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”

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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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


New Year Greetings from Mark and Aalten Twinning Weekend

Happy new year and here’s to good health, happiness and prosperity for 2018.

STOP PRESS Aalten Round Table 88 and Aalten 41 Plus Clubs will be hosting their counterparts from Scarborough over the weekend of 13/14/15 April 2018. This will be a weekend of great fellowship, will cement many longstanding friendships and generate many new links. At the moment we do not have a programme, so watch the 41 Club website for more details. If you would like to attend please could you let Nigel Sheppard know via email at A preliminary indication as soon as possible would be great.

I thought I’d remind you all of my favourite inventor Nikola Tesla ( 1856-1943) and one of his famous quotes “ I don’t care that they stole my idea… I care that they don’t have any of their own “
75 years after his death he is finally being recognised for the genius inventor that he was. He died broke and alone having been persecuted by corporate and government interests.
These are the 10 great things he brought to the world
1) AC ( Alternating current) electricity- Edison (DC) v Tesla (AC) 
2) Fluorescent bulbs ( light bulbs)
3) X-rays ( Tesla coils)
4) Radio ( not Marconi)
5) Remote controls
6) Electric Motors
7) Robotics
8) Lasers
9) Wireless Communication ( World Wide Web?)
10) Limitless Free Energy

This Serbian-American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist and futurist. He was a brilliant but eccentric genius. His inventions paved the way for many of the things we take for granted and yet he was rarely given any credit.
He even dreamed up death rays an impenetrable wall of force to block and destroy foreign invaders, this never came to reality but his idea may have influenced the writers of many Science fiction films ( The emperors death ray in Star Wars?). After his death his labs were invaded by the FBI and much of his work was taken away. One wonders what else he was working on ( perhaps a device to predict how many people will turn up on a 41 club night! )
I look forward to seeing you all at the Burns night on 25th January at the Crescent Hotel where we will be celebrating the Great Scottish Bard Robbie Burns with a traditional Burns supper.
May the bonds of our friendship never rust

January Meeting – Burns Night

Robbie Burns, Scotland’s Bard was born in Alloway in Ayreshire on 25th January 1759. He died aged just 37 in 1796. At least since 1802 his memory has been celebrated by a traditional ‘Burn’s Supper’ and Round Table and 41 Club have enjoyed quite a few of these over the years.
The venue is the Crescent Hotel, Scarborough where we will have exclusive use of the Blenheim dining room, adjacent to the bar.
Please gather in the bar from 7pm (please note this) and where we sit down at 7.30pm. The Haggis will be piped into the dining room by a famous kilted Scotsman who will then recite for us The Address to A Haggis. Once the poor beastie has been despatched with a suitably sharp Masonic dagger we will then have supper as follows:

A sample plate of McSween haggis with ‘neeps and tattles served with a tasting of whiskey sauce
Main Course
This consists of a traditional recipe home made steak pie with shortcrust pastry of the sort commonly eaten in Scotland on New Year’s evening. With veg & gravy.
Sweet Course
We will be treated to CRANACHAN  a Scots dish made with raspberries, cream and whiskey
Coffee & Biscuits
During the course of the meal we will have whiskey tasting, poem recitals and some appropriate music

At the request of our Chairman Mark and also as a mark (?!) of respect for Mr Burn’s himself the event is BLACK TIE though a kilt will suffice.

November Meeting – Date Change

 Reflections on Passchendaele.
A talk by our very own David Henderson on the subject of this momentous battle that took place one hundred years ago this year. David will bring a fresh and informative view to the subject. The meeting will be held at the Rugby Club.
“Passchendaele is synonymous for mud and blood and futility. But why was it fought? And why was it fought in the location of Ypres? And what did it achieve beyond its reputation for human carnage? We will attempt to explore these themes as we examine – from all sides – the context of the penultimate year of the Great War.”
Note the date change from Thursday 9th November to Thursday 30th November. This is to avoid a clash of dates with the Chairman’s Charity Evening.
To avoid confusion all apologies so far given for 9th November are void and any member wishing to give apologies for 30th November meeting must do so again.

Christmas Greetings from Mark

Happy Christmas to all 41 Club members and their partners. I hope you all have a plan to avoid the worst ravages of the build up to Xmas which seems to start earlier every year.

Last week one of our patients decided to try our new drive through dispensary which was a concept I only came up with after the event. Luckily no one was seriously injured I thought the car in question must have literally flown to get to where it ended up. This made me think of the Jetsons one of my favourite cartoons from the 1970’s. They predicted flying cars and as a child then I expected that by 2017 we’d all be driving/ flying around. I’m sure Mr Dyson or Musk are on to it .

Thanks to all who organised, attended and contributed to the extremely successful charity evening held at Scarborough Rugby Club in aid of Scarborough Disabled Swimming, the evening featured dancing and music by along with an entertaining interlude by “Twylight“ a high quality entertainment package including a large choir at the start of the evening and continuing to dancers and singer as the evening progressed, Twilight added sparkle to a well-attended event.
‘The evening also included a short play ‘The Carol Police’ written by Keith Johnson which gave a light-hearted take on how traditional carols could be viewed by over-zealous officialdom. The play – which has a clever twist at the end – was produced by arrangement with ‘Pint-size plays’.

A great evening was had and a total of £ 1600 was raised for the local charity which is Scarborough Disabled Swimming, the charity helps people with a disability and their family/carers access the benefits of swimming, may this be through swimming for leisure, sport or rehabilitation.

Seasons Greetings


Charity Evening

  • We have our annual charity dinner in a few week’s time:
    • FRIDAY 10th NOVEMBER at the Rugby Club
    • 30 for 8pm
    • 3 course meal plus entertainment
    • It is a 41 Club night so members are paid for – partners and other guests are £30 a head
    • In aid of a local charity – Scarborough Disabled Swimming Group – chosen by Mark Laws
    • Dress is smart/ casual

This will be our third 41 Club Charity Night in recent years. The most important aspect of our club is – in my opinion at least – the fellowship and sustained friendship. However, it is also good to hold an annual event to support worthwhile causes such as the Disabled Swimming Club. In previous years we have raised money for Children’s Wish (for terminally ill children to do something special) and Basics Plus (who employ people with special needs helping both them and the community).

Please therefore support the event if you possibly can. Previous events have been well supported and last year we raised over £1,700.

As this counts as a 41 Club night members need to apologise in the usual way if they are unable to attend please.



Some members have kindly asked if they can make a donation. Any cheques should be made out to ‘Scarborough 41 Club’ and forwarded to Steve please.

Many thanks

Simon Lockley – Membership Officer