I, who frequented the club for almost 60 years and remember the good old days: successful theatre productions, Hemar reviews, balls, various functions, Sunday lunches, and not forgetting the club in the basement which was very popular with the younger generation, – would grief if the club was lost like all the others: White Eagle in Knightsbridge, the Navy Club on the Embankment, the Air Force Club in Earls Court, and recently the loss of Fawley Court!
If everything else fails may I suggest that you adopt similar solution that was adopted by the Royal Thames Yacht Club in Knightsbridge some years ago.
The building should be sold to a developer at a suitably reduced market value price, with a proviso, that after total refurbishment by the developer to mutually approved standard, the club will be given the basement, ground floor and possibly the first floor, rent free “ad infinitum”. The second floor could be sold or rented as a flat or office, and the third and fourth floor to be converted to a luxury apartment and sold or rented.
All this should be maintained by external management company and paid for by the new owners, therefore relieving the club of any expenses and responsibilities, except for utility bills, cost of employing professional club management and staff, and the day to day operating costs.
I sincerely hope that you will find a way for the club to operate and flourish again, for many years to come, and after the refurbishment, the club will attract younger generation of Poles and admirers of Poland, and not rely on the loyalty of the older diminishing wartime generation.
I wish you all the best, and hope that a suitable solution may be found.