Due to heavy snow-fall only 9 members were present and Mr Taylor presided over a small but most enjoyable meeting.
Reg Stern kindly donated some books to the Club. David Olliver to arrange for the old documents etc of the Club to be available at the Simpson Dinner venue.
The President welcomed Jim Gardner to the Club. Simpson Dinner to be held at the Railway Hotel on Thursday the 3rd of February. The meeting was closed and followed by an Xmas buffet.
The Book Club has now commenced monthly meetings at the Railway Hotel. Messrs Olliver and Reeve welcomed to the Club by the President. The book sale conducted by Mr Macgregor and it raised £66.00 on sales alone. A book on the complete works of Robert Burns donated to the Club by Mr Tam Riddock, the President of “Ashburn House Burns Club”, Alloa. The Secretary is to write to that club in response to this kind gesture. Mr Braithwaite was thanked for arranging a most enjoyable Ladies Night dinner. Members drank a toast to Bill Robinson with the whisky he had kindly presented to the Club in July to mark his 80th birthday.
The President read out a letter of resignation from Jack Atkinson due to health reasons. Ballot for three new proposed members taken and all were unanimously accepted. Ladies Night confirmed for the 18th of November at Clarence House. There appears to be no suitable accommodation for us at the Conservative Club for future meetings following structural alterations being carried out. Alan Taylor is to approach the licensee of the Railway Hotel in an attempt for future meetings to be held there. Members will be advised during the course of the next two to three weeks of the outcome in time for the November meeting.
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.