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RAY SNOWDEN…Funeral Arrangements

I can now advise you that Ray’s funeral will be held at Wesley Chapel on Thursday February 1st at 1115 a.m.

Malcolm Wood will attend as one of the chief mourners and John Taylor will also attend on behalf of the Forum.

Members who knew Ray personally may wish to make their own arrangements to attend.




It is with sadness that I have to advise of the passing of Ray Snowden.

Ray has died in Bilton Hall Nursing Home after a year of declining health. With Malcolm Wood he was a regular worshipper at Wesley Chapel and he joined the Forum in October 2010 at the beginning of Malcolm’s year as Chairman. Most Tuesdays after the meeting Malcolm and Ray would join their wives for lunch usually in a village pub.

It was Ray who suggested that our collection at the Christmas lunch in 2016 should be shared between the Hospice and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, enduring good causes which he strongly supported. Sadly Ray was too ill to attend this season to hear the talk about changes in the Y.A.A. from Mike Bevington.

The Forum sends its condolences to his wife Mavis, who herself has been in poor health over recent months. Malcolm and his wife Anita have been very loyal in their support of the family.

Funeral details will be posted here when known or advised.




It is with regret that I have to advise you of the death of Robert (Bob) Bradwell. Whilst not having attended Forum for some time, and irregularly at best, it was only last week that I heard from his son that Robert was seriously ill.

A Requiem Mass will be held at St Robert’s Church, Robert Street, Harrogate on Friday January 5th 2018 at 12 noon.



Sad News of Former Member

I am sorry to have to advise of the death of Richard Barker, a member until recently and who passed away just short of the age of 90 following a period of ill-health. Richard was an architect and his knowledge had been invaluable to the Harlow and Pannal Ash Resident’s Association of which both Peter Staples and Terry Byrne had been Chairman. Richard had given talks to the Forum prior to becoming a member and as a member you may recall his talk in April 2015 titled “On Guard” relating to his Military Service.

His funeral will be at St. Mark’s Church on 31st May at 3p.m.




It is with regret that I have to advise you of the death yesterday of Ken Lupton.

Ken was not a member of long-standing but had contributed with a short talk one Members morning. We had not seen him at Forum since last October when those present may recall him not being well and an ambulance having to be summoned. It transpired that he was battling cancer and although in his early nineties stayed cheerful and medication kept him going until latterly.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been made although his daughter advised me there will be a short cremation service in Harrogate and a Memorial Service in Hartlepool where he comes from and where he played the organ at his local church for 40 years.

I have offered mine and the Forum’s condolences to his daughter and family at this sad time.




It is with sadness that I have to advise of the death of Honorary Member Reg Jackson following a stroke at the grand old age of 101 years and nine months. Reg was an Honorary Member of the Forum in recognition of his distinguished service and contribution over many years and I’m sure many members will remember his last Forum appearance at the age of 100 when he shared some recollections and memories from his long life displaying the lucidity and presentational ability of a much younger man!! It is the passing of an era in the Forum’s history as Reg was a founder member of the Forum with nearly 38 years membership having twice being Chairman and given 26 (official) talks. Thus far he is the only Forum Member to reach his centenary years and is the oldest member of the Forum ever.

Reg’s funeral will be held at St. Robert’s Pannal at 2p.m. on Monday July 13th.





It is with sadness that I have to advise you of the passing of Alan Norton a staunch member of the Forum for 20 years despite disabilities he suffered. Alan had not been able to attend Forum for just over a year following a fall prior to our  2013 Christmas lunch which he was due to attend and his latter time has been spent in Belmont Nursing Home.

His memorial service will take place on Monday January 19th venue St. Mark’s Church Leeds Road at 11a.m followed by refreshments and an invitation has been extended by Jane Norton to all members who wish to attend as the Forum was important to Alan in his later years.

John Taylor will speak at tomorrow’s meeting of the Forum about Alan and our sincere condolences are sent to his family.



14 Members and 3 wives attended Bill’s funeral at Stonefall on 1st July. His kitchen colleague Bill McNicol interrupted his holiday to attend. Our Past President Reverend Mark Godfrey conducted the service and gave the eulogy.

Bill Blades was born in Middlesborough and after the early death of his mother was partly brought up by his much older sister Edna who was to celebrate her 100th birthday on 2nd July. He went to Leeds University and after taking his P.G.C.E. specialized in junior education , eventually becoming a Deputy Head in Bramley and then Head in Gipton, not the easiest area to work. He talked about Teesside in the War and his early teaching experiences in various talks to the Forum. Bill was a serious student of history, language and literature; he spoke at least 4 languages and had been disappointed in his 8o’s when a Polish evening class which he had joined collapsed because of lack of support.

He met his future wife Kathy at a Saturday night dance in 1952. They arranged to meet again at the same venue the following week but George VI died and all cinemas and dance halls were closed. Bill did not know Kathy’s address and only made contact again with great difficulty. In her later years Bill cared devotedly for Kathy when she developed dementia. At this time Bill found solace and companionship after Kathy’s death in the Forum as a kitchen supremo dispensing his own brand of sombre good humour, as a speaker of wit and authority and as Chairman in 2012—2013. Bill claimed to regard this role as a demotion from his serious job in the kitchen. He also took coffee at Lucinda’s on Harlow Hill with the small group he termed “Last of the Summer Wine”.

A collection for Alzheimer’s research was taken after the service. Many Forum Members went back to 23A Harlow Oval afterwards and are most grateful to Bill’s sons, daughter in law and granddaughters for their hospitality.

As Reverend Mark Godfrey said he had enjoyed a life well-lived and on Tuesday was given a fitting farewell.




I am now able to tell you that the funeral for Bill Blades will take place at Stonefall Cemetery on Tuesday July 1st at 11a.m.

Afterwards there is a wish from Bill’s family for as many people to go to 23A Harlow Oval.




I am sorry to have to tell you that I was advised of the passing of Bill Blades at the weekend a long standing ,well respected Forum Member and Past Chairman as well as a stalwart on the kitchen team keeping members refreshed at Tuesday meetings.

I have no other information at present and will update this site as and when any is received but its always sad to lose members and friends particularly with the standing Bill had.