Last night (6th Sept, 2012), a small group of 6 Caterham Table members answered a last minute call to support a local charity and gathered at the Daytona Raceway at Sandown Park to take part with 15 other teams in a one and a half hour team endurance race on behalf of 21 & co, a local charity supporting families who have children with Downs Syndrome.
Kingston Wheelers rider, John Storms, was the fastest man on Caterham Round Tables’ 0.31 mile long, 210 ft climb of the Waller Lane hill in Caterham this year.
Over 40 riders took to the hill on Sunday (10/06) to test themselves against this short but gruelling challenge.
Narrowly missing Matthew Pilkingtons’ course record set last year (1:14), John posted a very impressive time of 1:17 to take the ‘King of the Hill’ title with an average speed of 14.494 mph.
Local man, Mark Pettifor was the fastest of the fun riders with a very creditable 2:37 while in the youth category, Oliver Cliff from the Velo Club recorded a superb 1:39.
Last night, a large group of around 20 Caterham Table members and friends gathered at the Surrey Hills Gliding Club and took to the skies over Kenley, many for the very first time.
Ring Commander Stokes had organised a trial flight for everyone and the remaining members organised a barbecue and beer session for after the flights (definitely no beer before!)
Last night (26th April) thirteen members of Caterham Round Table boarded the battle bus and set forth for Westerham. Their destination, the excellent Westerham Brewery run by Robert Wicks.
A special evening tasting had been organised on behalf of Crossroads Care and well over 100 people turned out to support the cause and taste some truly excellent ales.
Wednesday, 4th April, was Caterham Round Tables’ Annual General Meeting and saw Vice Chairman Peter Dommett beat off spirited competition from Hadyn Lamb to be voted in as the clubs new Chairman for 2012-13.
Former Chairman, Glen O’Dwyer, wished Pete every success in his new role and is looking forward to seeing him carrying on the excellent work and progress the club has made over the past year.
Pete, in turn, thanked Glen on behalf of the club for all of his hard work over the past year (though not for his lousy jokes!).
On Wednesday, 7th March, Caterham Round Table were delighted to welcome local NSPCC representatives Robin and Caroline Wilson togther with Maggie Lloyd to one of their regular Wednesday meetings.
The 21st of January seems a long way off now, but the memories of the Caterham Round Table: ‘Knights of the Round Table’ Ball are still very fresh in our minds.
Well over 500 people enjoyed a fantastic evening with wonderful decorations, great food, ‘unusual’ entertainment (complete with a technical hiccup, or two) and an excellent set from DJ Mark Adams and his two ‘roadies’.
Wednesday 29th Feb, saw 15 members of Caterham Round Table descend upon Laser Quest in Sutton.
Who’d have thought that a group of ‘grown’ men could decend into a bunch of kids, effectively playing ‘Coyboys & Indians’ at the drop of a hat (apart from a woman, that is).
The fifteen were divided up into two groups and, upon entering the ‘dome’, the older (some might say, wiser) members, took to the high ground and held it, much to the chagrin of their younger protagonists.
Once again we were lucky with the Caterham weather on the Saturday night and had a fabulous turn out of around 2500 people for this years’ event.
The massive bonfire took a a good 10 to 15 minutes to burn down enough before the first of the fireworks could be ignited. Meanwhile DJ Mark Adams kept the crowd entertained while the local Scouts and Round Table did a roaring trade in Hot Dogs, Burgers, Mulled Wine and of course, the essential ‘Gloomy Loomies’.
Once the fireworks got under way, the display was as good as ever with something approaching £5,000 worth of fireworks being set off during a dramatic 20 minute show.
The High Street was closed throughout the afternoon as about 5,000 revellers descended on the town for the third annual Caterham Street Party.
Caterham Round Table organised the human boat races for both children and adults were among the early highlights.
More than 20 two-person teams competed in each event, running along the High Street while carrying small mocked-up boats.
The winners in the children’s race were Luke Shires, 14, and Alex Doone, 15, in a boat sponsored by Ridge Radio. The adults’ race was won for the second successive year by Michael Burtenshaw, 16, and Matt Cavaciuti, 18, in a Caterham Communications boat.