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oTheR pAges - 4. This is the Captain speaking; 5. Meet Jason Thompson; 8. Being a games maker; 9. The Paralympics; 10. Llandudno Conference; 11. Llandudno; 12. International Shake up!; 18. National Photographic Competition 2013; 19. Coffee Time; 20. The Round Table Vintage Challenge 1990; 22. Maldon 41 Club / Memories of Round Table; 23. A Visit To The AGM / A Knight At The Station 24. Mens Health; 25. Noticeboard; 26. Grumpy Ex-Tablers; 27. Brooklands; 28. Book Review; 29. Obituaries; 30. Small Ads;
2012 An Exceptional Year What a year 2012 has been in the UK! We began the year commemorating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens, undeniably the greatest Victorian author, and followed this by the 100th anniversary of the Titanic disaster. Spring was the time when we had an extra days holiday to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, and there were many spectacular events associated with this. However late July and August was when we really showed that Britain can organise a truly spectacular world event. The 30th Olympiad followed by the Paralympics exceeded all of our expectations, a fact that we should all be very proud of, but there is a group of our members who can be even prouder as they were part of the Olympics. They were Games Makers, part of the pink and purple army of volunteers that made the games possible. Pages 6 to 9 are dedicated to the experiences of two of our Games Makers. 2012 is also a memorable year for Jim Simpson of the Hamble Stick 41 Club, who completed a 10,000 mile round trip, covering much of Europe and Asia, on a motorcycle. He shares his experience with us pages 14 and 15. The petrolheads amongst you will also find articles on a vintage motorbike journey, two pages of classic cars belonging to club members and part one of the history of Brooklands. Dr. No had its worldwide premiere at the London Pavilion, on 5 October 1962, and in the same week Love Me Do was the first chart entry for the Beatles. Fifty years on they are both still at the forefront of entertainment, the most successful film franchise ever and the world’s most successful group. To celebrate we have a 007 word search and a Beatles crossword for you on page19. I think that you will agree that 2012 has been an exceptional year.
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The Purposes and Objects of the Association of Ex-Round Tablers’ Clubs (41 Club) To promote amongst the constituent clubs and those eligible for membership, the following objects: • To continue to promote opportunities for fellowship amongst former members of Round Table • To encourage active involvement in the Community • To use our experience in support of the Round Table Family • To encourage international relationships These objects to be promoted through regular meetings and other activities.
By the time you read this it will be more than six months since I was given the great honour of becoming your President and thoughts are already turning to the Association’s next AGM in Llandudno – where does the time go? One of the great things about this job is getting around and meeting people. The summer months are usually quieter in terms of club and regional visits and as I write the dinner season is about to get seriously under way but nevertheless I have been kept fairly busy. Although not a golfer – I tried for a short time but did not have the patience to persevere – I wanted to be like Jack Nicklaus straightaway - I have enjoyed the several regional golf days I’ve attended. These culminated in the National Final held at Longcliffe GC near Loughborough where I was delighted to present the prizes including, to the winning team, the Cochran Cup donated by Past President Drew. This year a record number of 41ers – sixty – competed on the day and it was a pleasure to meet and talk with them afterwards. The competition was devised and nurtured over five years by past National Councillor Donald Watson of Royal Troon who is now handing over the responsibility to another Donald, Councillor Ken of Region 2. Long may such a worthwhile and enjoyable event continue! Internationally, Kay and I attended the 41 International AGM in Chennai (formerly Madras) a week before I assumed the chair and we were fortunate to take part in a short tour of Northern India visiting among other attractions the Taj Mahal, the Amber Fort and a tiger reserve - though we missed out on sighting a tiger! We also went to the Half Yearly Meeting in Finland at the end of August – a great country with lovely people but they must be big earners to afford to live there. Sadly, as President the opportunities for foreign visits and travel are limited – and rightly so - due to the demands of one’s own clubs and regions, but we have attended the Iberian Cluster in Calpe on the Costa Blanca – not technically a foreign trip as the Iberian clubs are members of our Region 26 – and hope to pull in a couple of overseas visits before the year’s end. Kay and I were splendidly looked after by Round Table at their Conference in Torbay. The numbers may not be as many as in my day but they certainly know how to party and their enthusiasm is infectious. There is much we can learn from Round Table – not only how to fund raise and serve the community, if that is what we want to do – but also how to successfully promote interesting and varied meetings. I had a great day at the Birmingham University Sports Centre during Table’s National Sporting Weekend – five to six hundred young (and not so young) men competing at an array of sports including football, athletics, badminton, squash, table tennis and of course tug o’war. The day was all the more pleasurable as the overall winners were my old Area, Area 14.
And among all this social activity we have undertaken some serious business during two National Council Meetings in July and the end of September. At our last AGM a presentation was given setting out proposals for the Association’s future strategy, which included a list of objectives for each national committee to strive to achieve over the next three years. At the subsequent Council Meetings we have reviewed those objectives to see where we stand. I’m pleased to say that although we set the bar high we have achieved several milestones although perhaps inevitably, there have been some setbacks. Also at the last AGM a new post of National Councillors’ Liaison Officer was created and I’m delighted that the notion has succeeded in that the first appointee Terry Cooper is successfully motivating and invigorating your Councillors. My Presidential Charity, Prostate Cancer UK, has been well received and several substantial donations have been handed over. Support for the charity comes from many sources. At one Club’s anniversary dinner the guest speaker who had had the room in stitches disclosed that he was a great supporter of my charity as he was a survivor of the illness. At another the speaker, a well-known comedian, announced that the proceeds from his annual golf day would be donated to the charity. And I’ve lost count of the number of 41ers who tell me that their father/uncle/brother/friend had prostate cancer. However, it’s not just cash which I’m seeking to raise. I’m also eager to raise awareness of the disease and encourage our members to get themselves checked out – if prostate cancer is detected sooner than it might have been in just one 41er, I shall feel I’ve succeeded. Arrangements for our next Conference in Llandudno are well in hand thanks to the hard work of your Conference Committee. Numbers are at a higher level at this stage in the year than at any time in this millennium and we are on course for a sell out. So, if you haven’t yet submitted your booking may I encourage you to do so as soon as possible – I know you will not be disappointed. Finally, I began this article saying how much I like getting out and about and meeting people. Looking at my diary I shall have plenty of opportunity for doing so in the next six months but there are still a few gaps in it and if you’d like me to attend a function or event please get in touch – I’ll be delighted to accept where I can.
DAVID SMITH NATIoNAl PreSIDeNT 2012-13
MEET JASON THOMPSON, RTBI PRESIDENT 2012-2013 Gentleman, We all know how important it is to both Round Table and 41 Club, to be working together, to guarantee longevity and that includes the other members of the Round Table Family too. Following our two great conferences in Torquay and Jersey, I know that both our Associations are increasingly strong and the future is truly looking good. However, there is a long way to go and a great deal of work to be done. For those of you at Jersey you will have heard me say I am extremely proud to be a Tabler, because no doubt like you, Round Table truly has changed my life forever. It has given me so many of those ‘Thousand one offs’ we speak about, and we are more confident than ever, that Round Table IS going to be here for the future. It WILL be here to enjoy. It WILL continue to develop us and it WILL continue having an impact on so many lives in so many of our communities. But, and it’s a big BUT, we need your help. We need you to continue to be proud, remembering what Round Table has given you and be proud to say it when you are out there in the world of today with work colleagues, family and friends. Personally, I feel an obligation to share and not keep to myself, the experiences I’ve had and it may be the only way, many get to know about this amazing club. I’m asking you to be a true and life-long ambassador of Round Table. For those of you that take an active part in your local Table, I want to personally thank you for your continued support. However, and please listen to my heart, there is support and then there is being on the front line. Remember when you walked into your first Round Table experience? Did you see, young and passionate Tablers wanting to make a difference, whilst having great fun ? Or…did you see ex-Tabler's there, doing as much, if not more, than the current Tablers? I would suggest not. Please allow, support and indeed encourage them to develop and to take an active part in their future. To some it’s seen as stifling them, when many see it as a constant and genuine offer of help. Please do all you can to help them develop as Tablers into being the building blocks of the future too!
I thought you'd like to know a few fun facts about me. Full Name: Jason Thomson. Nick name: JT Waist: 34inches (at the moment!) Weight: 15stone 10Lbs (will cost me lots if it’s higher at end of the year) Height: 6ft Likes: lager Dislikes: sea food and Rose wine Little known fact: After 20yrs in the fire service I know when to run 79th President RTBI of a ‘Growing Association’! Did the London Marathon for my charity Sparks! Favourite colour: Red (or Blue) Why we do what we do: Because we can... ‘Make a difference’! Gentleman, cut me through and it will say Round Table. It is the greatest of honours to be Round Table’s National President but I am, and will always be, immensely proud to tell everyone I am a member of Round Table too. I look forward to working with your President David and your Board for the future of our associations and to meeting as many of you as possible, on my travels this year.
JASoN THoMSoN (JT) NATIoNAl PreSIDeNT rouND TAble 2012 - 2013
‘I Made London 2012’ “Thank you to the tens of thousands of volunteers. Volunteers who gave their time, their boundless enthusiasm and their goodwill and who have the right to say tonight, ‘I made London 2012” These words by Sebastian Coe, Chairman of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games in his closing speech at the Olympics on the 12th August, received the longest sustained ovation for anything at that magical closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. This showed what the public and the athletes thought of the volunteers. I didn’t hear it at the time as I was standing outside the Olympic Stadium in the Olympic Park near the Information Point, proudly wearing my games maker uniform along with many colleagues who in a very short time had become friends. We hugged each other, we high fived each other, we waited for the fireworks and the final onslaught of people coming out of the ceremony who had lost valued items. For just over two weeks the Olympic Park had been my home. I spent more time there than I did in my own house. I spent more time with those wonderful, friendly, smiling, enthusiastic, fun loving people than I did with my own family. This was the world of the Games Maker at the London Olympics and this is my story. I suppose it all started with my intense love of sport. I had watched every Olympics since Rome in 1960 on TV. I nearly got to go to Munich to watch in 1972 but our visit was thwarted by the Palestinian terrorist attack. This was a nearly games in many ways. Chris, my wife, and I had met on the athletics track representing Leicestershire at the All England School Sports in Solihull in 1970. I was a reasonable sprinter (not easy to guess these days!) but Chris was an excellent junior hurdler and was in the GB pre-Olympic squad for Munich until an accident prevented her from competing. Given this love of sport and the Olympics, as soon as the London bid was confirmed in 2005 I said then that I had to find a way to be involved. I signed on to the London 2012 web site as soon as it came live and waited for an opportunity to find out what I could do. In September 2010 my application to become a volunteer was completed and then a wait to find out if I had been successful. It was a long wait but in June 2011 I got an e-mail to say I had been successful at first stage and was invited to an interview. On the 20th July I joined many hundreds of others for my interview at the Excel Centre in London. Why did I feel so nervous? I was an experienced interviewer. I’d interviewed for a number of jobs in my life. I was a reasonably confident type of person. Surely this would be easy. No it wasn’t. It was pretty much a 40 minute grilling by a very experienced interviewer. If this was to be the standard required they really were looking for some good people. I had applied for a role to join the Event Services Team. Event Services were frequently described as the face of the games. Our roles would include those games makers who were the first you would see when entering a venue, they were the people who showed you to your seats, they were the people manning the information points, they were the people around the venues and they were likely to be the last people you saw when you left your event. In the Olympic Park they were also the people who scanned your tickets, helped with crowd movement and often sat on umpire’s chairs with megaphones welcoming visitors and having a bit of a laugh with them. The requirements were quite clear, they were looking for those who could communicate, those who were enthusiastic and those who could make a difference. The interview over I waited like everyone else hoping I had done sufficient to be part of the London 2012 Olympics. On 23rd September I got the e-mail. “Congratulations you have been successful with your application to be a Games Maker in the Event Services Team”. From then on we had a variety of training events, although I missed the Orientation training being stuck in Birmingham in the snow in February at the National Council Meeting. A day training for the role, an invitation to collect my uniform in May and finally our first look at the Olympic Park where I was to be based just two weeks before the games started. The excitement was definitely growing and as we wandered through the Park we began to realise how big it was and how important our roles were. By now I had got my shifts through. 15 days out of the 17 but perhaps the surprise were the hours. Eight early shifts starting at 5-30am until 4-00pm and seven late shifts from 2-00pm until 1-00am. Long days! I had been allocated a role in one of the information points in the Olympic Park trying to answer all those questions from the public and dealing with lost and found items and lost children and vulnerable adults.
The games were due to start on the 27th July but I had agreed to do an additional shift at the final dress rehearsal for the opening ceremony on 25th July. This was a chance to find out more about our roles before the games actually started and there would only be around 50,000 in the Park. It was a gentle beginning, particularly as many of the attendees were either volunteers or family of the participants. The information point was in Orbit Circus by the Orbit art structure (or the strange red thing as we later learned to describe it) designed by Anish Kapoor and at 115 metres tall the largest permanent art structure in Britain. Once all the guests were in the Stadium we heard the music and loud cheers ringing round. I got my first pin badge that night! Something like Round Table and 41 Club pin badges were a big thing. Every athlete carried them and most of the sponsors had them. There was even a big trading centre for swapping and trading pins from previous Olympics. Mine came from a few of the female Italian pistol shooting team. They thought they could just walk into the Stadium for the dress rehearsal with their athlete accreditation. With a bit of sweet talking to the ticketing people in the box office next door to our info point I managed to get them 3 tickets. That gave us an idea and we managed to persuade the box office to give us a couple of tickets to get in ourselves. Wow, what a stadium and what a ceremony. Unfortunately it was to be my only time inside the stadium throughout the Olympics. There were six information points and I managed to work all of them during my 15 days. They were different. One at the Southern most entrance to the Park and the one at the Northern entrance to the Park (later closed) were relatively quiet. The others were generally speaking busy. One by the Basketball arena and opposite the huge screens in “Park Live”, one near the Copper Box at the other side of “Park Live” on the main thoroughfare through the Park, one next to the largest Macdonalds in the World in World Square and the busiest of them all at the Orbit Circus, a favourite for all of us. My first three shifts, starting with the opening ceremony on 27th July, were all in the afternoon. We quickly learned that there was very little information in the information points and gradually built up our knowledge and shared it with the other info points. Basic things such as where are the nearest toilets, where are the water fountains, where is the nearest ATM, where’s the 2012 Megastore. We also started to get questions about the Park. For many people their day in the Park was their one and only occasion so they wanted to know what they could do and see, apart from the event they had come to watch. Like us they were surprised at the size of the park. We found out about the different gardens and the wildflower walks, we found out about the dozens of pieces of artwork, we found out about the various sponsor showcases such as the Coca Cola Beat Box, the EDF Interactive Energy, BP Fuelling the Future and Samsung where you could get some great pin badges. We also provided a results service, a weather forecast, a location to charge mobile phones, a children’s buggy park and simply a directions service through the 500 acres of land the Park is built on. Apart from general information we also provided a lost and found service for both items and children or vulnerable adults. With up to 230,000 people in the Park at peak times it was not surprising that some got separated from their families. Whilst the games makers in the body of the park were usually the first to come across a lost person it was the people in the information points who led the communications exercise to ensure they were re-united with their families. Most were re-united quickly but we did have one difficult one with an elderly French man with very little English, no mobile phone contact and suffering the onset of Parkinsons. One of my colleagues that evening dealt with it brilliantly and she ended up taking him back to his Hotel in Bow to ensure he was re-united with his family. Above and beyond? This was just one of a number of examples of things we did. The games makers invented various means of having fun with the visitors. Evening congas on the World Square bridge, hokey-cokeys on Britannia Row, High Five’s to passers by and songs to say thanks for coming, or showing the ways out. For those who went to the Park you will remember seeing the volunteers on the high chairs with mega-phones. The real reason was for crowd control to keep people moving along the main walk-ways. This turned into a festival of fun and games-makers were fighting to get a go on the chairs, everyone wanted to do it. On the way in or on the outside of the park leading to the tube station everybody joined in and the public responded. The atmosphere created was electric, noisy and just great fun. Entering the second week the Park changed. With the Stadium open and 80,000 additional people in it both morning and evening the Park was heaving.
We had some strange things handed in as lost. For example on one evening alone we had two pairs of men’s shorts and three pairs of ladies knickers from just one location. How does someone go home having left what appears to be their whole life in a bag? A rucksack containing a change of clothes, a purse with a debit card, two credit cards, a driving license an oyster card and a blackberry phone was handed in one evening. We couldn’t contact the owner, which we managed to do on many occasions when a phone was handed in, as the phone was locked. The bag was still showing on our system as unclaimed 2 days later! Then there was the bag of croissants left untended which nearly caused a full security alert, or the German man who’d lost his wife who had his ticket for the Hockey half an hour before it started. What about other members of 41 Club. I met a couple of people who were visitors and worked a number of shifts alongside Roger Thomsett from Maldon 41 Club. Past President, Ian Mackenzie, was causing serious disruption on the roads (according to Martin Green that is) as a driver of VIP’s using the Olympic Lanes in his Olympic BMW car. He carried many Olympic Officials and some well known names around. He even managed to drive onto Downing Street and stop outside Number 10, legally I might add, to collect a foreign politician after a meeting with David Cameron. Martin Green our current vice president was working on the communications team based at Hyde Park. Apart from handing out walkie-talkies to various staff and volunteers he also edited the daily newsletter for the Hyde Park team. His other claim to fame was as a seat filler at the Triathlon in the Olympic Family stand sitting behind the Duke of Gloucester. David Campbell from Chelmsford was looking after the Armenian athletes in the Athletes village. Then there was Gerry Taylor from Haverhill, an international cyclist in his time. He drove the car in front of the road racing events. He was there to see Bradley Wiggins complete his brilliant win in the time trial. As you can see from the photo on the front cover he also kept Bradley’s seat warm for him at Hampton Court Palace. I’m sure amongst the 70,000 volunteers there were many more from 41 Club and we all have great stories and great memories.
Apparently on our peak day, the second Tuesday, we had over 130,000 in the Park before 9-00am and at peak in mid-afternoon over 230,000. Park Live, the only big screen venue in the park, had 10,000 people sitting watching most times of day during the second week and the noise of cheering could be heard across the park. My favourite day was Super Saturday. I was working in Britannia Row that evening with Park Live just in front of us. Although we were about half a mile from the Stadium you could hear the noise from there. We sat in our little marquee watching the events unfold on our Internet screen and listening to the radio on my i-phone. A really strange sensation when firstly Jess, then Greg and then Mo completed the triple gold medal evening. The Park Live screen was about 10 second delay after the Stadium, the internet was around 5 seconds after that and the Radio was a few seconds later. So we knew our medallists had won even before we saw it or heard it for ourselves. The sounds in the Park were phenomenal, the atmosphere was brilliant and when thousands of people disgorged from the venues at the Basket Ball, the Copper Box, the Riverside Hockey arena to join with the 80,000 coming from the Stadium the party really started. What a great night.
Without doubt this was an experience of a life time. It is something that none of us who were involved will ever forget. Everything worked, not always like clockwork but to the paying customers and International guests it seemed to. The Olympic Park is a wonderful place and for it’s future as the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park it leaves a tremendous legacy on what was really a piece of derelict land. During my time as a Games Maker I met like-minded people from all over Britain (does that sound familiar?) showing fantastic enthusiasm and commitment. I worked with a young electrician from Sheffield, an 80 year old man who had been a volunteer at the 1948 Olympics, a nurse from Essex, a manager for Ernst & Young, 3 students waiting for their A level results to start university and many more. I felt a great pride in wearing the uniform and above all very proud to be British. As Seb Coe said, I believe I can say I helped to make London 2012.
So what was the most difficult question to deal with? Undoubtedly it was tickets. We put signs up outside all our info points to say “There are no tickets for Sale or Resales” but that didn’t stop 100’s of people every day asking us how they got tickets for events. “I’ve been to the swimming this morning, so what can I go to this afternoon?” was typical. We weren’t helped initially by the empty spaces being shown on TV at some of the venues. LOCOG did react and fairly quickly but there were always likely to be spaces, particularly in the early part of the games. Tickets were being released but they were being snapped up very quickly. All in all this was the most successful games ever for ticket sales and as I write this it seems that the Paralympics is going to be a complete sell out for the first time in it’s history.
JIM SMITH NATIoNAl MeMberSHIP AND rouND TAble lIAISoN offIcer 7.
BeING A GAMes MAker – WHY DID IT Work? I spend a lot of time analysing in my head why people do things. And since the incredible success of the Olympics I have thought a lot as to why I did what I did and what incentivised 70,000 people to be Games Makers. The key sponsors in organising the Games Maker workforce were McDonalds. One of the largest employers of people in the service industry and despite criticism of the product - they know how people ‘tick’. They used their skills to motivate people using those three powerful elements – APPRECIATION, REWARD and PRIDE. The words ‘Thank-You’ are underused in our life nowadays and throughout the games those words were continually on the tongues of anyone and everyone. So you felt motivated by appreciation. Whether the person was a section leader or they were Sebastian Coe – there was always a ‘thank-you’ everywhere you went. In fact every day in the Hyde Park newsletter I produced – we always wrote somewhere – ‘say thank you to someone today’. Appreciation also includes ‘looking after people’. If it rained – we were given proper protective clothing, if it was hot - sun cream. Bottled water was in plentiful supply, refreshments and meals were provided when you were on shift, and as for the chocolates from Cadburys! Everyone was properly looked after – even provision was made for those who wished to be able to pray in a ‘Quiet Room’. As far as ‘reward’ was concerned this was also interesting. Without exception being a Games Maker ‘cost’. If it wasn’t lost time – it was transport getting there or something. Throughout the time small rewards were given out. A diary, a badge, a bronze badge, then silver and gold, and then at the end an excellent engraved relay baton to commemorate involvement. These were small things, but enough to show appreciation for what you had done. And then of course there was pride. Pride to be involved in something that was ‘special’. Pride to be involved in something that as a country we had achieved better than anyone had done before. Pride to have been ‘chosen’. Pride to wear the uniform, Pride, when popping into Sainsbury’s on the way home whist wearing the uniform, and being stopped by dozens of people to be asked ‘what is was like?’ Pride, when the letter from 10 Downing Street came through the letterbox to thank us….. This was an amazing experience – and I feel at the end I have learnt a lot. If you were a Games Maker – I am sure you are a better person for doing it. It was a ‘process’ that many people could or should learn from, to get the most out of people and as a result do a good job. What is clear was we were not just ‘volunteers’. This was something very very special.
41 club VIce-PreSIDeNT olyMPIc GAMeS MAker – loNDoN 2012
Were You A GAMes MAker? If so we would like to know. We would like to produce a roll call of honour for all those members of 41 Club and Tangent that were members of the volunteer army at either the Olympics or Paralympics (and in some cases both). Please send your name, club, brief details of your role and (if possible) a photograph of you in the uniform. If you know of any other members of 41 or Tangent that also worked at the Games please contact them or send in their names in order that we can include them. In addition did any of our members carry the torch on the relay around the country? If so please contact us. Send the details to email@example.com and we will feature you all in the Spring magazine. Well done to all those that participated, you will have great memories for life.
Go on be honest, even the avid sports watchers would have had some difficulty at the outset of the Paralympics in naming more than a few Paralympic competitors. Most had heard of Oscar Pistorius, the legendary South African “Blade Runner”. Many could recall the name of Ellie Simmonds the young British swimmer, who was the poster girl for the British team following her success as a 13 year old at the Beijing Paralympics and perhaps David Weir, the wheelchair athlete due to his competing alongside the able bodied athletes in the London Marathon. But was it sport or just a showcase for the fantastic efforts to overcome adversity?
Games maker antics continued throughout and the record for the number of people in one high five line on the exit was broken with 57 gamesmakers in a line and visitors encouraged to take part and be happy by others on the high chairs. There were a couple of opportunities for us to get in and see a bit of sport this time. I managed to see about ten minutes in the swimming as I took a man in a wheelchair to his place and one evening managed about 20 minutes in the stadium. Even though there wasn’t a Brit competing whilst I was there the noise and enthusiasm was amazing. I also managed to see 20 minutes of wheelchair rugby, or murderball as it is probably better known. It can only be described as a combination between stock car racing, dodgem cars and American football as the participants spend all the time trying to ram each other. The wheelchair technicians replace damaged wheels and bits of the wheelchair quicker than Formula 1 cars! Fantastic. Another highlight was meeting the wonderful Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson who was always willing to stop and talk and have her photograph taken. What a wonderful ambassador for sport she is.
The answer is in no doubt, it was fantastic sport. Who will now forget the sporting spectacle of not only Ellie Simmonds and David Weir racing but the fantastic 100 metres won by Jonnie Peacock or the way Richard Whitehead came storming through to win the 200 metres. Oscar was beaten in his 200 metres event for the first time ever by the amazing Brazilian Alan Oliveira but came back to win the 400 metres and other Brits, Hannah Cockcroft, Sarah Storey, Sophie Christiansen became household names. The London Paralympics was a festival of sporting achievement and again I was fortunate to be part of it. I volunteered to do some additional shifts as a Games maker for the Paralympics. Initially just five but the more I went the more I wanted to and ended up doing eight of the twelve days although I was in the Park on ten days as I had tickets for the opening and closing ceremonies. In between the Olympics and the Para’s the park had been changed. All the signage changed from the five Olympic rings to the three Agitos throughout the Park and all access points. More wheelchair spaces had been added to the venues and the tennis park at Eton Manor to the North of the Park had been added. Mandeville had replaced Wenlock as mascot but otherwise it was just the same. The crowds were in, the stadium was packed for every session and the atmosphere in the Park was just brilliant. I watched Jonnie Peacock win his race in the workforce area whilst having my evening meal with a crowd of around 1000 others and six small TV’s. The hairs stood up on the back of my neck as I walked past the stadium when David Weir was winning his 800 metres. Every time Ellie was racing you could hear the sound increase from the Aquatics centre. For anyone lucky enough to get a ticket for the stadium the noise was fantastic and just the same as the Olympics.
The opening and closing ceremonies were just brilliant. Full of colour, action, sound and for a Coldplay fan (which I am) the closing ceremony finished off a great summer of Olympic Sport. The whole summer was an experience I and the 70,000 other gamesmakers will never forget. I think we made a difference but whether we did or not we enjoyed it. The uniform is now packed away but I have no doubt there will be some other opportunities in the future. Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014? Ryder Cup in Scotland in 2014? Rugby World Cup in 2015? World Athletics Championships in 2017? And not forgetting Rio in 2016! Volunteering could become a real hobby and maybe as members of 41 Club we could all do a bit more. Not only does it help the community but it really is fun and fellowship.
JIM SMITH NATIoNAl MeMberSHIP AND rouND TAble lIAISoN offIcer
Llandudno 2013 Conference sponsorship opportunities A remarkably good Mosaic profile of 41 Club members is a target market you cannot miss, so we would like to offer you a wide range of sponsorship opportunities at our 41 Club and Tangent National Conference in April 2013. specifically £450 for the National presidents Banquet and Ball Menus or the Final Night party Menus at £250 Advertising in the Conference programme starts from £50 upwards Contact Kevin Lovett on mobile 07710633400 or 01614860239 evenings. Should any one like to sponsor the entire event please contact our Conference Chairman Andrew, on firstname.lastname@example.org who has prices available on request.
…. Is more than just a Conference
Known as the ‘Jewel of North Wales’ Llandudno is a perfect location both for our 2013 Conference and for a well-earned holiday, so why not combine your visit with a few extra days to relax or to explore the delights of North Wales. No matter what your interests are there is something that you will find of interest.
For those interested in historic houses there are a wealth of them in Conwy and on nearby Anglesey, including Plas Newydd, Aberconwy House and the smallest house in Britain, on Conwy Quay. If castles are your interest then there is no better place than North Wales. Conwy, Plas Mawr, Castell Rhudlan, Caernarfon, Beaumaris and Dolwyddlan are just a few of those within easy driving distance of Llandudno.
For golfers there are numerous golf courses with a wide range of abilities including the North wales Golf Club, a championship links course in Llandudno. Other courses include Maesdu, Rhos-onSea, Conwy and Penmaenmawr. In fact within forty minutes of the town are over forty golf clubs offering a wide variety of courses to suit all abilities, individuals and parties. Most offer a challenge, while many allow the golfer the opportunity to enjoy the exhilarating sea air at the same time as playing against the backdrop of North Wales’ magnificent scenery.
Those who are interested in steam railways can visit several of the Great Little Trains of Wales, including the Ffestiniog, Welsh Highland and Snowdon Mountain Railways. Right next to Llandudno is the famous Great Orme, which can be ascended by the famous tramway, by the longest cable car in Britain, by road or on foot. Other attractions on the Great Orme include an ancient mine, a dry ski and snowboard centre, the summit complex and even a nine hole pitch and putt.
For walkers there is the majesty of Snowdonia, the island of Anglesey with its 125 miles of coastal path and the Ceiriog Valley, first Welsh Prime Minister Lloyd George’s ‘little bit of heaven on earth’. There are walks suitable for all abilities.
For the ladies of course there are always the shops. Why not come to the 2103 Conference and have a real holiday experience in beautiful North Wales.
Bodnant is a must for all garden lovers and is just a few miles outside of Llandudno. Portmeirion is an easy drive, and famous as the setting for the TV series ‘The Prisoner’. The Italianate village, gardens and walks will give you surprises at every turn.
International Shake up! Following a number of concerns from several member countries of 41 International, the International VicePresident, Werner Blessing from Switzerland, tendered his resignation at the Half Yearly Meeting in Tampere, Finland. The Swiss board had already held a series of meetings to discuss the position and decided to replace their candidate by appointing their International Officer, Christoph Haenssler, as the new International Vice-President.
officers of the International Committee are:President - Krishna Kumar (India) Vice President - Christoph Haenssler (Switzerland) Past President - Matti Hinttala (Finland) Secretary Dr V Siddhartan (India) Treasurer – John Livingston (GB&I) Vice President elect – Carsten Flink (Denmark) Managers of 41 International are: Webmaster – Jarkko Aitolahti (Finland) Editor – Dr Dixon C Tembo (Zambia) Archivist – Beat Berger (Switzerland) Since their departure from 41 Club International, the French President, Serge Popoff, has started to contact some member countries to ascertain their positions regarding their future in the existing International Organisation. he is seeking information on three points, namely : 1) The consequences of the French decision to leave the existing International Organisation. 2) The future of the International Logo 3) The formation of a new International Association It is clear that the French intend to form an alternative to the existing International Organisation. They have already formed a committee who are preparing the foundations of the new “International Association” so that countries wishing to join them can do so. The International President, Krishna Kumar, has already written to all existing members of 41 International proposing that smaller countries with less than 3 clubs be admitted into 41 International. He has requested that member countries discuss this topic at their next National Board meetings and give feedback as soon as possible. The thoughts are that these smaller countries could be welcomed into the existing International organisation with certain conditions relating to fees and voting rights. The position of International Secretary will be voted for at next year’s International AGM in Interlaken, Switzerland. Any Ex-Tabler and fully paid member of 41 Club wishing to be considered for this post should apply in writing before 31st December 2012 to:-
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Congratulations to New York RT 1 on their 30th Charter
Devon Sea To Sea
Reunited, at least physically if not completely at peace with the world, we started the Tarka trail, which is relatively flat for 30 miles. However the hot sunny day began to take its toll and we soon reached the hills. Suffice it to say that fifty shades of red faces rather than grey hairs was now the order of the day and after Melvin kindly donated his bike plus panniers to Steve who also carried his own backpack we struggled to the Fox and Hounds to arrive at 7.30 some 10 minutes after a group of Devon young farmers who has started half an hour before us. So pride was restored after a few pints of Tribute Ale and excellent food.
Thirteen years after our original C2C trip (Whitehaven to Sunderland) and numerous other rides and ten year reunions, we decided that this year’s ride was to be the Devon sea to sea. (Ilfracombe to Plymouth). Described on the Internet as the easier C2C!! Well time takes its toll, and youthful enthusiasm never wanes, resulting in the assumptions that training is optional and rather than taking support vehicles we would carry our own gear. Stopping halfway at Okehampton. Well I thought the pub was in Okehampton but the Fox and Hounds is in Brideswell, some six miles beyond. So the 104 mile route was split 65/39.
Being gentlemen we let two of the young girls use our showers, now that takes some explaining but we are all sticking to the same story, and a bond of mutual suffering was further cemented the next day when they kept feeding us homemade cake from their support vehicle. Well Steve ate our five shares. Day two would have been so much better if we were not all very tired after the previous day’s ride and possibly the rehydration regime of Tribute and Rioja.
Five of our original eight set off for Plymouth dressed in our Wye Valley Brewery sponsored polo shirts to be met by Dave Hutton of www.Devonbybike.co.uk at the Milbay docks secure parking, to be transported back to ilfracombe, with our bikes. Well with time on our hands we decided to drop off at Woolacombe and cycle to Ilfracombe. After a nice pastie and ice-cream we set off, soon to be pushing our bikes upwards for what seemed like forever.
At Tavistock we found that the new £2.1m Gem Bridge for cyclists and walkers had been opened three days before and we crossed the valley cycling up a new but very soft surfaced track, which was like cycling on shale. Finally we reached Plymouth Hoe and posed for the obligatory photographs with a certain pride that we olduns could still do it.
Arriving in Ilfracombe we settled in to a few beers in the yacht club followed by fish and chips, retiring early to be ready for our start on Saturday morning. Climbing out of Ilfracombe after a full fried breakfast is not the best start. Mike forgetting he had SPD clipped pedals promptly fell off cutting his arm and so we trundled on at various speeds soon to lose Mike and Ian. They quite correctly stopped to ask the way from a very helpful walker who understood nothing about cycling, mountain bike routes or the mature cyclist already red in the face. She directed them to the optional vertical grassy bank route requiring both walking up and down the track. Thus showing men are capable of taking directions, albeit wrong ones. Meanwhile the remaining three passed the time with coffee sunning ourselves in Braunton.
In hindsight, we should have started on the Friday cycling to Barnstaple to break up the first day, trained a lot more and started looking for pubs with stair lifts.
ANDrew SIDDoNS wAlSAll 41 club
Andrew, Mike, Melvin, Ian, Steve on Plymouth Ho
Tashkent Jim Simpson shares his epic motorcycle journey across Europe and Asia I was excited by the idea of treading in the footsteps of Marco Polo, Alexander the Great and Genghis Khan and following part of the legendary silk/spice route through Central Asia to destinations which previously were only names on a map. There was the challenge of planning and executing it without the assistance of researchers to sort out routes and visas; being accompanied by a cameraman to offer a spare pair of hands when needed or having the security of a support vehicle equipped with mechanic and spare parts. It was me alone against all contingencies. The plan was to enter Europe from Kent through the Channel Tunnel riding in a straight line to Istanbul, then east across Turkey through Georgia and Azerbaijan to the Caspian Sea. I didnâ€™t want to end the trip there and so the logical conclusion was to take the ferry to Turkmenistan, south east through the Garagum desert to the ancient city of Merv, turning north away from the Afghan border into Uzbekistan to the ancient holy cities of Bukhara and Samarkand terminating in Tashkent. From there it was back through Kazakhstan into Russia and Ukraine before entering the EU in Poland and returning through the Czech Republic, Germany and France to the Channel Tunnel again.
Originally, I thought of camping but was persuaded against it by my lady partner who rightly suggested it would be better to have a comfortable bed each night with a good meal at each end of the day. It also saved weight and time. Hotels ranged from 5 star to no-star. The dearest was 90€ and the cheapest $3.50 in a dormitory in the desert. An average price was $30. I chose my bike carefully and went for a medium weight BMW knowing I could rely on German engineering. It took me eighteen months to modify and prepare the bike and get it the way I wanted. I was deliberately knocked off by an irate Romanian 4x4 driver who objected to me filtering in front of him at the Turkey/Georgia border. I hit the deck swerving to avoid a head-on collision with a Georgian car driver determined to overtake on an unmade road forcing me into the gravel and twice bit the dust in deep Kazakh sand. The bike didn’t miss a beat and despite several hundred miles of unmade roads I managed to avoid punctures. Several bolts shook loose on the dreadful roads requiring tightening every few days. I managed to lose one but was assisted to make a repair by 3 passing Polish bikers who seemed to have everything in their panniers. My worst moment was losing my passport just after entering Russia but by retracing my steps I was very lucky (and relieved) to find it again lying in the grass verge. I suffered the unwelcome attention of corrupt traffic police in the ‘stans stopping me several times on the pretext of speeding, demanding my passport and driving licence and returning them only in exchange for cash. Needless to say I was never issued with a speeding ticket or given a receipt. In one hotel in Russia, just as I finished dinner, I was approached by two “working girls” offering me a three in a bed romp. One spoke a little English, pointed to herself, her friend and me saying “Love, bed, sex Da ?” She looked very disappointed when I replied “Niet, spaceba”, gathered up my Kindle with the Times on it and retired to bed on my own. From mid Turkey to Ukraine I was regarded as a bit of an oddity. Cars passed with necks craned round to see who was riding the bike and many would wave enthusiastically as did people on the roadside. When I stopped I was soon surrounded by curious bystanders eager to enter into conversation. I taught myself a little basic Russian being the lingua franca in the former Soviet republics but it was never enough to cope with their questions. They were also intrigued by my age and frequently asked how old I was. I suspect people of 68 in that part of the world don’t do anything adventurous. I covered 10,000 miles in just under eight weeks visiting nineteen different countries. My hottest day was 44C in the Turkmen desert. My longest ride was 550 miles from Brno in the Czech Republic to Metz in France. My diary/blog can be found at www.horizonsunlimited.com/tstories/simpson for those who like more detail.
Jim SimpSon Hamble Valley 41 (Stick) club Biography – Jim was Founder Chairman of Hamble Valley RT (1975/6); Chairman Area 1 RTBI (1981/2) and a past Chairman of Hamble Valley 41 (Stick) Club.
in the last magazine i asked members to supply details and photographs of their classic cars. The response has been magnificent and i am pleased to publish a good selection of members’ cars. Please see the noticeboard for details of what is to be featured in future editions.
1959 Austin Healey 3000 mk1 BT7 Owned since 1987 – prepared for light tarmac rallying used for classic car runs with the Midland Automobile Club at Shelsley Walsh and with the Austin Healey Club.
1966 Rover 2000TC – recent acquisition bought to do modest rallying – the car has competed in two Pirelli Marathons and a Historic Monte – fully rally prepared – my wife Judy says it is the ugliest duckling of the brood!
1953 land Rover series 1 80” wheelbase – ex military - the cheapest convertible in the village – starts first time used to go on trips to the tip – they won’t take it! Very basic – no heater – usually driven without windows with the canvas top rolled up. Bought off ebay – but inspected first - Dirt cheap to insure and no road tax to pay.
1980 Ferrari 308GTS I always was a fan of Magnum PI – his car was red – but I bet he is grey now! One previous owner just done 19000 miles – it lives in an air conditioned large plastic bag used on visits out with the Ferrari Owners club and the occasional classic car run.
1951 Dellow mk 1 – only 200 odd built at Alvechurch Worcestershire - a trials/hill climb car - Ford running gearpreviously bought by John Handley former European saloon car champion for his daughter Gilly as a 21st birthday present – just done 29000 miles – used for static displays with the Dellow Register at Shelsley Walsh and driving around the local countryside in the style of Mr Toad.
All great fun to drive -which gives the most fun? The one that I am driving at the time!
BRiAn WilliAmS mAinWARinG 41 CluB Ex Stoke 96 Table Ex Worcester Elgar Table Ex Hagley Table Exhausted
1959 Sprite. After 40 or so years of wanting to get a frogeye (with fond memories of one in the past) I purchased this one from a well known internet auction site - without even seeing it - and collected and drove it back from near Banbury to my home in Dorset. Curiously after all those years of wanting one would you believe that my original car turned up locally in a very dilapidated state just a month or so later. I'm pleased to say the new owner is now rebuilding it. 1962 Jaguar. I've owned this for 9 years now having purchased it as a 'daily driver' from a local dentist who had spent huge effort and a not unsubstantial sum on a full restoration which was almost complete. In spiteof that it ultimately needed a new interior with recovered leather seats and refinished woodwork. I have now driven over 46,000 miles in it since acquiring it including a trip to southern Spain and a year of commuting when it covered over 15,000 miles. It is great to drive and keeps up with modern traffic, unlike the Sprite! I try to attend the Mecca for classic car owners each year, the Goodwood Revival meeting, and the photo shows Carole appropriately dressed at that event with the car.
JoHn Gully WimBoRnE
I purchased DmD 998 as a pile of bits about 14 years ago as a project for my retirement, he is named DesMonD and is a 1936 Morris 8 Two Seater. The reason I was so keen to have him was that the first car I owned was the 1935 4 Seater Tourer version. We had this when we were married, the first photograph I have attached was taken the day before we were married, the second was taken the day before our 50th wedding anniversary, so there is a rather neat symmetry. At one stage the rebuild had almost ground to a halt as the project was stretching my limited mechanical skills to the extreme. In order to get me moving again my wife, Barbara, suggested that I should get it finished in time for us to drive to our 50th Wedding Anniversary celebrations in it. In the end I managed to get it's MOT and tax and insurei it with just two weeks to spare. The car is a Volvo 1800ES, the final version of the car made famous by Roger Moore as Simon Templer 'The Saint' in the 60's TV series.
The whole project had taken me over twelve years from start to finish, a major reason for the delay had been the fact that many of the parts I originally purchased were well beyond refurbishing and I had to source new or second hand parts. Some of the major body panels had to be specially made and a number of the parts I had to make myself, these included the seats and all the interior trim which was missing.
Only 8000 of this now rare sports estate were made between 1972 and 1973, with only around 700 being imported into Britain. According to DVLA records only 54 now remain on their register, my car being one of only 5 automatic cars still in existence in the UK.
JoHn TuFF SouTHEnD-on-SEA 41 CluB
I've owned my car for 13 years and have won many trophies at classic shows with it, the car always attracts lots of interest because of its rarity. You may notice the enamel 41 Club badge on the badge bar, this was a lucky find at a car boot sale about 10 years ago for ÂŁ5 and I've had as many offers to sell the badge as I have to sell the car, unfortunately I don't intend to part with either!
PAul CASSEll miDDlEWiCH & DiSTRiCT 41 CluB
Proud owner of an old Daimler V8 250
PERRy luCAS CHAiRmAn, ASHFoRD 41 CluB
£5 (plus £1.50p p&p). To order please send a cheque made payable to “The national Association of Ex-Round Tablers Clubs” to 41 Club Calendar, The Huntsmans lodge, Wimboldsley, CW10 0ll. All profits will be donated to Prostate Cancer uK, so why not buy one for yourself and treat your friends for Christmas.
National Photographic Competition 2013 Following on from the success of the inaugural photographic competition it will be repeated in 2013 and once again it will be judged by the delegates to the National Conference. The photograph can be of any subject. Rules and conditions: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.
Each photograph must be the work of the person entering it and entries are limited to four per member. Entry is only available to members who can be verified on the CAS database. Entries to be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. All entries must include the name and club of the photographer and a title. Photographs must not have been entered into any other competition. The closing date for entries is 31st March 2013. The photographer grants permission for the Association to use the photographs for charitable fund-raising activities.
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2012 winner David brown receives his prize
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The Round Table Vintage Challenge 1990 Like every crazy idea the 1990 RT Vintage Challenge started in a bar after a few beers! But this time it was different, riding from John O Groats to Lands End was something I had always wanted to do and now I was doing it for charity and as the centrepiece of my year as Area 50 Chairman, so it was going to happen. The initial chat was with Tony Cross, another keen motorcyclist and Tony was going to be Area Chairman of Area 26 in the same year, so we would do the ride together. The bar incidentally was not just any old bar but the Conference Club Bar at the 1989 Round Table Conference on the Friday lunchtime when we were fully into the Conference spirit. OK so what to ride and who could we get to help us? The bike choice was easy as I had a 1000cc V Twin 1927 BSA Sidecar Combination in regular use and we could share riding that doing two hour shifts for about eight to ten hours each day. The back up team was from my own area and came on the trip for the eight days of the Challenge. However it also required some of us driving to Scotland three days before, with the bike on a trailer, but Iâ€™m getting ahead of myself here.
The Challenge Team itself consisted of nine, with a swop over of one member half way through the week. The team leader was our very own Vice President and Past National Secretary Martin Green, ably assisted by none other than Past National President Mike Fitchett. Past Area 50 Chairmen Mark Baker, Alan Wolstencroft, Stuart Forbes Fraser and Karl Gorner with Didcot Tabler Jeff Lacey providing transport for towing. Sponsorship was found for fuel, clothing, graphics, trailer, mechanical support, and even a free car, camper van and a light aircraft. The RNLI was chosen as our charity as I think it was a national charity for Table at the time. The 1st to 8th July 1990 was picked for the event to get long days and fine weather and everyone committed to the time off work. It was decided to do an interruption at the 1990 RT National Conference in Brighton. The team pushed out the bike afterwards to the sound of the Dam Busters with our hired glamour model, Loraine, standing topless in the sidecar after giving her RTVC shirt to NP Gareth George on stage! (Who remembers that?) (editors comment ….. I do !!!!) With five of the team setting off in the three vehicle convey on the Thursday evening and the others joining us on the Saturday morning, after a free flight up from Oxford in the loaned Cessna to Inverness, everything was set for the Sunday morning start. Sunday 1st July 1990 started unseasonably cold and overcast at John O Groats and our spirits were not lifted when the bike, having been serviced, checked and double checked, sulked and almost refused to start at the allotted time. But after everyone calmed down and stopped panicking it burst into life and ran, almost, faultlessly all week. As the day progressed and the bike settled into its steady reliable 45 MPH our hearts lightened but the skies clouded over and it started to rain and get cold which happened every day bar one for the entire trip, so much for the good July weather! The whole event was planned as a “fellowship tour” and we progressed our way down country being “home hosted” or assisted by Tablers at every lunch or evening stop over. (Including our Webmaster David and Terri Hewett, who I think was Lady Mayor of Whitchurch at the time.) Highlights for me were many but certain events do require a mention. Like the day we set off following “the convoy”, slightly hung over and not concentrating. The convoy all got through a set of traffic lights but we got stopped and they disappeared from sight. This should have been no problem as we had radios between vehicles, a full Itinerary provided by Martin with maps and detailed instructions, early technology mobile phones and great memories. However on this particular morning we had forgotten to charge the battery of our radio the night before, my Itinerary was in the camper van and Tony’s was in the car, neither of our phones had a signal and in our addled state neither could remember which road to take. The back up team found us eventually in the late afternoon on totally the wrong road, running very low on petrol. Martin having conducted the “live” radio interview with Radio Oxford saying we were on the Forth Road Bridge and he could not stop the bike to interview the riders due to the heavy traffic, we were not very popular that evening! Riding five up over Shap, it is a three seater sidecar by the way, and enjoying about the only sunny afternoon of the trip. Replacing a broken valve spring (I did say the bike ran almost faultlessly) in Carlisle which only took ten minutes on a side valve engine and I had a complete engine in the support trailer for spares. Stopping at Gloucester to be joined by Lin and my sons for the afternoon and many Area 50 Tablers on the same evening to see us on our way for the last few days. The luxury flat lent us in Oakhampton that had a kettle, 8 cups, a packet of biscuits, tea, coffee, milk and sugar but no beds or furniture! Finally meeting Paul Rutley, the Area Chairman for Cornwall who rode in the sidecar with us to the finish at Lands End resplendent in flying helmet, goggles and a white scarf supported by a wire coat hanger, “flowing” out behind him! In the final tally we raised £3,000 for the RNLI, completed the course and got thoroughly wet seven days out of eight, achieved an ambition by following in the footsteps of many over the years and did the trip on a vintage vehicle reliably that many said should be in a museum. But what was the real benefit of the RTVC for me and all those who completed it with me well that’s easy? The best week of fellowship in my eleven years as a Tabler, lifelong friends and yes we’re all still in regular contact even after twenty-two years. An immense feeling of satisfaction to see something that started as just an idea over a beer turn into something very special for everyone involved. I’ll let the BSA have the last word, after draining the rainwater out of the magneto I took my sons in the sidecar the following weekend to a steam fair. Having arrived home I pushed the BSA into my garage up a tiny 1” step there was a loud bang and the sidecar wheel fell off as the axle was broken clean through. Looking at the shiny two ends of the shaft when I took it out it had been hanging on by about 10% of its diameter. I realised that at any time on the trip that could have happened and our adventure would have been over. What if it had snapped five up going “flat out” down from Shap, still as they say, all you need in life is a bit of luck and good friends!
Terry cooPer couNcIllor’S lIAISoN offIcer AND lIfeloNG bIke eNTHuSIAST.
Maldon 41 Club Boost to Essex Foundation’s Funds
Memories of Round Table
Maldon 41 Club (Region 18) recently presented the Essex Community Foundation with a cheque for £600. The award will be used to support voluntary and community activity across Essex.Charles Clark OBE QPM DL received the cheque on behalf of the Foundation from James Mann, Immediate Past Chairman of Maldon 41 Club.
Now that I have retired, and have time to do my own thing, my interest in my hobby of stamp collecting has been re-awakened. What has this to do with anything I can hear the masses proclaim, well in my case it is a first day cover that I bought in September 1977. It took me back to a day when with friends of my old Crowborough RT 980 we witnessed the naming of the R.N.L.I. lifeboat ‘The Louis Marchesi Of Round Table’ at Newhaven Harbour.
The money had been raised during James’ year of office from Master at Arms fines (most generously donated by Maldon 41ers!!) and from raffles at a number of very successful social events. Further details about the work of the Foundation can be found at www.essexcommunityfoundation.org.uk
Those of us who had the privilege of a guided tour followed by the speeches and the naming ceremony were pleased to be part of a worthwhile cause to raise funds and at the same time enjoy ourselves. Our Table in those days was always up for anything, and for me that first day cover still gives me pride in what a band of normal guys can achieve.
rIcHArD wooD f.c. coSTA Del Sol 41
Pictured left to right: Charles Clarke oBE QPm Dl, and James mann Further Information: Essex Community Foundation, an independent charitable trust, is one of 57 community foundations across the UK which are playing a leading role in the development of local philanthropy and resources to sustain communities.
‘IN THE SPIRIT OF
Since Essex Community Foundation began in 1996, it has built an endowed fund of over £18 million. It has also awarded over £17.5 million in grants to more than 4,500 community-based voluntary groups throughout Essex, Southend and Thurrock. By acting as a broker, Essex Community Foundation can help donors achieve their charitable objectives, and local voluntary groups secure funding for their work.
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HoN. SecreTAry, MAlDoN 41 club
I flew from Manchester via Heathrow to Cape Town, arriving Thursday morning, where I was met by the hotel concierge who took me to the AGM hotel, the Lord Charles in the host club town of Somerset West. That afternoon I went on a Wine Tasting Tour in the Stellenbosch region and got back to the hotel in time for dinner, after sampling some great wines and seeing some whales into the bargain!
A Visit To The AGM ..... In South Africa The World Cup Stadium
Friday lunchtime some of the international guests including David Illingworth from Cyprus joined outgoing President Bruce McKay and his wife Tania for a wine tasting lunch at a local restaurant. We lawrence ensures that the signs to were joined by members of the National Board, our 2013 Conference are in postion. local club members and their wives/partners. Following this, there was a National Board meeting at the Somerset West RT Clubhouse, after which we went next door for the evening Welcome Braii (BBQ) at the local crown green bowling club, which was also the venue for Saturday's AGM. The AGM started almost on time and amongst local/national business, the International guests from India (KK), Cyprus (David Illingworth), Germany (Englebert Friedsam), Switzerland (Rudi), Zambia (London Mwafulilwa) and finally GB&I (Lawrence Bamber), as well as a presentation from the YAP tour members. Bruce McKay handed over the Presidency to Gertjie Coetzee, and the new Board were elected and sworn in. Following the AGM we watched the Springboks throw away a lead, finally losing to the Aussies in a Tri-Nations Match. The Banner Exchange and Gala Dinner took place back at the Lord Charles where we were again joined by the YAP tour members, who were from Germany and Belgium. A great night of few speeches and much dancing was enjoyed by old and young alike! Following Sunday brunch at the hotel, Rudi and I went on a whale watching / penguin spotting afternoon trip to Hermanus, which is actually further south than the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point. We were lucky to see both whales and penguins.
At Table Top mountain
We joined Gertjie Coetzee for dinner at the Cattle Barons’ Restaurant in Somerset West; this was his first official engagement as Southern Africa National President. Thanks GC!! I had a nine hour trip back to the airport on the Monday, calling at Cape Town, Table Mountain, the World Cup Football stadium, the Cape Town suburb of Llandudno, complete with beach and market, just like the real thing! But no 2013 41 Club Conference!!! I travelled on to Hout Bay, Table Mountain National Park, Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope, the most south westerly point of Africa. A great taxi ride from hotel to airport. Thanks to all our Southern Africa brothers and sisters for a great trip; see you all again soon!
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A Knight At The Station THE MAGAZINE
Shirley Late Knights recently visited Solihull Fire Station on a club night. It was an excellent night where we were able to see all the equipment and ask many questions. Bruce Bragg was able to tell the firemen about the day he put the Table BBQ onto his trailer to take it home. What he had not realised was that the coals were not quite out and in the wind caught light again. Bruce tried to put the fire out, but realising he was only a short distance from the Fire Station, raced round onto the station forecourt shouting “fire”. He always remembers that the firemen said that it was the first time anyone had brought a fire to them !!
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get enough sleep: it sounds obvious, but two-thirds of us suffer from sleep problems, and many people don’t get the sleep they need to stay alert through the day. The Royal College of Psychiatrists' advice on getting a good night’s sleep is to go to bed and get up in the morning at the same time everyday; avoid naps through the day, and have a hot bath before bed (as hot as you can bear without scalding you) for at least 20 minutes.
Many cases of unexplained tiredness are due to stress, not enough sleep, poor diet and other lifestyle factors. Use these self-help tips to restore your energy levels. Eat often: a good way to keep up your energy through the day is to eat regular meals and healthy snacks every three to four hours, rather than a large meal less often.
Reduce stress: stress uses up a lot of energy. Try to introduce relaxing activities into your day. This could be working out at the gym, or a gentler option such as listening to music, reading or spending time with friends. Whatever relaxes you will improve your energy.
Energy-sustaining snacks • • • • • •
wholegrain cereal with reduced-fat milk a piece of fruit salad with grilled chicken hard-boiled egg or lean ham and mustard sandwich on wholemeal bread a low-fat yoghurt wholemeal toast, a fruit bun or slice of malt loaf – each with low-fat spread
Talk about it: there’s some evidence that talking therapies such as counselling or cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) might help to fight fatigue. See your GP for a referral for talking treatment on the NHS or for advice on seeing a private therapist. Cut out caffeine: The Royal College of Psychiatrists recommends that anyone feeling tired should cut out caffeine. It says the best way to do this is to gradually stop having all caffeine drinks (and that includes coffee and tea and cola drinks) over a three-week period. Try to stay off caffeine completely for a month to see if you feel less tired without it. You may find that stopping caffeine gives you headaches. If this happens, cut down more slowly on the amount of caffeine that you drink.
get exercise: you might feel too tired to exercise, but regular exercise will make you feel less tired in the long run and you’ll have more energy. Even a single 15-minute walk can give you an energy boost, and the benefits increase with more frequent physical activity.
Drink less alcohol: although a few glasses of wine in the evening helps you fall asleep, you sleep less deeply after drinking alcohol. The next day you’ll be tired even if you sleep a full eight hours. Cut down on alcohol before bedtime. You’ll get a better night’s rest and have more energy. The NHS recommends that men should not regularly drink more than 3-4 units a day. Women should not regularly drink more than 2-3 units a day. ‘Regularly’ means drinking every day or most days of the week.
Start with a small amount of exercise. Build up your physical activity gradually over weeks and months until you reach the recommended goal of two and a half hours of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise, such as cycling or fast walking, every week.
Drink more water: sometimes you feel tired simply because you’re mildly dehydrated. A glass of water will do the trick, especially after exercise.
Lose weight: if your body is carrying excess weight, it can be exhausting. It also puts extra strain on your heart, which can make you tired. Lose weight and you’ll feel much more energetic. Apart from eating healthily, the best way to lose weight is to be more active and do more exercise.
Source NHS choices website
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Welcome to a New 41 Club on october 6th national President David Smith awarded Cofis Pedwar a Chwerch (4 & 6) with their new charter (in Welsh) at the meifod Country House Hotel as part of an Evening to celebrate the 55th Charter of Caernarfon Round Table, number 566. Also present was lawrence Bamber, national Councillor, Region 12. A traditional Welsh menu was served to a gathering of Round Tablers, 41ers, guests and partners who thoroughly enjoyed a convivial evening full of reminiscences and future plans!
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Grumpy Ex-Tablers …. Drive a Bargain “Evening, Chairman; nice car.” “Yes, do you see the way the front wheel arch eyebrow is realised again above the rear bumper? Adds five mph to the apparent speed of the average roadside observer. This model’s only got a tungsten carbide, eutectic, gear lever, of course; in the top of the range, it’s laser-cut from a seventeenth-century blacksmith’s anvil.” “You’re beginning to sound like Chuck Berry’s No Money Down – ‘Four carburettors, two straight exhausts; I’m burning aviation fuel, no matter what it costs’.” “Ah, you’re still living in the days when ‘SU’ meant ‘Skinner Union’ not ‘Sports/Utility’…” “…and when ‘Mach One’ meant ‘Speed of Sound’ not ‘a Cortina with a circular rear-light cluster…” “…and a pre-service tweak was to get another mile per hour from your motor not just a wedgie from Rafa Nadal’s backside.” “So, no carburettors here, Sunshine. In this machine, the fuel injection management system’s analysis detects the particular refinery which supplies the petrol and emails back a report via generation-six wi-fi on its catalectic performance vis-à-vis the topography that’s read off the in-car sat-nav.” “I understand the transverse homographic collineation’s been adversely affected by the modified floorpan dynamics, though.” “Ah, but that’s been overcome by extensive retro-fitting of crosspanic damper membranes, now.” “By enhancing the symbionic mutuality in the inherent dynamism of the through-flow characteristics in back-slung parabenetic diaphragm?” “Apparently, but whether it’s fully realisable on low-profile slicks is yet to be proven, though.” “Not much room in the back for the mother-in-law.” “So? Two seats are enough for anyone. The best chat-up line in the world is ‘sorry, love, I can’t offer your mate a lift home, too; I’ve only got a two-seater’.” “Yeah, making sure the last bus has gone before she sees you’ve brought the works’ Transit van with a mattress in the back rather than the AC Cobra she’d been imagining.” “It’s aimed at what the marketing boys call ‘MoMoTS’ and ‘MUfMOBs’.” “I recognise ‘More Money than Sense’ but ‘MUfMOB’ ?” “They’re ‘Making Up for Missing Out Before’; men who feel they were too busy building a career when others were sowing the wild the oats of youth.” “You must be very pleased with it.” “It’s not mine! My knees’d have to bend the other way just to get in. It’s the pub landlord’s. I’m just trying to think if I’d noticed the dreaded spectre of portion-control raising its ugly head recently.” “Yes, if he can afford a beast like that, we’ve either been paying over the odds for our grub or we’re about to start.” “Time for a move, then. We could always go back to the old place by the river”. “They say there’s a new barmaid who’s been known to mist up contact lenses at twenty paces.” “The chips were always good there (if a bit thin on the ground towards the end) and there was skin on the custard if you were first to the jug.” “I’ll put it to the vote!”
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Where Legends Were Born (Part (Part 1)1) Very few places can be said to be the birthplace of two major innovations, but Brooklands near Weybridge in Surrey is one of them. It was in June 1907 that to worldâ€™s first banked racing circuit was opened. It was the brainchild of Hugh Locke King and offered the spectacle of cars travelling at 100 mph when the absolute limit on the road was just 20 mph. The 2.75 mile circuit was 100 ft wide and the banking was as high as 30 ft in places. It was claimed that by driving along the black centre line (the Fifty Foot Line) that a circuit could be completed without having to use the steering wheel. It was to be the scene of numerous speed record and endurance tests, as well as the famous hill climb by the clubhouse. In 1908 it was also the venue for the first taxiing and towed flight trials of a British fullsize powered aircraft by a British pilot, Alliott Verdon-Roe. Aviation and motor racing were to live side by side for a few short years but this came to an end in 1914 with the outbreak of war and the Vickers Company established an aircraft factory on the site. Racing did return in 1920 after repairs were made to the track. The inter war years were a golden age for motor sport with names such as Henry Seagrave, Count Louis Zborowski (builder of the real Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) and J G Parry-Thomas were regularly to be seen racing there. The circuit could accommodate 287,000 spectators and the first British Grand Prix was held on the circuit in 1926.
When the war finished Vickers maintained their factory and started to build airliners there. Many of you will have travelled in aircraft such as the Viking, Viscount, Vanguard, VC10 and BAC 111, all of which were Weybridge (the name of the airfield now) products. During the war much of the racing circuit had been covered over by hangars and other buildings and in some places trees had been planted as camouflage. The advent of airliner production and the Valiant bomber required that a longer tarmac runway be laid in 1951 and this breached the old race track, so that motor racing could never return. Ironically the runway was still too short for full flight testing and the airliners used to fly away to the nearby airfield at Wisley. The factory was by now very large but its fortunes were about to be curtailed by the cancellation of the TSR.2 project and the poor sales of the VC10. After the mergers in the aircraft industry Weybridge first became part of the British Aircraft Corporation (BAC) and then British Aerospace. I visited the factory several times during 1980s when there was still considerable component production there but no actual aircraft being built. The old racing circuit finishing straight bisected the factory and we had to cross it every time we went to lunch. But the writing was on the wall and in 1989 the factory closed. There were some who always hoped that motor racing would once again return to Brooklands, but this was never to be.
But the Second World war was to see the end of motor racing at Brooklands as once again it became a major centre for aircraft production. This time both Vickers and Hawkers maintained factories on the airfield. Many famous aircraft had their maiden flights there including the Wellington bomber and the Hurricane fighter, both of which were to play major roles in the war effort.
Part 2 will discuss Brooklands as it is today.
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Tableland by D.e. harker If you remember chicken in a basket, avocado bathroom suites and Ford Cortinas then you will enjoy Diana Harker’s latest book Tableland. Set in the 1970s it is a year in the life of Peter Porter, his wife Julia and their son Trev. Pete has recently been promoted to the post of salesman and the family has moved into a new dream house. Keen to be part of the community they soon get to know their neighbours and discover that several are members of an organisation called ‘Round Wheel’. Pete aspires to join them and we follow his exploits over the next twelve months in his desire to become a Wheeler. Along the way are many very humorous exploits and a touch of the sinister involving the furtive delivery of a concrete mixer and a new garden pond. Has he discovered a dark secret? Will he be invited to join the Wheelers? All is revealed. The book is a work of fiction but draws on her husband’s memories of his happy days in Round Table. You will all recognise the chaos of organising a ‘fun day’, the trips out with boys and the progressive suppers where the best made plans are put awry by the weather. Diana has dedicated the book to all past and present members of Round Table. Written in the form of a diary it is very easy to pick up for just five minutes or a few hours, and I found it very amusing, bringing back memories of my own Table career. Available in paperback from bookshops and Amazon at £7.99 and is published by Matador. A good read and well worth considering for Christmas.
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