Very few people in Portsmouth are aware they have the oldest chartered round table in the world on their very doorstep.
Round Table (RT) was formed in Norwich by Louis Marchesi in 1927.
Then Portsmouth & Southsea Round Table became the first chartered table immediately afterwards.
At this point Norwich became Table No.1 and Portsmouth & Southsea became Table No.2. There are now around 600 chartered RT clubs in the UK.
Who are we and what do we do? We are in no way, shape or form, related to a masonic-style organisation. Simply we are gentlemen between the ages of 21 and 45 who enjoy socialising together with some occasional fundraising projects thrown in.
We enjoy sailing, go-karting, laser shooting, brewery tours etc.
Few people will still realise that P&S RT created the King George V firework display and bonfire that is still held each year but now run by Portsmouth City Council. We also created many of the annual running events held in Portsmouth.
Our 85th charter evening was held in the Lord Mayor’s Banqueting Suite, in Portsmouth Guildhall.
The dinner was attended by the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, the President of RTBI, the area chairman, many ex-Portsmouth & Southsea Round Table presidents, including myself, and ex-tablers.
HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, the patron of RTB, wrote to let us know he was unable to attend, but wished us many congratulations.
We have lost contact with many of our ex-tablers during the last few years – and they can contact me on 07989 898410.