Forum events

The Forum is a regular meeting for older people to have a say about the things that matter to them. The Forum offers a chance to find out about different services available to older people and to help influence the way these services are delivered. It is also a good opportunity to meet people and enjoy a social gathering.

Following the successful launch in July 2012,  the Forum now meets regularly at Forum meetings every other month. Not to mention other special events throughout the year!

You can also keep up-to-date on all our activities by reading our newsletter,  ‘The Voice‘ and you’ll find booking forms on the same page.


Forum Events in 2018

September 27th   2 – 4pm   Forum Meeting  ‘Over 50 and looking fabulous’  at St John’s Church Hall, Knaresborough 

Fashion show with older model 1

This will be an open meeting consisting of a fashion show. Please note different venue. A big thank you to those who have volunteered to be models. We look forward to a successful & fun afternoon.

Tickets £5 per person, to include tea/ coffee & biscuits.
Raffle tickets £1 each. ( Excellent prizes of £10 vouchers to spend on the day.)

Tickets available from Tania or Ann on all trips, lunch club days & meetings or by post with an SAE to Tania Brightmore,  3, The Bungalows, Calcutt, Knaresborough, HG 5 8JQ.
(Cheques payable to HDOFF please.)


October 2nd       2 – 4pm     Annual Tea Party celebrating Older People’s Day  St Paul’s Church Hall (opposite Harrogate Library)

Buffet foodPlease note that, as we will have used St. John’s, Knaresborough for the Fashion Show Meeting the previous week, this year our Tea Party will be held in Harrogate, so a change of venue & also a change of menu.  Instead of Afternoon Tea there will be a different choice of sandwiches, various savouries & tempting cakes. £8 per person. Raffle tickets £1 each.  Entertainment.
We are again limited to 50 people so please complete the booking form to reserve your place(s) & return with your payment to Tania Brightmore before September 25th. No tickets will be issued for this event.


October    18th                         Day trip to Ampleforth  College,  ‘Apple time!’

Ampleforth AbbeyThis trip will include the cider distilling tour and lunch. When we arrive we will be greeted and served with Coffe or tea. We will then be given a conducted tour to see how the Cider is produced then on to lunch which consists of Soup, Sandwich and Cake. Tea and coffee will be provided as well, then free time to tour the Abbey, visitors centre and shop. There is also a discount on any purchases bought in the shop.

The coach will leave Harrogate Library at 9.15am and York Place Knaresborough 9.30am. Returning about 4.00pm. £34 per person which includes lunch, coffee or tea on arrival, guided tour and coach. If you would like to book a place for yourself and friends, Please cotact Ann Hill 01423 861795.


October 9th     12.30pm   Lunch at Sasso’s,  8 Princes Squre , Harrogate
Sasso restaurant

This ndependent serves Italian home made dishes using fresh ingredients and always an enjoyable meal. Please contact Tania Brightmore on 01423 862290 to reserve a place.

Please book early as numbers are rising; if you are subsequently unable to attend on the day, please contact the organiser in fairness to the restaurant and other members.




November 29th   2 – 4pm  Forum Meeting   ‘Safeguarding the interests of Older People’.  St Paul’s Church Hall (opposite Harrogate Library)

A happy old ageDr Lincoln Sargeant leads a team of public health specialists and works closely with communities and organisations across the county to assess the overall health of the population of North Yorkshire and monitors progress on improving health. His latest report is on Older People so we have invited him to come and talk about it. He is an excellent speaker, and will answer any questions put to him about public health.

We have also invited Karin Sedgewick who is a County Councillor for Middle Dales Division and also the North Yorkshire’s Older People’s Champion. Karin will tell us about her role, which she has only been in a year, and what it means to us the Older Person.

Admission is £2 which includes refreshments and raffle ticket.


December     6th               Christmas Trip  to York  

Christmas trip, Castle Museum York.  ‘An Old Fashion Christmas’
Then time for the Christmas market and shopping! (Details to follow).


December     11th                   Christmas Lunch     (Details to follow)


To see previous events this year  ….. follow this link

If you would like to see what we got up to in previous years, please follow these links:    2017   2016     2015     2014