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Just a quick update.  We’ve been doing a few cheaper nights lately to save for a big event or two during the year.  This one came along by chance.  We looked into doing this at a nearer location in King’s Lynn but the cost was prohibitive to say the least.  We then heard from the Ladies Circle in Lynn that they had been to Bircham for the evening and shown how to make different types of bread from a basic dough recipe, and only £10 per person (minimum of £120).

With 12 people in tow we arrived at the Bircham Windmill Bakery Event in Great Bircham where Stevie welcomes us.  Stevie is the Master Baker their and runs the mill with his wife.  We started out with a couple of cups of tea as Stevie ran through the history of the mill and how it came into his family.  This was followed by a huge tray of dough being brought out to us and divided in 12.  From there we were shown how to knead and shape the dough into rolls, iced bun rolls, mice, octopuses and of course bread loaves.

After attempting to copy and make our own versions Stevie collected them all on a tray stuck them in the warming cupboard and then into the oven proper.  As they were cooking we were allowed full access to the windmill so we explored and talked for the half-hour whilst the bread proved and then baked.  The smell throughout the mill was amazing to say the least.

At last the bread was ready and we bagged our attempts, brought some more Bircham bread and said our farewells.  Never have I been to a night when the lads did not want a pint afterwards.  There were too many dreaming of toast and butter when they got home for that though.  All in all another different but superb night.

www.birchamwindmill.co.uk

 

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Another fun packed night.  We met up at the Swan in South Wootton for our Bi-Annual Quiz Night, drinks and sandwiches.  The quiz started at 20:00 and the banter had already started.  It was a good turnout of five members and a prospective.  A few beers in and the questions were getting difficult.

Looks like the chocolate loser prize would be ours again.

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A sad day has come and passed.  Kevin Bristow, a long standing member of over 7 years has been chucked out from Round Table 54 and into the 41 club.

The surprise day on Saturday 7th June 2014 started at the ASDA car park in South Wootton, King’s Lynn.  It was raining hard and it looked like it had set it.  Kevin was dressed as a small garden, whilst the rest of us had to be clothed in something with a flower on it.  Most of us chose a Hawaiian theme, and one as a flowery wizard.

Kevin had his first bottle of beer gaffa taped to his hand and a collection box to the other.  When everyone had arrived we made our way to the bus stop to catch the Coast Hopper to Brancaster and the White Horse Pub for our first celebratory drink of the day.  Here the gaffa taped bottle was removed and replaced with the Pewter Tankard that celebrated Kevin’s chuckout and then filled with a pint of Wherry.   The group made our way out to the veranda at the back to be greeted by blue skies and sunshine.  This was to stay with us for the rest of the day.  After a second drink and some bar snacks we made our way out and caught the next Coast Hopper upto Burnham Market.

Here we were introduced to the Hoste Arms with more drinks, and the nicest toilets in North Norfolk.  We sat down in the courtyard for a while having a laugh and numerous conversations about everything.  More drinks were consumed and then we walked over the road to the butchers so some of us could get some food.  Pork pies where bought and scoffed as we made our way to the final pub for our celebratory meal.

The Lord Nelson was a short walk down the road where we were greeted by the Area 6 Chairman and our own President.  More beer and soft drinks were bought as the food was prepared and we sat in the beer garden enjoying the sun and banter.  The party moved into the private room for the meal.  Toasts and speeches were made and Kevin gave us a small speech about his time in Table 54.  Then it was off again to catch the last Coast Hopper into Hunstanton.

The sun was still shining out on us all and we visited The Waterfront for another drink and to sit on the beach front.  Cinnamon doughnuts were supplied for all there and then off for a stroll to the Marine Bar near the bus stop.  A few nipped off to one of the many chippies in Hunstanton, but some of us were saving our selves for the final pub.  We caught the X10 and got off at Snettisham and onto the Rose and Crown.

Food time.  Burgers and Scampi and a final pint for the trip home.  The food here is always excellent, as well as the beer.  We stayed here for a while with some old table stories and LOTS of jokes told by 41 member Jim.  Then off to the bus stop for the final bus back to King’s Lynn.

Overall a fantastic day was had by all, and one that will be remembered by those that attended.

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Another donation passed onto a very worthy organisation.  The Norfolk Hospice Tapping House  provides specialist palliative care to those living with a life-limiting illness, whilst supporting their carers and also providing bereavement support.  The Hospice works closely with local GPs, District Nurses, and health and social service colleagues.

The £100 came from the Paranormal Talk night held earlier in the year with the amazing Norman Fahy who waived his fee as long as it went to Tapping House.  Round Table 54 and 41 gladly did this, and doubled it at the same time.  The cheque was presented to the Tapping House shop in Snettisham.

A few days ago Round Table 54 decided to award The Bank House Hotel the famous and sought after Round Table ‘Highly Recommended Establishment” Certificate.

The lovely folks at The Bank House Hotel have been looking after us since the new year and provided a fantastic venue (“The Boardroom”) for our meetings, along with amazing food and coffee on the night.  The bar afterwards is a great refuge for our aching jaws after all the banter and laughing (straws are available!).

 

The Bank House Hotel - Highly Recommended Certificate

The Bank House Hotel – Highly Recommended Certificate

Round Table 54 look forward to many more nights in front of their open fire enjoying their food and drinks.

Many Thanks to all the staff that make the night memorable.

News Just In!

Dr. F. Ox has had a wash, brush and tidy up.  He is now ready for the RT54 AGM this Monday at The Bank House Hotel in King’s Lynn.  He also sent me a new photograph with some anti-1114 bling.  Can’t wait to meet him again.

 

Dr. F. Ox - Washed, Brushed and Ready to PARTY!

Dr. F. Ox – Washed, Brushed and Ready to PARTY!

This has just come in from Belgium via E-Mail.

 

Dear friends,

The euromeeting is approaching and yet you have no news from Belgium. So here it is !

I’m pleased to confirm you that RT 54 Thuin will organize the euromeeting next September from the 18th to the 21st.

RT 54 Thuin only counts 7 members and former members like me have been asked to give a little bit of help. I’m in charge of the website but as I’m not a geek, it’s not ready yet. I promise to settle it out.

Meanwhile the program is almost settled. It’s quite similar to the 2006 program but I know those who were here enjoyed it.

–          Thursday 18th : welcome & party

–          Friday 19th : visit of the city of Thuin with a detour to the worshop of a chocolate-maker

lunch at the tram museum

diner & party at the abbey of Aulne

–          Saturday 20th : visit of the « Bois du Cazier » http://www.leboisducazier.be/

It was a coalmine now converted into the industry museum. A catastrophy occured on the 8th of August 1956. A fire caused the death of 262 miners mostly issued from immigration. The site is now on the Unesco World Heritage list.

lunch

free afternoon

diner & party at the Biercée distillery http://www.distilleriedebiercee.be

–          Sunday 21st : brunch & farewell

 

The cost is 300 €/pers.

Those who which to already register may send me a mail.

Can you please forward this mail the to Tablers and former members of your own clubs who are not registered in the above addressees list and may I ask one of you, per country, to send me an updated list of RT members and former members with e-mail addresses ?

For those of you who which to come by train, make sure you arrive at « Charleroi Sud » station.

Our friends from Ski, Kristinehamn and Pescara should check Ryanair for flights to Charleroi (for Ryanair Charleroi airport is called « Brussels »).

Or you can fly to Brussels airport.

We hope to see many of you in Thuin next September.

 

See you soon.

Emmanuel

Just a quick update.

3 NEW King’s Lynn & District Round Table 54 MEMBERS!!!!

 

That’s right.  Our annual emergency snooker night when things fall through event gained us 3 new members.  Please welcome Ian, Matt and Chris.  They will be formally inducted during our upcoming AGM.

Snooker Night

Snooker was a great laugh.. Sshhhhhhhhhh.  Lots of jokes and bad gaming using the sticks and balls on the table.

What a fantastic turnout to a fantastic night.

Norman Fahy, a local and popular Paranormal Investigator, agreed to do a talk to the our group along with guests from King’s Lynn 41 Table.

We all met up at the Black Horse in Castle Rising where we had the far side of the bar to ourselves and Norman.  A bit of fiddling and we got the laptop connected to the large screen TV in there and we were off.  Norman was a great speaker with stories of his past before he became involved in the paranormal, and then onto the spooky stuff.  A great collection of photos, video clips and also the Ghost Hunters International TV show in which he starred whilst the GHI team investigated Castle Rising Castle.  Norman was not there to convince us of the paranormal, but to share his experiences.  Everyone there lapped up the evening and many discussions where held afterwards over the great bar food and a few drinks.

We are now looking at booking Norman for a Ghost Hunt event as Castle Rising Castle.

Norman took some questions and hung around for a bit, but sadly has to leave early as he had a very early start the following morning.

If you want to see more of Norman then please check out his website and Facebook Page.