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Minutes of business meeting held at 11.00 on 15/01/17

1. There were 38 Members present and 9 Apologies.  

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

3. There were no Matters Arising.

4. There were no Guests at the Meeting.

5. 13 Members and 15 Guests had gone on the Trip to Castle Howard. Members felt that it had been a very successful visit with everybody free to do as they wished.The Chairman said that suggestions for improvement were always welcome. He noted that the Antiques Roadshow would be at Castle Howard on 13  July 2017.

6. 31 Members and 27 Guests had attended the Christmas Lunch at the Wainstones Hotel. Members felt this had been very enjoyable and there were no adverse comments.

7. Committee Reports. In the Treasurers absence, the Chairman said that the trip to Castle Howard had made a profit of £11.50. The Treasurer thanked the Chairman for organising the visit. The Christmas Lunch had made a profit of £5.90. The reasurer also thanked the Chairman and David’s wife, Elisabeth, for their help in organising this event.

The Secretary advised that the annual review of the Constitution and the Club Ethos was in hand and the revised documents would be offered for Approval at the AGM in April. He called for Nominations for the Speaker Finder and Ordinary ommittee Members to be elected at the AGM.

The Website Manager was absent and had nothing to report.

The Speaker Finder said that he was finalising the Speaker Programme for 2017/18.

8. The Chairman had further investigated venues for Members’ Lunches in 2017.The Crathorne Arms and Acklam Hall had been discarded, but he would visit Whinstone View to decide whether this would be suitable. Other possibilities included the previously successful venues of the Dudley Arms in Ingleby Greenhow and the Bay Horse at Hutton Rudby.

9. The trip to Evita on 29th March would include free time in York before the Matinee performance. There were 3 tickets available because of cancellations.

10. There was general discussion on options for the second Trip this year. The Chairman appealed for assistance in narrowing the choice to avoid  time being spent investigating visits which would not have sufficient support. After culling a number of suggestions, those considered included, Souter Lighthouse with the Glass Centre, Ripley Castle with Markenfield Hall, and Skinningrove Mine. Shows of hands indicated that the most popular choice was ‘Crazy for You’ to be performed at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle between 12th and 16th  September.

11. AOB.  The Chairman thanked Walter Gregory for arranging the sherry and mince pies. The fun draw prizes were The Essential Shakespeare Handbook won by Brian Aston and an Anne Hathaway Cottage jigsaw won by Jim Gannon.

12. The next Meeting will be on Tuesday 21st  February. The speaker will be David Rodway on ‘By Train Across Canada’.




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