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.
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.
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.
The Forster Dinner to be held at Clarence House on Thursday the 8th of July or if this night is not available, Tuesday the 6th of July. John Phillipson will confirm the arrangements at the May meeting.
Mr Cassley deputised for Mr Macgregor who is on holiday and drinking “Canada dry”, and why not, he’s drunk most other countries dry. Letter from Dr Manley informing that the latest issue of “Library History” has now appeared containing the article re: Dalton Book Club. He hopes to forward some copies to the Club shortly. The President then raised the subject of inviting Arthur Bamford to rejoin the Club. Whilst he would not retain his previous seniority, he would retain his former seating arrangement and not be subject to being a steward. Members agreed to the proposal and Mr Travis is to write to Arthur regarding this.
Mr Taylor took the chair for the February meeting. He mentioned how well the Simpson Dinner had gone and this was endorsed by the members who had attended and enjoyed the dinner. Thanks for the organisation of this were due to John Phillipson.
The President wished all members a happy and prosperous New Year, to which members good wishes were reciprocated. Menus handed out by John Phillipson for the Simpson Dinner.
(Not a lot to say this month, obviously. Ed.)
The President welcomed the return to the fold of Bill Hannah. Peter Leach presented the Club with whisky to celebrate his new contract with the B.B.C. working from home. It was also agreed he could write an article on the Book Club subject to liaison with Mr Boddy and final vetting by the Club President and members prior to publication. It was also agreed that Mr Phillipson should make arrangements for the Simpson Dinner at Chequers on Tuesday the 9th of February 1993. An enjoyable meeting was closed and the 25 members present then tucked into a lovely buffet.
Mr Boddy read letters received from Dr Keith Manley of the University of London seeking approval to include references to Dalton Book Club. Unanimous vote approved this. Book sale conducted and conned by Gordon Macgregor.