MAY-SEP 2014

Have you heard of “Yorkshire wine? “You must be joking!” I hear you say.

We’re not – ten of us went to a Yorkshire vineyard at the end of August.  We were given a tour of the vines, a detailed talk of the ins and outs of vine growing and the opportunity to sample 4 Yorkshire wines, such as “Eleanor” a crisp white.  The wine tasting was accompanied by light refreshments.

We rounded the day off with a visit to nearby Nun Monkton, a pretty village with a large green and a pond surrounded by cottages, and a mediaeval church, then a meal at the Anchor Inn at nearby Whixton.

This was perhaps the highlight of the summer months – however we had several other excursions:

A boat trip from Skipton along the Leeds-Liverpool Canal, ably navigated by our “boatswain”, J.

H organised a visit to Brodsworth Hall, a stately home in South Yorkshire.  After a wet day, the sun shone in the late afternoon and we were able to have a walk round the grounds and take a group photo in a small boat.

Three of us went to Ingleton – the 5 mile waterfalls walk proved to be more than a mere stroll! There were hundreds of steps to ascend and descend, but we were rewarded by spectacular falls, although the water gushing down was lower than normal, due to the recent dry weather.

Other events have included:-

A visit to Bradford Cathedral to see The Tempest, followed by sampling Greek food at the Olive Tree in Rodley.

A barbecue at “Castle Howard” (in Alwoodley), our favourite venue for this summer meeting.  Unfortunately the summer weather we had enjoyed did not show up and the country was under a blanket of cloud.  But we still had an enjoyable time.

A and R were married in Exeter on 2nd August.  Several folk from the Gatherers went.  The ceremony was followed by a reception – which included a cream tea – at a hotel in Sidmouth.

We were shocked to learn that C was involved in a serious car accident at the beginning of July, but thank the Lord she has made a speedy and complete recovery.  The Psalmist reminds us to bless the Lord “and forget not all his benefits” – one of which is healing (Ps 103:2,4)

Today we reconvene at C’s with food and ideas for the winter months ahead.