News archive – 2006/07

The following articles are from an older version of the Area 14 website and pasted in here for posterity. As a result of different web hosting options, the format and style varies somewhat.

Area 14 athletes supreme in Cardiff…

Cardiff May 2007 Beeston Round Table – representing Area 14 – fought valiantly in the final of the Golf tournament to secure silver medal for Area 14 as the Hucknall tenpin bowlers went on to WIN again. Area 14’s Hucknall team are now back-to-back national tenpin bowling champions of RTBI!

Many congratulations to all who took part in national sporting competitions in the name of Area 14 this year. We are still regarded as the boys to beat!

Long Eaton Celebrate 53 years with sell out Charter…

April 2007 Long Eaton: Long Eaton 461 rounded off a superb year with a sell out Charter night. The venue asked for a maximum of 140 and the lads were concerned when 145 booked in, “Relax!” said Chairman Stewbers, “People always drop out at the last minute.” Not this time!! Indeed 2 extras turned up on the night giving a maximum 147 break and some serious table shuffling!

Illusionist Richard Pinder enthralled the crowd with magic done at the table, Area Chairman Robert “Bobbletuns” Jones was escorted by Ken Hyde founder Chairman of Long Eaton 461. Unbelievably a non Tabler laughed so hard at the Jonesy banter he literally had hysterics. From then on it was difficult to say if people were laughing at Robert or our unfortunate guest, it is believed he may have also wet his panties.

Chairman Stewart answered the question “Is Table still relevant?” by outrageously taking the piss out of Playstation 3’s “This is living” Logo. The general consensus seemed to be that charity, fun and fellowship (like a shared meal) is living, whereas Playstation 3 is a TV based computer game.

National 41 Club president Ian McKenzie made the long drive up for his final official engagement and was lavish in his praise for the club.

Impressionist Mike Maquire was on top form and was superbly well received throughout his act. Unfortunately some guys, keen fans of Renoir and Degas, were disappointed, we will make the invites clearer next year. The whole evening was finished off with a final magic act that baffled and bemused the crowd.

The youngsters went off down the town and the elders enjoyed a cigar and traditional glass of port whilst talking bollocks, top quality tabling!!!!

Hucknall doing it all for 14 – AGAIN!

Once again, Tony Crofts’ Area 14 footie squad was comprised exclusively of Hucknall talent and brawn. The lads had to face current RTBI champions Area 10 on their own soil in Middleburgh on Sunday 4th March.Going a goal down after 5 minutes, the boys from Nottingham North had to steel their nerves and wrestle a hold on the game which they did with typical Hucknall grit; pegging the champs back to only a two goal lead at the break. The Area 14 lads regrouped and grabbed a goal back in the second half to pile pressure on the Area 10 lads, threatening to embarrass them in their own stadium before finally letting them off the hook with a narrow 2 – 1 victory.

This will be the toughest tie faced by Area 10 on their route to lifting the silverware again in 2007!

Area 14 lads maintain unbeaten Tenpin run!

February 2007 Manchester Yes oh yes, it will take some fancy bowling to derail the Area 14 tenpin team. There must be something weird in the tea in Hucknall as the boys from Nottingham North are regularly knocking up scores of 150 plus. All last season they looked unbeatable and the form continued into 2007 as our gallant lads dismissed Area 46 (Greater Manchester) on foreign soil to reach the quarter finals again. Awesome!

March 2007 Northampton The tenpin bandwaggon rolls on as Tony Crofts’ Hucknall side representing Area 14 dismissed Area 54 (London Chilterns) on neutral ground in Northampton with Crampton notching up 313 points in two games. Semi-finals here we come!

National RTBI Community Service Initiative…

Area 14 leads the way!

Pictured: offenders who asked for their identities to be masked…

Saturday 18th November, Leicester. Today, under the direction of Area CSLO Patrick Maxwell and Area Chairman Robert Jones, 14 became the first Round Table Area to support the roll out of the new National RTBI community service initiative!

The new sheme unites RTBI with the National Probation Service and local authorities in a twofold agenda designed to deliver benefit to both local communities and young offenders simultaneously.

Statistics show that re-offending dramatically drops when offenders work alongside ‘upstanding’ members of the community. With this in mind, Area 14 Community Services Liaison Officer Patrick Maxwell lead a team of 30 Tablers in clearing rubbish, mowing lawns, digging flower beds, drinking tea and planting bulbs in a community area in the city alongside petty offenders under Community Service orders. The event was also supported by Area 20 Ladies Circle Chairman Nicky Stocken and ‘Maam‘ herself – the National Vice President of Ladies Circle, Michelle Taylor. Area 14 Tables represented included Asby de la Zouch, Derby Merlin, Long Eaton and Burton 204.

The event received regional TV coverage on ITV Central News as well as local press coverage in the Leicester Mercury. Pat was also interviewed by BBC Radio Leicester immediately prior to the event.

Patrick explains: “In working alongside young offenders to serve the community, it is hoped that we will provide a valuable service to local residents whilst gaining positive PR and at the same time creating an environment that may help offenders to develop a sense of positive collaboration and progressive development“.

As well as Leicester Probation Service and Area 14 Round Table, this event was supported by Leicester City Council, The Home Office and RTBI.

David French of Rainbows thanked all present for their efforts, which included the raffling of a ’round table’ built by offenders under the direction of the Leicestershire and Rutland Probation Service. The proceeds of this raffle were donated to Rainbows and there was hardly a dry eye as David explained that however hard our lives had been, the children at Rainbows Hospices have no potential to reach adulthood. Although those present might have travelled different journeys through life (including offenders, Tablers, police officers, council employees and officers of the probation service) we were all united in sympathy for Rainbows patients and support for the fantastic service provided by the Hospice. Brilliant!

Big John Virgo entertains 14!

January 2007 Nottingham: After the extremely successful September Area meeting with the brilliantly entertaining Graham Gooch, Area 14 Chairman Robert Jones was keen to build on the theme with a second great speaker-based Area meeting on January 22nd in West Bridgford. The night was another great success as Virgo entertained almost 100 Area 14 Tablers with his dry wit, anecdotes from the back rooms of the crucible and insights into the lives of some of the great snooker legends.

*About John Virgo:

John was born in Salford in 1946 and he first started to play snooker at 15 because his father was a keen player. John made his mark as one of the country’s leading amateurs in 1962/3 when he captured the British under 16’s title after four months of playing and the under 19’s title in 1964/5 and went on to represent Great Britain.

In 1976 John turned professional and became a member of the elite top 16. Three years later he went on become the UK champion in a nail-biting final beating Terry Griffith 14 -13. The victory was even more remarkable as he had forfeited two frames for arriving late for the final session after building an 11-7 lead. En route to that final JV beat Tony Meo, Steve Davies and Dennis Taylor, who had denied him a place in the final of the World Championships seven months earlier. John was also the former Chairman of the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association.

After the semi final of the Embassy World Championships between Denis Taylor and Steve Davis finished with a session to spare, the BBC asked JV if he would perform some trick shots and impersonations of his fellow snooker professionals and therefore JV’s ability to amuse and entertain was exposed.

His version of Ray Reardon, Terry Griffith, Dennis Taylor, Alex Higgins, Cliff Thorburn and Steve Davis, to name but a few, was uncannily accurate and extremely amusing. It was an instant success and became JV’s trademark making him a household name.

Shortly after the BBC used JV’s talents as a commentator. His ready wit and forthright opinion were the perfect combination and made him very popular with the viewers.

In 1990 he was asked to do the award winning TV game show ‘Big Break’ with Jim Davidson. The show became one of the most popular quiz series the BBC has ever produced, in is height peaking at 13.99 million viewers.

JV’s partnership with Jim was a big hit and it came with not only a chance to wear the outrageous waistcoats that he became so famous for but also to display his skills on the Snooker table with Virgo’s sensational trick shots. Sadly Big Break, which ran for over eleven years, has now come to an end but JV’s association with Jim Davidson continues every year with an annual Christmas Pantomime.

Whilst JV was a tough competitor, he admits he never fulfilled his potential as a professional and now despite many playing honours he is best known for his off table activities and is a fabulous versatile all round entertainer.

JV continues to commentate for all the major Snooker Tournaments, and is available for After Dinner Speaking, Guest Appearances, Snooker Exhibitions with Jimmy White and celebrity Golf Days.

Long Eaton Smash their Xmas collection record!!!

Ding dong merrily on the High St for LERT 461 as the boys hit £6,000 for the first time ever. The previous record stood at a respectable £4,800 so a minimum acceptable target of £5,000 was set with a hope that £5,500 might have been achievable.

New strategies this year included counting up in the pub after each collection which proved popular and profitable, leaflet dropping for new members etc and advertising a specific cause. This year we chose the victims of the Fairpack debacle who lost their Xmas savings. Also for the first time we actually made up hampers in addition to cash gifts.

Added to compulsory but unexpectedly high quality Santaring from the new members this was our best Xmas collection ever. Vice boy Dave Liddington promises next year will be even better, he was told to get stuffed by Xmas Chair Clive Ward and as you will see from the photo he did just that!

Stewart Cliff

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Judd prepares the new wave of local Table talent!

Nottingham November 2006 When you have a new crop of talented Vice Chairmen emerging in RTBI’s greatest Area, you need a chap with exceptional vision, experience and motivational capability to take them through the Vice Chairman’s forum in preparation for their ascent to the role of Table Chairman in April next year. If you struggle to find such a person, you should at least try to get somebody that is capable of eating his own body weight in kebabs. Bring on past National Membership Officer Mark Judd. At the conclusion of the session, Vice Chairman Kevin Horn and his new breed of super-vices were ready willing and able to take Tabling to the next level in 2007-2008. The good work of the Juddmeister – darling of kebab houses everywhere – goes on!

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Game On! National Council Meeting approve Area 14 bid to host National Sporting Weekend in Nottingham in 2008

Bexleyheath October 14th 2006 It’s official; the games are coming to Area 14. For the first time in 11 years we will host a National event here in the East Midlands, God’s own Round Table Area! National Sports Officer Keith Martin proposed the award of the 2008 games to the National Council in Bexleyheath (South East London) this morning. Ingleby delivered a brief presentation and the National President took the proposal to the vote which was unanimously carried by the Council. Subsequent to the acceptance of the Area 14 bid, Will Ingleby (Derby Merlin 998) was nominated, seconded and elected as NSW 2008 Chairman and Kevin Horn (Bingham & Radcliffe 785) was duly elected as event Treasurer. Bring it on!

n.b. Keep up with what’s happening around NSW2008 at

Leicester Ex-Tabler goes nuts in the Tyrol!

Merano, Italian Tyrol Autumn 2006 It appears that practically nothing can hold Mick McQuade back when he wants to take things forward. The Leicester 39 icon is still pushing out the envelope at the age of 75, and although his Active Tabler days are many many decades behind him, he continues to prove that there is life after Table, provided by the framework of 41 Club – specifically in this case, International 41 club! Mick has just spent one of the best weekends of his life at the ’27th Annual Chestnut Festival’ in the heart of the Italian Tyrol. Don’t take my word for it click here to review Mick’s detailed report with pictures and you’ll discover that there’s more to being an old FART* abroad than eating roast chestnuts!

*FART – Former Active Round Tabler

Bingham Tabler set to Bike through India

Jason Hull reports: “Yes it’s true – I’m biking across India. By December of this year I need to raise £3850. I have already raised £1500. If you have any unallocated funds in your charity account and would like to make a donation I would very much appreciate it. Any amount will be gratefully accepted no matter how small. Please make cheques payable to Enduroindia.

Thank you in anticipation


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Sparks fly at Long Eaton MASSIVE charity bonfire!

Long Eaton 4th November 2006: “Over 1,200 local residents turned out to support Long Eaton Round Table’s 2nd charity Bonfire Bash at Treetops Hospice Risley.
On a clear but bitterly cold night the huge crowd were warmed by a massive bonfire and wowed by not one but two brilliant pyrotecnic displays. The strains of Vivaldi and Holst boomed from the mobile P.A. system as explosions lit the nights’ sky.
Kids waved glow sticks and the Table/Circle catering team barely had less than 50 people queuing as they worked tirelessly to supply the larger than expected crowd.
35 of the possible 41 Tablers turned up in a show of solidarity with Bonfire organisers David Welch, Johnny Boy Cresswell and George “Are you married?” Loydall to produce a stunning event that raised in excess of £3,000 for charity!!!
Congratulations are due to the whole team it was top quality tabling!
Remember “If you ask them they will come.”
Finally special thanks to the Tablers from Beeston, Derby Merlin and Long Eaton 41 club who came to support the event”. Stewart Cliff

Area 14 leading the way with Community Service initiative…

Area 14 Community Services Liaison Officer explains more…

“The Kent area trialled an initiative working with low risk offenders, who were on unpaid work orders and had to clear Graffiti off the walls in their community. This then caught the eye of RTBI Nat. exec, who met with the Home Office. The Home Office targets the county probation services to work with, and establish links with their local community. RTBI have 6 areas around the country agreed with the Home Office, where we can develop this trial further, review the performance, and maybe roll it out nationally.

National Justice Week is on w/c 20.11.06. RTBI, Mosaic, and the Home Office are launching our work as a triumph of working in the community – local MP’s – in our case – such as Keith Vaz, and Patricia Hewitt are likely to be involved too.

I have had many meetings with Leicester Probation service, either at their offices, or on the phone. We have agreed that this will take place on 18th November. It is our third attempt at a convenient date for all before Christmas, apart from Mosaic. Otherwise it will not happen.

We will clear some ground in a housing area of Leicester, and plant bulbs etc. This particular project will not happen without Round Table. It is tailored to our needs too. I declined on Area 14’s behalf to just be involved in a project like graffiti removal. This way we are not doing the offenders work for them; they are helping us do ours!

The benefits to society are that unpaid work orders have a staggering success rate in non re-offending rates in all of the range of punishments. Generally the people we will be working with are male 18 to 34. Although this can include anyone up to 65, and females too. The offenders on our project will have been risk assessed and will be considered very low risk and will not include sex offenders. Most of the offenders who attend at weekends have jobs in the week. However, I will need to check if it is appropriate to bring our children.

I was working in Coalville hospital gardens yesterday, and we had some great banter with some offenders then – I have now invited a couple of them to enrol at my college.

A Saturday and/or Sunday is the only day I said was convenient for us as Tablers. Brad Parkes area are building a club in Sutton Coldfield over the whole of the following weekend!

This year, Leicester Probation Service’s nominated charity is Rainbow’s. In the workshops, higher risk offenders stay there and make items such as garden furniture, which is sold on and the profits donated to charity. There will be a raffle for the offenders to indulge in that day. The Offenders also tend part of the gardens in Rainbows too!

The benefit to us:

  • We are physically doing worthy work in the community that will be seen – not just fundraising therefore making a difference.

  • Leicester City Council has approved this project specifically for this event, and will design other projects that we could be involved in should it be a success.

  • We can make a difference changing the life of the residents and also the offenders

  • We could also be having some fun and craik!

  • It could both help support Leicester’s recruitment and nationally too!

  • It will attract Press and PR locally

  • It will be on TV and in the national press

I hope that this is clear enough – please let me know if there are any more questions that you have.”

Patrick Maxwell

Jones, Horn and Workman run the Area 22 gauntlet as they visit the NSW Champions on their own turf!

Alsager October 2006 The shameless self-flagellation of our Area Exec just goes to prove that the 14 boys can be as gracious in defeat as they are in victory – especially as they were made to endure Area 22 athletes posing with the Victor Ludorum and guest speaker Gordon Banks! Never mind, Jonesy was presented with a ‘photograph’ of the precious trophy as a keepsake. Character building stuff! Click here for Steve Workman’s full report.

n.b. The Area leadership have not been averse to having their noses rubbed in it in previous years; following the NSW defeat in York in 2001, Area Chairman Keith Bedford and his Sports Officer Will Ingleby were invited to the Area 9 dinner where they were mercilessly ridiculed by 200 Yorkshire Tablers!

Nottingham rocks!

…to the sound of ‘Mustang Sally’ as Chairman Robert Jones presides over yet another astonishing ‘Steve Workman‘ Ladies Night in Area 14.

EMCC, Nottingham September 30th Almost 400 revellers let their hair down to the original ‘Commitments’ after a fine meal during which they were entertained by none other than Mr Francis Albert Sinatra, back from the grave to croon and shmooze Jonesy’s massive ensemble. Picture the scene: 200 Area 14 athletes in their best ‘bib and tucker’ gazing lovingly into the eyes of their significant others. Pure romance, pure entertainment, pure 14 brilliance again!

Just in case anybody hasn’t been along for three or four years, gone forever are the days of mediocre entertainment, average food and half-empty venues in Round Table Area 14! This is most definitely where it’s at. Have some!

Click here to see what else is going on in East Midlands Round Table

“Ashby de la Gooch” – Brilliant!

Ashby de la Zouch – September 18th: Chairman Robert Jones’ new format for Area Council meetings proves a rousing success as 90 blokes from 20 Area 14 Tables enjoy a fine beef dinner, excellent company and the very entertaining recollections of a career as England’s most prolific batsman from Mr Graham Gooch.

Of course everybody knows about Goochies 333 runs against India way back when, but what really thrilled the lads were tales of drunken nights out under orders from Beefy Botham, Phil Tufnell and a Sydney prostitute and taking the p*ss out of Geoffrey Boycott at every opportunity…absolutely belting stuff! The England legend was on his feet for well over an hour but there wasn’t a yawn to be heard as the Essex coach enlightened and entertained, even taking the mickey out of his own hair transplant, stealing the thunder from any would-be hecklers!

If you missed out on this one fear not – Jonesy has big plans to build on this excellent theme (which saw less than 10 minutes of Area business transacted – 5% dirge and 95% eating, drinking and side splitting laughter!). Next up, none other than the brightly waist coated John Virgo on Monday 22nd Jan in West Bridgford: get your pass book stamped!

Sporting glory in Warwick…!

September 2006 Warwick: John Payne and his NSW team pull out all the stops to lay on another magnificent Round Table sporting weekend.

No, your eyes do not deceive you: this is the official NSW photograph of the National Sporting Weekend winners celebrating on stage having just received the Victor Ludorum from National president Richard du Bois, and yes, typically, at the front of this celebration is Hucknall’s Richard Fuller in jubilant mood. Fantastic!

Also celebrating was Mark Haspel who collected the athletics trophy on behalf of Area 14, having achieved a Commonwealth record distance of 7 metres, 4 shillings and sixpence in the Long Jump. Other great achievements by Area 14 included a 2nd overall placing in Cross Country with contributions from Gerard Varin of Derby Merlin (5th), Ulrik Sandstrom of Long Eaton (9th) and Lee (12th). John Ockenden (Derby Merlin) reached the semi final of the Squash again, the Boules guys came 3rd (Dave Southward, Graham Eyre et al) and the swimmers took second place in a hotly contested event. After the sports event, the lads settled back in the bar with a pint to watch England stuff Andorra 5-0 before a good beef dinner followed by Christina Aguillera, Kylie Minogue and a girlie rock band. It just doesn’t get any better than that! Book in now for NSW 2007.

Great Britton on top of the world (well…almost)

Yes oh yes you’d better believe it, Beeston Round Table honorary member Andrew Britton has just climbed Kilimanjaro, not bad for a 50 year old (just in case you’d missed him and wondered where he’d gone?!).

As you can see from the photo here, the Beeston RT banner was proudly photographed at the top of the climb.

Andrew is hoping to raise £2500.00 for RTCW and Area 14 would like to offer many congratulations to Andrew on the successful completion of his ascent.

What a p*sser though; to get on top of the highest mountain in Africa at 19,340 feet to find a ruddy great sign post sticking out of the top. There was a Little Chef too, and an Irish Pub (obviously).

Let this not detract from the achievement though; even though this grizzly mammoth mountain has not erupted in living memory, she could easily have blown her top at any time and sent our intrepid mountaineer back to Beeston with the butt frazzled out of his Ron Hills.

Of course you don’t need me to tell you that it’s also a giant ‘stratovolcano’, not currently active, with fumaroles that emit gas in the crater on the main summit of Kibo (of course Beeston Round Tablers are no strangers to gas emission). Scientists in a bar near Beeston concluded in 2003 that molten magma is just 400 meters below the summit crater. Although new activity is not expected, there are fears the volcano may collapse, causing a major eruption similar to Mount St. Helens

As you’ll recall, it was Hans Meyer back in 1889 that first made it to the top of the highest peak on Killie (as it’s affectionately known in Beeston), but it was Britton who first made it all the way to the top in a really stupid hat.

As everybody in Area 14 knows Kilimanjaro is a mountain in north eastern Tanzania. It includes the highest peak in Africa at 5,895 meters – Uhuru Peak (named after that bird from Star Trek probably).

As it turns out, Killie has many parallels with Beeston. Due to the equatorial location as well as huge height, visitors can experience almost every climate type on earth during the journey to the top. Also, Kilimanjaro is the highest point in the world to be covered by a GSM mobile phone network. The service is provided by Vodacom. Strangely, GSM coverage may also be found in the more developed parts of Beeston.

Whichever way you measure it, this is an amazing accomplishment by Andrew Britton, and although the webmaster would walk around this mountain for the same reason that Britton climbed over it (‘because it’s there’), we salute his guts, determination and commitment to the cause. Bravo Britto!

Images from the summit: click to enlarge.

n.b. Andrew Britton was Beeston Chairman 4 years ago and is a Director of Manor Pharmacy who have also kindly agreed to pledge £1500 of their own money to Area 14 this year to be passed onto Rainbows Hospice. Fantastic!

57 men enjoy 57th Belper Charter

Thursday night was Charter night at Morley Hayes as Belper proved that they are still a force in Area 14 by putting together a great event on a steamy hot Summer’s eve to start the Table Charter season good and proper!

Ben Elstob did a good job of keeping things running to order for Chairman Steve Drew, but it was thanks to the efforts of Vice Chairman Phil Toker that this ‘Phoenix from the flames’ Charter got of the ground; you see just one week ago they only had 18 bookings, but with Phil’s extra effort together with a little encouragement from Beeston’s Andy Guy and Area Chairman Robert Jones, the numbers quickly swelled to almost 60 within a space of 2 or 3 days – magic! Jones was in fine form with his first Charter address as Area Chairman and Ingleby gave the response – trawling out his typical stuff in the vain hope that nobody would remember it from last time….and fortunately, they hadn’t! On top of all this, as Ingleby was ‘pro-bono’, the Vice Chairman presented him with a cheque for Round Table Children’s Wish in the sum of 500 of your Queen’s crisp fine English. Perfect!

BREAKING NEWS from the Area Social Convenor’s Office…

“It’s now official; Area 14 Ladies Night is SOLD OUT. In fact, worryingly for the event organisers, we have more tables and people than the venue can cater for. Does anyone know where we can get a cheap Marquee ?
The vast majority have paid deposits, but a number have not, and their places are now next to the Reserve List. The reality is that I have up to 36 Tablers, (including Partners), and a similar number of “corporate” Guests eager to attend. In fact they are so keen that one group have paid a deposit to be top of the Reserve List !
Deposits and confirmation of Guest names need to be received by Monday, 24th July, otherwise we will have no alternative but to allocate their seat to those who have given a firm commitment to attend”.

Steve Workman

Area 14 Social Convenor

Derby 2nd July 2006 It’s Hucknall AGAIN!!!

It was business as usual on the River Derwent in Derby today as Hucknall Round Table swept the board for the fourth consecutive year as Rowing Regatta Champions, this time also taking the coveted Joseph Eley Memorial Trophy for the fastest time on the river at 1 minute 31 seconds (just under 2 seconds outside the all time record set by a Derby Merlin team in 2003). Long Eaton took the Ladies Plate with Merlin Ladies recording the fastest ladies time on the river at 1 minute 51 seconds. Report and pictures to follow as soon as our snapper gets his butt in gear.

News from Killarney National Round Table and Ladies Circle Conference…

Taylor to become Queen!!!

It’s ALL happening in the East Midlands right now…the Hucknall lads have WON the National bowling final to become supreme CHAMPIONS; wins ‘RTBI best website’ AGAIN, and Michelle Taylor is confirmed as National Vice President of Ladies Circle. Fantastic!

Killarney May 2006 At the National Council meeting on Friday in Killarney, Ingleby collected the National Tenpin Bowling Trophy on behalf of the awesome Area 14 Tenpin team of Cripps, Robinson, Robinson, Crofts and Crampton from the mighty Hucknall 578. Having travelled to Glasgow for the semi final, the team finally dismissed its last remaining opponent in Leeds on Wednesday evening last week.

Some 30 minutes later, the handsome young National Councillor was on his feet in front of the cameras again, this time collecting the coveted ‘online trophy’ for the best website in RTBI for the second time. Awesome!

Come Saturday, there was even more to celebrate as the Area 14 massive invaded the Ladies Circle AGM to witness the triumphant election of Area 20 girlie gang’s own Michelle Taylor as National Vice President of the National Association of Ladies Circles. The Presidential Liaison Committee has already been formed and under the capable stewardship of PLC Chairman (and Area 14’s own) Darren Brookes, ‘Team FTaylor’ is already rocking and rolling towards sending our girl on her way in style.

Click here to see full National Conference picture portfolio

Can they build it? Yes they poly-well can!

More proof (if ever it were needed) that when the call comes, the Long Eaton Round Table lads have the capacity, the resources and the know-how to make good stuff happen!

Long Eaton May 2006

A single parent mum (Sally) who is of Ladies Circle age and suffers from MS contacted the Long Eaton Round Table lads to see whether they might be prepared to fund some hard landscaping at her allotment and the construction of a ‘poly tunnel’ with raised beds which would enable her to “garden” during the winter months in beds that were accessible to her in a wheelchair.

With contacts in the club those green-fingered and masterful LERT chaps decided to do the job for her rather than just give the money – needless to say she was delighted with the end result as it worked out (not to mention the alluring sight of those handsome young men parading around her garden with rippling torsos and devastatingly good looks).

LERT’s Ian Adkin writes: “As you know last Saturday was the day for the garden project in Sawley. The project started at 8am with Dave ‘3D’ Welch showing us all how an expert handles big boys toys! He masterfully excavated and filled with hardcore an area to create parking for Sally’s vehicle along with (I believe his prospective new Tabler) his colleague Simon. Jon Bridge, Aka and myself did as we were told raking where needed!

Jon along with the now well hydrated Paul Smith began setting out with great geometric skills the area for our erection. Construction moved along swiftly after Adrian raced to the site ahead of schedule with the tunnel. By 12 we had the frame erected and covered. The afternoon shift arrived with Dave Liddo, Rob ‘builders arse’ Westerman, George and Mark Lloydal, Mark Oneil, Ian Dane, and top Gong Boy Cliff.

We were also joined by master craftsman Clive ‘keep it square’ Ward who produced superb frame work for the tunnel ends whilst under great pressure. Also on site were 2 beautiful ladies from the circle, Clair Welch and Sue Shaw, who soon got to work gardening with Sally, hope you got your nails clean!

I hope I’ve mentioned everyone who was there. If not I’m truly sorry. It was a great effort by all who gave their time. Dave did all his work for free which saved a lot of broken backs and money. Dave also managed to get the hardcore for free (so if you need any hardcore, ooh er missus, you know where to go!!). Rob Westerman supplied timber, storage, and delivery.

A great effort by all which shows what we can do when we all pull together. I was concerned before hand if it would all come together. I needn’t have been. A top job well done by all with a very very happy lady.
Sally asked to give you a huge thank you”.

Click here for complete poly tunnel photo gallery

Yoda on the throne!

Long Eaton May 2006: Don’t adjust your browser – your eyes do not deceive you – they really are identical twins! One of these blokes is a freaky looking smelly green alien hybrid with odd ears, and of course the other one is that ‘Yoda’ thing from Star Wars.

One of these two was made Area 14 Chairman last Monday night in the presence of 80 Area Tablers and the National Vice President of RTBI, Richard Du Bois.

Darren Brookes ended a triumphant year in the Chair at the Trent Lock Golf Club in Long Eaton as he passed the big gong on to the broad shoulders of Robert Jones (Long Eaton 461). It was a tremendous AGM which saw the new broom ushered in as Darth Vader by Imperial Storm Troopers, complete with Jedi movie clips, background death-knells and a chilling low mist. It was all very scary really – especially when the Lord of the Dark Side removed his mask to reveal a balding middle-aged Estate Agent – only joking; Jonesy is regarded by all as the personification of beauty; a man of impressive stature, smouldering good looks and robust frame.

Whichever way you measure it, Brookes has been a truly outstanding Area Chairman, delivering so much, living up to and exceeding all expectations and driving Round Table in the East Midlands forward at a faster and more energetic pace than ever before. Area 14 has hosted massive social events, lead Membership growth and won National Sporting Weekend for a third time on the bounce under Brookes. Most people agreed that – by rights – Jonesy should be pooping his pants!

The evening ended with a tremendous nail biting election for the post of Vice Chairman, which was won (after excellent presentations by both candidates) by Kevin Horn (Bingham 785). John Shaw (Hucknall 578) was gallant as runner up and agreed to serve on the Executive for another term.

The Area Exec welcomed some fresh new talent in the shape of Richard Middup (West Bridgford 601) as Secretary; Stacey Ash (Swadlincote 308) as Membership Officer, Patrick Maxwell (Ashby 507) as CSLO and Graham Hill (Long Eaton 461) as Press and PR Officer. Robert Jones also announced the appointment of Shaun Brennan (Long Eaton 461) as Area 14 President. Fantastic!

Melbourne win PingPong in tough battle!

Long Eaton May 2006 Our roving reporter sent us this account of another excellent night’s sport in Area 14: “Teams from Leicester, Loughborough, Hucknall, Melbourne, Beeston, Grantham and Long Eaton fought it out for the title Area Table Tennis Champions.

The final was won by Melbourne who were clearly the best side on the night and thoroughly deserved the prizes that came directly from the best kept wine cellar in Breaston.

In a gracious prize giving ceremony Area Sports no 1 Tony Crofts thanked Long Eaton for hosting the event and returned John Shaw’s T shirt that we swagged at the Area AGM!

Stewart Cliff (Long Eaton Round Table)

Hucknall Lads carry the Area 14 flag to Glasgow as they record another significant victory in the RTBI National Bowling to reach the FINAL!

Andrew Crampton: 191

Tony Crofts: 164

Mitchell Robinson: 155

Andrew Cripps: 155

That’s a combined score of 665 which is a new World record. Fantastic!

The final will be played on Wednesday 10th May 2006 (8:00pm) at:

LS4 2DG Your support would be very much appreciated by Tony’s team. mail for further details.

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