GATHERERS   October 2014 – March 2015

Good food, culture and a laugh is an apt summary of our activities over the winter.  8 of us made a trip to Harrogate in October and enjoyed a French meal and a performance of Oliver Goldsmith’s comedy “She Stoops to Conquer”.

A visit to the West Yorkshire Playhouse on a wintry January afternoon proved to be equally popular and, appropriately, we saw Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas”, an enjoyable musical comedy of much loved songs and romance, set in the aftermath of the 2nd World War.  We then made our way to Cais Bellow’s for an Italian meal.

We organised a trip to the Showcase Cinema, where we followed the fortunes of a much-loved bear from the depths of his native Peru to cosmopolitan London, where he narrowly escaped capture.  He avoided being stuffed for an exhibition at the Natural History Museum.  Yes – Paddington.  Again we sampled Italian food; this time at Bella Italia.

Winter was generally kind to us, but we had to cross an “ice rink” to get from the car to A’s house in Bradford for the Christmas party (freezing rain). All the same, we had a good evening; after a splendid spread of food, we had a lively game of charades.

Other events included an outing to York to visit the Castle Museum (we escaped the dungeons!) and a sumptuous three course dinner (in aid of charity) at A’s in Leeds.  Also a visit to Temple Newsam to see  an exhibition of Grayson Perry tapestries.  A visit to Slaithwaite to see the Moonraking Festival(!) We had a games evening at “Castle Howard” (in Leeds!) where we played Who’d be a Millionaire and Jenga.  Never has a group of us been so silent – the anticipation of people trying to safely remove a brick from Jenga!  There was also a Sunday lunch on Otley Chevin.

A concert at St Chad’s Church, Leeds, given by the Leeds Symphony Orchestra, included Symphonic Dances from West Side Story and a piano concerto for left hand (only!) by Ravel.  Caroline is a member of the Orchestra, playing the violin.

It has been good to have several new members at our events, which have been well attended.

Today is a “Bring and Share” evening – food and thoughts for the summer programme.  More good events coming up!