Harrogate Forum
The Forum.

Where we meet.

2019/20 Programme.

Meeting Reports.

Social Events.

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Come and join us.

Enjoy interesting talks, lunches and social events with a convivial group.

The Forum’s History

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The Forum was founded in 1951 when ten gentlemen held a meeting in a cafe in Harrogate.  They proposed that a group should be formed which would encourage retired and semi-retired men to meet for friendship and learning. Little did they know that, 69 years later, the organisation would continue to flourish. The popularity of the Forum grew until there were 190 members with a waiting list. Using the Forum as a model, similar groups were established in other parts of Harrogate, and in Ripon and  Knaresborough.
The affairs of the Forum are managed by a small committee consisting of the President, the current Chairman, the Officers and other elected and co-opted members
We enjoy a good reputation and, as a result, our Member of Parliament and other notable personalities have accepted our invitations to speak. The Mayor and the Chief Executive of Harrogate Borough visit us every 100th. meeting at which they give a 'State of the Borough' address. They also respond to questions and comments about the work of the Council and its plans for the town.
In 2009, our 2000th Meeting was held in the presence of HM lord Lieutenant for North Yorkshire: The Lord Crathorne.
Many of our speakers donate their fee to charities of their choice and, in recent years, the Forum has made financial contributions to the Macmillan Nurses, Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Royal Hall Restoration Fund.
When the number of members outgrew our original venue, we moved to St. Paul’s Church Hall where we still meet.

About Us

We meet each Thursday morning during the winter months from October to the end of April.

You can see more details about St. Paul’s Church Hall and nearby parking areas on the “Where We Meet” page.


Our members start to gather from about 9.30am when coffee or tea and biscuits are served and the meeting starts at 10.15am. After a short introduction by our Chairman and any business matters, a wide range of speakers then present talks on a variety of topics. You can see the list of talks for the 2019/20 season on the “Programme” page. Meetings close at 11.30am.


Our current annual subscription is £7.00 and  we also pay £3.00 for each attended meeting. This helps to offset the cost of refreshments and room hire.

We also enjoy other social events such as visits to interesting and unusual venues some of which may not be available to individuals.  At Christmas and at the end of each season we have lunches that are very popular with our members and their guests.  


Our President holds office for a period of three years and our current President is Philip Clarke.

The Chairman is elected annually and this season our Chairman is Chris McDevitt.

He can be contacted at:  01423 770437

Talks are booked by our Speaker Secretary, Roger Lynn, who can be contacted at 01423 561378 or on email at: r.h.lynn@btinternet.com.

You can also contact the Assistant Registrar, Roger Oldfield on 01423 507083