The president of Yenda's RSL sub-branch has labelled the closure of the town's Diggers Club as "catastrophic" for the town as community groups work to figure out where to hold their regular meetings once the club closes on Sunday.
The club's final day of trading will be Saturday, with all operations ceasing from July 12 after the board of directors opted to close the club after 82 years of operations.
For Yenda's RSL sub-branch, the Diggers Club has been home for the club for decades and now without a home, sub-branch president Alan Wakley said the branch will need to figure out what to do with their historical items which have long been hung in the club.
"As far as the RSL is concerned, its the main [part of the town]," Mr Wakley said.
"When they moved over [to the club's current location], it has been the RSL place - we've got all our regalia down in the back ... we've got a lot of stuff there and we've got to find somewhere to put that now."
Mr Wakley said the decision to close is disappointing, but he puts the closure down to a decreasing patronage made worse with the restrictions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic.
"The way of life has changed I'm afraid," Mr Wakley said.
"They got a great kitchen, fantastic staff and people just don't come.
"It's gotten to the stage where they [people who live in Yenda] work in Griffith, they come home and have a beer and they stay at home and that's it, or they go down to a mates place and have a beer and of course the booze thing too - if you have two beers here that's it, you risk your life just going home so that's keeps a lot of people out - it's a combination of everything."
Mr Wakley said one side-effect of the closure will be all the community's clubs and organisations which use the club as a regular meeting spot will now need to find a new location.
"I don't know what we are going to do," Mr Wakley said.
"The amount of people that actually use the club - we've got the Rotary, the bowlers ... we've got to find somewhere else.
"We haven't had a RSL meeting now for two months [due to restrictions] ... they're [the branch members] all very disappointed and they're worried too - we're only a very small RSL."
Mr Wakley's concerns were shared by Yenda Progress Association president Kay Pellizzer, who said the organisation will need to find a new home for their meetings.
"It's really catered for the whole of the town," Mrs Pellizzer said.
"This is where we have our meetings, we have get-togethers and socialise ... it's a big involvement in the town - Rotary meet there every Monday night and all the other committees in town usually have their committee meetings as well.
"I don't like to lose anything but [losing] the club is really hard to take."
Potential meeting spots suggested by Mrs Pellizzer and Mr Wakley included the town's pub and the Yenda Memorial Hall.