Forum Events 2016


December 12th     12.30pm               Christmas Lunch at Cedar Court Hotel, Park Parade, Harrogate HG1 5AH

Cedar Court Hotel

We hope you will join us in the newly refurbished restaurant at CEDAR COURT HOTEL,  Park Parade, Harrogate for a 3 course lunch with tea or coffee and mini mince pie. The hotel has ample car parking and there is a bus stop nearby on North Park Road.

The cost of the lunch is £21.00 per person (to include gratuity).  Please see the attached menu and booking form which can be brought to the next meeting or posted to Tania, to arrive by 24th November 2016.


November 24th         2.00 – 4.00pm     Forum Meeting  at St Paul’s, Victoria Avenue, HG1 1EL  (Opposite Harrogate Library)   ‘Keep in Touch ‘ and ‘Keep Safe’

AlertHow can we stay safe both at home and when we are out and about? How can we avoid being victims of a ‘scam’? At this meeting, we will consider the different types of ‘scams'; how to avoid them and how to report them in order to safeguard others and catch the scammers.  Ways in which we can enhance personal security and self-confidence will be identified. (Admission £2 which includes refreshments and raffle ticket). This is an important subject which affects everyone, not just those accessing the internet.


November 8th     12.30pm    CAU (Carne Argentina Unica), Corner of Raglan Street and Station Parade



This is one of the restaurant forming part of the new cinema and restaurant complex on the former sites of Beales department store. 



October 11th    12.30pm     William & Victoria Restaurant, Cold Bath Road, Harrogate.

William & Victoria

This month, by popular demand, we make a return visit to this restaurant. 



October 6th      12md       Older people’s Day Event

People eatingThis year we are joining Supporting Older People in their celebration at the Wesleyan Centre in Oxford Street, Harrogate. The day starts with a Service of Celebration (optional) in Wesley Chapel at 11.0am, followed at about 12md by a 3 course lunch (cost £3.50). In the afternoon, from about 1.30pm there will be entertainment in Wesley Chapel with music and verse. The afternoon will conclude with tea and biscuits at about 3.00pm. Everyone is welcome; just turn up on the day.


September 22nd       2.00 – 4.00pm     Forum Meeting  at St Paul’s, Victoria Avenue, HG1 1EL  (Opposite Harrogate Library)    ‘Snug as a Bug’ and ‘Switch to Save’    For further details visit our ‘Blog’ page.


September 13th     12.30pm      Lunch at the Tea Rooms, Ripley Castle

Ripley castle tea rooms

Great to see so many people at our lunch group. What a gorgeous day for strolling around the grounds of Ripley Castle in the sunshine.



August 25th           Day Trip to Markenfield Hall

This will be an afternoon visit to Markenfield Hall, Nr Ripon. “One of the most astonishing and romantic of Yorkshire’s medieval houses. Built defensively in 1310 by Edward 2’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, John de Markenfield, it is still completely moated.” (Historic Houses Association). An intriguing house and garden – and not very far away. To book a place on this visit contact Ann Hill  01423 861795There will be a conducted tour around the Hall followed by afternoon tea and cake. Cost £21 (non-refundable). Pick-up 1.30pm at Knaresborough Coach Park and 1.45pm from Harrogate Library.


August 9th       12.30pm     Lunch at Istanbul, Victoria Avenue (opposite the Waitrose car park exit)

Istanbul restaurantNothing too hot & spicy & reasonably  priced.  Belly dancing & plate-smashing optional!
12 for 12.30 pm as usual.  To reserve a place contact Pat Lawson  on   01423 391437.


July 21st        2.00 – 4.00pm       Forum Meeting  at St Paul’s, Victoria Avenue, HG1 1EL (Opposite Harrogate Library)   ‘Best Foot Forward’

Best foot forward 1As people get older, they are arguably more prone to accidents. Slips, trips and falls are the commonest types and are often preventable. Contributing factors include poor mobility and loss of balance. Facilitated by Gail McCracken, NYCC Falls Co-ordinator, this presentation will heighten your awareness of the risks of falls and highlight ways in which you can improve your safety.


July 12th        12.30pm                Lunch at The Tannin Level    5a Raglan Street, Harrogate

Tannin Level


Come and join us for lunch at this classic basement bistro. Contact Tania Brightmore 01423 862290 to book a place



July 7th         Annual Tea Party


Tea Party flyerThis year we had a tea party at St John’s Hub, St John’s Church, Knaresborough. It was a lovely day and the views from the terrace were marvellous. Great food and great company enjoyed by all.




June 14th       12.30pm                Lunch at LeD2    7, Bower Road, Harrogate.

Le D2 restaurant


Lunch at this popular bistro and restaurant. 




June 8th                  Day Trip to Brodsworth Hall (Nr Doncaster)


We are taking a trip to Brodsworth Hall, which will take about an hour. Arriving at about 11am in time for coffee in the cafe, we will then have a private tour of the house at 11.30am. If you would prefer to visit the gardens first, you could join one of the free flow tours after 1.00pm. Cost £25 (non-refundable). Pick-up 9.30 from Harrogate Library and 9.45am from Knaresborough Coach station. 



May 19th         2.00 – 4.00pm       Forum Meeting  at St Paul’s, Victoria Avenue, HG1 1EL (Opposite Harrogate Library)   ‘Food Glorious Food’

Food glorious foodEveryone is interested in Food for all sorts of reasons. As we grow older, the quality, the quantity and the variety of our food becomes ever more important. Vanessa Quarmby is an experienced professional dietician living and working in Yorkshire as both a private consultant and with companies such as Boots. Vanessa will be talking about all sorts of matters relating to our food, with particular attention to the concerns of older people. She will be available for questions after her talk.
In the second part of the meeting, John Fraser from Wiltshire Farm Foods will discuss the meals his company prepares and delivers and there will be samples for members to taste. We look forward to seeing you on 19th May at this fascinating and very relevant meeting. Admission: £2 which includes refreshments and a raffle ticket.


May 10th       12.30pm                Lunch at Sasso Restaurant   8-10 Princes Square, Harrogate HG1 1LX

Sasso  restaurant


Another good lunch at this Italian restaurant. 




April 14th                                  Day Trip to Helmsley and Nunnington Hall

HelmsleyThis is an opportunity to visit Helmsley, recently awarded the title of ‘Best Market Town in the Country’. After lunch we will move on to Nunningtom Hall for a tour of the house and afternoon tea.



April 12th       12.30pm              Lunch at Graveley’s   8-12 Cheltenham Parade, Harrogate







March 17th     2.00 – 4.00pm       Annual General Meeting  at St Paul’s, Victoria Avenue, HG1 1EL (Opposite Harrogate Library)

national_trust‘Mighty Oaks from Little Acorns Grow’ – The story of the National Trust from its inception in 1895 to the present day. Glenda Hunter will tell us how the NT has grown to become a leading conservation organisation.




March 8th     12.30pm                Lunch at Le Bistro Pierre  15 Cheltenham Parade, Harrogate

Bistro Pierre





February 17th                            Day Trip to the York Chocolate Factory

York chocolate factoryCome and join us for a trip  to the York Chocolate Factory. The tour lasts 1 hour and then you are free to enjoy the sights of York or to participate in some retail therapy.



February 9th   12.30pm            Lunch at Six Poor Folk

Six Poor Folk restaurant


Join us for lunch at ‘Six Poor Folk’  25 Castlegate, Knaresborough.





January 12th   12.30pm            Lunch at William and Victoria

William and Victoria

Join us for lunch at Wlliam Victoria in Cold Bath Road, Harrogate.

Contact Pat Lawson (01423 391437) to book a place


January 21st   2.00 – 4.00pm       Forum Meeting at St Paul’s, Victoria Avenue, HG1 1EL (Opposite Harrogate Library)    ‘Keep Moving’  Click   Invitation Forum meeting poster – January 2016 for further details


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