Club Programme 2023 to 2024

Music in The Park 9th July

John Devlin is advertising Music in The Park to get up a party to go along again this year to what, has always been a great Final Night evening and, of course is in support of a very worth cause, namely Phyllis Tuckwell!

You will see from the attached flyer that we can still get an early bird price of £25 if we order before 31st May. For those of you who haven't been before, it is a Picnic in the Park, you take your own tables, chairs, food and drink and sing along to the great music, you may even want to go 'up the front and dance' it has been known. The evening always ends with a Firework Display. Unlike the Coronation they probably haven't got round to deploying drones! There are also Food and Drink Stalls if you don't want to take your own vittles!

Please let John know asap and certainly by 30th May if you would like me to order you tickets at the Early Bird Price of £25 per head!

Making 41 Club Better for All


At our Meeting on 27.3.23, the membership engaged in a discussion to decide what actions could be taken to Make 41 Club Better for All. A summary of the most supported ideas is shown below. Don't stop here. If you have an inspirational idea, tell a Council Member.


Social Get-Togethers with Partners in Small Groups. Afternoon Tea and Cakes or Evening Cheese and Wine. Hosted by one couple with 3 or 4 other couples. Themed eg Games, Cards, Music, Photos, Tastings. A simple, static return to Progressive Suppers/Teas. Promote closer socialising especially for newer members.

Dinner Meetings – Fewer Speakers. More participative meetings. Half and Half? Participative meetings could be Team building activities, Learning new skills, Hobbies, Competitions, Debates etc. Food tailored to the agenda. Eg Buffet. Could be at appropriate different venue.

Fellowship – Continue to invite local 41 Club members to join us in all activities and actively attend theirs when invited.


Name Badges for members and guests to aid communication, integration and to support ageing memories.

Actions to attract new, younger (50-60 year old) members. Target local groups (eg Rugby Club, Cricket Club, Lions, U3A, RMA Officers, etc and invite to join our meetings. Attract with ‘special’ content eg University Challenge.


Every member on a Committee – Social, Fundraising, Community Service, Speakers, Programme Council Officers to each have a committee encompassing all members.

Members take turns (voluntarily) to organise an 2/3 events per year.

41 CLUB NATIONAL EVENTS – A group of Camberley members participate in National events eg Fred Olsen Cruise, Rally’s, Walks, Hosted Rail Trips


Organise a multi-day event for Members and Partners. 5 Day Coach trip to interesting UK area.

Hosted Walk in Windsor Great Park with Picnic

Visit to Scuderia Prestige Cars 29th June

John Devlin has arranged for us to visit Scuderia Prestige Cars on the A30 to look at their range of exotic sports cars. There will be...

50th Charter Night Announced 23rd October 2023

Our 50th Charter Night Dinner will be held on 23rd October. Ink it in your diary. The venue will probably be the big...

Thank You CRFC

Delighted to announce that Camberley Rugby Club has given our Fundraising Account the incredible sum of £430, to be passed on to Home Start...

What Happened at the AGM? 24th April

For those of you who missed the AGM, or fell asleep after the Sponge Pudding and Custard, here is a resume.

The Outgoing Chairman, Mike Mawtus, gave a summary of his year. To read what he said CLICK HERE

Roger Holdaway was elected to be our Chairman during our 50th Anniversary Year.  As he was away on holiday, he will give his Incoming Chairman's  Address at the next Meeting.

Howard Ford was elected as Vice Chairman, so for the first time in a long time we know who will follow Roger as Chairman.

The Full list of Council Officers elected is as follows:-

ChairmanRoger Holdaway
Vice ChairmanHoward Ford
TreasurerAlan Chapman
SecretaryJohn Carpenter
Social and Sports John Devlin
Speakers and Programme Mike Franzkowiak
Fundraising and Community Support Chris Bamford                               
National LiaisonRoger Holdaway
FellowshipMike Mawtus
Communications and WebmasterMike Mawtus

FAST - Centrifuge Visit

Another great Day Out arranged by the maestro, John Devlin. The visit to the Centrifuge at Farnborough was incredibly interesting and informative. Derek Overton said, " Fantastic visit to the centrifuge. What a bargain to get someone of Sue’s stature taking us through it. Members who didn’t attend will never know what they missed". The Band of Brothers present, were spellbound by the sight of this extraordinary machine. Enthralled by the feats of engineering involved and very engaged through all the presentations and films we were given. Lunch afterwards at the Gloster, convivial and amusing with Fellowship provided by members of Egham 41 Club and friends. Sorry for those who missed it.

 Roger and Chris set for a spin.

Fundraising Triumph!

For the past 49 years, Camberley Round Table and 41 Club have toured Surrey Heath with Santa and his Float, collecting donations from generous local residents, who in December 2022, donated just short of £4000. Good on Them! With other contributions the Club was able to give £2000 each to two very worthy local charities, supporting local citizens. namely The Besom, and Home-Start Surrey Heath. Special thanks to Longacres, Waitrose Frimley, Waitrose Bagshot, and The Meadows without whose continuing support our appeals would not be possible.

The Besom are a Food Bank in Frimley. Karen Kendall, their Project Lead said “We are seeing heavy demand on our services and whilst the supermarkets and other supporters are very generous, we still need to buy food and provisions costing about £500 per month to meet demand. The donation of £2,000 from Camberley 41 Club will therefore make a huge difference. Besom - prepare and deliver dozens of food packs every week to individuals, couples and families that have been referred to them. Each pack contains enough for at least three days of balanced food, including fresh fruit & vegetables. They provide Home starter packs, bedding and towels, new baby packs, electrical packs and refugee support. For more about Besom go to

Home – Start, Surrey Heath. Local Manager, Stephnie Waight, said “On behalf of all at Home-Start Surrey Heath, we would just like to express our sincere thanks to the members of 41 Club for choosing us as your charity this year. Your donation is a huge boost for us, as like all charities, we are facing a tough funding time. A huge well done to all for the amount raised overall – a huge feat in these difficult times. Home –Start was set up in 1989 in response to a need for a support service for families in the Borough of Surrey Heath. The service is free at the point of access, completely independent and available to all. For more about Home-Start go to

Old Boys at Twickers

Here we were in the England Dressing Room at Twickers. This England team for this year's 6 Nations look like they have some great experience but might be lacking some youthful speed.

Thanks to John Devlin for organising a great day out for 14 of us. What an enthralling experience to be treated to the full tour of Twickenham Stadium. We were quickly steeped in the fascinating history of the Stadium, the England Rugby team, World Cups and all things Rugby. As well as the changing rooms we visited Bars, Conditioning Rooms, Conference facilities, the Shop and the excellent Museum of Rugby. The highlight was to sit in the Royal Box and absorb the magnificent view from there of the pitch and stadium. This is how it looked.

Leading Out theTeams 

Meeting 25th July - An Experiment

You wanted to try the odd 41 Club Dinner Meeting with a different Venue and format. 

So, on 25th July we met at Camberley Rugby Club and enjoyed an excellent and authentic Curry provided by Sanjha's Restaurant. Choice of 4 starters, 4 curries and all the trimmings. Attending we had 19 Camberley 41 Club members, 11 Guests of 41 Club, 4 Chelsea Pensioners (see the photo), and 5 Sandhurst and Yateley 41 Club members, so a lively group who intermingled and socialised with gusto. The beer is cheaper at the Rugby Club, altho' we served ourselves from the buffet and cleared away our own plates. We had two speakers, John Byett, the RFU Citing Officer, and Phil Burgess who with the England Rugby Sevens team won a silver medal at the Rio Olympics. Their presentations and the Q+A gave us a hugely interesting insight into all things rugby and a unique exposee of the physical and mental preparation and training required of a world class athlete. 

So a Great Success. Grateful thanks to Mike Franzkowiak, John Carpenter and Alan Chapman for the herculean efforts to ensure the evening was a triumph.

Well Done All you Fundraisers

Thank you to all of you who helped with the collections this year

In addition to the money collected on the four days a couple of additional donations were made which brings the total in the Charity Account for distribution to £3,985.53.

This is after the Zettle charge (of 2%) and, for the avoidance of doubt, is all in relation to the 2022 Christmas collection.

As you know, we have collected on the basis of a 50%/50% split between The Besom and Home Start – Surrey Heath. We will add £14.47 from the club’s general account to give a very round figure of £2,000 each. 

Many congratulations to Chris Bamford and his Committee and to everyone who participated.

Here is a photo of Pat and Ray being supervised by Captain Bamford