Club faces closure as numbers decline

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The long-running Whiting Bay Thursday Club faces close next month if they don’t get any new active members who can help with the running of the club.

The club, which is a social club aimed at retirees and older people, has been running since the 1960s but numbers have since dwindled over the years.

Members, of which there are approximately 20 at the moment, meet every second Thursday of the month for lunch during the winter from October to March.

Peter Randell, who has been the secretary for the last five years, and who has also been the acting treasurer, said: ‘The club was formed in the 1960s for residents of Whiting Bay and the immediate area who were retired or semi retired and the younger members (in their 50s and 60s ) throughout the winter organised a series of lunches around the island on a monthly basis, as well as events in the village hall.

‘Lifestyle changes means that the younger age group are now working longer and our membership, that has dwindled through age and health issues, consist of those who over the years have run the club in various roles but who are now unable to to give a commitment to the organisation of our club.

‘Last year in an attempt to keep going we changed to a lunch club only, despite advertising we have been unable to attract younger members to form the basic committee and the decision will be made in the next couple of weeks to close down.’

The group would love to welcome new members, whether they are from Whiting Bay or not, and are particularly keen on finding a treasurer, secretary and a chairperson to help run the club.

If you are interested in joining or would like to find out more about the club Carol Kane can be contacted at Arran CVS on 01770 600611 or by email at


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