Staying connected in the Virus Crisis

When we are in isolation, and with the threat of a greater lock-down imminent, it is important not to lose contact with family and friends.

One of the excellent tools to do this is Zoom, an app built from the ground up as a video-conferencing tool. It is cross-platform, and will run on all machines, including PCs, laptops tablets and smartphones. It is free to use for private purposes.

We use this to converse with our family all at once across the world, bringing everyone together in line of sight.

If you would like help to set up this tool, or with any other IT connectivity matter, please get in touch. Happy to help. Remotely!

Best wishes, stay connected, stay safe, stay apart.

David H

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Help available during the Virus Crisis

There is a growing requirement for self-isolation during the current crisis.

Support is available from other members for any 41 Club member if, through the requirement for social distancing, you need help for shopping, other supplies, or for any other matter.

Please don’t feel you need to bear this problem without friendly support. Please contact the Web Editor and we’ll get onto it.

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CANCELLED: Scarborough 41 Club AGM

Dear Member,

The Club’s AGM, originally scheduled for 16 April 2020 at the Crescent Hotel, is now cancelled.

The Chairman and Secretary, with our committee, will be making suitable arrangements for revised arrangements as and when matters become clearer. We are all moving in uncharted waters.

Keep safe and we will meet again when the virus crisis has passed.

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Important message from the Chairman re the Coronovirus

Dear Members,

I have discussed matters regarding the Coronovirus with our committee and I have spoken with Tom concerning the virus issues. It has also been confirmed that other organisations in town such as Rotary Cavaliers have cancelled all meetings until at least Easter.

I have now made the very sad decision that the Anton’s meeting this Thursday should be cancelled. Tom C, our Catering Officer, has contacted them to advise them of this yesterday (Monday) but he will keep us informed if there is any further feedback from them. We will arrange to visit them at a convenient date in the future.

The general feeling was that we should also postpone the AGM in April, but Tom is to report back concerning this matter.

Worrying times, Gentlemen.

Keep yourselves safe and see you soon.

Stephen Slade
Chairman, Scarborough 41 Club

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CANCELLED Raising awareness of Brain Tumour Research and Support

A message from Richard Grunwell:

Please convey to Club Members the proposal, as sanctioned by our Chairman and our Catering Officer, for as many members as possible to congregate on Marine Drive on Thursday, 19 March, by the statue of Freddie at 6.20pm on our way to Anton’s Restaurant.

This is to have a photograph taken, with Freddie at the centre, to raise awareness of Brain Tumour Research and Support (BTRS), of which Ellie’s Fund is now a part.

Each March, BTRS, runs Flat Cap Friday, and Freddie wear a very large one!

The photo will then be submitted to BTRS. BTRS is a Yorkshire-based Charity.

Please try to be there wearing a Flat Cap (Dominic has several spare).

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Photo credits

Head detail of ‘Freddie Gilroy and The Belsen Stragglers’
cc-by-sa/2.0 – © John S Turner – geograph.org.uk/p/5000769

Full profile of ‘Freddie Gilroy and the Belsen Stragglers’
cc-by-sa/2.0 – © Mat Fascione – geograph.org.uk/p/5786269


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CANCELLED March 2020 meeting: Steak dinner at Anton’s Restaurant

Eagerly anticipated, your Catering crew have organised a steak dinner at Anton’s Restaurant on Sandside, to sit down 7.30pm on Thursday, 19 March. Anton specialises in chargrilled steak where all the meat comes from Stepney Hill Farm. Lip smackingly tasty (just invented that expression). Snake head soup from Hueiw province China is temporarily off the menu.

Where to go on Thursday, 19th March at 7.30pm

The Evening
We meet at the Golden Ball at 6.30pm to sample yet again some of the finest beer and lager (and cheapest) that Scarborough has to offer. Sam Smith’s hand pulled ale must be one of the very best beers in the northern hemisphere. The Pure Brewed lager is to die for (hell, that’s bad grammar – should have said ‘for which to die’). 😉

Anton’s
The plan is to meet up just before 7.30 in Anton’s for hopefully a terrific steak dinner. Any early arrivers can put away a couple of beers in the ground floor bar and we will be shown to the first floor of the restaurant, which we have to ourselves, at 7.30pm.

The Meal
We start with Salmon and Cod Fishcakes served with Tartar Sauce (being as how the snake head soup isn’t on at the minute) then we move onto the Main Course!
8oz rump steaks with garlic butter and chips will be served, done Medium. If anyone wishes for eg Medium Rare or Well Done then he must tell Tom Cathcart at least 48 hours before the event! Your Catering Team aim to please but anyone wanting Well Done will be assigned to the dunce’s table in the corner.

Liquor
Included in the price is an excellent Anton’s house red Merlot wine which is very flavoursome and this will be on the table upon arrival. Any other drink needs to be paid for separately. Even nicer is a fabulous Argentinian Malbec, for a few quid more but… scrummy.

Apologies
As usual apologies need to be posted on the Club’s website by 12 noon on Friday, 13 March to avoid paying for a meal you didn’t eat. Do send your steak preferences directly to Tom (text message, email, or mobile call, whatever,) unless you are happy with medium.

Catering Team

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The view from Anton’s

All images and logo courtesy Anton’s

NB this is an update of an earlier article that got the headline date wrong due to the acting, temporary, part-time stand-in editor being asleep at the wheel and living in the past. You would have thought that he would have known that St David’s Day had ticked by.

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Attendance at 41 Club meetings 2019-20

There have been 5 meeting so far (ignoring the BBQ in August) and we have 50 members so it’s easy to work out percentages of attendances by club members. Even I can do that!

The details are as follows:

100% attendance 4 members
80% attendance 3 members
60% attendance 12 members
40% attendance 6 members
20% attendance 15 members
0% attendance 9 members

Here are some more stats showing the meetings and the percentages of club members attending:
Tapas 32%
Bryerstones 50% (well done Nigel!)
Eastern Paradise 38%
Az – Turkish 44%
Tops Chinese 32%

This works out as 39.2% average member’s attendance.

Food for thought gentlemen!

Tom Cathcart
Catering Officer

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February 2020 meeting: Gourmet Fish Supper

Thursday, 20 February 2020

Anyone in 41 Club who relishes good seafood will enjoy our forthcoming trip to John Senior’s Golden Grid fish restaurant on Sandside. It’s a great little restaurant where we will be eating in the upstairs dining room.

The Evening
We meet at the Golden Ball from 6-ish to sample Sam Smiths’ finest hand pulled ale. No mobile ‘phones are allowed in this pub now so if you answer a secret call from your latest girlfriend you will be thrown down the stairs by the owner who ensures the rule is observed (no kidding!) (OK, maybe a little bit).

The view – courtesy The Golden Grid

The Meal
We eat at 7.30 pm. The starter is Lobster Bisque Soup followed by a Seafood Platter (two sharing). The main course is a Gourmet Fish Pie all washed down with an excellent Chardonnay white wine. The Chardonnay is included in the price but all other liquor to be paid for separately.

The Nag’s Head
Of course the pre-pre-meeting will be held in the newly opened Nag’s from 5.30pm and anyone wanting transport should contact Tom Cathcart.

Apologies
If you cannot attend, please use only the apologies system here on the website to get your apology officially recorded. Any apologies should be made by noon on Friday, 14 February 2020. That is, before you take your significant other out for surprise lunch.

The Catering Team

A handy location guide after a few Sam Smith’s – courtesy The Golden Grid

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Richard Grunwell to be awarded Council honour

41 Club member and past Chairman Richard Grunwell is about to become first Honorary Freeman of the borough in five years.

Scarborough Council’s cabinet has agreed to recommend that Richard be given the borough’s highest honour in recognition of his years of service and good works.

The honour is only awarded in “very exceptional cases”, and subject to the subsequent confirmatory approval of the full council, Richard will be added to the roll of honour.

The recommendation stated:

“Mr Grunwell, who was an original member of the Scarborough Urban Renaissance Board, has represented the borough council on the North Bank Partnership and other influential bodies, and was pivotal in attracting Coventry University and the University Technical College to the borough.

“He is a member of Scarborough Business Ambassadors and in September 2019 was appointed Vice-Chair of the 20/18 Scarborough Town Centre Strategy Team, tasked with leading the town to become the best performing coastal town centre in England by 2025.”

Following council approval, the honours will be bestowed at the Annual Meeting of the authority on 21 May 2020.

41 Club’s warmest congratulations go to Richard on the recommendation for this fully-deserved honour.

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January 2020 Meeting: Chinese New Year Banquet

Welcome to our function to celebrate the Chinese New Year to be held at TOPS Chinese Restaurant on Falsgrave Road (opposite the Tap & Spile). The event is at 7.30pm on Thursday, 23 January and the zodiac sign is The Year of the Rat! However, rodents of any sort do not appear on the menu. We promise. Rat entrail pie of the sort we all ate as students many years ago will also definitely not be served. Any attendee called Roland will get a 3% discount.

The Evening
We sit down to eat at 7.30pm promptly and therefore meet beforehand in the excellent aforementioned Tap & Spile pub which serves Timothy Taylor’s Landlords Beer – Richard Grunwell’s favourite beer! Lounge bar is on the right. This is a joint function between 41 Club and our younger brothers in RT88. It is also open to The Ladies of Club members who are very welcome.

The Banquet
The management have put together a fabulous varied selection of Chinese food where one secret dish is being specially cooked for us. All drinks must be paid for separately.

The Starter: crispy spring rolls, fen chicken, satay skewers and Szechuan spare ribs. Yummy. Second Course: Aromatic crispy duck with pancakes, spring onion, cucumber and TOPS special sauce. Main Course: Char Sui (roast pork) with Pak Choi, Duck with plum sauce, Szechuan king prawn, Kung Po chicken and a Special 5th course being specially prepared for us. Sides : special fried rice and Singapore noodles.

Advice
1. Do not eat anything for 5 days before the event otherwise you risk bursting at the seams
2. Please do not during the course of the evening refer to rats, mice, hamsters, gerbils or guinea pigs (all members of the Muridae rodent family) unless you want to be thrown out on your ear.

Responsibility
Please note that neither the management of TOPS nor your Catering Officers accept any responsibility if you are seen scurrying off home after the event and grow beaver front teeth by Easter.

Cost per Head
Specially negotiated price of £21.50 per head.

Opt in
Please note that this is an Opt In meeting. Please only use the Opt-in form on this website to notify your attendance to the Catering Team and to formally record your (and your partner’s) attendance at the meeting. Please do so by noon on Friday, 17 January 2020.

Many thanks

Your Catering Team

Image by gingertea from Pixabay

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