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Past Chairmen

1928-9 – C G Henderson

1929-30 – C Gordon Huggins

1930-1 – M D Betn

1931-2 – R H Downs

1932-3 – A E Wilkins

1933-5 – V B Hatcher

1935-6 – A H W

1936-7 – M H Thomas

1937-8 – E W Golding

1938-9 – R S Herbert

1939-43 – C H Maggs

1943-4 – H V Mace

1944-5 – K A L

1945-6 – W E Hillier

1946-7 – J G M

1947-8 – W E Bounds

1948-9 – R D Harrington

1949-50 – A F Cottrell

1950-1 – D Bollom

1951-2 – A H Clarke

1952-3 – R L Martin

1953-4 – N J L

1954-5 – G W Cottrell

1955-6 – A H Copsey

1956-7 – J D Wilkinson

1957-8 – R A Chermside

1958-9 – W G Poeton

1959-60 – D R Jennings

1960-1 – J B Ackland

1961-2 – B W Thomas

1962-3 – D W Walker

1963-4 – D R Moore

1964-5 – A C N

1965-6 – J D Bryant

1966-7 – D Bond

1967-8 – A D Lennard

1968-9 – K J Hodgson

1969-70 – D Bullimore

1970-1 – C J H

1971-2 – L E Poole

1972-3 – B Fulwell

1973-4 – P H Ferguson

1974-5 – L B Whyatt

1975-6 – G H Pakeman

1976-7 – J Cottrell

1977-8 – M Sisman

1978-9 – J Lewis

1979-80 – P Besley

1980-1 – R Stephens

1981-2 – L G Payne

1982-3 – J K Carmody

1983-4 – P Warne

1984-5 – R Nelmes

1985-6 – B G T

1986-7 – J G Martin

1987-8 – P C Rudland

1988-9 – P M Crowdy

1989-90 – R C Lee

1990-1 – R A Narracott

1991-2 – D B Vowles

1992-3 – D G Gooding

1993-4 – C J Wood

1994-5 – C K Matthews

1995-6 – M G J

1996-7 – J Taylor

1997-8 – N D Bentley

1998-9 – M A Manners

1999-2000 – S Rosser

2000-1 – S Davis

2001-2 – C R Holloway

2002-3 – M Fisher

2003-4 – C Jones

2004-5 – A Charter

2005-6 – J Fairchild

2006-7 – M Wood

2007-8 – R Marshall

2008-9 – P Manson

2009-10 – P Neville

2010-11 – P Clough

2011-12 – R Nagle

2012-13 – N Baker

2013-14 – D R Short

2014-15 – M S Sheffield

2015-16 – C Rowe

2016-17 – A Simmonds

2017-18 – C Goulding

2018-19 – C Elliott

2019-20 – N Davies

2020-21 – M Bailey

2021-22 – T Stoyanov

The Early Years

Editor’s note

This is the history of the early years of Bristol Round Table. It has been compiled by the Table Historian appointed by the 1958-59 Council, Past Chairman Greg Cottrelll, who has also contributed the votes on the Round Table Movement as a whole and on the development of Area 12. The story of each year has in most cases been written by the Chairman for that year, and a number of other Tablers and Past Tablers have also contributed.

Louis Marchesi, founder of the Round Table Movement, sent this contribution when he heard that the story of Bristol Table was to be written.

“In March 1927, I was attending the weekly Rotary Lunch at Norwich. On that occasion the speaker did not turn up and the President of the Club asked me to speak for 10 minutes on the subject I knew most about.

I was the youngest member of Rotary at that time, and I felt it would be unwise to talk about my trade as I had many competitors old enough to be my grandfather. So I told them what it was like to enter the business world in a one-man business at the age of twenty-nine.

I developed my theme by saying I felt there was a need for an association of young men under forty years of age, on the lines of Rotary but absolutely independent of it – although appreciating Rotary’s goodwill.

Eventually each Rotarian agreed to recommend a young man in his own classification who might be interested. A meeting was called at one of our City Halls and about a hundred and twenty attended. As a result of the committee was appointed to go into the matter. This committee used to meet in a basement coffee room in one of my restaurants. Immediately the cynics came to the conclusion that Round Table was one way of increasing my coffee room trade. When I look around the world today I think to myself: “Some coffee room: Some trade!”.

Eventually one of our Norwich members invited two friends of his from Portsmouth, Councillor John Webb and E. A Finley-Day, and they went back and started the idea in Portsmouth.

Gradually the movement spread, especially in the South, and I will remember, when Gordon Huggins and Stanley Hill were starting the Bristol Table, I had to go there several times. As I could not take much time off from business I would finish the day at the shop, catch the mail train to London which got in around 2 a.m. and then walk from Liverpool Street to Paddington in time to catch the early morning train to Bristol. I would get there in time for breakfast, spend the day with the boys and come back the same night. In this way I took only a day off from my business but got the work done.

At that time I printed, published, and paid for a quarterly magazine called News and Views and assumed the office of Editor.

In my first editorial I said I thought the idea would appeal to responsible, thinking young man, and would spread first at home, then in the Empire and eventually throughout the world. Now that was talking big, but events have proved I was not very far out.

The first overseas country to take up the idea was Denmark, then followed the other Scandinavian countries and eventually most of the European countries and then further afield, South Africa, New Zealand, Brazil, India, etc.

When Dolly and I were in South Africa we visited fifty-two tables, and in Rhodesia, fourteen; it took us eight months. I owe a deep debt of gratitude to Round Table in both those countries for their homely hospitality and Round Table enthusiasm.

It is given to a few men to see an Association they started thirty-five years before in such a flourishing condition and so completely fulfilling their hopes.

My best regards to you all at Bristol.”

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Area: National: International: World Council

In this country, since 1927, when Round Table was founded, the association has grown to 23,000 Tablers in 783 Tables in 41 Areas.  It is estimated that within the next ten years Round Table Great Britain and Ireland will have expanded to a membership of 30,000 tables in 1000 tables.


Area councils came into being in 1933 and the main functions of each Area Council or to co-ordinate the activities of the Tables within its boundary and to consider and approve or otherwise resolutions for the National Council or the Annual General Meeting which come in from individual Tables. Each table is represented by two Area Councillors elected by the Table Council who must be capable of voicing their Table’s opinions at the Area quarterly meetings. From the Area Council the Area Executive is elected – Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, National Councillor, Immed. Past Chairman and any other officers within the council thinks necessary to deal with Area matters, including International Relations, Extension, Publicity, etc. Each member of the Executive when elected is replaced on the Council by another member of his Table so that at all times you have two Councillors from each Table. The members of the Executive do not vote on resolutions except the Chairman who gets his casting vote if necessary.

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