The founder and chairman of Abbots Langley Veterans Support Group has disbanded the club after announcing her decision to move away from the area.
The group, which meets every Monday at Abbots Langley Club on Trowley Rise, seeks to support Hertfordshire’s veterans by offering free advice from various organisations as well as tea, cakes, games and friendship.
Most members attended the first meeting of 2024 on January 8 after learning that founder Liz Burns-Kane would be stepping down, with the assumption that this would entail a thank you and farewell as Liz handed over the reins.
Instead, according to sources who have spoken to ABBOTSnews, Liz told the members that she was disbanding the group, and informed them that their usual venue could not be used without reapplying. As the group is neither a registered charity, community interest company or incorporated association, the group ceases to exist without Liz.
The members took a unanimous vote to continue the group and appoint a committee, but sources say the meeting caused great distress, confusion and upset among members. Various sources have described Liz as “leaving under a cloud”.
Watford FC legend Luther Blissett OBE has stepped in to help the group, which is now being funded by Forces United, part of Luther’s charity. After talking to the Tough Ten Committee, it was decided that the new group would meet every Monday at Abbots Langley Cricket Club.