Round Table

October 21, 2023

Give the Round Table a go

You’d be forgiven if you’re not familiar with Dereham Round Table or only aware of it in relation to Santa & his Sleigh visits in and around the town in the lead up to Christmas. It’s about much more than that…

Dereham is one of 14 Round Table groups in Norfolk, which in turn is part of a UK-wide organisation of 300 groups who raise over £4m each year for charities.

Dereham has a small dedicated group of 10 members and five honorary members. It’s run by members and men from 18-45 from all walks of life are welcome to join and get involved in anything from clay pigeon shooting to factory tours, and poker to rock climbing. Fund-raising for local charities is also part of the DNA of Round Tables. There are no special criteria to join, it’s not a business club and wealth or status is immaterial.

Round Table Santa

Last year, Dereham Round Table raised £1,000 each for Caring Friends for Cancer, Kings Park Pre-School and the Daisy Programme from their Santa and Sleigh programme. That’s made a huge difference to those local charities.

Ryan Seymour, Dereham’s 2023-24 Chairman said: “I joined to try new things, meet new people, get involved in the community and give something back. It’s a fun and rewarding leisure interest and I look forward to welcoming new members to the group. You can come and see what we’re about at the Town’s Christmas Lights Switch-on event at the end of November and next year’s Dereham Day in May. We’re just an average group of lads, looking to get out once or twice a month, try something different and help your community into the bargain.”

Ryan continues: “It won’t be long before Santa & his sleigh will be returning to Dereham and local villages. We’ve asked for some help renovating the sleigh this year and local businesses have come forward, for which we’re very grateful, thank you. We welcome any support which means we can carry on the tradition of the Santa & sleigh programme to help us spread some seasonal magic. This year’s programme will be shared as soon as it’s available.”

If you’re interested in joining the group and getting involved in fund-raising, please contact Ryan Seymour via the Dereham Round Table’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/derehamroundtable. Come along and give it a try!

Dereham Round Table, the guys behind the Santa’s Sleigh programme in and around the town are looking for new members to join their social group to have some fun, get involved in fund-raising for local charities and make a difference in our community.