Shirley Late Knights

Welcome to the home page of Shirley Late Knights, more commonly known as Shirley 41 Club. We are a member of The Association of Ex-Round Tablers Clubs which is usually known just as 41 Club.


We are the 'follow on' club for all those ex-Round Tablers mainly from Shirley Round Table, and obviously others who have moved into the area. For their website please click here.


We have a comprehensive EVENT ARCHIVE that now stretches back over 13 years, plus a TRAVEL HISTORY that shows where organised groups from Shirley Late Knights have been to around the world ... well, Europe mainly ...

Millennium Way Walks

Jerry has been organising several walks along sections of the Millennium Way this year all of which are in the EVENTS DIARY. They have been held on various days of the week, including Sundays, and were both daytime or evening.


There was also the Millennium Way Walking Festival held on 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th of September. That all seemed to go well, and was enjoyed by those taking part, so this event will now be held again in 2019 (dates TBA).


The next walk in the diary is yet to be announced, and will probably be early in the new calendar some time soon after the AGM.

Chairman Barry Durman
Barry has now finished his year as Immediate Past National President, and is of course our own esteemed Chairman! However, this hasn't stopped him travelling, and I'm sure there will be future trips for us to accompany him on. I'm sure he will be informing us shortly of any plans for the coming year!
Platinum Privileges

You can still get a whole raft of money saving offers exclusively for 41 Club members!


These include a few thousand pounds off a new Hyundai (I wonder why we have this! Thanks Barry and Dave!!) to money savings off your utility bills and also hotel accommodation savings - don't forget, you need the codes mentioned in the newsletter to get your discounts!


Just look at the newsletter, go to the end of it and find all the links. The link to the newsletter can be found by clicking here.

Member's notices

If any member has anything of general interest, or maybe family members doing sponsored events, or anything else that might be of interest to Club members please forward to your Webmaster (you know who he is!!) and he will add the notice here!

Web Masters Prize

This is traditionally an occasional prize I hand out (bottle of wine perhaps, or possibly even whisky!) just to see if anyone is looking at the website, or more than likely to actually get you to look at it!


The 2019 AGM has now passed into history and we did have a flurry of entries! So much so I decided to hand out TWO prizes! needless to say, I will be doing the occasional one again sometime, probably at the Reunion night, so keep looking here!


National Conference

This year's National Conference is being held in Torquay, and several of our members have headed off to the Torbay area. Enjoy!


Notice of NEXT year's Conference in Cardiff has now been received and if you wish to book early and receive a £20 discount you can log onto and book from 2:00pm on 4th April 2019. This will only be valid for the first 200 bookings, or until 30th June 2019, but as of 7:00pm on Friday 5th June there are already ONLY 69 PLACES LEFT!! So if you want to go, BOOK IN!

'Third Thursdays' events!

The year's calendar, now nearly completed - see the EVENTS DIARY link above - includes all the many and varied activities and events for our year.


This year we also have several 'Third Thursday' events to do if you wish, but none are compulsory! (although turning up to them with a cheery disposition probably is) Enjoy!

Round Table Corner!

The coming year's calendar, now drafted, includes several Shirley Round Table events which we have traditionally been happy to provide some help with.


Notable dates so far are:

Sat 11th May - Donkey Derby

Tues 4th to Sun 9th June - Shirley Beer Festival, where they always welcome any of us to help set up, and then sample the beers! (oh, and tend the bar occasionally!)

December - Carolling, as ever!


12 members set off for Wales over the weekend 22nd to 24th March. There was a zip wire experience, an underground slate mine trek, ... and 'gorge walking' ... a little 'damp'.


Several of us, including some partners, had a great day out visiting Bletchley Park. A thoroughly enjoyable and thought provoking day out in good company.



Several of our 4 Clubs group went on the the World94 trip to Chennai in India. The tour was an excellent tale of vibrant and colourful Goa and India, parties, safaris, more parties ... and lost luggage! (pictures gradually being added so keep checking here)


Colin and the rest of the crew spent an enjoyable evening sampling the brews from the Purity Brewery, after the obligatory tour (of course!).


Twelve of us went on the Thursday morning on Eurostar from St Pancras to Brussels where we met up with Greg Fanning, already there for work.


Twelve of Shirley's petrol-heads went to the Prestige Garage in Bromsgrove, and even got to drive one or two of the Rollers!


Our joint camping weekend saw 5 couples enjoy the sunshine - and England quarter final - near Wem!


Several of our own petrol heads went off to Cardiff for a weekend of classic cars, valleys, and sights!


Several of us, along with some of our partners, headed off for a day out on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway.

Previous 2017-18 events
Paul concluded his successful year and then handed the Chairmanship over to Barry, who managed to persuade Rex into taking up the Vice Chairman's Chain!
The Ladies were treated to an evening out at 'The Limes', a new venue for this event!
Our annual skittles match against Solihull was played in the usual competitive manner, with lots of fellowship! The reporter forgot to inform the Webmaster of the result!
Once again we headed off abroad this time to a very sunny Bordeaux. The main reason seems to have been to secure our wine supplies once brexit happens ...
Chairman Paul decided to take the boys out to 'play trains' for a day! Follow the link to see how we all got on, and who drank more than the rest at lunch!
Once again Barry organised a splendid trip out to Birdlip Hill and back!
Members from all 4 of our Clubs joined together for a fun evening of 10 pin bowling followed by a curry! There was even a magnificent trophy!
Our annual challenge with Table was held at a Frisbee Golf course near Leamington. A good fun event, we really should do more of this!
We maintained the Shirley tradition of a summer camping weekend including the usual Saturday walk to the pub, and a barbeque once we returned ...
We were invited to see a beautifully restored Tiger Moth aircraft and see the hangar where other projects are still ongoing. This was followed by a wonderful meal!
No less than 6 of or members headed off to Ilkley for the weekend to enjoy the surrounding countryside and attractions!

Phil Jones Trophy - Clay pigeon shooting. We had an enjoyable evening shooting at clays ... and some even managed to hit them! In the end the trophy was awarded

Peter Davis induction - At our first business/speaker meeting of the year Paul inducted Peter Davies back into the fold!





5th April - Updated National Conference News!


4th April - National Conference notice added, slight addition to Events Diary too


3rd April - Events Diary now with provisional dates for the full year (see EVENTS DIARY link above)


Diary at a Glance

The diary for the year 2019-20 is now available up to and including April 2020, please click here. Any amendments or additions will be made as we progress through the year.


2nd May - SLK Outside meeting - visit to Birmingham Steelhouse Lane Police station lock up


11th May - Shirley Donkey Derby - organised by RT


23rd May (Thurs) - Daytime canal trip and lunch from Kings Heath


6th June - SLK at Beer Festival Comedy Night


7th to 9th June - Beer Festival at Camp Hill Rugby Club - help always appreciated!


14th to 16th June - National Classic Car Rally at Ettington Chase Hotel - various help appreciated Firday and Saturday


27th June - Cec Crossley - Funky Golf at Becketts Farm?


4th July - SLK meal Meeting St Johns 


12th to 14th July - 4 Clubs Camping weekend - Much Wenlock


18th July - Joint Walk with Solihull 41 Club


23rd July (Tues) - Joint 4 Clubs event (SRT to organise)













Last edited 28 April 2019