GATHERERS October 2016 – March 2017

The winter months have sped by, packed with several varied and enjoyable events and now spring is almost here, with crocuses and daffodils blossoming.
In October we went to a Harvest Celebration at Menston Parish Church, with songs, musical accompaniment including a harp, poems and readings reflecting the season.
Once again we went to the bonfire at the local rugby club at Alwoodley, a stone’s throw away from “Castle Howard”. After an excellent firework display, we rounded the evening off with a jacket potato, hot drink and parkin at Howard’s.

A games evening at Howard’s in February was also very well-attended; good food and fun with Cluedo, “Who’d be a Millionaire?” and “Floundered”

The highlight (for me) was our outing to Grassington in December, where we spent the afternoon strolling round the Christmas market, imagining we were living in the time of Dickens, 200 years ago; a brass band gave a performance; there was a lantern procession at 4.00, carol singing and tea and warm mince-pies available in the Church Hall. We rounded the afternoon off with a meal at the Foresters Arms before heading homewards.

Helen had a house-warming in her new home in Grosmont. Several of us made the journey over the bleak North York Moors to be there and meet her friends from the locality. The house, formerly the Victorian Grosmont Literary Institute, has been tastefully renovated. We were entertained by a pianist in the beautiful lounge and enjoyed an excellent spread of food and wine.

Other events included:
Ten pin bowling at Kirkstall
Christmas party at Angela’s in Bradford
A New Year Brunch at Jean’s followed by a walk with historical connections.
A trip to the Showcase cinema to see La La Land
Sunday lunch at the oldest pub in England – the Bingley Arms at Bardsey
A concert at St Chad’s given by the LSO (incluing Swan Lake, Pictures at an Exhibition and a Guitar Concerto by Manuel Ponce, with Craig Ogden as soloist.