The 39th season ended with 61 members on the records. During the close season Dave Essam left us due to a move to Beverley and our Ruby (40th) season started with 60 members registered.
“Calendar of Meetings” and “Welcome Back” messages were issued to all members. The normal external distribution for information and advertising had also involved Harrogate Library, Harrogate Tourist Information Centre, our local Harlow News Correspondent (Harrogate Advertiser) Charlotte South and also to our Church Contact Rosalind Crew who includes details on the Harlow Hill Methodist Church Website with its links to the Nidd Valley Methodist Church.
Oct 4th: Richard Pugh was our first new member of the season.
Oct 11th: Michael Jones was added as a new member.
Oct 18th: A further new member Gordon Percy joined us.
Nov 1st: The first special event of our 40th Anniversary season saw us welcome and be entertained by the Daytones Barbershop Group.
Nov 15th: Our occasional guest visitor Roger Howell attended this meeting.
Nov 29th: Ken Selkirk dropped from membership due to ill-health.
Nov 29th: First Open Meeting of the 40th Season took place. 38 members and 9 lady guests in attendance.
Dec 13th: 60 Members and Guests attended an excellent Christmas Lunch at The Ascot House Hotel. A charitable collection raised £266-50 which would be split between Yorkshire Air Ambulance and St. Michael’s Hospice.
In a special presentation Programme Secretary John Taylor was awarded an Honorary Life Membership to overwhelming acclaim from those in attendance.
Jan 10th: Acknowledgement from Yorkshire Air Ambulance re Xmas Charity donation.
Jan 17th: Second Open Meeting of the season and Ray Coggan Memorial Meeting with 36 members and 9 lady guests in attendance. Alun Pugh returned to complete his talk on “A Journey Along The Leeds–Liverpool Canal Part Two”.
Jan 24th: Acknowledgement received from St. Michael’s Hospice re Xmas Charity donation….sent initially to Harrogate Men’s Forum!!
Jan 31st: Joined by new member Peter Wilson and guest Keith Acum.
Feb 7th: John Taylor gives a potted history of Forum in his talk “Forty Years On” part of the Anniversary Programme.
Feb 14th: Third Open Meeting of the season with record attendance of fifty-one members and guests. (forty members plus eleven lady guests)
Feb 21st: Members Morning with excellent contributions from Mike Tutt; Richard Wright; Mike Cochrane and Terry Byrne.
Mar 21st: New member Keith Acum adds to our numbers.
April 4th: 40th Anniversary Lecture by Malcolm Neesam. (Samson Fox)
Apr 25th: 40th A.G.M. held.
May 2nd: 40th Anniversary Lunch at the Ascot House Hotel. 48 in attendance.
Season concludes with 64 members registered on records.