Welcome to new member Richard Wells or Simon needs an excuse for a drink

Trafalgar Night

29 of us attended an evening designed to commemorate the battle of Trafalgar which was held in October 1805. The venue was the Sea Cadets Hall in Sandgate, which was worth a visit in its own right, and had been decked out by the cadets with flags. No less than 5 guests were welcomed and I am pleased to say we inducted a new member into our ranks.

There was then a brief business section with reports from the committee plus an appeal for the return of any outstanding GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations) to the Secretary to forward on to 41 Club National. Any queries re the members statements for 2016 and 2017/18 to last year’s treasurer Steve please. Simon also reminded people that they needed to opt in if they wished to attend the Charity Night – Friday 30thNovember at the Rugby Club.

This was followed by an excellent meal of soup followed by fish-pie, all prepared by our own ‘in-house’ chefs Tom and John who had put a lot of effort into the evening.

Tom then gave us an overview of the battle of Trafalgar emphasising what an extraordinary and decisive victory it had been, with 27 British ships led by Lord Nelson defeating a combined fleet of 33 French and Spanish ships and sinking a good number of them. Sadly Nelson did not live to enjoy his victory, having been shot by a French musketeer.

John built on this by describing the battle from the viewpoint of Admiral Robert Moorsom, who was of particular local interest having been born in Whitby.  We even listened in awe to the sound of continuous canon-fire until someone burst the bubble by asking what it had been recorded on in 1805… there’s always one!

Chair Simon ended the evening by calling for a well deserved round of applause for the organisers, followed by a toast to Lord Nelson with 54% proof rum, and then finally RTBI

Charity Night – Important Reminder

This year’s Scarborough 41 Club Annual Charity Evening will be held on Friday 30th November at Scarborough Rugby Club. 

In addition to a sit down three course meal, fun and entertainment, high quality raffle and cash bar, we have been very fortunate to secure the talents of local musician and pianist Robert Schmuck who, along with members of his band, will pay tribute to Billy Joel. 

This will be an opt-in meeting for members and their partners – members’ ticket costs will come out of their subscription fees and extra tickets for partners and friends can be purchased at last year’s cost of £30 each (to include meal and entertainment). To confirm your attendance please Please use the Opt-In form at https://www.scarborough41club.co.uk/opt-in/ or contact Malcolm Smith at malcolm.b.smith@btinternet.com as soon as possible.

Ticket sales are going well with over 70 already sold – but we really want to sell more. Chairman Simon’s chosen charity this year is Scarborough Samaritans, and all proceeds will go to this important and worthwhile service which is reliant upon it’s own local funding. The more members we have attending the event, the more we can donate to Scarborough Samaritans. Last year we raised nearly £2000 for Scarborough Disabled Swimming Group – and it would be terrific to try and achieve or even top that this year. Please come along and offer your support for your Club’s very worthwhile annual charity evening.

With many thanks.

Gordon Hayes (Scarborough 41 Club charity committee chairman)

December Meeting – Christmas Dinner – FULLY BOOKED

Well, the Festive Season will be on us shortly and it’s time to plan Christmas Dinners. The venue is the award winning Plough in Scalby and since this is for members and partners it is an OPT IN function. We eat at 8.pm.
We meet up in The Nags Head from 7.pm onwards to sample some fine ales, just for a change. Because of the bar design the Plough isn’t really suitable to meet especially when it’s busy, which it will be.
PRESSED GAME & PISTACHIO TERRINE with piccalilli & toast
SMOKED HADDOCK FISHCAKE with pea purée, soft poached egg & dill mayonnaise
ROAST PARSNIP & CHESTNUT SOUP with sprout pesto (V)
(All served with a selection of vegetables)
ROAST TURKEY PARCEL with cranberry stuffing, pigs in blankets, creamed sprouts, thyme braised potatoes and spiced red wine gravy.
SLOW BRAISED PORK BELLY with roast cauliflower, chestnut & cranberry sausages roll, mulled cider gravy and thyme braised potatoes.
ROAST HAKE with samphire and new potatoes, bacon, steamed mussels, confit tomatoes and tarragon
The cost of the meal is £22 per head and a non-refundable deposit of  £10 per person is payable.


January Meeting – Burns Night

BURNS NIGHT   Thursday 24th January 2019

This is a joint function with RT88 but 41 Club will be organising the event.
Let’s be honest January is a pretty boring month. All the Christmas booze has gone and Spring seems a long way off. What better thing to do then than celebrate The Bard of the North whose birthday was in January!
The Evening

We assemble at 7.pm and at 7.30 welcome kilted Andy Duncan who will not only pipe in the Haggis but will then Address the Poor Beastie  as he did this year. After that we will sit down to a fine Scottish 3 course meal with a choice of fare though Haggis can be had as one of the Starters OR as one of the Mains

After we have eaten Ian Cocker will give a short talk on the history of the hard stuff followed by a whiskey tasting.

Collar and tie please gentlemen, as a mark of respect for the Bard

A place that meets our exacting standards – details to follow.

Who can spot the crane?

November Meeting – Armistice Talk

We meet at the Scarborough Rugby Club 7.30 for 8.00 for what should be a memorable evening.


ARMISTICE DAY is commemorated every year on 11th November to mark the cessation of hostilities between the Allies of The Great War and Germany. It took effect at eleven  o’clock in the morning – ‘the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month ‘ of 1918. The Armistice brought to an end a nightmare piece of warfare between the countries of Europe and beyond.
Our meeting will involve a presentation and talk by our very own David Henderson who is an expert on WW1. If his presentation is anything like the talk he gave a year ago on The Third Battle of Ypres then we are in for an excellent thought provoking evening.
Do please wear a red poppy in your buttonhole at the meeting.


You will be pleased to know that we will be having ‘top of the range’ Rugby Club beefsteak pie with chips and peas at 8 followed (possibly ?) by cheese and biscuits.


PLEASE  apologise if you can’t attend the meeting. You can apologise via the Club website at https://www.scarborough41club.co.uk/apologies/ or via the link on November’s newsletter. Six members didn’t do so for the event last year but paid for the meal anyway, just as five members failed to give apologies for Trafalgar Night. Silly, really gentlemen.

National 41 Newsletter

The latest edition of the national newsletter with some tasty discounts can be read by following this link National Newsletter

White Rose Dinner

Summer BBQ

Unfortunately the summer BBQ had to be cancelled. 41 Club chose one of the few nights of this glorious summer when torrential rain was forecast. This was a disappointment as Tom had planned an evening of West Indian food and entertainment.