Forum Events in 2018

Forum Events in 2018

December 12th      12.30pm     Christmas Lunch  at The Masonic Hall,  Station Avenue, Harrogate.   (Between the Odeon Cinema car park & the old Police Station)

Christmas lunch 2Our Christmas lunch at the Masonic Hall was hailed as a great success again. A big thank you to all those involved.




December     6th               Christmas Trip  to York Castle  Museum and Christmas Market

York Christmas Market 2This is an ‘Old Fashion Christmas’ at York Castle Museum. The Victorian Street is decorated in the traditional way, and the Museum is ready for Christmas. After the museum trip you can make your way into York (10 mins walk) were you can have lunch and browse the shopping area, Christmas market or anything else you would like to do or see in York. £10 per person to go to the Castle Museum, £5 for bus only into York. The booking form is in the October issue of ‘The Voice’.

The coach will depart Harrogate Library at 9.30 am and York Place Knaresborough at 9 45 am. Leaving York about 4 pm for the return journey. If you would just like to take the bus into York and do your own thing there is a reduced price.
At this point, the Forum Committee would like to thank Knaresborough Lions very much for giving the Forum a grant towards the coach expenses.


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.


November 13th   12.30pm     Lunch at ‘Ask Italian’, 5 Albert Street, Harrogate

Ask ItalianThis will be a return visit for Forum members who enjoy Ialian cuisine. 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.




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

Ampleforth AbbeyWe had a wonderful day on the cider (tour) yesterday – the weather was just perfect for it.  Warm sunshine, lovely views & autumnal colours. Tea, coffee or apple juice on arrival, an interesting talk in the orchards & so many varieties of apples to try if we wished.  Amazingly the cider presses & bottling area took up little more than a shed the size of two double garages.  Lunch consisted of broccoli & Stilton soup with a huge wholemeal granary bread bun, followed by Yorkshire Tapas – ham, beef, pork pie, small sausages, gherkins, leaves, tomatoes & two types of cheese presented on a sharing board – all local produce & as much tea & coffee as required.  Bottles of apple juice, liqueur & apple brandy were available at a discounted price after sampling all of these with lunch.  Then it was on to the main building & Abbey for the rest of the afternoon.


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.




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

Buffet food

A pleasant afternoon with entertainment from bell ringers.

Lovely afternoon tea with plenty of choice of savoury and sweet goodies.




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

Fashion show with older model 1

A great afternoon with several Forum members volunteering to be models and walk down the catwalk. Lots of lovely garments and accessories available for sale, as well as vouchers to be won in the raffle.





September 11th     12.30pm       Lunch at Ripley Castle Tea Room

Ripley castle tea rooms


Another popular venue via the Number 36 Ripon bus.  The friendly staff look forward to welcoming us again.  Unfortunately the free entry to the Castle Gardens, which has been enjoyed by several members for the last two years,  now only applies from October to Easter.   Concessionary price is £4.50 should you wish to enter.


August  23rd               Day Trip to Hardwick Hall

Hardwick HallIt was the formidable Bess of Hardwick who first built Hardwick Hall in the 16th Century and this year they are exploring the women of Hardwick from the redoubtable Bess of Hardwick to the forgotten servants. There is the Great Barn Restaurant for lunch and coffee, shops and plant sales.




August 14th     12.30pm   Lunch at Le Bristro Pierre, 15 Cheltenham Crescent, Harrogate

Bistro PierreAnother French resaurant which is popular with our members.  2 courses £11.95   3 courses £13.95.






July 26th         2 – 4pm     Forum Meeting    ‘Who’s keeping us safe?’ at  St Paul’s Church, Victoria Avenue (opposite Harrogate Library)

OstrichHelen Richardson, Community Safety Officer for North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority, gave a really interesting talk highlighting the fire risks in our homes and out-and-about. Particularly interesting to hear about real life incidents in the district and get first hand advice of fire prevention. Unfortunately, Will Champion, Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) from Harrogate Police was unable to join her on this occasion due to an incident in the local district, but Helen rose to the occasion by answering all the  members’questions.




July 17th                       Day Trip to Shandy Hall

Shandy HallFollowing requests for a shorter trip, there will be a conducted tour of Shandy Hall, house, church and garden situated in Coxwold between Easingwold and Helmsley. Then we will go on to Helsmsley for some free time. Shandy Hall is a writer’s house museum in the former home of the Rev. Laurence
Sterne in Cuxwold, North Yorkshire. Sterne lived there from 1760 to 1768 as perpetual curate of Coxwold. He is remembered for his novels ‘The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy’ and ‘A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy’. This is a lovely house (small but interesting).

We will then travel the short distance to Helmsley, where you can have lunch at the many cafes, go into the Walled Garden or Castle or just look around. £21 per person which includes entry to Shandy Hall, Gardens and Church.


Juy 10th     12.30pm      Lunch at Lucia Wine Bar & Grill, 3 Ripon Road, Harrogate

Lucia Wine Bar and GrillAn extensive selection of Italian and Mediterranean dishes. We have had several requests for a return visit, as some members missed out on our previous visit.

Please book early, as numbers are increasing. If you are subsequently unable to attend, please contact the organiser, in fairness to the restaurant and other members.


June  21st                        Day Trip to Sledmere House and garden, Driffield, E. Yorkshire

Sledmere HouseSledmere is a Georgian House and there is something about Sledmere which has captivated visitors for over 200 years. There is something for everyone including the Terrace Cafe for coffee and lunch. A tour of the house has been arranged for 11 am and a tour of the garden at 2 pm for those who would like one. If you just want to do your own thing that’s fine. £24 per person including entry fee.

The coach will depart Harrogate Library at 8.45 and York Place,  Knaresborough at 9.00 am returning about 4.30 pm.



June 12th         12.30pm       Lunch at Cote Brasserie  5 Albert Street, Harrogate



Delicious, authentic French Cuisine. 2 courses £10.95     3 courses £13.50

Please contact Tania Brightmore on 01423 862290 to book a place

Please book early, as numbers are increasing. If you are subsequently unable to attend, please contact the organiser, in fairness to the restaurant and other members.



June 2nd          2.00pm                 Theatre Trip  to Fraser Theatre, Knaresborough

The Knaresborough Players are performing “The Importance Of Being Ernest” at the Fraser Theatre in Knaresborough, off the High Street. (Alleyway under the arch next to Tesco and close to the crossing).  We are organising a theatre trip.  A matinee starting at 2.00pm, concessions £8.

This is a new venture for us ‘theatre trips’, so we will see how it goes!


May 24th         2 – 4pm      Forum Meeting  ‘The Role of the Pharmacist’ and ‘Sepsis’  at  St Paul’s Church, Victoria Avenue (opposite Harrogate Library)

Health in sandAs our theme this year is ‘Health and Wellbeing’, the first presentation of this meeting, by Steve Collins (Community Pharmacist), will focus on the expanding role of the pharmacist with regard to treating minor ailments, medicine reviews etc. This will be followed by a presentation on the risk and recognition of sepsis by Dr David Earl (Harrogate Hospital).

Admission is £2 which includes refreshments and a raffle ticket.



May 8th           12.30pm      Lunch Club at The Dower House, Bond End, Knaresborough

Dower HouseJoin us for lunch at this popular hotel. Easy to access via any of the No. 1 bus routes.






April 18th        Day Trip         Skipton Canal Cruise and Lunch

Canal boats


One of the members’ favourite outings.




April 10th        12.30pm     Lunch Club  at All Bar 1

all-bar-one-harrogate-north-yorkshire-1It was a good turnout for this lunch, considering the  weather – dark, dank and dripping wet.

A pleasant meal and convivial conversation to enjoy.





March 22nd    2 – 4pm    Forum AGM  at  St Paul’s Church, Victoria Avenue (opposite Harrogate Library)

Harlow Carr 1


The AGM was followed by refreshments and a talk about ‘Harlow Carr Gardens – Past & Present’ by Andrew Willocks.






March 13th    12.30pm        Lunch at Graveleys restaurant at 8-12 Cheltenham Parade

GraveleysSome people missed the previous visit to Graveley’s as they went to Arley Hall. In March we will probably still be glad of comfort food! ,
Senior Citizen Menu ( includes tea/orange juice -coffee 50p extra) 2 courses £9.50  or  3 courses £11.50.




February 15th                        Day Visit to Boundary Mill, Colne

Boundary MillIt’s now more than a month since the festive season finished, so….. perhaps it was time for a little retail therapy. So we had a trip to Boundary Mill.  ‘Acres’ of High-street fashion, homeware and electronic brands housed in a split-level shopping development, and we had a whole day to explore the potential. Not to mention the bargains.



February 13th   12.30pm   Lunch at ‘Istanbul’   (Victoria Avenue, opposite Waitrose car park exit)

Istanbul restaurant

What a special lunch we had at ‘Instanbul’. This restaurant is one of our favourites and we always enjoy their hospitality.

Superb food and wine at a very reasonable price. Great value for money.




January  25th    2 – 4pm     Forum Meeting   ‘Nidd Gorge and Bilton’  at St Paul’s Church, Victoria Avenue (opposite Harrogate Library)

Nidd Gorge

We thought we would start the year off with a lighter theme. Ray Barker’s talk about Nidd Gorge and Bilton also included videos of the local wild life. It was a fascinating talk which lighlighted the different species of wild life to be seen in the area and how to identify their individual tracks.

In view of the proposed changes to NHS repeat prescription services, a representative of the local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) gave a short presentation on how these changes could affect older people in the district. The changes are designed to reduce wasteage of NHS prescription medicines and will be introduced as a trial in the Knaresborough district. Similar are being conducted nationwide.



January  9th     12.30pm         Lunch at William & Victoria   Cold Bath Road, Harrogate.

William & Victoria


For the start of the new year, we returned to William & Victoria for some traditional British food with influences from around the world. It was great to meet up again after the festive season.