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Coronavirus — Message from Chairman

Hello Everyone

Hope you are all doing OK in these difficult times – restriction measures are changing all the time, but as of today I can inform you that Menston Retired Men’s Forum will not be meeting for the foreseeable future. 

I have been speaking to Heather from Kirklands, and she informs me that for larger Groups, such as ours, restrictions are still in place for use of the Hall and Room 17.  As we were scheduled to hold our AGM this Wednesday, I have contacted all Committee members, and it has been agreed to defer the AGM until we have a clear idea of when we can meet again.  Speakers have been postponed for the rest of this year – thanks to Tim and Monty, and the accounts have been finalised for the year – thanks to Monty again.

As soon as I hear we can resume our meetings I will keep you informed, but in the meantime, you can view all about our Group on the ‘web’

If you know anyone who is struggling and needs a chat – I am always at the end of the phone to talk sport, weather and rubbish – not politics!!

Trusting you are all keeping OK and looking after each other.

Best Wishes to you all

Mike

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Coronavirus Update

As from today (Monday 16th March 2020) the meeting of the Mens Forum has been suspended until further notice.

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Protected: Minutes of 48th AGM held at Kirklands on 18 September 2019

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Protected: Minutes of 47 AGM held at Kirklands on 19 September 2018

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Windermere Trip

VISIT TO WINDERMERE – WEDNESDAY 25th. APRIL 2018

As on our previous trips, travel will be by Britannia Coaches, in their 49-seat Executive Air-Conditioned Coach, which has a washroom facility.

The coach will be at Kirklands by 8:30 am, to depart by 8:45 am. absolute latest.

We will travel to Lakeside, at the southern end of Windermere, before boarding a Steam Boat at 11:20 am, to arrive in Bowness at 12:00 noon. We will have free time for a meal, sightseeing &/or shopping, until 2:30 pm, when we board another Steamer, to arrive at Ambleside at 3:00 pm.

The boats are “wheelchair friendly” to a degree and mobility scooters can be transported.

On arrival at Ambleside, we will have free time, before rejoining the coach at 3:45 pm to arrive back in Menston for around 6:00 pm. If the weather is inclement, we will rejoin the coach directly from the boat.

The cost, for just the coach and the 2 boat trips only, will be £25 per person. Note that lunch is not included.

As on our previous trips, wives, partners and adult friends are welcome. Seats are on a “first come – first served” basis.

The Booking Slip should be returned TO ME, with a £5 CASH deposit per person, at our next meeting, on February21st. or as soon as possible after that.

The Balance will be due by our meeting on April 4th. latest, this time by CHEQUE, payable to Menston Retired Mens’ Forum.

Ken Chadwick.

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BOOKING SLIP – to Ken Chadwick.

TRIP TO WINDERMERE – WEDNESDAY APRIL 25th. 2018.

Member – ……………………………………………………………………………(please print name)

        Deposit – £……………..for……………….seats.

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Water Aid

Unfortunately our original speaker had to call off at short notice due to illness. Howard Woods was able to stand in at short notice. Our talk from Howard was about the charity Water Aid.

The charity was established in July 1981 on an initiative from the water industry and now has a turnover of around £81 million. Its main areas of operation are in Africa and South East Asia.

Howard explained that the charity is only involved in the provision of clean water, control of sewage and hygiene education. It does not involve itself in such areas as provision of food, clothing and shelter. They are careful to choose the sites which would provide a lasting benefit to the local community avoiding areas with internal conflicts that could result in the good work completed today being blown up tomorrow.

We were told about the horrendous state of the drinking water and the sanitation arrangements in the “pooh fields” and the diseases associated with poor hygiene. How, if we get a tummy bug we are advised to rest and drink lots of water, but for these people in their situation doing this could be fatal. However Water Aid do not tell people what to do but instead encourage the locals to give their input and labour to the development of projects. This is particularly true of the local women who are enthusiastic supports, for it is their responsibility to walk many miles to collect and carry the cleaner drinking water.

By the end of Howard’s talk, Forum members were very appreciative of the provision of clean water and efficient sanitation that we enjoy here in Yorkshire. Howard donated his speaker fee to Water Aid and the collection from members produced a further £80.00. We were later informed that our grand total was matched by a donation from Yorkshire Water.

All in all an interesting and informative talk with a positive outcome.

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Open Meeting 6th December 2017

At the Open Meeting an invitation is extended to wives and partners of members and former members. The members worked in the kitchen providing coffee and mince-pies for our guests. The highlight of the morning was the performance by local group “Hurricane Blue”, with renditions of Chuck Berry, Billy Fury and Christmas songs. A morning much appreciated by members and guests alike.

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Protected: Minutes of 46 AGM — 20 September 2017

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