Burns Night Meeting

The meeting was held this year at the new restaurant called “Nineteen09” at the new Scarborough TEC on Filey Road, Scarborough.

The 41 Club members were joined by ten members of Round Table and the total attendance on the night was forty.

Once members had sampled the drinks in the bar, the organisers Tom Cathcart and John White, asked for us all to be seated.  The haggis was then piped into the restaurant with a procession including our Chairman and Dave Henderson, who was wearing a Scottish hat and wig for this spectacle.

The piper excelled himself with the pipe playing and the address to the haggis which was warmly welcomed by the members.

We enjoyed a superb three course meal which was followed by cheese and biscuits and coffee.  Ian Cocker then gave a whisky tasting and talk.

The training staff and tutors came into the restaurant afterwards to receive a round of applause for all their hard efforts.

 A great night was had by all. 

After the meal a new member of Scarborough Round Table was inducted by the Chairman, Jim McCann, who used the new sword that had been presented to the club by the Aalten Round Table from Holland.

Flasher at Christmas Dinner

Well known local farmer flashes at successful Christmas Dinner.

November Meeting Report Armistice 1918 – The Road to Peace

The November meeting this year comprised of a get together at the Rugby Club, some members unfortunately apologised and still turned up for the meeting which rather confused the catering numbers, please ensure that if you do find you can attend that you let the catering officer know.

After a fine meal of steak pie chips and peas for most of us, scampi for the overflow numbers ! We settled down for an evening of fascinating facts and touching human stories.Mike Rought-Brookes read some letters from the front during the Great War which were touching and then David Henderson gave us an overview of the last two years of the Great War including battles and strategies.  David also gave us an insight into the real level of casualties both human and animal and in the impact of those left at home.  He linked this with his own family connections.


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

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.


Many thanks to all the participants  of the annual Quoits competition at Beck Hole.  The weather was a little dull but the atmosphere was charged.   A good night was had by all with the victors this year without losing a single game  Mark Laws and Alex from round table. Congratulations to you both for your undefeated performance.  Second place went to Mike Shingler and David Henderson so well done.

We raised £50.00 for the Quoits captains charity ( the air ambulance) which was much appreciated.
A big thanks to John Morley (Beck Hole Quoits club) for hosting the competition and to Glenys at Birch Hall pub for food and drinks afterwards.
Thanks again to everybody
Impressive shots                                                                        The winner



St. Patrick’s Day Feast or Time for a Codle

It was a dark and stormy night when 24 members and 2 guests turned up at the Scarborough Yacht Club, under the lee of the Lighthouse. Many members duly ignored the dire warnings of ‘High seas’, ‘Strong winds’ and ‘Death’ at the entrance of the pier to park their cars as close to the lighthouse as possible.
Inside were two long galley tables, providing convivial eating arrangements and lines of bunting of the flag of the Ivory Coast! (well it was if you stood on your head!). A free pint of Guinness was quickly acquired, and people marvelled at how Tom’s vibrating machine provided a perfect head (read into that what you like!).
The meal of ham and split pea soup, followed by Dublin Coddle was cooked by Tom, and his band of galley slaves, and was excellent. The Appel Strudel with cream, although not quite traditional to Ireland, made a tasty end to a hearty meal.
Tom then regaled us on the history of the Coddle, and kept referring to the Ring of Kerry. Whilst very few of us noted any ‘curry afterburn’, I was duly corrected by our resident travel Guru (Richard C) that this was in fact a well known cycle route which TC had been on.
Tom continued with an interesting history about the Irish Famine in the 1840’s. Evidently the average daily consumption of potatoes by grown men prior to the potato blight hitting the crop was 6.3Kg (ie almost 14 lbs -or 1 stone- in old money!)
The evening was to finish with a communal rendering of Finnegan’s Wake accompanying the Clancey Brothers, but due to technical difficulties (the bluetooth speaker was not talking to Spotify?!), this had to be abandoned. A collection was made for the RNLI.
It was a great night. Many thanks to Tom and his crew, and to the Yacht Club for hosting us all.Masterchef Tom gets ready to bring his Coddle Masterpiece up to the judges table

Richard C finds someone to listen to his latest travel dialogue. This picture is also one of the few in existence that shows John White buying a round




Mike S finds himself sat next to Malcolm, who has an uncanny resemblance to Michael Higgens (President of Ireland)




Chairman Mark explains to Richard why Guinness is Good for You and that Stottie Cake is way better than 6.3 kg of potatoes anyday.

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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David Henderson’s talk on the Battle of Passchendaele

The second club meeting of November took place at the Rugby Club, always a good venue the laid on a simple but satisfying meal of Steak Pie with lovely short crust pastry, chunky chips and Peas followed by a cheeseboard, all was gladly received and consumed.

The after dinner speaker was our own David Henderson who has a comprehensive knowledge of the first world war, the insight into the real conditions under which our brave boys fought and died along with the reason for the battle taking place in its location. Details of the tactics used by both side was also very interesting.

Well done David Henderson

Successful Charity Night

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.