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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


Welcome Redditch

It is always good to welcome a new club and Redditch did it in style last Saturday 14th with a black tie inaugural charter dinner/dance, accompanied by their partners. 

National President Barry was in attendance and had the great pleasure of inducting nine of the eleven members.

I am sure that you will join with me in congratulating the guys for forming a new club and we look forward to hearing of their progress in the future.

Calpe Celebrates 10 Years

Over 70 members and guests enjoyed a night of celebration at the always wonderful Restaurante Puerto Blanco.

Chairman David welcomed National President Barry and Rachel, National Vice President David and Pauline, National Past President Ian and Gloria, National Tangent Treasurer Jill, and many honoured guests, our ladies and members.

Founder Chairman Andrew Johnson spoke of the history of the club and proposed the toast to Calpe.

Chairman David responded and proposed the toast to the Association of Ex Round Tablers’ Clubs. He presented the National President with the club’s new banner.

National President Barry responded in humorous, residential style. He presented David and Andrew with his personal banner and gave David a framed portrait of Round Table Founder Louis Marchesi.National. Vice President Dave Campbell presented Andrew (also the webmaster) with the National Website of the Year Award, in recognition of the design and content of the club site.The gathering acknowledged Jill Harris and her late husband Vaughan for all that they have done in aid of the Round Table movement, especially Round Table Children’s Wishes – and congratulated her on receiving the Louis Marchesi award.

Past National President Ian Mackenzie, who originally presented the club its charter 10 years previously, presented Chairman David with a toasting tankard.

Founder member Phil Ashton presented David with a plaque from his UK club, Atherstone.

And Philip Rodmell, Chairman Hull Wyke 41 Club spoke about his time in Round Table and 41 Club with David.

Past Chairman Malcolm Lee proposed the loyal toast, and Past Chairman Steve Moores kept order and structure as MC for the night.

The evening was rounded off with dancing to Barry Peters, the “Swingman”, who was as professional and entertaining as ever.

George Douglas National President 1997-98

We are sad to record the passing of George Cyril James Douglas on the 12th May 2016.  George was National President in 1997-98.

For the eulogy to George please click here


41 Club Sports and Social Weekend announced!

The Inaugural 41 Club National Sport 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.

Further details on the event and how to book will be available shortly.

Presidential Charity: Shelter

At this year's 41 Club National AGM newly installed National President, Barry Durman, revealed this year's supported 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.

Cochran Cup 2016

Are you a keen golfer?  Could your 41 Club enter a team of four into a national tournament? If so then why not contact the National Councillor for your region to discover how you could represent your region in this year's finals.  Regional tournaments are held over the spring and summer months, the winners of which go forward into the national finals.  In regions that do not hold a qualifier then you can volunteer to represent that region.

The National 41 Club Golf Finals for the Cochran Cup will be held on Thursday 29th of September at Ladbrook Park Golf Club, Tanworth in Arden, Nr Solihull.  Further details will be available soon.

Yeovil Court Classic Car Rally (Aug 5-7)

Update 29/4/16: We've been delighted so far with the number of entries and with 3 months to go we already have 26 cars entered and 52 people.

The Yeovil Court Hotel, other than 4 single rooms, is now fully booked on doubles and twins. However the good news is we have a second excellent hotel on stream called The Hollies Hotel in the village of Bower Hinton which is just a couple of miles away through the lanes from West Coker. The Hollies has double rooms available at a special rate to Rally entrants of £110 a night including Breakfast. Evening meals, for both Friday and Saturday night, will be at the Yeovil Court together with the other Rally entrants and can be booked separately on the Rally Booking Form.

The Hollies Hotel also has safe parking for our cars behind the hotel and the car park is not visible from the road. The Hollies can be contacted by calling 01935 822232 and asking for Kath Garry. Please be sure to mention the 41 Club Classic Car Rally on booking to get the Rally discount.

If you have any questions about the Rally or the hotel accommodation available, as we do have other alternatives, please call me on 07891 761599 or call Lin on 01275 341464. Alternatively you can email Lin on for an Entry Form or download one from the 41 Club website at Remember the Rally is for all types of classic and cherished cars and motor cycles, including modern classics.

The Haynes Motor Museum trip on the Saturday is going to be excellent as we get to park our cars in front of the museum whilst we have lunch and then take the guided tour.

On the Sunday morning we will be visiting the East Somerset Railway which is in steam that day. The Railway has a Coffee Shop and Gift Shop and although we will only be stopping there for coffee Rally Entrants are welcome to take a Steam Train ride and then catch up with us later at the lunch venue.

The South West Classic Car Rally Team are looking forward to welcoming you to Yeovil in August. We're looking forward to receiving more entries so blow up the tyres and top up the oil on your jalopy and come and join us in sunny Somerset, they're bottling the cider as I write this ready to welcome you.

Yours in Continued Friendship,
Immediate Past National President

The Rally venue is :-

The Yeovil Court Hotel, West Coker Road, Yeovil, Somerset, BA20 2HE. Tel: 01935 863746. The Hotel is situated between Yeovil and the village of West Coker with ample private parking for our cars and motorcycles.

There are 27 rooms available at the Rally Hotel with a mixture of Deluxe Double/twin, Standard Double/twin and Single. By negotiating a special rate we’ve been able to keep the prices the same as last year but with a small saving on the Saturday night meal cost if you’re not staying in the Rally Hotel.

Rally Hotel rates include Bed, Breakfast and Evening meal for two sharing and are £115 per night per room for a Standard Room. There are a small number of Deluxe Rooms costing £125 per night and the singles are £90 if you are just coming on your own. Booking is direct with the hotel and please quote 41 Classic Rally to obtain the reduced rate. We suggest you book early as the rooms are reserved for a limited time but there are other hotels and Guest Houses available locally if you want to pick your own accommodation.

Friday 5th Aug

An informal dinner on Friday night in the hotel for those of you arriving early.

Saturday 6th Aug

Assembly in the hotel car park at 10.00am to meet your fellow rally goers and check out their vehicles. We will then set off for a run around the lanes of Somerset to arrive at The Haynes Motor Museum for a 2 course hot lunch in a private room with a guided tour of the museum afterwards and then plenty of time to explore the excellent exhibits. The lunch and tour will be optional and can be booked via the Entry Form. The Museum has allowed us to use their private parking area in front of the main entrance for the duration of our stay, so our vehicles will be on display to the public visiting that day. After another run back to Yeovil through the wonderful Somerset countryside there will be a Rally Gala Dinner in the evening with a quiz to entertain you and the presentation of various awards.

Sunday 7th Aug

We will assemble at the hotel after breakfast for a scenic run to a local attraction followed by an informal pub lunch at a local hostelry. After lunch entrants will be free to leave for home although the hotel is pleased to offer additional nights at the same rate if you wish to extend your visit to Somerset either before or after the Rally.

The 2016 Classic Rally Team are pleased to extend you a warm welcome to Somerset in August and remember the event is open to any vehicle that you cherish, regardless of age or type, and classic motorcycles are as welcome as cars.

If you want to have a chat about the event give National President Terry a ring on his mobile and he’ll be delighted to assist you. Terry can be contacted on 07891 761599.

Time now to get on with that winter rebuild and we’ll look forward to seeing you in the Somerset sunshine for a great weekend of driving and fellowship.

The 41 Club Classic Rally Team.

The booking form is available at this link: Booking Form

AGM 2016 Elections / Appointments

The following officers were installed at the AGM:

Board Members:

National President 2016-2017 - Barry Durman
National Vice President 2016-2017 - Dave Campbell
National Immediate Past President 2016-17 - Terry Cooper
International Relations Officer 2016-2019 - Peter Good
National Communications Officer 2016-2019 - Godwin Stewart
National Membership and Round Table Liaison Officer 2016 -2018 - Duncan Kennedy (re-elected for second term)

National Councillors:

Region 3 Ireland - Stewart Thompson (Dublin & District 41 Club)
Region 10 East Midlands - John Lamb (Chesterfield 41 Club)
Region 23 Wessex and Channel Islands - Steve Bolter (Wareham 41 Club)
Region 24 London, Surrey, Sussex - David Leach (Kingston upon Thames Ex-Tablers) (Second term)

AGM 2016 Resolutions and Results

The following six resolutions were presented to the AGM meeting in Birmingham:

Resolution 1

Complementary National Capitation of 41 Club for current full members of Round Table from 1 January 2017


Resolution 2

That the title of the Association’s International Officer is changed to ‘International Relations Officer’ (National IRO).


Resolution 3

Taking effect from the 2018 Annual General Meeting, all members of the National Council (with the exception of the National President, National Vice-President and the Immediate Past National President) shall be elected for a three-year term at the Annual General Meeting and the service in that office is limited to that three-year term unless there is no candidate to replace that Council member. If there is no candidate for his replacement, then the incumbent Councillor or Officer may stand for re-election for a period of one year, repeatable once if there is still no candidate for his replacement after the one-year extension of his term.


Resolution 4

Should any member of the National Council not perform satisfactorily in his duties, or any member of the Association be found guilty of a serious criminal offence, then they shall be subject to the Association’s Disciplinary Policy.


Resolution 5

20.7 The National Board and Council shall manage the Association’s affairs within the budget agreed at each AGM for the financial year following. The National Treasurer shall report to the membership ahead of each Council Meeting, the progress made against the budget. Any additional expenditure, not presented to an AGM or contained within the budget shall not be authorised without prior approval of the membership at a General Meeting. In the event of an emergency, National Council may approve additional expenditure up to an amount not greater than 1% of the overall budget during the financial year with the membership being informed through the email system.


Resolution 6

20.9 The Association’s reserves shall be maintained at a level agreed at a General Meeting of the Association.


2016 Conference Prize Winners

AwardPresented forWinner
Malcolm Lockey TrophyCommunity ServiceChris Taylor (The Millennium Way
Vaughan Harris AwardNominated by Round TablePeter Noble (Great Dunmow 41 Club)
Jim Parkes TrophyOverseas travelTom Atkins (Nuneaton 41 Club)
Tom Hodge / Victor Miscich BiplaneOutstanding international contribution Claudio Matasci (Switzerland)
David Smith TrophyBest club newsletterLeicester St Martins
David Hewitt TrophyBest club websiteCalpe, Costa Brava
Photographic CompetitionStephen Batt (Rugby Webb Ellis)
Ian Kelso TrophyBest speaker at the AGMKeith Howard (Newton Abbot)
Kiwi ClubMost members attending by distanceSouthend on Sea
Team GolfShirley Late Knights
Individual Men's GolfMike Clarke (Shirley Late Knights)
Glasgow QuaichFancy dress - best large groupSunshine plus East and West Ham Tangents
Jersey TrophyFancy dress - best small groupGordano Valley

1st Prize Photo

Stephen Batt - Rugby Webb Ellis

Second Place

Geoff Armitage - Oswestry

Third Place

Bernard Gilburt - Hornchurch

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"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