It is with real regret that I have to let you know of the death of His Honour Judge Derek Clarkson Q.C. Derek died peacefully at his home yesterday.
It is good to remember celebrating his 90th birthday last Christmas and he had also just celebrated his Diamond Wedding.
Derek was a popular and respected Forum Member having joined in 2005 and he was our Chairman in the season 2017/2018. More importantly he contributed to our activities enormously with his amusing and regular talks on his legal reminesces and mysteries. At the annual Christmas lunch he further entertained each year with appropriate anecdotes and stories.
He will be sorely missed but also remembered with real affection by many.
Our condolences to Petronella and family are sent at this time.
My thanks to John Taylor for providing the advice about Derek’s passing.
Due to the continuing COVID 19 situation , which means our venue is not available , the first half of the 2020/2021 season i.e. October to December has been cancelled.
The position will be reviewed at the end of November/beginning of December 2020 and a decision made as to whether a restart can be made in January 2021 when the prevailing circumstances at that time will be considered.
Members have been individually advised and will be kept up to date with any changes and this site will similarly be updated.
NEIL RAMSHAW SECRETARY.
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Following on from the Clarkson’s Diamond Wedding celebrations I hear our Honorary Life Member John Taylor and his good lady Margaret recently achieved their Golden Wedding anniversary and even in these restricted times managed a quiet celebration at the Swinton Park Hotel Masham.
Well done to John and Margaret on attaining this fine and important life event.
NEIL RAMSHAW SECRETARY.
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I am reliably informed that our well loved member the Judge and his good lady will be celebrating their Diamond Wedding anniversary on Thursday August 20th. Sixty years is a terrific achievement in this day and age and as Derek would know better than any of us you get a lesser sentence in court for a murder charge!!
In all seriousness though on behalf of all members and his many friends in the Forum the couple are congratulated and sent all our best wishes for a great anniversary day.
NEIL RAMSHAW SECRETARY
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As you are aware our very own “Captain Tom Snelling” completed a 24 hour walk over three days at the beginning of June at the time of his 87th birthday to raise funds for Oatlands Community Group and their COVID support.
Not only did Tom complete his challenge but raised a magnificent £3561 to boot! and would like to thank all members who supported him.
To reciprocate, our congratulations to him on an outstanding achievement.
Well done Tom!!
NEIL RAMSHAW SECRETARY.
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Due to the coronavirus lockdown and the early curtailment of the last season the normal gathering for the A.G.M. on April 28th was not possible and a decision was taken therefore to hold a “virtual” type meeting with all documentation issued by E/Mail or Post to members and any agreement/issues or concerns fed back to the General Secretary. Any matters needing further resolution would be tabled at the first meeting of the new season.
—-Minutes of 2019 A.G.M. no issues arising and therefore taken to be agreed as a correct record.
—Chairman’s Message: reflections on a shortened season and thanks to those members who supported the Forum’s ongoing operations.
—General Secretary’s Report: season started with 57 members and finished with 53 members on books. Three members sadly passed away namely Messrs Mike Hawkins; Bill McNicol and Dennis Anderson. New President Reverend Moses John elected during the season.
—Programme Secretary Report: another good selection of new and old Speakers; three Open Meetings and a successful Members’ Morning. Excellent Christmas Lunch with £312 raised there for Martin House Hospice. Total Charitable contributions (inc. Xmas Lunch) totalled £1104 from member donations and Speakers’ fee donations. Good level of attendances averaging around 35 but concerns over overall declining membership numbers.
—Treasurers Report: Finances remain in rude order and annual/weekly fees to remain unchanged at £5 and £2 respectively.
Due to shortened season the Church Donation is suggested at £600 with a possible further £200 when the Forum starts its new season.
—Election of Officers:
President: Rev. Moses John.
Chairman: Peter Wilson.
General Secretary: Neil Ramshaw.
Vice/Second Vice Chairman: BOTH VACANT.
Programme Secretary: VACANT.
Treasurer: Roy Smith.
Registrar: David Hill.
Church Contact: Mike South.
Catering Officers: Tom Snelling; Roger Bancroft; Richard Brooks; Edward Rowe.
Auditor: Chris Butterfield.
Following the issue of the documentation significant feedback was received agreeing it was a correct record of the season with no issues or dissent raised.
THE NEW SEASON (2020/21) IS DUE TO START ON TUESDAY OCTOBER 6TH, 10 A.M. FOR 1030 A.M. UNDER INCOMING CHAIRMAN PETER WILSON HOWEVER THIS CAN ONLY BE PROVISIONAL AT THIS STAGE AND WILL BE CONFIRMED LATER IN THE YEAR.
The 42nd season finished with 57 members registered on our records. The death of Mike Hawkins was reported during the summer break which meant the 43rd season 2019/2020 started with 56 registered members.
“Calendar of Meetings (two) and a “Welcome Back Note” were issued to all members. Meeting Cards were, as usual, distributed to Harrogate Library; Harrogate Tourist Information Office; our local Harlow News Correspondent(Harrogate Advertiser) Charlotte South and also our Church Contact Rosalind Crew who includes details on the Harlow Methodist Church Website with links to Nidd Valley Methodist Church.
Oct 1: First meeting of new season under Chairmanship of Richard Wright. Derek Mitchell paid tribute to Member Mike Hawkins who died during the summer recess.
Oct 8: New Member George Cram joins our group.
Oct 15: Peter Wilson agrees to take up Vice Chairman position. New member Chris Shott joins our ranks.
Oct 22: Treasurer Roy Smith presents indicative accounts (unaudited) for y/e 30/6/2019.
Nov 12: Two dropped from membership… Allan Anderson (resigned) and Richard Cobbald (ill-health).
First Open Meeting of season with Mr Andy Dennis (N.H.S. Nurse) speaking about Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders). £50 fee plus £169–71 collected for M.S.F. Attendance of 30 members plus 6 Lady Guests.
Nov 19: Sad death of Member Bill McNicol announced.
Nov 26: New President Reverend Moses John welcomed.
Dec 3: Second Open Meeting of the season with Alun Pugh (Speaker) and the Beatles early history. 39 members attended and 6 lady guests.
Dropped John Tyreman from membership due to ill health.
Dec 10: Christmas Lunch at Ascot House Hotel attended by 57 members and guests. Charitable Collection raised £312 for Adam and Jane Curtis ‘ Just Giving which goes to Martin House Hospice. His Honour Judge Derek Clarkson celebrated his 90th birthday and was presented with a card and birthday cake.
Jan 3: Death of member Dennis Anderson reported.
Jan 28: Two guests at meeting, Brian South (Mike South’s brother) and Alex Jackson (Friend of Speaker Bob Soper).
Feb 11: Member’s Morning with contributions from Malcolm Wood; John Pearson; Brian Gallagher; David Hopkinson; Vincent Naylor.
Mar 3: Open Meeting with Teresa Marshall from Bilton Hogspital. In addition to Speaker’s fee another £43-05 contributed by members.
Mar 17: This meeting would be the last for the season with premature closure of the Forum due to the coronavirus outbreak and remaining meetings and events cancelled.
At today’s meeting , which understandably drew a small audience of eleven, it was decided that the season would conclude and meetings scheduled for March 24th; March 31st; April 21st; April 28th A.G.M. and May 5th Spring Event would all be cancelled.
Given the current health concerns and the speed of developing information and restrictions this was felt to be a sensible and realistic outcome.
Hopefully matters will have improved for the start of next season in October and information will be posted here when appropriate.
May I wish you all the best through what maybe some difficult weeks and months and stay safe and well until we meet again (cue Vera Lynn!!).