Club expected to set out 'RBL disaffiliation' position next week

Bucks Free Press: Monty Seymour at the relaunch of the club in 2009 Monty Seymour at the relaunch of the club in 2009

THE committee of an ex-serviceman’s club is expected to set out its position on plans to disaffiliate from the Royal British Legion next week.

The BFP reported that Paul Potter, the chairman of the High Wycombe & District Royal British Legion Ex-Servicemen’s Club, had written to members to say the club would not renew its legion licence.

In the letter, Mr Potter said the licence had been a “drain on resources” and disaffiliation would enable it to relaunch as a social club ‘without the constraints of legion rules’.

The committee believe the move will "turn the club round to become a viable business once again".

A meeting for club members about the decision was held on March 28.

The BFP was told the committee would release a statement after that meeting but the club told the BFP today that a statement would not now be released until after a meeting of the committee next week.

A comment on the original story, which appears to have been posted by someone connected to the club, reads: “The land and building belong to the club as registered with Land Registry.

“This club will continue to be an ex-servicemen's club for the use of ex-servicemen and for future ex-servicemen, and members of the public and their families.

“We are hopeful that Royal British Legion and its branch to have a working partnership on these premises for the foreseeable future should they wish to do so [sic].”

War veteran Monty Seymour, who is president of both the club and the branch, said the decision left him “heartbroken”.

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