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Minutes of business meeting held at 11.00 on 21/03/17

1. There were 37 Members present and 8 Apologies.

2. The Minutes of the Meeting on 21st February were accepted as a true record.

3. There were no Matters Arising.

4. David Byron, was at the Meeting as a Guest of John Rhind and Colin Hinton.

5. The Treasurer had nothing to report.

The Secretary had reviewed the Club Constitution and Ethos. Changes had been approved by the Committee and he would circulate the revised documents, which would be offered for Approval at the AGM.

The Website Manager had nothing to report.

The Speaker Finder had nothing to report.

6. The Chairman had circulated the Calendar for 2017-18. He noted that the suggested date for the second Members’ Lunch should be 4th October not 5th.

7. The Chairman had confirmed the booking for the Members’ Lunch at Whinstone View on Wednesday 3rd April at 12.30 for 1pm. He had emailed menus to Members and hard copies were also available after the Meeting. Members were requested to let him know if they were going to the lunch in order to assist the restaurant. He invited suggestions for the venue for the October Lunch.

8. Three trips were under consideration for later in the year. A visit to Skinningrove Mining Museum followed by lunch at the Grinkle Park Hotel was a possibility for 7th June. Keith will discuss access, which is not straightforward, with the coach company. At the mine, the guided tour would be in groups of about 10. The menu at the Grinkle Park Hotel would give a choice of 4 starters, 4 mains and 4 desserts. The cost would be about £33 per person including a 3 course lunch and coffee. A trip to ‘Crazy for You’ at the Newcastle Royal Theatre would be on 13th September. The cost of the theatre tickets would be £40 each and the total cost including transport nearly £60. The third possibility was for a visit to Souter Lighthouse, followed by lunch at Bellini’s in Seaburn and a visit to the Glass Factory in Sunderland. The suggested date for this was 27th September. Please let Keith know which of these are of interest to you.

9. Tickets for Evita on 29th March were distributed. Keith will take those which have not been given out, on the coach on the day. Pick up times will be at the Buck in Great Ayton at 09.15, Stokesley High Street at 09.25 and Hutton Rudby at 09.35. The theatre will have an appeal during the week of the show for International Cancer Research. Publicity will mention Keith’s name and Stokesley Probus. This follows conversations with the lady in the booking office who had recently suffered a bereavement because of a brain tumour.

10. AOB. A DVD and book set on Enigma was won by Peter Robinson. A book entitled ‘The Last of the Tsars’ by Robert Service was won by Michael Sheffield.

11. The next Meeting will be the AGM on Tuesday 21st March. The speaker will be Hugh Charman on ‘Stokesley Flax Mill – Part 1’

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