The President asked Mr Phillipson to update members on arrangements for the “Forster Dinner”, John advised that the dinner would be at Clarence House on Thursday the 4th of August, price £11.50 inclusive of gratuity.
Mr Reeve proposed that the Club should continue for a further 12 months. Agreed. The minutes for the past year were read and accepted. Mr Taylor due to health reasons had not been able to present the accounts and will have these available for next month. However he did have a figure for the Club finances which total £341.01 and felt that the annual subscription could be possibly held at £10.00. Mr Travis thanked the Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Assistant Secretary and the Catering Officers for their services during his 2 years as President. The new President and Vice President to be Alan Taylor and Ron Porter respectively. Other officers to go forward as at present with the exception of Treasurer, this office will now be carried out by John Wood who confirmed the subscription will remain at £10.00. Because of the absence of both Terry Braithwaite and John Phillipson, decisions re the “Forster Dinner” have been delayed. Mr Taylor took over as President and paid tribute to the past President, Mr Travis who has done a very good job during his term of office.
Book sale conducted by Gordon Macgregor in his usual inimitable style. The President raised the matter of the Forster Dinner and Mr Phillipson is to make tentative enquiries re venue and report back.
The President asked Alan Cassley to address the meeting regarding the possible purchase of a Club Tie and the Secretary gave details of prices and minimum numbers that could be ordered of the two types of tie. Namely the cheaper printed tie or the dearer woven tie. Of the 21 members present 5 said they would not be prepared to buy a Club Tie. This would of course increase the cost of ties to those prepared to buy. Mr Phillipson asked if the cost of design of the tie could be initially be paid for from Club funds, which would be in the region of £95.00 minimum. The subject is to be raised again at a future meeting. Price details etc are with the Secretary’s notes.
A well attended meeting, there being only one absent member. Terry Braithwaite presented the Club with whisky and gin on the occasion of his retirement.
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.