After 65 seasons of providing high quality events, Leek and District Arts Club was formally wound up at its annual meeting last week – but intends to go out with a flourish.
Its achievements will be celebrated at a dinner at the Three Horseshoes, Blackshaw Moor, 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 the club has found it difficult to find volunteers willing to take over its committee work.
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, 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.