The meeting was opened by Chairman Peter Wilson who advised of three apologies having been received. This included Malcolm Wood who sadly had fallen and broken his collarbone. His friends and all members of the Forum send their best wishes for his speedy recovery.

Acting Secretary Neil Ramshaw advised that there would a change of Speaker for next week due to the booked Speaker cancelling. Revised details will be advised separately when confirmed.

Today saw the welcome return of Roger Oldfield who has spoken at Forum a number of times and also belongs to our fraternal organisation Harrogate Forum. His talk this Tuesday was titled “Olicana to Vinand’s Mere”.

Roger would take us on a journey through time and countryside and he started by advising us that there were rights of way footpaths of over 100,000 in England alone. These footpaths followed the footsteps of our distant ancestors and went from village to village to farms and to churches. In more recent centuries they were used by pack horses transporting goods and itinerant pedlars.

The audience were told about Colin Speakman co-founder of the Dales Way ,the long distance footpath that Roger would expand on. Olicana was the Roman name for Ilkley and Vinand’s Mere the Bowness on Windermere area. Members were then given a tour of the many places on the route starting at Ilkley and including amongst others places such as Addingham, Burnsall, Kettlewell, Sedbergh and finishing at Windermere. A brief history of the various locations was given including mention of notable buildings. The talk was supported by an excellent slide show.

At the mornings conclusion questions and comments were welcomed and it was clear that members had enjoyed the mornings entertainment .

On behalf of the twenty six attendees Peter Belton gave the Vote of Thanks to Roger.


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