.
Helpers Cupar Explorer Jessica Hughes and Ian Robertson with Santa on the Round Tabale sleigh.
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Cupar Round Table, which has raised thousands of pounds for local causes over the past 52 years, looks set to fold.

A small band of Tablers took the “difficult decision” last week after it became clear membership had fallen below a sustainable level.

There were further resignations from long-standing members, so active membership dropped to three, at which point it was decided to fold.

Robert Close, vice-chairman

With the earlier demise of St Andrews and Scotscraig Round Tables, the loss of the Cupar club would mean that there are no Tables left in the northern half of Fife.

There may, however, be a ray of hope with vice-chairman Robert Close, keen to keep the club alive if new members come forward.

Robert, who was due to take over as chairman this year, explained that although membership had been over 15 in recent years, a spate of retirals and relocations last year saw the number drop to seven.

“At Thursday’s meeting, there were further resignations from long-standing members, so active membership dropped to three, at which point it was decided to fold.

“A final annual general meeting will be held in late April, after which Cupar Round Table will cease to exist.”

A statement posted on the club’s Facebook page also said: “There remains just over £3000 in the charity account, and we will continue to accept requests for donations until these funds have been disbursed.

“We will also hold discussions with local organisations over the coming months to establish whether there is any appetite for continuing the annual Santa Sleigh tradition.

“We would like to take this final opportunity to thank all members of Cupar Round Table, past and present, together with the good people of Cupar & District, for the support provided over the past 52 years and the great memories we will continue to share.”

Former chairman Ian Robertson replied, via Facebook, to comments the club had not tried hard enough to recruit new members.

He said: “I would like to point out that there has been a great deal done to try and recruit members and this is not a case of ‘giving up to easily’. It is a sign of the times and the increased pressures on people’s time.”

If it is not possible to revive the club, Robert would like to “take the lead” in continuing the popular Santa Sleigh collection in the district which raised £6657 last year. Recent annual charitable donations have been about £14,000.

The club’s Facebook page has received many messages expressing sadness at the demise of the organisation and recognising the fine work of members over the years.

Any potential new members can contact Robert at robertmclose@hotmail.com