Gatherers Summer 2017
The hottest weekend coincided with a street party to commemorate the life of Jo Cox (MP for Batley & Spen) who was tragically killed a year ago. The sun beat down on us (a contrast to last year’s party spent in the same location under umbrellas on a grey wet afternoon!).
12 of us went to Grosmont at the beginning of July. We were warmly welcomed and enjoyed a splendid lunch (homemade quiche with celery salad) after which we had a 10 minute train ride up the valley to Goathland, behind a vintage steam engine. Nostalgia! There was time for a brief look round the Heartbeat village and to search for “church mice” before a 3 mile back along the Esk Trail. This started with a visit to a large waterfall, Malyan Spout, which took a little climbing to reach it. The day was rounded off with a meal at the Station Tavern in Grosmont.
Four of us stayed for the weekend and went to Whitby Evangelical Church and had a fish and chip lunch afterwards.
The weather turned decidedly autumnal in August and it was hardly a day to be outside for the performance of Northanger Abbey at Roundhay Park – a cloudy afternoon with blustery wind. Nevertheless, the audience enjoyed acting out a thunderstorm at the start of the second half. We were divided into 4 groups – thunder, lightning, rain and hail.
The BBQ at “Castle Howard” (Leeds) had better weather and was well attended (19 folk). It pleasant enough to sit outside. And at Bolton Abbey 14 of us enjoyed an afternoon of warm sunshine, with a picnic followed by a longer or shorter walk in the lovely countryside and an excellent meal at Linton afterwards.
Other events included: a trip to Renishaw Hall in Derbyshire, Hull, the city of culture and freedom, and Goddard House – the home of the Terrys (of chocolate fame). Also an attendance at a singles weekend at Scargill House (the Christian conference centre in the heart of Wharfedale), a concert at St Chad’s Church by the LSO with pieces by Mozart and Wagner, and the Ravel Piano Concerto, soloist William Green.
It has been great to welcome several new members to our events over the last few months.