The 42nd season finished with 57 members registered on our records. The death of Mike Hawkins was reported during the summer break which meant the 43rd season 2019/2020 started with 56 registered members.
“Calendar of Meetings (two) and a “Welcome Back Note” were issued to all members. Meeting Cards were, as usual, distributed to 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 1: First meeting of new season under Chairmanship of Richard Wright. Derek Mitchell paid tribute to Member Mike Hawkins who died during the summer recess.
Oct 8: New Member George Cram joins our group.
Oct 15: Peter Wilson agrees to take up Vice Chairman position. New member Chris Shott joins our ranks.
Oct 22: Treasurer Roy Smith presents indicative accounts (unaudited) for y/e 30/6/2019.
Nov 12: Two dropped from membership… Allan Anderson (resigned) and Richard Cobbald (ill-health).
First Open Meeting of season with Mr Andy Dennis (N.H.S. Nurse) speaking about Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders). £50 fee plus £169–71 collected for M.S.F. Attendance of 30 members plus 6 Lady Guests.
Nov 19: Sad death of Member Bill McNicol announced.
Nov 26: New President Reverend Moses John welcomed.
Dec 3: Second Open Meeting of the season with Alun Pugh (Speaker) and the Beatles early history. 39 members attended and 6 lady guests.
Dropped John Tyreman from membership due to ill health.
Dec 10: Christmas Lunch at Ascot House Hotel attended by 57 members and guests. Charitable Collection raised £312 for Adam and Jane Curtis ‘ Just Giving which goes to Martin House Hospice. His Honour Judge Derek Clarkson celebrated his 90th birthday and was presented with a card and birthday cake.
Jan 3: Death of member Dennis Anderson reported.
Jan 28: Two guests at meeting, Brian South (Mike South’s brother) and Alex Jackson (Friend of Speaker Bob Soper).
Feb 11: Member’s Morning with contributions from Malcolm Wood; John Pearson; Brian Gallagher; David Hopkinson; Vincent Naylor.
Mar 3: Open Meeting with Teresa Marshall from Bilton Hogspital. In addition to Speaker’s fee another £43-05 contributed by members.
Mar 17: This meeting would be the last for the season with premature closure of the Forum due to the coronavirus outbreak and remaining meetings and events cancelled.
Season concludes with 53 members on our records.