Club calls time after decades of happy memories

A long-running Morpeth men’s club has had to fold due to a lack of new members.

The Morpeth 41 Club has been going for decades as a follow-on from the Round Table, which is for men up to the age of 40.

However, in recent years membership has dwindled and now just a handful of men remain.

With no new blood in sight, the group has decided to wind up.

Chairman David Cox, who has served in the role three times, said: “The Morpeth 41 Club was formed a long time ago. The first date on my chain of office is 1966.

“It was for people after Round Table. When you get to 40 you have to clear out of the Round Table, hence the 41 Club.

“Nationally, Round Table has been struggling to get new members, which means we just haven’t had the intake from people coming out of there.

“We had a dinner at the old Queen’s Head in Morpeth about three years ago because that was where the first meetings were. It was a good night and we had invited Morpeth Round Table along as well, and as many people as we could think of. We thought that might provide some interest in the club, but nothing really came of it.

“Our existing members are getting older so we just have to wind the club up. It’s sad, but unfortunately these things happen. We have had some very good times over the years and will have lots of happy memories of the club.”

The club had remaining funds of £275.11 in its account, which will now be handed over to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Mr Cox said: “All of the remaining members agreed that we wanted to give the money to a good cause. Unfortunately, a couple of our members have had cancer so we thought that Macmillan would be an appropriate and worthy cause to benefit. We will be sending a cheque on.”