History 3 Cookstown Wildlife Trust
The first meeting with the new title was held in Blackley’s Café on Thursday 30th January, 1969.  Perhaps this new title appealed more to ladies as suddenly “the gals " started to enrol.  Ladies ncluded Miss Leeper, Miss Grey, Miss Miller, Miss Spence and Miss Staples.  New objectives and rules were shaped.  Membership fees stayed at ten shillings for adults, and children, half a crown. Mr. McMillan pointed out that it should be policy to interest as many young people as possible in wildlife and conservation and put forward the idea of an Education Officer for this purpose.  It was hoped Mr. Rutherford could be persuaded to undertake this role! It was also hoped that the club would continue its association with Drum Manor by rearing ducks for eventual release at Drum. Miss Staples was appointed Press Officer.  By April 1970 there were 31 members and the number of ladies increased, with Mrs. S. McIvor, Mrs. Donaghy, Mrs. Scott and Miss Bell joining. Drum Manor was opened to the public on 01 May 1970. The waterfowl had been acquired from the trust, Cookstown Wildlife Trust as a club was now looking promising. However by 1971 the outlook was less hopeful. Sadly, Sir Robert Staples had died, the programme of lectures had been poorly attended and outings and field trips had attracted little support. It was agreed to present the decision to close the Trust at the AGM in “The Glenavon” on 13 April 1971. After debate, it was decided to continue temporarily. Once folded, it was felt that it would be difficult to reopen the club. The Chairman and his committee resigned and Mr. Jones was elected temporary Chairman. One month later the decision was reviewed.  Attendance for this meeting was high.  Mr. Jones said he was anxious to keep the Trust going. At this point the previous Chairman Mr. McMillan and his committee gave reasons for resigning . He proposed the club be wound up,seconded by Mrs. Dolling. A counter-proposal came from Mr. Getty, seconded by Miss Miller. Mr. McMillan lost and again the Trust was reprieved. Mr. Jones became Chairman, Secretary was Mr. Irwin and treasurer Mr. Rutherford. Mr. Jones concluded the evening by saying that it was up to the members to bring back the enthusiasm and spirit that had once been a feature of the club. Time will tell if this happened!  
founded February 1950
Ladies and Disputes