THE OPENING MEETING OF THE SOCIETY'S 2016/17 PROGRAMME is on Friday 16 September at our new venue, the Beverley Conservative Club, and is a "Welcome Evening" when members are invited to share anecdotes about Wales, eat bara brith and Welsh cakes, take part in a quiz, etc, etc.
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SADLY MISSED are ROB McADAM, a long standing member of the Society and former Chairman who passed away in May; BILL RAMSAY, a former member of the Society who passed away in April; and MARGARET WILLIAMS, a founding member and Vice President of the Society who passed away in March. Our sincerest condolences to all their families and friends.
A WARM WELCOME TO THREE NEW MEMBERS who joined last year- Penny Cook from Beverley, Stuart Robinson from Newport and Mike Crowther from Atwick.
THE BEVERLEY AND ABERTILLERY ORPHEUS MALE VOICE CHOIRS CONCERT took place on 24 June at Toll Gavel Chuch in Beverley to much aclaim from the audience which included 10 members of the Society.
THE SECOND OF OUR SUMMER OUTINGS was organised by Eddie and Doreen Evans at Springhead Park, Willerby Road, Hull on 22 June when members had a very pleasant afternoon trying crown green bowls followed by afternoon tea in the Golf Club.
NO INCREASE IN SUBSCRIPTIONS AGAIN. In view of the Society's sound financial position, it was agreed at the Annual General Meeting that subscriptions for 2016/17 would remain at £15.00 per member. This is the eighth year running that subscriptions have not been increased. New members pay nothing for the first year.
THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING was held on 20 May. As well as continuing for his second year as President, Roger Uglow agreed to be Chairman for 2016/17 and was duly elected by the 15 members present. Merle Skinner was elected Vice Chairman and John Butler Treasurer. There were no nominations for Secretary although a number of members agreed to take on specific aspects. The other Committee members elected were Penny Cook, Nev Jones, Nesta Merrells and Dave Thomas leaving one vacancy. The formal meeting was followed by members sharing their memories of "travelling in Wales".
THE FIRST OF OUR SUMMER OUTINGS took place on a very cold day on 13 May when 15 members and friends had a most interesting morning arranged by Nev Jones at the North Cave Wetlands which is run by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.
THE APRIL MEETING was on 15th at the Mark Kirby Room at St Mary's Church in Cottingham and took the form of a "Games Night" organised by Merle Skinner which those 18 members present thoroughly enjoyed.
MEMBERSHIP STATISTICS - At 31 March 2016 there were 50 members (13 couples and 24 singles) of the Society, compared with 51 members (13 couples, 25 singles) at 31 March 2015. There were 4 new members, 4 non renewals and 1 death during the year. Members' ages ranged from 35 to 91, the average being 71 (males 72.1, females 70.4)
THE MARCH MEETING on 18th was at a new venue, the Arlington Hall at St Mary's Church in Cottingham, but was poorly attended (for all sorts of valid reasons) which is a great shame as Society member Gwyn Jones and the Priory Park Singers had gone to a lot of trouble to entertain the 12 of us who were there and were excellent.
THE ST DAVID'S DAY SERVICE on 28 February was hosted by Reverend Richard Sherlock and Cottingham Road Baptist Church and was followed by the customary Welsh cakes to go with the tea and coffee. These, along with the daffodills and Welsh dolls decorating the church and the distinctive Welsh flavour to the order of service, made it an especially Welsh occasion.
OUR ST DAVID'S DAY DINNER was on 27 February at the Ferguson Fawsitt Hotel in Walkington. With only 30 members and friends present it was not as well attended as in some of the past years (due to illness and a number of people being away on holiday) but those who were there all agreed that it was an excellent evening with great food and company. Margaret Williams, in proposing the toast to the Society, gave a fascinating account of its foundation 69 years ago and how it had developed since then. Many thanks to the young harpist who played so well and to Nesta Merrells who organised the evening and decorated the room so beautifully.
THE FEBRUARY MEETING, which was to be film evening, had to be cancelled at short notice due to the sudden closure of our venue the Beverley Arms Hotel.
THE PREMIERE OF THE NEW DAD'S ARMY FILM took place at the new Parkway Cinema in Beverley on 8 February. The audience, which included a few members of the Society, enjoyed the exclusive showing of the film as well as the champagne and canapes which preceeded it.
THE JANUARY 2016 MEETING on 15th at the Beverley Arms Hotel was the President's Evening when Society member Di Rees-Morris's daughter, Dr Michelle Morris", enthralled the 25 of us present by describing what it was like to take part in the "Marathon des Sables" which involved running 156 Miles through the Sahara Desert over 6 days.
OUR EVER POPULAR CHRISTMAS DINNER was held on 4 December 2015 at a new venue, the Ferguson Fawsitt Hotel in Walkington, where 36 members had a most enjoyable evening, including the traditional games and carol singing which culminated with a splendid rendition of the 12 Days of Christmas led by Margaret Williams in her inimitable style supported by Bren on the piano.
THE NOVEMBER MEETING on 20 November 2015 was the Chairman's Evening when Tony Martin from the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust gave a fascinating talk to the 23 members present about the "North Cave Wetlands - Wildlife & Industry Working Together".
THE OCTOBER MEETING was on 16 October 2015 when some 25 members enjoyed a very interesting evening with Rob Downes who explained with some excellent photographs how "It's been colder in Wales".
THE OPENING MEETING OF THE SOCIETY'S 2015/16 PROGRAMME, on Friday 18 September 2015 at the Beverley Arms Hotel, was a "Welcome Evening" when the new Chairman Nev Jones introduced the 30 members present to "A Bit of Welsh" - an introduction to the Welsh language
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