Outgoing Chairman Peter Staples opened the meeting expressing his thanks to members for their support during the year and then handed control of the proceedings to President Reverend Christine Gillespie.

ATTENDANCE: President Reverend Christine Gillespie and 32 members present.

APOLOGIES: 6 apologies received from members.

MINUTES: Minutes of the 39th Annual General Meeting agreed correct and signed by President. No amendments, corrections or matters arising.

GENERAL SECRETARY’S REPORT: At close of previous season (2015/2016) 61 members were registered on Forum records.

–Dave Essam left us during the summer recess.

—5 new members joined during the last season.

—1 member left our database as he could no longer attend.

At the close of the season (2016/2017) 64 members were left recorded on our books although there are a number we are unlikely to see again due to age/ infirmity.

Continued publicity through Harrogate Advertiser/ Church Website Links, Harrogate Library and Tourist Information Centre as well as our own Website. Personal member advocacy still best recruiter and two Programme of Meeting cards issued to help facilitate this.

PROGRAMME SECRETARY’S REPORT: Another year of strong attendances and an all time record at February 14th Open Meeting of 51. Charitable Donations totalled an impressive £645.

Special Anniversary events were well supported– Daytones Group and Malcolm Neesam and good reception afforded to Professor Dixon (Ilkley Water Cure) and Michael Duncombe (Musical Memories of the 50’s and 60’s). Open Meetings and Members Morning  also well established and received.

Thanks to all Tuesday Helpers and Officers and appreciative of Honorary Life Membership Award.

New Season commences Tuesday October 3rd 2017.

TREASURER’S REPORT: Very adequate Bank Balance of around £495 going into new season.

Donation to Church for room usage proposed and agreed at £850.

Secretarial Honorariums (2) amounting to £100 proposed and agreed.

No increase in fees/subs in next season

Discussion re funding defibrillator for Church Premises— to be agreed by Church and Forum Members to consider how we can support if it goes ahead.


President:                      Rev. Christine Gillespie.

Chairman: His Honour Judge Derek Clarkson.

Vice Chairman:                      Michael Cochrane.

Second Vice Chairman:            Richard Wright.

General Secretary:                      Neil Ramshaw.

Programme Secretary:                   John Taylor.

Treasurer:                                           Roy Smith.

Registrar:                                   Derek Simpson.

Church Contact:                               Mike South.                                                                                                                              Peter Belton.

Catering Officers: John Clark; Tom Snelling; Roger Bancroft.                                                      Reserve:                        Richard Brooks.

Auditor:                                       Chris Butterfield.


—Anniversary Spring Lunch Tuesday May 2nd 12p.m. for 1230p.m. at Ascot House Hotel.

—41st Season of Harlow Men’s Forum to commence Tuesday October 3rd 10a.m. for 1030a.m.



Chairman Peter Staples opened the final normal meeting of our 40th (Ruby) season at 1030a.m. announcing seven apologies including sadly Honorary Life Member Roy Howard who is indisposed and in Littondale Ward at Harrogate Hospital and would welcome visitors. We send our best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Today’s Speaker Mr Terry Williams is a short notice stand in due to a cancellation and we are very grateful to him. A resident of North Harrogate he is an authority on the history of the New Park area and has travelled worldwide including a year spent living in the U.S.A.

His topic for his talk “Life in a New England Mansion” developed from a student friendship with an American Andy Dauphin. This friend, a Canadian by birth, moved into New Hampshire spending his formative years in Claremont and in 1991 purchased his boyhood dream of a mansion in the town Highland View Farm which was in a tremendous state of neglect and disrepair.

Highland View Farm had been owned in the 19th century by William H Moody , owner of a Shoe and Boot Company, who whilst an enterprising man, suffered from ill-health probably due to the stresses from his business interests and would use the purchased estate as a retreat and refuge. He employed an architect Hira Beckwith to design buildings and extend the estate and Moody would develop a reputation for producing the best racing stock (horses) at this location which included on the land a racing track. With the demise of Moody in 1925 (his wife predeceased him in 1923) and no children to pass the estate to, the properties declined through many of the following years becoming derelict.

In 1991 Andy Dauphin purchased the house for $112,000 but also with a massive amount of restoration work requiring to be done both externally and internally. Plans were drawn up to restore it as far as possible to its original 19th century condition and over the years extensive work was carried out in a sympathetic and considered manner with the purchase of antique furniture and fittings, stain glass windows including the refurbishment of originals and an attention to detail and  labour of love which came across strongly in the presentation. Andy Dauphin lives in the revamped property and estate with two of his autistic charges from his company “Bear Den”.

In 1916 Moody gave part of his estate to the City of Claremont….now Moody Park a recreational area and purchased a hotel (Hotel Claremont) which is now Moody Buildings with shop units and office/conference space. Moody Buildings is also now owned by Andy Dauphin.

The talk was backed up by a comprehensive slide show which detailed the estate in its 19th century guise, through its decline and as it now looks following its regeneration. The audience had enjoyed the discourse and a number of pertinent questions confirmed the interest aroused.

The Vote of Thanks on behalf of the thirty-four attendees was given by John Taylor.



The meeting opened promptly at 1030a.m. with Chairman Peter Staples advising of seven apologies having been received. A welcome was extended to visitor Don Birkin.

Under “Initial Notices” the last call for A.G.M. items to be advised to Secretary Neil Ramshaw was made and final bookings for the Anniversary Lunch to Programme Secretary John Taylor were asked for, both with an April 11th cut off date.

Today saw the 40th Anniversary Lecture and the Forum were delighted that it was to be given by Harrogate’s foremost historian Mr Malcolm Neesam who although a regular Speaker to groups in the town was appearing at this gathering for the first time. His topic appropriately was about one of Harrogate’s illustrious Victorians and characters “Samson Fox: Victorian Industrialist”.

For the next hour the audience were treated to an excellent discourse about the great Samson Fox, genius , industrialist and philanthropist with the talk being supported by an illustrated and evocative slide show.

Born in 1838 in Bowling near Bradford his beginnings were from an impoverished background and at the age of nine finished his rudimentary education and went to work at Armley Mill but even from an early age wanted to be a mechanic. In 1853 he was apprenticed to the Victorian Iron Foundry in  Leeds and by 1861 at the age of twenty-three had made enough money to make his first marriage to Mary Anne Slinger from Knaresborough. In 1862 he was sent by his employers to attend the Great Exhibition at Crystal Place in London and in 1863 made his first patent for “Improvements to Machinery”. He was also the Chief Rep for Scotts of Greenock involved with shipping and wrestling with the ever-present danger of Marine Boilers blowing up. In 1874 Samson Fox founded the Leeds Forge Company which at its height would employ 2,000 men. In 1877 he patented the Corrugated Boiler Flue , a world leading development, which massively improved the safety and reliability of Marine Boilers and which established his considerable fortune. In the workplace he continued with developments such as new methods of steel manufacture, started the production of the Press Steel Railway Bogies and by 1900 had three forges producing his steel products.

In 1883 he purchased Grove House Skipton Road Harrogate and moved here. In 1889 he was elected to Harrogate Borough Council and very quickly became Mayor for three years. His philanthropic activities , running in tandem with his business and private life, saw him provide £45,000 to build the Royal College of Music Building as well as many more localised good works such as houses for workers and financial support together with him providing his notable roasted ox celebrations most notably in 1887 on the Stray to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Jubilee.

Other things mentioned in the life story of Samson Fox  included the mystery of Louis Aime Augustin  Le Prince; his dealings with “Diamond” Jim Brady to facilitate sales in America and his involvement with the great and good of Victorian Society.

We also were advised of the failed Water Gas Syndicate launched by Samson Fox which saw a lengthy court case eventually won  following a literary attack by the author Jerome K Jerome. Following the death of his first wife Fox remarried a much younger woman Annie Louise Baxter in 1899. His son and heir Willie Fox did not come across well appearing to be the antithesis of his father and following a period of ill-health Samson Fox passed away in October 1903.

Some questions and comments made at the conclusion of the lecture showed the interest and stimulation of the members attending with general agreement that Samson Fox is a true local great who should perhaps be more lauded than he has been.

An appropriate and fitting Vote of Thanks was given to Malcolm Neesam By His Honour Judge Derek Clarkson on behalf of the forty attendees. (40 at the 40th Anniversary Lecture!!)



Chairman Peter Staples announced the start of the meeting at 1030a.m. advising that four apologies had been received.

In ” Initial Notices” the third call for the A.G.M. on Tuesday April 25th 2017 was made with any “proposals/ officers to elect nominations” to Secretary Neil Ramshaw by Tuesday April 11th 2017. Bookings were still being accepted by Programme Secretary John Taylor for the 40th Anniversary Lunch on Tuesday May 2nd 2017 with again Tuesday April 11th 2017 being the cut off date for orders and payments to be received by him.

Today the Forum was delighted to welcome our President Reverend Christine Gillespie to the annual President’s Morning , the third such occasion where we have enjoyed her company. Her talk today was predicated on the early history of Methodism and Reverend Christine framed her discourse around the following twenty words:

“The early Methodists were a choir formed by John Wesley to sing the hymns of Charles and to live accordingly”

Methodism was originally an insult directed at a small group at Oxford University who gathered together to meet and talk and leading figures included Charles Wesley and George Whitefield and became known as the “Holy Club”. John Wesley joined the group and quickly became recognised as its leader due to his strong organisational skills. He preached, making converts and then organised the groups into “Societies” but still all part of the Anglican Church. He in fact held his own 5a.m. Sunday morning services (Methodist) which allowed people to attend Anglican Communion later. As well as Societies he set up bands(5/10 people) to listen/discuss and support each other and these were open to all classes of people. Wesley’s organising skills went wider with three Circuits established, that he travelled around, he being the Superintendent with Circuit Assistants who became Superintendents as numbers increased.

A National Conference was organised annually which took upon itself a leadership role when   John Wesley died.

George Whitefield set an example of field preaching outdoors which was taken up by the early Methodists who would also look to spread education and formed schools. These travelling preachers had a small library of books with them. John Wesley borrowed and used services in early Methodism such as the Covenant Service and the New Years Eve Night Watch Service. Although always denying he started a new Church and claiming to be a loyal Anglican, Wesley nevertheless ordained Ministers to go to America. (which others in the Anglican Church would not do!!)

Methodism was born in song but with strict instructions as to how hymns were to be sung and those hymns were for personal devotion as well as public singing.

Some Anglican clergy barred Methodists from the traditional Church and communion so Methodists started to hold separate communion. Services had a preponderance to play Charles Wesley hymns (prolific writer of about 6,000 approx) and with a tremendous variety in their construction. Encouraging people to read saw the use of “lined” hymns but as literacy improved these died out. His hymns were about salvation for all, personal faith and funereal style..

The ” Live Accordingly” ethos resulted from John Wesley’s 1738 conversion and in response to the joy that had been given by God bolstered by phrases such as ” Temperance turns Beer into Furniture” encouraging duty, hard work and thrift.

Forum Members had enjoyed a morning of interesting and entertaining social history but with a Religious slant appropriate to the environment and Speaker. A number of pertinent questions and comments from the audience enhanced the proceedings.

The Vote Of Thanks was given by George Thomas on behalf of the thirty-seven attendees.



The meeting was opened by Chairman Peter Staples with two apologies having been received. The Forum were delighted to welcome Keith Acum as a new member.

Secretary Neil Ramshaw gave a second call for the A.G.M. on Tuesday April 25th 2017 and asked for proposals/Officers to elect to be advised to him by Tuesday April 11th 2017. Members were reminded that Programme Secretary John Taylor was taking bookings for the May 2nd Anniversary Lunch with choices and payments to him by Tuesday April 11th 2017.

Today saw the return to the Forum of Mr Alan Pitchfork, a member of Knaresborough Men’s  Forum, whose topic would be “Tales of the Unexpected”. He started by reminding us of the T.V. series from the 1970’s introduced by Roald Dahl and based on short stories which could be unnerving and always had a twist in the tale. In fact Alan started with one from the T.V. series based on an Austrian–Hungary border post in 1889, a snow blizzard and the birth of a much wanted baby boy to one of the border guards and his wife.

Stories then followed on about Butch O’Hare, an American Navy Pilot hero from World War 2 who won the American Medal of Honour, had Chicago International Airport named after him but also had some strange connections to prohibition-era Chicago, the Mob, Al Capone and the Mobster’s Lawyer of choice “Easy” Eddie. Further tales followed including the U534 German submarine sank the day after war ceased in 1945 and was then salvaged nearly fifty years later. We heard some more personal anecdotes that had an element of the peculiar or remarkable coincidence including one about a “Dream” Mike had and a”Billabong”; the strange case of a silver Datsun and its distinctive number plate; neighbourly occurrences from Knaresborough into the wider world and employment in Egypt with links to a squash game in Knaresborough. His penultimate tale was again personal and related to a copy of the book “The Cruel Sea”, its mysterious appearance in his childhood trunk and a deceased connection in their new house. The final story related to an engineer, who in the days prior to mobile communications, answering a ringing phone in a red G.P.O. Box he was walking past and the call being for him!!

Audience Members shared a number of their out of the normal experiences or unlikely coincidences as the morning came to an end.

The Vote Of Thanks on behalf of forty attendees was given by Peter Belton.





Chairman  Peter Staples opened the meeting at 1030a.m. with four apologies having been offered.The Anniversary Lunch Menu’s were out for members to take, with choices and payments to be returned to John Taylor by Tuesday April 11th 2017.

Secretary Neil Ramshaw gave notice of the A.G.M. on Tuesday April 25th 2017 and asked for proposals/prospective Officers elect to be advised to him by April 11th 2017 to allow preparatory work for the meeting to take place.He also advised names were needed to come forward for the Second Vice Chairman and also reserve cover for the Catering Team. Brief mention was also made of an informal approach to Harrogate Lions for Defibrillator Funding but this also needs to be taken forward with the Church if it is to be progressed.

Forum Members were today entertained and engaged by Mr Michael Duncombe from Leeds but originally from near Rotherham who shared his “Musical Memories of the 50’s and 60’s”. His story involved himself and two childhood friends growing up in the mid to late 50’s , joining a Methodist Church Youth Club in their village Whiston, attracted by the presence of girls but being introduced to music! Music was radically changing at this time as evidenced by T.V. Shows such as “Oh Boy!” and “Ready Steady Go” all promoting the “new” music. The three friends decided to pursue the new genre, clubbed together and purchased one guitar and a book “The Guitar Made Easy”. Supported by a kindly Aunt and Uncle (Edie and Philip) the fledglings used Sunday afternoons at the relatives house to hone their developing talent using Uncle’s tape recorder and the additional benefits of Auntie’s sumptuous Sunday teas!! We heard about homemade guitar cases made from blankets and rain coats , how the trio started locally but were invited to audition for the Carol Levis Talent Show at the Sheffield Empire Theatre courtesy of a helping hand from Aunt Edie and being inspired by shop names to adopt the moniker “The Saxons” as their show business name. A 30 second audition saw them make one of the initial main shows and then the Saturday Grand Final with a combination of talent and Aunt Edie’s “rent a crowd” activity! Compere of the Sheffield shows was interestingly a youthful Jackie Collins. The Saxons enjoyed local success and began appearing at Garden Parties, Charity Functions, Hotels, Dance Halls and leading memorably to an appearance at a Girls Remand Home. Following an invite , for a time they were part of the Burrells Concert Party and moved into appearances at Working Men’s Clubs. In the mid 60’s a particular highlight was being asked to perform in the finale of a production (“A God Forsaken Hole”) at the Royal Albert Hall. In 1969 the trio finished their time in entertainment together after 12 years due to domestic moves but stayed in touch as friends and twenty-four years later reformed and went back on the road but sadly and poignantly finished for good in 1997 due to the illness and subsequent passing of one of their number. During the talk tracks were played from the trio’s one C.D. which gave a lovely flavour of their talent and musical taste. These included “Crying in the Rain”; “Scarlet Ribbons”; “Another You”; “Let It Be Me” and “Jimmy Brown”. Whilst never going professional with their musical talents they came across as inspired amateurs.

It was evident from the questions, comments and general enthusiasm shown by the audience that the morning in pop parlance had been a hit delivered by a Speaker whose relaxed, amusing and most affable manner had greatly enlivened proceedings as well as attending with a great story.

The Vote Of Thanks was given by Roger Bancroft on behalf of thirty-six appreciative members.




Todays meeting was held in the main Church premises and was opened on time by Chairman Peter Staples with six apologies having been offered. Members attention was drawn to the launch of a new Harrogate and Knaresborough fund-raising group for the British Heart Foundation with the launch meeting being on Tuesday March 28th at 6p.m. in The White Room which is upstairs in The Pit, The Ginnel, Harrogate HG1 2RB and anyone interested is welcome to attend. Members were also advised that the menu and reply form for the 40th Anniversary Lunch (May 2nd) will be given out next week with a last date for booking being Tuesday April 11th due to the Easter break.

Todays talk was given by Les Parkes, in his second year as a Forum Member, but well-known in the area as he was a Liberal Democrat County Councillor for a number of years and a Governor at Rossett School for 10 years. As Chairman of the Yorkshire and Humber Branch of the  European Movement (origins 1948 under Winston Churchill’s Chairmanship) and a member of the Movement’s National Council his topic of “European Perspective” was highly appropriate but presented in a non-political or partizan manner and which consisted of his own experiences in Europe from a young age, during his National Service and then from his travels during his business career. He shared the information that his father had shaken the hand of Adolf Hitler at the Berlin Motor Show in the 1930’s and that his own education preferences had seen him choose languages (German and French) as opposed to sciences. We were treated to his reminisces about Germany particularly Berlin and the Berlin Wall during the Cold War period and the differences between East Germany and West Germany. During his National Service Les was based in Bergen Hohne (close to Belsen) and apparently missed Elvis Presley by about two months!! The educational priorities of East Germany were mentioned as well as the overweening presence of the Stasi in the everyday life of the country. Anecdotes about Poland, Czechoslovakia,, Yugoslavia and Romania were shared with the latter country having a dreadful reputation from the Ceausescu era and for being a byword for corruption. A number of audience members had also experienced National Service in Germany ,and Berlin in particular, including duty at Spandau prison and these experiences were also shared as well as a number of questions being asked.

The Vote Of Thanks on behalf of the thirty-five attendees was given by Vincent Naylor.



In Pursuit of the Kingdom of Happiness

36 members enjoyed an excellent presentation by Geoff Queen about his visit to one of the world’s most unusual countries, where there are no traffic lights, no plastic bags and no tobacco. This is the land of the Thunder Dragon, Bhutan, an isolated country the size of Switzerland but with a population no bigger than Leeds. It is a land of three layers – plains, foothills and Himalayas and 75% of the country is forested. Its history is shrouded in myth and legend but Buddhism arrived in the year 746. Prayer wheels and flags abound. We all learned the word DZONG, buildings which are part monastery, part fort and part school, many dating back several hundred years. Dzongs are architecturally very beautiful and we saw their influence even on the airport buildings. The capital Thimphu is smaller than Harrogate. A hereditary monarchy was established as late as 1907 and the first king’s belief that “gross national happiness is more important than gross national product” still applies today under the 5th king Jigme Wangchuck. Tourism is rationed but schools and health care are free for all. This gentle and peaceful people still wear national dress ( skirt and a dressing gown style garment for men) except when off duty.

Geoff’s excellent slides showed this beautiful country at its best, although we shared his disappointment that heavy rains prevented his visiting the most remote Dzong, the Tiger’s Nest. He told us not to visit the country if we did not like chillis as they form a large part of the national diet with buckwheat as rice does not grow at high altitudes. Numerous questions followed before Richard Wright gave the vote of thanks.

Please Note:
Members voted overwhelmingly for a 2 course lunch for the special anniversary meal at Ascot House on 2 May.


Chairman Peter Staples opened the ever popular Members’ Morning by announcing that three apologies had been received. He asked John Corby to update members regarding David Essam , a former member, who moved to Beverley last year and has experienced some ill-health but pleasingly is now on the mend and had asked to be remembered to those who knew him.

First up this morning was Mike Tutt giving his first talk to the Forum and who kickstarted the morning’s proceedings by sharing his experiences of “My Electrical Life”. Born in 1938 in Folkestone he made us aware of his  early moves due to evacuation in World War 2 and advised that he had always been interested in electrical things such as batteries and crystal radios even from an early age and when eight this was consolidated on receipt of a Meccano Set as a gift which stimulated his attention further. On leaving school he became a Unilever Electrical Trainee (Batchelor’s Foods) which after a year turned into a five-year apprenticeship including stints  at Port Sunlight Training School and Day Release at a College. Five years National Service from 1960 saw him chose an electrical trade, enjoy various postings around the world whilst working on aeroplanes.De-mobbed back to the U.K. in Southall with initial jobs on gyroscopic equipment at Heathrow he met his future wife and moved to Huddersfield with work firstly in Bradford and then with the C.E.G.B. ending up at Beckwith Knowle and is now semi retired taking contract work in his capacity as a sole trader. His entertaining discourse shared anecdotes about camels and golf clubs in unusual places!!

Our second Speaker was Richard Wright who has given a full talk previously to the Forum regarding Gambia and his personal and professional involvement there. Today he gave us an update particularly on the unstable, dangerous and changing political situation of recent months. Since 1994 the country has been under the despotic sway of Yahya Jammeh of the Armed Forces Provisional Ruling Council which deposed the previous government and gradually assumed the trappings of a dictatorship–lack of democracy, corruption, Secret Police and a Death Squad and prohibiting the views of independent voices whilst imprisoning opponents and leaving the Commonwealth in 2013. The period also saw Gambia’s economic decline from being the third most prosperous country in West Africa to last and becoming an Islamic Republic in 2015. However the 2016 elections saw six Opposition parties come together and defeat the incumbent with Adama Barrow declared the new President. After more turbulence, threats and a constitutional crisis Jammeh finally  stepped down in January 2017 and Gambia has begun a new era including reverting the Islamic status of the country and looking to return to the Commonwealth grouping. It is to be hoped the country enjoys less interesting times going forward!!

Former Chairman Michael Cochrane gave the third address of the morning which shared his recollections of enjoying cricket and hospitality in “The Committee Room At Headingley”. The journey to the Committee Room had started many year previously when he met up in National Service at Catterick with John Budd who was a Gloucestershire Cricket Colt,  a very keen player and all-rounder who was able to indulge his passion whilst doing his military service. Mike’s subsequent invitation to Headingley came from him when Gloucester were to play Yorkshire in a one day match with the proceedings being enjoyed due to the game, the company, refreshments and betting on the results!! Sadly Yorkshire lost this match.

Our final Speaker was Terry Byrne , in his second season as a Forum Member, but well-known as Chairman of the Residents Group and a First Aid Lecturer. His talk “The First Eight Minutes”, in which he was assisted by a dummy patient, painted scenarios around somebody having a heart attack and the actions that could and should be taken to give the best chance of survival and recovery and in which the initial eight minutes are vital. Terry focussed on the following factors highlighted by the starting letter to assist recall;

Danger.       Response.       Shout.       Airway.

Breathing.     Compression.     Defibrillation.

He used his dummy to show how these actions should be addressed and we were reminded of the Bee Gee’s aid to compression and shown how to position an A.E.D. (Defibrillator) He stressed the importance of knowing where defibrillators are located and accessing them and finished by sharing some amusing recollections of situations he had been in.

The morning had obviously been enjoyed by the thirty-five members attending and the Chairman thanked all the Speakers for their excellent efforts and praised the variety and scope of the different talks.




Chairman Peter Staples opened the third Open Meeting of the season by welcoming the attendees and in particular the lady guests in the audience on what was St. Valentine’s Day!! John Tyreman was also welcomed back after a long absence. Three apologies had been received prior to the meeting.

Today’s Speaker Mr Terry Frazier has been one of our regular Speakers in recent years and the subject of this discourse was to be “Putting The House To Bed: Conservation And Housekeeping In The National Trust”. Backed up by a comprehensive slide show he started with some history of the National Trust which was formed in 1895 and now owns three hundred historical houses and is in need of constantly seeking to raise large sums of money for restoration and maintenance. National Trust properties are generally closed down in winter and open to the public from March onwards.

His talk focussed on the following areas:

–establishing causes of deterioration.

–preventative conservation.

–more radical conservation or restoration.

The problems confronted by the National Trust and its Volunteers are the effect of light (damage and fading); humidity (under or over); damage from feet and hands: mechanical issues; dust; incorrect use of proprietary cleaning products and insects (wood worm and carpet beetles).

Accompanied by slides from rooms in National Trust properties we were shown the before and after impact of various restored items therein. Terry also advised how the various problems were addressed including keeping humidity in the 50/60% range; use of matting and blinds to minimise dust, dirt and light damage; the use of barriers to create distance and again limit dust issues and interestingly allowing mechanical objects to remain inert and enhance preservation. Use of specialist restorers was looked at as was the range and variety of dusting and polishing for different items.

What came across quite strongly was both the professionalism and planning schedules applied to restoration and maintenance issues by the army of volunteers and others to the vast range of objects in their care including all types of furnishings, metal items, wood, ceramics, art work and books. The use of modern technology in the many processes was also highlighted.

A variety of questions and comments were put to the Speaker at the end of the morning.

The Vote of Thanks was given by Mike South on behalf of the forty member attendees and eleven lady guests— a record number for both an Open and any meeting!!

Before closing the proceedings the Chairman advised of a Harrogate Archaeological Society talk at Harlow Hill Methodist Church on Saturday March 4th 2.30p.m.–4p.m. by Marion Jefferies entitled ” Yorkshire Women At War: The Story Of Women’s Land Army Hostels Including the Beckwithshaw Hostel”.