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 Suzanne Marsland  01423 560384.  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).

Please follow this link to view our Covid 19 Risk Assessment (1)

Forum Events 2021 – Revised programme

We have planned a revised programme of events for 2021. However these may be cancelled if the pandemic restrictions require this. Day trips will advertised nearer the time in order to minimise cancellations.


Good News!  The Lunch Club is back …..

Tuesday September 14th  at 12.30pm    Lunch at The Dower House, Knaresborough

Dower HouseSuzanne has arranged for the Lunch Club members to meet at the Dower House at Bond End in Knaresborough. This has been a popular venue in the past and there is space to meet inside and out, depending on the weather. ‘Newly under the helm of Victoria Vasallo Storm restaurant is fast becoming a must visit on the Yorkshire dining scene’. If you would like to reserve a place for yourself (and a friend?), please contact Suzanne Marland by telephone 01423 560384  or e-mail:  Closing date for bookings is August 30th.



Thursday September 23rd   2 – 4pm   ‘Warm and well’

Warm and well NYCC‘Warm and Well in North Yorkshire is a partnership project bringing together organisations from the public, private and charity sector with the aim of reducing the number of cold homes, cold people and cold deaths within North Yorkshire. By working together, the project aims to reach communities and households across the seven districts of North Yorkshire’. This meeting will focus on how to keep warm and well in preparation for winter.


October 12th       12.30pm     Lunch at Istanbul, Victoria Avenue (opposite the Waitrose car park exit)

Istanbul restaurant

Nothing too hot and spicy, and reasonably  priced.  Belly dancing & plate-smashing optional!
12 for 12.30 pm as usual.  To reserve a place contact Suzanne Marsland 01423 560384





Thursday 21st October 2021     Day trip Markenfield Hall   (Nr Ripon)     Cost £28 per person

We will leave Knaresborough, York Place at 1.15pm, Harrogate Library 1.30pm. Arriving back about 5 pm. The price includes the coach, the tour, tea and cake.

Markenfield Hall 2We have been to Markenfield Hall before, about four years ago, and have been asked to do another trip there for people who enjoyed it. This is slightly different as we are also having a talk about Caroline Norton (a relation to the Grantley family who own Markenfield Hall) whom Antonia Fraser has written about in her latest book entitled ‘The Case of the Married Woman’. Markenfield is a medieval moated Manor House and remains largely untouched. During the Reformation, this great house acted as one of the most important centres of ‘The rising of the North in 1569′ which was to be its tragic downfall. It was then purchased in 1761 by Sir Fletcher Norton who became Lord Grantley, who remains the owner today.

Markenfield Hall will be keeping mask wearing and social distancing, regardless of what the Government will be announcing on easing restrictions. To reserve a place, please contact Ann Hill, 14 Bond End, Knaresborough, HG5 9AQ. (Telephone 01423 861795 for enquiries).

Message from Ann Hill

The trip to Markenfield Hall will be the last trip this year. I feel Christmas will be manic this year and I am not happy taking you out into that environment. We’ve all tried hard during the last 18 months and in my case, if it hadn’t been for my garden and allotment, I would be climbing the wall. I will start again, all being well, in April 2022. Thanks for your support over the last seven years and I hope next year gets back to some normality.   Ann


Thursday November 25th    2 – 4pm   ‘Making the most of life’

Date to be confirmed         Forum Christmas Lunch



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