Wednesday, 21 September 2011


A long drive took Jill and me to Banff in Scotland, where we arrived in time to join Deveron 41 Club for a curry on the Thursday evening. On the Friday, I took part in the local Round
Tables’ annual charity golf day,    which is well supported by the local 41 Club.

The rain held off and it was a day in which the putts went in and the result was I joined 4 others on the winning score of 37 points; unfortunately I came 5th on the count back. It was a really enjoyable day, with monies raised for local charities.

Haselmere 41 Club – 14th September 2011


joined Haselmere 41 Club for an evening of “Slot Car Racing” – scalectrix by any other name. It took you back to childhood days racing cars around track. We ended up racing all sorts of cars with a bit of a twist at the end, in terms of the cars used.

We also enjoyed a homemade curry in the interval. An enjoyable evening was had by all.

Fleet 41 Club – 13th September 2011

I joined Fleet 41 Club for a very enjoyable sociable evening at the local curry house. There was good banter around the table and it was a pleasure to meet the members in a very relaxed atmosphere. The food was excellent. The Club had obviously been there before, as they looked after us very well and even brought us extra dishes! An excellent evening.

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Esher 41 Club – 12th September 2011

Along with members from Kingston ex-Tablers and Hamble Valley 41 Clubs, I joined Esher 41 Club for their joint meeting. After a very nice meal, it was time to ask the President what was happening in 41 Club. A lively discussion ensued and after about one hour (it seemed to go very fast) we all  adjourned to the bar. It was a very enjoyable relaxing evening.

The Muswell Hill Festival & Donkey Derby – 11th September 2011

A warm and sunny Sunday aftenoon took me to the Muswell Hill Festival and Donkey Derby.

There Jill and I  helped 1741 Club, together with local RT's Tablers (together with various family members) to run the Donkey Derby and Donkey rides . It was good fun and very funny to watch. The afternoon was spent with some very frisky donkeys which caused the riders some problems.

All this was part of raising monies for the London Centre for Children with Cerebal Palsy. The day was attended by several thousand people who all enjoyed the attractions which included a karate display, dog show, food courts, bouncy castles, inflatables and many other stalls.

Funds raised by 41 Club and Table amoted to over £1200.00  and it certainly raised the profile of RT and 41 Club in the local community.

City of London RT13 Nun Run – 11th September 2011

Over 200 runners turned up on the Sunday morning to dress up as Nuns and run around some of the City of London’s landmarks and bridges. It was good to see some 41 Club members supporting the event and Jill and I were asked to help on the day looking after the left luggage/bags.

The event was run by City of London RT13 and the monies raised (approximately £1500) went to RTCW.

Many of those that took part came up to us after the run when collecting their bags saying how well organised it all was and what a fun event and they would be looking out for it next year.

Monday, 12 September 2011

Joint meeting of Deeside and Birkenhead 41 Clubs – 7th September 2011

A pleasant drive took me to North Wales to visit Deeside and District 41 Club who were having a joint meeting with Birkenhead 41 Club. They meet twice a year and take it in turns to host the event. It was a very enjoyable evening (an informal meeting) with lots of laughter and good banter and it was good to see the local Round Table there to enjoy the evening as well.

Region 25 Golf – 6th September 2011

There was a good turnout at West Malling Golf Club (near Maidstone), which played host to Region 25’s Golf Day, for a really enjoyable day’s golf with dinner afterwards – despite the pouring rain the whole day (it only eased after 16 holes). They also managed to raise monies for RTCW.

It was a difficult course with plenty of water and trees, which I did find on many occasions, but on the plus side it is set in the heart of the Kent countryside and has magnificent views over the South Downs. I did though manage to win the longest drive competition – more by luck than judgement.

I look forward to welcoming the winners to the National Golf Finals in September.

Aldershot 41 Club – 5th September 2011

joined Aldershot 41 Club for dinner and a chat at their September meeting. It was a most enjoyable meeting and I was made to feel most welcome. Over dinner many stories from tabling days were recounted and with business kept to a minimum, everyone came away having a very enjoyable evening.

National Sporting Weekend – 2nd and 3rd September 2011

This year’s National Sporting Weekend was held in Leeds and was (as usual) well organised.

The Friday started off with the golf at Headingly Golf Club with the main sports taking place on the Saturday at the University Campus. It was good to see the event so well supported by 41 club (I recognised many old faces), but it was also good to see the participation of so many young tablers.

The Sportmans’ Dinner on the Saturday evening was excellent with an excellent speaker in Kriss Akabusi MBE.

Next year’s event will be held in Birmingham and I am sure that the committee will put on an excellent weekend.

Downland Eastbourne 41 Club – Croquet Evening – 31st August 2011

On a warm sunny evening I joined Downland Eastbourne for an evening of Croquet. It was really enjoyable to have someone who knows how to play come round with you and explain the rules of the game and what to do – it is not such a friendly game. The evening was rounded off by a fine fish and chip supper.