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28 years of fund raising

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1927 - Round Table formed in Norwich by Louis Marchesi

1967 - Lancaster round table established


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History of the Round Table.

The origins of the Round Table date back to 1927, when a young rotarian in Norwich called Louis Marchesi felt there was a need for the existence of a club where young businessmen could meet and discuss ideas and learn from the experiences of others. This idea quickly took off and within a year the membership had risen to 85 with other towns also showing an interest in establishing their own versions of the Round Table elswhere.

The name of the Round Table is not actually derived from the Arthurian legend, as many believe - Although the subsequent emblem has been taken from an adaptation of the table which hangs in the great hall in Winchester and is claimed to be from the court of King Arthur.


Instead, the name and the motto both come from a speech made in 1927, by the then Prince of Wales stating; "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".

Lancaster decided to form its own Round Table in 1967 to not only continue the tradition of exchanging ideas with other local business people, but to help the local community as a whole, by helping to raise money for worthwhile causes. In 1989 they established the Lancaster Beer Festival to do this exact thing, and over a quarter of a million pounds raised later, the rest as they say, is history.

Luckily though, for those of us fortunate to be members, it is not all work and no play. On the contrary, raising money and discussing business is only a small portion of what we do in the Lancaster Round Table on a year round basis. Much of our time is spent socialising not just as a group, but also with other members of the Round Table in Lancashire, Nationally and Internationally and can involve many interesting trips abroad.

One of the most enjoyable aspects of being a table member in fact is the extensive sports programme we participate in during the year with other Tablers, doing events such as football, cricket, darts and bowling to name just a few, plus activities we may never have done otherwise, like family treasure hunts, clay pidgeon shooting and indoor ski sledging.

New Members

Round Table is a progressive organisation and Lancaster Round Table in particular are always looking for new members to carry the good work onwards.

The great news is that we are also a very social club and there is lots of fun to be had in the process...

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