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 70 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 in Belford Road (opposite the main library) 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 survey of our members we decided that men-only groups are not in keeping with modern day thinking. Accordingly, after amending our Constitution, we have changed our name to The Harrogate Forum and we are now inviting ladies to come and join us.
If you would like to come to a meeting as our guest (free of charge), we will welcome you.