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Bookings are now open for the fourth Classic Rally on the 2nd-4th June, which this year will incorporate a special rally for motorcycles. The venue for both is the Craiglands Hotel in Ilkley and the tours will include much of the beautiful Yorkshire countryside.
You may ask ‘What is a classic car or motorcycle? Does it have to be old?’ The answer is if you consider your vehicle to be a classic and you are proud to display it then you are welcome. Cars built in 2017 can be a classic if they are unusual or rare.
All members are welcome to come and view the entrants at the hotel on the Saturday morning before the cars depart for their afternoon adventure. Just turn up and you will be made very welcome.
Registration is £25 per car / motorcycle which includes the rally plate, goody bag and souvenir rally programme. This year the evening meals are bookable separately and any member of 41 Club is welcome to join us for the meals. Friday will be a two course meal at £20 per person and Saturday’s Rally Dinner will be £25 per person.
Please book your own accommodation directly with the hotel (01943 430001), mention 41 Club Rally and you will get the special price of £160 for the two nights bed and breakfast. This price is only available until the end of March and you will have to pay at the time of booking.
For a printable booking form to enter a classic car click here and for a motorcycle click here .
Bookings for the Blackpool Conference events are coming in thick and fast and you will have to hurry if you want to attend the major events.
The Hard Roxx Café on Thursday evening is totally sold out but you can request to be added to the waiting list in case there are any cancellations.
The Friday Night Ball is nearing its maximum capacity and promises to be a night to remember, especially for the ladies in their beautiful gowns, dancing on the world's most famous dancefloor. The Saturday Roxxfest fancy dress party promises some never to be repeated surprises for all who attend. Here is the link for Blackpool Roxx 2017
REMINDER for those who have already booked
The balance for your booking is now due.
For the February
41 Club is part of the Round Table Family of four clubs.
Here are links to the other clubs' websites:
I had the honour of attending the official opening of The John Hurt Centre at Cinema City towards the latter part of 2016, this encompasses the overall project which the Marchesi Room was part of, opened with all four Round Table Family organisation National President’s present a month earlier in August 2016.
The John Hurt Centre features a plaque in the courtyard area of Cinema City acknowledging some of the key sponsors, thanks to several 41 Club groups and individual members the Round Table Family organisation is listed amongst them.
Moving from the courtyard area taking the newly created staircase toward the Marchesi Room there is a bespoke display cabinet with some items of memorabilia, this includes a Round Table Chairman’s jewel dating back to 1937 and a colour illustrated book of Norwich signed by Louis Marchesi in 1966, given as a gift to some members attending a Euro 1 meeting in the city.
Above the display cabinet features a plaque listing the 41 Club groups and individual members who made donations toward the project, alongside other Round Table Family organisation clubs who also supported the project.
The Marchesi Room is available to hire for meetings and events with food and drinks, some clubs have already made use of this unique space in the very building where Louis Marchesi held the first official meeting of Round Table in 1927.
National Councillor Region 17
John Hurt Centre Plaque at Cinema City
RT Family Display Cabinet at Cinema City
Time is running out for entries in The National Photographic Competition. Make sure your entries are received by the 28th February.
As they were last year, entries will be published online when voting opens and the voting itself will also be online, so that as many of you as possible can cast your votes not just those attending National Conference. The winner shall be announced at the AGM in Blackpool and your favourite photos will appear in the charity calendar, profits from which will go to future National President Dave Campbell’s nominated charity.
Please send your entries to email@example.com. Bear in mind that the photos, if winners, will be printed slightly larger than A4 and in landscape mode. Your entries therefore have to be of sufficient resolution. As a rule of thumb, a JPEG file that is at least 2.0 to 2.5 MB in size should do the trick but bigger is better in this case. If you’d rather send me a link to the picture in your DropBox, OneDrive, Google Drive or other then that’s fine too.
The competition rules are the same as last year:
Each photograph must be the work of the person entering it and entries are limited to four per member.
Entry is only available to members who can be verified on the CAS database.
Entries are to be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org
All entries must include the name and club of the photographer and a title.
Photographs must not have been entered into any other competition.
The closing date for entries is Tuesday February 28th 2017.
The photographer grants permission for 41 Club to use the photographs for charitable fund-raising activities
Be amongst the first join us on the 41 Club cruise as you can now book with our special deal.
It is a 7 day cruise to the rivers and canals of Belgium and Holland, visiting four great cities, departing from Southampton on Sunday the 13th August 2017.
Our bookings receive the following:
10% discount on all grades of cabin at the prevailing price
£50 per person on-board spend
A free evening drink reception
The inclusive drinks package is available at £10 per day
Plus other group specific items if required.
To book contact the Fred Olsen booking line (01473 742 424) quoting the reference GRP0210 and cruise Number M1720.
We selected this cruise as it is a one that nobody will have done before and is a good introductory cruise for first timers with only one sea day and no crossing of the Bay of Biscay. I do hope that as many 41ers and your partners will be able to join us and share the 41 Club fellowship.
Click here for full details and we advise booking early to ensure the grade of cabin you would prefer.
Cruise Number: M1720
Description: Belgian & Dutch Waterways
Departs Southampton 13th August 2017 – 7 nights
..Well not really! Actually, they went to the distillery where Bombay Sapphire Gin is made!
Sixteen members of Abingdon & District 41 Club travelled to Laverstock Mill at Whitchurch in Hampshire to find out how the famous blue bottled Bombay Sapphire Gin is made.
The mill is in a conservation area with over 1,000 years of history. The distillery showcases the care, skill and artistry behind every drop of Bombay Sapphire and allows visitors to sample the flavours of the ‘botanicals’ that make Bombay Sapphire so unique.
The buildings are over 225 years old and are set astride the crystal clear River Test and originally produced bank note paper for the Bank of England and the British Empire.
After a complimentary gin based Laverstock cocktail, members toured the distillery using an interactive map system where points of interest are played to you. There is then a smell test where the various ‘botanicals’ can be sniffed, and your favourites listed on a card. A guide then takes you to distillery and explains the actual distilling process, followed by another cocktail based on the ‘smells’ you have chosen earlier.
All Bombay Sapphire sold throughout the world is distilled in Laverstock Mill. It is shipped by tanker to Warrington where it is bottled. Over 40 million bottles were produced last year and it is distributed worldwide from Liverpool docks.
The tour finishes with a Cocktail Masterclass where you get an in depth look at Bombay Sapphire and its cocktail culture. Members created two more cocktails with the help of Gin expert Carl, and picked up many tips on the correct way of making a gin and tonic and cocktails.
After around five large gin based cocktails, the Abingdon guys left Laverstock Mill by coach (very sensible!) back to Abingdon and changed over from sophisticated gin cocktails to a superb curry with plenty of beer!
Martin Green, National President 2013-2014
For many years 41 Club staged a National Caravan and Camping weekend which until its latter years was a major event in the 41 Club year.
Caravanning is these days a growth industry and our research shows that many 41ers are back in their caravans and in some clubs, there is even a caravan ‘group’ who regularly go away together for weekends.
For some years, there has been requests for National to resurrect the Caravan Rally. As we always listen to our members, and are keen to offer as many fellowship events as we can, we are going to resurrect it in 2017 – to test the water to see if this should become a regular affair.
Past National President Martin Green – himself an avid caravaner – has undertaken to organise this for us. Click here for a Flyer and here for a Booking Form for the event.
This is planned to be a simple and low key event to see how this goes.
The location that has been chosen is Hardwick Parks. This is located at a village called Standlake in the heart of Oxfordshire. This beautiful award winning park offers three large fields with very large grass pitches – all serviced with electricity. The park has its own Clubhouse with bar and small restaurant. We hope if we get enough caravans we can fill one field – which is the one by the Clubhouse, shop and reception.
The programme is very simple. A welcome drink session on the Friday night, and a hog roast and musical entertainment on the Saturday night. The rest of the time is free so that those attending can enjoy the sites around the area which includes, Woodstock, Burford, the Cotswolds and of course the ‘Dreaming Spires’ of Oxford.
Apart from the Saturday night – everyone ‘does their own thing’ with meals etc. The Clubhouse can offer bar meals but can get busy and you may have to wait. Or you can organise a barbeque, go down the pub or just have your meal in the caravan. The same applies to breakfast every day.
Hardwick Parks has a massive water sports centre. It is adjacent to three lakes where you can swim, or do all sorts of water sports such as water skiing etc. Full tuition is available however the cost of this is not included in the rally.
Full details of Hardwick Parks can be found on their website. www.hardwickparks.co.uk/
The cost of the weekend, including welcome drinks on Friday, hog roast and entertainment on Saturday, pitch fees and electricity is £90 based on two in a caravan
The deadline for booking is SIX weeks before the weekend. After that any unbooked pitches will be released to the Public.
For more details please contact Martin Green on 01235 529257 or email him at email@example.com
The Oxford College Dinner!
A packed Exeter College Dining Hall hosted the Annual Oxford College Dinner for Region 20 - organised by Abingdon & District 41 Club.
Exeter College is one of the ‘Dreaming Spires’ in the centre of Oxford which has had many famous students including J.R.R.Tolkein, Alan Bennett, and Martin Amis. The fictitious Inspector Morse collapsed in the final episode of the series in its quadrangle. Exeter College has been regularly used for TV programmes including Lewis and Endeavor.
The 144 attendees from all around the country were greeted by Abingdon 41 Club Chairman Peter Clegg, the guest speaker was renowned comedy writer Paul Mayhew-Archer who had everyone highly amused with his stories of his life, also covering in a serious but amusing way the effects he has from Parkinson’s Disease of which he has recently been diagnosed, Mayhew-Archer wrote The Vicar of Dibley, amongst many other TV and Radio comedies, and works with Brendan O’Caroll on Mrs. Browns Boys. He also donated his fee for the evening to the local branch of Parkinson’s UK.
During the National President Barry’s speech, Past Region 20 National Councillor Frank Venables was awarded the prestigious Association Award to his great surprise, and Barry also inducted a new member to Basingstoke 41 Club - John Maguire
A Heads & Tails raffle took place for Shelter which raised £440, which was doubled by the generosity of Barclays Bank.
This was a huge success and credit must go to Andrew Hoare and his team for putting it together.
National President 2013-2014.
I have great pleasure to announce that tickets for the Round Table 90th Charter and Presidents Party are now on General sale.
I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for your patience and your understanding while the first tranche of tickets went to members.
I need to point out a couple of things for your attention -
We are organising an event that reflects the Round Table of today. We are respectfully requesting that no regalia other than pin badges are worn.
The dress code for the lunch will be smart business casual with ties very much optional. The evening dress code is following the theme of a 90’s dance music club night.
There will be VERY limited seating at the venues (Winchester Great Hall & Guildhall ) for both events. This is to maximise capacity. If you have a need for a seat, please add this in the appropriate box when you make your booking.
If you have any dietary requirements, please also inform us when you make your booking.
Please enter your 41 Club name and number in the boxes that ask for Table name and number.
Accommodation is not provided and is down to personal choice. We can only recommend Trip Advisor for hotel advice, we haven’t much experience staying in them!
The full itinerary can be found at www.rtbi90.co.uk
(The second picture is deliberately blurry, its not your eyesight chaps :) )
As always, I am happy to take questions here or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you know that we now have a private Facebook Group for 41 Club members? A space where you can communicate with fellow members from the whole of GB&I. Start topical discussions, ask questions of fellow members or advertise your club events. It is there for you to use and we already have 450 members. If you have a Facebook account and are a registered member on CAS then you can apply to join by clicking here.
Hyundai have loaned the Club an i40 saloon for the President to travel around the country to visit the clubs. Barry says that it 'is smashing'.
If you or yours are looking for a new car then use our scheme under member benefits on www.41club.org to save up to 20% on list price.
Everyone who has bought one (and there are about 130 members who have) are really pleased with them. Reliable and the first service is at 20,000 miles.
If you would like to see the car then why not invite Barry to one of YOUR club events!
At this year's 41 Club National AGM newly installed National President, Barry Durman, revealed his charity will be Shelter.
This is Shelter's 50th anniversary year and throughout that time it has been helping millions of people with bad housing or homelessness through their advice, support and legal services.
Last year it helped four million people and dealt with 157,000 calls.
It is their aim is to make sure that one day no one will have to turn to them for help.
As the year progresses Barry will be heavily committed to supporting them during many events and he will be looking for Clubs and members for support for this fantastic charity.
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41 Club at Seventy
This book, by Frank Venables, for the 70th Anniversary of 41 Club is now available at a cost of £10.00 per copy (plus P&P if applicable).
Please contact the Honorary Archivist at firstname.lastname@example.org in order to secure your copy.
Faringdon, Isis Area and Mumbles 41 Clubs
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