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Bruce Bold QSM

In the Queens Birthday honours list was our very own 41er Bruce Bold.

He was awarded the QSM for community service.

Some of the work was recognized for has links way back to RoundTable days. Bruce is a stayer. He has carried on some of the projects that were abandonedwith the demise of RT. This includes being caretaker of the ”Blockhouse“where RT used to meet for 25 years. This is a category 1 historic building andwas built during the land wars.

Another ex Rt project is “cash for cans“. This project began before recyclingwas fashionable and was a leader in its day pushing the benefits of recycling.Bruce is still on site every Saturday morning.

There is a lot of other stuff including being elected to the local licencing trustfor the last 40 years. This trust has granted 100% of its pokie income to thelocal community since it started and has a significant local impact. There wasalso the little stuff like making sure old Harry (real community stalwart in hisday) got to the pub each Friday for his 2 gins. Quite a task as Harry becamequite frail.

So from 41 our congratulations to Bruce.

Peter Butchart attended a 41 Club Association Award Lunch in London on 18th July 2019. A copy of his report may be viewed by clicking on the following link.

Association Award Lunch in London

41 Club Contacts 12-13. (64kb .pdf)


Taken at Havelock Lodge’s Installation meeting, Thursday, March 14th, 2013, when Bill Yardley was Installed as the Lodge’s Worshipful Master for the next year. From left: Graham Bryant, Andy Wrighton, (Grand Lodge Officers), Bill Yardley (all from Blenheim 41 Club), Peter Butchart Nelson 41 Club, Wor. Master Motueka Bays Lodge.

Blenheim 41 Club meets on the last Monday of every month at "The Vines" Restaurant in the Redwood Tavern, Redwood, Blenheim, starting at 6.30pm.
We have a beer or two, then a very nice bar meal, followed by a very casual meeting, and maybe a guest speaker.
We have about 12 to 16 members at each meeting.
We also have Ladies' Nights and Sunday afternoon lunches.
If any member is in Blenheim and would like to come along to our meeting, please contact Les Rogers - phone 03 578 5419 or 0210 494 560.
If you are traveling through we would welcome you and maybe a bed could be arranged.
I don't have a computer as yet, or a fax, but please leave a message on the answer phone and you will be answered.
Les Rogers.


The Hutt Valley 41 Club endeavours to meet monthly.

Members include 10 couples & 1 solo. 4 couples live in the Hutt Valley, the rest join us from Paraparaumu, Waikanae, Otaki,Greytown & Ngakuta Bay, Marlborough.

It makes it difficult for us all to get together, but we pull out all the stops for our AGM & often have 100% attendance. Five couples enjoyed losing their fortunes at the Tauherenikau Picnic Races, on a very hot Waitangi Day Next weekend we are off to visit the Manns at their hide away in the Sounds.

Jan & Len Kane and Alan Watson thoroughly enjoyed the 41 Club European Trip last year.

Alison & Marion do their best to prevent the Hinges of Friendship Rusting
Alison Bartram 06 304 8042


The Nelson 41 Club meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month (except December and January) at Crusoe's Cafe Main Road Stoke. We meet at 6.30 pm for drinks and then a meeting at 7 pm followed by a meal. Every second meeting is a meeting where wives and partners attend. We try and have a guest speaker at our combined wives and partners evening.

If you are in Nelson on one of meeting nights you are most welcome to join us. Please contact Alan Nimmo 021 033 6064

The Nelson Club also has regular gatherings during the month.

a.. We meet once a month at a cafe for a morning coffee and chit chat.

b.. We organise a walk once a month followed by a much needed coffee.

c.. We organise a bike ride once a month during which we stop at a cafe for the much needed coffee.

"Laura" is a 20 hands high Clydesdale draught horse, created in Mapua, New Zealand,by Nelson and Tapawera 41 Club member Arthur Hawke. Arthur gained his inspiration from a lifetime of farming and working with horses.

Laura is modeled on a real life Clydesdale (of the same name), and bred by internationally known horse breeder, Fergus O'Connor.

The cast off horse shoes used in the construction of "Laura" have lived - they have been on the feet of race horses - and they give her real life and the spirit of a horse.

Here is "Laura" when completed and still in Arthur's workshop in Mapua.(picture bottom left)

She is presently on show in the foyer of Nelson Airport, and here she is with Authur and Fergus O'Connor at her unveiling.(picture bottom right)


Only Arthur knows how many shoes were used, and he is not telling anyone !!


The Palmerston North 41 club is very informal.
We have no official office bearers, we share out the duties.
We have 5 couples and 1 single male club members.
Meetings/gatherings are held on the 1st Wednesday of the month at the Cloverlea pub, Tremaine Avenue, Palmerston North at 6.00 for drinks.
At about 7.00 we decide where we are going to eat.
So far we have always managed to find a different place to eat.
We have just had our potluck Christmas BBQ.
One of our couples went on the European 41 club tour and another couple to Apex 40 rort.
There is always an open invitation to any ex tablers to join us on our club night or get in touch in between meetings.

Contact Monica or Keith Battersby - 06 354 2525


Update From Perth

Our monthly dinner meetings (sometimes including our Ladies) are held on the second Monday of each month at 7.00 for 7.30pm in The Zephyr Room, Hotel Windsor, South Perth. We do not meet at the hotel during December and January as our Christmas Dinner is held at another venue and we have a Chairman's function in January.

Besides our monthly dinner meetings we have on average 1 social activity, either a visit or sporting event, every month.

Kind regards from across the pond.

– I wonder how many readers of your informative and popular newspaper know of this Club or its origins, which generically also goes under the name Perth 41 Club.

I should start by saying that to become a member of a 41 Club it is necessary for you to have been a member of a Round Table Club, these days found in many parts of the World, except Australia, largely due to historical circumstances. The first Round Table was established in Norwich, England over eighty years ago by a former Rotarian who felt, correctly, that there was an opportunity for the formation of a service club made up of younger professionals and businessmen; in fact to achieve this objective an age limit not exceeding 40 years, recently raised to 45 years, was introduced. At a later date when some of these ‘young’ men reached the magic age of 40 and were obliged to leave Round Table, several Liverpool Round Tablers in this category in 1935 had the bright idea of establishing a club for the over 40’s that would primarily facilitate friendships made in Round Table and be for social purposes without any commitment to undertaking community orientated activities. Clubs would however, if requested, give support to their former Round Table colleagues and friends in pursuing one of Tables’ main objects vis: service to the community.

Soon after the end of the 2nd World War, Round Table Clubs and 41 Clubs, which are non-political, grew at a rapid pace not only in the United Kingdom but also in many overseas countries where they formed their own National Associations. Until the end of 2007 the Perth 41 Club was a member of the U.K. Association; however, more recently it has joined the New Zealand Association. All Associations and member clubs subscribe to the motto “May the hinges of friendship never rust” and the principle object of clubs is to continue the friendships formed in Round Table.

As, currently, there are no Round Table clubs in Australia, the Perth Club which is somewhat unique in being the only 41 Club in Australia, relies solely for its membership on immigrants who have been members of a Round Table Club or 41 Club elsewhere in the World; currently the Club’s members come from mainly the United Kingdom and/or various parts of East and Southern Africa.

The Perth Club holds a monthly dinner meeting and usually a couple of other social activities each month to which the ladies are invited. As an example, several months ago Club members travelled to Toodyay on one of Transwa ‘s Swan Valley Sunday train excursions where we had lunch and visited places of interest in the Toodyay township before returning to Perth. More recently we were given a delightful and fascinating tour of His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth.

It is to be hoped that some of your readers will either be former Round Tablers or a former member of an ex-Tablers’ Club elsewhere in the World or an observant reader who knows of someone in this category who is probably unaware of the existence of the Perth ex-Tablers’ Club. We would be delighted to welcome such a person to any of our meetings without any commitment on joining – just simply come along, have an enjoyable dinner with the type of guys you used to associate with – in other words just check us out as it were.

So please do not hesitate to contact me. My postal address is PO Box 5100 Rockingham Beach, 6969;

e-mail (preferred) or telephone 9527 8427.

Alan Fitt
Hon. Social Secretary and Club Contact


Are you going to London and looking for a 41 Club/Round Table contact??
There are a group who meet on the second Wednesday of each month, between 12.30pm and 2.00pm at a Pub called "The Lamb" in Leadenhall Market in London.
You will be made most welcome at these meetings.
For further information, contact:
Dave Leon:
Home Phone: 0181 866 3525
Mobile: 07710 422 705

"May the Hinges of friendship never rust"

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