The dinner for Ladies Night to be held on Thursday 21st November, venue to be Fishermans Arms as first choice. If not available on that night then the dinner will be held at Clarence House. John Wood said he had made enquiries re a metal deed box for the Club records and that the cost could be in the region of £100. Agreed he should go ahead with the purchase. He also mentioned that Tom Walton had not asked for any remuneration for the considerable time spent on his putting the Club records on computer. He therefore felt that the next years annual Club subscription for Tom should be waived. Agreed.
Low attendance of 15, due mainly to holidays. Both Terry Braithwaite and John Phillipson unable to be at the meeting so arrangements for Ladies Night dinner have still to be attended to. The President spoke of the death of Alan Taylor and of the sad loss of a good friend and member of the Club.
Alan Taylor with the help of his daughter and her partner arrived at the Railway with the intention of attending the meeting but unfortunately he was unable to do so due to his ill health. Members were asked to give some thought to the Ladies Night dinner in early November.
The President commenting on the Forster Dinner said he had enjoyed the food and the relaxed atmosphere at the Newton Pub, but was rather disappointed at there being only 14 members attending. The Secretary mentioned that a new deed box was needed to house the computer records which were presently with Tom Walton. The Treasurer said that the Club funds could be used for the purpose, which would mean an outlay of say £30.
Outgoing President, Alan Taylor welcomed David Caine to the Club. Minutes for the past year read and accepted. The Treasurer submitted the accounts for the year ended 31st May which were also accepted. John Wood then informed members that the annual subscription could again be held at £10. Terry Braithwaite said that both he and John Phillipson were pleased to find that the Club dinners over the past year had been better supported than previously. He is to contact members attending the Forster Dinner by telephone regarding confirmation of venue and dates re the Newton Pub at Dalton. Alan Taylor thanked the Vice President, Secretary, Asst Secretary, Treasurer and Catering Officers for their help during his term as President and then invited Ron Porter to take the chair as the new President. John Wood is to be the Vice President, Ron paid tribute to Alan Taylor for doing an excellent job during his term of office. Other officers to go forward as at present. David Caine was the proposer that the Club continue for a further 12 months.
The vote re David Caine successful but unfortunately this was not the case re Peter Leach. Reg Stern kindly donated some books to the Club. Tom Walton advised that he had completed the transfer of the Club records on to disk and was thanked by the President and members for all the hard work he had put into this task. John Phillipson gave details of several possible venues for the “Forster” dinner and the proposed venue is the “Newton” in Dalton on the 11th of July if possible. Gordon Macgregor took charge of the Book sale and was in sparkling form, following his recent fishing trip to Kilmarnock where he had caught a Killer Shark and a King-sized Haddock.
Momentous occasion when the President announced there would be no “Whip” for the drinks, saying he had been quietly stock-piling funds for some time for this purpose. Mr Phillipson and Mr Boddy have proposed Peter Leach and David Caine respectively for membership of the Club and the ballot will be next month. Mr Phillipson asked for some thoughts to be given as to where the “Forster” dinner be held in July and names put forward were The Fisherman’s, Stroke One, Village Inn and The Farmers at Newton.
Letter received from Peter Leach enclosing a cheque for £13.50 and advising us that he is soon to return to this area permanently and expressing a wish to resume his membership of the Club, if possible. This was discussed by the President and members and it was decided that the Secretary should write to him advising that as and when he returned permanently he should approach us at a time when consideration would be given to his request.
Atrocious weather conditions restricted the numbers at the “Simpson Dinner” to ten, but an enjoyable meal was had and the President thanked John Phillipson for arranging the evening. Although verbally resigning from the Book Club due to now working in Newcastle, no written form of resignation has been received from Peter Leach, despite having been approached twice in this connection. There was still £13.50 owing to Terry Braithwaite re the July 95 “Forster” dinner which had to be paid even though he failed to attend. The Secretary has been asked to write to him regarding this matter. In the interim the £13.50 has been paid to Terry from Club Funds.
Gordon Macgregor absent, he is in France and believed to be plastered in Paris. Arrangements agreed for the “Simpson Dinner” to be at the Brown Cow on Thursday the 8th of February. The President confirmed our residency for Book Club meetings at the Railway fixed for the next 12 months.