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Friday morning, 9am. A group of guys arrives at the sparse Community Centre in Arbroath and gets ready for three days of solid work all to raise money for local good causes. Fuelled by a selection of lorne, egg, bacon and black pudding from and van behind the centre, the work starts with one team heading into Dundee to collect pallets and other heading around Arbroath to collect fridges, chillers and other essentials.

5km of ribbon are pulled out of the back of a car and a lightbulb moment turns the decoration schedule upside down – for the better. The pallets arrive and the bar gets its foundation. Later on the fridges arrive, the alcohol is chilled and the tables and chairs are ready. Most leave around 10pm after a long, hard day.

Saturday arrives and another few hours during the day are used to finalise everything. The Saturday night arrives. It is the Blues Festival in town but the guys hear rumours that Wetherspoons has 150 Pink Ladies getting lubricated in preparation for Arbroath Round Tables annual Ladies Night – this year with a Grease theme.

9pm Saturday. The WooWoo’s are flowing, the Grease Tribute act has the dance floor filled and the guys are nervously awaiting their dance. Frustratingly after 6 weeks of rehearsals and getting it 100% right the previous few weeks, the dance goes a little awry with one dancer flying over the dodgem and the Grease Lightning moves being about as co-ordinated as Bambi on ice – the screams from the ladies at the conclusion were amazing though. The benefit of doing the dance when the audience are well oiled is that they either don’t notice the mistakes, or couldn’t care less about them.

1pm. Home. Knackered.

11am Sunday. Tired limbs and weary minds appear to take everything down. The floor is extremely sticky, the paper tablecloths are covered with drawings of willies and the slops bucket makes everyone wretch.

2pm. Done. Everything is clean, everything is away. All is sorted.

The final figure comes to £4,396. The stress of organisation, the long hours, the numerous meetings – all worth it when it enables us to help even more local good causes.

Until next year!

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what a team!

what a team!

After our exploits in the nets at a recent visitation, we decided to put a team into the Cricket Sixes taking place at Arbroath Cricket Club last Sunday. Unfortunately our team was depleted through injury following our run-in with George at our self defence classes but given our complete lack of cricketers, we didn’t get humiliated.

Our first match was against some young guys who could move, run, bat and bowl which put us at a distinct disadvantage, but with the help of our ‘pro’ cricketer Bryce, we managed to put on 59-1 in our 5 overs which we didn’t think was too bad. Our inexperience in the tournament showed when we bowled however, as instead of bowling wide like every other team, we tried to aim for the stumps meaning the ball kept flying over our heads to the boundary. In the end, we lost with four balls remaining which wasn’t too bad a result!

Second up in a losers match, we played some older guys who couldn’t really move but could bat and bowl. Our 39-1 was far too low and we lost in the fourth over.

All in all it was a great Sunday out with family and friends and hopefully it will become another staple on the Round Table calendar. This does mean that we are looking for cricketers to become members to ensure we do better next year – if you fancy being our team superstar, get in touch!

Self Defence…

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post workout


If there is one thing we will all remember from our self-defence session with George Ferrie (Commonwealth games medallist no less), it was his repeated assertion that it should be ‘fun’. Unfortunately, given the fact that our bodies aren’t the temples they once were, ‘fun’ probably wasn’t the best word to us – ‘painful’ or ‘agonising’ would probably be more apt.
George started us off slowly before quickly putting us in wristlocks and telling us to go for the groin and eyes. Steve didn’t survive the encounter and Big Red ended up with his shoulder a bit more tender than when he started.

After 90 minutes, George let us go and whilst we all ended up in complete agony the following day, it was a great session and we all know what to do now if we ever get caught in a fight around the town (at least, we know what we should do – whether we do it is a different matter!).

James having 'fun'

James having ‘fun’

Krazy Kanoeing

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This past weekend we were invited with families to enjoy the company of the Forfar Canoeing Club for a gently paddle around on Forfar loch for an hour or so.

Somewhere along the line the arrangements changed and we ended up down at Dunkeld for a rather longer paddle down the River Tay!

Everyone agreed that it was a fantastic day. All apart from me that is as my canoeing experience lasted less than 10 seconds before my high centre of gravity and larger than average weight tipped me into the warm embraces of the silvery tay. After floundering around on the underwater rocks like some form of strange bald scouse bambi, I managed to return to shore completely drenched and with a few gallons of water in my stomach. Being the strong, never-give-up type I gave up immediately and volunteered my services as the shuttle and wait for the party downstream.

Anyways a fantastic day out even if it was a little longer, a little colder and a little more strenous than expected. Massive thanks to Forfar Canoe Club for the invite.

If you want to take part in our next event, why not come along to a meeting and see how things work? We always have an open invitation to men aged 18-45.

 

Pre canoeing selfie - note how dry we all are!

Pre canoeing selfie – note how dry we all are!

One of our favourite events took place in June – the local Armed Forces and Emergency Services Parade. We were happy to assist again stewarding in what tends to be our easiest day of the year (most people in the town are sensible and understand to stand back when a march is approaching, or know not to double park their car on the High Street when an artillery gun is heading their way – most, not all) and as always it was an absolute pleasure to watch the parade.

The main issues we encountered this year were outwith the parade – we forgot to collect the dias from outside the court (sorry about that and thanks to Jiving Jim for the use of his van!) and we then had to help a stranded Tables family get their car jump started. All part of the day…!

Tablers ready for the start of the parade.

Tablers ready for the start of the parade.

AGM 2015

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At the end of the April we held our Annual General Meeting at outgoing Chairman Mark Cargill’s house. Spurred on by a seemingly never ending supply of bacon rolls and chocolate eclairs, the business was done and Mark handed over to Lol Scragg incoming chairman for the coming year. Mark had a fantastic year as Chairman with a successful Toonfest and Ladies Night increasing from 80 attendees to 300. During his year we donated over £7,700 to good causes.

Following the official AGM business, the members all jumped onto a minibus and headed over to Piper Dam for some fresh air. With sessions on Quad Bikes, some crossbox shooting and rifle competitions we managed to get through the event without injury although a few of us got reprimanded for various offences! Afterwards we jumped back on the bus to enjoy a meal up in Pitlochry followed by a tour of the local establishments within the town.

All in all a great day and night was had by all and we are all looking forward to another excellent year of fundraising, donating, having a laugh and a few beers.

Big thanks to Mark and Louise for breakfast and Ian for organising a great day out!

 

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Saturday 14th March; our annual trip to take in the hospitality of the local rugby clubs. This year we were back at Strathmore in Forfar as the guest of recent Tabler Gus Robb.

10322844_10206164923306139_3685086766798411658_nTen made the journey on the bus and somehow ten also returned! After starting off in Coast at 10:30, Ian haggled with the bus driver to get the best possible bus ticket however Ian’s ability to save our legs was sorely tested later in the day.

After enjoying a few beers, a good meal and some bottles of wine, there was apparently a rugby match going on which the home team eventually lost.

Later we took a 20 mile hike (or so it seemed) to a restaurant whose name I can’t remember but they did a decent mixed grill. Chairman Mark declined to finish both his peas and his beer before we headed back towards Arbroath for a stop-off in Letham.

Here the longest ever game of Killer took place on the dart board whilst BBC Alba played on the TV. Eventually we all made it back to Arbroath in pretty much one piece with hangovers awaiting us the following day.

Remember that you can come along next year – just get in touch and we’ll pick you up to come along to a few of our events and meetings before you make any form of decision – we’ll even pay for your beer and food!

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Quite a hectic agenda for this weeks meeting and we were joined by another prospective new member. After the core issues were taken care of (the chipper was chosen), we got down to business.

We heard a brief update on our Ladies Night event later in the year along with an update on a forthcoming event that is yet to be finalised.

Also discussed was a trip to Munich (picture above) later in the year to enjoy one or two small beers here and there, along with a discussion about what to do during our AGM (Annual General Meeting) in April which is likely to take the form of heading somewhere to do some quad biking followed by somewhere else to have a few drinks.

Steve and Marty went to pick up the chipper supper but returned questioning the order. Somehow a disaster had occurred and we were one fish supper short!!! Fortunately we were one burger supper over so the natural forces of balance were restored.

Before the meeting ended we discussed one or two donation request thatwe had received and also finalised numbers for a forthcoming trip to Forfar to watch the Rugby (although people seem to hope the game is off so we can enjoy the hospitality a bit more!)

As always, we invite all men aged 18-45 to come along to one of our meetings/events/days out to see what it is all about. No funny handshakes or anything, we are just normal guys doing our best to help out our local town.

 [EDIT: post updated from original article to mention the missing fish supper disaster!]

Spamalot

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10906115_847431308649850_3455770259801885858_nNot so long ago, we presented a donation to Arbroath Musical Society. As good friends of ours, we want to remind you all that their production of Spamalot is playing at the Webster Theatre Arbroath from 11th – 14th February with a Saturday matinee.

Lots of Tablers are going to go down to enjoy the show and give our support to a wonderful local group so why don’t you?

For more information head over to their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Arbroathmusicalsociety or checkout the Webster Theatre site at http://www.webstertheatre.co.uk

 

grease_1900014bSo, Ladies Night 2015 – the ‘Grease’ one. Yeah, we know it is eight months away but these events don’t plan themselves so we had an initial meeting over the Christmas Holidays to get some ideas out into the open.

Obviously we aren’t going to spoil anything, but if some of the ideas manage to come to fruition, Ladies Night 2015 will be the best yet!

Don’t forget to keep an eye on our Ladies Night Facebook page for updated information.

We still have a handful of tickets left for purchase so please get in touch if you want to be part of the best night out in Angus this coming year!