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.

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Invitation: Scarborough Round Table 88 AGM, 21 April 2017

Scarborough Round Table 88 would like to invite all members of 41 Club and FARTs to our AGM. It is on Friday, 21 April 2017 at The Crown Spa hotel, Scarborough.

Arrive 19.00 for a prompt 19.30 start. 3 course meal at a cost of £30 per head. The meeting dress code is Black Tie.

Please contact Mike Shingler, 41 Club Secretary, to arrange to go.

Chris Redford

Scarborough Round Table

March 2017 meeting report: National President’s visit

The March 2017 Scarborough 41 Club meeting took place at the Copper Horse, Seamer. As ever, we were treated to excellent food: beginning with the Copper Horse’s paté for starters with the Copper Horse’s speciality mini-wholemeal loaf; followed by true Yorkshire Beef and Yorkshire pudding; and sticky toffee pudding and ice cream for pud.

For the first time I can remember the numbers booked for meals were spot on!

We were visited by an esteemed guest speaker: 41 Club National President, Barry Durman. Barry gave an interesting and entertaining update on National’s priorities this year which which include international, charitable, and community service events  and supporting his chosen charity of Shelter. Barry reported that there are some 400 clubs at the current time.

Barry mentioned a deal which might be of benefit to any 41 Club members: a 20% discount on Hyundai cars.

Barry kindly presented our Gordon with a framed photo of Louis Marchesi.

Stuart Baines
Scarborough 41 Club Roving Reporter

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April and May 2017 meeting arrangements

April 2017

Our AGM is to be held at the Wrea Head, Scalby (as in past years), 7.30pm for 8.00 pm on Thursday, 20 April 2017.

Dress code: smart casual.

Apologies for this meeting are due by noon on Friday, 14 April 2017.

Organiser: Simon Ward

The AGM agenda will follow as soon as the Secretary recovers from his post-Tenerife de-tox.


May 2017

This will be a set three course meal for members and partners at Olivers on the Mount restaurant on the evening of Thursday, 25 May 2017.

For the more energetic, the meal will be preceded by a short stroll either from our new Chairman’s house to the restaurant, or around the Mount itself.

As the restaurant is opening just for us, they will need to know exact numbers and vegetarian menu options one week beforehand. This is therefore likely to be an opt-in meeting.

Please put this in your diary now – more details to follow nearer the time.

Organiser: Gordon Hayes

Danum Active 41 Club inaugural Charter Night

Danum Active 41 Club would like you to join them in celebrating the inaugural charter of their new club on Thursday 6th, April 2017 at Doncaster Golf Club Bessacarr.

We will be joined by the National Vice President Dave Campbell, who will be investing our first Chairman Mr Keith Bass.

The evening will be a black tie event, a traditional carve at the table meal with slightly less traditional entertainment. 7pm for 7.25pm sit down.

Cost £25 cash, payable on the night.

If you wish to join us please confirm your attendance with Mick Ramm: email mickramm@hotmail.co.uk  or mobile 07836 389158 asap and before Sunday ,2 April 2017.


Ian Burnett NC. Region 6.

All at sea with Scarborough 41 Club

“This doesn’t look much like a Plaxton’s bus to me. Should we bring her up to periscope depth?”

Pool Evening: 20 March 2017

I would like to invite all Scarborough 41 Club, Round Table and Fellowship After Round Table (FARTs) members to an evening of Pool.

I have booked 3 tables at the Roscoe Rooms, Roscoe Street, Scarborough YO12 7BY for an evening of 8 ball pool followed by a curry at the Eastern Paradise.

We will play on the evening of  Monday, 20 March 2017 between 7pm and 9pm.

Please can you email me to let me know if you are able to attend as I need to arrange day membership for the pool club in advance.

Darren Kellett
Sports Officer – Scarborough 41 Club


Image: courtesy Rennett Stowe under Creative Commons licence.

February (revised) and March 2017 meetings arrangements

STOP STOP PRESS – revised revised arrangements for 9 February. Lifeboat House tour is back on (as of 26 January)!

So, in February, we meet on Thursday, 9 Feb at 7pm at the new Lifeboat House, and thence at the Golden Grid on the Foreshore at 7.45pm.


On Thursday, 9 March we will be at the Copper Horse, usual time of 7.30pm, where we will be joined by National President Barry Durman.


Organiser (for both meetings): Ian Costello

National President’s visit to Scarborough

Barry Durman, National President 41 Club, 2016-17

National President Barry Durman to visit Scarborough 41 Club on 9 March 2017.

Barry will join us at the Copper Horse for a fine meal.

December 2016 meeting report: Thai Smile

A good night was had by all at the THAI SMILE on Eastborough in Scarborough.

We had the restaurant to ourselves and the evening started with nibbles and dips being provided, much to the excitement of Mike Shingler who advised that he had not had a nibble for sometime.

Chairman Gordon opened the evening with a delightful new tune on the Club’s xylophone, he had apparently been taking lessons from the music teacher at Graham School to perfect the tune. And they say that doctors are busy and over stretched!!

There was a starter and main course which were well received by the members. The attendance by members was disappointingly down on that expected with over 10 non-apologies which probably explained the reason why the quantities of food served up by the very helpful Thai staff were excessive and we ended the main course with enough food left over to feed another party of guests. Good luck to those people who visited the next night.

Nigel Sheppard had organised the event and, after our food, he conducted the traditional Christmas quiz, which was won by the members on the table where Nigel was sitting. They were adamant that they had received no guidance but only they know the truth.

Whilst the Thai waitress was clearing our table she quietly mentioned that they have a Thai massage room next door, perhaps scope for another 41 Club night?

Merry Christmas to all.

Stephen Slade

A no tie smile: Quiz Winner – Iain Johnston

Buddha look-alike competition entrant strikes pose

Buddha look-alike competition winner – Simon “Zen” Lockley