Round Table call for new members

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A FYLDE round table group has issued a rallying call for new members following years of dwindling numbers.

Lytham Round Table, in its 75th year, is close to extinction after membership numbers dropped into single figures.

Group member James Romer said the Round Table is a charitable group, but also gives the chance for men to enjoy a sociable beer or two.

He added: “The Round Table is a national organisation but each town used to have its own branch – in this area it’s Lytham, Thornton, Cleveleys and Blackpool.

“But we are now down to the bare bones.

“It isn’t just about raising money – it’s about other things too.

“In the past five or six years we’ve not been telling enough people about the group.

“If we do not do something about it we will fold.”

In previous years the group has supported a number of projects on the Fylde coast.

It has given £3,000 to the rebuilding of Fylde Regional Scouts HQ in St Annes following an arson attack, £8,000 to the Park View 4U project in Lytham and £1,500 to the Fylde Sharks Disability Swimming Club.

Lytham Round Table raises the majority of its funds through the Charity Fireworks Night at Fylde Rugby Club and Santa’s Christmas float throughout December.

James added: “As well as this community work we also socialise heavily.

“From formal black tie events, to international table events – this year is Holland – a heavy emphasis exists on having a good time.

“We also enjoy karting, beer festivals, clay pigeon shooting, curry nights and beer at the local hostelries.

“But to keep the group going we need new members.”

For more information, or for anyone interested in joining the group, go to www.lytham.roundtable.co.uk.

Or e-mail LythamRT@gmail.com

n James made a presentation to St Annes-based charity Day of Sunshine for £1,000 last week.

Owner David Lee said: “We want to make a thousand thank yous to James and the Lytham Round Table for providing this money to us.”