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Well, it is that time of the year again. This Christmas it gives me great pleasure to wish all 16,195 members of our Association in 782 clubs a very Happy Christmas and a Healthy New Year. I hope you have a lovely time with family and friends.
This year Rachel and I are having all three of our children plus two other halves for Christmas Day, so that’s a big turkey I will have to cook. It will be fun having our two twin grandsons here – they are just 19 months old and growing up fast. Next year it will be three grandchildren!
2016 has been eventful to say the least. I have had a great time as National President, visiting many clubs and seeing all the various events you get up to. My experience is that 41 Clubs are in very good heart. We might all be getting older, but we still enjoy the company of friends from our time in Round Table. We are doing well with our 4 objects – Fellowship, International, Round Table Family and Community Service – there is lots going on if you want to participate and I urge you to support those in your club who organise the events. We must continue to encourage ex Round Tablers to join us, by having an active programme to attract them.
Highlights have been too many to mention, but we did have a good pre-tour before the International Half Yearly Meeting in India in October. I also laid a wreath at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Day, together with the other Round Table Family Presidents. That was something I never thought I would do. Having said that, I just love going to meet clubs at their regular monthly meetings up and down the country.
On the down side, I managed to have a really bad accident towards the end of my John o’Groats to Lands End cycle. 17 weeks later on and I can now walk without crutches and drive, but the whole pelvic area is quite sore and stiff. There is lots of metalwork inside me. I suppose I am the first President to spend two weeks in hospital during my year. I intend to finish the route from Bodmin to Lands End on Saturday 1st April – it is only 66 miles! I hope a number of you might join me for the weekend – there are already some plans afoot for a big party weekend.
If you are reading this and I have not yet visited your club, please invite me – there are still over 30 free dates in my diary through until April 22nd. I want to thank all those guys on your National Council for their hard work during the year and it just remains for me to say Happy Christmas and be careful out there!
This is the euphoric moment when a band of charity champions conquered Kilimanjaro, the world’ tallest free-standing mountain in memory of a much-missed toddler.
Nuneaton Round Table 136 ( Area 45 ) are proud to have been a part of this exhilarating journey, 18 young men set out to complete the challenge, of which eight are active Tablers and one active member of Nuneaton 41 Club. (Region 15)
Georgie’s Gift is a Charity set up by Tabler Matt Hall and his wife Paula, parents to Georgie Hall, who sadly passed away in 2015 to meningitis. To honour her memory the family and the local community now help to raise funds for children in need of support, by giving “Georgie’s Gifts” to help with the cost of treatment and care.
The trek followed the Rongai Route and involved living on the mountain for seven days with a five day climb to the summit and a two further days to descend. There was a wide range of temperatures to deal with as the walk started in the jungle at the base and concluded with snow at the top to dispel the myth that there is no snow in Africa.
Out of the 18 climbers, 15 of the men made the 19,341ft summit. Some of those who did make it to the summit fainted, others were hallucinating, they were so tired, some had to be dragged to reach the top but the elation when the band of brothers got there was something that will live with the team for the rest of their lives.
It was not just about the bond between the 18 friends the Georgie Gift Charity also raised an incredible £125,000 as a result of the trek.
Neal Lowe, Chairman of Nuneaton Round Table, member of 41 Club, and Region 15 deputy councillor, “This has been the hardest challenge both mentally and physically that I have taken part in, at the same time the best experience with 17 other mates that I can now call friends for life.”
Donations are still being counted at http://www.totalgiving.co.uk/appeal/trekforgeorgie
A full blog of our adventure can be found at https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=trek%20for%20georgie
For the December
41 Club is part of the Round Table Family of four clubs.
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Be amongst the first join us on the 41 Club cruise as you can now book with our special deal.
It is a 7 day cruise to the rivers and canals of Belgium and Holland, visiting four great cities, departing from Southampton on Sunday the 13th August 2017.
Our bookings receive the following:
10% discount on all grades of cabin at the prevailing price
£50 per person on-board spend
A free evening drink reception
The inclusive drinks package is available at £10 per day
Plus other group specific items if required.
To book contact the Fred Olsen booking line (01473 742 424) quoting the reference GRP0210 and cruise Number M1720.
We selected this cruise as it is a one that nobody will have done before and is a good introductory cruise for first timers with only one sea day and no crossing of the Bay of Biscay. I do hope that as many 41ers and your partners will be able to join us and share the 41 Club fellowship.
Click here for full details and we advise booking early to ensure the grade of cabin you would prefer.
Cruise Number: M1720
Description: Belgian & Dutch Waterways
Departs Southampton 13th August 2017 – 7 nights
.Sunday November 13th dawned bright but chilly as a party of 41 Club members headed by Vice-President Dave Campbell made their way to the 41 Club Garden of Remembrance at the National Memorial Arboretum near Lichfield.
They were gathering to hold a short service to remember members of our gallant armed forces and, together with the Immediate Past Presidents of Round Table, Tangent and Ladies Circle, to lay wreaths at our memorial in the 41 Club Garden of Remembrance.
Vice-President Dave led a moving service in which all IPPs played a part and the service concluded with all present singing the National Anthem as a finale.
There was a good turn-out of members from the Round Table Family and many stayed on for a while afterwards chatting and enjoying the Autumn sunshine. Most had already attended a longer, more formal service at the Services Memorial conducted by the British Legion with a Police Band and members of the armed forces in attendance.
A big thank you needs to go to Lichfield Ladies' Circle, who hosted a lunch afterwards at a nearby hotel, which rounded off an excellent morning of fellowship.
If you've not attended this event before, why not go next year? The Arboretum offers free admission and there is lots to see and do. If you arrive early to avoid the long walk from the overflow parking, which is a good idea, you can get an excellent breakfast in the new cafeteria before the start of the mornings events.
Mike Brace joined Romford Table in 1977 and became actively involved in fund raising activities, including their annual Fireworks Night, despite having lost his sight at the age of ten through a firework accident.
For many years and until his retirement, Mike worked as a social worker for the public sector and running charities within the private sector.
Mike has always had a love of sport and represented Great Britain at cross country skiing in the inaugural Winter Paralympic Games in 1976, and this has led to him playing major roles in the Paralympic movement including being Chairman of the Paralympic Association (2001-8). He was a Board Member and part of the Bidding Team for the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympics and also served on the organising committee for the London Games.
Between 2001 and 2012 Mike also held the position of Chief Executive of Vision 2020 UK, a charity in the sight loss sector.
In 2005 Mike was awarded the OBE and then the CBE in 2009 for his services to sport. In recognition of Mike’s involvement in raising awareness of attitudes to disabilities he has recently been appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London.
Having retired, Mike now undertakes speaking engagements to challenge perceptions of disabilities and to raise funds for his many charities.
Although Mike has spoken at many Round Table and 41 Club functions on numerous occasions it was not until he spoke at the 50th anniversary meeting of Hornchurch 41 Club in 2014 that he was eventually persuaded to become a 41 Club member and joined Hornchurch in 2015.
Hornchurch 41 Club
For many years 41 Club staged a National Caravan and Camping weekend which until its latter years was a major event in the 41 Club year.
Caravanning is these days a growth industry and our research shows that many 41ers are back in their caravans and in some clubs, there is even a caravan ‘group’ who regularly go away together for weekends.
For some years, there has been requests for National to resurrect the Caravan Rally. As we always listen to our members, and are keen to offer as many fellowship events as we can, we are going to resurrect it in 2017 – to test the water to see if this should become a regular affair.
Past National President Martin Green – himself an avid caravaner – has undertaken to organise this for us. Click here for a Flyer and here for a Booking Form for the event.
This is planned to be a simple and low key event to see how this goes.
The location that has been chosen is Hardwick Parks. This is located at a village called Standlake in the heart of Oxfordshire. This beautiful award winning park offers three large fields with very large grass pitches – all serviced with electricity. The park has its own Clubhouse with bar and small restaurant. We hope if we get enough caravans we can fill one field – which is the one by the Clubhouse, shop and reception.
The programme is very simple. A welcome drink session on the Friday night, and a hog roast and musical entertainment on the Saturday night. The rest of the time is free so that those attending can enjoy the sites around the area which includes, Woodstock, Burford, the Cotswolds and of course the ‘Dreaming Spires’ of Oxford.
Apart from the Saturday night – everyone ‘does their own thing’ with meals etc. The Clubhouse can offer bar meals but can get busy and you may have to wait. Or you can organise a barbeque, go down the pub or just have your meal in the caravan. The same applies to breakfast every day.
Hardwick Parks has a massive water sports centre. It is adjacent to three lakes where you can swim, or do all sorts of water sports such as water skiing etc. Full tuition is available however the cost of this is not included in the rally.
Full details of Hardwick Parks can be found on their website. www.hardwickparks.co.uk/
The cost of the weekend, including welcome drinks on Friday, hog roast and entertainment on Saturday, pitch fees and electricity is £90 based on two in a caravan
The deadline for booking is SIX weeks before the weekend. After that any unbooked pitches will be released to the Public.
For more details please contact Martin Green on 01235 529257 or email him at email@example.com
Nominations are now open for four national board positions that will become vacant at the Blackpool AGM in April.
The positions are:
Applications must be received by the National Secretary by Wednesday 1st February signed by the nominee and his sponsoring club.
Click on the position to download a nomination form.
Please refer to Section 6 of the National Rules for the rules concerning eligibility for board positions.
The Oxford College Dinner!
A packed Exeter College Dining Hall hosted the Annual Oxford College Dinner for Region 20 - organised by Abingdon & District 41 Club.
Exeter College is one of the ‘Dreaming Spires’ in the centre of Oxford which has had many famous students including J.R.R.Tolkein, Alan Bennett, and Martin Amis. The fictitious Inspector Morse collapsed in the final episode of the series in its quadrangle. Exeter College has been regularly used for TV programmes including Lewis and Endeavor.
The 144 attendees from all around the country were greeted by Abingdon 41 Club Chairman Peter Clegg, the guest speaker was renowned comedy writer Paul Mayhew-Archer who had everyone highly amused with his stories of his life, also covering in a serious but amusing way the effects he has from Parkinson’s Disease of which he has recently been diagnosed, Mayhew-Archer wrote The Vicar of Dibley, amongst many other TV and Radio comedies, and works with Brendan O’Caroll on Mrs. Browns Boys. He also donated his fee for the evening to the local branch of Parkinson’s UK.
During the National President Barry’s speech, Past Region 20 National Councillor Frank Venables was awarded the prestigious Association Award to his great surprise, and Barry also inducted a new member to Basingstoke 41 Club - John Maguire
A Heads & Tails raffle took place for Shelter which raised £440, which was doubled by the generosity of Barclays Bank.
This was a huge success and credit must go to Andrew Hoare and his team for putting it together.
National President 2013-2014.
Former Region 20 ‘Thames Valley’ National Councillor Frank Venables has been awarded The Association Award for his services to 41 Club. The Association Award is given for significant service to the Association beyond club level over an extended period. This is one of the highest honours that the Association can bestow on an individual. He joins a small group of only 16 holders of the award.
To his great surprise, Frank was presented with his award at The Oxford College Dinner in the amazing Dining Hall of Exeter College in Oxford.
Pictured below is Frank receiving the award and a citation certificate from National President - Barry Durman and Immediate Past National President – Terry Cooper.
Apart from being a National Councillor for five years, Frank has been a member of the Round Table Family in Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Essex, the Netherlands and France. He is currently a member of Isis Area 41 Club, Faringdon 41 Club and Mumbles 41 Club.
Last year Frank wrote a book entitled ‘Friendship Continued – 41 Club at Seventy’ which was published to commemorate our seventieth year.
As it says on his citation – ‘if you cut Frank Venables in half, he would have Round Table and 41 Club all the way through his body’!
Frank lives in Shrivenham with his wife Jane – someone who is also a huge supporter of the Round Table Family.
National President 2013-2014
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The National Golf Competition was a great day of fellowship with good weather and very close results in all the competitions. Thanks to everybody who helped organize the event.
Cochran Cup ; Newport 41 Club (Shropshire)
41 Singles ; Dave Ollis (Shirley Late Knights)
Oulsnam Decanter for Nearest Pin ; Nobby Stiles , Newport 41 Club...
Longest Drive ; Steve Griffin, Cricklade and Highworth 41 Club
Wooden Spoon ; John Cawkin , Stratford on Avon
Failure of a bridge on the MILLENNIUM WAY prompts members of Alcester 41 Club under the leadership of Super Warden Bill Baldwin, together with a friend from Knowle and Dorridge 41 Club to spring into action and working in partnership with Worcestershire County Council’s Amanda Hill and two other colleagues to rapidly replace the failed bridge. The two pictures show the situation as they approached and the final resplendent finished job. Great work chaps – 41 Club volunteers make this MILLENNIUM WAY walk safe and a delight for public use. Truly an illustration of community service in action.
The bridge is part of Walk 39 Inkberrow (East) full details at http://walking.41club.org/Shortink.htm Location – 8 or 6 mile ramble, not far from Inkberrow – enjoy
His first 41 Club outing since his cycling accident in July saw President Barry travel to Norwich to formally open the Marchesi Room in Cinema City.
The room is on the first floor of Suckling Hall, the building where the first ever Round Table meeting took place in 1927.
Barry delivered a great speech (which he suggested was developed during his time in hospital), then cut a ribbon (which had been customised with retrofitted Round Table Family logos) in front of the new disabled lift which he was probably the first member in our organisation to use! The current Presidents of all four Family Clubs were present.
Created as part of the redevelopment of the buildings which Cinema City operates from, the Marchesi Room has been named in honour of Round Table Founder Louis Marchesi.
In addition a specially designed oak cabinet with glass viewing panels has been made and given pride of place at the foot of the new access stairs, a plaque to recognise clubs and individuals who made donations towards the overall project shortfall will also be placed above the cabinet.
Round Table Family organisation clubs can hire the Marchesi Room for meetings with food and drinks, to check availability contact Cinema City directly.
National Council Vacancies
Could you be the eyes, ears and mouth
of your region?
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.
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 www.rtbi90.co.uk
(The second picture is deliberately blurry, its not your eyesight chaps :) )
As always, I am happy to take questions here or via email at email@example.com
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.
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 www.41club.org 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!
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.
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).
Please contact the Honorary Archivist at firstname.lastname@example.org in order to secure your copy.
Faringdon, Isis Area and Mumbles 41 Clubs
4, Embassy Drive
t: 0121 456 4402 f: 0121 456 4185 e: email@example.com