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National Sporting and Social Weekend

You can now book into this event by clicking here.

The Inaugural 41 Club National Sporting and Social weekend will take place on the weekend of 10th to 12th February 2017 at the Manor House and Ashbury hotels in Okehampton, Devon.

Boasting a total of 99 holes of golf and over 50 free activities on offer plus a free spa, the event offers an amazing weekend of fun and fellowship with a few competitive events thrown into the mix. There will also be time to watch the Six Nations England vs. Wales game in the bar on the Saturday evening.

The cost of the weekend is £150 pp sharing a twin room (single supplements available) and includes dinner, bed and breakfast and a black tie event on the Saturday evening.

Eyes Ears & Mouth

Could you be the eyes, ears and mouth

of your region?

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War Of The Roses

Bookings are now being taken for

The White Rose Dinner

on 21st October 2016


The Red Rose Dinner

on 18th November 2016

Great weather, great fun and great fellowship

All who attended the third annual Classic Rally agreed that it really was a great weekend. This year’s event was held in Yeovil, ably organised by Terry and Lin Cooper and their band of dedicated helpers.

It was great to see so many cars (and occupants) arrive that were at previous rallies. The weekend now starts with greetings for old friends and warm welcomes to new ones. It is just like being a member of another 41 Club, but where everybody has a common interest.

The weather was hot and dry even though it had rained on the day before and again the day after. So with three excellent days planned the rally moved effortlessly around the lanes of Somerset (OK a few did get a little lost as satnav had not been invented when most of the cars were built) and we had two great evenings at the Yeovil Court Hotel.

Next year’s rally will be held in the North Derbyshire/South Yorkshire area, we already have volunteers for the 2018 rally which will be in Wales and an interest in organising the 2019 event in the Midlands.

So if you have a classic car, van or motorcycle you will be made very welcome at future rallies.

A full report will appear in the Autumn Magazine but in the meantime use this link to view a selection of photographs taken by Alan and Claire Short.

Classic Rally Photo Gallery

International News


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International Newsletter


President Barry on the road to recovery

Terry Cooper reports:

President Barry is making good progress after his unfortunate cycling accident on the last but one day of his John O Groats to Lands End ride for his charity Shelter.

Barry had his pelvis screwed back together and his hip joint repaired last Thursday. His broken shoulder is mending itself. He told me last night that he's pleased with the progress he's making and hopes to be moved to a local Birmingham hospital in the next couple of days. He's confident that a few days after the move he will be allowed to go home, just as soon as the house can be rearranged a bit to allow him to sleep on the ground floor.

When I spoke to him last night he was already talking about how he can get to 41 Club events once August is over and the Presidential year starts to get busier in September.

Since his accident Rachel has been staying in Plymouth to be near to him and they both want to thank everyone from the local 41 Clubs who have been so supportive in hosting Rachel and helping in any way they can.

JOGLE - Not quite the expected end

President Barry's epic cycle ride from John O'Groats to Lands End in aid of Shelter was scheduled to end on Saturday (30th July) but as the photo shows Barry was not at the finish! Unfortunately at around 4pm on the penultimate day whilst approaching Bodmin a lorry completely blocked the road and Barry was injured avoiding the vehicle. The situation is best described by Rachel's words:

"Thank goodness Barry Durman was wearing his cycle helmet yesterday on the last but one day of his charity cycle from John o Groats to Lands End as the doctor said it could well have saved his life or at least prevented something a lot more serious happening because of where and how it was damaged and said it was obviously a good helmet! He also thankfully managed to avoid hitting the lorry that he met after turning a blind corner that filled the width of the narrow country road cycle diversion that the lorry wasn't supposed to be on! So I can be really thankful that when he lost his balance by trying to avoid it that he ended up with only a small bleed on the brain which they are monitoring, a possible fractured collar bone and a smashed up hip socket and pelvis that requires some specialist major surgery next Tuesday.

Wish me luck with a relatively immobile patient though for the next few weeks who can't drive for several months!

Lol I am sure you will all join me in congratulating Barry on his fantastic achievement in completing 14 of his 15 days cycling every day and for getting from John o Groats to Bodmin and in wishing his friend Colin Bowater good luck today as he heads for Lands End to complete the journey they started together."

The photograph shows Rachel and Colin Bowater at the finish on Saturday.

Our best wishes go to Barry for a speedy recovery and to Rachel for all of her support.  Barry will be undergoing major surgery on Tuesday to repair his hip and pelvis.  The other injuries are being monitored.

There is still time to make a contribution to Barry's major fund raising exercise.  To make a contribution please click here

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Still Crazy After All These Years

What was RT Area 12 (North Wessex) Exec of 1990/91 doing meeting in New York ?


Find out in the Summer 41 Club Magazine due through your letterbox in July.

41 Club "Rocket Man"

Featured on the front cover of this month's Tabler Magazine is 41 Club member Kevin Mesnard from Billericay.  He is showing Round Table we've still got it and if it was not for Kevin they would not have entered a soapbox team, gained loads of publicity and a second place. It just goes show that once your over 45 life isn't over!

Millennium Way

National President Barry Durman and his wife Rachel strode out on the 8.5 mile Millennium Way circular from Studley. Despite recent rain it was completely dry.
They met this band of walkers who were doing the Coughton Court to Henley in Arden stretch as part of their attempt to cover the whole 100 miles west to east.
We wish them good luck. They get out once every few weeks. Keep at it!

National Council Meeting

On the weekend nearest the longest daylight of the year the first national council weekend was held at the Holiday Inn, Stratford-upon-Avon. I thought I might share the experience with you so that you can see what happens at national level.

The weekend started on Friday 17th with a board meeting in the hotel.  During the afternoon and early evening the national councillors began to arrive for an informal dinner on a river boat.  Unfortunately there had been near tropical rainfall during the week and Friday was no exception, consequently the level of the River Avon was very high.  This meant that the boat was unable to navigate under the bridges or the locks and the cruise consisted of numerous small circuits in front of the theatre.  A few members decided to take in some culture that evening and attended a brilliant performance of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' at the RSC.

Saturday saw a very early breakfast ready for the committee meetings at 8:30.  These last about an hour and are followed by the National Councillors' Meeting, chaired by Phill Ellis, the National Councillors' Liaison Officer..  This lasts for nearly two hours and it is where they discuss their activities, any concerns they have regarding the club, any interesting club activities in their region and make plans for the future.  All resolutions they make are then carried forward to the full council meeting.

After a short coffee break the full council meets.  This consists of the 10 members of the board, the 24 national councillors and the 3 honorary officers (solicitor, archivist and webmaster).  This meeting is open to any member of the Association to attend as an observer, but for the first time for many meetings there was not a single observer present.  If you want to learn what is happening at national level then the council meeting provides a great opportunity to experience it at first hand.  The next council meeting is in Cheshire in October and the one after that is in Devon, therefore the opportunity is there for you to attend when it is local to you.

The meeting began with the appointment of three new National Councillors:
                            Graham Sloan from Lytham St Annes for Region 5 (North West)
                            Dennis Bambridge from Boston for Region 9 (Lincolnshire)
                            Mark Hinchliffe from from Plymouth for Region 22 (West of England)

In addition Cormack Clancy was welcomed as the new deputy councillor for Region 3 (Ireland).

This leaves five regions still seeking new councillors:
     Region 2 (Scotland East)
     Region 4 (North East)
     Region 6 (Yorkshire)
     Region 8 (Lancs & Manx)
     Region 21 (Mid West)

Steve Bolter from Region 23 (Wessex) reported that he had attended the inaugural meeting of a new 41 Club on the previous evening.  A warm welcome to Bridport Ex-Table Club.

Several initiatives were discussed, in particular setting up Facebook pages for Regions.

National Membership Officer Duncan Kennedy spoke about the exercises being undertaken to attract new members, especially how to contact over 4,000 ex-Tablers for whom we now have contact details.

Solid progress is being made with 41 Clubs helping to re-open closed Tables.  Seven are already in the pipeline with more to follow.  Helping to re-charter closed Tables is a great way to get involved and is, in a small way initially, helping to secure our own future.

The meeting closed mid afternoon (they have been known to last until 7:30) with some very satisfactory conclusions.  In the evening a black tie dinner was held with our partners and we were joined by the Tangent National Executive. Sunday saw a few informal meetings in the morning and departure for home and Fathers' Day. Thanks to Tim Brown from Shirley Late Nights for his excellent organisation of the event.

Like to Chat?

Do you know that we now have a private Facebook Group for 41 Club members?  A space where you can communicate with fellow members from the whole of GB&I.  Start topical discussions, ask questions of fellow members or advertise your club events. It is there for you to use and we already have 450 members. If you have a Facebook account and are a registered member on CAS then you can apply to join by clicking here.

National Golf Finals


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Round Table 90th Birthday Bash


I have great pleasure to announce that tickets for the Round Table 90th Charter and Presidents Party are now on General sale.
I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for your patience and your understanding while the first tranche of tickets went to members.
I need to point out a couple of things for your attention -
We are organising an event that reflects the Round Table of today. We are respectfully requesting that no regalia other than pin badges are worn.
The dress code for the lunch will be smart business casual with ties very much optional. The evening dress code is following the theme of a 90’s dance music club night.
There will be VERY limited seating at the venues (Winchester Great Hall & Guildhall ) for both events. This is to maximise capacity. If you have a need for a seat, please add this in the appropriate box when you make your booking.
If you have any dietary requirements, please also inform us when you make your booking.
Please enter your 41 Club name and number in the boxes that ask for Table name and number.
Accommodation is not provided and is down to personal choice. We can only recommend Trip Advisor for hotel advice, we haven’t much experience staying in them!
The full itinerary can be found at
(The second picture is deliberately blurry, its not your eyesight chaps :) )
As always, I am happy to take questions here or via email at

Jon Rees

High Wycombe — A Tale of Two 41 Clubs

On 8th October 2016, High Wycombe 41 Club will celebrate 50 years since its Charter at a special lunch to be held in the atmospheric Oak Room, the Town Hall of High Wycombe. It promises to be a great event, with good food, special speakers and a memento of the occasion.

It is one of two 41 Clubs in High Wycombe both fed by High Wycombe Round Table 155. It promises to be a special event following on from the 40th Charter of the other 41 Club in High Wycombe, Wycombe Old Tablers’ Society, better known as WOTS.

So, why two 41 Clubs? Well, that is due to a desire from the club way back in 1966 to admit only members who were “Wycombe born and bred”. In response those Round Tablers who did not meet this criterion set up their own 41 club, WOTS, 10 years later. Consequently two Clubs were formed, one precluding incomers. Sound familiar in today’s referendum world? The criteria to be “Wycombe born and bred” has long since disappeared. Today a number of ex-Tablers are members of both clubs and there are also some transferees. When WOTS had their 40th Charter in 2014 it was very well supported by the High Wycombe 41 Club, which shows how open both clubs are now.

High Wycombe Round Table was sponsored by Reading Round Table, and itself went on to sponsor Princes Risborough, Marlow and Thame Clubs.

We look forward to members of 41 Clubs and Tables in these towns joining us for this special celebration.

In addition to national and local dignitaries will be our local MP Steve Baker, who is the Co-Chairman of Conservatives for Britain, a campaigning organisation formed of Eurosceptic MPs. He is at the forefront of the Conservative Brexit group and will be an interesting speaker whatever happens as a consequence of the 23rd June Referendum. He follows a tradition of local politicians involved in High Wycombe Round Table. Lord Carrington, former minister in several Conservative governments, was the first President of High Wycombe Round Table. Unfortunately, Lord Carrington at the age of 96 is unable to attend, but there will be some original members at the celebration lunch.

The venue is special in that High Wycombe was the home of the British furniture industry for centuries and the Oak Room is the showcase of the town’s craftsmen from past times.

We look forward to welcoming all current or past members of the Round Table family, whether Wycombe born, bred or not!

Tangent Ball


Training Day

A group of recently appointed National Councillors attended a training day at Marchesi House on Saturday 28th May.  The event, organised by NCLO Phill Ellis, is part of the programme to ensure that all Councillors are aware of their responsibilities and how to use the technology so important in their roles.  Phill assures us that none of them fell asleep during the day!

Tangent Lunch

President's New Car

Hyundai have loaned the Club an i40 saloon for the President to travel around the country to visit the clubs. Barry says that it 'is smashing'.

If you or yours are looking for a new car then use our scheme under member benefits on to save up to 20% on list price.

Everyone who has bought one (and there are about 130 members who have) are really pleased with them. Reliable and the first service is at 20,000 miles.

If you would like to see the car then why not invite Barry to one of YOUR club events!

Could You Be A National Councillor?

Hi, I am Phill Ellis your National Councillor Liaison Officer (NCLO), what a mouthful. Here is my vision for the 2016/17 41 Club year and what I hope to achieve.

Communication is the key to the future of 41 Club and I see the role of the National Councillor vital to good communication. What we achieve through better communications is a better club.

Our main objectives are:

To promote opportunities for fellowship amongst former members of Round Table. To do this we need to have clubs meet together a few times a year. Your National Councillor will have access to your regions details, so that you are all aware that an event is happening in your region.

To encourage active involvement in the community. By having a presence in your community you communicate a better understanding of what 41 Club is and where we come from. The other benefit of this is that your community will be aware that Round Table still is around and will seek to be a part of our younger club, giving a great future of fellowship for all the Round Tablers reaching graduation age.

To use our experience in support of the Round Table Family: The Family brand is growing and now sons, daughters, grandsons and granddaughters can participate in the fun, friendship and satisfaction that all of us have had an are continuing to have each and every year. By supporting Round Table, Ladies Circle and Tangent we are supporting our own future. It has been our main source of recruiting into 41 Club throughout the years.

To encourage international relationships. This is an aim or objective that I have never previously seen as important, but this year I travelled to Landshut in Germany for the International AGM. Whilst I was there I entered into a working relationship with Gopal the National VP of 41 Club India, to introduce friends and family of Indian Round Table members living in the UK to Round Table GB&I. To me this was an opportunity that needs to be done with all International 41 Clubs and could just give a boost to our Round Tables and give more certainty to future as well.

This is why I see communications as the key to 2016/17 year. We have an excellent National Communications officer and he is building his team/committee around him. But this team will not exist and our communications will fail if we do not get National Councillors in all regions. This is why I will be pursuing an agenda to get all regions a representative by the end of this club year.

I am going to try and answer a few questions on the role of the National Councillor and how important this role is within our Association today. Let me first ask the questions:

Who is a National Councillor? The answer is any paid up member of an affiliated club within the Association. However, I see the person as the key to a thriving region. He is the person who has the ears and the eyes of the region ensuring that it is represented at all times. He shapes the future of his and all clubs in 41 Club at National by discussion, debate and working with his peers.

What is a National Councillor? A councillor is an individual who is willing to visit clubs in his region, spreading the fellowship helping and assisting the clubs. Bringing the view, opinions and needs of the clubs to the Nationals attention by attending four National meetings a year. He also will participate in peer meetings as well as the National Council meeting on these weekends, gaining new experiences and ideas to bring back to his club and region.

Why do we need a National Councillor? This is simple to answer, as a National Councillor you represent you each and every member in your region, their views, opinions and assist them in their 41 Club needs. You are the representative that the other three clubs in the Round Table Family can contact and work with to grow and develop our future. Regions can function by themselves, but to deliver fellowship, continuity, fun and the 41 Club experience an individual is needed to coordinate and cement regions together.

The role of a National Councillor is the key to a great 41 Club, they are the ordinary 41ers, who will achieve more fellowship, great friends, outstanding experiences, learn many new talents and give in return their time, humour and friendship us all.

My vision is to reunite 41 Club to be “The club of choice for Round Tablers leaving Round Table”.

Phill Ellis


Situations Vacant

We are currently looking for new National Councillors to fill vacancies in the following five regions:

Region 2 - Scotland East
Region 4 - North East
Region 6 - Yorkshire
Region 8 - Lancs & Manx
Region 21 - Mid West

If you are interested or have any questions, Phill Ellis would be delighted to hear from you on 07828 021807.

Next National Council Meeting

The second National Council meeting for 2016-17 will be held on Saturday 29th October at Shrigley Hall Hotel near Macclesfield in Cheshire.

Any declared member of the Association is entitled to attend as an observer.  Please notify the National Secretary if you plan to attend.

Presidential Charity: Shelter

At this year's 41 Club National AGM newly installed National President, Barry Durman, revealed his charity will be Shelter.

This is Shelter's 50th anniversary year and throughout that time it has been helping millions of people with bad housing or homelessness through their advice, support and legal services.

Last year it helped four million people and dealt with 157,000 calls.

It is their aim is to make sure that one day no one will have to turn to them for help.

As the year progresses Barry will be heavily committed to supporting them during many events and he will be looking for Clubs and members for support for this fantastic charity.

"Friendship Continued"

41 Club at Seventy

This book, by Frank Venables, for the 70th Anniversary of 41 Club is now available at a cost of £10.00 per copy (plus P&P if applicable).

Copies will be on sale at certain Club events. Full details of sales opportunities have yet to be finalised, although for the present, enquiries can be made of Frank at or 01793-783803.

Frank Venables,
Faringdon, Isis Area and Mumbles 41 Clubs