End of the line for Shinfield Royal British LegionBy Laura McCardle
October 10, 2012
Financial problems have forced Shinfield Royal British Legion Club to close after more than 40 years, with the smoking ban and increased duty on alcohol being blamed for the move.
The club shut its doors for the last time on Sunday, September 2, and is being placed into liquidation by Wilkins Kennedy.
Four part-time members of staff have lost their jobs as a result of the closure.
Club secretary Duncan McLellan said: “There has been a gradual decline in income due to a number of factors.
“At one time we had more than 500 members, but this has fallen to 400.
“The smoking ban has hit clubs like this particularly hard, and the increased duty on beer and spirits mean our bar prices are no longer competitive.
“We held a meeting of the members on August 21 and, while there was some talk of a rescue package, the debts we are now carrying and our level of income mean that the club is simply no longer viable.”
David Tann, the proposed liquidator, said: “It is a very difficult market for this sort of organisation, which relies heavily on the hard work and generosity of a few individuals.
“Sadly the numbers just do not add up anymore.
“The furniture and fittings within the premises will be sold off and I would be very keen to hear from other clubs in the area which may be looking to upgrade their premises.”
The closure does not affect the Shinfield and District branch of The Royal British Legion, which will continue its commitment to a number of events, including the Remembrance Day parade, and the welfare of local ex-servicemen and their families.