Hartlepool Round Table has had yet another fantastic year, raising valuable funds to support local charities. The organisation which is based at One77 on York Road has given away more than £6400 to worthwhile causes and charities in Hartlepool and the surrounding area.  

The charity which has been in Hartlepool since the early 1930s is made up of 11 guys who organise events such as: The Annual Santa Tour, The Boxing Day Dip and The Hartlepool Beer Festival, which is now in its 23rd year and is held at The Borough Hall in every October. 

The Boxing Day Dip this year saw almost 500 crazy individuals run, walk or crawl into the freezing North Sea which in turn raises money for the individuals charity or organisation, people young and older raise money for Cancer support, Rugby clubs, hospice charities, and dancing groups to name but a few. It is estimated that over £75,000 was raised for local good causes this year. 

More recently they had resurrected the Santa Tour,where Santa's sleigh tours Hartlepool delighting thousands of children and their families for the last 2 years, this year is looking to include an extra route to include more of the town. 

Paul Thompson (Chairman 2018/19) said,  “The next year will be full of challenges that will test the members of Hartlepool Round Table. It will be a great deal of fun with the forthcoming calendar we have planned and very rewarding to see local charities benefit. This year the two main charities that will be benefactors from the Beer Festival will be Hartlepool Carers and Hartlepool Lifeboat, both of which provide vital support to the people of Hartlepool”

The Round Table Great Britain & Ireland is a non-political, non-sectarian association open to men between the ages of 18 & 45, from any profession or trade.

If you are interested in joining Hartlepool Round Table get in touch via our Facebook or website. 


Hartlepool Round Table 1

Middleton ‘Power Graingers’ 0

(but it could have been a different story)

Two Hartlepool teams entered the Annual Hetton Dragon Boat Race over the weekend at Hetton Lyons Country Park. Hartlepool Round Table, popularly known for organising the Hartlepool Beer Festival, Santa Run and Boxing Day dip, and Middleton ‘Power Graingers’, led by former Round Table Chairman, Mark Rycraft. 

Neither team could boast any previous experience in Dragon Boat racing, however this didn’t stop both teams ‘rushing’ through the heats and into the final where they came up against the Sunderland Rotary 1 team, the newest Rotary team in the local area.

The event, now into its third year, is ran by Rotary North East on the back of Hetton’s Annual Family Festival, raising money for a swathe of local charities and good causes, and the crowds certainly turned up as the sun shone on the many participants.

Twelve teams entered the event, although it was nearly only eleven when on Wednesday both teams were in discussions to mount a joint challenge due to lack of numbers. In the end the fourteen strong ‘Tablers’ faced off the sixteen strong Power Graingers in a photo finish final.

All teams took part in three separate heats facing different challenges on each occasion. Into the third round, and all teams were struggling to gain ground on their previous times.

It was the second round times that made the difference for both Hartlepool teams, Round Table having the tiniest advantage with a 01:1734 over the Power Graingers 01:1772.

As the two sides took to the lake for the fourth and final time, foul play was suspected when Hartlepool Round Tables boat sprung a leak, however this was soon fixed and Table were soon paddling onwards to the start line. 

As the starter brought all three boats to attention, the team rivalry intensed as chants of ‘Where’s your Argos gone!’ could be heard being shouted from the Round Table boat. As the starters claxon sounded it was the SR1 team who got away the quickest, with both Hartlepool Teams holding on. As the strokes lengthened, the ‘Graingers’ took the lead with SR1 and HRT in hot pursuit. With less than 50m to go, all three teams looked to be set for gold medals as all members gave it their all.

The medal ceremony delivered the news, Middleton ‘Power Graingers’ 3rd, Sunderland Rotary one 2nd and Hartlepool Round Table 1st. The group ecstatic, with one ‘Tabler’ taking to the Lake with excitement.

Following the event, Hartlepool Round Table Chairman, Dominic Wheatley praised the event, ‘We’ve had a fantastic day in what has been a superbly organised event. It was an event we entered out of the blue, but everyone should be really proud of what we have achieved. Never did we think we would have won the event. We will definitely be back next year to defend our title’

Hartlepool Round Table is a Charity raising money for other local charities and good causes, to find out more information go to www.HartlepoolRoundTable.co.uk.