A “social club with a conscience” that has raised thousands of pounds for charity in Cupar over 52 years has rejected claims it gave up too soon.
Cupar Round Table took the decision to disband last Thursday due to membership having fallen below a sustainable level, to just seven members.
Chairman Craig Manson revealed that by the end of the month it would have had just three members.
In a statement posted on its Facebook page, the organisation said: “We will also hold discussions with local organisations over the coming months to establish whether there is any appetite for continuing the annual Santa Sleigh tradition.
“We would like to take this final opportunity to thank all members of Cupar Round Table (past and present), together with the good people of Cupar & District, for the support provided over the past 52 years and the great memories we will continue to share.”
Former Cupar Round Table chairman Ian Robertson said: “I would like to point out that there has been a great deal done to try and recruit members and this is not a case of ‘giving up too easily’. It is a sign of the times and the increased pressures on people’s time.”
But another former chairman, David Harley, said: “I know how hard low numbers can make it for (the) Table to function but the answer is not to throw the towel in. Rein in, reduce the scope of fundraising activities and concentrate on developing numbers with the emphasis on fun.”