After 65 seasons of providing high quality events, Leek and District Arts Club was due to be formally wound up at its annual meeting last month - but the club intends to go out with a flourish.
Its achievements will be celebrated at a dinner at the Three Horseshoes, Blackshaw Moor, pictured right, on Tuesday, April 29. This last big event will not be a wake - the club has had a healthy final season with excellent events and large audiences.
But like many organisations nowadays the club has found it difficult if not impossible to find volunteers willing to take over the committee work. As a result members decided unanimously at a special meeting last year to wind up the club while it is still thriving, rather than allow a slow decline.
So at next month's dinner the guests will be able to reflect on what the club has achieved and recall some of the grand events of years past which could attract audiences of more than 400 to the Town Hall.
The guest of honour will be Sir Michael Knight, the most distinguished former pupil of the old Leek High School. Since retiring after an outstanding career in the Royal Air Force, Sir Michael has been heavily involved in aerospace, education, health care, sport and charity work. Other guests will include relatives of some of the club's founders.
Other local organisations have been invited to share in the Arts Club celebration and a limited number of tickets are still available. For more details contact Geoff Browne, 01782 510265, or Keith Davis, 01538 371428.