The 41st season concluded with 64 members registered on the records.
Sadly the death of Honorary Life Member Roy Howard was reported during the close season and the new season started with 63 members.
“Calendar of Meetings” and “Welcome Back” note were issued to all members including a second Calendar for members to involve potential interested friends/neighbours. Normal external distribution for information and advertising took in Harrogate Library; Harrogate Tourist Information Office; our local Harlow News Correspondent (Harrogate Advertiser) Charlotte South and also our Church Contact Rosalind Crew who includes details on the Harlow Methodist Church Website with links to Nidd Valley Methodist Church.
Oct 2: First meeting of new season opened by Chairman Michael Cochrane and welcomed visitor Geoff Maidment. Roy Smith gave Treasurer’s Financial Update and John Taylor paid tribute to the late Honorary Life Member Roy Howard.
Oct 9: New Member Rob Edenbrow welcomed. Although John Taylor announced at last A.G.M. he was stepping down as Programme Secretary at end of season no replacement has yet come forward nor a candidate for Second Vice Chairman.
Nov 6: First Open Meeting of season with 42 members and 7 guests. New Member George (Ginger) Hornsea came on board.
Nov 13: Rob Edenbrow dropped from membership due to ill-health.
Nov 20: Our occasional visitor from Seahouses Roger Howell made his first appearance of the season.
Nov 26: Defibrillator secured for Harlow Methodist Church via Harrogate Council/ Harrogate Lions Community Fund and installed on December 7th.
Nov 27: Death of Dr. Edward Broadhead former Forum Chairman reported.
Dec 11: First Class Xmas Lunch at Ascot House Hotel attended by 58 members and guests. £186-80 collected towards Defibrillator installation and training costs.
Final attendance of our President Reverend Christine Gillespie who was leaving the area.
Jan 8: Sad death of our Registrar Derek Simpson advised.
Jan 15: Death of former member Mike McKevitt reported after prolonged ill-health.
Jan 29: Death of former member Dr. Brian Blakey reported.
Feb 5: Visitor Mr Godfrey Alderson welcomed.
Feb 12: Godfrey Alderson joins as member.
Feb 19: Matthew Jessup, Tom Snelling’s grandson attends as guest.
Feb 26: Matthew Jessup, grandson of Tom Snelling again attends meeting.
Mar 26: Ken Burcher dropped from membership…moved to Suffolk.
Apr 2: Matthew Jessup in attendance as guest.
Apr 23: Dropped from membership Keith Acum and Peter Weatherill (non attendance); Grahame Devonport and Peter Wood (both ill health). Also George Thomas (deceased).
Death also advised of former member and Registrar Dennis Smith.
Apr 30: 42nd A.G.M. held.
May 7: Spring Lunch at Hollins Hall attended by 17 members and 13 guests. Presentation made to John Taylor, outgoing Programme Secretary, in recognition of his outstanding service to the Forum over a long period of time.
Season concludes with 57 members registered on records.