Chairman Michael Cochrane opened the final “normal” meeting of the 42nd Season at 1030 a.m. and advised of four apologies.

Under “Initial Notices” the last call for the April 30th 2019 A.G.M. was made in respect of proposals and nominations for office with a number of vacancies required to be filled. It was also the last day to book attendance at the Spring Lunch on May 7th 2019.

Today’s Meeting was the popular “Members’ Morning” with five members lined up to offer a short ten minute discourse on a subject of their choice.

First out of the pavilion to entertain was Mike Tutt who told us about his break in Belgium last year, an 80th birthday treat by rail on which he and his wife travelled under the Channel to Brussels with an expectation of seeing the spring flowers in Holland. Unfortunately his good lady suffered a sidewalk fall and experienced a genuine break in her shoulder and the memories became more of the European Medical system and its associated costs.

The next Speaker was Matthew Jessop (Tom Snelling’s grandson and supported by his mother in the audience also!!) who spoke well and knowledgeably about the Old Harrogate Railway Station and Goods Yard from about the mid 19th century to date. Accompanying his talk were some rail artifacts that were passed around the audience.

Long standing member Malcolm Wood then took centre stage to regale members with some “Hair Raising” episodes experienced by himself, his father and one taken from the Oldie magazine. All the cases had logical outcomes but at the time caused initial goose bumps and concerns to those affected.

Fourth man out was Alan Barker who reminded the audience of his North Eastern heritage, his long-standing missionary work in Harrogate and shared some anecdotes and amusing tales with the gathered assembly.

To complete the morning’s performances our Treasurer Roy Smith gave members an overview of the upcoming World Cycling Championships later this year ( September 21st–29th) and the chance to see for free a world sporting pinnacle event with the best cyclists in the world and the accompanying caravan of supporters and teams with Harrogate being the main competition town. The cycling routes will take in and pass through West Park, Otley Road, Beckwithshaw, Penny Pot Lane, Cornwall Road , parts of the Duchy, Harlow Moor Road and Drive, Ripon Road, Swan Road and back at the finish in West Park. His considered advice to those listening –if you like it ,make arrangements to watch it; if you don’t, arrange a holiday!!

With the morning’s proceedings concluded Chairman Mike asked the thirty attending members to show their appreciation in the normal way.



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