Monthly Archives: February 2013

SECRETARY’S REPORT

Chairman Bill Blades opened the meeting by welcoming a number of lady guests to what was a Forum “Open Meeting”.

The Speaker making a long overdue return visit was Mr John Wallis whose topic “Top Of The Bill” was accompanied by a number of musical instruments namely Banjo, Ukulele and Mandola to support what he had to say and with some very welcome and nostalgic musical interludes.  Member’s  memories of yesterday were rekindled with amusing stories and tales about Marie Lloyd, Rob Wilton,  Sandy Powell,  Al Read,  Albert Modley,  Gracie Fields,  George Formby,  Josef Locke,  Flanagan and Allen and of more recent vintage Les Dawson. The humour he displayed in his anecdotes showed a freshness despite the passage of time and left the audience both laughing heartily and wanting more!! Songs such as “Leaning On A Lamp Post”, “Hear My Song” and “Hometown” were equally well received and joined in by audience members with the morning’s entertainment concluding with “We’ll Meet Again”

A vote of thanks was given by Mr Frank Ellis.

NEIL RAMSHAW SECRETARY

SECRETARY’S REPORT

The meeting started by the Chairman Bill Blades welcoming back Peter Staples after his illness.

Mr Geoff Queen , a previous visitor was today’s speaker with his fee going to Great Ormond Street Hospital. His topic covered his visit to IndoChina and was titled ” Veni, Vidi, Vietnam”. Memories were stirred with mentions and slides of Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Hanoi, Phnom Penh as well as recollections of France and American military involvement in the area. Mention was also made of the great Mekong River which apparently flows in different directions depending on the time of year, Lake Nam Nguma in Laos   and some excellent pictures of Royal Palaces and Temples were also  shown.

The preponderance of motor bikes as the preferred mode of transport was commented upon as well as the danger to life and limb when crossing roads and also interesting was the great emphasis on fresh foods particularly vegetables, rice and fish as the dietary staples of the indigenous population.

A vote of thanks was given by Tom Snelling.

NEIL RAMSHAW SECRETARY

SECRETARY’S REPORT

Our talk today was given by Mr Alun Pugh whose topic “Dei goes to War”  was recollections and anecdotes of his late fathers war time experiences as a pilot with Bomber Command based at Pocklington.

Some of the reminiscences he shared were backed up from entries from his fathers war time diaries , photographs and newspaper/book  appearances over the years. The talk was by turns amusing, moving, wry and highly interesting interspersed with the mix of normal day to day activities juxtaposed around the high level bombing missions across Germany which were fraught with peril and  regrettably a very high mortality rate although Aluns father was a survivor and lived to a ripe old age. He did experience a serious ditched landing in the North Sea on one occasion with the trauma of losing some crew colleagues and this incident marked the end of his high level operational role with his squadron due to the injuries sustained.

We learned about “The Goldfish Club” for rescued survivors , how he met his wife (she was in the W.A.A.F.) and the genuine human emotions experienced by these young men such as fear before missions and relief if missions were called off but above all the stoic manner they accepted their lot and carried out their duty.

The vote of thanks was given by Malcolm Wood who was delighted in shaking the hand that had shaken the hand that had shaken the hand of the man who had shaken the hand of Adolf Hitler!!

NEIL RAMSHAW SECRETARY

SECRETARY’S REPORT

This meeting of the Forum saw a late change of speaker with Mr Geoff Pawson coming in as a very able substitute and giving an amusing and at times quirky speech on the “Wild Flowers of Bolton Abbey” supported with an excellent slide show.

The amazing variety of flowers, shrubs and trees to be found around Bolton Abbey was something to be marvelled at with the predominant colour appearing to be yellow although other various hues were well represented amongst the floriade. Mr Pawson covered some of the myths and legends that have developed over the years relating to the various plants and also commented on the medicinal, eating and drinking uses they have been put too as well as things such as bedding for animals and building materials to name just two miscellaneous further usages. Indeed if one was lost for any length of time in Bolton Abbey grounds it’s likely that you could sustain yourself nutrionally with what’s on offer but with a strong caution that partaking of the wrong plant offering could lead to an early demise!!

Mr Pawson also mentioned his support of the Sir Edmund Hillary Everest Trust which he has been involved with for nearly 20 years.

NEIL RAMSHAW SECRETARY