Round Table is a social networking and charitable organisation for men in their 20s, 30s and early 40s, founded in Norwich, in 1927 by Louis Marchesi. Louis Marchesi was a young member of the Norwich Rotary Club, and thought there was a need for a club where the young business men of the town could gather on a regular basis to exchange ideas, learn from the experiences of their colleagues and play a collective part in the civic life of Norwich. Within a year membership of this Round Table had grown to 85 and interest had been shown in establishing Round Tables elsewhere.
It is open to all men aged between 18 and 45 (originally 40, which is still retained as the age limit in most countries outside the United Kingdom and Ireland). Membership of Table provides a selection of social and community service related opportunities for its members, who come from all parts of the community.
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 HRH Prince Edward, 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, adaptthem 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.
The modern part & what we do….
Within the broad framework of the rules of the National Association, all Round Tables organise their own activity programme and make their own decisions on the community service activities which best suit them. We also get to organise a variety of social activities for our members and their families.
Like most Round Tables, we generally meet after work a couple of nights a month, for a varied programme of meetings, events or just a casual drink in one of the Saffron Walden locals. You might find yourself listening to a guest speaker, discussing how to manage the next fundraising event, or what to spend the money raised on. You are equally likely to find yourself clay pigeon shooting, raft building, indoor surfing, or even go-karting. Living up to the slogan of #DoMore!
At all events, you’re guaranteed to be well fed and watered and to have a great time.
If you are interested in attending any of our events, just get in touch!