Companions prepare to fold

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A SOCIAL group which has been welcoming members for 58 years is disbanding.

Brighouse Good Companions Club has seen a decrease in numbers over the last few years and has only three committee members. It is expected to fold next month,

Secretary Barbara Rice said: “We are going to have our usual birthday party on March 16 which is our annual general meeting before winding things down towards the end of March.”

She said the club charged members £1 for the afternoon and if everybody attended they only raised £24 and the room rental at St Joseph’s Parish Hall in Martin Street, Brighouse, was £30.

“We don’t think that is unreasonable but we are not covering the cost of the room which isn’t the main reason to close because we do do fund-raising throughout the year to keep everything going. But really it is down to the fact that the club is running out of steam,” said Mrs Rice.

The other two remaining committee members are Winnie Holt and Kathleen Fletcher who is treasurer.

“Members don’t want us to close but I don’t think it is as necessary to have a club like this as it was when we first opened 58 years ago.”

Mrs Rice said she had spoken to Waring Green Forget-Me-Not Club and they were happy for any members who wished to continue meeting to attend.

“We have people from all over Brighouse who attend and as far as Bradford. They enjoy coming and it’s like a little extended family in a way but these things have to come to an end,” said Mrs Rice.

She said in the 20 years she has been attending many of the clubs in the area have closed including one in Hipperholme, Bailiff Bridge and Hove Edge 65 Club.