Mr Leach proposed that the Club continue for another year.Agreed. The
Secretary read the minutes for the previous 12 months and these were
accepted by Mr Atkinson. Mr Taylor submitted the accounts and
proposed that the subscription should be held at £10. The
President, Mr Travis and Vice President Alan Taylor to continue for
their second year. Proposed that Bill Johnson continue as Secretary,
with Gordon Macgregor as Assistant Secretary. Terry Braithwaite with
assistance from John Phillipson to continue as Catering Officers. A
vote of thanks was given to all the above for the sterling work
during the past year. Six books were received from Dr Manley, being
volume 9 of “Library History”. Proposed and accepted that one
book be given to Mr Boddy for all his work put into the history of
the Club. One book be given to Mr Robinson, being the senior member
of the Club. One book to be held by the President and one by the
Secretary. The remaining two books to be circulated amongst the
members and then to be kept in the archives.
Memorandum of Agreement.
We whose names are hereunto subscribed do consent and agree to form a
club in the Conservative Club Dalton in Furness to commence on the
23rd day of June 1993 and to continue for the space of one
year. Agreeable to the Rules and Directions contained in this book
and we do hereby promise to conform to the same accordingly.
E Travis J E Walton J Phillipson
W H Robinson R G Macgregor A Sunderland
E H Boddy B Delph R Stern
J C Atkinson A Cassley W Morgan
G I Forsyth T A Walton W Lawson
A Taylor W Hannah W Jones
R G Porter T Braithwaite S Rogerson
J Wood W Johnson H Miller
J Blyth R Forrester P Leach
The President read out a letter from Arthur Bamford who regrettably
declined the invitation to rejoin the Club. He also read out a letter
from Lawrence Searle tendering his resignation because of business
and personal commitments. The Forster Dinner is confirmed for
Thursday the 8th of July at Clarence House. Gordon
Macgregor acted as auctioneer at the book sale which was enjoyed by a
rapt audience of 23 members and a total of £51.75 was raised.
The Forster Dinner to be held at Clarence House on Thursday the 8th
of July or if this night is not available, Tuesday the 6th
of July. John Phillipson will confirm the arrangements at the May
Mr Cassley deputised for Mr Macgregor who is on holiday and drinking “Canada dry”, and why not, he’s drunk most other countries dry. Letter from Dr Manley informing that the latest issue of “Library History” has now appeared containing the article re: Dalton Book Club. He hopes to forward some copies to the Club shortly. The President then raised the subject of inviting Arthur Bamford to rejoin the Club. Whilst he would not retain his previous seniority, he would retain his former seating arrangement and not be subject to being a steward. Members agreed to the proposal and Mr Travis is to write to Arthur regarding this.
Mr Taylor took the chair for the February meeting. He mentioned how
well the Simpson Dinner had gone and this was endorsed by the members
who had attended and enjoyed the dinner. Thanks for the organisation
of this were due to John Phillipson.
The President wished all members a happy and prosperous New Year, to which members good wishes were reciprocated. Menus handed out by John Phillipson for the Simpson Dinner.
(Not a lot to say this month, obviously. Ed.)
The President welcomed the return to the fold of Bill Hannah. Peter
Leach presented the Club with whisky to celebrate his new contract
with the B.B.C. working from home. It was also agreed he could write
an article on the Book Club subject to liaison with Mr Boddy and
final vetting by the Club President and members prior to publication.
It was also agreed that Mr Phillipson should make arrangements for
the Simpson Dinner at Chequers on Tuesday the 9th of
February 1993. An enjoyable meeting was closed and the 25 members
present then tucked into a lovely buffet.
Mr Boddy read letters received from Dr Keith Manley of the University
of London seeking approval to include references to Dalton Book Club.
Unanimous vote approved this. Book sale conducted and conned by
£1 whip due to healthy kitty. Ladies Night to be Chequers on the 7th
November, 7.0 for 7.30pm £7.50. May be Harold Doling a little
better, but not much. Harry Miller proposed for membership by Mr
Bill Morgan on his retirement presented the Club with bottles of
whisky and gin. Ladies night to be held at Glen Garth on the
provisional date of 12th of November. The President had
met with the Conservative Club Chairman and was told they were not
wanting to be rid of us but they had a problem regarding the attitude
of their steward. However they are hoping to improve the decor of the
room. The President then read out a letter of resignation from Robert
Hodgson over the issues raised on the wearing of ties at Book Club
meetings which he took to be criticism of him and his mode of dress.
After much discussion a unanimous vote was given that for the time
being we do not accept the resignation. Mr Phillipson is to approach
Mr Hodgson in an effort to persuade him to withdraw his resignation.
Should this fail the Secretary is to write to Robert in a final
attempt to resolve the matter. Jim Walton said if he was the
unwitting cause of this resignation he would then consider resigning.
This idea was turned down unanimously by the members who said no
blame attached to him whatsoever.