Take 5 has been given its original name of The Louis Marchesi - the city man who founded Round Table and started a movement that changed millions of lives!
The Grade II listed building in Norwich’s Tombland has housed the Take 5 cafe/bar for a number of years. Before that, the building was home to the Waggon and Horses pub. But new owner Lisa Atkins has returned the building to its historical roots. She has been refurbishing the venue and it recently enjoyed the big relaunch night. Singers Christy Reed and Neil Francis, both from Great Yarmouth, performed over the opening weekend.
Louis Marchesi, the pub’s namesake, was the founder of the Round Table Great Britain and Ireland, with the first Table formed in Norwich in 1927. Round Table now has over 30,000 members around the world and is celebrating an enormous 90 years of Fun, Friendship and Fundraising. Marchesi was the first secretary of the club, which, even through two World Wars, has continued to run to this day.
Mr Marchesi was a local business owner, and a member of the Norwich Rotary Club. He felt there was a need for a club aimed at younger businessmen in Norwich, and enforced a ‘retiring’ age of 40 from the Round Table. Today Round Table members can belong to the organisations until the age of 45 - and then become members of the 41 Club, an association of ex-Tablers. To find out more about joining Round Table click here.
Want to own a piece of Round Table history?
To celebrate the 90th year of Tabling and the reopening of the Louis Marchesi, you can own a piece of Round Table history with this special edition limited print of Louis Marchesi.The prints were created as part of the fund raising efforts which Round Table Family organisation members made contributions toward. Funds raised through the sale of the special edition prints will be divided equally between Round Table Children's Wish (RTCW) and Norfolk Community Foundation (NCF), which encourages charitable giving and connects donors with communities across Norfolk. To find out more about the print and the charities your purchase will directly support click here
Less than 25 of the special limited edition prints of Louis Marchesi now remain available.