A very warm welcome to the 112th season of the Lecture Society – little did I think when I wrote the introduction to the 111th season in 2019/20 that it would be another 3 years before I was able to write the next one – I hope we are able to deliver this programme which has been in the planning stage for some time. You may recall that we had to cancel the final lecture of that season due to Fraser Hunter being stuck at Edinburgh train station so it’s rather appropriate that we are able to start this season with him. We welcome back John Pilkington and Christine Robinson who have proved to be very interesting previously and you will notice that we have 3 memorial lectures dedicated to stalwart members of the lecture society who have died and who served on the committee for many years. We do miss their contribution.
Other lectures cover a wide range of topics from Gaudi to Alaska, TV making to the Mary Rose so I’m sure there will be plenty to interest and entertain you. We hope that you will feel able to join us.
We have been short of committee members for some time but have been fortunate to fill some gaps. In addition to Clive Adkin (publicity) and Tim Leader (General Secretary) we have recently welcomed Karen Botosh (website) – the brackets indicate the roles they are covering. This has been an enormous help and we have been able to improve the website – www.grangelecturesociety.co.uk and also update our constitution. However we do not have a Programme Secretary for 2023/24 and this is a serious concern as we will need to start planning next year’s programme in the Autumn. Jeff Pattison has completed this role for many years and this is his final programme. We are indebted to him for all he has done in this role and the support he has given to others on the committee particularly over the last 2 challenging years. Is this a role you could do? Help would be provided but clearly without a programme we can no longer function. Do contact me or any committee member if you would like further information about what’s involved.
Finally thank you for your support, patience and understanding when we have had to change arrangements with little notice. I look forward to seeing you again and welcoming new members on October 11th.
Gill Mitchell President