J Walton sponsored Peter Leach, son of Alice Leach who is a local historian. Mr Travis took the chair as the President was on holiday in Majorca. Book Sale, the numbers before 49 were withdrawn. Mr Macgregor entertained us in his usual enthusiastic manner. One book sporting a red dot was offered to Mr J Blyth, who refused, he had read it twice. Forster Dinner :- Terry Braithwaite outlined the attractions of the Brown Cow, Dalton. Terry to make further arrangements and the 7th or 14th July suggested.
Mr Phillipson to come later due to his Mayoral duties. Club stood in memory of our former President, Harold Doling who died this month after a very brave fight against a long lasting illness.
The President thanked Mr J Phillipson for an excellent evening for the “Simpson Dinner” . The Secretary reported progress on Harold Doling. Terry Braithwaite has had an operation on his knee. J Wood swore twice tonight, but 2 seconds after time. Welcome visit by former member John Darrell.
Whip £1.50. Mr Hannah popped in to say he was O.K. but he had been absent because of the need to nurse his sick wife.. Harold Doling fell on his way to the meeting, – he did not arrive.
Mr Miller joined the Club, he was welcomed by the President. Mr Miller responded very aptly quoting certain rules he did not intend to fall foul of. Mr Wood supplied a bottle of whisky, (Invalidity Benefit), on his retirement from the Bank. Mr Blyth asked if the meeting was closed so that we can now enjoy free speech. Proposed that the “Simpson Dinner” be held at Chequers, price £7.95 approx, for Thursday the 6th of February. Reminder of £1.00 fine for non attendance. Excellent buffet provided by the Steward of the Conservative Club.
Bill Morgan presented the club with a copy of “25 Years Electrical Installation Dept, Social Club 1966 – 1991 V.S.E.L.” of which he was a member as was our deputy President Eric Travis. W Jones presented the club with a large bottle of whisky having gained an “Office of Profit” by being redundant in August from V.S.E.L. He is now to monitor, establish and promote projects of engineering courses in schools. President wished him success in his new venture.Vote for Harry Miller, ballot favourable. Next months meeting on the 18th December with usual buffet. Mr Wood acted as auctioneer in the absence of Gordon Macgregor, a job well done.
£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 Phillipson.
John Phillipson presented the club with whisky (very good too). Letter from Mr Bamford explaining his resignation due to ill health of his wife read out to members. Mr Harry Miller to be invited to join the club. John Phillipson suggested Chequers for Ladies Dinner, accepted. John Wood now retired is to see if our archives can still be kept in the Nat West strongroom at Dalton. Mr Taylor reminded us that some subs are still outstanding. £10 owed by Mr Phillipson and Mr Searle. Card from Mr Macgregor describing his exploits in Hungary. Mr Jones wanted to know if the card had a stamp on it?. Could this be a slur on Gordon’s Nationality?.
Lowest attendance ever? Only 10 present. Letter of resignation received from Mr Bamford together with cash for drinks. Discussed possibility of Chequers as venue for future meals. Because of low attendance and cash from Mr Bamford no whip taken.
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 26th day of June 1991 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.
G I Forsyth J Blyth R Forrester W H Robinson J E Walton J Phillipson
E H Boddy R G Macgregor A Sunderland H G Doling R Hodgson R Stern
J C Atkinson B Delph W Morgan E Travis A Cassley W Lawson
A Taylor T A Walton W Jones A Bamford W Hannah S Rogerson
R G Porter T Braithwaite L Searle J Wood W Johnson
Mr Jim Walton late (perhaps we should only comment when he is prompt). Vote of thanks for very good dinner organised by Terry Braithwaite. Discussion on number of dinners we should hold. Ladies may be very disappointed if Ladies Night is dropped. Ernest Boddy to bring old notes re Forster and Simpson dinners.