A large gathering enjoyed an excellent Christmas lunch at Ascot House Hotel in Harrogate. 39 members, partners and friends including our President, Rev. Mark Godfrey and the widows of two distinguished members, Mrs. Phyllis Coggan and Mrs. Betty Bratley joined us – sadly Greville Moorhouse could not attend because of continuing ill-health.
Bilton Men’s Forum were holding their lunch at the same time, so the bar and lounge were full of convivial conversation.
After lunch our Chairman, Roy Smith, threatened us with a long talk on mobile phones but instead talked briefly about working as a Prison Governor at this time of year and asked us to think about those that had to work at Christmas. Derek Clarkson then read a slightly risqué poem by Wendy Cope, which he thought might get him expelled in mixed company. Malcolm Wood gave a vote of thanks to the organisers of the event, John and Margaret Taylor.
During the meal a collection was taken to support three charitable causes, which had been chosen by the members at a previous meeting. Members were extraordinarily generous and £111.00 was collected, at least double the previous record on one of these occasions. The money was distributed as follows:
£37.00 to Action for Brazil’s Children Trust – The money was presented to Malcolm Wood , whose son is involved with the Trust.
£37.00 to Derek Jenning’s grandson – The money was presented to Mike South to be passed to Lorna Jennings, widow of Derek, our former Registrar who died in 2008. The cash will help to finance their grandson who is raising money to attend the World Scout Jamboree. He has to finance himself if he is to go.
£37.00 to Jennyruth Workshops at Bridge Hewick. – The money was presented to Derek Clarkson, who is a supporter of this charity near Newby Hall.