Club returns to roots by royal appointment
MEMBERS of Grimsby's Everyman Club will start the first of their next 50 years with a royal engagement.
The club will return to its traditional roots at Grimsby Institute after four years of meetings and talks held at the Humber Royal hotel.
The homecoming will be on Tuesday, September 11, when radio broadcaster Ian Skelly will talk about his role as an advisor to the Prince of Wales.
The BBC Radio Three presenter works closely with Prince Charles assisting him with ideas in speeches, lectures and articles.
Everyman Club membership secretary Wendy King said the speaker had also given presentations at universities in Maryland and at Yale in the US, and to the Royal Geographical Society.
"He will provide an outstanding start to our 51st season and return to the institute," she said.
She said members had voted to return to the institute after complaints about audiences being unable to see speakers adequately on the floor of the suite in the Humber Royal.
Miss King continued: "The majority was in favour of going back to our roots.
"The club had lost some members in the move, four years ago, away from the institute."
Miss King, who was honoured for her 40 years' service to the club, thanked the hotel for their hospitality and catering.
She said the club's committee are looking forward to improved parking, seating and a platform for speakers at the new venue.
Miss King said: "We hope there will be some new members coming along to the meetings from the start of the new season."
Annual membership is £45. Guests attending talks pay £10.
Other highlights include a talk in October by Barry Johnston, about his late father Brian and his BBC career.
Eric Knowles, of Antiques Roadshow fame, will give a talk about Lalique glass in November.
The December talk will be by John Harrison, describing his adventures in Amazonia.
And the club will start the new year with a talk on January 8 by mountaineer Stephen Venables.
In February, actor Lance Pierson will give a talk entitled The Best of John Betjeman.
Animal lover David Stewart will lead the March 12 meeting and Barnsley poet Ian McMillan will entertain club members on April 9.
All meetings start at 7.30pm. Details and membership are available from secretary Stephen Cripsey on 01472 694464.