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 to ladies as suddenly they started to enrol including 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 half a crown for children, Mr. McMillan said it should be policy to interest young people in wildlife and conservation, and put forward the idea of an Education Officer. It was hoped Mr. Rutherford would undertake this role! and that the club would continue its association with Drum Manor by rearing ducks for release at Drum. Miss Staples was appointed Press Officer. By April 1970 there were 31 members and the number of ladies had 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 was looking promising. By 1971 however, Sir Robert Staples had died,lectures were poorly attended and outings and field trips attracted little support. It was agreed to present the motion to close the Trust at AGM in “The Glenavon” on 13 April 1971. After debate, it was decided to continue temporarily. The Chairman and committee resigned,and Mr. Jones was elected temporary Chairman. One month later the decision was reviewed. Mr. Jones wanted to keep the Trust going. At this point, the previous Chairman, Mr. McMillan and committee gave reasons for resigning and proposed the club be wound up. A counter- proposal came from Mr. Getty. Mr. McMillan lost and the Trust was reprieved. Mr. Jones became Chairman, Mr. Irwin Secretary and Mr. Rutherford Treasurer. Mr. Jones concluded the evening by saying that it was up to members to bring back enthusiasm and spirit, once a feature of the club.
Founded: November 1960
Ladies and Disputes
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