Long Eaton’s Wacky Races

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In July the Round Tablers of Long Eaton retired to a secret location well away from any Health & Safety wombles for an evening of messing about in various vehicles. The event – aptly titled Wacky races – put the drivers through various challenges such as driving blindfolded.

The blindfold drive had the driver blindfolded (the clue’s in the name…), with the aim of racing around a tight course in the best possible time. Guidance was provided by the driver’s partner sat on the roof, yelling instructions down through the sunroof. Competition was fierce for this event. Prospective member Joel caused much amusement when sat on the roof as he gave less than useful instructions in the form of pointing while yelling ‘that way’!

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Long Eaton goes Ringo!

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Taking advantage of the glorious summer evenings, Long Eaton’s finest Tablers – resplendent in wetsuits – had a fantastic evening being pulled around Church Wilne reservoir at high speed holding onto rubber rings.

The odd tabler made an impressive flying departure from their ringos, but Severn Trent water assured the local population that their water filters would cope with the contamination.

After a couple of hours of high speed fun, the boys rounded off the evening with food & drink in a local pub. It was there that someone made the observation that the person we all thought was past Chairman Dave Welch, was in fact one of Dr Who’s adversaries, as this photo shows:

Looky likey

To see more photos from this event, click this link to Flickr.

Chairman’s Handover

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Rob Westerman and Mark Elm

The reins of leadership for Long Eaton Round Table were formally handed over at the club’s AGM in April. Outgoing Chairman Mark Elm congratulated new chairman Robert Westerman. The honorary positions of Club President also changed hands, with Shaun Brennan passing the chain of office over to Graham Hill. Students of LERT history will note that this was a repeat of their respective years as club Chairmen several years ago.

Vice Chairman for this year is Rob Murdy.

Final honours of the night went to outgoing veteran and of Round Table Robert Jones, whose time in Round Table has finally come to an end after many years of distinguished service. (Ed: at least, that’s what he paid me to write).

Outgoing President Shaun and new one Graham
Chairman Robert and Vice Chairman Rob
"Robert - If I give you this pack of sausages will you finally leave?"

Long Eaton Charter Night

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From left to right: Vice Chairman Rob Westerman, Penny Mallory, Chairman Mark Elm, President Shaun Brennan

Long Eaton Round Table held their 56th Charter Anniversary evening on Friday 6th April. Chairman Mark Elm welcomed guest speaker, rally driver and TV presenter Penny Mallory. Clubs from around Area 14 and beyond, plus the elder statesmen of 41-Club joined in the celebration at Trent Lock Golf Club. For Long Eaton Round Tabler George Loydall, it was the last Charter of his eventful year as Area 14 Chairman.

Penny Mallory (click here for official website), gave a very entertaining speech that also showed how good a judge of character she is by identifying the real reasons behind the car choices made by some the club’s members. Penny had to step in at the 11th hour for Olympic skier Graham Bell who was stranded in Austria by the Icelandic volcano eruption. By the miracle of technology, however, he did manage to phone in to say a few words and announce his donation for charity auction of the BBC ski jacket – signed by him – that he wore at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.

Organiser and Master of Ceremonies Ian Adkin did a tremendous job to make the evening such a success, despite his microphone style being more WWF than BBC.

See below for more photos from the evening. Click on them to enlarge.

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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)