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 as Harrogate Men’s Forum when ten gentlemen met in a Harrogate cafe and proposed that a group should be formed to encourage retired and semi-retired gentlemen to meet for friendship and learning. Little did they know that, 69 years later, the organisation would continue to flourish and that, using the Forum as a model, similar groups would be established in other parts of Harrogate, and in Ripon and Knaresborough. When the number of members outgrew our original venue, we moved to St. Paul’s Church Hall where we still meet.
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, the Mayor and the Chief Executive of Harrogate Borough have accepted our invitations to speak. In 2009, our 2000th Meeting was held in the presence of HM Lord Lieutenant for North Yorkshire - The Lord Crathorne.

In October of 2019, following a comprehensive member-survey, we have come to the conclusion that men-only groups are not in keeping with modern day thinking. Accordingly, we have changed our name to Harrogate Forum and we are inviting ladies to come to any meeting as our guest (free of charge).

Our current season’s programme can be seen on the “Programme” page of this website.

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 for the full season, £4.00 for the January-April meetings. In addition, we pay £3.00 for each attended meeting which 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 our Secretary, Mel Reid, on 01423528194  Email: melville@btconnect.com