Issue 176 • Spring 2014 The Association of Ex-Round Tablers’ Clubs Great Britain and Ireland
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Bournemouth AGM update
oTheR pAgeS - 4. Our legacy for the future; 5. A historic moment for the Round Table family; 10. Top Tips to Improve Your Club; 11. National News; 12. Club News; 13. Classic rally 2014; 16. Sporting petrol heads; 18. National competitions; 19. Featured 41Club Member / So you want to be a writer?; 20. Reflections from the Antipodes; 21. Your Vice President; 24. Mens Health; 25. Coffee Time; 26. Pray Silence...; 28. Grumpy Ex-Tablers; 29. Obituaries;
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One of the everlasting memories all ex-Tablers will have of their time in Round Table is of the wit and banter that accompanied all meetings and events. Nobody was safe from the comedians and I think that it is true to say that we all became much better speakers and presenters as a result of our time in Table. Fortunately this tradition has continued in many 41 Clubs. For the last six years Reg Hewitt has kept us amused with his ‘Grumpy ex-Tablers’ feature. How he has thought up so many diverse topics I do not know. You may not always have agreed with what he said but you had to admit that he maintained the humour that we all appreciated so much. Reg has now decided to hang up his pen and this edition’s will be the last Grumpy item. May I thank Reg for all he has so generously provided over the years and wish him good fortune for the future. But as one door closes another opens. In the last two magazines I have re-printed two cartoons that were originally in club magazines dating back to 1966, the year England won the World Cup and I was doing my ‘O’ levels at school. They were from the pen of Vic Wiltshire a member of Bristol Round Table 9 and they really brought back memories of my time in Table. Vic contacted me recently as has very kindly supplied a number of additional cartoons from this period and will become a regular feature in the magazine. Thanks to Vic for his generosity. Yes gentlemen there is always a place for a good laugh.
Ray Hill NATIONAl COMMuNICATIONS OFFICER email@example.com
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.
Nuneaton Beetle Drive The uK rallied round to that philosophy and many new schemes started as a result of that success.
As 41 Club National President you visit many places and meet many members of our Clubs. Without exception this year I have met guys who thoroughly enjoy their 41ing. I have met great enthusiasm for what they do and great generosity to local communities and to my Presidential Charity – Macmillan. There is a great spirit in 41Club – probably based on the culture we all had as Round Tablers.
Here we have a very similar situation. As I said earlier I see great enjoyment and enthusiasm wherever I go. But surely we are being very selfish if we don’t invest in a legacy for our future? There is much that can be done. If you still have a Round Table – get closer to it. Don’t wait for the invitation – put out the hand of friendship that we are so good at – and help them along. One of the best events I have been to this year was at Nuneaton. A joint event in a Working Mans Club where all four Clubs from the Round Table Family competed in a Beetle Drive. The spirit and fun was amazing, it was Tabling at its very very best and a great example of doing things together. Nuneaton has a healthy Table and of course as a result, a healthy 41 Club!
Sadly I also find on some visits an acceptance that there may be no future for 41 Club as the numbers are dwindling and eventually it is seen ‘that the last person left will put out the light’. I do not see a lot of ‘enthusiasm’ being used to try and do something about it! Our AGM report this year will once again show a reduction in numbers. As I am sure you are aware, at ‘National’ we have introduced different schemes – too many to mention – to help grow membership. These have included seeking out ex-Tablers who have never joined, changing the clubs culture to make it more attractive to the retiring Tabler etc. etc. etc.
If there is no Table in your town or city – start one! It doesn’t take much – and it will secure your’s and 41Club’s future. I finish with one simple question. If every single member of 41 Club just introduced one new Round Tabler in a year – would I be writing this article? The answer is no. Please invest in our legacy for the future.
But the only real answer is to help Round Table grow. If they grow – we will grow. Currently Round Table has just over 4,000 members. We have done much work this year to get closer to Round Table and to try and work with them on membership initiatives. Although this is great at National level, it is not so great locally. I accept that some have the perception of 41 Club as a ‘bunch of balding old men who just have dinner’, and there will always be a reluctance to ‘listen to Dad’ amongst the young. But if these guys were your own sons – would you not do everything in your power to help them?
Finally, as the AGM approaches and my term of office nears the end, I would like to thank everyone for their support and for the welcome Maria and I have received wherever we have been. Hopefully I will see many of you at Bournemouth for ‘Showtime’.
Throughout the 2012 Olympics we started to hear a word that had up to then was rarely used. That word is lEGACY. It was lOCOG’s philosophy that the Olympics would leave a sporting legacy for the young in the future.
National President firstname.lastname@example.org
On Saturday 11th January 2014 the four Clubs in the Round Table Family (Round Table, 41Club, Tangent and ladies Circle) signed a ‘Memorandum of understanding. This agreement is focussed on the four Clubs working together particularly on Membership Development. The National Membership Officers from each Association are now tasked with working together to develop a plan for us all. As soon as this is finished – it will be discussed at all levels of each Association so we can start to turn the tide on membership erosion. More news on this in future editions of this magazine. 41 President Martin Green, who has been the architect in seeking this agreement said “This is real progress for us all. We now have a proper strategy to work together with. The Round Table Family Meeting has been taking place for around ten years and this is the first time we have created a formalised agreement to work with. I am very proud that this has been during my Presidential year”.
Present for the signing the document are (left to right). Claire Weavell – Ladies Circle National Vice-President, Karen Durie – Tangent National President, Martin Green – 41Club National President and Stephen Sprod – Round Table National President.
Existing Rule 17.3 Every constituent club shall be entitled to send one delegate, appointed from its full members, who shall not be a current member of the National Board, to a General Meeting. Each constituent club shall have one vote on any resolution at a General Meeting (subject to Rule 4.6). Such vote shall be given either by the voting delegate appointed by the constituent Club from its own membership and attending the meeting or by a proxy voting delegate, who shall not be a current member of the National Board. Any constituent Club may appoint a proxy voting delegate from another constituent Club to attend the General Meeting and vote on its behalf providing that the name of the proxy delegate shall have been registered with the National Secretary not less than 72 hours before the Meeting. A proxy voter may also vote for his own club but may not be a proxy voter for more than one club. Members of more than one club may carry a single vote for each club of which they are members.
The 69th Annual General Meeting of the Association will take place on Saturday 26th April 2014 in the life Centre, Bournemouth. The meeting will start at 9:30 am. All Club Contacts will have received their relevant Agenda Papers and Voting Registration Forms by 1st March 2014.
Any member of a paid up constituent Club is entitled to attend the AGM. Each Club has one vote. Should your Club be unable to send a representative they can enlist a Proxy Voter – details of how this can be done are contained in the communication your Club Contact has received or on the website. Should you intend attending – and you are the Voting Delegate – you will need to bring with you the Voting Delegate Form (Form A). If you are appointing a Proxy Voter, you will need to complete the proxy Voting Form (Form B) and send it to me in advance.
National Council Propose that: Rule 9.4 is amended: This is achieved by deleting the words ‘not less than eight and not more than twelve’ and insertion of the word ‘five’ in their place in two separate sentences and deletion of the word ‘postal’ after ‘a’ before the word ‘ballot’. The rule will then read:
This is my second year as National Secretary and sees me busier than usual:-
The National Secretary shall give constituent clubs five weeks’ notice of an election in their Region. Nominations accompanied by the written consent of the nominee and relevant details in accordance with Rule 6.6 shall be submitted to the National Secretary by the notified closing date. In the event of there being more than one nomination the National Secretary, or such other person appointed by the National Council, shall arrange for a ballot to be conducted, the closing date of which shall be five weeks after the ballot documents and relevant details of the candidates have been circulated. Canvassing for election as a Councillor is prohibited save that a candidate may submit to the National Secretary for circulation by him an election address in such format as shall be approved by the National Council. The National Council shall decide if any prohibited canvassing has taken place in which event that candidate shall be disqualified from that election.
• There are four Resolutions to debate and vote on • There is the election of three Officers one being the post of National Vice President • Most importantly for the future of the Association there will be a second year of Video Streaming of the AGM so that every member has the opportunity to watch the proceedings via the Internet. In addition we will be trialling the feasibility of Electronic Voting, in order to test the viability of voting by the clubs that cannot attend in future years.
RATIONALE: With the current development in Information Technology, the Association’s database of member e-mails and our move from Paper Mailings to Electronic Correspondence there is too long a time interval in the minimum and maximum timings for notice and receipt of nominations for National Councillor Elections. By reducing the time intervals the time for a region to be without a National Councillor can be reduced by two months and in the case of a contested election a total of four months. The same rationale is applicable for the deletion of the word ‘postal’ allowing the National Secretary to make use of modern technology.
Manny Martins National Secretary RESOLUTIONS SUBMITTED BY NATIONAL COUNCIL RESOLUTION 1 National Council propose that: Subject to the National Board being satisfied that the electronic web voting system tested at the Bournemouth AGM in April 2014 is a viable tool for future use, it is empowered to change the necessary rules to implement the system for the AGM in Harrogate in 2015 and thereafter.
RESOLUTION 3 National Council propose that:
RATIONALE: The rationale behind this proposal is to enable all Constituent Clubs of the Association to have a voice and more importantly a vote at the AGM. At present Voting Delegates that attend the AGM and those Clubs that elect to give their proxy vote to a Voting Delegate (subject to the conditions of rule 17.3) can vote. Individual Clubs have voiced their discontent in being unable to vote due to the distance required to be travelled and or the cost of the Annual Conference. The introduction of Electronic Voting allows individual Clubs to view and listen to the AGM via the Video Streaming and having listened to the debate and discussions make an evidence based decision on the proceedings and have it recorded as an integral part of the AGM process. This resolution when passed will eliminate the need and use of Proxy Voting.
Rule 9.10 is deleted. Rule 9.10 reads: In the event of a Region being restructured prior to the 2008 Annual General Meeting any serving National Councillor in office following the 2007 Annual General Meeting shall automatically become the National Councillor for the Region in which his club is situated but his length of service shall be deemed to have commenced from his original election. RATIONALE: Rule 9.10 relating to the 2007 restructuring of Regions is obsolete, does not relate to current practice and is hence not required.
As a consequence of just the investment in technology and communication alone, it is felt that the previously accepted need for a National Council has gone and that the role of National Councillors is superfluous too.
RESOLUTIONS SUBMITTED BY CONSTITUENT CLUBS RESOLUTION 4
Underpinning this resolution is a belief that new Governance should be put in place by the Association and that the best way to achieve that objective is for the Association to empower and instruct the National Board to put forward proposals to the general membership of the Association to achieve such new, improved Governance, unhindered by a National Council and National Councillors both of which should be abolished.
Bournemouth 41 Club propose that: ‘The role of National Council and the position of National Councillor be abolished as soon as possible and in any event by no later than the end of the seventieth Annual General Meeting of the Association in 2015 and that the National Board be instructed to make timely recommendations for the future governance of the Association with a view to the new governance being introduced from the end of the seventieth Annual General Meeting’
ELECTION OF ASSOCIATION OFFICERS 2014-2016/7 The following Officer Nominations were received by the National Secretary by the 1st February 2014.
National Council OPPOSE THIS RESOLUTION RATIONALE: The rationale behind this proposal is
Office Name National Vice-President
Clause 3.1 (b) of the Constitution and Rules of the Association sets out the “Purposes” of the Association. The structure of the National Board (consisting of the National Officers) was recently revised to better reflect and achieve those Purposes and improve Governance. So far, it has not been possible to reflect and better achieve those “Purposes” and improve Governance below National Board level.
Nominee Terry Cooper
Nominating Club Clevedon 41 Club
(who shall be National President-Elect)
Once Terry Cooper is elected Vice President this will leave an immediate vacancy for the post of National Councillors’ Liaison Officer. Nominations will be sought from the floor at the AGM. In preparation for this a Nomination Form is included in both the associated mailing and the Delegates Pack at the AGM. Non completion of the form will not bar a candidate from standing on the day but will expedite arrangements.
Under the present management structure, the National Board has no power to submit recommendations to the general membership of the Association without having first obtained the approval of the National Council, a body which consists of the National Board and the National Councillors, wherein the National Councillors hold sway in view of their numbers. This enables the National Council to block recommendations by stifling them at source, which would be unfortunate if they were recommendations which might be thought by the general membership to be ones where the National Council had a vested interest in preserving the status quo. Such defeated resolutions are unlikely even to come to the notice of the general membership as having being discussed at all. This resolution is an attempt to empower the Board to bring new ideas and recommendations for the Governance of the Association to the general membership.
In the case of more than one candidate standing from the floor, each will deliver an address lasting not more than five minutes, to assist the delegates in making their choice. NOTES All Board roles with the exception of the National President, National Vice President and immediate Past President shall be elected for an initial period of three years with the option of a second term of two years if re-elected. The following two positions have single candidates who are Standing Officers in Post, nominated for their second term of two years.
In any event and further to and apart from the above, there is another reason why the role of National Council and National Councillors should receive fundamental critical consideration and it stems from the Association having made a considerable investment in technology to improve communications. Fast, high quality, cost-effective communication between National and almost every member of the Association is now possible. This has brought two further advantages in that the message spread by National is consistent (and not “interpreted” by National Councillors) whilst also actually being spread (and not forgotten to be spread by National Councillors or not being spread because there is no sitting National Councillor in a Region).
Association International Officer David Campbell National Communications Officer Ray Hill
Nominating Club Westerham & District 41 Club Northwich 41 Club
On the 3rd July 1938 an A4 Class streamlined steam locomotive called “Mallard” broke the world steam record at 126mph, speeding down Stoke Bank on the East Coast mainline, a record which still stands today.
After massive expense and great effort Jeremy was able to obtain a mainline running certificate for “Bittern” in 2007 so it was only right that the locomotive “Bittern” was chosen for the high speed runs, but before any runs were announced, a test run was organised to see if the 1937 built 102 ton locomotive could cope at 90mph! So on in the early hours of Wednesday, May 29, on a stretch of line between Southall and Reading, 90mph was recorded both ways reaching 91.5mph pulling 250 tons setting a new record for high speed steam running in the preservation era!
Thirty Five of this class of locomotive were built during 1935/38 for pulling trains nonstop between london and Edinburgh. They were nicknamed “Streaks” because of their streamlined design. On the 3rd July 2013, the 75th anniversary of this achievement, all six surviving locomotives of this class were brought together at the National Railway Museum in York to celebrate this event. Bringing all six of these locomotives designed by Sir Nigel Gresley together was no mean feat, as two had to be shipped back on loan across the Atlantic from the uSA and Canada where they had been given to respective museums.
The green light was given and the three 90mph runs were announced namely;
The event, known as the “The Great Gathering” attracted huge crowds and media attention from around the world. The six locomotives that lined up were called;
Having visited the “Great Gathering” on the 3rd July, I thought why not, and booked myself on the “Capital Streak” with a ticket for 1st Class with premier dining!
• LNER No. 4468 “Mallard” – owned by the National Railway Museum
The “Ebor Streak” ran with no problems where “Bittern” clocked up another record at 92.5mph, but fate took a hand with the other two runs for the summer turned out to be one of the hottest on record and Network Rail would not let a steam locomotive run due to the line side fire risk unless it was assisted by a diesel engine! That approach was not acceptable, so new dates where set for the two remaining runs in August.
• The “Ebor Streak” between London and York on 29th June 2013 • The “Tyne-Tees Streak” between York and Newcastle on 19th July 2013 • The “Capital Streak” between York and London on 27th July 2013
• BR No. 60009 “Union of South Africa” – owned by the John Cameron Group • LNER No. 4489 “Dominion of Canada” – owned by the Canadian Railroad Historical Association • BR No. 60008 “Dwight D. Eisenhower” – owned by National Railway Museum of Green Bay, Wisconsin
My ticket arrived for the “Capital Streak” running on the 31st August and a hotel was booked and travel arrangements made, but two days before, Network Rail again pulled the plug due to the hot weather. I kept my fingers crossed that I would be able to make the third date, and yes I could, so on the 7th December I joined the train at 8.15 at Finsbury Park and settled into my seat for the journey to York tucking into my full English breakfast!
• BR No. 60007 “Sir Nigel Gresley” – owned by the A4 Locomotive Society • LNER No. 4464 “Bittern” owned by Mr Jeremy Hosking Only three of the locomotives “union of South Africa”, “Sir Nigel Gresley” and “Bittern” are in working order and certified to run on the National Rail Network.
We were diesel hauled to York as planned and I spent a few hours in York before rejoining the train back to london. Crowds lined the platform as “Bittern” backed the train into the station and it was not long before we were on our way following a blast from her chime whistle at 14.15.
As part of the “Mallard 75” celebrations, special dispensation was given by Network Rail to allow three high speed runs using an A4 locomotive on the national rail network. Permission was granted to run at a maximum speed of 90mph instead of the usual 75mph restriction.
I shared a two bottles of wine with my new colleagues at my table while eating a silver service four course late lunch followed by port with the cheese and brandy with the coffee. What a way to travel!
Mr. Jeremy Hosking, who I am told is a quiet unassuming man, is a British businessman, who made his fortune through investment and private equity. Jeremy is well known for his extensive collection of thirteen steam locomotives including “Bittern”. He also has a 25% share holding in Crystal Palace F.C. He was ranked number 333 on the Sunday Times Rich list in 2009, with a value of £170M, so he can indulge his very expensive hobby!
I took my car Sat Nav with me to record how fast we were going but my “nerdy” friends had the full GPS works and knew every bridge, station and track layout on the way to london. You will be pleased to note that I was wearing my 41 Club badge on my jacket which being round was mistaken on many occasions for some railway symbol. Never the less a great time was had and we all cheered when we touched 93mph! You cannot imagine how many revolutions those 6ft 8in diameter wheels are turning at that speed. I was even interviewed for the official video, but looking back at it, I may just appear to be a little merry. We pulled into Kings Cross a few minutes late as we had to be directed onto a slow path at one time to let the mainline trains overtake. The reception at Kings Cross was wonderful with the station full of tourists who had never seen anything like it. There are some great videos on YouTube if you want to see more and wave to me as I go past. So a great day out and a big thanks to Jeremy Hoskins for allowing me to ride behind his Big Boy Toy!
Ashby de la Zouch 41 Club
The Great Gathering
On the Footplate
The National Board and Council spend a considerable amount of time trying to determine what makes a good club, and in particular what can clubs do to attract those leaving Round Table and past members. We all know we haven’t been very good at encouraging retiring Tablers to join 41 Club in the recent past and we need to improve things. It’s no good now just being a ‘ROMEO’ club (Really Old Men Eating Out) as many Tablers think of us and if we want to attract them we might just have to make some changes. During the year we have spoken to many people including Round Tablers to find out what would make a past member of Round Table want to join us. We’ve picked up tips from discussions with clubs and visits by representatives from National. Quite obviously some of the tips are only achievable if there is still a local Round Table but many clubs continue to be successful even without a current feeder Table. Why don’t you have a look at the list below and see how many of these things you do. If you don’t do them why not introduce some of them. Remember ‘Adopt, Adapt, Improve’? It still works and hopefully by making some changes you will be able to enjoy your membership of 41Club even more and we will be able to recruit more members.
• The best clubs have 15 members or more regularly attending meetings.
• Actively seek new members. Why not put an advert or editorial in the local paper from time to time for Past Tablers who might have moved into your area.
• All members should wear the 41 Club badge with pride not only at meetings but out in the community.
• Maintain a good relationship with the closest Round Table even if your own has closed. Go and support them in their community activities such as the Christmas Float, Fireworks, Carnivals or Beer Festivals.
• CAS (The Club Administration System) is regularly updated and all club members get magazines and all have e-mail addresses on the system.
• Share honorary membership with Round Table.
• Have basic rules which include all officers in post.
• Get involved with Table chucking out night and make it a joint meeting as a ‘Welcome to 41 Club’ meeting.
• Try to aim for a 20 year age span. This is not always possible but if you are looking to recruit younger members you might need to consider an ‘active’ membership within a club who do sometimes have more active meetings.
• Look after new or potential new members. Introduce a ‘buddy’ system to help integrate new members. Get the new members involved quickly and encourage them to organise events, or programme nights. Encourage them to become officers as soon as possible.
• Communicate the programme to all members with regular updates but don’t forget to send it to the other Family clubs as well.
• Attend or offer to organise Regional or cluster events
• Develop a club newsletter to keep members informed as to what is going on at your meetings, what you’re planning for the future and any interesting stuff from around the Region or National.
• Attend the National AGM and conference
• Have your own web page (watch this space on this one for future National development).
• International involvement and/or twinning. If you had an International link from Table days make sure it continues in 41 Club. If you haven’t ‘done’ International ask our International Officer for help – you won’t regret it.
• Members use social media such as Facebook, Twitter or Linked In where they link together and particularly with members of their Round Table (Tablers use this all the time).
• Be active in the Community. You might just want to support your Round Table but why not consider a local initiative on your own, or organising a fund raising event supporting both President’s and Local charities.
None of this is rocket science nor is it an exhaustive list but it does help. If you are a current Vice-Chairman looking for things to do next year to make your year a success this might just help you. We are always looking for ways to improve and if you’ve got anything that‘s been successful in your club let us know and we’ll publish your ideas in the newsletter.
• Have a varied, dynamic and interesting programme appropriate to the age span, with programme changes each year. A good programme will involve meetings away from the main venue for activity evenings and should be a mix of formal and informal.
I hope you have a great year.
• Have a programme which includes inter-club visiting and hosting other clubs
• Have informal or social meetings with the other family clubs, Round Table, Tangent and Circle
• Any in house meetings should be in an appropriate venue for the needs of the club members and to be in their own room. • Meetings should normally be on the same day monthly so that they are not clashing with the Round Table, Tangent or Circle but at the same time be flexible so that you can attend other club meetings in place of your own monthly meeting.
Honorary Life Member David Addison Past National President David Smith recently visited Henleaze 41 Club to present David Addison with his life Honorary Membership. unfortunately David Addison was unable to attend the llandudno Conference at which the award was announced. He is only the seventh person to receive this honour in the Association’s 68 years.
Colin A G Painton, National President (10/09/1924 – 16/09/2013) Colin Painton, a former National President of 41 Club died on 16th September 2013 aged 89. Colin was born in london and served in the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm. He later worked in the heating and ventilating industry which took him to Glasgow where he joined Round Table in 1957, transferred to Milngavie RT in 1961 and then to Stockport RT before retiring from Round Table in 1965. On joining Manchester & Stockport 41 Club, Colin was Secretary for three years before transferring to St Albans 41 Club. During his year as Chairman of Manchester & Stockport 41 Club, he was also Chairman of the 1970 Blackpool Conference Committee and his sense of humour was displayed to all when proposing the toast to guests at the Conference Banquet saying “I am under some difficulty as my brain always stopped functioning on occasions such as these. I had thought when originally planning this Conference to make it different, by introducing cowheel & tripe and candyfloss on sticks but I have been prevented by my Committee!” Colin served as 41 Club National Councillor for 5 years and was a member of St. Albans 41 Club at the time of being elected as National Vice-President and then President in 1977 at the Newcastle AGM, ending his Presidential Year presiding over the AGM at the Cheltenham Spa National Conference in 1978.
1977 – 1978
Colin was able to report at the Cheltenham AGM that the organisation was continuing to grow very rapidly with over 750 Clubs and approximately 18,000 members. He also suggested that a 41Club Association flag be purchased for flying at Cheltenham and future Conferences. Colin chaired a number of meetings with Round Table during his year of office looking at ways to support Round Table as the first signs of declining membership evolved. As President he represented the Association at various functions in Ireland and mainland Europe. An illustration of this can be found from the minutes of a National Council Meeting in November 1977 where Colin reported “That as President I have to date visited 19 Clubs, 3 Conferences at Essen, St. Harlow and Great Yarmouth. I also visited three Cluster Meetings in North Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland”. Colin also attended three overseas conference functions, French, German and Belgium. In later years he moved to leicestershire and was a member of Rutland 41 club for 28 years. Colin supported the Association and his various clubs with great energy and humour over the years and will be sadly missed by all his many friends both in 41 Club and in the wider world. Colin married Monica in 1947 with whom he had two sons Nigel and Andrew, and we extend our sympathies to his family. He married Dorothy in 1971 who died in 2009.
John Pickup MBE Many congratulations to John Pickup, a member of Northwich 41 Club, who has been awarded an MBE for his services to cricket. Below is the announcement made by the ECB recognising his achievement.
Welcome Torquay 41 Club
“The Chairman of the ECB's Recreational Assembly, John Pickup, has been awarded an MBE in the New Year's honours list.
For many years an unofficial 41 Club with no National links has existed in Torquay. After a trip to our French twinning St Brieuc in March 2013, it was decided that affiliating with National 41 Club would bring various benefits to younger ex-Tablers. So on the 21st October 2013 we became part of 41 Club, with eight members signed up and growing by the month. An inaugural Charter is planned with the French, we meet monthly on a Friday and events so far include kayaking, fly fishing, pub cycle.
Mr Pickup, who has been an ECB Board Director since ECB's formation in 1997, is also a member of the ECB's Major Match Group and Chairman of the Minor Counties Cricket Association. A former club cricketer, he was the Honorary Secretary of Cheshire CCC from 1980-2004 before becoming the County's Board Chairman in 2005.
However our greatest achievement to date was our Burns Night held on January 24th 2014 at the Grand Hotel Torquay in conjunction with Torquay Round Table. 205 attended the sold-out evening, which included a 5 course meal, piper, whisky, ceilidh and disco. Our raffle raised a record £1,650, which will be split between RTCW, Checkpoint and Macmillan Cancer Support, the Presidential 41 Club charity. I feel this event covers all four of the amended purposes of 41 Club.
Commenting on the award, ECB Chief Executive David Collier said: "John has given a lifetime's service to cricket and this award is fitting recognition for the hugely important role he has played in the wider development of the sport, both with ECB and its predecessor, the Test and County Cricket Board. He has been a great champion, in particular, of our recreational game and his knowledge and expertise in this area remain invaluable.”
Andrew Mawhinney Torquay 41 Vendredi Club Chairman
Chairman Andrew Mawhinney, Piper Scott Davidson, Drummer Brian Rankin, Vice Chairman Lee Hargreaves, David Stevenson Exeter 41.
York Ebor Progress Report Ebor 41 Club recently raised another £3,000 in their support for ‘York Against Cancer’ by running a steam train special from Pickering to Whitby in late December. David Mooney tells us that it was a great day with 41 Club providing all the teams to service the carriages. “Tesco were fantastic as they provided enough prodRalph Magee, Chairman of ucts, biscuits, crisps and soft drinks for YAC fund raising and an us to give away free to 300 passengers Ebor 41 Club member and still have some left.” They have committed the club to raising an additional £14,000 in 2014 in order to hit the magical £100,000. To do this they are planning a cycle ride in Yorkshire so keep your fingers crossed.
ASHBY-DE-LA-ZOUCH 41 CLUB TAKE OVER CITY TOURS FOR ONE DAY Chairman Ian Silver during his year in office decided one of his many projects would be a 41 Club International trip. The club liked this idea and as only a few members had visited Poland the Chairman thought that Krakow would be the right choice, as there seemed enough interesting places to visit for a long weekend. To enhance our strong links with our Round Table we decided to invite them as well. Nine names from both Clubs were interested initially but in the 41 Club tradition three more added their names later on. We flew from East Midlands late Thursday afternoon and arrived at our hotel at 7-15pm just in time to have a quick freshen up and go into the main square for a meal. It was a clear evening and much warmer than we had expected for early November. We found a lovely restaurant serving good food. We ordered 12 beers to start with followed by further rounds and to keep us warm we had a number of various vodkas. Little did we realise that the local police were watching us very closely but as soon as we settled our bill with a generous tip they moved on and the waitress hoped to see us again! We then moved on for an evening of visiting bars and the rest I leave to your imagination!! On Friday there was only ten of us for breakfast (light weight these Tablers of today!). After breakfast we decided to explore this very interesting town. The town is basically split into two. One half of the town has modern shops whilst the other half is the Jewish Quarter, which is very old and has a lot of history. There were synagogues and churches all over the place but all very interesting. We hadn’t left the hotel before a converted golf buggy appeared touting for business to show us the main sights of the town. We were already in need of a coffee so turned the chap down. Then another one turned up but this time it was a very pretty blonde young lady driving who could speak good English. We did not turn her away but negotiated a price for ten of us. We then realised that each golf buggy could only take, six-no problem the lady whose name was “Jo” immediately rang for a second golf buggy and another driver. Whilst we were waiting for it to arrive we found a coffee bar and invited Jo to join us. She soon gathered we were not the usual sort of tourists she was used to and soon realised we were ten mad Englishmen having a fantastic time with the good old banter that goes with 41ers and Tablers. She had a good sense of humour and soon joined in the fun. She showed us the whole of the sights and the two-hour trip lasted all day. She even showed us where to go for lunch and picked us up again after an hour and a half lunch with more beer. She was so trusting she hadn’t taken any money from us until the end of the trip in the afternoon at 4pm. We invited her to join us for our meal in the evening. She accepted our invitation but declined the food but drank beer with us. The restaurant was recommended to us by Bishop’s Stortford 41 Club who pointed out that it had its own brewery. We were in a private panelled room surrounded by stuffed birds, stags heads antlers and other such animals. A hunters paradise! In the middle of the long table was a tall glass tube filled with enough beer for twenty-four glasses and was dispensed through two taps. Fatal for 41ers not turning taps off properly!! After the meal we went back to the main square and had some more beer and tried different vodkas. Jo continued to drink her beer through a straw. We discussed the poor Polish pancakes I had been served at the restaurant but was assured by Jo that they were not proper Polish pancakes. She told us where to go to get the best pancakes in town. Jo departed at midnight telling us she had to work next day! We had some evening entertainment which included a Karaoke Bar. Just try singing songs in Polish when you have had a few!! On Saturday morning we decided after breakfast to visit the Castle. It was built at the behest of Casimir III the Great who reigned from 1333-1370. The Wawel Royal Castle and the Wawel Hill constitute the most historically and culturally important site in Poland. The buildings and the courtyard were very impressive and wonderful views of Krakow could be seen from the castle. The fire breathing dragon at the foot of the hill was equally impressive. Unfortunately a full day was needed to visit the inside with its many treasures and for us time was not on our side.
At lunchtime our small party decided to seek out this famous Polish pancake takeaway and Jo had very kindly marked it on the map for us to follow. We eventually found this little street that overlooked a railway embankment. The buildings looked old and shabby and in some cases a good coat of paint would at least help. Suddenly we came across this little building in brown old paint. We thought this could not be right as inside was a small room with a little hatch in the corner. I won’t say what one of the 41ers thought it was!! We decided to walk on further but came quickly to the conclusion that this shabby building must be it. As we turned round to walk back we suddenly spotted a golf buggy full of the rest of the party - yes you guessed it - Jo was driving it! She explained about the place and suggested that we all ordered different ones so we could try them all! She was right they were lovely. A few seats on the pavement for some of us to sit down whilst the rest sat on the buggy. The beer from the off licence was an added bonus. Jo took some of us back to the hotel whilst others walked. We bid our farewells to Jo as we had to get the hotel coach as we were to visit the salt mine in the afternoon. The salt mine is situated in Wielizka about half an hour coach trip away from Krakow. It is the only salt mine in the world preserved in such pristine condition and goes down 135 metres. Inside there is a cathedral carved out of the salt and took 67 years to complete. Services are still held there. The salt mine is the largest in Europe, the tour took about three hours to complete and we were told that we had only seen 1% of the mine! Our party decided that we were all really hungry and that we would try another restaurant for an evening meal. After wandering around for some time we were approached by someone touting for business and told us the restaurant downstairs in the cellar would be ideal for our party. He told us to go down and have a look but we were under no obligation and we could walk away if we did not like it. We all agreed it was just what we were looking for; it had scrubbed tables and really nice decor a bit like a mini banqueting hall in a castle on a very small scale. They put two large tables together to accommodate all twelve of us. We decided on their “Farmhouse Platter” as the main course. We all started with soup but had no idea what was coming next! When the main course arrived it was served on two huge wooden platters enough meat for everyone and vegetables were separate washed down with the usual Polish beer and yes you have guessed it various flavoured vodkas! This restaurant surpassed everything we had on this trip and the staff were friendly and made sure we had plenty to eat and even asked us if we wanted anymore! Another surprise awaited us - a free club upstairs! Many of us later on drifted back to the Karaoke bar to sing more Polish songs! We had an early breakfast and had to check out before 8-30am as ten of us decided to go on the final trip, which was a visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau. This is the site of the gravest mass murder in the history of humanity. The site is about an hour and a half coach ride away from Krakow. After the coach had picked up all the people from the various hotels and was on its way the guide for the day told us that a film explaining the full history of this terrible event would be shown on our way to the camp. It was not for the faint hearted and was shown in black and white! By the time we arrived we were certainly in the right frame of mind. It was well worth the visit but did show what the Jews and our forefathers went through - a very harrowing experience for the visitors who saw the cruelty of the Nazis and the terrible conditions prisoners had to endure. The young lads felt it even more than the rest of us but were glad that they had seen it and not just read about it in history books. We arrived back at our hotel and had just time to visit the restaurant we used on the Friday lunchtime which pleased the restaurant staff as they recognised us - well they couldn’t really miss us could they!! We arrived back at East Midlands airport on time with Ryanair, but were delayed going through customs as every bag was checked as some people on the flight were shipping in large amounts of Polish cigarettes! Never a dull moment! Not us I hasten to add.
The trip was a fantastic experience. How lucky we are to be part of this wonderful movement. Our thanks must go to our Chairman Ian Silver who organised this trip down to the finest detail. Our Motto is so apt. MAY THE HINGES OF FRIENDSHIP NEVER RUST!
Not all 41 Club members lovingly polish their cherished motorcars every Sunday, some use them to participate in something a little more adventurous. Here are the stories of two of our current members who revel in the thrills of motor sport.
Richard Hinton A life long interest in motor sport in particular rallying. I remember vividly reading in the late 60’s an article in the evening paper (Express & Star) about the RAC Rally and a special stage that was going to run that coming weekend in “Sutton Park”. As a result I cajoled my father to take me over and watch. As an 8-9 year old I was instantly totally hooked on rallying. Promising myself quietly one day I’ll do that “compete on the RAC Rally”. My first chance to get involved directly in the sport happened just as I had just started secondary school, through a scout master, when I was able to start marshalling (1971 or 72) at the arrival control of the Sutton Park stage of the same rally. Rubbing shoulders with legends of the sport Pat Moss (Sterling’s sister), Paddy Hopkirk and the new rising Scandinavian drivers, Rauno Aaltonen, Timo Mäkinen, Stig Blomqvist and Per Eklund (both driving Saab’s) plus a young British star Roger Clark who was my first rally idol, before they started the stage. Mercifully there are no photographs of these efforts, although I did appear on the local BBC news on the Monday evening whilst the aforementioned crews were being interviewed. My kudos with my peers at school grew immensely but sadly only fleetingly. After the summer each year I would count down the days as the time rolled around to November when I could get my annual fix to go out and watch the cars on the RAC. With the advent of Betamax I was soon able to record everything “rallying” that appeared on TV and soon joined my local car club. With a set of wheels myself, I was off to watch the RAC around the country and other rallies in darkest deepest Wales and other remote parts of the UK. As soon as I could afford it I purchased an Opel Manta rally car, which morphed three times in different forms. Competing in the local Heart of England Championship rallies, which included events in Wales for a number of years. In 2000 it was announced that this was the last year that privateers would be allowed to enter the UK round of the World Rally Championship Wales Rally GB (now the successor to what was once the RAC Rally). Armed with bucket loads of cash I purchased a Ford Escort Cosworth and set to with mates to prepare it for the rally. The entry was put in and we eventually got a run as last car on the road, car 159. Also notable as we were the very last Ford Escort (30 years legacy) to start a world rally championship event as the homologation for the Escort model expired after the rally. Lining up on the rally starting in Cardiff City centre with Colin McRae, Richard Burns and so many of my heroes was for me like walking out at Wembley for the FA Cup Final. A great experience and fulfilling the dream. We did get part way around but sadly on the Saturday morning (day 3) we suffered multiple punctures and had no option but retire half way up a Welsh hillside. Game over but a massive tick in the lifetime achievements.
Interest in motorsport continues to this day but mainly as an organiser, Clerk of the Course for the Rally of the Midlands, senior officer on a round of the British Rally Championship Rally North Wales and mid ranking official on the current Wales Rally GB. There is life in the old dog still with more motorsport challenges (dreams) still to be realised. Watch this space.
Richard Hinton, Brownhills 41 Club
Mike Bromley I have been an MG owner since the 70's and have owned five MGB's and five Midgets in that time. Also an MGB GT V8 in 2005-7 whilst rebuilding the MGB as a Works Replica. It is a 1971 B roadster that I have owned for 13 years. Extensively rebuilt between 2003-7 with usual replacement of rust areas and panels. Has got 1840cc engine that gives 129bhp on dyno. Lots of fast bits such as Sebring front and rear valences/light cowls, roll-over cage, race seats, uprated suspension and brakes. It has a very noisy exhaust that bans it from track days! The MGF was slumbering at my MG renovators with usual head gasket problems - I always thought the MGF was a girly car. Anyhow I took pity on it, bought it and we did all the usual step gasket etc. work. What a fun little car it is - I even use it for work sometimes. Have owned and raced the Historic Formula Ford - Merlyn 11a for ten years now. Race it with the HSCC at all the good circuits including Silverstone GP, Brands GP, Donington etc. and Spa (twice). Competed at the Silverstone Classic last year.
Mike Bromley Shaftesbury and Gillingham 41 Club
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So You Want To Be A Writer …
Hi, I’m Martin Bates (Ian Martyn is my pen name) former member of Woking 64 Round Table and now a member of 41 Club. When my company made me an offer I couldn’t refuse I left with the aim of doing some consultancy (like many people), but also the aim of completing a long held ambition, to write science fiction. Now with time available I had no excuse. So, finally, having e-published my first two novels for Kindle, ‘Ancestral Dreams: The Return’ and ‘Project Noah’, I am proof that getting yourself published has never been easier.
Dave leon, a leading member of the london Old Tablers’ Society (lOTS), is best known to ex-Tablers as the organiser and inspiration behind the monthly informal meetings for members of the Round Table family at the lamb in leadenhall Market in the City of london. Originally from Exeter, Dave met his wife Veronica (who he affectionately calls Fred, having told her on their first date that Veronica was too much of a mouthful) almost 50 years ago when they were both working in the City. At that time Dave was planning on moving to Australia and Veronica to Canada, so in 1969 they got married and moved to South Africa! Dave joined Birch RT 198 in Johannesburg and subsequently became Chairman and later the Area PRO. It was on a holiday to the uK in 1981 that Dave first encountered the informal lunch club and was inspired to replicate it in Jo’burg. In 1984 with his Round Table career behind him Dave and Veronica returned to the uK and Dave was disappointed to find that the monthly lunchtime get-together was on the point of collapse so he set about re-invigorating it – and 30 years on, thanks to his efforts, it’s still going strong. According to Patrick Dewsnap, one of the original members and a Billericay 41er, who first met Dave on his 1981 visit when the club met at the Bouncing Banker, “if it wasn’t for Dave getting involved as soon as he returned to the uK it would have collapsed, turning it round was his great achievement”. 27 years later Dave’s dedication and commitment were recognised when he was presented with the National Association’s Award for his tireless dedication to keeping this informal institution going. In March of this year the club will celebrate having been meeting at the lamb for 28 years –not bad for an organisation with no formal membership or rules! Since returning to the uK Dave has been a member of Northwood & Pinner 41 Clubs before Joining lOTS ten years ago. In 2013 he also became a member of Harrow & Wembley 41 Club. For a number of years he has been the Social Officer for lOTS organising the Society’s social calendar. When it was decided that lOTS would hold a major function to celebrate its 75th Anniversary on 8th April of this year, who was the first member to volunteer to help with the organisation – Dave leon of course. Dave and Veronica have three grown-up children and a granddaughter – 4 year old Isobel. If you meet Dave it won’t be long before the proud Grandad reaches into his pocket to show you her photograph. Away from Isobel and 41 Club Dave is an avid collector of British and South African stamps, coins, beer mats, Round Table banners and lapel badges along with badges and paintings from places he and Veronica have visited. He also organises the Crisis charity run for the homeless and the Business Partners scheme which provides one-to-one assistance to children in need of extra help at a school in Tower Hamlets – one of london’s most deprived boroughs. As an ex-Tabler Dave enjoys the odd pint or two, or three or ……… London Old Tablers’ Society The Lamb informal meeting is open to all members of the Round Table family and meets in Old Tom’s basement Bar at the Lamb in Leadenhall Market from 1.00pm on the second Wednesday of every month so come along and enjoy the fellowship and a pint. LOTS will be the first ex-Tablers Club to celebrate its 75th Anniversary on 8th April. For tickets or more information about this historic event contact Dave Leon at firstname.lastname@example.org
I admit, the journey from ideas to finished books has been a long one, with many ups and downs. Through my web site and blog (details below) I am trying to pass on much of what I’ve learnt along the way. In the beginning I thought how difficult can it be? Well in some respects it is fairly simple – until, that is, you want it read by more people than just your nearest and dearest. What makes a good story? What makes it well written, or at least sufficiently well written that others will enjoy reading it? There is lots of advice out there and on my site I list some of the best that I’ve found. But the most useful thing I read early on was Steven King’s book ‘On writing: A Memoir of the Craft.’ Good advice, simply given. So you’ve written your book, revised it many times (you will, believe me), had it proof read (that really is important), how do you get it published? Well if you want hard copies in bookshops, about the only way to get to traditional publishers is through writers agents (you can find a list in the Writers and Artists Year Book). More often than not though, this leads to rejection. I have the letters to prove it. However, over the last few years the publishing world has been going through a revolution. With the advent of Kindle and other e-readers, the option of self-publishing has never been easier. Of course, that’s also a whole new area of learning. But, it’s not that difficult. Finally, you have to make sure that as many people as possible get to know of your books and want to buy them. Self-marketing or using social media are just two more things to add to the learning list. In the last few years I have had to become familiar with all of this. Perhaps some of you have toyed with the idea of writing fiction or non-fiction and are not sure where or how to start, or how to get that finished book published. I hope that my story might inspire you to take to the keyboard and create that manuscript. You can see more of my work, stories, help and ideas on my website: www.martynfiction.com. You can contact me directly at email@example.com, or through the site, I’d be more than happy to answer any questions. Ian Martyn, a science fiction author. Woking 41 Club
When I was elected firstly as I.R.O (1984) and later Tours Officer (1991) for 41 Club N.Z, little did I realize what an impact it would have on my whole outlook on life, and the people we share this planet with. Tours through Canada (1989 & 1999), South Africa 1992, Eastern Mediterranen 1996, u.K. and Ireland 2001 and 2003, Australia 2004 & 2007, Scandinavia and The Baltic two tours in 2005 and the final one was called From Beijing to Berlin in 2008.
Red Onions - Romania
Details of all these tours are on our webpage at www.41club.org.nz and there are lots of photos as well. Take the time to have look – you never know what you may see!!!! What made these tours special was the interaction with host 41 Clubs (and K-40 in Canada and Apex 40 in Australia). They took us into their homes, and we were able to experience their way of life as they lived it – not as you get to experience in a hotel. From these contacts, we have made some lifelong friendships and Kiwi 41ers still tell me of receiving contact from people they have met overseas on these tours. One such contact which was bought to life in early January of this year, was when my own 41 Club, Nelson, put on a farewell function for Margaret and I as we are leaving the South Island and moving to the North Island. In the attached photo, Nelson chairman Arthur Hawke on the left and I are sharing a “sup” from a Highland Quaich, given to the Kiwis by members of Helensburgh 41 Club in May 2005. Arthur was a member of that Tour group, and as all Nelson Club members shared the Quaich, I could not help but think what a great Club we all belong to, and even though we live on opposite sides of the globe, those friendships are very much alive and well.
I only hope that those of you reading this article who have had contact with the New Zealanders, will have happy memories, and who knows – you may even rekindle the contacts. I guarantee you will get a great reception from “down under”.
In closing, I must extend greetings from Margaret and I to all of you with whom we have come in contact – either in the u.K. or in New Zealand. As the song says “Thanks for the memories”
Peter Butchart 41 Cub New Zealand
I spent most of my working career in either the front end branch and business banking or HR related roles with my final spell as an area director in North london responsible for all branches and corporate business in the patch. In 2000 I left the bank and set up a recruitment business doing executive search for middle and senior management in the banking sector until I retired just over a year ago. I now do a small voluntary role as an advisor to a business called Kickstart in Bishop’s Stortford trying to help people without jobs, or who’ve been made redundant, back into work.
Ray asked me to pen an article telling members a little bit about myself before I go into the Chair in April so here’s a little bit of background. I was born (yes it’s true!) in West Yorkshire in the town of Pontefract. Now that probably accounts for what some people call my stubborn streak. My family was a mining family and my father, both grandfathers and as far as I can gather my great grand-fathers were involved in the coal mines. I was the first one from the family to venture away from mining, although my father left the Coal Board whilst I was in my late teens and developed his own businesses in Derbyshire. My parents had two great loves in their lives sport and music. I inherited the sports bit and my sister is a very good musician as well as being a vicar of seven parishes in Kent. Dad played a good standard of tennis, played county cricket for Yorkshire and was a professional rugby league player for both Featherstone and Wakefield. Mum was a good athlete and also a County tennis player before they both turned to golf in later years.
We have three grown up children, Robert, lorna and Kathryn and Kathryn has given us two wonderful grandchildren, lily and layla-Rose. Robert has inherited my love of sport and for eight years he was a PE teacher before recently taking on a role as a special needs teacher in West Essex. lorna followed me into banking and Kathryn currently has her hands very full looking after two young children. I am now the family house-husband as Chris continues to work as a lettings manager in a local estate agency. Although as Chris says, my dusting, hoovering and ironing leaves a lot to be desired but I’m not a bad cook. Apart from my time in Bishop’s Stortford Round Table and 41 Club I also spent eleven years as a school governor of a local girls secondary school, seven years as chairman. I got involved with Bishop’s Stortford Rugby club when Robert started mini rugby. I coached for twelve years then joined the executive for another eleven, years spending five years as chairman. I was fortunate to be chairman in 2003 when England won the World Cup and lucky enough to host the Cup at our club on its travels around the country. I left the executive four years ago and now just enjoy watching our successful club when I get the chance as a member of the ‘Wrinklies’. In 2012 I had the great experience of being part of the Olympics as a ‘games maker’ spending many happy hours working in the Olympic Park at both the Olympics and Paralympics.
Most of my schooling was in leicestershire after the family moved to Coalville following short spells in West Yorkshire and Staffordshire. Sport was, and is, my great love. I played a lot of tennis, a bit of football, squash and cricket but also played a decent quality of rugby union, more of which later. I wasn’t a bad athlete either and in fact it was on the athletics track representing the county schools at the All England School Sports where I met Chris my wife. She was better than me I have to say and if it hadn’t been for a serious injury would almost certainly have been an Olympian. A little known fact here, I actually won a silver medal as part of the County Junior 4x100m relay squad in the National Championships at the last ever AAA’s meeting at White City. My changing space was next to the great Ron Clarke in his last ever competitive run. Nowadays my active sport is confined to golf so if there are any golf days going next year invite me along and I’ll happily bring my sticks with me.
41 Club and Round Table has played a major part in mine and Chris’s life for the past 30 years. We have made many wonderful friends across the country and even our children are very envious of the social life we lead. Since I’ve been on the National Council I’ve travelled the country and more recently done some International bits. I’ve met many, many new people and I hope I’ve made a small contribution to this fantastic organisation. If you want to have a great social life, lots of fun and give a bit back to the association I would heartily recommend the National Council to you. I have undoubtedly done so many things that I would never have done if I hadn’t been in Round Table and I know that next year is going to add a lot to those wonderful memories and opportunities.
Chris and I were married in Market Bosworth, her home town, 40 years ago this year and after living in leicester for a short time we moved South, initially to Chelmsford before moving to Bishop’s Stortford just over 30 years ago. I started working for Midland bank’s and then HSBC and became one of the Banks youngest ever management appointees when I moved to work in london.
I am extremely honoured to be National President Elect and I look forward to meeting you on my travels during this year for much more fun and fellowship.
National Vice President
The following are the reports of a membership drive with a difference, as all four clubs of the family came together to use their combined knowledge in launching a membership weekend in Ireland. (17-19 January 2014) Membership Initiatives: Ireland – January 2014 I organised and ran an event in Ireland on the 17-19 January to promote and recruit new members into Round Table and ladies Circle. The event was coordinated by myself but supported by 41 Clubs Ireland, Tangent Ireland, Round Table Ireland and National & GB, ladies Circle National and GB and hopefully locally. The weekend was 6 months in the planning and I was helped by Marcus Jones of RTBI and Karen Johnson of lCB”I”. events Timetable: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
Friday night Saturday morning Saturday afternoon Saturday night Sunday morning
Arrivals and team meeting to set out the format Social Media for local clubs LC & RT recruitment drive pre planned All participants and Potential new members It was Region 3 AGM – debrief of all involved
personnel and their duties: Ladies Circle: Round Table: Tangent: 41 Club:
Two National and one GB Member to mingle. Local interest there as well One National, two for media training, one GB member to mingle and local reps One Representative to give talk on Tangent Four (no older than late 50s), one to explain our role, and others to mingle
Achievements are manyfold: local members of all clubs attended the social media training and mixed together. I observed local Tablers asking 41ers for advice and vice versa. The fact that both National and Regional representatives came boosted confidence and everyone had a sense of belonging. One Table there asked if they could rename their club due to the political situation, we all agreed and Foyle & District Round Table 87 was born. The recruitment achieved the desired outcome. One new Circle to be formed in Bangor and it just might be the start of bigger things to come. Everyone decided to attend a local “curry house” for a meal together. This was impromptu “but let us realise that such an event must be flexible”. The evening developed friendships; it allowed everyone to talk from their perspective and fellowship. So much so that the prospective member from our newest club was to be inducted the next morning into Round Table. My biggest concern was fitting in the Region 3 AGM; maybe a push to far. How wrong was I. The 41ers heard a short talk from Marcus Jones PR and Media for RT Nationally. Karen Johnson gave a talk from lC perspective and delivered to the 41ers how they can help. How did this go down with the 41ers? They felt proud that they were involved in possibly the rebirth of RT in Ireland. The RT in Ireland got to see a formal event and the humour that these ‘auld gets’ have. lC saw the passion and the commitment that everyone from all four clubs has, no matter where you come from GB, Ireland, National or the newest member to the fold. Do I deem the weekend a success? Well time will be the judge and I would rather have tried and failed than failed without trying. We inducted a new member into Round Table and recruited a new regional rep for RT in Ireland. A club has been renamed to avoid political obstruction. ladies Circle is starting a new club in Ireland in Bangor. The spirit of Round Table, 41 Club and Tangent were all lifted and time is now exciting in Ireland. All the team that worked so hard was given great results immediately so stayed positive the whole time. So I deem the weekend a huge success not only for RT Ireland but for RT GB&I. My Thanks go out to the following for all their help. Marcus Jones RT, Jon Rees RT, Dave Beadle RT, Studley RT, Karen Johnson lC, Marj Aird lC, Jane Smith lC and Joan Henderson Tangent. Without you all this would have been just a weekend!
Attendees Comments: Hi Phil great to hear from you big guy, last weekend was just what we needed to inspire us, give us good direction and the tools we long desired to take the next step in our efforts to expand Table locally and in neighbouring towns. I was just speaking to a guy in Young Farmers Association today and he might be interested in joining and starting a Table in Limavady in the future. Our local 41ers in the past have promised plenty and done nothing to support us. Kevin and myself are passionate about Table and sometimes feel like a burden rather than a pleasure, due to struggles in relation to support and recruitment. From a personal point of view I was inspired by the efforts you and Marcus put into this weekend to bring John, Dave, Studley and Ladies Circle and a wealth of knowledge that we had never seen or heard. It was a true learning experience for our whole Table and we will put it to good use. You’re a good man, good friend and more than welcome here anytime, anything we can do to help Phil we will.
Mark Gault - Chairman Foyle & District Round Table 87
Putting the I back in GB&I The first steps have been taken This has been a goal of mine since I took over as National Membership Officer in May 2012. I am a firm believer in teamwork and the weekend of 18th and 19th January 2014 proved that. Working with Phil Ellis, Region 3 Ireland Councillor for 41 Club for several months, we agreed on a date for an open membership night, which coincided, with his AGM. His daughter Hayley Ellis and a few of her friends were interested in finding out more about Circle so after speaking to the National Exec Team it was decided that I would go and meet up with them. Marj Aird National Immediate Past President and current Godmother to new Circles also came with me. We were immediately made to feel at home, picked up from the airport and taken to the hotel in Bangor. The National Round Table Media and PR meeting was being held on the Saturday and both Marj and I were introduced to the Tablers present and started asking them whether any of their wives and girlfriends would be interested in Circle and we got a good response. Saturday night we met up with Hayley and her friends and together with the Round Table, 41 Club and Tangent went out for a meal to get to know each other better. It was a brilliant night out and by the end of the evening I think Bangor Circle was re-born, and I really think we made some friends for life that night. Dancing and partying like only we know how to. Sunday saw myself and Marj introduced to the 41 Club Regional AGM and I had the pleasure of addressing the meeting with a brief chat about Ladies Circle and how we fit into the Round Table Family. Round Table inducted a new member to Foyle and District Table and the whole meeting was buzzing with ideas on increasing membership, not just for Table, but Circle as well. Ireland have truly embraced the four Club Family and I think as a National Organisation we need to be doing the same. The entire weekend had all four clubs represented and also a renewed feeling of togetherness from everyone. We could not have done this without Phil Ellis and his tireless enthusiasm and now we need to keep the ball rolling and continue to support all four clubs in GB&I.
Karen Johnson National Membership Officer 2012 - 2014 National Association of Ladies Circle GB&I
Many Tablers did many great things one weekend in January; from internationals, Euro Ski meetings, and working trips. In Northern Ireland there's a guy called Phillip Ellis who is working tirelessly not just for RTBI but the whole Round Table family. Last weekend, Marcus Jones, Dave Beadle, Jon Rees and Stuart Hadley travelled to support him and his efforts to rebuild relationships with our Tables across the water. We were joined by Ladies Circlers Jane Smith, Marj Aird and Karen Johnson who laid the ground roots for the re-launch of Ladies Circle with Bangor Ladies Circle, adding the I back to LCBI. Some of the other things we accomplished: • • • • •
RT in Ireland now has a Regional Rep and will have a voice at National Council. Foyle and District Round Table 87 have a new name and a new Facebook page. Irish Tablers are coming to Conference and NSW. Most importantly the launch of a committed membership drive and bonding of Tables, has begun. Also the guys know that support is there when they ask for it and will be delivered. The team even went as far as helping to remove a political barrier in one Table; something they had been struggling with for years and in the process we started to understand just what an impact having the right people in the right place at the right time can do.
Round Table is amazing and when you 'work at it’ the rewards are really worth the effort. You get out what you put in, but this weekend I think we got out much much more.
Jon Rees & Studley Table
It has been said by all that the achievements gained are immense. Yes we started a new ladies Circle and inducted a new member into Foyle and District Round Table, but for me is says a lot more. The commitment that was shown this weekend from all four clubs said to all the members left in Ireland “we are not alone”. How important is that? It shows a member that although the family is sick, it still has a chance, if we all commit together. I recommend that we pool our resources in an act of charity, but this time the charity is on our own doorstep. I personally, during my years being involved in Round Table, had the “can do” altitude instilled into me, I know that if we as four clubs truly work together we will grow and grow not only in Ireland but everywhere. I thank everyone who was involved with this weekend, it was just at the right time! It has and will achieve the right result. Membership is every member’s problem, my solution is simple introduce one new member each and we double overnight.
Phillip Ellis National Councillor Region 3 – Ireland Bangor 41 Club
Sciatica is the name given to any sort of pain that is caused by irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body. It runs from the back of your pelvis, through your buttocks, and all the way down both legs, ending at your feet. When something compresses or irritates the sciatic nerve, it can cause a pain that radiates out from your lower back and travels down your leg to your calf. Sciatic pain can range from being mild to very painful. Causes of sciatica A slipped disc is the most common identified cause of sciatica, but in some cases there is no obvious cause. Less common causes include spinal stenosis (narrowing of the nerve passages in the spine), injury, infection or a growth in the spine. Symptoms of sciatica Sciatic pain can range from being mild to very painful and may last just a few days or for months. If it lasts for more than six weeks, it is considered to be persistent (chronic) sciatica. Sciatica is different to general back pain. The pain of sciatica hardly affects the back at all but radiates out from the lower back, down the buttocks and into one or both of the legs, right down to the calf. The pain often gets worse over time and may also be made worse by: • • •
sneezing, coughing or laughing (impulse pain) standing or sitting for a long period of time bending backwards
Other symptoms If you have sciatica, you may also experience the following symptoms around your legs and feet: • • • •
numbness tingling muscle weakness loss of tendon reflexes
When to seek emergency help Seek immediate medical help by calling 999 for an ambulance if you experience the following symptoms: • • •
numbness in your bottom, lower back and leg loss of bladder and/or bowel control feeling of weakness in your leg and foot
When to see your GP Most people find their sciatic pain goes away naturally within a few days or weeks. However, see your GP if: • • •
you experience any other symptoms together with your back and leg pain, such as weight loss or loss of bladder or bowel control you experience increasingly more pain and discomfort your pain is too severe to manage with self-help measures
In these cases, your GP should check whether there is a more serious problem causing your pain.
Treating sciatica Most cases of short-term (known as acute) sciatica will pass without the need for treatment. A combination of things you can do at home, such as taking over-the-counter painkillers, exercise and hot or cold packs can usually relieve the symptoms. For persistent sciatica (known as chronic), you may be advised to try a structured exercise programme under the supervision of a physiotherapist. In very rare cases, surgery may be needed to control the symptoms. Preventing sciatica There are some steps you can take to minimise your risk of a slipped disc or back injury that could lead to sciatica. This includes: • • •
better posture and lifting techniques at work stretching before and after exercise simple, regular exercises to improve flexibility
Source: NHS Choices
The CafĂŠ Wall Illusion
Sudoku - A much harder one than usual!
An amazing optical illusion. All of the horizontal lines are perfectly straight. But why is it called the CafĂŠ Wall?
Match Stick Puzzle Use the four spare matches to create two identical shapes inside the existing square by Vic Wiltshire
Solutions on page 31 25.
My first really big event was the Table Conference at Plymouth in 2002 and it was a joy to share my baptism of fire with such a large and knowledgeable team. The Conference Treasurer paid for my first red coat, a slightly shop soiled reduced item from lipmans in the Charring Cross Road, a bargain at a price that today would only just pay for a new pair of the mandatory patent leather shoes. Apart from complete abstinence from alcohol for all of us and hardly any sleep for three nights, which was the norm then, we also had a range of problems, hitches and accidents to cope with, as you might expect given the size of conference in those days. Drunken guests who would try to highjack the proceedings and the microphone, thus derailing the already tight schedule is a not uncommon problem. A professional guest speaker whose agent informed us at the last minute that he should not be allowed to drink or it could be an issue, so I had to bully the waiters into deflecting his repeated requests for more, at least until after he had entertained us with his many stories. Behind the scenes there were other dramas such as gatecrashers and even a suicide attempt by a local girl who had to be talked down from a high ledge at the back of the venue.
Ever since the dawn of time at any good social gathering involving convivial company, good food and drink someone has always wanted to spoil it all by interrupting or so it can sometimes seem. To most onlookers a toastmaster is simply someone who stands up and makes announcements at a formal function but in reality the job can include being a nurse, nanny, speech tutor, confidant and counsellor, protocol advisor, P.A. technician and DJ, timekeeper and event co-ordinator. lastly, he or she is someone who introduces speeches and sometimes proposes toasts. The Norsemen drank to their Gods and after conversion to Christianity to ‘God in Heaven!’ and brought the custom over to Britain, or so it is believed. In the Middle Ages there was often a ‘Master of the Toast’ who was responsible for concocting a rather revolting sounding mix of toasted bread, herbs, spices and wine. The original winter warmer perhaps, but also apparently a great favourite of Charles II who considered it to be very effective in restoring his vigour after bouts with Nell Gwynn or one of his many other favourites. luckily we no longer have any connection with these duties.
I have been honoured to be invited to assist with many other Table, Circle, Tangent and 41 National and Regional events since then. Although the Table events may be on a smaller scale than once they were as well as are the organising teams, the spirit is still the same but then so too are the problems.
Another story connects the proposing of toasts to the healing, but very smelly, springs at Bath in the 18th Century. A haunt for high society and others. Apparently two young rakes were sauntering round the edge of the pool, glasses still in hand, when they came upon a “ lady of the town covered in little more than blushes”, languishing in the tepid waters. In a great show of gallantry or stupidity, depending how you look at it, one scooped up water from the foul tasting pool into his nearly empty glass which still had a bit of his spiced toast in it and cried “Nay though I likest not the beverage I will take the toast to this lady!” Downing the whole thing in one. History does not record if he gained the ladies affections through his gallant gesture or if he promptly threw up, but I think I know which is most likely. It is certainly true however that the ‘Toast to the ladies’ is probably the oldest toast of all.
At one RTBI conference a very small and dedicated team went into near exhausted meltdown as did their computer programme designed to produce the all important seat plan. It is not uncommon to find that guest wilfully ignore the appointed time for dinner and carry on drinking despite the chagrin of harassed organisers or threats of ruined food from the kitchen but at this event the clock reached firstly 30 and then 45 minutes late and no plan could be produced. I was receiving repeated updates from the team and pleas to stall things further. Soon even the most hardened drinkers began to look at their watches whilst I stood ‘front of house’ fixed smile on my face fielding questions from conference veterans, who were getting hungry. Meanwhile in the background I had had to hatch a contingency plan with the banqueting manager whose final deadline was fast approaching and helped by another trained toastmaster who was one of the guests. I had to tell the organisers that if the machine couldn’t spit out the plan in 10 minutes we would have to call through without it but we would ask all guests to extend the hand of fellowship, to come through and mix, mingle and share tables with new friends as the seat plan was not available. My toastmaster colleague would repeat the message and the staff team would act as ushers to ensure tables were filled and to guide people to where there were still spaces. I think given the good humour and nature of our clubs it would have worked and might even have made it a very different fellowship experience but we will never know because at the very last minute two A3 copies of the plan arrived and we could roll! unfortunately it was as you might expect given the circumstances, far from perfect. People who had not expected to be in an adjoining annex found themselves there, whilst late bookers had some of the best tables. Some guests did have serious sense of humour breakdown but we suggested some abject apologises by me and free champagne from the organisers would help and by and large it did!
As for the toastmaster’s role, royal and the most noble of household might have a Major-domo as a master of ceremonies whilst in less exalted households the butler would make this one of his many functions. Private drinking clubs and Masonic lodges often nominated one of their number as toastmaster. Sometimes he was even provided with a special goblet made of extra thick glass to reduce its capacity and to enable him to lead the drinking of all toasts whilst still staying more or less on his feet. These glasses are highly valued by collectors today and staying sober is still a prerequisite for the successful toastmaster! As society changed and became more democratic there was a need for help at larger functions held in public or commercial premises so at sometime in the mid 19th century the first professional toastmasters appeared. One of the most successful was William Knightsmith who in the late Victorian era became fed up with being mistaken for a waiter or butler so apparently either at the suggestion of his wife or through having seen the impact of the huntsman’s jacket at hunt balls, had a red jacket made. So started the tradition followed by all toastmasters today who are members of one of the recognised guilds, which enforce strict dress rules, except within the limits of the City of london where according to ancient traditions hunting was banned, so a black coat is worn with a bright coloured sash to avoid confusion with hunting ‘pink’ and a possible criminal offence.
I have been fortunate to do a lot of work in the ‘civics’ field, working for county and local authorities but this too can be very challenging as at formal receptions some of the guests will insist on the fullest possible preambles for themselves including almost every committee that they and/or their partner have ever served on. This can be fine but not when you have over 100 guests queuing behind them. Another issue can be civic guests such as town mayors who issue you with instructions of their titles and rank which are completely wrong. This is a complex and delicate field as even some of the reference texts we carry may differ over some obscure points but not on the basics. In such cases tact, diplomacy and ultimately following the wishes of the host are the best guide but sure as eggs are eggs there will always be someone who makes a point of coming up to you afterwards to ‘set you straight’, so you are of course in such cases dammed if you do and dammed if you don’t.
Today’s toastmasters, male or female, have continued to move with the times. Changes in protocol, new ceremonies and customs, technology and society have all to be assimilated and included in the vigorous training and examinations that the professional guilds rightly insist on. There are still only a few hundred active professional toastmasters but some travel the world as the service we offer is unique and still valued. Many come into the profession through experience gained as members of Masonic lodges or as I did, through membership of other organisations such as Table who organise larger functions from time to time. You soon learn that no matter how well you have been trained, no matter how many functions you may have attended as a guest or gone to observe a colleague working at as part of your pupilage, you can never know it all and you must always expect the unexpected and cope with it no matter what!
Tom Abbott is Regional Councillor for Region 19, London Chilterns and is also the current President of the Alliance of Toastmasters Guild
‘Breaking them in for a friend?’ ‘What’s that?’ ‘New shoes. I hope that’s why you’re walking with a lisp.’ ‘No. I’ve signed up for the charity cycle ride and did a solo run yesterday on a borrowed bike with a racing saddle. I was expecting calf cramp but not getting so saddle sore.’ ‘Solo? Cyclists don’t ride alone! I’ve only ever come across ’em three abreast, chatting to each other, just round a blind bend. You’re not licensed to ride on the road, you know. All the road fund money that’s spent on tarmac goes on cycle tracks anyway. Why don’t you go there and play with your toys?’ ‘There hasn’t been a link between car tax and spending on roads since 1936. In any case, I pay a road fund licence just like you.’ ‘But not on your bike. If I had different cars for different purposes – soft top convertible for sunny days, people carrier for taking the grandkids about and a 4x4 for off-roading, I’d have to pay car tax on each of ‘em regardless of the fact that I can’t drive all of ‘em at once.’ ‘I don’t wear out the road when I’m on a bike so why should I pay to use it?’ ‘And why should you bother stopping at red traffic lights either, I suppose. I’ve seen your sort, dodging off onto the pavement, crossing with the green man and back out to save having to extract your toe from your rat-traps. All those poor motorists you think you’ve outwitted have got to swerve out round you again and, at the next set of lights, you’re scraping up by on the inside - putting your sweaty mitts on our gleaming bodywork. Anyway, I’m off with the WAllieS this weekend.’ ‘Who?’ ‘The Wallies – Walkers Against lycra louts (i.e. cyclistS). It’s amazing, the havoc you can wreak with a thumb stick and a wayward cur on a longish lead if you spot a troupe of would-be-Wiggos trying to mow you down.’. ‘What do you mean “lycra-louts”. lycra’s just a brand name for Spandex which is an anagram of ‘Expands’ because the material stretches.’ ‘Yeah, and lycra comes from “like Ra” meaning “resembling Ra”.’ ‘Who?’ ‘Ra.’ ‘Who?’ ‘Ra. Hip hip’ ‘Who?’ ‘Ra – the Egyptian sun-god with a bright red face and a helmet like a falcon for a go-faster image.’ ‘Yeah, well I looked more like an Egyptian mummy when I was swathed in bandages from head to foot after white van man caught me with his mirror. Still, I was hurtling round on a mobility scooter for a bit while my leg mended; you can get your own back on you pedestrian types with one of those – sneak up on ’em like a silent assassin and spear their achilles tendon or panic their pet pooch.’ ‘But aren’t they susceptible to strategically abandoned shopping trolleys.’ ‘Sadly, yes. Do you have a name for the people who’d do that?’ ‘Oh yes!’
REG HEWITT LLANTWIT MAJOR 41 CLUB
Answers The CafĂŠ Wall This effect was first noticed on a tiled wall in Bristol. Here is the evidence.