Plymouth's Knights of the Round Table
PUBLISHED: 11:11 22 February 2011 | UPDATED: 18:55 20 February 2013
Plymouth Round Table is not what you might first expect, explains James Linton
What do you have planned for 2011?
This month, our 10km running event in Plympton will attract around 300 runners and raise around 2,000. Other annual activities include Ladies Night, a ball to thank our other halves for assisting with our Table events. Another regular annual event is the French exchange weekend (held with Brest Round Table), which has resulted in many strong friendships being formed with our French counterparts.
This year is the 60th year of Plymouth Round Table, which we will celebrate in style with a masquerade ball at Boringdon Golf Club on 12 March. Its lining up to be a great event with two groups playing, a Frank Sinatra sing-a-like, a three-course meal and a raffle. Any money raised will go to charity so well be having a good time while helping out local charities.
How much does it cost to join?
It doesnt cost anything to join, but we each pay 35 per month to cover capitation costs, meals that we have at business meetings, and the cost of our special events. If youre interested in getting involved, you can contact us at plymouth.roundtable.co.uk.
How did the club begin and what are its aims?
Plymouth Round Table was founded in 1950, and is open to any men between the ages of 18 and 45. We are an independent organisation that is non-religious, non-political and Round Table has been in existence since 1927. Today there are around 1000 Table groups worldwide all actively involved in their local communities, organising events for fun and for raising funds.
Who runs the club?
It is run by its members, with rules laid down by the Round Table Association.
In what sort of places do you meet?
Fundraising is a large part of our work. Its not all about charity though. Our group provides an excellent means of meeting like-minded people who like to have fun and work with their local community.
We hold a monthly business meeting at the Duke of Cornwall Hotel in Plymouth on a Tuesday evening. We also meet for monthly activity evenings when we tend to get out and about. For example, we might visit potential recipients of our charity funds to find out how the money weve raised can be used, or just enjoy an activity such as an evenings sailing or stumbling over Dartmoor in the dark on a night hike.
Recently we spent a great evening painting walls at the offices of Family Matters based in Stoke, Plymouth. This charity supports local, troubled families who are having relationship difficulties, often when the relationship between teenagers and their parents is becoming strained. Rather than donating money, we decided to get hands-on and donate manpower instead!
How many members do you have?
Plymouth Round Table has a membership of 17 people. In recent years, Table as an organisation has suffered declining numbers, a trend that is now thankfully being reversed. At its lowest point, the membership of Plymouth Round Table slumped to eight,but now it has more than doubled within two years. Previously shrouded in unintentional mystery, Table has actively marketed itself to explain its value and worthiness to potential members.