Chairman Michael Cochrane started the last normal meeting of the 38th season with five apologies being offered. John Taylor advised members that it had not been possible to arrange a visit for May 5th.
The Forum welcomed a popular returning Speaker Professor Martin Curzon whose topic “Trace Elements” provided an educational, informative but also an entertaining time in this last session. His subject covered chemistry with mention of the Atomic Table and Essential and Trace Elements, looking at the impact on humans, animals and plants. The Human Concept focussed on “We are what we eat” with nutrition, food(s) and diet all having an impact. He indicated the modern basis of homeopathy “What makes a man ill may cure him”.Essential elements ( Oxygen, Calcium, Phosphorus etc) were mentioned but the main area covered was regarding Trace elements and the need for enough but not too much citing amongst other examples lead and fluoride and showing examples of what can happen if over or under assimilated. His slides showed the impact on humans,animals and plants and he shared the results of research from around the world which had increased the knowledge of Trace elements and their impacts and also identified the natural differences in different parts of countries and this country. As to be expected from the Emeritus Professor some of the research related to dental issues(range and scale of caries) and research groups had included schoolchildren and the Military and sometimes the different impacts or needs of men from women was highlighted. Questions raised at the end showed the interest that his talk had generated.
The Vote of Thanks was given by Dave Essam on behalf of the 35 attendees with a supported wish that he visits again future with a further talk.
NEIL RAMSHAW SECRETARY
Chairman Michael Cochrane opened the meeting with two apologies and introduced prospective new member Dennis Jennings. Secretary Neil Ramshaw confirmed the A.G.M. for April 28th, advised members of proposals received and confirmed nominations for office were still welcome and in particular Welfare Officer which is vacant. John Taylor advised he is still trying to arrange an “End of Season” visit and hopes to have more news next week.
Today’s Speaker was Forum Member Richard Barker who had spoken on previous occasions and is a well-known and high-profile member of the Harlow Community. His topic was “On Guard” which took the form of recollections and reminisces of his time in National Service in the R.A.F. He was called up as the Second World War was ending and took us through his enrolment period to a posting to Northern Italy and a concluding transfer to the Far East. As a Pontefract lad his first Force experiences were gained in the foreign climes of Lancashire and upon completion of his induction he engineered a posting to Northern Italy where he determined to enjoy as many of the sounds and sights as possible and over his time there these included Rome, Venice, the scenery of Naples, Swiss Mountains and Lake Como. He also shared some linguistic challenges he faced which included broad Lancastrian ,two Scottish dialects and various ” Brummie” incarnations!! His transfer to the Far East starting by sea and via the Suez Canal was less successful with trouble in various localities precluding some sight-seeing opportunities and various bouts of ill-health hindering his exploring initiatives. Nevertheless his posting to Rangoon meant he was able to visit some local temples and pagodas and meant his life in National Service provided life broadening lessons. A number of questions from the audience enquired as to what his gainful employment in the R.A.F. was? and a concerned query over the nature of his illnesses!!
The Vote of Thanks was given by Peter Staples on behalf of the 34 attendees.
NEIL RAMSHAW SECRETARY