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Programme of Winter meetings

FIRST HALF OF NEXT SEASON CANCELLED

Due to the continuing COVID 19 situation , which means our venue is not available , the first half of the 2020/2021 season i.e. October to December has been cancelled.

The position will be reviewed at the end of November/beginning of December 2020 and a decision made as to whether a restart can be made in January 2021 when the prevailing circumstances at that time will be considered.

Members have been individually advised and will be kept up to date with any changes and this site will similarly be updated.

NEIL RAMSHAW SECRETARY.

A.G.M. APRIL 2020 (“VIRTUAL”)

Due to the coronavirus lockdown and the early curtailment of the last season the normal gathering for the A.G.M. on April 28th was not possible and a decision was taken therefore to hold a “virtual” type meeting with all documentation issued by E/Mail or Post to members and any agreement/issues or concerns fed back to the General Secretary. Any matters needing further resolution would be tabled at the first meeting of the new season.

MAIN POINTS:

—-Minutes of 2019 A.G.M. no issues arising and therefore taken to be agreed as a correct record.

—Chairman’s Message: reflections on a shortened season and thanks to those members who supported the Forum’s ongoing operations.

—General Secretary’s Report: season started with 57 members and finished with 53 members on books. Three members sadly passed away namely Messrs Mike Hawkins; Bill McNicol and Dennis Anderson. New President Reverend Moses John elected during the season.

—Programme Secretary Report: another good selection of new and old Speakers; three Open Meetings and a successful Members’ Morning. Excellent Christmas Lunch with £312 raised there for Martin House Hospice. Total Charitable contributions (inc. Xmas Lunch) totalled £1104 from member donations and Speakers’ fee donations. Good level of attendances averaging around 35 but concerns over overall declining membership numbers.

—Treasurers Report: Finances remain in rude order and annual/weekly fees to remain unchanged at £5 and £2 respectively.

Due to shortened season the Church Donation is suggested at £600 with a possible further £200 when the Forum starts its new season.

—Election of Officers:

President: Rev. Moses John.

Chairman: Peter Wilson.

General Secretary: Neil Ramshaw.

Vice/Second Vice Chairman: BOTH VACANT.

Programme Secretary: VACANT.

Treasurer: Roy Smith.

Registrar: David Hill.

Church Contact: Mike South.

Catering Officers: Tom Snelling; Roger Bancroft; Richard Brooks; Edward Rowe.

Auditor: Chris Butterfield.

Following the issue of the documentation significant feedback was received agreeing it was a correct record of the season with no issues or dissent raised.

THE NEW SEASON (2020/21) IS DUE TO START ON TUESDAY OCTOBER 6TH, 10 A.M. FOR 1030 A.M. UNDER INCOMING CHAIRMAN PETER WILSON HOWEVER THIS CAN ONLY BE PROVISIONAL AT THIS STAGE AND WILL BE CONFIRMED LATER IN THE YEAR.

NEIL RAMSHAW SECRETARY.

The Bilton Hogspital

The Bilton Hogspital

Today’s meeting started at 1030 a.m. with Chairman Richard welcoming members and guests to our Open Meeting.

The speaker today was Teresa who was accompanied by her husband Robert from The Bilton Hogspital.

Teresa spoke about her work with Hedgehogs over a 25 years period. Richard set up the excellent visual aids.

Teresa explained the life cycle of hedgehogs and also about the injuries they sometimes suffered.

The talk was well illustrated with photographs. She did bring a live hedgehog which we saw for about ten minutes. This animal had been with them for rehabilitation and would be returned to its habitat this week.

The main aim of the talk was to make us well aware of this wonderful animal at a time their numbers have plummeted. This once common garden friend is in serious trouble!

We can all help by taking part in Hedgehog Street. Hedgehogs can travel more than a mile each night in order to find enough food or a suitable mate, often passing through several gardens. So we need lots of volunteer Hedgehog Champions to rally the support of their neighbours and create streets full of interconnecting hedgehog-friendly gardens. Visit the website: www.hedgehogstreet.org to join in. For one example a gap of 13 x 13cm gives access to your garden. That is the size of a CD cover. The British Hedgehog Preservation Society provides a leaflet on Creating a Wildlife Garden.

Hibernation is a complicated and often perilous conservation strategy. It is not just ‘going to sleep.’ When asleep all bodily functions remain nearly normal; but in hibernation metabolism is almost at a standstill.

Towards the end of autumn, hedgehogs consider the best places to build nests (called hibernacula). Favourite sites are under hedges and roots of trees, in piles of brushwood, inside compost heaps or in old rabbit burrows and underneath timber buildings and sheds. You can see the dangers! For further information check out www,britishedgehogs.org.uk

Some hedgehogs live to the age of ten.

It was an enjoyable meeting which was well received by all. We now know how we can help this small endangered creature to survive.

The Bilton Hogspital: “Helping Harrogate Hedgehogs …

https://biltonhogspital.blogspot.com/2014/12/helping-harrogate-hedgehogs-general.html

The Bilton Hogspital is a private hedgehog rehabilitation facility based in the Bilton area of Harrogate. It is run by Teresa Marshall, who started caring for hedgehogs in this way in 1995. Although Teresa is listed as a hedgehog carer by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society, the Bilton Hogspital is completely independent, voluntary and unfunded.

The vote of thanks was given by Roy Smith.

43RD SEASON CALENDAR OF MEETINGS 2019–2020.

2019

Oct 1:     Mr Malcolm Johnson        Children’s Favourites 1 (1950’s)

Oct 8:     Mr Roger Oldfield              Racehorses, Cheese And Waterfalls

Oct 15:    Mr Steve Caldwell             Windsor Castle After The Fire

Oct 22:    Mr Keith Wadd                   My Sporting Life: The Life And Times Of A                                                                                       Mediocre Sportsman

Oct 29:   Professor Martin Curzon     Artists Of The Great Plains: George                                                                                                    Caitlin And Fredrick Remington

Nov 5:    Canon Roger Dedman          The Rise Of The Post Office

Nov 12:   Mr Andy Dennis                   Without Borders (OPEN MEETING)

Nov 19:   Mr Eric Jackson                     Wonderful Things

Nov 26:  Mrs Angela Schofield             The N.H.S. Hospital Trust

Dec3:      Mr Alun Pugh                     The Long And Winding  Road  “how                                                                     the Beatles became…”                      (OPEN MEETING)

Dec 10:                                           CHRISTMAS LUNCH at Ascot House Hotel

 

———–  CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR BREAK————

2020

Jan 7:        Mr Neil Ramshaw              The Two Funniest Words in the                                                                                                         English Language

Jan 14:      Mr Mark Smith                   Organ Donations: An Inspiring Story

Jan 21:      Mr Frank Ellis                     Tom Who?

Jan 28:      Mr Bob Soper                       Motor Sport’s Golden Years–The Era                                                                                                 of “The Old F***’s”

Feb 4:        Mr Michael Williams         Tall Ships Youth Trust

Feb 11:                                           MEMBERS’ MORNING

Feb 18:       Mrs Jenny Stacey                A Sniff Of Snuff

Feb 25:       Mr David Davies                 The Awkward Neighbours: Britain’s                                                                                                  Relationship With Europe Since 1945

Mar 3:        Mrs Teresa Marshall          Bilton Hogspital–Helping                                                                                                                     Hedgehogs       (OPEN MEETING)

Mar 10:      Dr David Allen                      London Livery and Freemen

Mar 17:      Mr Jeff Jacklin                       I Used To Be A Referee But I’m Better                                                                                                Now

Mar 24:      Mrs Pat Osborne                   The Life Of L.S. Lowry

Mar 31:      Mr John Taylor                      100 Not Out–Some Centenarians

 

—                                             ———–EASTER HOLIDAY————–

Apr 21:       Mr Stuart Atkins                   The Great American Songbook

Apr 28:                                      43RD ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

May 5:                                      Spring Event —to be arranged

 

Welcome Back Harlow Men’s Forum Season 42

Hope you’ve all enjoyed a splendid summer and taken full advantage of the glorious weather…without complaining too much!!

Our new season will shortly upon us with Michael Cochrane taking the Chair for a second time and asking that we remember some of our stalwart members who have passed on during the last season. We will also see a change of President During this next season when the Reverend Christine Gillespie leaves us for pastures new but hopefully we can say our farewells to her at our Christmas Lunch.

An exciting and varied programme of Speakers has again been collected for our winter entertainment by John Taylor who is standing down as Programme Secretary after this year–how will we replace him??

So , looking forward to seeing you all at our seasonal kick off on Tuesday Oct 2  10.a.m for 1030. a.m. with fees remaining unchanged for yet another year. (£3 annual and £2 each meeting).

For completeness the full Programme 2018/2019 has been entered below.

NEIL RAMSHAW   SECRETARY

Calendar of Meetings 42nd Season 2018/2019

2018.

Oct 2.  Mr Duncan Verity       Concorde–Up in Flames

Oct 9.  Mr David Alred            Nidderdale Heritage II

Oct 16. Mr Tony Brown          In the Kingdom of the Ice Bear

Oct 23. Mr Trevor Moody      Comedians of Our Good Old Days

Oct 30. Mr Alan Barker          I Wish

Nov 6.  OPEN MEETING

Mr Stephen Caldwell  Living & Working in Windsor Castle

Nov 13. Mr Geoff Queen         An A to Z of Europe

Nov 20. Mr Philip Solity          An Amusing Insight into Road Traffic Law

Nov 27. Mr Neil Ramshaw     Some of My British Sporting Heroes

Dec 4.   Mrs Jocelyn Brooks   An Egyptian Odyssey

Dec 11. CHRISTMAS LUNCH AT ASCOT HOUSE HOTEL

—————– CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR BREAK—————–


2019.

Jan 8.   Mr David Davies          The Big Winter Freeze 1947

Jan 15. Mr Frank Ellis              At the Drop of a Hat

Jan 22. Mr Roger Oldfield       The Yorkshire Residency Test

Jan 29. Mr Tony Burkill           The English Lakes

Feb 5.  Mr Malcolm Johnson   Famous for 12 Minutes

Feb 12. Mr John Taylor            Ten Johns and Two Freds

Feb 19. Mr Terry Mike Williams  The History of New Park – Part 2

Feb 26. Mr Eric Jackson            The Barnbow Munitions Works

Mar 5.  Mr Edward Rowe         Bye Bye the Neighbourhood

Mar 12. OPEN MEETING–RAY COGGAN MEMORIAL MEETING

Mr Clive & Mrs Kath Richardson     The Woman Who Didn’t Exist

Mar 19. Mr Jeff Jacklin              The N.H.S….It Only Hurts When I Laugh

Mar 26. His Honour Judge Derek Clarkson Q.C.

The Lighter Side of the Law

Apr 2.   Mr Peter Wilson            Back to Front

Apr 9.   OPEN MEETING

Mr Keith Tordoff  M.B.E.  The Background and History of Sweets

Apr 16. Members Morning

——————EASTER HOLIDAY——————

Apr 30.     42nd ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

May 7.  Spring Lunch –to be finalised

 

CHANGE TO PROGRAMME

Unfortunately there is a late change to next weeks Open  Meeting as Mr Tim Fee is unable to attend and will be replaced by Mr Geoff Queen who will present a Great British Quiz.

Geoff Queen has been a regular visitor to the Forum and will provide a more than able replacement.

 

NEIL RAMSHAW SECRETARY

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.

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

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