Holbeach RAFA Club to close after 70 years

Members at a long service award last year.
Members at a long service award last year.

An organisation that has been running in Holbeach for almost 70 years is having to close because of a lack of committee members.

The Holbeach branch of the Royal Air Forces Association had to call it a day at its recent AGM as it cannot meet the constitutional rules that state RAFA clubs must have a full committee to run the branch.

Recent resignations have left no chairman, Wings Appeal secretary and organizer or welfare officer and an appeal for fresh members has not been successful.

A statement said: “This sadly left the branch no option but to close down after almost 70 years, wn which it has collected many thousands of pounds during Wings Week.”

When the Free Press originally reported on closure fears last month, Holbeach RAFA branch president Frank Sauntson said: “None of the younger generation of the RAF have joined the RAFA which is most concerning because this organisation provides for, and looks after, the relatives of those who have been killed in action.

“At the same time, the RAFA looks after the families when husbands and wives are abroad so it’s a very important thing.”

Holbeach RAFA was formed at least 70 years ago as a direct link to servicemen and women at the former RAF Holbeach when it was an air gunnery and bombing range known as Holbeach March Range.

The association meets once every two months and, in recent years, it has established strong links with cadets at Holbeach Air Training Corps (ATC) and fundraising events at the Anglia Motel, Fleet.

A closing down meeting will be held on April 12 at Holbeach United Services Club.