National Councillor - Des Fulcher
The region I was elected to represent in the summer of 2014 is one of the largest in 41 Club, also encompassing Norwich which is the very place where Round Table was originally created by the founder Louis Marchesi way back in 1927. Covering Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire along with parts of Northamptonshire and Bedford I have some greatly appreciated support from three 41 Club Deputy National Councillors, namely Kelly Clarke (North Walsham 41 Club), Martin Lines (St Neots 41 Club) and Kevin Reynolds (South Norfolk 41 Club).
Since taking up the position of 41 Club National Councillor in Region 17 I have pioneered a totally new club with South Norfolk 41 Club, this has gone from strength to strength with a wide variety of meetings that often resemble the Round Table group meetings which members used to frequently enjoy. It is hoped that something similar can be created in North Norfolk, 41 Club members in that area are encouraged to contact Kelly Clarke or myself if you are interested in being part of this.
The most rewarding thing which has taken place whilst I represented Region 17 is the Marchesi Room project at Cinema City, Norwich which now forms part of the John Hurt Centre - all in the building where Round Table Founder Louis Marchesi held the first offical meeting of the organisation. In August 2016 all four Round Table Family organisation National President's attended a special opening ceremony of the Marchesi Room, a month later I was delighted and proud to attend the official opening of the John Hurt Centre (this represented the total overall project supported by a Heritage Lottery Grant).
2017 is the 90th anniversary of Round Table, visitors to Norwich will have a chance to see a special display cabinet and plaque which acknowledges clubs and individuals who made a donation towards the Marchesi Room Project, some very special and rare items of memorabilia are on display - this includes a chairman's jewel dating back to 1937.