60 Members and guests gathered today at the Ascot House Hotel for the Forum’s Christmas Lunch and an excellent time and meal was had by those who attended in a beautifully laid out and decorated dining room. It proved a fitting end to the first half of the Forum’s 40th season and a positive start to the forthcoming festivities.

Chairman Peter Staples welcomed all to the gathering and paid tribute to those members who facilitated the smooth running of the Forum. It was a delight that our President Reverend Christine Gillespie was able to join us and offer the grace.

His Honour Judge Derek Clarkson provided an amusing and entertaining after lunch interlude based on a sideways look at some signs and notices he had come across.

A charitable collection during the lunch raised £266-50 and would be shared by Yorkshire Air Ambulance and St Michael’s Hospice.

In a special presentation John Taylor Programme Secretary was made an Honorary Life Member of the Forum in recognition of his outstanding contribution as a Member and Officer, with a bouquet of flowers presented to his wife Margaret for her behind the scenes support. These awards were very well received and acknowledged by the audience.



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