Mr Taylor chaired the meeting and Alan Cassley stood in as Assistant Secretary. John Phillipson on behalf of Dalton with Newton Parish Council presented the Club with a signed copy of Jim Walton’s book “Tales of Old Dalton”. Mr Braithwaite asked that we give some thought to the Ladies Night dinner and after some discussion Reg Stern proposed it be held at Clarence House on Thursday November the 18th or November the 11th as a second choice. If unable to fit us in, the second choice venue to be Glen Garth. Three names put forward for membership of the Club and these were John Phillipson nominating Jim Gardner, Ernest Boddy nominating David Olliver and Harry Miller nominating Dennis Reeve. Earlier Club members stood in memory of Bill Hannah who died at the end of August.
In the absence of Mr Travis, Mr Forsyth chaired the meeting with Mr Atkinson standing in for Mr Macgregor. Mr Boddy mentioned that Bryn Trescatheric’s Book of Furness would shortly be available at a cost of £15.95 and said that our name could be registered as a subscriber if we placed an order. The general consensus of opinion was that we should be seen to support local authors. To be discussed further.
Alan Sunderland on his retirement presented the Club with bottles of whisky and gin. The President and members wished him well on his retirement. The President and members also toasted our senior member, Bill Robinson, on the occasion of his 80th Birthday and thanked him for his gift of a bottle of whisky which is to be partaken of at a later meeting. It was proposed and carried that although Bill Hannah had not attended the last seven monthly meetings no action be taken with regard to the Secretary writing to him, bearing in mind his present state of health and well-being. Bill Jones is to again try to make contact with him.
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 meeting.
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.