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TOWNSEND — After 40 years Townsend’s Golden Age Club is coming to an end.

“Only five or six people were coming, and they agreed they wanted to disband,” President Avis Roy said.

By May, the organization will have no funds left.

The $400 to $600 remaining in the account will be used to purchase items the senior center needs, Roy said, like another utility cart, a folding card table and clear, plastic storage totes.

“We used to have bake sales every year; at one time we had two,” she said.

Other local towns have also seen their Golden Age Clubs fold, Roy said. Fitchburg, Pepperell, Ashby and Groton all had active clubs and no longer do.

In Townsend, the Friends of the Townsend Seniors have been there to pick up the ball.

Roy, a board member of the friends, said the group has close to 100 members. She was awarded the William E. May Endowment Award by the friends in 2011 for her service to Townsend seniors.

“I do a lot for both. I’m only one person. I have to give it up,” Roy said of her involvement with the Golden Age Club.

This year, she crocheted a harvest afghan to raffle for the friends. “It’s pretty. Everybody wants it,” she said.

Last year, she crafted an elaborate bride doll for the raffle.

Like the Golden Age Club did in the past, the friends raise money to benefit seniors. They sponsor trips and activities and support the senior center.

On March 15, the friends sponsored a trip to the flower show in Boston. Roy took part.

In April, the friends will sponsor an international supper in town and a trip to Foxwoods.

Although the the organization’s name includes the word Townsend, the friends have members from nearby communities.

People from Ashby, New Ipswich and Mason belong, Roy said, “We just had nine from Ashby join.”

“They like to come down here,” she said.

The new senior center is a big draw for nearby elders with no similar facility in their own towns.

“The thing we had in January, there was a whole table from Ashby,” Roy said. The free Senior Luncheon and Sing-a-Long was sponsored by the friends.

For information on the upcoming trips, or to purchase raffle tickets for the harvest afghan, stop in at the senior center at 12 Dudley Rd.

Raffle tickets can also be purchased directly from Roy who volunteers during the senior lunches and Bingo games at the center.