Round Table is a social networking and charitable organisation for men in their 20s, 30s and early 40s, founded in Norwich, in 1927. It is open to all men aged between 18 and 45. Membership of Round Table (a.k.a. Table) provides a selection of social and community service related opportunities for its members, who come from all parts of the community.
Round Table are the Largest Voluntary Organisation for Young Men in Great Britain and Ireland.
The name “Round Table” is not directly drawn from Arthurian Legend; rather both its title and its maxim comes from a speech made to the British Industries Fair in 1927 by the then Prince of Wales ‘The young business and professional men of this country must get together round the table, adopt methods that have proved so sound in the past, adapt them to the changing needs of the times and wherever possible, improve them’. The phrase “adopt, adapt, improve” is a key facet of the organisation, and is often seen on Round Table literature and regalia.
Most local Round Table clubs hold regular meetings each fortnight, getting together for everything from Black Tie dinners to a game of football, or even something as simple a drink at the pub or a meal somewhere local. These social evenings are the lifeblood of the Round Table movement – bringing together groups of friends for a drink and a laugh. Sandbach Round Table meet up every Thursday evening and have a range of different events to keep you busy.
Each local Round Table club usually organises a few major events each year. They vary from club to club, and can be anything from festivals, fireworks displays such as Sparks in the Park, to silent auctions and charity runs. Raising money is often secondary – what matters is that Tablers are getting involved in their local communities, putting something back, and making a difference locally. There’s no obligation to commit a certain amount of time. All that clubs ask is you devote what time you have available, and often it’s a great way to develop new skills.
A highlight of Table for many members is the group activities, as it gives you the chance to try something that you wouldn’t usually try alone. If you’ve ever fancied abseiling, bungee jumping, dry slope skiing, juggling, or sausage making; you’re bound to find a club that has put it on this year’s programme.
With Round Table clubs worldwide, its members can – either when moving areas permanently or simply on holiday or travelling on business – easily meet other Round Tablers in their destination area. This is sometimes seen as the biggest benefit of Round Table, in that wherever you find yourself – there is always the opportunity to make instant acquaintances with a common interest.
Round Table is frequently associated with its charitable fund raising activities and community service projects. In the UK many Round Tables operate these activities through charitable trusts which are registered with, and regulated by, the Charities Commission.