SECRETARY’S REPORT

The third meeting of the season was opened by Chairman Michael Cochrane who advised of seven apologies.

Today’s Speaker saw the return of Mr Tony Brown with his titled talk being ” In the Kingdom of the Ice Bear”. This was the tale of his sailing trip to the Norwegian Archipelago of Svalbard and surrounding islands (formerly Spitsbergen) located 600 miles from the North Pole. The boat would prove to be their home for 10 days with shifting ice making a land base problematical. Backed up with a first class photographic slide show the audience was treat to a panorama of geographical features that make up this part of the world with its landscape of ice caps, tundra and floes. Tony’s visit was during the summer and benefitted from a 24 day with no dark night time.

The buildings shown were of wood construction and had Polar Bear preventative measures in place. We were shown Reindeer, Husky Dogs, Walruses, Seals, Minke Whales  an Arctic and Blue Fox and a great variety of seabirds such as Arctic Terns, Eider Ducks,  and Puffins. The crowning glory was of course pictures of Polar Bears the undoubted kingpins of the area and very much top of the food chain. Suprisingly for such inhospitable climes there were a good deal of flowers although small in size. We learnt about how the animals operated in this environment and advised of the peculiar fact that nothing prior to 1945 can be removed from the beaches…its classed as Heritage!! Comments and questions were raised at the conclusion of the talk.

The Vote of Thanks on behalf of 36 attendees was given by Terry Byrne.

 

NEIL RAMSHAW   SECRETARY

SECRETARY’S REPORT

Chairman Michael Cochrane opened the second meeting of the new season by advising of an improved turnout and that four apologies had been offered. He introduced new member Robert Edenbrow to Forum Members and who was welcomed in the usual manner.

General Secretary Neil Ramshaw advised of a number of matters arising from the April A.G.M. in particular the need for supplementary kitchen support; an outstanding position of 2nd Vice Chairman to fill and the need for a Programme Secretary for next season. Enquiries from interested parties would be appreciated. A reminder to keep the Secretary up to date with any change of personal details was also requested.

Today’s Speaker was Mr David Alred, a regular “returning visitor “, taking us previously from the Washburn Valley to the Grand Canyon! His topic this morning would be part two of his “Nidderdale Heritage”.

Starting at Pateley Bridge, a black and white slide show of heritage photographs was shown and David provided appropriate detail in support. We saw a familiar looking “Pateley” high street from over a hundred years ago, mention of Metcalfe Brewers (Nidderdale Ales) and the Old Market Hall. Scenes from the 1935 Silver Jubilee Procession  were shown along with the local  Quarry which produced supplies of Yorkshire Stone. The railway came to Pateley Bridge in the 1860’s and operated until 1951 with seven trains a day to and from Harrogate including stops at Birstwith, Ripley Valley and Dacre amongst others. Photos included farming scenes of yesteryear with horses working the fields, before mechanisation, involving  ploughing and haystacking. Other rural illustrations showed sheep shearing and “Young Farmers Clubs” displaying cattle at local shows such as Nidderdale and Ripley. The slide show moved on to businesses using horse power for transport including the Post Office; early garages with hire vehicles and charabancs; blacksmiths at work; old mills such as the one at Darley and the extensive and labour intensive construction of a number of reservoirs in the area, some specifically to service Bradford. The final part of the talk showed family, sporting and a few quirky pictures. This walk down memory lane of a not too distant past, but much removed from our present, proved a nostalgic treat.

Questions and comments were made at the talk’s conclusion and Mike South gave the Vote of Thanks on behalf of the forty-one attendees.

 

NEIL RAMSHAW   SECRETARY

Concorde: Up in Flames

Mr Duncan Verity: Concorde: Up in Flames

First meeting of the new season chaired by Mike Cochrane.
Tribute to 3 time Chairman and life member Roy Howard (d. 2/6/18) by John Taylor.
Outline of new banking arrangements and short financial update by Roy Smith. Audited accounts to follow.

Duncan verity from Wetherby MF gave a competent presentation; but a horrendous one. Duncan introduced a National Geographic DVD about the fatal crash of an Air France Concorde airliner on take-off at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport in 2001, which killed all 109 passengers and 4 people on the ground. Firstly we were shown a dramatic reconstruction of the moments before the crash from the point of view of the devastated traffic controller, who first noticed flames coming from the aircraft. Then we followed in detail the twists and turns of the Air France investigation during which all Concordes were grounded. There were 3 major clues – a ruptured tyre, a shattered fuel tank and a mysterious strip of metal. It transpired that the metal strip came off an American DC10 which had left a few minutes before Concorde. Tests showed that the Concorde fuel tank had shattered from the inside out on contact with the strip. Concorde flights were resumed but were abandoned in November 2003. The cost running “the beautiful white Supersonic bird” had become uneconomic.

Mr Verety explained, however, that many experts consider that some additional issues were not addressed. For example the 6 tons of extra weight which Concorde was carrying above its recommended load. These and other questions led to some interesting comments from members. Mike Cochrane gave the vote of thanks and recalled a visit to Filton in the 1960s when he saw Concorde being built.

Welcome Back Harlow Men’s Forum Season 42

Hope you’ve all enjoyed a splendid summer and taken full advantage of the glorious weather…without complaining too much!!

Our new season will shortly upon us with Michael Cochrane taking the Chair for a second time and asking that we remember some of our stalwart members who have passed on during the last season. We will also see a change of President During this next season when the Reverend Christine Gillespie leaves us for pastures new but hopefully we can say our farewells to her at our Christmas Lunch.

An exciting and varied programme of Speakers has again been collected for our winter entertainment by John Taylor who is standing down as Programme Secretary after this year–how will we replace him??

So , looking forward to seeing you all at our seasonal kick off on Tuesday Oct 2  10.a.m for 1030. a.m. with fees remaining unchanged for yet another year. (£3 annual and £2 each meeting).

For completeness the full Programme 2018/2019 has been entered below.

NEIL RAMSHAW   SECRETARY

Calendar of Meetings 42nd Season 2018/2019

2018.

Oct 2.  Mr Duncan Verity       Concorde–Up in Flames

Oct 9.  Mr David Alred            Nidderdale Heritage II

Oct 16. Mr Tony Brown          In the Kingdom of the Ice Bear

Oct 23. Mr Trevor Moody      Comedians of Our Good Old Days

Oct 30. Mr Alan Barker          I Wish

Nov 6.  OPEN MEETING

Mr Stephen Caldwell  Living & Working in Windsor Castle

Nov 13. Mr Geoff Queen         An A to Z of Europe

Nov 20. Mr Philip Solity          An Amusing Insight into Road Traffic Law

Nov 27. Mr Neil Ramshaw     Some of My British Sporting Heroes

Dec 4.   Mrs Jocelyn Brooks   An Egyptian Odyssey

Dec 11. CHRISTMAS LUNCH AT ASCOT HOUSE HOTEL

—————– CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR BREAK—————–


2019.

Jan 8.   Mr David Davies          The Big Winter Freeze 1947

Jan 15. Mr Frank Ellis              At the Drop of a Hat

Jan 22. Mr Roger Oldfield       The Yorkshire Residency Test

Jan 29. Mr Tony Burkill           The English Lakes

Feb 5.  Mr Malcolm Johnson   Famous for 12 Minutes

Feb 12. Mr John Taylor            Ten Johns and Two Freds

Feb 19. Mr Terry Mike Williams  The History of New Park – Part 2

Feb 26. Mr Eric Jackson            The Barnbow Munitions Works

Mar 5.  Mr Edward Rowe         Bye Bye the Neighbourhood

Mar 12. OPEN MEETING–RAY COGGAN MEMORIAL MEETING

Mr Clive & Mrs Kath Richardson     The Woman Who Didn’t Exist

Mar 19. Mr Jeff Jacklin              The N.H.S….It Only Hurts When I Laugh

Mar 26. His Honour Judge Derek Clarkson Q.C.

The Lighter Side of the Law

Apr 2.   Mr Peter Wilson            Back to Front

Apr 9.   OPEN MEETING

Mr Keith Tordoff  M.B.E.  The Background and History of Sweets

Apr 16. Members Morning

——————EASTER HOLIDAY——————

Apr 30.     42nd ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

May 7.  Spring Lunch –to be finalised

 

FUNERAL OF ROY HOWARD HONORARY LIFE MEMBER.

Six Forum Members , including the immediate past Chairman and current Chairman , attended Roy Howard’s funeral at Stonefall on June 28th. Roy’s daughter and granddaughter spoke at the service and brought with them a selection of the things Roy enjoyed—a copy of The Times which he read every day; his Scrabble set; a box of Thornton’s Chocolates; a guide to Norwegian fjords etc. Some of us knew about Roy the climber of mountains; Roy the veteran of Harrogate Photographic Society and Roy the accomplished ballroom dancer but we also learned that he was a fine violinist at a young age and had a successful career as a Higher Executive Officer in the Civil Service. He was proud of his role in the Harlow Men’s Forum and his unique distinction of being Chairman three times with his contribution to our group being recognised with his award of Honorary Life Membership. His joke book, from which he quoted at the beginning of each meeting, was on display!!

The Minister at the service then read a tribute to Roy from Forum Member and his friend George Wells who did so much to help Roy and his wife Hazel in their later years as their health declined and indeed , sadly, Hazel was too ill to attend the service. It was Roy who persuaded George to come to one or two Forum Meetings with him becoming one of our most committed attendees always eagerly anticipating each new season. and he latterly brought Roy to meetings which he would not otherwise have been able to attend. George commented on Roy being a quiet but very kind man with many varied accomplishments.

 

NEIL RAMSHAW   SECRETARY

Roy Howard …Funeral Arrangements

The funeral for Roy Howard will take place at Stonefall Crematorium/Cemetry on Thursday June 28th at 11 a.m.

NEIL RAMSHAW   SECRETARY

Passing of Honorary Life Member Roy Howard.

It is with sadness that I have to advise of the death of Roy Howard at the age of 89 after a long period of deteriorating health.

Roy was the Londoner who came to Harrogate as a child and went to Harrogate Grammar School before a career as a Social Security Officer. In his younger days he was a great walker and Joss Naylor the Cumbrian fell- runner was his cousin. Roy, it seems, once climbed Ben Nevis in the early morning and was dancing in the Royal Hall in the evening. Ballroom dancing was another of his many interests. For many years he was a keen member of Harrogate Photographic Society. He joined the Forum nearly 20 years ago, spoke to us three times and was three times Chairman, a unique distinction. He was elected an Honorary Life Member after the death of his friend George Mountford who was our first Honorary Member.

Our condolences go to his family and his presence at the Forum will be missed.

Funeral details will be entered here when known.

 

NEIL RAMSHAW   SECRETARY

Secretary’s Note

I have today posted the 2017/2018 Annals which concludes matters for the last season.

Have a great summer!!

ANNALS 2017/2018

2017

The 40th season ended with 64 members on the records.

“Calendar of Meetings” and “Welcome Back” messages were issued to all members including a second Calendar for members to pass to any interested friends/neighbours. The normal external distribution for information and advertising had as usual encompassed Harrogate Library, Harrogate Tourist Information Centre, our local Harlow News Correspondent (Harrogate Advertiser) Charlotte South and also to our Church Contact Rosalind Crew who includes details on the Harlow Hill Methodist Church Website with its links to the Nidd Valley Methodist Church.

Oct 3rd: First meeting of new season under Chairmanship of His Honour Judge Derek Clarkson Q.C. saw two new members join, Jim McPhail and Alan Barker. Charles Lubelski the next weeks Speaker attended as a guest.

Oct 17th: Four new members welcomed to Forum namely Derek Mitchell; Brian Gallagher; John Pearson and Eric Smith.

Oct 24: A further new member Vic Welborn and prospective new member attending as a guest Rob Allison.

Oct 31st: First Open Meeting of the season and also Ray Coggan Memorial Meeting. Attended by 40 members and 6 guests.

Nov 14th: Peter Wells attended as a guest.

Nov 21st: Allan Anderson and Rob Allison joined as new members and Richard Cobbald attended as a guest.

Nov 28th: Richard Cobbald added to the membership.

Dec 5th: Five members dropped from Forum Records for various reasons;

Robert Bradwell (ill-health and sadly died shortly after) ; Jeffrey Harrop (non-attendance/ contact); David Jackson (non-attendance/ contact); Mike McKevitt (ill-health); J.Graeme Smith (non-attendance due to health issues and asked to resign).

Dec 12th: An excellent Christmas Lunch at the Ascot House Hotel was attended by 68 members and guests. The after-lunch charitable collection raised £280 to be split between the Girl Guides to assist renovating Birk Crag facilities and to Harlow Hill Methodist Church where we meet.

2018

Jan 16th: Dropped Ray Snowden from membership. (deceased)

Dropped Jim Wilson from membership. (ill-health/non-attendance)

Jan 30th: Open Meeting and Presidents Morning….thirty five member attendees and six lady guests.

Feb 6th: Patrick Halligan new member welcomed.

Feb 13th: Advised of death of former member Roland Moor.

Feb 20th:Members Morning with welcome contributions from Alan Barker; John Corby; Frank Ellis; Brian Gallagher and Gordon Percy. Dropped from membership Lou Consentine (not in country/non-attendance).Also sadly dropped from membership Gordon Richardson who has passed away.

Feb 27th: Welcomed Edward Rowe as a new member.

Dropped from membership Michael Andrews (ill-health/other commitments) and Richard Pugh (resigned).

Mar 6th: Dropped from membership Ken Roberts (ill-health).

Mar 27: Third Open Meeting of season saw a late cancellation and Geoff Queen stepped in at short notice with his ” Great Britain Quiz.

Apr 24: 41st A.G.M. held.

May 23: A party of 20 members and guests entertained by John and Margaret Taylor at a coffee morning at Hollins Hall.

Season concludes with 64 members registered on records.