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 2020

February 27th      2 – 4pm           Beetle Drive  (cake and a cup of tea)    (£5)


The February trip will be a Beetle Drive!!  So this year we’ll have a fun afternoon and play Beetle. Afterwards we will be serving a cup of tea and cake.

This will also be a fundraiser so please bring your friends and come along and support the Forum. There will be a charge of £5 per person for the afternoon. Contact Ann Hill 01423 861795






March 26th          2 – 4pm          ‘Commemorating Heroes’ (CWGC)   talk by Elizabeth Smith

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Our AGM will take place on March 26th following a presentation by Elizabeth Smith from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC). Elizabeth travels around the country talking about the work of the CWGC which maintains all the headstones and memorials to the fallen of WW1 and WW2 throughout the world. As well as talking to groups and school children, she recently conducted two fully-booked Heritage Day visits to Stonefall Cemetery in Harrogate, which included the histories of some of the nearly 1000 air crew members who are buried there.


April 15th             2 – 4pm         Day trip to Shibden Hall and Bankfield Museum, Nr Halifax

Shibden Hall

This is the first of the 2020 trips and, we will be visiting Shibden Hall, near Halifax, where the ‘Gentleman Jack’ television series was filmed. When we arrive we have time for a coffee. I am hopefully arranging a land train to take us up to the house for those who do not wish to walk up as there is a slight incline. There will be a talk before we go around the house. I have been informed that there are only stairs to the upper floor. When you have finished you will be able to have lunch in the Lakeside Cafe.

We will meet all together for the coach journey (10 mins) to Bankfield Museum at 2pm. They have a costume exhibition ‘As seen on TV’ which is new this year, as well as their own costume exhibition and further displays. There is a small cafe with light snacks and drinks if you wish to rest a while.   We will be leaving Halifax about 4pm.  £25.50 per person. Pick-up Knaresborough Coach Park 9.15am and Harrogate Libray 9.30am.


May 28th              2 – 4pm          Fashion Show (Tea & biscuits)   2-4pm  (The Hub, Knaresborough)

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July 23rd              2 – 4pm          ‘Not for the Faint Hearted’ – a talk by John Shackleton

John Shackleton







September 24th    2 – 4pm        ‘Warm and Well Fed’

November  26th    2 – 4pm         ‘Making the Most of Life’


Please note:   All Forum Meetings are held at St Paul’s Church Hall, Victoria Avenue (opposite Harrogate library) unless otherwise stated.

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


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:   2020  2019   2018    2017   2016     2015     2014