Peebles Round Table

Peebles & District Round Table is activity seeking NEW MEMBERS to join the “largest voluntary organisation for young men in the world”.

Up and down the country there are thousands of members who are enjoying the social benefits of this unique club, building new friendship groups, having fun and working together to support local communities.

Here in Peebles we organise the annual bonfire and fireworks display, escort Santa and his sleigh around Peeblesshire each Christmas and fun raise for local causes.

The group is about fun and fellowship with lots of social events arranged throughout the year, including many for the whole family.  Each year culminates in a weekend trip for the group, arranged by the Chairman.  Previous destination include Budapest, Bruges, Gibraltar and Reims, to name just a few.

It is a place to meet new people, try something different and put back into your local community.  If you are interested in finding out more please e-mail or phone our Chairman via the contact page.

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A Truly Modern Movement


Though the Round Table has its roots in a different age, the original principles of the movement are as relevant today as they were at its formation in 1927. Tablers remain fiercely proud of their considerable achievements, yet unburdened by a history that spans two centuries.


The first Round Table was formed in Norwich, England in 1927, and the club is still going strong.

The founder, Louis Marchesi, was a young member of Norwich Rotary Club who felt there was a need for a club aimed more at the younger businessmen of the town. His vision was for them to exchange  ideas, learn from the experiences of their colleagues, and together contribute to the civic life of the town.

In the following 12 months, interest was so high that the club attracted 85 members, and people around the country were starting to show an interest in establishing other clubs.

From the beginning, the Round Table was a non-religious, non-political, and non-sectarian club, an ethos that still underpins the movement today.

The second Round Table club opened soon after in Portsmouth and then the idea really took off — by the time the Second World War broke out in 1939 there were 125 clubs and 4,600 members.

The first overseas group was formed in Copenhagen in 1936, and while the movement continued to grow in Denmark, the war years halted British expansion for a while. The existing clubs held strong, however, and when the war was over the momentum grew once again Round Table founder Louis Marchesias clubs were chartered all over Britain. Today there are 600 local clubs, with a combined membership of close to 8,000.

The Round Table is now a truly international movement, with active members in most European countries, as well as Africa, the Middle East, India, Hong Kong, New Zealand, and the USA. In fact, there are Round Table clubs on every continent.

The Name and Badge

Although the Round Table is based on a table that hangs in the Great Hall at Winchester, which is a medieval reproduction of King Arthur’s Round Table, the name of the Round Table does not owe its heritage to the mythical ruler.

In fact, the name comes from a speech that the then Prince of Wales made in 1927 to the British Industries Fair, when he said: “The young business and professional men of this country must get together round the table, adopt methods that have proved so sound in the past, adapt them to the changing needs of the times and wherever possible, improve them”.

This speech inspired the fledgling movement’s name, and also provided its maxim: adopt, adapt, improve –  principles that remain at the heart of the modern movement.

Give it a go!

If you want to find out more, find your nearest club using our Club Finder, then go along to one of the regular events for free and see if The Round Table Movement is for you.


Table President

The Table President is a respected past member whose experience can be used as a source of guidance to the Chairman.

Table Chairman

This is the most important position in the Round Table movement.  In your year as Chairman you are the local face and character of Round Table. The success of Round Table is in your hands. This is an onerous task but one which, done well, brings huge personal rewards. At the end of the year the Chairman has an Chairmans Weekend event which allows all Tabler’s to celebrate the years events


Other Posts

Vice Chairman – Support for the Chairman
Hon. Secretary – Create minutes of meeting
Hon. Treasurer – the money man
Area Delegate – supports the activities of other Tables in the area
Community Service – requests for donations
New Members – looks after the needs of new members
Parks Convenor – helps raise funds for the Park
Press & History – press releases, web sites and history
Programme – programme for the Year
Sales – sales of round table bits and pieces
Social – arranges Table social functions
Sports / Visits – arranges sports events
Ways and Means – arrange the key charity events
Well Convener – Collection of the funds from the charity well in Tweed Green

Quick FAQ’s

Round Table in a Nutshell


A quick FAQ session on Round Table

Are you a secret society like the Free Masons?

In a word – No.

Is Round Table time-consuming?

Round Table clubs meet once a month with other events mixed in. It is entirely down to you how much you put in and, like everything in life, the more you enjoy it the more you want to do it. What it will give you is a couple hours every few weeks when the rest of the world doesn’t matter.

Is it just for businessmen?

No, we have every trade, job, profession including directors, postmen, plumbers, lorry drivers and even estate agents.

Is Round Table a fundraising organisation?

Members often get involved with their local communities, helping others and supporting voluntary organisations. However, it’s as much about giving time and skills as fundraising, and whatever clubs do, it’s always about having fun!

Aren’t you a bit old fashioned?

What we offer is timeless, it’s been working for us for 80 years. The organisation keeps evolving and redefining itself, although the basics are the same. We are about trying new experiences you wouldn’t otherwise have tried, with friends you wouldn’t otherwise have met. You can learn new skills, put something back into the community.

Is it only for middle-aged, middle-class men?

We are aged between 18 and 45, from all sorts of occupations, social and ethnic groups, and backgrounds. It is this variety that makes the Round Table experience so interesting.

Is it expensive?

It works out at £8.29 per month plus the cost of your local activities. So generally less than a gym membership, and about the price of three pints.

Is it really formal?

It is different from club to club. There are times when business is conducted and it will feel like a business meeting (the club’s events and finance need to be managed), and we have the odd ‘black tie’ do. Most events are casual and informal. We don’t wear a suit to go paintballing or white water rafting!

I’m not sure about being in an all-male club; do you do things that also involve my partner and children?

Your club will have many activities which include your  family. We also have a sister organisation in  Ladies Circle which your wife or girlfriend may wish to get involved with independently. Having a blokes-only membership offers us some man-time when the conversation can soley be rubbish about football, broadband speeds, cars and mobile phones…

Do you have to be invited by a member to join ?

Nope – Round Table is totally open.  Most people come along for a few weeks to see what it’s like before they decide to join.

We are actively encouraging anybody to give it a go –  Click Here  to find clubs in your area and see for yourself. You’ll be under no obligation and you will be made very welcome.

Alternatively click here and contact us directly….

Contact Us

You can mail us via:

Peebles and District Round Table
c/o The Bridge Tweeddale
School Brae
EH45 8AT

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