National AGM Belfast Calling



will be held on Saturday 14th April 2018 at 9:00am at The Hall of the Spires, Presbyterian Assembly Building Conference Centre, 2-10 Fisherwick Place, Belfast, BT1 6DW.

The following items of documentation are available on this site:

* The Agenda and Order Paper   for the forthcoming AGM in Belfast
* Voting Delegates Form (for Clubs sending a delegate) FORM A
* Proxy Voting Delegates Form (for clubs not sending a delegate) FORM B
*   Information on Proxy Voting

*   Minutes of the 72nd Annual General Meeting – 22nd April 2017
Location Map

Please ensure that the person attending the AGM on your behalf has a downloaded copy of the Agenda and Order Paper . More copies will be available on the day. Please appoint a Voting Delegate, and discuss the resolutions and elections in the Order Paper with your members before they attend, so your Voting Delegate is qualified to vote correctly on your behalf. Copies of the Order Pape r can be downloaded from our website in PDF format should you wish to e-mail a copy to your members whose details are not fully registered on CAS.

For those attending the AGM as the Voting Delegate, please ensure the Chairman or Secretary completes and signs the Voting Delegate Form (FORM A ) and they bring the completed Form with them to the AGM to register. Failure to follow this may prejudice your Club’s vote.

If you are appointing a Proxy Voting Delegate on your behalf, you need to complete the Proxy Voting Delegate Form (FORM B) and send it to me to arrive no later than 09:00 a.m. on Wednesday 19th April 2016. Forms received after this date will be invalid. Please see the separate notes on Proxy Voting .

Please note anyone in 41 Club can attend the AGM and observe. There is no limit on numbers – everyone is welcome!

Remember the AGM

The 41 Club AGM will be held at the Wrea Head Hotel on Thursday 19 April. Remember to get your red hot motions to secretary Mike well in advance. Come prepared to quiz the treasurer about the club’s offshore investments, and to ask Tom why we have not celebrated St. George this year. We expect that the new chairman will update us as to the latest on drugs, while we cogitate whether Dr. Mark will follow Dr. Gordon into retirement. Alternatively just come and make merry.

Last of the Summer Wine (41 Club)

It was early evening on the second Thursday of March, 2030 at the Marchesi Retirement home on Scalby road. Three of the newer residents, Fred, Dick, and Harry were sipping a half pint of shandy. They had used to walk to the nearby Nags Head but it had been revamped into a coffee shop some years ago, and beside the walk was now becoming a little strenuous for them.

Fred stirred, “we should be meeting our mates at 41 Club this evening for a good craic” he said. The others nodded sagely, “it folded two years ago” Dick mumbled a tear forming in the corner of his eye. “I remember those great evenings that young Cathcart organised, good food and great company always plenty to drink.“ Dick thought about those trips abroad to see his friends in Aalten.

The three stared at their drinks lost in a haze of pleasant memories. They remembered that 41 Club had simply withered for lack of new members. Harry exclaimed “and the shame is that we chose to let it die”. “Yes” said Fred, “we could have widened the membership, you remember those proposals back in 2018 to open membership beyond ex Tablers and perish the thought to our partners”. Dick nodded sagely, “but it was our choice, we did nothing, oh well time for Eastenders”

An Evening of K9 Delights

The February 41 club evening was celebration of the Chinese new year at Tops restaurant on Falsgrave, an evening where partners were invited and very successful it was too. Our catering officer Tom had organised an exceptional menu.

This comprised

Chinese crackers with our drinks

A mixed platter included spring rolls, satay chicken, ribs and prawns

Crispy duck rolls

A medley of chinese dishes

The staff were efficient and the food served good and hot.

All in all a year of the Dog evening with plenty of bite and no furry after taste !

Tom’s Guide to St. Patrick’s Day

In preparation for our St. Patrick’s Day feast Catering Officer Tom has provided some helpful background.

Saint Paidric (aka Saint Patrick) was a 5th century missionary whose birthday is celebrated in every Catholic country but especially Ireland on 17th March each year. He was most likely English or possibly Welsh but he certainly wasn’t Irish. As a young man he was kidnapped by Irish pirates and spent 10 years as a slave in Ireland. He escaped, made his way home and went back to Ireland, having converted to Christianity and trained as a missionary. Because he could speak Gaelic he was highly effective and in a short period of time Ireland became a Christian country. As it mostly is today. Paidric didn’t drive any snakes out of Ireland because there weren’t any there in the first place!

March Meeting Saint Patrick’s Feast

The theme for the evening is Ireland, past and present, and the meal is wholly Irish on purpose. After the meal there will be a short talk on Irish history which, amongst other things will explain the origins of Dublin Coddle and soda bread which we will be having

We meet up at the Yacht Club at 7.30pm. There will be a complimentary pint of Guinness at the bar on arrival but all subsequent drinks must be paid for. We eat approx 8.00pm


We start with ham and split pea soup with Irish soda bread.

We then move on to Dublin Coddle served with Colcannon (mashed spuds with cabbage)

Finally, cold apple pie served with cream

The food will be served from a “help yourself” table next to the kitchen.



Look, forget James Joyce (ed. I never remembered him Tom must have had a better education), the real story typifies mad Irish humour – it’s a song about a typical punch up at a funeral of all places! At Irish wakes it is customary for guests to get blathered and this happened in the song a copy of which will be provided – we will play The Clancy Brothers version of the song and lots of good!!!! Irish music during the evening.

As a concession to us we aren’t being charged for the hire of the Yacht Club but we are expected to lob donations into the RNLI bucket which will be on the bar, in lieu.


February Meeting – Chinese New Year

The Chinese have their own calendar where their New Year starts mid February and is based on the 12 year cycle of their Zodiac. This year is the Year of The Dog. Previous Dog Years were 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982 etc. Superstitious Chinese believe that bad luck attends during a Dog Year on anybody born in a previous Dog Year ! So watch out anyone born in 1946, 1958 etc!!
We will celebrate the New Year by a members AND PARTNERS trip to the beautifully refurbished TOPS Chinese restaurant opposite the Tap & Spile , Falsgrave on Thursday 15th February. This used to be The Red Dragon but has undergone a metamorphosis to emerge as Scarborough’s newest Szechuan Cantonese restaurant. It has very good reviews
THE PLAN – We meet from 6.30 onwards in the lounge bar of the Tap & Spile. We then make our way over to the restaurant c 7.30 to eat a set banquet menu at 8.00pm. (There is a small bar in the restaurant if you prefer
EXCLUSIONS – We are pleased to confirm that there are NO doggy parts on the menu but if you wish to savour a canine repast then please speak with the restaurant proprietors directly. However 41 Club accepts no responsibility for anyone barking or growling the following day.
PROTOCOL- However much you may have enjoyed your meal PLEASE refrain from asking for a doggy bag at the end.

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January 2018 Meeting: Burns’ Night

Club members and guests from Round Table 88 arrived at the Crescent Hotel to be greeted by an imposing figure with ginger hair poking out from under a Tam o’Shanter. This person, on closer inspection, turned out to be Tom Cathcart, or Tommy Burns as he became known later in the evening.

Due respect was given to the Scottish Bard with members dressed in black tie (except one whom we won’t mention but I am looking at you, Richard Clark). The Haggis was duly piped in with due ceremony, the Piper going on to make his Address to the Haggis with suitable dramatic oratory.

Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face,
Great chieftain o the puddin’-race!
Aboon them a’ ye tak your place,
Painch, tripe, or thairm:
Weel are ye worthy o’ a grace
As lang’s my arm

During the long-armed grace the warm-reekin’, rich Haggis was put to the sgian-dubh (dirk or dagger) and despatched. After which, members enjoyed a fine menu of:

Haggis, Tatties and Neeps starter
Steak Pie, with vegetables

The Chairman took the opportunity early in the evening to alert members to the potential of undercover Financial Times reporters in disguise. He warmly welcomed the Chairman of Round Table, Asif Firfirey, and his significant entourage, to the meeting. Job done, he then proceeded to drown his Newcastle United Nil sorrows in Scotch (Black and White brand).

John White gave a fine rendition of “The Selkirk Grace”. Tommy Burns, in between the music, provided an excellent talk on Rabbie Burns, his life, his work, and his love-life.

The raffle of a bottle of malt, won by somebody who wasn’t me, raised a substantial sum towards the Club’s charitable efforts.

TC provided even more whisky to propose a toast to Mr Burns, to the Haggis, to Round Table, and to as many good causes as we could think of until it ran out.

All in all, a fine evening of good food, drink and fellowship, courtesy of the Crescent team and our Piper, suitably orchestrated by Messrs Cathcart and White, to whom grateful thanks were given (and, of course, a toast of whisky proposed).

Yours aye

David Henderson

Ps Sincere apologies that, due to a technical hitch, the video of the Haggis entering the room with the Piper has not rendered. This is a complete cock-up by the Acting Under-Assistant Deputy Stand-in Substitute Roving Club Reporter. He should be sacked and never asked to do it again. Video of TC’s speech is below the gallery.

Click on any image to view the photo gallery.



Mark’s Chinese New Year Greetings

Welcome to February (we’re already through the 1st month- time does pass quicker with age!)
Our next event is a banquet to celebrate the Chinese New Year 16th February-( this is the official date not the day of the banquet!) as usual it follows the 12 year animal cycle and this year it’s the year of the Dog ( Chow Mein anyone?) apparently dogs sound different according to  different languages eg in China they make a sizzling noise!  sorry more non politically correct stuff to follow
The Chinese celebrate the Lunar new year or Spring festival and the message is for families to come together and wish each other peace and prosperity.
The date changes with the lunar calendar and normally falls between 21st Jan and 20th Feb.

There were 3 brothers from China Bu, Chu and Fu who moved to the USA they decided to change their names.
Bu changed his name to Buck
Chu changed his name Chuck
And Fu
Well he decided to go back to China.
So what do you call a Chinese millionaire ‘ Cha Ching’

Hong Kong Dong- a man came to see his GP complaining that his penis was developing a bend in the middle. The GP ran a series of tests and when the man came back for the results the GP asked ‘ Have you been to the Far East recently?’ ‘ Why yes ‘ replied the man ‘ and did you have sex while over there?’ The man looked worried and said ‘ maybe once or twice’ The GP developed a grave expression ‘ That’s what I was afraid of , you have a new condition called Hong Kong Dong’ The man gulped ‘is there a cure?’ ‘We’ll sort of but only by an operation ‘ ‘What kind of operation?’ Well we have to cut off your penis
‘Wow I think I need a second opinion ‘ so he was referred to a Urologist who heard the same story examined the man ran some more tests and he got the same diagnosis and opinion. Gulp!
In desperation he went to see a Dr in Scalby for a final opinion he confirmed that it was in fact ‘Hong Kong Dong’ and said ‘ I’m sorry it’s incurable ‘So I’m going to have to get that operation then’ said the man.
At which the jovial Scalby Dr broke into laughter ‘What’s so funny Dr?’ ‘ You mean I don’t have to have surgery?’
‘ of course not ….. just wait a couple of weeks and it will fall off by itself!’

May the bonds of our friendship never rust

Yours in 41 club


41 Club Notice of National AGM


Please note:-

1.    Resolutions in accordance with Rule 18.4 should be sent to me to arrive not later than Monday 1st February, 2018.

2.     Nominations for any post of an Association Officer for the year 2018-2019 (listed below) in accordance with Rules 6.1 and 6.5 should be sent to me, on the accompanying form, to arrive not later than Monday 1st February, 2018.

Vice-President (President Elect)

National Fellowship Officer

National Membership and Round Table Liaison Officer

Candidate for 41 International VP Election

Please note, I have been having untold trouble trying to establish ‘links’ for the aforementioned forms, so in the likely event that you are unable to establish a link for the attached. I have resorted to a ‘fall back’ position of providing all forms plus the 41 Board position Job profiles under the following web page:-

Yours in Continued Friendship
Sean McCormick – 41 Club National Secretary