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May 2017 – Mid month business

Our Second meet up of the month was a meal in our regular haunt of the Coulsdon Manor Hotel.  A speaker then discuss some business matters over a drink.

After a talk from guest speaker Richard Dean.  It was down to business.  But first a pee break and another round of drinks from the bar.

We welcomed a new guest, a prospective member and Tabler Tony received much mocking for forgetting to invite Phil back, who everyone liked during his first visit to the Fish&Chip night.

We received news that our esteemed and long-time veteran member of Round Table, Mr Any Parr MBE, was running as an independent Candidate for East Surrey .  We wished him well and Andy as always, promptly persuaded us to help deliver leaflets in places of East Surrey where they may have not hear of him.  Yes, it’s true.  As all of Caterham know him as Mr Caterham Festival, but elsewhere maybe not.

We highlighted the success of gaining a presence on MeetUp – a great website and app where we can list our public events and local people can RSVP their attendance.  So look out for that.

We decided on our involvement in the annual Caterham Festival Street Party on Sunday 4th June. And secured a pitch outside Computer Solutions shop in the High Street- “Thanks Glen.”

Paul – Sold some more Raffle tickets to win a Caterham7 car, raising funds for Sunnydown school in Caterham.  There are only 199 tickets, so the odds are better than the lottery and you need to be quick to secure your ticket now – See Sunnydown’s website to secure your ticket before the 3rd June raffle draw.

For those interested in dressing to impress. You’ve earned it!   You are all invited to Sunnydown Shchool’s Black Tie Cocktail & Canapés Fundraiser 2017 held in the historic building of the school and witness the much talked about, Caterham7 draw.  It’s great value at only £50 per ticket for something that rarely happens in Caterham.

 

 

May 2017 – “Speaker of the Lourdes”

Our Second meet up of the month was a meal in our regular haunt of the Coulsdon Manor Hotel.

Our guest speaker Richard Dean, who you may recognise as a regular face of or the Beer-o-de-change at the Caterham Beer Festivals, but professionally he is the face of Caterham Accountants  Tax4Today.  [He’s a trusted pair of hands for anyones financial affairs].

Richard spoke of his involvement the Purley branch of HCPT giving local kids with any variety of special needs or difficult family situations, a holiday to Lourdes, whilst also giving the kids families some respite.

The take-away message for the 25 Tablers there, was that the experience of being away from their routine home environment in a group really does change the lives of these young people.  Richard also spoke of the rewarding experience the volunteer carers have by being involved and why they volunteer year on year.

The charity needs £750 for each place, usually asking only for a very small donation form the parents (who may be in crisis anyway), the rest being raised through various fundraising efforts.

Richard spoke of the experience the volunteer Carers, who take the kids  and cover their own costs.

In a heartbeat the Round Table voted to release £750 form their Charitable Trust, to cover one place for a local child for 2018.   We also decided that if a volunteer carer is unable to fund themselves that they come speak to the Caterham Round Table to see if we can help further.

Another good night of beer food with the lads and being part of a decision to help out a local family and change their lives for the better.

 

 

May the 4th – Star wars day and future Caterham events

Get ready for the May-the-Forth-be-with-you social media frenzy.

Back in the real-world social network of Caterham Round Table… We started May with a social pub night, frequenting the Harrow Pub in Caterham for their £5 fish-n-chips meal deal.

We welcomed a handful of guests, who came to see what we are about and to meet the guys.  Whilst not a meeting as such, the smaller teams began discussing over a drink, the details for the upcoming their upcoming events.  There’s the Monopoly Pub Crawl, Dad’s-and-kids’ camp, Waller Pain Cycle Hillclimb, the Mummers Play pub tour and  not forgetting the big stuff on the far horizon of the Caterham Beer Festival and Caterham Fireworks.

The publican of the Harrow was kind enough to allow Paul to sell tickets to the customers for the raffle of a Caterham Car in aid of Sunnydown School (199 tickets at £100 each).

Better odds than the lottery!  Details on how to get your raffle ticket.

Be quick as quick as a Caterham car, as there are not many.

Also there are tickets left to go to the Black tie Ball.  That’s date-night sorted!   “You are welcome.”  🙂

See the details below in the flyer:

2017 April highlight – The Breck Foundation – #PlayVirtualLiveReal Online safety

The Caterham Round Table had their casual dinner night at Coulsdon Manor Hotel for a few drinks, good food and we invited the Breck Foundation to give us their insight to their #PlayVirtualLiveReal Online safety campaign.

As most of the Tablers have kids or young adults themselves the short talk proved very informative.  We were so happy to help them out to keep delivering the importance of Safety on Line.

Their full website give you all you need:

  • http://www.breckfoundation.org

Here is their Twitter Feed for the latest:

Caterham RT – goes transparent with MeetUp

for Men Aged 18-45 in Caterham, we plan to add our events to the ‘MeetUp’ website – this will give you all some insight into what we do when we meet up.

We are not a Closed-society, and we always welcome new prospective members, extending the hospitality to nominating someone to pick you up, host you and drop you of at home afterward. Sorted!

Being the public schedule on ‘Meet Up, means you can accept an  invite to come along, meet us and make contact, or even give us a try and see if being a Caterham Round Table is for you.  No pressure.

We look forward to hearing form you.  We will post our events up soon.

For more details about the MeetUp website – visit https://www.meetup.com

Caterham Round Table funds new electric assistance chair

Caterham Round Table has recently funded an electric assistance chair for Hayes Primary School. This helps children suffering from physical issues to remain included in mainstream schooling. Even at a cost approaching £3000, this is money well spent when it helps to improve the well-being of youngsters!

The members of Caterham Round Table also raised about £6500 for St Catherine’s hospice two weeks ago at the Winter ball (which was a great night out!), and we’ve also just donated £1000 to the Dene Hospital as well!

All of this money has been raised through events such as the Fireworks, Beer Festival and Winter Ball, all of which are hard work, but great fun to be involved in.

Do you want to join us for our twice-monthly meeting (a drink over dinner), have some fun and raise money for our local community? Then fill in the contact page at www.caterhamtable.com

You won’t regret it, we promise!

Caterham RT European Tour 2014

Following on from the success of last years’ visit to us in Caterham by members of the Jever Round Table in Germany, they’ve (unwisely, perhaps) returned the compliment and asked us back to their patch.

Jever, for anyone who doesn’t know (Ed: & I didn’t), is situated near the coast of northern Germany, approximately 1.5 hours drive north east from the border with the Netherlands.

Absolutely fabulous darling…. But who are you?

The third Saturday in January once again saw around 250 masked revellers enjoying a fabulous night of glamour, gourmet food, excellent entertainment and dancing through ’til the wee small hours at our Masquerade Ball.

This year saw us change venues for the first time in quite a number of years and, to say we were a little concerned that the change may affect the dynamic of what has always been a very successful event, would be an understatement. We needn’t of worried. The Felbridge Hotel proved to be a superb venue with Chef and his brigade serving up one of the best meals we’ve ever had and the front of house team providing service that was second to none.

RT Dads ‘n Lads enjoy a few nights under the stars

August saw the annual ‘dads and kids’ Round Table camp in Chaldon. Tablers, friends and their children spent up to four days at camp. As well as various games the kids were entertained with archery, an air rifle range and a much needed trip to Tandridge pool! The campfire was kept going for four days, and each evening, after toasting marshmallows, was the scene of the most horrendous campfire singing you have ever heard!