Summary of Annual General Meeting held 30th April 2013

ATTENDANCE: President Rev. Mark Godfrey in chair and 23 members present.

APOLOGIES: 8 apologies from members received.

Minutes of 35th meeting agreed correct and signed.

MATTERS ARISING: Letters of appreciation from the two Honorary Life Members appointed had been received.

GENERAL SECRETARY’S REPORT: Membership increased from 49 members at start of season to 61 at end of this A.G.M.

Two deaths sadly reported during last season–John Pearce and Jim Bromhead.

Forum Blog continues to be successful and useful means of communication/publicity.

Other good publicity from Harrogate Advertiser/ Church Website links/ Harrogate Library and Harrogate Tourist Information Centre.

New Tablecloth made its debut at first meeting in January!!

PROGRAMME SECRETARY’S REPORT: Average attendance over 30 for meetings this last season ahead of the 28 it had been for many years.

Highest total of Members/Guests at Open Meeting/Ray Coggan Memorial Lecture given by Judge Derek Clarkson was 40.

Tribute to Brian Blakey for his membership and work as a member but sadly no longer attending due to illness.

Loss of John Pearce commented on.

Volunteers for “Votes of Thanks” for Speakers would be welcomed.

Forum responsible via Speakers and Direct donations for £450 in charitable contributions.

Open Meetings and Members Meetings to continue in new season.

Ascot House booked for Christmas lunch on second Tuesday in December 2013 (10th) –Charity Collection agreed by meeting to go to Jennyruth Workshops.

Chairman Bill Blades thanked for his efforts as Chairman as were John Clark and the Catering team. Also Mike South for his weekly setting up of meeting room.

John Taylor thanked for another excellent years programme of Speakers.

TREASURER’S REPORT: Indicative receipts and payments account shows a continuing healthy surplus with sound cost controls

No increase in Annual fees or Subscriptions for the next(37th) season.

£30 donated to Church towards purchase of Lapel Microphone–agreed by Meeting.


President:                       Rev. Mark Godfrey.

Chairman;                        Roger Bancroft.

Vice Chairman:               Michael Cochrane. Neil Ramshaw.

General Secretary;         Neil Ramshaw.

Programme Secretary:  John Taylor.

Treasurer:                            Roy Smith.

Registrar:                               Derek Simpson.

Church Contact:                  Mike South.

Welfare Officer:                   Peter Copley.

Catering Officers;                Bill Blades; John Clark; Bill McNicol; Tom Snelling.

Auditor:                                    Chris Butterfield.

Annual Visit: John Taylor to lead a group of Forum Members on a visit to Ripon Museums on 7th May 2013.

Any Other Business:

Provision of Membership Database Information discussed at meeting but significant majority against it being provided.

Forum Membership limit of 60 dispensed with as agreed by meeting—would be revisited if attendance figures significantly increase in future.

Request for 5/10 minutes at end of each Forum Meeting to consider items of common interest or where support/expertise could be provided. Meeting agreed it was a worthy idea and will be trialled for 2 months in new season by Chairman under “Any Other Business” agenda item.






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