Forum Events in 2019



December 10th      12.30pm      Christmas Lunch at The masonic Hall

Christmas lunchThe full menu and booking form for menu choices will be available shortly.
The cost is £21 (incl. gratuity).

To reserve a place, please complete the booking form and send it to:
Tania Brightmore, 3, The Bungalows, Calcutt, Knaresborough HG5 8JQ to be received by November 30th.


November 28th   2-4pm    Forum meeting   ‘Dementia or eccentricity?’

Dementia Forward


Jill Quinn, CEO of Dementia Forward and Karen Parkes of Harrogate Borough Council Lifeline service will be coming to talk to us about their work.

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



November 12th            12.30pm        Lunch at Graveleys,  8-12 Cheltenham Parade, Harrogate.

GraveleysThis restaurant is a favourite with our Lunch Club regulars. Please note that this is a set meal and price: 2 courses £9.95. Main Course – Fish and Chips, Dessert – apple crumble or pavlova.

Please reserve your place by 7th November – Tania Brightmore on 01423 862290.




October 10th                     Day Trip to  Scarborough Lifeboat Station

Scarborough lifeboat stationThis will be a different kind of trip for us. There will be a talk and tour round the Lifeboat station at about 12 pm, by the volunteer Lifeboat Visitor Officer. This should take about one and a half hours.
When we arrive there will be time for a coffee at a local cafe before we go into the Lifeboat Station and when we have finished at the station we can then have free time in Scarborough.
There is a fish and chip restaurant opposite the Lifeboat Station and I believe they have a wider menu as well. If anyone would like to have lunch there, could they let me know on the booking form, so I can then let the restaurant know how many will be coming. (This is not included in the cost). Cost £19 per person


October 8th          12.30pm           Lunch at Pizza Express, Albert Street, Harrogate. (Opposite ‘Cote’ and ‘Ask Italian’)

Pizza Express


Another new venue for us. Not just pizzas, Al Forno dishes and salads, too. 2 courses.  £11.95.          3 courses.  £14.95.  Please reserve your places by 4th October – Tania Brightmore on 01423 862290.




October 3rd       2 – 4pm         International Older People’s Day Tea Party  This event has had to be cancelled

Tea party 7The 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.





September 26th     2-4pm      Forum Meeting cancelled due to UCI events in Harrogate


September 10th                     Lunch at Ripley Castle Tea Rooms, Ripley.   (Via No 36 bus).

Ripley castle tea rooms


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.

Newby HallDesigned 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.)

AlexandraWilliam 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?’

Health technology


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.

aerial photograph of Brodsworth Hall Yorkshire England UKBrodsworth 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

Bistro Pierre


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-0592-sEast 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’

Fat-badger-pub-harrogate-exteriorJoin us for lunch at the ‘Fat Badger’ at the White Hart Hotel. A varied menu offering traditional British food.

To reserve a place, please contact Tania Brightmore 01423 862290.




April 25th           Day Trip to Piece Hall, Halifax

Piece Hall HalifaxThe 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

George Hotel Wormald GreenThere 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

Adult Social CareFollowing 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 restaurantCarriages, 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

Tropical World RoundhayThere 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

Lucia Wine Bar and GrillThis 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)

Trading StandardsWe 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

Istanbul restaurant

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.