November 1995

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.

September 1995

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.

November 1994

Book sale conducted in the usual half yearly fashion by Gordon Macgregor. A letter from Dennis Reeve tendering his resignation was read out by the President. The Railway Hotel is changing hands but the new tenant is known to our President, who feels that we should be alright for our future meetings. We are definitely alright for the December meeting at the Railway, which will be on the 14th of December. A vote of thanks was given to John Phillipson re “Ladies Night” but it was felt that it could have been supported by a better attendance level.

September 1994

Ballot for proposed new member Mr L Kidney taken and the result was favourable. John Phillipson is to approach Clarence House re “Ladies Night Dinner” on either the 3rd or 10th of November if possible.

Peter Leach presented the Club with “The Guinness Book of Sporting Blunders”. Mr Boddy asked if the accounts were now available and it is hoped they will be ready next month. After further discussions re a Club Tie, it has been set aside due to costs.

August 1994

The President thanked John Phillipson for organising the “Forster Dinner” which had been enjoyed by the 16 members attending. He then asked if John and Terry could be giving some thought to venues for “Ladies Night” which is usually held in November. Bernard Delph has put forward a Mr Lawrence Kidney for proposed membership to the Club. Bill Jones has very kindly donated to the Club a signed copy of “Willie” by Mike Gardner, being the biography of Willie Horne. The subject of a Club Tie was again raised and the President and Treasurer were of the opinion that the Club was not really in a position to subscribe part of the initial costs. However, they are to discuss this in detail and the matter will be brought up next month.

June 1994

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.