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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

 

FUNERAL OF ROY HOWARD HONORARY LIFE MEMBER.

Six Forum Members , including the immediate past Chairman and current Chairman , attended Roy Howard’s funeral at Stonefall on June 28th. Roy’s daughter and granddaughter spoke at the service and brought with them a selection of the things Roy enjoyed—a copy of The Times which he read every day; his Scrabble set; a box of Thornton’s Chocolates; a guide to Norwegian fjords etc. Some of us knew about Roy the climber of mountains; Roy the veteran of Harrogate Photographic Society and Roy the accomplished ballroom dancer but we also learned that he was a fine violinist at a young age and had a successful career as a Higher Executive Officer in the Civil Service. He was proud of his role in the Harlow Men’s Forum and his unique distinction of being Chairman three times with his contribution to our group being recognised with his award of Honorary Life Membership. His joke book, from which he quoted at the beginning of each meeting, was on display!!

The Minister at the service then read a tribute to Roy from Forum Member and his friend George Wells who did so much to help Roy and his wife Hazel in their later years as their health declined and indeed , sadly, Hazel was too ill to attend the service. It was Roy who persuaded George to come to one or two Forum Meetings with him becoming one of our most committed attendees always eagerly anticipating each new season. and he latterly brought Roy to meetings which he would not otherwise have been able to attend. George commented on Roy being a quiet but very kind man with many varied accomplishments.

 

NEIL RAMSHAW   SECRETARY

Roy Howard …Funeral Arrangements

The funeral for Roy Howard will take place at Stonefall Crematorium/Cemetry on Thursday June 28th at 11 a.m.

NEIL RAMSHAW   SECRETARY

Passing of Honorary Life Member Roy Howard.

It is with sadness that I have to advise of the death of Roy Howard at the age of 89 after a long period of deteriorating health.

Roy was the Londoner who came to Harrogate as a child and went to Harrogate Grammar School before a career as a Social Security Officer. In his younger days he was a great walker and Joss Naylor the Cumbrian fell- runner was his cousin. Roy, it seems, once climbed Ben Nevis in the early morning and was dancing in the Royal Hall in the evening. Ballroom dancing was another of his many interests. For many years he was a keen member of Harrogate Photographic Society. He joined the Forum nearly 20 years ago, spoke to us three times and was three times Chairman, a unique distinction. He was elected an Honorary Life Member after the death of his friend George Mountford who was our first Honorary Member.

Our condolences go to his family and his presence at the Forum will be missed.

Funeral details will be entered here when known.

 

NEIL RAMSHAW   SECRETARY

Secretary’s Note

I have today posted the 2017/2018 Annals which concludes matters for the last season.

Have a great summer!!

ANNALS 2017/2018

2017

The 40th season ended with 64 members on the records.

“Calendar of Meetings” and “Welcome Back” messages were issued to all members including a second Calendar for members to pass to any interested friends/neighbours. The normal external distribution for information and advertising had as usual encompassed Harrogate Library, Harrogate Tourist Information Centre, our local Harlow News Correspondent (Harrogate Advertiser) Charlotte South and also to our Church Contact Rosalind Crew who includes details on the Harlow Hill Methodist Church Website with its links to the Nidd Valley Methodist Church.

Oct 3rd: First meeting of new season under Chairmanship of His Honour Judge Derek Clarkson Q.C. saw two new members join, Jim McPhail and Alan Barker. Charles Lubelski the next weeks Speaker attended as a guest.

Oct 17th: Four new members welcomed to Forum namely Derek Mitchell; Brian Gallagher; John Pearson and Eric Smith.

Oct 24: A further new member Vic Welborn and prospective new member attending as a guest Rob Allison.

Oct 31st: First Open Meeting of the season and also Ray Coggan Memorial Meeting. Attended by 40 members and 6 guests.

Nov 14th: Peter Wells attended as a guest.

Nov 21st: Allan Anderson and Rob Allison joined as new members and Richard Cobbald attended as a guest.

Nov 28th: Richard Cobbald added to the membership.

Dec 5th: Five members dropped from Forum Records for various reasons;

Robert Bradwell (ill-health and sadly died shortly after) ; Jeffrey Harrop (non-attendance/ contact); David Jackson (non-attendance/ contact); Mike McKevitt (ill-health); J.Graeme Smith (non-attendance due to health issues and asked to resign).

Dec 12th: An excellent Christmas Lunch at the Ascot House Hotel was attended by 68 members and guests. The after-lunch charitable collection raised £280 to be split between the Girl Guides to assist renovating Birk Crag facilities and to Harlow Hill Methodist Church where we meet.

2018

Jan 16th: Dropped Ray Snowden from membership. (deceased)

Dropped Jim Wilson from membership. (ill-health/non-attendance)

Jan 30th: Open Meeting and Presidents Morning….thirty five member attendees and six lady guests.

Feb 6th: Patrick Halligan new member welcomed.

Feb 13th: Advised of death of former member Roland Moor.

Feb 20th:Members Morning with welcome contributions from Alan Barker; John Corby; Frank Ellis; Brian Gallagher and Gordon Percy. Dropped from membership Lou Consentine (not in country/non-attendance).Also sadly dropped from membership Gordon Richardson who has passed away.

Feb 27th: Welcomed Edward Rowe as a new member.

Dropped from membership Michael Andrews (ill-health/other commitments) and Richard Pugh (resigned).

Mar 6th: Dropped from membership Ken Roberts (ill-health).

Mar 27: Third Open Meeting of season saw a late cancellation and Geoff Queen stepped in at short notice with his ” Great Britain Quiz.

Apr 24: 41st A.G.M. held.

May 23: A party of 20 members and guests entertained by John and Margaret Taylor at a coffee morning at Hollins Hall.

Season concludes with 64 members registered on records.

 

 

 

SUMMARY OF A.G.M. APRIL 24TH

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

NEIL RAMSHAW SECRETARY

SUMMARY OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING HELD ON APRIL 24TH 2018

In Attendance: President Rev. Christine Gillespie and 32 members.

Apologies: 7 apologies received.

Outgoing Chairman His Honour Judge Derek Clarkson opened the meeting by thanking all officers and members for their support in contributing to another successful season and the pride we should have and share about our group.

The Forum President Rev. Christine Gillespie took the chair for the rest of the meeting.

Minutes of Last A.G.M.: Agreed as a correct record, approved by members and signed by the Chairperson as confirmation.

No Matters Arising raised.

Chairperson’s Remarks: Christine paid her tribute to the Forum and stressed the importance of continuing to give a positive and good impression to all those it comes into contact with.

General Secretary’s Report: 12 new members in during season; 12 members dropped from membership for various reasons with registered members continuing at 64. Thanks to outgoing Chairman Derek for his amusing and good-natured stewardship during the last season.

Programme Secretary’s Report: High level attendances continued over from previous season (average 38) and excellent contribution from members to programme (5 talks given).

Disappointment expressed by John over a couple of talks with one being a late cancellation.

Advised that next season , his 12th as Programme Secretary, will be his last.

Treasurer’s Report: Indicative Accounts prepared and circulated. Finances remain healthy and a 3O pound discrepancy in figures explained by unpresented cheque. Church Collection of 140 pounds mentioned. Continuing 500 pound plus balance continues to be maintained to cover contingencies.

Proposals: Fees and Subscriptions to remain unchanged for another year…agreed by meeting.

Church Donation of 870 pounds ..agreed by meeting unanimously.

Secretaries Honorariums totalling  100 pounds agreed by meeting unanimously.

Terry Byrne raised issue of defibrillator for Church. Treasurer Roy and Chairperson Christine explained background and costs involved which also covered possibility or otherwise of blind in the church. Principle of defibrillator at Church o.k. but funds needed to be raised and permission given to General Secretary to approach local businesses on the Hill for support and pledges during the summer recess.

Deceased Members: Three members and one former member had passed away during the last season and the Chairperson asked attendees to stand and observe a period of silence in remembrance.

Election of Officers for 2018/2019:

Vacancies for Second Vice Chairman (to be Chairman in 2020/2021) and for a further volunteer in the Catering Team.

Malcolm Wood gave a positive and encouraging overview of the Chairman’s role, drawing on his own experiences, what it would involve and the support available.

Longer term a candidate to replace John Taylor as Programme Secretary will be required for 2019/2020.

The following positions were confirmed en-bloc.

HARLOW MEN’S FORUM OFFICERS 208/2019:

President:       Rev. Christine Gillespie

Chairman:              Michael Cochrane

Vice Chairman:     Richard Wright

Second Vice Chairman: VACANT

General Secretary: Neil Ramshaw

Programme Secretary: John Taylor

Treasurer:                     Roy Smith

Registrar:                      Derek Simpson

Church Contact:          Mike South

Catering Officers: John Clark; Tom Snelling; Roger Bancroft;

Reserve:                       Richard Brooks

Auditor:                       Chris Butterfield

Any Other Business:

Proposal from Neil Ramshaw that next season sees the final Ray Coggan Memorial Meeting. Reasons given and some discussion … agreed by meeting.

Mike South discussed merits of using Church room when appropriate as opposed to normal meeting  room. Again some discussion and different views from floor but general support for the proposition to use the Church room when deemed appropriate.

Tom Snellig raised issue of increasing Open Meetings each season to four. This received support and some concern from the floor but the meeting agreed that in future the President’s Morning would become an Open Meeting leaving the Programme Secretary with the normal three to identify.

Chairperson Christine Gillespie brought the meeting to a close.

POST SCRIPT:

2018 Wednesday May 23rd 1030a.m. –12.00 a.m.  Coffee Morning at Hollins Hall for those booked with John Taylor.

The 2018/2019 season starts on Tuesday October 2nd 10.a.m. for 1030 a.m.

 

NEIL RAMSHAW SECRETARY

 

 

SECRETARY’S REPORT

His Honour Judge Derek Clarkson Q.C. opened the final meeting and advised of three apologies.

Chairman Derek shared a quote from D.J. Sara Cox regarding school days being the best (or possibly not!!) days of your life.

Today’s Speaker was the Forum’s own Programme Secretary and Honorary Life Member John Taylor who would entertain and inform with his “Hollins Hall Story”.

John and his wife Margaret are residents at the Audley Court Retirement Village (Hollins Hall) and mentioned some of the discreet and less discreet responses to their making such a move but stressed that it was independent living for the over 55’s with some residents still gainfully employed.

We were advised of the history of the location which was uninhabitable up to the 18th century although there was a Hollins Hall farm from 1723 and Levens Hall in the area. As the transport infrastructure improves with the establishment of the Skipton Road this led to the building of Hollins Hall in around 1818. John then structured his talk around the seven ages of Hollins Hall;

–Four private owners.

–World War Two.

–School.

—Retirement Village.

Hollins Hall was originally built for John Williams, the Recorder of Ripon and his wife Dorothy and occupied by latterly Dorothy until 1855 (her death). The property was then purchased by the Tetley family (Joshua) but only for a short period due to their advanced age and was subsequently bought in 1868 by John and Letitia Wright who took up residence. Letitia was an ardent teetotaler and actively involved in the Temperance Movement. In 1909 Hollins Hall changed hands again at auction and was secured by Frederick Jowett, a West Riding Wool Merchant. 1939 saw the outbreak of World War Two and the Hall was requisitioned for evacuees, sixty-eight children and young mothers, originally coming from Woolwich. In 1941 new evacuees arrived facilitated by Barnado’s and were primarily physically handicapped youngsters. In 1943 Michael Hubert Tetley (great-grandson of Joshua Tetley) and the Vice Chairman of Barnado’s purchased Hollins Hall and gives it to the charity in memory of his son Ian who lost his life in 1941 when H.M.S. Neptune sank. The Hall is renamed the Ian Tetley Memorial School, a residential school for children with special needs. With the changing and more integrated nature of education the school closes in 1996 and Hollins Hall is sold to Audley Court to be developed as private housing for older people. This new enterprise was opened by Sir Bernard Ingham in 2000 and currently affords  seventy properties for occupation.

The talk was thoroughly enjoyed by the audience and questions/comments taken at its conclusion.

The Vote of Thanks on behalf of the forty attendees was given by Neil Ramshaw.

 

NEIL RAMSHAW   SECRETARY