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Programme of Winter meetings

WELCOME BACK HARLOW MEN’S FORUM…41ST SEASON.

Our Chairman: Welcome Back to our 41st season 20178/2018!

I must first apologise to the Forum for my absence from the 40th Anniversary Lunch. All went well and it was, I am sure, a delightful occasion, one I regret not having shared.

Now, along with our dedicated team of officers waiting in the wings, I am looking forward to the start of the Forum’s 41st season, no less! We are beyond all reasonable doubt a lively assembly–well-known for friendship, entertainment, fun and hospitality; and I can promise a warm welcome to all members, old and new, as we meet after the summer break and discover what delights John Taylor, our Programme Secretary has arranged by way of speakers.

So I say come on TUESDAYS, starting with the 3rd October; and bring if you can, a guest or guests to join our membership and enjoy the many benefits of Harlow Men’s Forum.

Best Wishes His Honour Judge Derek Clarkson Q.C.

FROM SECRETARY: Hope all well and had a good summer.

Subscription Costs, despite inflation, Brexit and the imminent end of the world remain unchanged..£3 Annual Fee and £2 each meeting.

You should have received 2 Programme Cards and spares with me if any required.

Please keep me advised of any changes of address, phone numbers, E/Mail address.

See you at first meeting in October.

Kind Regards NEIL.

 

 

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CALENDAR OF MEETINGS 41ST SEASON.

2017.

Oct 3  Ms Victoria Turner           Taylor’s Tea

Oct 10 Mr Charles Lubelski       History of Printing and its Technology

Oct 17 Mrs Jocelyn Brooks        Gunpowder, Treason and Plot

Oct 24 Mr Tony Brown              In the Kingdom of the Ice Bear

Oct 31 OPEN MEETING (Ray Coggan Memorial Meeting)

Mrs Pam Harcourt                     I Did it for Kicks

Nov 7 Mr Neil Ramshaw          The Great Schnozzle

Nov 14 Mr Keith Wadd          What You Need To Know About Sociology

Nov 21 Mr Mike Bevington         Yorkshire Air Ambulance Update

Nov 28 Professor Martin Curzon      Teeth, Trees and Totem Poles

Dec 5 Miss Sue Wood              Behind the Scenes at the Tour de France

Dec 12           CHRISTMAS LUNCH AT ASCOT HOUSE HOTEL

2018

Jan 9 Mr Roger Oldfield                 From Sea to Shining Sea

Jan 16 Mr Ivan Gibson              Lockerbie: Medical–Legal Evidence

Jan 23 Mr Peter Rix                          From Airships to Astro-Physics;

The Work of Barnes Wallis

Jan 30 OPEN MEETING    Rev. Christine Gillespie PRESIDENT’S MORNING

Feb 6 Mr Alun Pugh                     An Illustrated History of Leeds

Feb 13 Mr Chris Helme                      Other Folk’s Rubbish

Feb 20 4 or 5 Members                 Members’ Morning ( Various Topics)

Feb 27 His Honour Judge Derek Clarkson Q.C.   Still More Curiosities

Mar 6 Mr Michael Duncombe           Thanks for the Memories

Mar 13 Mr Malcolm Neesam            Harrogate in the 20th Century

Mar 20 Mr Terry Byrne                         Reflections on My Life

Mar 27  OPEN MEETING  Mr Timothy Fee    Location, Location, Location

EASTER HOLIDAY

Apr 10 Ms Wendy Eccles                I Do Like to be Beside the Seaside

Apr 17 Mr John Taylor                           The Hollins Hall Story

Apr 24                                41st ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

MAY To be arranged                 Coffee Morning at Hollins Hall

WELCOMEBACK–HARLOW MEN’S FORUM 40TH SEASON WILL SOON BE UPON US!!

CHAIRMAN’S WELCOME: I look forward to welcoming our members, old and new for the 2016/2017 season. We shall be celebrating our 40th year of activities at the Forum and have an interesting and varied range of Speakers arranged by John Taylor to look forward to, plus a new entertainment which I hope you will enjoy. There is a dedicated team of officers who work hard behind the scenes. I would like to take this opportunity to thank them personally and on your behalf. I hope you enjoy the coming year.

Tuesday October 4th sees the start of our 40th season…a right Ruby celebration!!

Hope you’re all in good spirits after a mixed summer weather wise and without mentioning the Euro 2016 Championships.

Subscription costs remain unchanged and what was great value last year becomes even better value going forward.

Personal recommendation remains our best recruiter to the cause and I will issue an extra  Programme card for you to pass to a neighbour, friend or relation who might wish to join us!!

Hoping then to see you at our first meeting on October 4th, 10a.m. for 1030a.m.

The full programme for 2016/2017 is listed below.

 

HARLOW MEN’S FORUM 2016/2017

2016

Oct 4   Mr Howard Driver                      Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue

Oct 11  Dr Alan Ogden                            Dental Archaelogy

Oct 18 Mr Dennis Taylor                      Aviation: A Private Pilot’s Licence

Oct 25 Judge Derek Clarkson                More Curiosities

Nov 1                                                         The Daytones Barbershop Group

Nov 8  Mr David Alred                          Zion To Las Vegas

Nov 15 Mr Roger Oldfield                    The Line Over The Top

Nov 22 Mr Jerry Pearlman                  The Death Of The Common Attorney

Nov 29 OPEN MEETING                     Mrs Sue Wood                   Park Life

Dec 6   Professor Mike Dixon              The Ilkley Water Cure

Dec 13                             Christmas Lunch At Ascot House Hotel

CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY

2017

Jan 10 Mr Frank Ellis                         The Knut From Knotty Ash

Jan 17 OPEN MEETING: RAY COGGAN MEMORIAL MEETING

Mr Alun Pugh      A Journey Along The Leeds-Liverpool Canal (Part 2)

Jan 24 Mr Brian Greenwood              Shop Talk : A Short History Of Retailing

Jan 31 Mr Neil Ramshaw                 Some Well Known Inventions And Their Lesser Known Inventors

Feb 7 Mr John Taylor                          Forty Years On

Feb 14  OPEN MEETING    Mr Terry Frazier     Putting The House To Bed

Feb 21                                  MEMBER’S MORNING

Feb 28 Mr Geoff Queen                In Pursuit Of The Kingdom Of Happiness

Mar 7 Mr Les Parkes                                European Perspective

Mar 14 Mr Michael Duncombe         Musical Memories Of The 50’s And 60’s

Mar 21 Mr Alan Pitchfork                   Tales Of The Unexpected

Mar 28 Rev. Christine Gillespie           PRESIDENT’S MORNING

Apr 4  40th ANNIVERSARY LECTURE   Mr Malcolm Neesam   Samson Fox: Victorian Industrialist

Apr 11 Mr Chris Helme                                Other Folk’s Rubbish

EASTER HOLIDAY

Apr 25  40th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

May 2   40th Anniversary Lunch At The Ascot House Hotel

WELCOME BACK–HARLOW MENS FORUM 38TH SEASON WILL SOON BE WITH US!!!

Not long until Tuesday October 7th 2014 and the start of our new season.

John Taylor Programme Secretary has excelled himself yet again in putting together a quality programme of speakers for our enjoyment including some old familiar faces and others less so!

We’ll look back in time, visit places near and far, delight in some quirky topics and no doubt enjoy some surprises en route.

For those who haven’t looked the Annals for last year and the Minutes of the 2014 A.G.M. are on the Forum Website for viewing.

Sadly during the summer season we lost a long-standing, well liked and respected member Bill Blades an ex Chairman and stalwart of the kitchen refreshment team–he’ll be missed!!

Two things for members to ponder for the new season–additional support needed for the kitchen team and we also need a second Vice Chairman with a view to being Chairman in 2016–2017. Please consider and make your interest known to myself or John Taylor…..and looking forward to seeing you all at 10a.m. Tuesday October 7th 2014.

NEIL RAMSHAW    GENERAL SECRETARY

 

PROGRAMME 2014–2015

2014

Oct 7    Mr David Davies                1914–Out of a Blue Sky

Oct 14  Mr David Alred                  Washburn Valley Heritage

Oct 21  His Honour Judge Derek Clarkson      Curiosities

Oct 28              MEMBERS’  MORNING

Nov 4   Mrs Jean Macquarrie         Meet the Editor

Nov 11  Mr Norman Oberheim     A Second Photo Miscellany

Nov 18  Mr Alan Pugh                  Teaching ..an Interruption to my Holidays

Nov 25 OPEN MEETING

Mrs Angela Henson        The Azores: Stepping Stones to the New World

Dec 2     Mr Neil Ramshaw           The Richest Prize in Sport

Dec 9     Mr Geoff Queen                Wild West Wanderings

Dec 16    Christmas Lunch at Ascot House Hotel

CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY

2015

Jan 6     Mr Frank Ellis               A Sailor’s Farewell to his Horse

Jan 13    Mr Alan Pitchfork            11 V.C’s Before Breakfast

Jan 20    OPEN MEETING   RAY COGGAN MEMORIAL MEETING

Ms Veronica Bird              From Prison to Palace

Jan 27   Mr Douglas Webb              This is my Home

Feb 3      Mr Bret Crossley                Wheelchair Adventures

Feb 10     Mr Michael Bevington     A Walk Around The Studley Water Garden

Feb 17     Mr Keith Wadd                         A Country Railway

Feb 24                    PRESIDENT’S MORNING

Mar 3       Professor Tony Wren               First Catch Your Tram

Mar 10            FORUM’S  1000th MEETING

The Mayor of Harrogate  Councillor Jim Clark

Mar 17     Mr Tony Brown                       The Count and Capture Game

Mar 24       OPEN MEETING

Mrs Pat Osborne                  The Mysterious Life of Agatha Christie

Mar 31      Mr Gordon Whitehead                            Fire!

EASTER HOLIDAY

Apr 14        Mr Richard Barker                          On Guard

Apr 21      Professor Martin Curzon                Trace Elements

Apr 28           ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

May 5             VISIT TO BE ARRANGED

 

 

 

 

Feb 10

 

 

37th SEASON…WELCOME BACK!!

The start of the Forum’s 37th season under Chairman Roger Bancroft is just a few weeks away with the first meeting scheduled for Tuesday October 1st.

Another excellent programme of Speakers has been put together by John Taylor Programme Secretary which will entertain, educate and interest us across a wide spectrum of subjects and brighten up the coming autumnal and winter Tuesdays for seven months.

Annual membership fees of £3 and weekly payments of £2 to include refreshments remain unchanged and represent great value for what’s on offer!

Proceedings begin as usual at 10a.m. with tea/coffee being served and the weekly speaker starting at 10.30a.m.

PROGRAMME 2013/2014

2013

Oct 1  OPEN MEETING

Mr John Taylor                    Centenarians then and now.

Oct 8   Mr Duncan Verity                Songs of Stage and Screen.

Oct 15 Mr Gordon Darlington       The Great Cover Up.

Oct 22 Mr Roy Cressey                     Shipshape.

Oct 29 Mr David Alred                      Nidderdale Yesterday.

Nov 5  His Honour Judge Derek Clarkson      More of The Same.

Nov 12 Professor Martin Curzon                 Honey, Sugar and Spice…and all things nice.

Nov 19 Mr Tony Brown                     Blown Away by Patagonia.

Nov 26 Mr David Winpenny           Up to a point-Pyramids in Yorkshire and Beyond.

Dec 3    Mr Frank Ellis                       Lancashire’s Favourite Yorkshireman.

Dec 10            CHRISTMAS  LUNCH AT ASCOT HOUSE HOTEL.

CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY

2014

Jan 7  Mr David Essam                How a Cheshire Cat strayed into Harrogate.

Jan 14   OPEN MEETING

Mrs Anne Cherry             Harrogate Theatre Behind the Scenes.

Jan 21 Mr Michael Greatorex   Family History: Trials & Tribulations.               r                Mr  Michael Morby

Jan 28  Rev. Mark Godfrey          President’s Morning.

Jan 30                 Visit to Harrogate Theatre  (backstage).

Feb 4  Mr Alun Pugh                        Saltaire.

Feb 11 Mr Neil Ramshaw              The Rise and Fall of a Very British Institution.

Feb 18  Mr Wallace Sampson        Meet the Chief Executive.

Feb 25  Mr Jim Monte                     Lead Mining in the Dales.

Mar 4   Mrs Angela Henson         Norway:  Land of Mountains & Flowers.

Mar 11  Mr Roger Nightingale    Olympic Volunteer.

Mar 18    OPEN MEETING-RAY COGGAN MEMORIAL MEETING.

Mr Ken Humphreys         The Music of Cole Porter.

Mar 25   Mr Tony Burkitt               The Rush for Wind.

Apr 1      Mr Terry Frazier                 The Land of the Long White Cloud.

Ape 8       4 or 5 Members                 Member’s Morning.

Apr 15    Mrs Lesley Walton           Save the Children.

EASTER HOLIDAY

Apr 29            ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING.

May 6           INFORMAL LUNCH TO BE ARRANGED.

NEIL RAMSHAW GENERAL SECRETARY.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Change to next Tuesday’s Programme

Moira Smith has been called away to attend a meeting in Birmingham and will be unable to give her talk on Tuesday 5th February.  Instead she has found a very capable
substitute Mr. Geoff  Pawson who will talk about “The wild flowers of Bolton Abbey”.

Programme 2012 – 2013

Harlow Men’s Forum 36th Season

Programme 2012-2013

2012

Oct 2      Mr Terry Frazier                   Dam Busters and Great Escape

Oct 9      Prof. Martin Curzon            Chocolate

Oct 16    Mr Brian Currin                   White Boy Growing Up in Africa

Oct 23    Mr Tony Burkitt                    RBS, the Credit Crunch and Me

Oct 30    Mr Frank Ellis                       Meet the Ramsbottoms

Nov 6     Mrs Angela Henson             Malta: Small Island, Big History

Nov 13   OPEN MEETING – Ray Coggan Memorial Lecture

His Honour Judge Derek Clarkson Reminiscences

Nov 20   Mr Frank flaherty                Tales of an Irish Innkeeper

Nov 27   Mr Vince Naylor                  Impressions of India

Dec 4     Mr Richard Willis                 Magic of the Waterways

Dec 11   CHRISTMAS LUNCH at ASCOT HOUSE HOTEL

2013

Jan 8      Mr Mike McKevitt               An Actor’s Life

Jan 15    Mr Michael Langford          Around the World for 80 Reasons

Jan 22    Mr David Davies                  The Years of Recovery and Change

Jan 29    Rev. Mark Godfrey             President’s Morning

Feb 5     Ms Moira Smith                   Bolton Abbey

Feb 12   Mr Alun Pugh                       Dei goes to War

Feb 19   Mr Geoff Queen                   Vedi, Veni, Vietnam

Feb 26   OPEN  MEETING

Mr John Wallis                     Top of the Bill

Mar 5    Mr Michael Cochrane          Le Loup des Mers

Mar 12  Mr Norman Oberheim        Photo Miscellany

Mar 19  4 or 5 Members                   Members’ Stories

Mar 26  Mr John Bevers                    World Heritage Sites in the North

Apr  2    Easter – No Meeting

Apr 9     Charity Talk                           Jennyruth Workshops

Apr 16  Mr Eric Forster                      Why Geoffrey Layton hated Boy Scouts

Apr 23  OPEN MEETING

Mr Eric Waters                      A Himalayan Tale

Apr 30  Members                                Annual General Meeting

May 7   VISIT or OTHER EVENT TO BE ARRANGED

36th Season 2012 – 2013

The first meeting of the new season is on Tuesday 2nd October 2012.

Welcome back.

Programme for 2011/2012

Programme for 2011 – 2012

2011

Sept 27  Mr.A.Jones M.P.    First Year At Westminster

Oct 4     Mr. M. Baxter,       A Police Career

Oct 11  OPEN MEETING – SPECIAL ANNIVERSARY LECTURE

                   Mr. D. Brabbs,   Spain Beyond the Costas

Oct 18    4 or 5  Members,    Members’ Stories

Oct 25  Mrs.A.Henson,        Iceland: Land of Ice and Fire

Nov 1  Henshaw’s Speaker, Society for The Blind

Nov 8  His Honour Judge  D.Clarkson,  Still More Mysteries

Nov 15  Mr.G.Queen,          Dam Yangtze

Nov 22 Mr.K.Humphreys,   The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber

Nov 29  OPEN MEETING – THE RAY COGGAN MEMORIAL LECTURE

                                              Mr. F. Ellis, Jokers Wild

Dec 6  Mr.T.Frazier,       Colditz   

Dec 13        CHRISTMAS LUNCH AT ASCOT HOUSE

2012

Jan 3                  NEW YEAR – NO MEETING

Jan 10 Mr.N.Hails,               Baltic Cruise: Moscow – St.Petersburg

Jan 17 Mr.D.Davies,            The Time of Your Life

Jan 24 Mr.R.Bancroft,         Nitty Gritty and Other Favourites

Jan 31 Mr.W.Benson,          This England

Feb 7  Mr.E.Forster, Kaiser Bill’s Black and White Spotted Pigs

Feb 14 Mr.B.Turner,            Harrogate Homeless Project

Feb 21Mr.D.W.Blades,        A Tea Party

Feb 28 Mr.D.Oxley, CBE,   Twenty Winters

Mar 6  Rev.M.Godfrey,        President’s Morning

Mar 13 OPEN MEETING, Mrs.J.Blayney, The Wonders of the Valley Gardens

Mar 20 Mr.D.Hopkinson,     In the Southern Sudan 1974 – 80

Mar 27 Mr.R.Cressey,        Yorkshire Shipping: Past and Present

Apr 3 Anniversary Meeting, Members and Guests, The Forum First 35 Years

Apr 10                         EASTER NO MEETING

Apr 17 Mr.J.Taylor,            The Strange Story of Victor Grayson

Apr 24           MEMBERS ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

May 1                          VISIT TO BE ARRANGED

George Mountford

 

Advance Notice

Programme of Pre Christmas Talks

September

27th Mr. Andrew Jones MP, First Year in Westminster.

October

4th Mr. Michael Baxter, My Police Career.

11th Open Meeting,   Mr. Derry Brabbs, Spain Beyond the Costas.

18th Members’ Morning, Various Members.

25th Mrs. Angela Henson, Iceland: Land of Ice and Fire.

November

1st A Representative, Henshaws: Society for Blind People.

8th His Honour Judge Derek Clarkson, Still More Mysteries.

15th Mr. Geoff Queen, Dam Yangtze.

22nd Mr. Ken Humphreys, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber.

29th Open Meeting   The Ray Coggan Memorial Lecture,

Mr. Frank Ellis, Jokers Wild.

December

6th Mr. Terry Frazier, Dam Busters, Colditz and The Great Escape.

13th CHRISTMAS LUNCH at ASCOT HOUSE HOTEL

 George Mountford