Santa’s Sleigh On Its Way!

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Long Eaton Round Table’s annual Santa Sleigh will be doing the rounds of the local area with Santa  trying to raise money for charity. Each year Santa and his Round Table  helpers can be seen out and about with their collecting tins as they tour the streets of Long Eaton, Sawley and Breaston. On Saturdays, you can spot Santa and his sleigh in the High Street, seeing if all the boys and girls have been good, and double checking he’s got the right gifts in his sack for Christmas Eve.

If you would like to see Santa, his schedule is printed below. Please note that sometimes circumstances dictate slight variations in the route, and occasionally Santa is not able to visit all the streets if he has had one too many mince pies. But children should rest assured that he will visit every house on Christmas Eve as he will have his full set of reindeer pulling the sleigh that night.

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Hundreds Enjoy Charity Fireworks and Bonfire

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Whizzy things

Originally uploaded by Round Table Area14

Hundreds of people turned out to see Long Eaton Round Table’s annual firework display at Treetops Hospice in Risley on Friday 6th November.

A massive bonfire kept the crowd warm, but those feeling a real chill also enjoyed the mulled wine from the refreshment tent. Top quality burgers and hot dogs were expertly cooked by Round Table Area 14 Chairman George Loydall, and served by his team of helpers from Round Table and their wives and friends.

Over £2000 was raised, all of which will go to local charities in the Long Eaton area.

Long Eaton Chairman Mark Elm commented “This was a great night out for all the family – be sure to look out for us again next year.”

To see a slide show of photos from the evening, click this link.

Charity Fireworks Display 2009

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Looking for details of our 2010 Fireworks Display? Click here.


Long Eaton Round Table are pleased to announce details of their Charity Firework Display. Come along to Treetops Hospice in Risley on Friday 6th November for one of the best displays in the area. All proceeds go to local charities. Gates open at 6pm.


Download Fireworks Display Leaflet 2009 (PDF)

New Member’s Night

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We will be holding an evening of bar games (darts, skittles, pool) for a club membeship night on Tuesday 29th September. Anybody interested in finding out a bit more about Round Table in Long Eaton is most welcome to come along and join in the banter. We start at 7-30 for 8pm at the Hole in the Wall pub.

If interested, please drop an email to membership at

Belper Reclaim Swag

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Chief swagger Murdy (middle) is finally nabbed by Belper's Ben & Nick

Belper’s Charter night a few weeks a go was a roaring success with the Tablers of Long Eaton. Record amounts of Swag was liberated from Belper Round Table, a job made considerably easier due to the “blurriness” of the gentlemen of Belper on the evening.

The following day, upon realising that their prized trophies had gone missing, literally minutes of painstaking detective work by Belper members Ben and Nick (pictured) managed to identify the suspects. The fiendish gang from Long Eaton, lead by the debonair Robert “The Cat” Murdy (pictured centre), finally surrendered their haul to Ben and Nick at Long Eaton’s September business meeting.

White Water Rafting

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White Water rafting
Round Table hits the rapids

Summer’s here, and with it comes the daft suggestions on what active Round Tablers can do with their time on a long sunny evening. The last meeting of June saw the club donning rubber suits, crash hats,  paddles and going in search of a creek. And they found the best one in the UK.

Three boatloads of intrepid paddlers from Long Eaton Round Table went to the National Water Sports centre near Nottingham for a great evening of white water rafting. Although as some of the pictures show, often it was more like white-water submarining.

The first run down the course for the boats was easy enough, but lulled some into a false sense of security. On the second run, one capsized and threw all of the crew out. Most managed to get back in, but a couple of guys had to do their best log impressions and lie back trying not to hit the underwater obstacles.

And over we go...
And over we go...

When not falling into the swirling waters of the River Trent, the boats tried all sorts of tricks, such as standing the boat on its nose – normally with some pour unfortunate in the bows acting as ballast.

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Note the blue helmet under the water.

Definintely the wettest event of the year so far, but great fun. To see all the pictures from an exhilerating evening, click this gallery link.

Long Eaton Tabler Walks for Charity

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Long Eaton Tabler Paul Haskins will be setting out later in June on a 100 mile walk across Scotland to raise money for the Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths (FSID).

Paul is doing this in memory of Finlay McCaffery who died at the age of 8 months on 6th March 2005 (Mothers Day), Finlay would have been celebrating his 5th birthday on the day the walk finishes 21st June (Fathers Day).

All proceeds from this event will be going direct to the FSID to help them with their research into Cot Death.

Please help raise as much money as possible as this is a fantastic charity that really helps the parents and families of the people who are unfortunate enough to have to deal with cot death as well as researching what causes it. You can donate from the Just Giving website.

Chain of Office handover

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Dave Welch hands over to Mark Elm
Dave Welch hands over to Mark Elm

The club AGM saw the appointment of new club officers. Most notable was  last year’s chairman Dave Welch handover of the leadership reins to Mark Elm. Members of the club hoped secretly that Dave did not also handover his Ladybird Book of  Uproariously Funny Jokes. I guess we’ll find out at next year’s Charter Night.

Club President Mark Shaw also handed over this honorary post to LERT veteran Shaun Brennan. And completing the appointments was the election of Rob Westerman as Vice-Chairman.

Dave Welch, Rob Westerman, Mark Elm, Shaun Brennan, Mark Shaw
Dave Welch, Rob Westerman, Mark Elm, Shaun Brennan, Mark Shaw

Christmas Collection

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Community Service Chairman Justin writes:

Another well-organised doorstep Christmas collection meant that LERT were able to give out almost £4,000 to help over the festive season eighty-two needy families & individuals in the Long Eaton area. Additionally, food hampers were given to a lucky twenty-four recipients. Another example of LERT at it’s best supporting the local community.

Scout Donation

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screenhunter_01-feb-23-20161Some of the money raised by Long Eaton Round Table’s popular Bonfire Night in November 2008  has helped 1st Breaston Scout Group towards the cost of replacing some of their camp equipment.

Treasurer Ian MacNamee said “On behalf of the Exec Committee and all Scouts, I’d like to pass on thanks for the kind donation of £250 to the Group by Long Eaton Round Table. The donation is much appreciated”.