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End of the road for Braes charity

(l-r) Bill McCabe, Hugh Carmichael and John Dalgleish of the Braes Social Club. Picture: Lisa Ferguson (112597)

(l-r) Bill McCabe, Hugh Carmichael and John Dalgleish of the Braes Social Club. Picture: Lisa Ferguson (112597)

 

A charity group is being wound up after giving away around £200,000 to good causes and charities.

Braes Social Club was formed four years ago for the sole purpose of distributing the proceeds of the sale of the former Polmont and District Royal British Legion Club which closed in 2006.

The land was sold to a developer for flats for £410,000.

Following payments for debts and legal fees the money left over amounted to around £200,000.

A committee of ex-members – Bill McCabe, Hugh Carmichael and John Dalgleish – was established and they decided the money should be used to benefit local communities and other charities.

Bill said: “The club was the hub of social activities in Brightons so we felt the money from the sale should go back into the community. We are pleased we could help all these groups and charities.”

Among the group to have benefitted from Braes Social Club’s kindness were Denny Air Cadets (£5000); Erskine Hospice (£5000); Braes Family Centre (£1000); the Mark Wright Project (£15,000); Wallacestone Pipe Band (£1000); Maddiston Minis (£1000); Grangemouth Air Training Corps (£5000).

Although the group has been wound up, the three committee members are continuing legal efforts to retrieve £75,000 they say was loaned to a building company but never repaid.

Bill said: “This has left a sour taste in our mouths. We are still fighting to have this money paid and won’t rest until we do.”

The club was started by ex-servicemen in 1948 and was known as ‘the Comrades of the Great War Club’. A wooden hut was built for them to meet until it was accepted as a branch of the British Legion in 1962.

Bill added: “The club has so many great memories for hundreds of people in this community.

“For more than 30 years, until its tragic demise. People held all their functions in there and it had regular dance nights in the 1970s and 1980s.”

 

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