The meeting opened promptly with Chairman Michael Cochrane advising of three apologies.

John Taylor Programme Secretary advised members of the death of former member and Treasurer Dr. Brian Blakey after a long period of ill-health and paid tribute to him as a gentleman and valued Forum Member.

Neil Ramshaw General Secretary advised that Defibrillator Training had been arranged for Tuesday February 5th at The Church Hall 730 p.m. for around one hour and an invite to members had been made…there were three takers from the meeting and two others subsequently.

Today’s Speaker was Mr Tony Burkitt who had visited the Forum previously with three varied talks. This morning’s topic was “The English Lakes” and of strong personal nterest to him as a keen walker and naturalist.

The talk was well supported by an excellent slide show of photographs and artists pictures of the area. Members were advised that there is only one Lake in the District namely Bassenthwaite Lake with the rest being meres, tarns or waters. The audience then benefited from a scenic tour of the area which included taking in mountains, fells, walkways and waterfalls.  Starting at Langdale Pikes other locations passed included Scafell Pike, Scafell one mile further on, Furness Fells, Hardknott, Helvellyn, the Patterdale Valley as well as numerous others. Alfred Wainwright, Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth were given a mention and the artist William Heaton Cooper and his father’s pictures were shown.

Some of the history of the lake District was discussed including its mining heritage of copper and slate and the influx of tourists particularly from late Victorian times was covered. Various hostelries and Youth Hostels were shown and the varying difficulty in the walking, scrambling and climbing routes were highlighted.

Questions and comments were made at the conclusion of the morning’s event and the Vote of Thanks on behalf of the thirty-eight attendees was given by Keith Wadd.









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