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.
Dr Rogerson proposed Club should continue for one year, approved. Drank the health of Jim Walton on his retirement. A.G.M minutes read and accepted. Mr Taylor submitted accounts, (He had been to the races at Carlisle today) and requested permission to sit down and present his accounts.It was accepted that the subscription be held at £10. Mr Taylor was applauded for his sterling effort in declaring a dividend. Mr Macgregor:- First one to complain about the quality of the books gets the job of buying them. Cost of books in hard back averaging £17.50, policy has been to buy novels in paperbacks. A healthy Bank balance due to good book sales. Officers to go forward as at present. Mr Phillipson proposed as Assistant Catering Officer. En-Bloc acceptance. Proposer R Stern.
Book Sale, another good effort by Mr Macgregor as auctioneer. Tom Walton has retired. Again we were provided with the usual spirits to help him celebrate the event. More to come next month via Jim Walton.
Mr Braithwaite supplied bottles of whisky and gin to celebrate his appointment to the Furness Anti-Crime Team.
President provided a bottle of whisky to celebrate the occasion of his retirement , we drank his health in the time honoured way. Mr Stern sent a postcard from New Zealand which he had reached on his world tour. Someone asked if he had sighted a Mr Macgregor on his travels, since Mr Macgregor had been absent for three meetings, visiting his sister in Canada. However Gordon turned up himself tonight and regaled us with his hilarious exploits. Mr Braithwaite was congratulated on his organisation of the “Simpson Dinner” and Mr Phillipson had used his influence with the Chappels Restaurant management.
Simpson Dinner to be at Chappels Restaurant on the 14th March. Only 17 present tonight. Mr Cassley presented the Club with bottles of whisky and gin to celebrate his retirement, which according to the President is now classed as a post of profit in order to obey the Club rules. On receiving the Club members good wishes and thanks for the spirits, Mr Cassley replied in one word – “Thanks”.
Mr Searle welcomed to the Club by Mr Forsyth the President who outlined the more important “Rules and Duties”.
Ballot was favourable for Lawrence Searle and he will be welcomed next month. Xmas supper to be paid from Club Funds. A £10 gratuity allotted. Business expedited and meeting closed so members could tuck into supper.
N.B. The “Jowett Book” No 287 donated by Bill Robinson to be retained for the Club archives, not to be sold. Mr Macgregor in handing round tokens, badly stubbed his toe. He forebore to swear but Mr Bamford thought Mr Macgregor should be fined for his thoughts. Sacrilege tonight, the President was served last but the members were so well disciplined they forebore to drink until the President was at last served. Mr Phillipson proposed Lawrence Searle as a new member. Dr Manley’s letter reported. Mr Macgregor excelled, £8.75 was achieved for “Book on Birds”.