Ex-service veterans and Royal British Legion Social Club members are making a last stand to keep their base in Sutton Bridge, days before it is expected to close.
Officials claim the club, which is a limited company, is close to settling outstanding debts, but that Legion bosses based their decision to close the club on August 31 on old figures showing money owed rather than noting the up-turn in its fortunes.
A club statement said: “It is heartbreaking to us all that the rug has been pulled out from under us at this stage.
“The one thing we are all so disappointed about is, despite our efforts, a community who lost 48 lives in World War I and 27 in World War II and is in an area of social deprivation has lost yet another facility in the village they left and gave their lives for because of a decision made by people well removed from the village and who have never set foot in the club.”
Club officials claim they tried to buy the premises in Gas House Lane “but have been told it is not for sale on the market”.
The statement continues: “We are aware that the club is surrounded by South Holland District Council land and the only obstacle for development of the area is the club.”
But the Royal British Legion has insisted the club can make an offer to buy the building.
A spokesman said: “There has been regular and detailed communications with the club over its difficulties and, as the club has been informed, the property is not on the market for sale, nor are there any plans to do so. However it is open to the club to make an offer to purchase the club should it wish.”
Clubs operating under The Royal British Legion’s name must “remain solvent for the period of their licence”.