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Minutes of business meeting held at 11.00 on 11/09/18 1.

There were 30 Members present with 14 Apologies. The Chairman commented on the unusually high number of Apologies and the reasons. Terry Ratcliffe was cycling in Spain, while Chris Lee was merely in Spain. Mervyn Davies was out to lunch with the Romeos (Retired old men eating out) while John Rhind had had a fall while picking apples. Gary Turner had also had a fall. Keith wished speedy recoveries for those Members who were unwell.

2. The Minutes of the Meeting held on 21st August were Accepted.

3. There were no Matters Arising.

4. There were 3 Guests: Merrick Brown, introduced by David Middleton, David Warburton, a Guest of Wilf Elliott’s and David Stevenson who arrived as a Guest and left as a Member.

5. The Treasurer reported that the trip to Whitby and the Esk Valley Theatre in Glaisdale on 29th August had made a small profit. David Huston had renewed his Membership and the Club now had 51 Members. The Secretary thanked the Chairman and the Speakerfinder for producing the Minutes in his absence last month. The Website Manager was absent. The Speakerfinder had nothing to report.

6. The next Members’ Lunch will be at the Royal Oak in Great Ayton on Wednesday 3rd October at 12.30 for 1.00. There is no need to preorder or to confirm attendance. The timing of future lunches was discussed and it was suggested that the second Wednesdays in April and October should be considered for 2019. At least one Member cannot come to the first Wednesday because of a continuing commitment. Keith will confirm by having a meal there that the Blacksmith’s Arms in Swainby is a good choice for the next Club Lunch in April 2019. The Chairman had visited Crathorne Hall and reported the prices for afternoon tea and dinner. Members felt it was expensive. The Treebridge on a recent visit looked a possibility. The Dog and Gun at Potto, now the Tomahawk, is good for both food and accommodation.

7. 12 Members and 8 Guests had gone on the trip to Whitby and the Esk Valley Theatre. All agreed that it was a very good day out. David Bryson and Peter Robinson won National Parks books in the Fun Draw. The next trip is to York on 30th November. This will include a visit to Goddard House, lunch at the Treasurer’s House and a guided tour of the Minster at ground level. There will then be about 2 hours free time before the return journey. The cost will be £28 for National Trust Members and £35 for non Members. For the trip to Les Miserables on 26th September 2019, the non refundable deposits have been paid. The balance is due next July. Other possibilities for 2019 include Kynren, the Lumiere at Durham and a visit to Nissan.

8. Wendy Fordy had expressed her thanks for the card the Chairman had sent on behalf of the club following David’s passing. Keith highlighted the Stokesley and District Fundraising Group Canapes and Fizz Lunch in aid of Marie Curie on 18th September. There were flyers available for those who had not received the email promoting the event. Alwyn Boulby will have various items for Poppy Day for sale at the October Meeting. The prizes in the Fun Draw of books about the War were won by Derek Whiting and Norris Wilson.

9. The next Meeting is on Tuesday 16th October with Keith Burton talking on ‘Lest We Forget’.


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