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.
Mr Porter took the chair in the absence of Mr Taylor. Apologies for Mr Morgan and the President being noted. A letter to the President from Tom Walton was read out and this concerned the Register of Members and Minute Book for 1973 to 1990 which was missing from the Club’s records. He was wanting to know if any light could be thrown on this matter and if it was worth his while continuing his work of putting the Club records on computer. A further letter was read out by John Wood which had received from Mr Boddy in which he stated he had not seen the missing Register since he completed the list of members in 1992 and that it was not in his own deed box at the Bank. The Secretary said that since receiving the concise list of members from Mr Boddy he was advised the Register was with the records. No further light could be thrown on the matter and it was left that Mr Walton should decide over the next month whether to continue on his work or not. Mr Johnson is to make a dated record of members who joined or left the Club during the years 1973 to 1990 to see if this might helpful for Tom should he decide to continue his work. Formal meeting was closed and an excellent buffet was enjoyed by all present. The Club also received a lovely Christmas Card from mine hosts.
Book sale conducted by John Wood in the absence of Gordon Macgregor, the total amount being raised was £49.50, which was only 10p less than the earlier Book sale in May. A vote of thanks given to John for a splendid effort. A further vote of thanks was given to John Phillipson and Terry Braithwaite for organising an enjoyable “Ladies Night” dinner.
“Ladies Night” dinner to be held on the 9th of November at Chequers, Dalton, meet at 7.30 for 8.00pm. Tom Walton has kindly offered to enter the Book Club records on computer and it was agreed that the box containing the said records to be left with him until completion of this mammoth task. Tom has also produced new lists of members and their addresses together with new lists of Book Club rules. He would not accept any remuneration re this work and materials involved and the President expressed the Club members thanks and appreciation for the hard work done and to be done by Tom in connection with the records. December meeting to be held on the 20th and our Treasurer John Wood said the Club funds could stand the payment for an Xmas buffet on the night.
The President welcomed Mr Dobson to the Club. The President then mentioned a letter and visit that Mr Boddy had received from a Mr Gavin of Ambleside who has written several articles and essays on the various types of lending Libraries in Cumbria. Mr Gavin was wanting to have sight of and read the lists of books and authors from the beginning of the Book Club to 1990. After some discussion among the members it was decided on a show of hands that when Mr Gavin contacts the Secretary he should be advised that considering his request covers some 135 years of books and our records are in the Bank vaults, it would seem to be an onerous task bearing in mind that these records must always be in the safe keeping of a Club member.
Mr Porter took the chair for this meeting. The vote for the proposed new member, Mr Roland Dobson was unanimous and Jim Gardner the proposer will be advised of this on return from his holiday.
Terry Braithwaite was unable to attend the meeting and sent a letter to the President regarding the “Forster Dinner” and enclosing £23.20 refunded by the owner of the Victoria Park Hotel. This is to be handed to members who attended the dinner at £1.45 each. Bill Morgan and Harry Miller declined to accept and kindly donated their refunds to Club funds. The dinner was a disappointment both in quality and service. Jim Gardner has put forward a Roland Dobson for proposed membership to the Club. It was felt by certain members that the correct procedure had not been followed, but rule 22 covering this matter has not been contravened.
Mr Olliver proposed the Club continue for a further 12 months. Agreed. Minutes for the past year read and accepted. The Treasurer submitted the accounts for the year ended 31st of May which were also accepted. Copies of the accounts were given to members present. Mr Wood informed members that the annual subscription could be held at £10.00. Accepted. The President thanked the Vice President, Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Treasurer and Catering Officers for their help and services during the past year. Officers to go forward as at present, there being no other nominations. The “Forster Dinner” is to be at the Victoria Park Hotel on Thursday the 13th of July. Harry Miller on his retirement from work presented the Club with bottles of whisky and gin. The President and members drank his health, wishing him a long and happy retirement.
Memorandum of Agreement.
We whose names are hereunto subscribed do consent and agree to form a club in the Railway Hotel, Dalton in Furness, to commence on the 28th of June 1995 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.
A Taylor B Delph W Lawson
W H Robinson A Cassley W Jones
E H Boddy T A Walton S Rogerson
G I Forsyth T Braithwaite H Miller
E Travis W Johnson P Leach
R G Porter R Forrester J C Gardner
J Wood J Phillipson D Olliver
J Blyth A Sunderland L Kidney
J E Walton R Stern W Morgan
R G Macgregor
Book sale conducted by John Wood in the absence of Gordon Macgregor who is believed to be in South Africa and rumoured to be staying at the Hilton Hotel, Soweto. Proceeds of the sale amounted to £49.60 thanks due to the good efforts of John. A vote taken re the “Forster Dinner” resulted in the venue being at the Victoria Park Hotel. Terry Braithwaite is to try and arrange for the dinner to be either the 6th or the 13th of July. A former member of the Book Club, a Mr Williscroft was welcomed to the meeting by the President. All in all a most enjoyable evening.