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Costa Blanca 41 Club
​​A place in the sun for the Ex-Round Tabler​​

History 2008 - 09


​​​​For those overseas members with a bad memory for names the change in chairman at the 2008 AGM presented no real problem, Peter Martin handing over to Peter Twelftree. Jim Thomas was elected VC, with Steve Moores and Ted Homewood as Secretary and Treasurer respectively. It was reported that overdue subscriptions amounted to €140.00, but with a healthy bank balance, subscriptions remained at €10.00 per member.​​
​​New chairman Peter started his career ‘training as a land surveyor, which continued during National Service in the Royal Engineers and a subsequent posting to a Field Survey Squadron in Germany in 1949. In 1955 I swapped my ‘rather routine life’ to work as a geodetic surveyor in Sierra Leone, living in primitive and rugged conditions, carrying out surveys for a proposed open cast iron ore mine. Being involved with contracting civil engineers, I considered that this could be an interesting future. Returning to the UK, I was immediately engaged with contractors in the far north of Scotland, tunnelling as part of an ongoing hydro-electric programme’.
Peter Martin hands over to Peter Twelftree

He returned to his Wiltshire/Hampshire roots in order to have more time for study, and spent time with both County Councils, eventually being responsible for highway construction and maintenance over a large area of Hampshire. A member of the Inst. of Civil Engineers and a Fellow of the Inst. of Highway Engineers, he avoided a permanent desk job by swapping roads for runways, and became the resident Engineer overseeing the construction of an airport in Ibadan, Nigeria. After another smaller project, he moved on from there to the Philippines and Sri Lanka, advising municipal Engineers on improving highway maintenance and rehabilitation. ‘I met and married Belen in Sri Lanka, and I continued to work in Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, 

Peter relaxing in the Philippines
​​ ​​ Mozanbique, Nepal, and Malaysia’. He retired after the completion of the new Kuala Lumpur International Airport.  He and Belen now spend their time between Salisbury, Javea and the Philippines. 

​It is with great sadness that we record the deaths of our founder chairman, Terry Loftus, and long serving members Bob Ramsey and past chairman Paddy O’Callaghan. Apart from the great debt that the club owes 
​​Terry, many members both past and present will remember him sitting daily in a cafe in the port with a coffee and brandy, meeting friends who just dropped in to say hello. Although an overseas member, Bob was involved with Terry and Fritz Burgel in the formation of the club. Paddy was a retired chemist. He made a contribution to the local community by testing the local water and sending samples to Brussels to confirm that it was substandard and undrinkable’.moving to Javea in 1990. 

​‘The Cluster was held at the Hotel Tryp Bellver in Palma, with one event staged at the Palma Aquarium. Situated in the centre of the port, there were spectacular views over the harbour and good access to the shops and amenities. On the social scene, we issued a Boule 
​​challenge to Calpe which was won by Costa Blanca. Steve and Doreen Moores presented a Trophy to be known as ‘Billy Boule’, and asked a mystified National President to present it to us at the Mallorca Cluster meeting’.

During the rest of the year we had a Treasure Hunt and several dinners in restaurants such as Las Brisas and Escollera, Javea, Solana, Alcalali and Piscina, Parcent, as well as a fish, chips and mushy peas supper which had to be eaten indoors due to the weather’.  Following the National AGM, ’41 Club’ is now to be known as an ‘Ex-Tablers Club’, and we have been abandoned by Area 20 and moved to Area 26.

Over the years we have commented on some of the social changes in Spain. So far, we have said nothing about urban roads and urban drivers. For example, 12 years ago, there were no roundabouts on the road from Javea 

​​Town Centre to the centre of Moraira. Now there are nine. These and others vary from being just painted on the road at a junction, to those big enough to house a tower block. In the main, they have improved the traffic flow, but even when sited on a dual carriageway with two lanes on all sides, drivers hog the right hand lane even if turning left. Coupled with the average Spanish driver’s reluctance to ever use a mirror or a flashing indicator, this can be rather disconcerting, especially if you happen to be in the left hand lane at the time of the manoeuvre and can’t immediately recall the appropriate Spanish phrase! (Hand gestures may not always help.)
Two impromptu meetings of members were held on quaysides in South America when the cruise ship ‘Norwegian Dream’ with Harry and Anita Atkinson on board,  moored in Chile alongside a ship carrying Tony and Janet Ogden. After travelling around the Horn in their separate ships, they continued their ‘off site’  .
​​meeting in Argentina. Also active on the world cruise ship circuit are Andrew and Kathy Johnson and Alan and Anne Oliver. Andrew and Kathy have built up a reputation for their presentations on cultural material and talks specific to the cruise locations, on a ‘no fee, food and accommodation only basis’. Alan is now involved as well, having stepped in following a long cruise they made themselves on a ship short of speakers.


Norwegian Dream
​​Past chairman Ernie Ironman has taken up a contract with a firm of interior designers in Dubai and will shortly be leaving us. Also permanently returning to the UK are Richard and Sally-Anne Barrell. On a positive note, Joe Barnfield, Jack Cope, Len Peacock, John Mail, Hans Waller and Islay Burns, are all managing their various health problems. Having now reached the age of 90, Islay has been made an honorary member, joining Len and Jack’.                                               
​​                                                                                                                                                                           ‘In an amazing coincidence, past chairman Trevor Lebentz visited a Car Rally in the UK and was astonished to see his first car, a 1934 Singer Le Mans coupe that he had purchased in 1953 for 15 pounds. It’s now worth 
around 14,000 pounds! Some weeks later he was stopped whilst driving to the golf club on a quiet Sunday morning by a Guardia radar car, alleging a speed of 70 kpm in a 60 kpm limit. Asked to back into a lay-by, he undid his seat belt to reverse, and was fined €200 for speeding and €150 for driving without a seat belt. It was later revealed that the Guardia, in a clampdown on speeding, had taken delivery of some 800 Citroen cars with in-house radar facilities’.
1934 Singer Le Mans coupe be continued....

This is the fifteenth of a series of articles on the history and development of the Costa Blanca 41 Club. It is being compiled from a large number of newsletters recovered from files held by Tony Ogden, who played a major part in the development of the Club and later in the development of the group of clubs now known as the ‘Iberian Cluster’. All the text above in italics is directly quoted from newsletters published at the time, and the web posting and additional illustration images are provided by Gordon Macnab.

Ted Homewood/Bob Oxley

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Ted Homewood
Chairman 2005-06

Bob Oxley
Chairman  2011-12

Another instalment in the history of our Club
​​Another instalment in the history of our Club​​