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Minutes of business meeting held at 11.00 on 21/06/16

1. There were 24 Members present and 20 Apologies.

2. The Minutes of the Meeting on 17th May were accepted as a true record.

3. Matters arising: All Members present had received Speaker Programme Cards. The Chairman handed over two 30th Anniversary pens to Norris Wilson and a set of 3 books ‘Treachery’, ‘Band of Brothers’ and ‘I Can’t Begin to Tell You’ to Peter Robinson who had not been at the last Meeting.

4. There were no Guests at the Meeting.

5. The Chairman reported that John Kirkpatrick had died. John joined Probus in June 2011. He was a GP in Stockton before he retired and moved to Great Ayton. Keith together with Mike Sockett, Dan Humphrey, David Storry, John Upton, John Rider and Mike Lawrenson attended the funeral, with apologies from David Middleton and Mike Humphrey. Keith read a eulogy and Members observed a minute’s silence in his memory.

6. Committee Reports. The Treasurer reported that the Club now had 47 Members. John Kirkpatrick had died and Gordon Smith has not renewed his Membership.

The Website Manager and Speaker Finder apologised for their absences. Neither had anything to report. The Secretary had nothing to report.

7. For the trip to Tennants Auction Rooms in Leyburn on 3rd August, 10 Members and 11 Guests had booked with Apologies from 8 Members. The deposit had been paid and the coach booked. Final numbers for booking the meal will be needed within a week after the next meeting. Tennants will charge £25 per person including the meal and refreshments on arrival, mid-morning and mid-afternoon. Keith reminded Members that the meal needs to be pre-booked. The choices are steak and ale pie or haddock for the mains and cheese cake or apple crumble for dessert. The cost of the coach will be approximately £10 per person.

The trip to Castle Howard will be on 30th November. On arrival, everyone will receive a map of the site and a 5 minute briefing. So far, 10 Members and 14 Guests have booked with 6 Apologies. There is still plenty of time to book.

8. AOB. The Chairman had received a ‘Thank You’ from Meg Skinner. Keith thanked Derek Whiting for arranging for the photograph of the Committee to be included in ‘Now and Then’. Alan Etherington who had left the Club around 1998 had just celebrated his 90th birthday. He had taught Keith, who together with Mike Brabin, David Bryson and their wives attended a celebration dinner at the Bay Horse in Hutton Rudby.

Derek Whiting’s enquiries into the worldwide use of Dorman Long steel had found examples on a bridge in Canada and a lintel in the War Cabinet room.

Keith entertained the Meeting with an account of his only golf round in Canada many years ago. This demonstrated that the passage of time has not weakened his story telling capability nor his ability to tailor the facts to improve the narrative!

Jack Candlin and Peter Robinson were the winners of the Fun Draw. The prizes were books entitled ‘How to read Industrial Britain’.

9. The next Meeting will be on Tuesday 19th July. The speaker will be Eric Londesbrough on ‘The Battle of the River Plate’.

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