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.

Please note:  

  1. All our Forum meetings take place in St Paul’s Church Meeting Room in Victoria Avenue (opposite Harrogate Library). Admission is £2 and includes refreshments and a raffle ticket.
  2. We do not issue tickets for any of our events, unless otherwise stated on the booking form.
  3. There are no refunds for non-attendence for the day trips.
  4.  All bookings for the Lunch Club need to be received at least 4 days before the date of the lunch please, to Tania Brightmore  01423 862290.  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.
  5. Cheques should be made payable to ‘HDOFF’ (only).

Forum Events in 2019


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.




September 26th   2-4pm    Forum meeting   ‘Thinking about keeping moving’    Meeting cancelled due to UCI Road World Championships


October 3rd       2 – 4pm         International Older People’s Day Tea Party

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.

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.
October 8th                     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 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

The coach will depart from Harrogate Library, Harrrogate, at 9.30 am and from York Place, Knaresborough at 9.45 am. Leaving Scarborough about 3pm for the return journey.


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

December    Christmas Lunch    (Date to be confirmed)


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:   2018    2017   2016     2015     2014