RAFA Club Eastbourne closes its doors today.

It is due to a rise in utility costs, and reduced footfall since reopening after the major refurbishment.

But there is hope if £5k can be raised.

This is their statement: “Whilst having to abide by Landlords rules (RAFA) rules and guidelines the club is a separate entity and functions as a stand-alone members club for the benefit of the RAFA organisation. The club committee is working with them and other members of the ex-forces community looking at ways to try and ensure this is only a temporary measure, whether we re-open as a RAFA club, a Tri-Services club or any other name, we need the support of the ex-forces community from across the locality to help us retain the last Military related supporters club from permanent closure.

Various initiatives have been put forward, including setting up a just giving page. So, here is the first part of the ask. Would you be able to help by making a donation to the appeal?

Use the QR code on the poster for ease of access. Or following the link at the end.

We need to raise £5000 to ensure all associated costs are met and give breathing space for the other initiatives to kick in.

The second part of the ask is a plea to members to make more use of the club. This may be for a social pop in and drink, or you may be planning an event. Birthday, Anniversary or even a Wake. Room hire and bar prices are very reasonable, and it provides you with a private venue which also supports veterans from all three services.

The last part of the ask, is tell everyone. Not just friends but employers, work colleagues and any contacts who you think may want to help what we are doing in support of the ex-force’s community. New members are always welcome with membership costs only a fraction of most clubs and groups. Come along and see what is on offer, “Try before you buy” as they say. We have been holding various activities such as Bingo and Karaoke night and a regular monthly lunch club. However, there is so much more we would like to do but need your support.

The Club committee are holding talks with the landlord on 9th January 2023 to look at how they can help with maintaining a footprint and a physical welfare presence within the town.

As many are aware, the Blue Van veterans Drop In also runs its ex-forces welfare services from this site and is keen to continue to support the clubs welfare aims and keep the last military related supporters club open.”

If you are interested in helping and have anything to offer, please let me know at:

Clubsecretary@rafaeastbourne.org.uk

Thank you for taking the time to read.

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