Monthly Archives: December 2013

Secretary’s Report

Forum members and guests gathered at the Ascot House Hotel on Tuesday 10th December for the annual Christmas lunch. As always the room was attractively decorated and the meal and hospitality were excellent and thoroughly enjoyed.

There were 52 attendees which set a new record and a collection was taken on behalf of Jennyruth’s Workshops a charity based at Ripon who had spoken at the Forum during the 2012/2013 season. An amount of £170 was raised again believed to be a record!!

Members and guests left the lunch in good spirits for the forthcoming festive season and the Forum itself will reconvene for the second half of the current season on Tuesday January 7th.

In the meantime members and readers are wished a very Merry, Peaceful Christmas and a Happy New Year.



Secretary’s Report

The meeting was chaired by Roger Bancroft and started with five apologies being given.

The Speaker was the Forum’s own Mr Frank Ellis whose topic was ” Lancashire’s  favourite Yorkshire man”.

This told the story of Albert Modley born in Ilkey in 1901 and how he grew up to develop a show business career having had a variety of errand boy jobs in various Ilkley shops before ending up as a railway porter. He started off in a joint act as one of the “Two Eddie’s” before going solo and developing a routine based on his innate daftness and with a recognizable catch phrase of “Eeeeeh isn’t it grand when your daft!”. One of the major influences in his life was meeting and marrying his wife Doris who became his business manager and certainly knew how to extract Ailbert’s full financial worth from the impresarios they dealt with. Successful seasons in Morecambe (where they bought a house to live) and Blackpool saw his star in the ascendancy and a long fruitful career followed with national tours and radio appearances and a level of earnings well above those of the times. His last Radio broadcast was in 1977 and Albert passed away peacefully in 1979.

A number of questions followed the amusing and interesting talk and the Vote of Thanks was given by Mr Bill Blades.

33 members were in attendance.