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Minutes of business meeting held at 11.00 on 19/08/14

1. There were 37 members present and 9 apologies.

2. The minutes of the last meeting held on 15th July were accepted as a true record.

3. There were no matters arising.

4. There was one guest at the meeting - Keith Burton who gave an excellent talk last month on ‘Stokesley People In the Great War’. Keith is going to become a new member and the chairman welcomed him into the club.

5. Loose ends. The chairman informed members that Peter Scholes had died on 9th August. There was no date for the funeral. (This has subsequently been fixed for Wednesday 27th August at St. Bede’s Chapel at Middlesbrough Crematorium at 14.40. Keith Waller will attend to represent the club).

Peter Robinson’s wedding took place on 1st August.

Chris Stirk had celebrated his 90th birthday since the last meeting. He was congratulated and thanked for making tea for meetings since 19th June 2000.

The suggested trip to the Aston Martin workshops at Beamish will be considered by the committee for inclusion in the 2015 programme.

The next trip will be to Top Hat at the Newcastle Royal on September 17th.

The chairman and treasurer have been attempting to resolve the disagreement over the charges payable to Stokesley Town Hall. They have made little progress and feel that unless we accept the discretionary charge of £10 per meeting, there will be no agreement. Keith outlined the pros and cons of a move to an alternative venue. The Wainstones Hotel would provide a free room, but it was not ideal for a business meeting. The feeling form the floor was that, as the Stokesley Probus Club, we should meet in the town. It was agreed without a vote that the club should stay at Stokesley Town Hall. The reduction in charges is £140 per annum even after paying the discretionary charge.

6. Committee reports: The Treasurer, Secretary and Speaker Finder had nothing to report. Stefan Barnes apologised for not completing the new website because of his other commitments, but he expects to finish it soon.

7. Any other business. In reply to a question from Chris Stirk, Keith will continue to email the membership list when it changes and will also provide hardcopies for members without email.

In the raffle, books on the Lancaster bomber were won by Hugh Charman and Arthur Baker.

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 9th September. This will be earlier than usual, because of Stokesley Fair taking place the following week.

The talk will be on Waterways in Northern England entitled ‘Together We Succeeded’ and given by John Reeve.

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