THEY have raised more than £250,000 for charity since their organisation was founded.
And now members of Huddersfield Pendragon Round Table are asking for a little help themselves in a bid to swell their ranks.
The group is keen to dispel any myths which potential new members may hold of middle class do-gooders.
All are ordinary working men who want to help the community in which they live.
Graeme Bowen admits his wife was none too happy when he decided to join ‘The Tablers’. But two years on the social events and family orientated events have helped her change her mind.
“I love the social side of Table. It has given me some fantastic opportunities like visiting Prague, climbing Snowdon and taking part in family weekends,” said Graeme, 40.
“The other side of Table of course is the fundraising and helping the community is one of the benefits of being a member.”
Graeme, a father-of-three who lives in Lockwood, is a part time property landlord and also works at a company which manufactures aluminium shop fronts and doors.
Father-of-three John Firth had his “arm twisted” to join 18 months ago.
“It was sold to me as doing that little bit for your local community and having a laugh at the same time,” said John, who works as a tax manager.
“They’re a great bunch of characters from all walks of life. We have a policeman, a builder, people who work in insurance, professionals and non professionals.”
John said among the highlights of the Round Table year was the Holmfirth Duck Race as well as social and family events which were regular organised.
There is also a ladies’ section of Round Table.
“Life can sometimes feel like work, work, work but when there is a mid-week Table meeting or event to attend it give some balance and something to look forwards to,” John added.
l The first primary meeting of the second Huddersfield Round Table was held at the Pack Horse Hotel on Wednesday September 25, 1963. The Chairman was John Hoyle of Huddersfield 68.
l Two names were presented for consideration at the meeting – Pendragon or DeLacy. Pendragon received 16 votes, and DeLacy 12.
l The Pendragon Duck Race was initiated by Jeff Woodward in 1984 and has been Pendragon’s largest fundraising event ever since. Pendragon also run the Annual Bonfire and Fireworks spectacular at Crosland Hill, one of the biggest and most enjoyed in the area, as well as the Christmas Wish Campaign in conjunction with the Examiner.
Want to know more?
l If you are interested in finding out a bit more about the organisation join members for a drink at the open night on Wednesday, February 9, at 8pm at 1535 The Melting Point, Firth Street, Huddersfield – the Round Table lads will be wearing blue polo shirts.
If you can’t make that night then call membership officer, David, on 0797 120 7124, or visit the website at www.pendragon843.org.uk where you can also make contact.