Secretary’s Report

The fifth meeting of the season was promptly started by Chairman Roger Bancroft with six apologies being offered. Last weeks guest Ian Blyth had turned into this weeks new member and he is most welcome. A reminder of the First World War Enquiry Day in Harrogate on Wednesday 6th November was given as well as a further gentle nudge for Christmas lunch orders to John Taylor…20 so far received!!

Mr David Alred was today’s speaker on the subject of “Nidderdale Yesterday”. This proved to be an extremely entertaining and nostalgic look at Nidderdale in the period 1880’s–1950’s with emphasis on Pately Bridge, the Nidderdale Show, Railways and the construction of three reservoirs (Gouthwaite; Angram and Scar House) in that area.  The talk was illustrated by an excellent selection of old photographs which the speaker had put together by cold call knocking on doors in the area principally farms and by developing good relations with the locals who helped him build up his impressive collection. The memories of old style agricultural methods, the advent of motor vehicles replacing horse transport and the arduous feats of engineering to build the reservoirs brought back fond memories for many in the audience as did the dress from years gone by in school and outing photo’s. Other topics considered as we were taken down “Memory Lane”  included grouse shooting, sheep shearing and washing and lead mining with a reminder that as now and so then there was a marked difference between the have’s and the have not’s!!

The Vote of Thanks for a very pleasant morning was given by Mr David Hopkinson and 35 members were in attendance.


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