Chairman’s Report October 2014

Chairman Keith Coates with Todmorden Mayor Michael Gill and speaker Diana Monahan
Chairman Keith Coates with Todmorden Mayor Michael Gill and speaker Diana Monahan

Dear Members

Last Thursday there was a record attendance of 136 (125 members and 11 visitors) for the monthly meeting . In addition we were pleased to welcome the Mayor of Todmorden, Cll. Michael Gill.

That large number were treated to a fascinating, wide ranging and well illustrated talk by  Diana Monahan which covered a history of canals, the workings of locks, canal restoration, and making a home on canal barges. Diana now lives on dry land but still alongside the canal in Hebden Bridge

New Groups
Gail Allaby, Groups Coordinator, announced that 6 new groups are being suggested. These are :

French for Beginners
Modern Greek
Radio Control Models- if you want further information about this possibility please contact Brian Schofield – brian@bmschofield.com
Jazz
Poland Appreciated
Magna Carta –this will not be a long term group on the basis as other Special Interest groups but will be a study group which will last some weeks and perhaps prepare a presentation  to coincide with the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta.

If you are interested in any of these groups and wish to sign up please contact Gail Allaby,Groups Coordinator, gail@btinternet.com  or Dee Kerslake, Asst.Groups Coordinator,  deekerslake@hotmail.com . Whether or not the groups proceed depends on sufficient members expressing interest.

Web Site
There is a new feature on our web site – Diary – where you will find a diary of Special Interest groups and other events for some months ahead. This is still a work in progress and some meetings may be missing at the moment but it will be fully established soon. Thanks are due to Peter Gibson and Alan McDonald for their work on the Diary.

Next Meeting
Our next meeting is on Thursday ,November 20 , when the speaker is one of our  own members, Mike  Darke, whose subject is “British Professional Cycling – Yorkies & Le Tour de France”