September 26th 2-4pm Forum Meeting cancelled due to UCI events in Harrogate October 3rd 2 – 4pm International Older People’s Day Tea Party Cancelled
The ever popular, light & airy Hall at The Hub,St John’s Church, Knaresborough will be the venue for this year’s Tea Party. Come & enjoy tea or coffee, sandwiches, savouries, cheese and biscuits, cake and conversation with friends.
A member of the Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI) will give us an insight into the valuable work done by brave and dedicated volunteers to keep seafarers safe off the shores of Scarborough, ahead of our October trip to the resort. (Further details of which can be found below). £8.00 per person. Raffle tickets £1 each. Proceeds from the raffle will be donated to the RNLI.
Places will be restricted to 50 people. Please write to Tania with the name of each person attending and a cheque payable to HDOFF to arrive by Thursday 26th September to Tania Brightmore at 3, The Bungalows, Calcutt, Knaresborough, HG5 8JQ. Tel. 01423 862290.
September 10th Lunch at Ripley Castle Tea Rooms, Ripley. (Via No 36 bus).
September again, so it must be Ripley! Our usual September ride out for the Tearoom menu, which is always fresh & colourful. Sadly, this year the Castle grounds are not free entry until October, but a walk round the village is still possible.
Please reserve your place by 6th September – Tania Brightmore on 01423 862290.
August 15th Day Trip to Newby Hall, Ripon.
Designed by Sir Christopher Wren, this graceful country house shows the Georgian ‘Age of Elegance’. Its beautifully restored interior presents Robert Adam at his very best. The 25 acre Gardens, created in the early 1920s continue to evolve and have made a major contribution to 20th century gardening. Cost per person £26.25. Entry to Gardens and coach. Contact Ann Hill 01423 861795 to book a place.
August 13th Lunch at The Alexandra, Prospect Place, Harrogate. (Rear entrance in John Street/ corner of Albert Street.)
William Nicholson was a distiller, politician, cricketer & benefactor when he founded Nicholson’s pubs in 1873. His high ideals of what a good pub should be continue today in an extensive menu of delicious, freshly cooked English pub food. Our group will be served in the room to the right of the entrance from John Street.
July 25th 2-4pm Forum meeting ‘What am I missing out on?’
Join us to find out how we can improve how we interact with the world. Continuing with our theme of health and wellbeing, we shall explore how technology is enhancing our healthcare. There will also be information about a forthcoming participation event which will be looking at community mental health services for the elderly in the Harrogate District.
July 18th Day Trip to Brodsworth House and Gardens, Brodsworth, Doncaster.
Brodsworth Hall was the family home for over 120 years of the Thellusson family. Designed in the Italianate style of the 1860s the ‘grand rooms’ on the ground floor recall its Victoria heyday. Many of the original furnishings can be seen. The gardens have been restored to their full Victorian splendour, and are home to a collection of grand gardens in miniature, filled with colourful planting. There is also a new garden, which was opened this year. Cost per person: English Heritage Members £16.00 (please remember you cards on day) and non-Members £25. An optional tour of the gardens at no extra charge has been arranged.
July 9th 12.30pm Lunch at Le Bistrot Pierre 15 Cheltenham Parade, Harrogate
This popular French restaurant is always well attended by our members and the chefs regularly hone new recipes and create new dishes to tempt us. 2 courses for £12.95 or 3 courses for £14.95. Access: there is a lift to the right hand side of the steps, if required.
To reserve a place, please contact Tania Brightmore on 01423 862290 before July 5th.
June 13th Day Trip to East Riddlesden Hall, Keighley.
East Riddlesden Hall is a 17th Century Manor House in Keighley, West Yorkshire, now owned by the National Trust. The Hall was built in 1642 by a wealthy Halifax clothier, James Murgatroyd. (This follows on from the Piece Hall). The Hall is a Grade 1 listed building and there is a medieval tithe barn in the grounds. Cost per person: National Trust Members £18, (please remember your cards on day) and non-Members £25. This includes a conducted tour around the house. Contact Ann Hill to book a place. 01423 861795
The coach will depart from York Place, Knaresborough, 9.30am and from Harrogate Library at 9.45am. Leaving Keighley about 3.30pm for the return journey.
May 23rd 2-4pm Forum meeting ‘Good hydration’ and ‘Scams & Banking Safety’
May 14th 12.30pm Lunch at the ‘Fat Badger’
To reserve a place, please contact Tania Brightmore 01423 862290.
April 25th Day Trip to Piece Hall, Halifax
The Piece Hall is one of Britain’s most extraordinary buildings. Built in 1779 to trade ‘pieces’ of cloth, it is now the UK’s sole surviving cloth hall and offers a unique window back into a past. It’s near 250 years’ history has seen the building take on many transformations – in the Georgian times as a place for trading locally made ‘Kersey’ and other cloth, later as a gathering point for Victorian spectacles and political rallies. It then became a wholesale market before being transformed into a visitor attraction, most recently, undergoing an extensive conservation programme.
April 9th 12.30pm Lunch at ‘The George Hotel & Carvery’, Wormald Green, HG3 3PR
There have been several requests for a carvery lunch and this is the nearest one. Many of our Lunch Club regulars come on the No 36 bus to the Tea Rooms at Ripley so 6 more minutes will bring you to Wormald Green. The nearest bus stop is after the Wormald Green sign but before the right hand bend, outside the Cattery. The Hotel is just round the corner, with a large car park & a light, airy conservatory at the rear. Tuesday Carvery meals are £7.95 Desserts extra (if you have room for one!).
Please book early, as numbers are rising. If you are subsequently unable to attend, please contact the organiser in fairness to the restaurant and other members. If you live in Knaresborough, it may be possible to arrange a car share.
March 28th 2-4pm Forum AGM and Presentation
Following the AGM, there will be a presentation by Richard Webb, Corporate Director Health and Adult Services, North Yorkshire County Council. He will be discussing what’s happening to Adult Social Care in our area.
Admission is £2 which includes refreshments and a raffle ticket.
March 12th 12.30pm Lunch at ‘Carriages’ restaurant 87-89, The High Street, Knaresborough.
Carriages, located in a listed “olde worlde” building, is now owned by William & Victoria’s of Cold Bath Road, where we have enjoyed several good lunches over the past few years. This new venture offers an interesting British & European menu to suit all tastes and appetites. 2 courses for £10, or 3 courses for £14. The nearest bus stop is at the bottom of the High Street.
Please reserve your place by contacting Tania Brightmore on 01423 862290 by Saturday, 9th March in this case. Please book early, as numbers are rising. If you are subsequently unable to attend, please contact the organiser in fairness to the restaurant and other members.
February 28th Visit to Tropical Land, Roundhay Park, Leeds
There is no organised a tour so we can go around at leisure, have a tea/coffee when we like. There is a lot to see, trekking through rainforests and deserts and the different animals to be found there – we all love a meerkat. There is also a butterfly house. The Tropical World conservatory Cafe overlooks the Canal Gardens where we can stop for refreshments. The Coach will depart from York Place, Knaresborough at 9.45 am and Harrogate Library 10.00 am. Leaving Leeds about 3.00 pm for the return journey.
February 12th 12.30pm Lunch at Lucia’s 3 Ripon Road, Harrogate
This was a change of venue, because we had been advised that ‘the Potting Shed’ had closed. Lunch deal: 1 Main Course, 1 drink and 1 hot drink for £9.99 per person, or your choice from the a la carte menu.
Please book early, as numbers are rising. If you are subsequently unable to attend, please contact the organiser in fairness to the restaurant and other members.
January 24th 2-4pm Forum Meeting ‘Watch out!’ St Paul’s Church, Victoria Avenue (opposite Harrogate library)
We had a speaker from the Trading Standards Investigation and Safeguarding Office come to speak to us about their findings and to advise us on what scams etc are currently prevalent. This part of the Trading Standards Department will see a criminal act taken to court and present evidence against the offender. I think we were surprised at what is going on in our own community and now feel more able to ‘Watch Out’ for ourselves.
Admission is £2 which includes refreshments and a raffle ticket.
January 8th 12.30pm Lunch at ‘Istanbul’, Victoria Avenue, opposite Waitrose Car Park exit
This restaurant is a firm favourite with our members, and is now under new management. We were made very welcome and had a lovely meal.
Please book early as numbers are rising. If you are subsequently unable to attend, please contact the organiser in fairness to the restaurant and other members.