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I have been advised of the death of  Phyllisl Coggan , the widow of long standing former Forum member and mainstay Ray Coggan.

Her funeral will be in Stokesley next Thursday and I am indebted to this information provided by Frank and Mary Ellis.




Passing of Mike Hawkins

It is with regret that I have to advise you of the death of Member Mike Hawkins on June 5th.

Mike had been a member since 2014 and was heavily involved in activities at Harrogate Hockey Club where he had been a member for many years as a player, Club Treasurer , Vice President, Coach of part of the Junior Section and an Umpire.

His funeral will be held on Friday June 28th 2019 at Christ Church in Church Square Harrogate starting at 12.00 p.m.

Our condolences are extended to his family.




I have now been advised of the funeral arrangements for Ken Roberts which are as follows.

The service will be at Rawdon Crematorium, Leeds Road, Rawdon situated beyond the airport. It will take place on Thursday May 30th at 1140 a.m. Ken’s daughter ,Julie Scott, can be contacted on 0780 8846023 (Mob.) or 01142 453635.


It is with sadness that I have to report the death of former member Ken Roberts yesterday morning at the care home on Duchy Road where he was residing. Ken passed at the age of 95 from a heart condition he had developed in recent months although still able to take part in a trip to York Railway Museum in February.

He became a member in 2000, became Chairman  and spoke passionately about his days as a Bevin Boy. Members may remember with amusement his vehement defence of Harrogate’s Green Space and his suggestion that the Beckwith/Harlow Area be knocked down and redeveloped as higher level (height!!) housing to protect green areas!!

Funeral arrangements are not known at this stage but will be in Rawdon where he grew up.

Our condolences are sent to his daughter and family members.




SECRETARY’S NOTE ….Annals 2018/2019.

I have today posted the Annals for 2018/2019 which concludes business for the last season.

Enjoy your summer and see you on October 1st!!



ANNALS 2018/2019


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.


I have posted a summary of Tuesday’s A.G.M. for Member’s attention.



In Attendance: 26 members present. In the absence of a President Chairman Michael Cochrane took the proceedings.

Apologies: 6 offered.

Passing Members: John Taylor (Programme Secretary) paid tribute to Dennis Smith and George Thomas.

Chairman’s Remarks: Michael Cochrane commented on the wait for a new President until new season; confirmed another successful year; thanked John Taylor for the Speaker’s Programme and stressed the need for volunteers to fill vacant Officer positions.

Minutes: Minutes from 42nd meeting agreed correct; no changes or matters arising; approved by the meeting attendees and signed by the Chairman.

General Secretary’s Report: 3 new members in last season and 10 members dropped from membership for various reasons saw 57 members registered on books, a reduction of 7 from previous season.

Programme Secretary’s Report: Slight dip in attendances but held up well in range 36-38. Speaking Programme saw excellent member support supplementing stimulating and entertaining talks from regular visitors and some welcome new Speakers. John’s last report after 12 years in office.

Treasurer’s Report: Verbal report given.

Proposals accepted by meeting;   Church Donation of £886; Secretary Honorariums £150; Annual Subscription increased to £5 with weekly fees remaining at £2.

Contingency amount in bank account to cover initial maintenance/ parts costs of Church Defibrillator thanks to member donations.

Finances remain in good order.

Election of Officers 2019/2020:

PRESIDENT:                                                          Vacant.

CHAIRMAN:                                                           Richard Wright.


GENERAL SECRETARY:                                         Neil Ramshaw.

PROGRAMME SECRETARY:                                  (Acting) Neil Ramshaw.

TREASURER:                                                            Roy Smith.

REGISTRAR:                                                             David Hill.

CHURCH CONTACT :                                               Mike South.

CATERING OFFICERS:                    Tom Snelling; Roger Bancroft; Richard Brooks.

RESERVE (Catering):                       Edward Rowe.

AUDITOR:                                          Chris Butterfield.

All confirmed by meeting attendees.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS: Incoming Chairman Richard Wright took over proceedings and gave an initial address. Thanked Michael Cochrane for his efforts; exhorted volunteers to come forward to fill vacancies and stressed the need for more social interaction within the Forum to increase member awareness of each other. Also gained agreement for John Taylor to be provided with a memento to reflect his outstanding Forum service.

Malcolm Wood offered members an alternative method of giving a Forum talk…Q&A or Interview Style.

May 7th Spring Lunch at Hollins Hall for those booked.

First Meeting of 43rd Season Tuesday October 1st 2019 10 a.m. for 1030 a.m.






Sad News…deaths of George Thomas and Dennis Smith

It is with regret that I have to advise you of the passing of Member George Thomas who has not been seen at Forum meetings for some time due to a long period of ill health.

The death has also been reported of Dennis Smith , a former member and Registrar of the Forum this week.

Our condolences are sent to the families of both men and I am assuming funeral details can be found in the Harrogate Advertiser.


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.