41 Club National Newsletter: January 2022

Dear Member

Please find attached a copy of the January Newsletter.

Yours in Continued Friendship

Don Mullane
National Comms & I.T. Officer
The Association of Ex-Round Tablers’ Clubs (41 Club)

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January 2022 Meeting Report: Burns’ Night

Rabbie Burns Night by a marauding Sassenach

On a dreich and cold night, some 28 (soon to be) tortured souls of Scarborough 41 Club (including 3 Scarborough Tablers) gathered in the main hall of Scarborough TEC to celebrate the birth of some Scot known as the Ploughman Poet over 260 years ago. You may ask why? I would suggest that that is irrelevant, as long as we all have an excuse to have a jolly good night out, and what a good night it was!

Although most attendees appear to have noted the request for Black Tie, there were some who had obviously gone to the far reaches of their closet and found that their formal attire had mysteriously shrunk since they last wore it 10 years ago!

The night started with John White reciting the Selkirk Grace (which he had thoughtfully translated- I think), followed by the wail of a lone piper from the direction of the toilet block. A few seconds later the pipes started up and the Great Chieftain o’ the Puddin’ Race was led in around the tables. The Piper then ‘Addressed the Haggis’, before stabbing it in a heathen frenzy. The use of words such as Ragout and Fricassee in the address does raise a query whether Rabbie Burns was really French!

The meal was very good, comprising of Haggis Gateau, with asparagus wrapped in Parma ham, followed by Scottish Beef Stew with Dumplings, Edinburgh Cheesecake (made with oats), cheeseboard and coffee. An excellent testament to the students and staff at the TEC.

Tots of Tamnavulen (a single malt Speyside for the aficionados) were duly consumed and, after a callout and thanks to the students and staff, there being no significant business, the meeting dissipated around 10.15, with members disappearing into the fog , possibly never to be seen again?

Thanks to Dominic and John for their hard work in organising the event, it was almost like life had returned to some sense of normality.

Report and photographs by Simon Ward.

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January 2022 Club meeting: Burns’ Night

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This is advance notice to dig out your sporran and see if your kilt still fits for Burns’ Night, our first meeting of January 2022.

Thanks to our new Catering Officer, Dom, this event is now confirmed for 7pm on Tuesday, 25 January 2022. To be held at the Scarborough TEC restaurant on Filey Road.

The Event is joint with Table, and the date is on Burns’ Night itself, hence the day change from our usual Thursday.

Apologies are due no later than noon on Wednesday, 19 January 2022.

** Note Day Change **

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Season’s Greetings from the Chairman

Unfortunately. the end of 2021 looks like being similar to the end of 2020, but we should all now be used to the disruptions to our way of life.

We have had a number of excellent meetings since we got going again and I thoroughly enjoyed the last meeting at the Crescent, albeit that there were a number of late apologies, no doubt due to the surge in Covid/Omicron cases.

Let’s hope the situation settles down again in time for our Burns’ Night on 25th January.

Great news to learn of the record collections by the Santa’s Grotto team and I am pleased to announce that Moore Accountants and Moore Independent Financial Services will jointly match the donation made by Boyes of £250.00.

Best wishes to you and your families for Christmas and the New Year.

David Ascough

Chairman
Scarborough 41 Club

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Round Table Santa Sleigh 2021

It is very gratifying to announce that Round Table has raised a new record sum of £4,292 over the collection period.

The old sleigh (and an even older Santa)

The Hon Treasurer to Santa’s Grotto, Mr Shingler, tells us that this is new high point in Sleigh takings. This includes a donation of £250 from Boyes Stores and an enormous £607 collected during the Peasholm evening run. This was despite some very bad weather with meant that some evenings had to be postponed into a third week.

Congratulations to the the people of Scarborough for their generous contributions, Ben and the Round Table team for their organisation and for the new sleigh, Mike for being King in the Counting House (the Casino) and all the Elves, Rudolphs and Santas who took part.

Merry Christmas!

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41 Club National Newsletter and Winter Magazine: November and December 2021

Dear Member

Please find attached a copy of the Winter Magazine – the hard copy of which is currently being printed and should be arriving on your door steps before Xmas. There is a most regrettable error in the print edition of the Magazine which incorrectly lists Ivan Bratty, who I’m pleased to say is very much alive, amongst the obituaries on page 31. This was an error and I have spoken to Ivan and apologised for it – fortunately he is a forgiving person! The error is corrected in this e-version but the print copy had already been printed.

You can find copies of all the newsletters on line at https://41club.org/pages/41-club-newsletters if you have missed any others.

For those who missed the recent Meet the Board Talk, or the Gardening Talk by Rory and Peter, recordings of both are now available on the www.41ClubConnects.co.uk website. You can also find recordings there of most of the other 41 Club Connects Zoom events so do check out any you missed.

Also attached is the November 2021 Newsletter which did not get sent to you due a technical glitch.

Keep safe

Yours in Continued Friendship

Don Mullane
National Comms & I.T. Officer
The Association of Ex-Round Tablers’ Clubs (41 Club)

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December 2021 Club Meeting: Christmas Gathering

Dom has confirmed that our next Club Meeting is a Christmas Gathering on Thursday, 16 December 2021 between 5.30 – 7.30 pm at the Crescent Hotel. This is a Club meeting, with partners. Drinks and nibbles included.

If you cannot attend, please send your Apology in the usual way by noon on Friday, 10 December.

If you are attending on your own, you need do no more.

If you are attending with your wife, partner or significant other, please use the Opt-in to the meeting form to notify Dom of your guest’s attendance.

Merry Christmas!

Photo by Olya Kobruseva from Pexels

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November 2021 Meeting Report, No 2 – The Green Room

Editor’s note: In the finest tradition of Table/41 Club we have a second meeting report due to a cock-up on the communications front. Still, better two reports than none. And a website innovation: meeting reports now in stereo!

There were 25 Members and 2 guests including a prospective new Member present at the Meeting in the Green Room on Bar Street on Thursday 18 November to welcome our Area Representative Wynn Parry only for Chairman David to announce that once again Wynn had been unable to make the meeting; this time due to having had a recent positive test for Covid 19.

According to the Chairman Wynn is hoping to make our December meeting. Perhaps third time
lucky!

Several members arrived at the restaurant late having been attracted by Secretary Mike’s offer to meet him in The Lord Rosebery where he would buy Members a drink. What they failed to appreciate was that this meant only the one drink between them all!

Copious amounts of red wine were again provided as part of the price of the meal by Entertainments Officer Dominic although Wilko decided that he preferred the Malbec to the other wine on offer and persuaded a waitress to swap the unwanted bottle of red on his table for another bottle of Malbec from another table.

Disappointingly there were again several non-apologies but this meant more wine for those who did attend.

A simple but well-cooked meal of steak pie and chips followed by sticky toffee pudding was served by amongst others a waitress with a pencil sticking out of the top of her head sporting a picture of Santa.

Your reporter personally enjoyed the steak pie but is still waiting for a report from aficionados of such meals on its comparison with the benchmark of The Bryerstones steak pie.

As already mentioned one of the 2 guests was a prospective new member Colin Bird who was inducted into the Club by our Chairman to a very nice jazz accompaniment from the restaurant sound system. In a brief address to Members Colin disclosed that he was a retired dairy farmer who now spent his time playing chess, shooting game and dealing in property. It was unclear if this was all at the same time.

Under pressure from one of his proposers Colin told a joke about buying 8 legs of venison for £50 which he thought was “too dear” which in retrospect was probably better left untold.

Our other guest was Neil Warburton a guest of our Entertainments Officer who was originally introduced by our Chairman as Dave Warburton.

The Meeting ended with another request from our Secretary for volunteers to help Round Table with its Santa sleigh newly rebuilt for this year and due to have its first outing to collect Santa from the Harbour on Saturday 20 November. The Secretary will email Members with the relevant dates and times.

Report kindly submitted by Ian Brabbs

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November 2021 Meeting Report: The Green Room

The venue was The Green Room in Bar Street. The event was attended by a goodly number of members – (I say ‘goodly number’ because I forgot to actually count them) – plus Neil (Warburton), guest of Dom.

Grace was delivered to a word-perfect standard by David H making the traditional barracking disappointingly difficult.

We were then served an excellent meal of steak pie and chips followed by sticky toffee pudding with – wait for it – both custard AND ice cream. No difficult decision making whilst Dom is our Catering Officer!

We had a prospective member in the shape of ex-dairy farmer Colin Bird, who was wedged in his seat next to Chairman Dave A – presumably just in case he had any last minute thoughts of escape. Not that he tried very hard – he actually seemed quite keen to join. He stepped forward, proposed by fellow farmer Ian Burnett, and seconded by Mike Shingler. Dave recited the required words despite some competing background music, and Colin was duly inducted into the club and given the floor. He likened the experience to ‘getting married again’ – before thanking everyone for making him welcome and giving a short speech. This started with a potted history of his farming days and ended with an invitation to buy pheasants off him. Obviously not one to waste an opportunity … this boy certainly shows initiative! He finished with the observation that he wouldn’t buy 8 legs of venison though as it was two deer…

 

When people had finished eating, Chairman Dave gave a well-deserved vote of thanks to Dom and the staff of the Green Room, before calling for reports from the various committee members: 

Dom – indicated that he was planning a ‘teatime event’ at the Crescent in December, which would be open to both members and their partners. There would also be a Burns Night meeting on Tuesday 25 January at the Scarborough TEC restaurant on Filey Road. This would be a joint meeting with Round Table.

Ben K – As an honorary member of RT88, Ben reported on plans for this year’s Santa’s Sleigh collection. Having collapsed from old age – the sleigh not Santa – it has been completely rebuilt by Ben and his staff, using a caravan base. Colin Bird was asked to store it on his land and agreed. (Didn’t see the strings attached when you accepted that badge did you Colin??). Volunteers for elves to collect money are needed. Mike S said that he would be circulating a timetable – starting from Monday 29 November – so that 41 Club members could indicate which nights they would be available to help. 

(All credit to Ben who has organised the RT Santa Sleigh for many years and has raised many thousands of pounds for charity, so deserves as much support as people are able to give please).

Chairman Dave then ended the meeting by asking people to be upstanding for RTBI. 

All in all a really good night.

Meeting report and photo by Simon Lockley.

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November 2021 Club Meeting

Our chef at work

Our next meeting is at The Green Room, Bar Street, Scarborough at the usual time of 7.30pm on Thursday, 18 November 2021.

You may know the place formerly as Boddy’s of Bar Street.

They have room for 42 in the main dining room downstairs. It would be good if we could fill the place.

They are keen to impress us with some traditional English fare. The owner/chef trained at Scarborough Technical college and remembers cooking for us on a couple of Burns’ Nights as a nervous trainee! Members and guests are encouraged to support the evening. 

The Green Room of Bar Street
19-25 Bar Street
Scarborough
YO11 2HT

Website: https://thegreenroomofbarstreet.com

Dominic suggests we meet in The Lord Rosebery prior to the meeting at 7pm (or earlier, for the brave/thirsty).

Apologies, please in the usual way from here no later than 12 noon on Friday, 12 November.

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