Daily Archives: 09/10/2009

Annals for 2008/9 Season

Annals of Forum for the season 2008/9

At the beginning of the season we had 45 members on the books.


21 April – Ex member Tony Penman died.

7th May — Visit to Harrogate Council Chamber and Mayors Parlour.

28th July — Ron Righton to live in care following fall.

7th Oct – New Members: Ken Bircher and Colin Brindle joined.


February — Mike Bratley died after walk.

17th February — New member John Clark joined.

27th February _ Ron Righton, founder member, died.

21St April — Annual General Meeting.

28th April — Visit to Thackray Medical Museum Leeds.                              

                                                                                          George Mountford

Welcome New Members

The most important people in our forum are the new members!

Reason – without new members our forum would soon cease to exist.  Back in 1977  the founder-members, in their wisdom, realised this and made every effort to attract new members.  They also stipulated that the forum should be open to “….. all men irrespective of  religious belief …..” 

This is as true today as it was then and this is why we try to advertise the forum in as many places as possible.  Reports in the local newspaper are one way, posters in Harrogate library and the Tourist Information Centre are another.  We also have links to the www.enjoyharrogate.com website and of course we have this our forum web presence.  But the most effective way of attracting new members of course still remains – by personal recommendation.

Attracting new members is one thing, retaining new members is just as important. We have to make them feel welcome and hope they will become part of our group.  Have you ever walked into a room full of strangers and been ignored?  If you have you will realise the value of a friendly greeting.

It’s easy, all you have to do is put out your hand and say:  ” Hello,  my name is  ……….  glad to meet you.” 

                                                                                         George Mountford.