Gatherers’ Summer Activities April – Sep 2016

The highlight of the last six months must surely be Saturday 2nd July when we celebrated Caroline’s 60th birthday at Scholes Village Hall – a light spacious (recently renovated) hall in a secluded spot away from the main street. 42 folk, mostly from Gatherers, came to the ceilidh, danced the evening out, enjoyed the spread of food and each other’s company.

We were at Burnby Hall Gardens, Pocklington in June, where were joined by our friends from Christian Singles Mix and walked around the lake. The lilies were at their best and there was an abundance of carp and roach in the lake, who enjoyed nothing more than being thrown bread. The Stewart family owned the Hall 200 years ago and there was a museum with exhibits of their foreign travels – for instance, grizzly bears from their wild animal hunts. The day was rounded off with a meal at Pocklington’s oldest inn – The Feathers.

David took us to the Arboretum at Thorpe Perrow in N Yorks. We saw a splendid flying display, including an owl, a jackdaw and a falcon which soared high above the trees and hovered round before making a swift descent. Our return journey took us through the market town of Masham where we stopped for a meal and had time to visit the church.

The weather, which had been good to us on the above two outings did not keep up when we went to see the outdoor performance of “The Importance of Being Ernest” at Temple Newsam. We ended up watching under canvas on a showery seemingly autumnal evening. But it was an enjoyable performance.
Other events have included:

Sunday lunch in the vintage Calverly Arms followed by a 3 mile walk round the village and Calverley Woods
A day at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park organised by the Northern Lights

An evening of comedy and laughter at Harrogate Theatre, where we say Alan Aykbourn’s “Round and Round the Garden”

A concert at St Chad’s Church, Leeds, given by the Leeds Symphony Orchestra

A barbecue at Lesley’s in Otley

A visit to the Yorks Wildlife Park (near Doncaster). We had a safari among many exotic and interesting animals.
The summer months have sped by – we’ve now had the time to bring and share food and ideas for the winter months. Watch out for the next interesting programme!