Region 24 - SW London, Surrey, Sussex - Peter McBride

REGION 24 NATIONAL COUNCILLOR

Hello - I am the Region 24 National Councillor and with 42 clubs and over 750 members it's one of the largest Regions in the UK. Our Region covers the large geographical area stretching right from Alton in the ‘West’ to Rye & Romney Marsh in the ‘East’, and from Egham in the ‘North’ down to the South Coast.

April 2021 was supposed to be the end of my Region 24 National Councillor role but as no successor has come forward, I have agreed to continue for another year in the role, which I’m very happy to do.  For obvious reasons, my travels around Region 24 to visit Clubs have been temporarily suspended over the past year, which is a great shame as my most enjoyable part of my role has been sharing plenty of fun and fellowship with Clubs such as yourselves.  With restrictions hopefully, gradually being relaxed however I'm looking forward to start revisiting Clubs as soon as we're allowed to get together..

The Annual Region 24 Dinner for 2021 has had to be postponed due to the pandemic and the cautious loosening, but I will advise all Clubs when the 2022 dinner is arranged in March next year.

For the uninitiated, I’m married, with two children, four grandchildren.  A few years ago, having spent over 30+ years man and boy in Round Table and 41 Club in my club Wallington & Carshalton, I realised that I didn’t know that much about the broader workings, visibility and benefits of the National organisation of 41 Club (I may not be alone in this!).  

I’ve always enjoyed the variety of different Clubs’ meetings, occasionally give talks on the ‘water of life’ whisky as a hobby, am a founder member of the 41 Club Whisky Appreciation Club (WAG) and am an enthusiastic golfer though still working to reduce my handicap of 18…

For my sins I'm also a passionate Crystal Palace fan - which A) has probably now alienated me to the majority of Region 24 members and B) has taught me how to deal with many disappointments in life!

Since taking on the National Councillor role, I have endeavoured to raise the awareness of Region 24 with all Clubs and have enjoyed sharing news about all things National whenever I visit Clubs .  

Please contact me to let me know when your Club meetings are scheduled - virtually in the current challenging times or in person as and when 'normality' returns - so that I can plan the year ahead. 

I’m keen to continue engaging with all Clubs, find out what your Club is doing and if required, see how I can support you as your National Councillor.

I can be contacted on region24@41club.org or on 07710 063394.

Yours in well oiled hinges

Peter McBride

(Updated Spring 2021)