Christmas Message From The President

Dear 41 Club Members,

I can't believe I'm already two-thirds the way through my year - and what a year it's been!

Thank you all, for the fantastic way that I have been welcomed when visiting clubs. I have many happy memories of the different events and places I have visited, the fellowship is always the same and runs throughout the Association, this is what makes our club so special.

Pauline has accompanied me on many visits and I thank the ladies for looking after her whilst I have been at meetings.

I have particularly embraced the opportunity to be home hosted at most events. This is a wonderful way to get to know fellow 41 Club members and their partners and I would like to thank each and every one of them for the warmth and friendship they have shown. My volunteer drivers have also been welcomed and I know they have enjoyed the opportunities to visit different clubs. It is always great to have their company along the many long journeys I have made. Thanks must also go to Hyundai who have sponsored my car.

Your National Council has been working hard this year to manage the Association and to take it forward in a positive direction. Teamwork is essential and I am very grateful to my fellow Board members and Regional Councillors who have worked tirelessly throughout the year. Joining Council is an opportunity to get to know the Clubs in your region and contribute to the smooth running of the whole Association, so I would urge you to consider taking on the role.

I was proud to present a wreath during the Cenotaph ceremony on behalf of 41 Club, alongside my fellow Presidents, Steve Grew, Melodie Brookes and Ginette May. It is a humbling opportunity and a time to reflect. At this time of year, there are many people who may not be in a good place, they often find that the season highlights their difficulties. Please consider offering your time to help those less fortunate, especially by supporting those activities being arranged by 41 Club, Round Table, Tangent or Ladies Circle.

My presidential Charity this year is the Prince’s Trust. I chose this because it seeks to offer practical and emotional support to young vulnerable people, giving them an opportunity to thrive. The Prince’s Trust believes that ‘Youth Can Do It’ and I know 41 Club can make a difference. If you would like to find out how you can help, please contact me at

Pauline and I would like to take this opportunity to wish each and every one of you and your families, a wonderful Christmas and a very happy and peaceful New Year.

In Continued Friendship

National President 2017-18

Can YOU help?

The Prince’s Trust values the support of a 6,000 strong volunteer network to help inspire young lives. There are a range of opportunities to support our young people – from progression mentoring, to online support of ‘Enterprise’ clients to inspirational speakers. Whilst we cannot guarantee an immediate opportunity across all areas of the UK, we would be delighted to explore these with you. If you are interested, further information and an application can be found here:

Presidential Charity: The Prince's Trust


The Prince's Trust are extremely grateful to have 41 Club's support over the next year.

We help young people aged 13 to 30 get into jobs,  education and training through our range of eight core programmes.

Throughout 2017/18 41 Club members will help us through fundraising and volunteering in order to Inspire Young Lives throughout the UK and to help young people realise their potential.

To donate Click Here

Classic Rally 2018

8th -10th June 2018

Click here for details

Club Cruise 2018


We are pleased to announce that the 41 Club and Tangent Cruise for 2018 will be departing from Liverpool on the 8th August for a 9-night cruise to the Norwegian Fjords and the Shetland Islands. Full details will be available very soon.

Early booking is recommended to take advantage of our special deal with Fred. Olsen Cruises.


If not, why not?

This promises to be an excellent weekend of fun and fellowship for the incredible price of £160pp sharing a twin room (single supplements apply). It includes two nights Bed and Breakfast, two 3 course evening meals and lunch on Saturday. There is live entertainment and full use of the hotel's sports, craft and spa facilities plus golf for the whole 3 days (from the day of arrival to the day of departure). Saturday will see the competitive and novelty events taking place.

The event will be held over the weekend of 9th to 11th February at the Asbury Hotel complex in Okehampton, Devon, which is the only sports, craft and spa hotel in the UK and boasts being the UK’s largest golfing complex.

For those wishing to book please CLICK HERE

Details of the hotel complex can be found at

Dec. '17 Newsletter

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Conference 2018


Winter Magazine

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Millennium Way

A beautiful 100 mile trail in the Heart of England, enhanced by 44 fabulous, circular walks of between 4 and 9 miles.


Weekends+ Away

41 Club National now organises several events, many for couples, which are for specific interests and cover a weekend or even longer.  Click on the ones of interest to you:
Classic Rally
Caravan Weekend
Cycling Weekend
Club Cruise
National Social & Sporting Weekend

41 Club Sales

For a full range of regalia, clothing and gifts CLICK HERE

Dec. Communique

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Round Table Family Links

41 Club is part of the Round Table Family of four clubs.

Here are links to the other clubs' websites:

Round Table


Ladies Circle

Club Affinity Deal

Click here to learn more

about our special affinity

deal with Hyundai

and save yourself money on

your next new car

President Dave Goes Green

National President Dave Campbell is now touring the clubs in the UK using electricity as Hyundai have now provided him with a new car.  He is now the proud driver of an Ioniq Hybrid with a published fuel consumption of 78.5 mpg. Pulling away in total silence is something that he is gradually getting used to.

You too could be the proud driver of an Ioniq and get a discount by using our club affinity deal with Hyundai.

'Can Thee Ride Tandem?'

Whenever I see cyclists I think of these immortal words from Last of the Summer Wine. They were spoken when amorous Howard was trying to get off with the flirty Marina.

From there it's only a short leap to older men in Lycra which makes me think of Joggling and Barry Durman. With me so far?

So "why are you telling me all this" I hear you ask. Well it's all Barry's fault because knowing how fond he is of cycling I sent him a leaflet picked up at an Italian lakeside coffee stop which waxes lyrical about the wonderful cycling opportunities in the warm sun and beautiful scenery over there. I headed the jokey note to Barry "What about a 41 National Cycling Weekend" and said it might complete the set of 41National Events; Classic Cars, Camping and Social and Sporting Weekemd.

Now the trouble with Barry is that I should have known better than to toss him something like that as he is likely to toss it right back at me with words like "Do you know anyone that might take this on Ken?"

We all know what that really means, so before I know it I am writing a note for the 41Club Magazine asking whether if Northampton Nene 985 41Club were to organise the first 41 Club National Cycling Weekend in August 2018 how much interest would there be from around the country (or even the world)?

The detailed format has yet to be tied down but initial thoughts are:-

•Arrive on a Friday in August with your bike for a bit of afternoon cycling followed by some eating & informal socialising

•Saturday Morning and Afternoon rides out in the lovely Northamptonshire countryside interspersed with a light lunch.

•Saturday evening an eating, drinking and socialising event

•Sunday more riding finishing with more eating and drinking.

• Shorter/less taxing versions of the rides for the more leisurely cyclist to be available

That sound OK ?

So all you need to do now is send your answers to me on an electronic postcard saying stuff like;

1.who you are and which club you're from with your email and mobile phone contacts.

2.That you are interested in cycling over three days and whether you are a regular or occasional cyclist

3.You are prepared to pay a modest sum to cover the costs of accommodation food etc. so the event is self-financing.

4.Anything else that occurs to you.

I Look forward to hearing from lots of you.

May the pedals of friendship.................

Ken Banfield - 07740 104242

Discount Golfing Holidays from Hashtag Travel

Calling all golfers

Yet another money saving offer from

41 Club Member Benefits.

For more details CLICK HERE

Two New Money Saving Benefits

For the many members who cruise we have negotiated a 10% discount on parking at Southampton.  ParknCruise are located just outside the docks and offer secure, undercover parking.

Halfords is the UK's leading cycling and motoring retailer.  41 Club members can now obtain a 10% discount on purchases.

Click on the company logos for further details.

​Redditch 41 Club's joint skittles night

On the 13th September we had the pleasure of welcoming our National President, Dave Campbell, and members from Redditch, Alcester, Wythall & Moseley 41 Clubs plus members of Alcester & Stratford District Round Table.

Two new members (Mark Lewis and Mike Lowe) were inducted into Redditch and Barron Leigh into Alcester 41 Club by the National President.

A great evening was had by all, with £183 being raised for the Dave Campbell's charity, the Princes's Trust.


Region 11 News

Thank you very much to Ian Taylor and Crewe & Nantwich 41 Club for hosting the Region 11 (Cheshire and Northwest Midlands) social and bowling competition. It was a great day and it was good to see lots of friends from around the region.

Well done to the winner Mark Ashton from Newport.

Our next event is a bit of fun and indoors ! It would be good see as many clubs as possible.


TIME - 11.00 for 11.30 START

WHERE – Paradise Island Adventure golf Unit 1-2 Coliseum Leisure Park, Stanney Lane Little Stanney, Ellesmere Port CH65 9HD

Nick Morcumb
National Councillor, Region 

Llay 2 Llan 2017

A 60 mile walk in three days from Llay to Llandudno in North Wales was this year's charity challenge for two Northwich 41ers. Mark Powell and Simon Clough were joined by a group of Mark's past colleagues from Barclays Bank on this epic 'stroll' through the beautiful Welsh scenery.  All objectives were achieved with only one or two blisters and a few aches and pains.

The aim of this year's walk was to raise money for The Stroke Association Wales. Barclays generously donated £2,500 in £4£ matching and the total raised is rapidly approaching their target of £8,250. A full report will be appearing in the November Club Magazine.

Mark's Just Giving page can be found here

Inaugural Club Cruise

Eight couples sailed from Southampton on the 13th August bound for the waterways of Belgium and Holland.  This was the inaugural 41 Club/Tangent Cruise organised with Fred Olsen Cruises, one of our Members' Benefits partners.

The MS Braemar has a very shallow draft and was, therefore, able to navigate several waterways not usually open to ocean-going vessels. There were four ports of call Antwerp, Ghent, Rotterdam and Amsterdam, two of which were first time calls for Fred Olsen.

We all enjoyed seven days of fun. fellowship and some very interesting attractions.  A full report will appear in the next club magazine and in the meantime, we are investigating potential club cruises for 2018.

If you are interested in joining us then please keep an eye open for future announcements.

The Sun Shone on the Caravan Rally!

Thirty-six caravans and tents with 41ers converged on Hardwick Parks Caravan Site in Standlake, Oxfordshire for the first 41 Club Caravan and Camping Rally for many a year!

On Friday night caravaners and campers joined National President Dave Campbell and Pauline for fizz and canapes in the 41Club Gazebo. The sun shone and the 41 Club Caravan Rally Trophy – dusted off from living in Marchesi House for many years – was presented to Keith and Jean Woodward from Widnes 41 Club for travelling the longest distance.

A second trophy was presented to Martin & Maria Green for organising the event.

A lovely sunny day on Saturday gave everyone chance to either ‘chill’ or go sightseeing around Oxford and the surrounding countryside. Everyone then returned for a Hog Roast at the site's ‘Boat Shed’ restaurant, and for those who wanted to dance to a Neil Diamond tribute act.

Highlights included ‘Alcester’s Mother Ship’ and IPP Barry Durman cooking breakfast in his tent sitting cross legged on the floor. The President – as befits his status – was accommodated in a static mobile home with two bedrooms and two bathrooms!

A cheque for £100 was also presented to President Dave for his charity – The Prince's Trust.

It is hoped that this will start to become a regular event on the 41 Club Calendar and we are looking for volunteers to organise and host next year's!

Martin Green
National President 2013-2014 and Rally Organiser 2017

Belfast 2018 - Latest Update /book-in/newbooking.php

Hello 41ers & Tangent members, a quick update to the Belfast conference for next April, 12-15 with pre-tour April, 10-11. As many of you are aware, we have had unprecedented bookings for Belfast - currently 592 and I and the team have been working hard to satisfy the demand and also make sure that you all have the best experience ever. To that end I have the latest information for you on all the events and the booking positions of them all. The Hotels are all filling up but using the “accommodation” tab on the website to Visit Belfast will direct you to the hotel for you. All the hotels selected are in the same general area and close to the Conference Hotel, The Europa. Tuesday, 10 April is the pre-tour to the National Trust - Mount Stewart house and gardens then onto a little bit of a Gin experience with lunch. We have been going through the early bookings and individuals who had expressed an interest have been asked to pay their deposits. This has opened up some places on the pre-tours and we have 7 places open on this trip. Wednesday, 11 April is the tour to the Londonderry Walls with lunch. Again, this is a guided tour to the world-famous walls of Derry and its history. The main guide will be our own Tony Henderson and as this is his home location you will be in for a treat. We have 10 places available on this tour if you wish to book in. Thursday, 12 April - all conference registrations will be at the Europa Hotel. Please note that our extended trip to the Giants Causeway & the Bushmills experience with lunch will leave at 08:30 from the Europa Hotel. This trip is fully booked. Which brings us to the evening entertainment and events at the Belfast City Hall. This was fully Booked from the third week after launch in Blackpool and is still booked out. We have a waiting list system which is managed by you emailing This is a local government working building in the centre of Belfast and we are bound by their rules and are limited to 330 guests. This is 60 more than Blackpool which was full and the best attended in recent years. Friday, 13 April - this is a fully packed day for all. We start with the trip to the Giants Causeway & the Bushmills experience with lunch which will leave at 08:30 from the Europa Hotel. I can say that this trip is fully booked. But if you wish to be put on a waiting list for the Friday or the Thursday trip, please email The Golf: There are still places for the golf but we will close this at 36 due to time constraints. 41 Club National Council meeting, 11:00 am in the Spires Assembly Rooms across the road from the Europa Hotel. Tangent executive meeting in the Europa Hotel. Friday afternoon there will be the customary Banner Exchange in the Piano Bar of the Europa Hotel. Friday night, Joint Presidents Ball in the Culloden hotel. All buses will be leaving from the Europa Hotel for a 15-20min drive to the home of area 11 Round Table, where years of great craic happened. The transport will be leaving from 18:30. Now due to demand, we have opened an extra room for this night. The Holywood Room is down a few stairs from the main Stewart Suite and an AV system will be in use. After the dinner, there will be moving around anyway to clear the dance floor, so I am sure a mixing the two rooms will happen during this time. Both areas are supported by their own bar facilities and no one will be disappointed. The main room is fully booked and the extra Holywood Room is filling up fast, we have now 49 places left for the Friday night. So please book now and don’t be disappointed we cannot make any more space available.

Saturday, 14 April - 41 club AGM in the Spires Assembly Rooms with registration from 08:30 and the AGM starting at 09:00 prompt. There will be no break for lunch, but we will have a café in the refreshments area for you to purchase tea/coffee and soft drinks. As this is a church building there is a total ban on the sale and consumption of alcohol. We hope to finish around 14:00 so that members can visit the locals for lunch liquid or otherwise. Tangent AGM will be in the Europa Hotel and lunch will be served. To date we have 89 ladies booked into the lunch. Saturday night and our farewell Ball in the world famous “Titanic Visitors Centre”. Transport will be leaving from the Europa from 18:30 so that we can get all over to the Centre for the Fancy dress parade. As you may be aware, we are changing the format in Belfast due to time constraints and the lack of participation in recent years. So downstairs in the Titanic Centre we will have a drinks reception and a parade of large and small groups. The presidents will judge the parade on large groups and small groups for theme originality. Currently, we still have some places left for this night, around 46. Sunday, 15 April - after your breakfast the Board of 41 Club will meet for a quick meeting to set the new year’s work and welcome new members on to the Board. Room to be announced. Also will be the hand-over to next year’s AGM and Conference team - time and place to be announced.

We have tried to satisfy everyone coming to the Belfast Conference, but there will be the added factor of great Belfast craic and a welcoming city for you all to enjoy. I can arrange for those who are coming early or have not been able to get into an evening event, restaurants or a meal and show in some of the local places. If this would be of interest to you, please email in the first instance stating what you would like and the numbers in your party plus we would also require your contact details and booking number. 

Thank you all
Phill Ellis

Next National Council Meeting

The next National Council meeting will be held on Friday 9th February 2018 at the Ashbury Hotel, Higher Maddford, Okehampton, EX20 4NL.

Any declared member of the Association is entitled to attend as an observer.  Please notify the National Secretary if you plan to attend.

The Round Table Family

The Round Table Family is culmination between the four Social groups Round Table, 41 Club, Ladies Circle & Tangent.

The Purpose of the Round Table Family is to work together with the common aim of membership development, seek commercial advantage by sharing best practice and encourage representatives of each association to interact at all levels.

'The Louis' is back In Norwich

At then end of June the Norwich Evening News reported the return of the Louis Marchesi pub:

"A Norwich city centre bar has returned to its roots by being renamed in honour of a famous figure.

Take 5 will once again be named The Louis Marchesi – after the city man who founded the Round Table.

The Grade II-listed building in Norwich’s Tombland has housed the Take 5 café/bar for a number of years. Before that, it was the Louis Marchesi from 1976, having originally been the Waggon and Horses.

To a certain generation in Norwich, a drink at 'The Louis' was a key part of a city night out.

Now, after Take 5 closed, the new owner has revived the name.

Louis Marchesi, the pub’s namesake, was the founder of the Round Table Great Britain and Ireland, a charitable organisation for young men, set up in Norwich in 1927.

He was the first secretary of the club, which has continued to run to this day.

The organisation has over 30,000 members all around the world, and says it offers: “Lifelong friendships, unforgettable experiences and the chance to make a difference to those around you”, with events including hiking, cycling, and running challenges; socialising; volunteering; and charity fundraising.

Mr Marchesi was a local business owner and a member of the Norwich Rotary Club. He felt there was a need for a club aimed at younger businessmen in Norwich, and enforced a ‘retiring’ age of 40 from the Round Table.

Today Round Table members can belong to the organisations until the age of 45 – and then become members of the 41 Club, an association of ex-Tablers.

Marchesi died at his home in Norwich in 1968, and is buried in the Earlham Road Cemetery in Norwich.

The Round Table used to meet in the Louis Marchesi pub in Norwich, and its headquarters are now located in Birmingham."

​Community Fundraising is alive and well in Merthyr 41 Club

Malcolm Daniel, President of Merthyr 41 Club, set a challenge to raise funds at meetings throughout the year for the Merthyr PHAB, a local voluntary organisation who encourage young people with or without physical and learning disabilities to take part in various activities and sports.

Pictured are Malcolm Daniel and members of Merthyr Tydfil 41 Club, presenting a cheque for £500 to Terry Collins, Chairman of PHAB Merthyr Tydfil. President Malcolm expressed his wishes to all 41 Club members, Steve James National Councillor and Merthyr Tydfil Tangent Club all of whom helped us achieve this target.


Like to Chat?

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.

Region 15 Annual Dinner 2018

National Golf Finals

The 41 Club National Golf Competition was recently held at Brickhampton Golf Complex, Churchdown, Nr Gloucester. It was a showery day and was enjoyed by all who took part. The highlight for the observers was the 17th green which had a small lake to the front and the rear. The golf club benefited with many balls ending in the lake with one ball ending in a tree adjoining the lake. A dinner followed with President Dave presenting the trophies.

Winner of Team Trophy / Shirley Late Nights 41 Club 97 points

Runner Up / Brentwood (Essex) 41 Club 93 points

Individual Trophy Winner / Bernard Harrington Cricklade and Highworth 41 Club 39 points

Nearest Pin / Lyndon Bent Exeter 41 Club

Longest Drive / David Moore Newport(Shropshire) 41 Club

Wooden Spoon / Peter Slater Exeter 41 Club.

Shirley Late Knights with President Dave


      Up a tree                                        Ah that's better

The Sun Shone In Yorkshire

Dateline Craiglands Hotel, Ilkley 2nd to 4th June 2017

Over 70 members and guests attended the 4th Classic Rally, this year in Yorkshire.
The sun shone brightly and 38 cars toured the beautiful moors and several attractions.
A very successful event and plans are already announced for next year's rally, to be held in South Wales on the weekend of 8th-10th June.

NS&SW Gallery

              Overall Winner Neil Oakden

           Golf Champion Martin Stanbury

National Social and Sporting Weekend 2017

The inaugural 41 Club National Social and Sporting Weekend at Okehampton in February proved a huge success with 91 41 Club members venturing to Devon from afar afield as Scotland, the North of England and both Northern and Southern Ireland. The weekend kicked off with a quiz on Friday evening before the main event on Saturday,  which consisted of a golf competition and the main sports competition whereby participants had to enter a minimum of three events. There were a total of 15 events on offer catering for all tastes including darts, ice curling, green bowls, pistol and rifle shooting, ten pin bowling and various simulator sports.

Each activity winner received a prize with the overall Sporting Weekend winner and runner up being decided on a points based system out of the 3 events.

Neil Oakden From Hucknall 41 Club was the inaugural overall champion, with Simon Haydock from Cardiff coming second and Andrew Duffin from Hucknall third.

In relation to the golf the Ashbury course was chosen, conditions were good despite a flurry of snow mid morning. The overall winner was Martin Stanbury from Bideford 41 Club, with Ken Todd of Exeter 41 Club in second.

The event was a great success and arrangements have been made for NS&SW to be held once again at the Ashbury Hotel in Okehampton on the weekend of 9th February 2018.

Booking details will follow shortly.

We want to hear from YOU!

What has your 41 Club been doing that is unusual and of interest to others?

Send in a short article and a picture and we will publish it on this website!

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"Friendship Continued"

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 in order to secure your copy.

Frank Venables,
Faringdon, Isis Area and Mumbles 41 Clubs