Moves afoot to keep Round Table alive

From left - Philip Simson, Robert Close, Kevin Burns, James Patrick, George Beaton and Phil Gibson.
From left - Philip Simson, Robert Close, Kevin Burns, James Patrick, George Beaton and Phil Gibson.

Moves are afoot to keep Cupar Round Table alive, with current and former members set to take part in a tough charity event in June.

The Table supporters are to embark on a 44-mile walk between the Forth and Tay rail bridges, taking in some 20 towns and villages, with the main beneficiary being CLIC Sargeant for children with cancer.

Organiser Robert Close said this week that the group would be setting off at 5.30 in the morning from North Queensferry and hoped to complete the trek at The View Restaurant, Wormit, before midnight.

Also taking part on June 20 will be Philip Simson, George Beaton, Norrie Cook and Andy Dalrymple.

Robert said Tablers had previously undertaken events such as a bike and hike, which involved 30 miles cycling and a 43-mile walk.

“We are really up for the ‘Bridge to Bridge’ challenge which will fill a hole in our diary.”

Robert added: “We’d be delighted if anyone would like to get involved on the day, be that simply to welcome our weary souls at Wormit - or laugh at the state of us!”

With the halfway point in Glenrothes and the route passing through Cupar, the walkers are hoping for particular strong support in these towns.

The route will take in Inverkeithing, Hillend, Dalgety Bay, Dunfermline, Crossgates, Hill of Beath, Cowdenbeath, Lochgelly, Auchterderran, Kinglassie, Glenrothes, Kettlebridge, Kingskettle, Ladybank, Springfield, Cupar, Kilmany and Gauldry before finishing at Wormit.

Robert explained it was hoped to give the Cupar Table “another go”.

A meeting is taking place tonight (Friday), in the Howe of Fife rubgy clubrooms in Provost Wynd, Cupar, at 7.30, at which it is hoped more potential members will attend and hopefully become involved.

It was revealed in March that the Cupar Table looked set to fold after 52 years in the town.

A sharp drop in membership meant the organisation was not sustainable and it looked as if it would follow St Andrews and Scotscraig Round Tables in disbanding, although Robert said at the time he was keen to keep the club alive if new members came forward.

Membership had been over 15 in recent years, but following a spate of retirals, relocations and resignations, the active membership dropped to three.

The club has raised thousands of pounds for local causes over the years, with one of its biggest fund-raisers being the popular Santa sleigh collection, which tours the district the weeks before Christmas.

The possible demise of the Round Table was met with sadness in the Cupar area, with many locals posting their thanks on Facebook to the outstanding fund-raising efforts of Tablers. Recent annual charitable donations have been about £14,000.

Online donations for the hike can be made at https://www.justgiving.com/Cupar-Round-Table-No-800/