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Minutes of business meeting held at 11.00 on 19/06/18

1. There were 29 Members present with 8 apologies.

2. The Minutes of the Business Meeting of 15th May were accepted as a true record.

3. There were no matters arising.

4. Bill Graham was present as a New Member, introduced by Colin Hinton.

5. Kevin Clifford was present as a Guest of Colin Hinton.

6. The Treasurer reported that the Membership of the Club was now 50. John Upton

and John Foster had resigned. 48 Members had paid their subscriptions and he would follow up the other 2. The recent trip to Ryedale Vineyard and Beningbrough Hall had attracted a greater number than expected. This had reduced the cost per person and he was pleased to return £2 to everybody who had gone on the visit. The Secretary asked those Members who had not yet signed the forms giving Consent to having their personal details held on the Membership List to do so. There were no Reports from the Website Manager and the Speaker Finder.

7. Derek Whiting had produced a report on the trip to Ryedale Vineyard and

Beningbrough Hall which had been published in the Darlington and Stockton Times. The Chairman thanked Derek for the welcome publicity. There was general agreement that this had been a very successful day. Future trips were discussed. These included a trip to York at the end of the year, which could include options of a visit to Goddard House (home of the Terry Family), a tour of York Minster or free time in the city. 6 or 7 Members expressed an interest, but this may be dropped because it will be close to the Christmas Lunch on 11th December. 6 Members were interested in going to Les Miserables on either 17th or 24th September 2019. Any other Members who would like to go were asked to let Keith know as soon as possible. Mike Humphrey suggested Glaisdale Theatre, which puts on a very professional production once a year. This year’s will be Noel Coward’s ‘Private Lives’ on 30th August. Keith will investigate. Other possibilities included a visit to the Nissan factory at Washington (Keith has had some difficulties in contacting Nissan). Trips to see and hear the Wurlitzer Organ at Howden le Wear, to the River Tees Canal and River Trust to enjoy an educational tour including the barrage control room and a talk on the history of the Tees bridges and to ‘Miss Saigon’ at the Empire Theatre in Sunderland and several Concerts did not attract sufficient support to be taken further.

8. The prizes in the Fun Draw were War Stories won by David Bryson and Michael

Sheffield. These will be given to them at the July Meeting. 9. The next Meeting will be on Tuesday 17th July when the Speaker will be Graham

Temby on ‘The Reintroduction of the Lynx into Kielder’.

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