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The Women Citizens' 80th birthday lunch was held in the Royal British Legion hall on Wednesday.

The Women Citizens' 80th birthday lunch was held in the Royal British Legion hall on Wednesday.

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ARBROATH Women’s Citizens Association held its 80th birthday celebrations on Wednesday in the Royal British Legion Clubrooms, Helen Street.

But there will be only one more meeting of the club - a farewell party on April 20.

The president of the Association, Mrs Phyllis Jarret, explained that the reason for closure is principally the increasing age of members, and the difficulty in attracting new members.

There are currently 18 members, the oldest of whom is aged 96.

There are difficulties in finding members who are not only willing, but fully able to undertake office-bearing duties, and Mrs Jarret said that a couple of years ago she had suffered illness and had been fortunate to recover sufficiently to undertake the dual role of president and syllabus secretary.

She added that she was on one stick, and a lot of the ladies were on two.

Financial considerations were another reason for the club’s winding-up. Mrs Jarret said that the Association doesn’t pay rent as such to the Legion, but makes a donation. She added that the need to pay a speaker’s expenses or donate to charity meant that it was becoming increasingly difficult to balance the books.

She said: “It’s like a Catch 22. If you put up the membership to cover the overheads you lose some of the members.

“The ones that have moved into care homes, they have afternoons where they have speakers in the home so there is not the same inclination to go out in cold weather to a hall further away.