Chairman Michael Cochrane opened the meeting at 1030 a.m. by advising of four apologies. Matthew Jessup (Tom Snelling’s grandson) was again in attendance as a guest.

Under “Initial Notices” a reminder was given about the Spring Lunch at Hollins Hall on Tuesday May 7th 2019 and the fourth call for the A.G.M. on Tuesday April 30th 2019 was made with any proposals/discussion items to Secretary Neil Ramshaw by Tuesday April 16th 2019. The Officer Nomination form was again available and its becoming urgent for some take up of positions to be made.

Today’s Speaker was Forum Member Peter Wilson whose topic was “Back to Front”. Peter recounted his biography to members being born in 1933 reminding us Hyperion won the Derby that year; failed his eleven plus in 1944 (blamed the War!!) but still went to grammar school and then Sheffield University studying architecture with two life changing events in 1955 namely marriage and National Service. For many years Peter was the staff architect for the well-known firm of John Collier. He stressed the importance in his life of making time for hobbies and in particular for him photography and sailing. Backed up by a comprehensive slide show the audience were treated to many of his photos and sketches taken over the years of places visited including Arran, the South of France, Suffolk  and Milton Keynes. He had detailed photographs of shops departed from the Harrogate scene such as Preston’s Photographers and Beardmore, Dobson and Sons Hardware and Ironmonger’s.

More revealing were the internal photographs Peter showed of his former property in Westminster Drive and the amount of space taken up in storage by his work and hobby materials. A move to Beckwith Crescent saw the establishment of “The Wilsonian” which acts as a workshop, studio, gallery, library, museum and drawing office…very much an upmarket man cave!! He entertained members with stories of how his pipe-smoking days came to an end at the hands of his fourteen year old daughter and Monday rice pudding day was similarly ended by his daughters who used a piano stool to effect the disappearance of the offending dessert. His father’s motor bike adventures were shared including a court appearance of said pater and his vehicle!!

The conclusion of the talk was illustrated with pictures of vintage cars and places such as the Tate Gallery in St. Ives.

Comments and questions were taken at the end and the Vote of Thanks on behalf of the thirty-six attendees was given by Peter Staples.



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