Forty Club ready for new season

THE Scarborough Forty Club starts its new programme this week with an address from its new president, Dennis Orford.

The debating group, which has the motto “We do not all think alike, but we all alike agree to think”, has been in existence for more than 111 years, with some of its past members including mayors and councillors.

Mr Orford, who was previously chairman of the Scarborough Older People’s Forum, said: “It is a great honour and a privilege to be the 112th president of the Forty Club and I fully appreciate that I am following in the footsteps of many distinguished presidents before me.”

He said he would endeavour to keep up the traditions and standards expected by long-serving members and that he was most apprehensive when attending his first meeting in 2004. He did not know what to expect, but very quickly became aware of the traditions and varied range of subjects discussed.

Forty Club members meet up once a week on Thursday evenings during the dark winter months to discuss topical subjects. From October to March they meet at the Friend’s Meeting House, Woodlands Drive, at 7.30pm covering a wide variety of subjects in an informal and relaxed way.

Members or guest speakers give short presentations on subjects that interest them, after which other members pose questions that stimulate discussion.

Other topics in the programme include “Fifty per cent” by Mark Vesey on October 13, “Are we what we eat?” by Dave Ashford on October 20, “Rail to road transport” by Charles Braithwaite on November 3, “Evacuee” by Geoff Jones on November 24, “Communication” by Alan Combes on December 1 and “Not George Cayley” by Colin Wigglesworth on December 8.

Previous debates have been held with the Friends of Scarborough Library, the York Speakers’ Association and the United Nations Association.