At an extraordinary general meeting on 8 November, members voted to begin the process of “winding up” the Reepham Society and passing over its assets to another amenity charity in the region.
The Society was founded as a registered charity in 1976 to stimulate public interest in Reepham, Hackford, Kerdiston, Salle and Whitwell.
Although membership had remained consistent and its monthly talks were popular, the Reepham Society, like many other small voluntary groups, had found it increasingly difficult to recruit people to its offices and committee.
At the annual general meeting in April, it was agreed that, rather than struggling on and infringing the requirements of the Charity Commission, the Society would call an EGM to consider closure.
Acting chair Nichola Johnson said it was a sad but inevitable decision, adding: “We all did try very hard to keep it going.” She praised the work and efforts of the Reepham Society over its four decades, in particular the past three chairmen – Jolyon Booth, Kate Nightingale and Mike Cowdrey.
She also thanked everyone who had supported the Society over the past 40 years, adding that its photographs, documents and other objects have been fully integrated into the Reepham Archive, which is housed in the Bircham Centre.