The 38th season ended with 63 members registered on Forum records. During the close season the Forum was sorry to hear of the death of Honorary Life Member Reg Jackson at the great age of 101 years and 9 months. A founder member of the Forum (38 years membership), twice Chairman and giver of twenty-six (official) talks. Whilst sad to record his passing he was the oldest member ever of the Forum and had demonstrated a remarkably well lived life when attending the Forum in October 2013 in celebration of his centenary year and he will be remembered fondly by Forum members.
The revised membership total for the start of the 39th season was therefore 62 members.
“Calendar of Meetings” and a “Welcome Back Slip” had been circulated to all members. External distribution of “Calendar of Meetings” had also gone to Harrogate Library, Harrogate Tourist Information Centre, our local Harlow News Correspondent (Harrogate Advertiser) Charlotte South and also to Rosalind Crew our Church contact who includes details on the Harlow Hill Methodist Church Website with its links to the Nidd Valley Methodist Church.
Oct 6th: The first meeting of the season saw two new members join –Tony Bills and Robert Bradwell.
Oct 13th: three new members added to the membership–Terry Byrne; David Jackson and John Tyreman
Oct 20th: meeting with a charity presentation re: St. Michael’s Hospice and a total amount of £118–50 collected for them.
Nov 3rd: The popular and now annual Members’ Morning –5 Speakers from amongst the membership.
Nov 10th: new member Leslie Parkes joins us.
Nov 17th: first Open Meeting of the season saw eight lady guests bolster attendance to a very healthy forty-one which also include new member Peter Wood
Dec 8th: this meeting saw a record attendance of fifty members.
Dec 15th: a very successful Christmas Lunch at Ascot House Hotel with another record attendance of seventy-one members and guests. The Charitable Collection of £370 was also an all time high and would be passed to a fellow community association Harrogate 20th Scout Group who are raising funds to provide a new Scout Hut.
Jan 12th: The following were dropped from membership;
John Knell & Allan Ridley (own request)
Richard Barker (ill-health)
Malcolm Rawdon (advised deceased)
Jan 19th: second Open Meeting of the season saw nine lady guests join with forty-one members.
Feb 2nd: Update on former member Brian Blakey now in Southlands Care Home Ripon Road Harrogate. Reverend Christine Gillespie completed her second ” President’s Morning”.
Feb 9th: charitable collection taken for Aid to Eastern Europe (John Shackleton) raising £102-40 plus Speaker’s Fee of £30.
Mar 8th: Third Open Meeting of season with thirty-seven members and eleven lady guests.
Mar 22nd: John Stott removed from membership…no longer attending.
Apr 12th:Philip Sladdin removed from membership due to ill-health.
Apr 19th:Dennis Jennings removed from membership as moving to Bakewell.
April 25th: Death of Ken Lupton advised.
April 26th: A.G.M. Informed of recent death of former member Stuart Metcalfe. Season concludes with 61 members registered on Forum Records.
May 3rd : Members’ Spring Lunch at Bay Horse Goldsborough.