Attendance: President Rev. Christine Gillespie and 26 members present.

Apologies: 10 apologies received from members.

Minutes: Minutes of 37th Annual General Meeting agreed correct and signed by President. No amendments, corrections or matters arising.

Chairman’s Report: Chairman Michael Cochrane gave details from his report and expressed his pleasure at having been Chairman this last year.

General Secretary’s Report: 60 members on record at close of previous season.

—13 new members joined during this last season.

—10 members were dropped from membership, sadly this included 2 deaths.

At close of season (28/04/2015) 63 members remained on Forum records.

Continuing publicity through Harrogate Advertiser/Church Website Links/ Harrogate Library and Tourist Information Centre and Forum Website. “Word of Mouth” recommendation from members remains our best advertisement.

Programme Secretary’s Report: All Forum Records for attendance broken!!–Average attendance 35; highest attendance at all male meeting 44 and highest attendance at Open Meeting of 48. Record attendance (59) and charity collection at Ascot House Christmas Lunch raised £300 and similar charitable contributions for Speakers good causes meant over £600 raised in total. Varied programme of talks included two on First World War, talks from regular visitors and Forum members and some encouraging debut appearances. Mayor of Harrogate attended our 1000th meeting.

Treasurers Report: Indicative Receipts and Payments Account shows a continuing but reduced surplus (£421) with a deficit of £100 for current period caused by purchase of digital projector. No concerns however and fees/subs to remain at current levels next season. Increase in rent donation to Church by £10 to £810 and contribution of £85 to upgrade Speakers in Church Hall agreed by meeting.

Election of Officers: As detailed below with Peter Staples now in 2nd Vice Chairman position. All Officer appointments agreed by meeting. There remains a vacancy for Welfare Officer.


President:                       Rev. Christine Gillespie.

Chairman:                       Neil Ramshaw.

Vice Chairman:               David Essam.

Second Vice Chairman:  Peter Staples.

General Secretary:            Neil Ramshaw.

Programme Secretary:     John Taylor.

Treasurer:                           Roy Smith.

Registrar:                            Derek Simpson.

Church Contact:                 Mike South.

Welfare Officer:                  VACANT.

Catering Officers:            John Clark; Bill McNicol; Tom Snelling; Roger Bancroft.

Auditor:                               Chris Butterfield.

Any Other Business:

1. “Vote of Thanks” Rota to continue next season.

2. “Name Badges” discussed and agreed would be provided at a cost of around 30 pence each member who would then be responsible for wearing at meetings and ongoing maintenance. Possibility of Group Photograph raised and deferred.

Malcolm Wood thanked Officers for their running of the Forum which was supported by the President and added to the appreciation shown to individual officers and as a collective by the attending members…this was appreciated!!

39th Season of Harlow Men’s Forum will open on Tuesday October  6th 10a.m for 1030a.m


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