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  • SPEAKERS FOR 2019/2020 SEASON 2019
  • 2nd April.            Dr David Allen. The Essence of a Georgian Gentleman.
  • 16th April.           ProfessorMartin Curzon. Teeth, Trees and Totem Poles
  • 7th May.              Eric Londesbrough Islands of the Atlantic
  • 21st May.            Dr John Gibbins All Roads lead to Northallerton, (What the Romans did for North Yorkshire)
  • 4th June.             Colin Hatton A Cornucopia of Football Nostalgia
  • 27th June             Summer Luncheon – Ripon Spa Hotel
  • 18th June.           Anthony Wood Sir Thomas Robinson; Gent of Fashion
  • 2nd July.              Mark Lacy Doorstep Crime Scenes
  • 16th July.             Martin Peagam The Town of Rampant Sin
  • 6th August.          Tony Nicholson The Battle of the Tees
  • 20th August.        Natasha Anson Remaking Beamish
  • 3rd September.    John Turner Sam Turners: “Past, Present and Future”.
  • 17th September.   Mike I’Anson Woodland Therapy
  • 1st October.           Alan Todd Croft Aerodrome
  • 15th October.         Christine Hutchinson. Preston Hall Museum
  • 5th November.       Bob Woodhouse. Pubs, Parsons and Parasols
  • 19th November.     Susan Latter Researching your Family History
  • 3rd December.       Christmas Lunch 2019
  • 21st January.          Talks by Club Members
  • 4th February.           Wilf Austin Smiths Dock
  • 18th February.         Chris Lloyd. Of Fish and Actors: 100 years of Darlington Hippodrome
  • 3rd March.               Colonel (retired) Chris Best Medics on the Somme
  • 17th March AGM.

“Doorstep Crime Scenes” – Mark Lacy – 2nd July, 2019

2nd July 2019 “Doorstep Crime Scenes” – a title that might have excited images of burglary, forced access , the police heavy squad and forensic analysis. Mark Lacy’s talk was about a quieter mode, but a disturbing one nevertheless. It told about how the insidious...

A cornucopia of football nostalgia” Colin Hatton – 21/5/19

The rugby and cricket men of our Club would have settled down expecting a eulogy about the other game – the one with overpaid and under skilled youngsters, falling down and complaining to the referee. However the “nostalgia” of Colin’s talk implied thinking about and...

Islands of the Atlantic – Eric Londesbrough 7/05/2019

Eric Londesbrough made a welcome return visit to the Club with a presentation arising from a recent cruise ship holiday off the west coast of Africa.   Eric ( and his Wife) are experts with their cameras and his talk was illustrated by 100 selected photos of people....

Speakers 2019-2020

SPEAKERS FOR 2019/2020 SEASON 2019 2nd April.            Dr David Allen. The Essence of a Georgian Gentleman. 16th April.           ProfessorMartin Curzon. Teeth, Trees and Totem Poles 7th May.              Eric Londesbrough Islands of the Atlantic 21st May.         ...

Members Morning – 19th February 2019

Members’ Morning.19th February Those meetings of the Club designated as “Members’ Morning” invariably bring out some surprising offerings. A big surprise would be when some of the Committee are the speakers! George Barker presented four of his computer-aided...

Pits, Pockmarks and Haggerleases – 12/02/2019-Chris Lloyd

Chris Lloyd made a most welcome return as guest speaker. Last year he had given an excellent talk about the role and career of W.T Stead, one-time editor of the Northern Echo.  This time his subject was “Pits, Pockmarks and Haggerleases”, a title  that mystified many...

Christmas Lunch

Christmas Luncheon 2018 The Allerton  Court Hotel was once again the venue of our Christmas Luncheon. Twenty six members were present.  Greetings and apologies were received from three invalid members - former Club President  Fred Ayrton, Mike Peacock and David Hill. ...

Scruton – a thankful village – 20/11/2018 – Jane Crampton

“ A thankful village” is the name given to each of the 55 villages across the country that have been able to prove evidence that all the men who left to take part in the Great War returned home alive.    Scruton was one such, said Janet Crampton, Chair of the Parish...

Welcoming a New Member

A WELCOME President Danny Myers had a pleasant task in welcoming and enrolling NORMAN FITZPATRICK into membership.   Whilst it is always great to extend the hand of friendship to a new member, this was a very unusual event.  We would normally expect new members to...

Vicarious Vicaring – 6/11/18 -Rev. Robert Williamson

“Vicarious vicaring” was the title of a talk given by the Rev Robert Williamson. It was in effect a walk-through of his career in the work of the Church of England. My dictionary defines “vicarious” as being experienced through witnessing the experience of another...

Kipling, Tommy & Jack – 20/10/18 – David & Jan Crouch

David (and Jan) Crouch gave us a most interesting and informative talk about the life and work of Rudyard Kipling. They are members of the Kipling Society and are keen advocates of his place in our literary and social scene. Kipling’s literary work ( 1865-1931) is...

London: Its Livery and its Freeman – 21/8/18 – David Allen

David Allen gave a most illuminating presentation, particularly his Freemans’ regalia, of what Livery and Freeman of London are all about. Apparently, anyone can become a member of any of the Liveries providing the meet the criteria required by that group and pay...