Members call to save Glenrothes British Legion

Glenrothes British Legion
Glenrothes British Legion

An emergency public meeting has been called in a bid to save one of the town’s oldest social clubs which is on the brink of collapse.

The Royal British Legion Club, which has been in its present location in Cos Lane, Woodside since 1970, and has been operational in Glenrothes for over 50 years, is calling on the public to get involved and save the club.

A meeting has been organised for this evening, (Wednesday). at the facility.

The club has suffered a sharp fall in its membership and has been hit hard by the economic recession which has resulted in fewer people using the function suite for private parties.

While the club still allows a number of community groups to use the facility, it effectively ceased to function two weeks ago and currently has no licence to sell alcohol

Now a group of long-standing members are making a last ditch attempt to safe the club from closing its doors for good.

The main aim of the meeting is to see if it can generate enough interest to fill key roles on the committee, including secretary, treasurer and chairman.

If so, it can then put a motion to existing members and a plan to take the club forward will be drawn up.

One member, who asked not to be identified, told the Gazette it would be a tragedy if the club, which has been at the heart of the community for decades was allowed to go to the wall.

“I’ve been a member for over 30 years and had many great times here, but it’s make or break time and we need to attract more people to the club or it will close,” he said.

“We are in the very early stages of trying to save this club and it will become clear in the next two or three weeks if we have been successful,” he added.

Reacting to the club’s plight, Glenrothes councillor Altany Craik told the Gazette the Council would support the club in whatever way it could, but stressed the rejuvenation would need to be driven by club members for themselves.

“It would be a sad loss to the town and we will offer any help with drawing up a business plan, taking the club forward and offering advice that could help the club get back on track.

“I hope they succeed,” he added.