June 2022 Sports Meeting Report – Quoits

Sports report to follow but here is a taster of the three amigos arriving for the showdown at Beck Hole.

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May 2022 Meeting Report – AGM Part 2

The second part of our AGM was held on Thursday 26/05/22 at Geo’s Scarborough. The event was well attended, with the most notable attendee being incoming Chairman Pete Calow who had been forced to to miss the AGM Part 1. 

Geo’s was an innovative choice of venue, with good food and service. However, there was quite a lot of background noise generated from the restaurant below, making discussion somewhat challenging. Incoming Chairman Peter therefore opted to deliver most of his prepared speech via this report – please see below:

‘Those of you that know me will be hugely relieved that there’s to be no long rambling speech at this point, but just one or two bullet points to set out. 

Apologies for my non-attendance at the AGM, owing as many of you know to Covid within the household, and a surfeit of caution regarding this. 

Firstly, many thanks to David and all on his committee for their fine efforts last year. 

After the vote at the National AGM to open-up the new membership requirements, our own club rules will need reconsideration to account for this. The committee will have a look at this. Along with other 41 Clubs, we are moving with the times in that Charles Hindle is our new Vice Chairman. He will be the first non ex Round Table member to join the Scarborough 41 Club committee, and I’m sure you will all join me in congratulating Charles on this. 

I am conscious of the fact that the Aalten visits have ceased during the pandemic, and that we need to try to organise fresh contacts with Aalten, despite the difficulties that the small membership of Round Table now presents. Aalten are due to visit us again, and are reportedly keen to do so, and so we will try to set things in motion during the next year.’

Peter Calow 

(Peter then added a PS at the end of his email ‘At least no bad jokes feature above’. Not sure if he was having a go at yours truly, but then again, if the cap fits…).

All in all, it was a watershed moment for outgoing Chairman Dave. Not only was he handing over the 41 Club reins to Peter, but the following day was his last day at work before retiring. This came as a surprise to many members, as Dave has never seemed to age like the rest of us. Painting in the attic maybe? (Like in the story of Dorian Gray – come on gentlemen – keep up).

Peter therefore made one of his first duties proposing a toast to Dave, to wish him a happy retirement, before ending the meeting with RTBI.

THE UNVARNISHED TRUTH by ALTERNATIVE REPORTER

In place of the planned visit to SeaGrown on the Southern Star moored in the harbour to learn all about the cultivation and harvesting of seaweed which was cancelled at the last minute (will we ever succeed with this visit?) those members with a thirst to quench met in the Leeds Arms for a pre-meeting drink before been chivvied by John White into leaving at 7.30pm to walk to the restaurant in time for the second part of the AGM and the induction of our new Chairman.

Although we had the sole use of the upper floor of the restaurant the noise from the ground floor and the sound system made life difficult for the outgoing Chairman Dave, the Secretary Mike and the incoming Chairman Peter to be heard. The silver lining in the cloud was that Peter was unable to entertain us with his pre-prepared half hour address and limited his remarks to thanking David and his team for their efforts over a difficult period.

The Chairman’s regalia was duly handed over and the past Chairman’s jewel presented with David H (standing in for Stuart who was absent sailing around the Baltic Sea looking for Russian submarines in the absence of any whales) doing the honours with the camara.

The absence of table settings having become apparent the growing concerns of members about when and where they were going to eat was assuaged when plates albeit somewhat small and cutlery was placed on the tables by the restaurant staff. A series of tapas style dishes soon followed and the reason for the small plates became apparent.

Your reporter, David H and Nigel waited patiently as other tables were served a variety of dishes but nothing arrived until one table showed some sympathy by sharing their roasted green peppers. The noise of furniture being eaten finally drew the attention of the restaurant staff who initially explained that the correct number of meals had been served but were persuaded that additional food should be served to the starving trio. Further enquiry revealed that the restaurant had served 2 tables of 10 and 1 of 5. A quick count revealed that there were in fact 2 tables of 8 and 9 who had scoffed the trio’s share!

Several small plates later a satisfying meal ended with a miniature burger, fries and a salad. 

With the noise levels from the ground floor having reduced Chairman Peter was able to make himself heard to propose a toast to Former Chairman Dave on the eve of his last working day before taking a well-earned retirement. 

There was no other business and the meeting ended with the usual toast to RTBI.

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April 2022 Meeting Report: AGM at the Crescent

The following is a brief outline of the evening, full minutes to follow from Simon Lockley (via email) in due course.

The AGM evening at the Crescent Hotel started well. National Council Liaison Officer Wynn Parry reported on the change of Association rules to the effect that clubs could invite any new members regardless of whether they had been in Round Table previously or not. This is without limit in number. 

Wynn commented that that our 41 Club is one of the biggest in area and indeed in the country which, in my opinion, is worrying for 41 Club nationally given that we are ourselves conscious of our shrinking numbers. 

Wynn asked that we support National Tangent’s charity work by buying raffle tickets which we duly did; the Club also voted to give a lump sum of £100.

The previous minutes from the AGM were passed; the AGM had been with minimum attendance by officers only at the Nags Head, Scalby due to Covid restrictions.

Officers’ reports were given with no major issues forthcoming.

It was discussed what the situation regarding Aalten visits was currently. Apparently, Aalten are keen to firm up a date but Round Table are being cautious at the moment given that they only currently have approximately eight members. 41 Club hold funds to support a visit.

There will hopefully be a sports night, possibly Quoits, in the near future.

Given that Peter Calow the Vice Chairman was currently self-isolation, the handover to a new Chairman and appointment of officers could not take place and was been postponed to the next meeting.

A toast was made by John White in memory of Tom Cathcart.

A toast was made by Simon Ward in favour of Dominic Grunwell for his Catering Officer endeavours through the year.

At this point we enjoyed dinner which comprised of a Pate starter, Irish Stew and, to finish, Cheese and Biscuits or Sticky Toffee pudding.  

After the dinner, Chairman David Ascough inducted Neil Warburton as a new member.

Dave suggested the Rainbow Centre as his appointed charity for the year. He gave gifts to his officers in thanks for their services, Mike Shingler with a miniature replica.

Steve Slade was presented with his past chair gong, just a little late due to Covid.

With that, the AGM procedures were paused pending completion at the May meeting.

Meeting report and photos by Stuart Baines.

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March 2022 Meeting Report: Chinese Meal (Maritime Meeting)

The March 41 Club meeting got off to the usual start with a pre-dinner tipple at the Tap and Spile on Falsgrave. A good turnout with circa 20 members getting a head start on the beer. Personally, a top tipple was available to me: Camerons Strongarm – definitely a throw back to the late 70s!

We were herded out and across the road at 7.30 pm to Tops Chinese restaurant. Chairman Dave welcomed guests Andrew Hayes, Neil Warburton and John Price.

The meal comprised of the usual pre-dinner crisps (always remind me of Quavers), a medley of fried goodies, and a main course of four pork and sweet and sour dishes dishes, rice and a side of chips (they have the Scarborough preferences sorted here not something you are likely to get with your meal in Peking).

Chairman Dave asked for reports but none were forthcoming.

Not much maritime apart from the prawns in the sweet and sour but  we left suitably stuffed and satisfied so what’s not to like?!

AGM at The Crescent next on the agenda.

Report and photographs by Stuart Baines.

Don’t look now, Brian, but we’re about to be attacked by a giant Triffid flower. – Don’t worry, David, I think it is after Nigel.
Get off my chip!

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February 2022 Meeting Report: Ships and Chips

A visit to the Maritime Heritage Centre followed by a Golden Grid Fish and Chip supper.

The pre-dinner visit to the Scarborough Maritime Centre was very interesting as I am a Scarborough lad. It was great to see lots of photos and information of my home town from yesteryear.

We were treated to a very informative talk on the projects managed by Borough Engineer Harry Smith who designed many of Scarborough’s iconic features such as Peasholm Park, The Open Air Theatre, what was the Floral Hall, and the now also defunct South Bay Swimming Pool which was at the time the first sea water swimming pool in the country. All in all a very productive character.

After visiting the museum we dropped down to the Golden Grid, some via the Newcastle Packet, for a fine fish and chip supper. We were joined by guest Martin Johnson.

Thanks were given to Dominic and John White for arranging the evening. Dominic reported that the next meeting would be on 17 March.

Meeting report and photographs by Stuart Baines.

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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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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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October 2021 Meeting Report: Tandoori Night

Well, what a difference, after the poor attendance at the first meet for 2021. An excellent turn out at the Scarborough Tandoori, fortunately the Tandoori could cope with the expanded numbers with ease.

The food was excellent as ever at this venue starting with the usual Poppadoms with dips, followed by a selection of starters which were superb and more than generous; the main course was a selection of curry dishes. Wine was provided for those attending.

The meeting was presided over by our esteemed vice chairman, Peter Calow, in the absence of Chairman David Ascough who was unable to attend.

Guests attending were Ben Kitto (Scarborough 88) and prospective new 41 Club member Colin Bird.

Hopefully the November meeting will be as well attended as this month’s and we look forward to seeing you there. 

Report and photos kindly provided by Stuart B.

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September 2021 Meeting Report: Tapas Evening

The Chairman quickly gets back into the swing of things

After almost two years since our last 41 Club we returned to the La Roca restaurant on Blands Cliff to repeat the excellent evening we last enjoyed as our first meeting back after Lockdown.

The evening was enjoyed by all attending although there was a disappointing number of non-apologies the upside on low numbers being generous amounts of food and wine for those who turned up ! Hopefully now we are up and running again with regular meetings 41 Clubbers will now get back into the swing of submitting their apologies.

There were three guests in attendance at the Tapas meeting namely Andrew Hayes Ben Kitto and John Price.

There was a toast to the memory of sadly missed Tom Cathcart who passed away recently and will be greatly missed. The restaurant owner kindly contributed a bottle of Whiskey for the purpose and out of respect to Tom.

Unfortunately national councillor Wynn Parry who was due to attend the meeting was unwell and unable to join us, there was talk of Shingler stepping in with a talk on his motor home but this idea developed a puncture and deflated for better or worse !

Ben Kitto gave members an update on Round Table, membership numbers are a challenge at the moment but hopefully now that we have come out of Lockdown membership will perk up.

Brian Heaps present at the meeting mentioned that 2021 marked 50 years that he has been attending 41 Club for which Brian was congratulated.

Nigel tells of his 7 Spades Slam whilst Darren looks on fascinatedly

Meeting report and photos kindly contributed by Stuart Baines.

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