Having reached the age that meant they had to leave Wolverhampton Round Table, several of the Round Table members decided to form a new club to continue their association and Wolverhampton West 41 Club was born!
What are Round Tables and 41 Clubs? Round Table is an association that was created in 1927 and is, essentially, an environment for professional men to meet, socialise, network, have fun and raise money for charity. Wolverhampton Round Table is one of the oldest in the world, being the 17th Club to form in an organisation that now boasts 35,000 members in 60 different countries.
And 41 Club? That became the association to continue the socialising, charitable work and fellowship once you were too old for Round Table!
Our new club, under the stewardship of Andy Timbrell as Chairman and the driving force behind the formation of the new club, had its charter night on Thursday 16th March with a superb meal at The Mount Hotel in Tettenhall. At an excellent evening we were honoured to be joined by National 41 Club President Andrew Mackereth.
What will we do? Our main aim is to concentrate on our joint priorities of continued fellowship and support of charitable causes. Historically the members of the new club have a fine track record of money raising – a notable year being 2013 when Wolverhampton Round Table raised over £30,000 for various worthy causes with the main fundraiser being an ambitious Four Peaks Challenge in Four Days!
In our formation year, and bearing in mind our increased ages and waistlines, we will be taking things more sedately. Initial events are to include a clay pigeon shoot and a BBQ at a local farm, a wine tasting evening, archery in Tettenhall, pistol shooting in Aldersley, a visit to an ‘Escape Room’ and an evening of karting. Together with these events we will enjoy a fortnightly meal at The Mount – ‘business’ meetings where we can agree on future events and fund raising.
We are also looking forward to our Christmas Sleigh week. Traditionally conducted by Wolverhampton Round Table it will be a joint event this year. Visiting local schools and many areas within Perton, Pattingham and Codsall it is always great fun and a good way to boost the coffers for charity!
As a very young club we are still finding our feet and I look forward to keeping you updated in the months to come about our progress and hopeful success. If anyone is interested in finding out more about what we do please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for a chat!