Liquidator appointed to Letham Grange

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A LIQUIDATOR has been appointed to deal with the affairs of the Letham Grange Golf Hotel and Country Club which closed recently.

During the last week in January a notice was pinned to the front doors by directors Neil Rimmer and Paul Rodgers who announced that the business had ceased trading with immediate effect, forcing the closure of the hotel and the associated golf courses.

An announcement made this week states: “On February 11, 2011, creditors approved the appointment of Melissa Jackson of The MacDonald Partnership plc (TMP) as liquidator over the management company responsible for running the Letham Grange Golf Hotel and Country Club.”

Melissa Jackson commented: “While we are making every effort to contact those who have pre-booked events and even paid deposits to Letham Grange Golf Hotel we are keen to hear from anyone who believes they may be a creditor or unable to hold any events planned to be held at the hotel.

“I am very sympathetic to the disruption this may bring to those clients of the hotel who had wanted to use it and I am keen we keep all parties informed on an appropriate basis.”

She concluded: “Letham Grange is clearly an important local facility and its closure at this stage will have unavoidable consequences for the local communities.”

Those affected by the hotel closure included several couples who had planned to hold their wedding parties at the facility and it is believed that some may actually have pre-paid in full.

Anyone who thinks they may have redress against the company should in the first instance contact Libby Aird-Brown at TMP on 020 7496 1010.

Almost in parallel with the liquidator announcement, Nick Jackson, captain of Letham Grange Golf Club, contacted the newspaper to say that the club committee had submitted a proposal to the previous operators of Letham Grange to enable the club to run the golf courses and provide some basic clubhouse facilities.

He said that the proposal was well received and the committee and investors are working together to explore opportunities to get golfers back on the course as soon as possible.

A press release from the golf club stated: “Discussions between club captain Nick Jackson and former Letham Grange management have been cordial and positive.

“The committee has decided to take the proposal to the next step and consult further with LG management, Angus Council, the Scottish Golf Union and potential sub-contractors, to develop a business plan for the operation of the courses.

“This business plan will be presented to the committee at a meeting scheduled for Thursday, February 24. If the plan is viable and robust, an extraordinary general meeting will be scheduled in early March to share details of the plan, fees, payment methods with members.”

The release stressed that the support of the golf club members is critical to the success of this proposal for the club to operate the golf courses.

It concluded: “The committee is extremely grateful to those members who have provided their support so far. However, a very strong show of support will be needed if the plans are to progress, so members are urged to ensure that all fellow golf club members are receiving the details regarding the ongoing situation by telling them to share their e-mail contact details with the club by sending them to secretarylggc@aol.com