At the start of the season on October 2nd the Forum had 49 members on the books all of whom had Programmes and “Welcome Back” slips sent.
–Dennis Anderson was added to the members at the first meeting having attended as a guest in the previous season.
–Harold Dawson was re-entered onto the membership having being removed the previous year.
–Rosalind Crew our contact in the Church was forwarded a programme for inclusion on the Harlow Hill Church Webpage which links with the Nidd Valley Methodist circuit.
—Copy Programmes were also placed in Harrogate Library and Harrogate Tourist Information Centre.
2 nd October
–Six new members attended namely David Essam; John Knell; Philip Sladden; Peter Belton; Ernie Ridpath and Richard Barker.
—Two letters of thanks from the two Honorary Life Members Reg Jackson and George Mountford were advised to Forum members.
–New member David Hill attended.
…New member Thomas Clayton attended.
—“Ray Coggan”Memorial Lecture and guests welcomed included Mrs Coggan and Mrs Clarkson (whose husband gave the talk).
–New member Michael Andrews attended.
–New member Grahame Devonport attended.
–New member Michael Williams attended.
–Forum appeared in Harrogate Advertiser in full-page spread of dialogue and pictures in “Club Focus ” section.
–Christmas Lunch at Ascot House well attended and monies raised split between Alzheimer’s Society and Hebe Barlow (Project Trust student spending one year at rural primary school teaching in Namibia—£80 given to each.
—Sadly having been unwell at the Christmas Lunch the death of John Pearce was advised a few days later–a loss to the Forum of a popular and supportive member.
—Tribute to John Pearce given by John Taylor.
–The new table-cloth made its first appearance!!
–President’s Morning which also saw a short request from Geoff Scurrah regarding “Harrogate in Bloom” and Secretary Neil Ramshaw advised members of a charity appeal for volunteers from Harrogate Easier Living Project.
—Chairman Bill Blades brought Forum members attention to a March 2nd Church Jumble Sale and requests for donations towards the sale.
–A late change of speaker saw Mr Geoff Pawson replace Ms Moira Smith and the talk on Bolton Abbey moved emphasis to ” Wild Flowers of Bolton Abbey”.
–Saw the second Open Meeting of the season and Chairman Bill Blades welcomed attending guests (Ladies ) to the Forum.
—Chairman Bill Blades advised that the Church Jumble Sale made £252 and thanked supporting members.
–A change to March’s programme was announced with the speakers on the 19th and 26th changing places with each other.
—Roger Bancroft deputized as Chairman for Bill Blades who was attending the 1000th meeting of Bilton Men’s Forum.
–The Forum was sadly advised of the death of member Jim Bromhead after a period of serious illness.
–Another late change of speaker occurred as Mr John Bevers cancelled due to a severe throat infection. Mr Terry Frazier came in as a late replacement and as befits a volunteer lecturer with the National Trust for 38 years gave an excellent illustrated talk about the Trust in the Lakes and North East.
–It was decided the May 7th trip would be to visit Ripon Museums.
—Third Open Meeting of the season and attending guests welcomed by Chairman Bill Blades.
—36th Annual General Meeting attended by 24 members including President and Chair for meeting Rev. Mark Godfrey.
—Visit to Ripon Museums led by Roy Smith concludes the 36th season of the Forum.
At the end of the season on May 7th the Forum had 60 members registered on its books.