Gatherers’ Winter Activities 2017 -18

Our Bring & Share meeting at C’s is a little earlier than usual – Saturday 10th February.  Still in the grip of winter and cold, northerly winds, we shall be planning outdoor activities for the summer sunshine.

The autumn programme kicked off with a Pudding and Poetry evening with yummy puddings to enjoy and our favourite poems to listen to and discuss.

S organised an enjoyable visit to the recently refurbished Piece Hall at Halifax, which included a guided tour round the four gates and other buildings.  We also went to the Art Gallery at Dean Clough, had tea at a café whose walls displayed and “Alice in Wonderland” theme and a meal at the Crown Imperial Hotel.

Three of us crossed the Pennines to Manchester on a jam-packed train and (with a fourth member) joined our friends Phil and Suzanne and headed to the Christmas Market, which spread over several areas of the city centre.  The highlight for me was sampling strȕdel and custard at the German part of the market.  We had a large mug of tea at St Ann’s Church where a young pianist entertained us with music.  At the John Rylands Library we saw the earliest surviving fragment of the New Testament (part of St John’s Gospel).  The day was rounded off with a Chinese meal at the Rice Bowl.

A number of us saw a performance of C S Lewis’s much loved tale “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” at the Playhouse… it was not long before we were ushered through the wardrobe into Narnia and permanent winter, beautifully depicted by the white lighting, until the mighty Aslan returned to the scene and ultimately sacrificed his life (to red lighting) … and gradually spring returned (green lighting).  This play is special to us as it reflects the Christian message.

Other events:

L’s 60th birthday celebration with Swinging Sixties music.  The Christmas party at “Castle H” (Leeds) – some tricky questions in the Christmas Quiz.  J hosted a Games Evening at which we whiled away a cold winter’s evening, enjoying food and games such as Giant Jenga and Ker-plunk and a very funny charades type game with play-dough.  A Sunday lunch at the New Inn, Eccup was followed by a pleasant walk in the Harewood Estate (seeing many deer).

Events still to come:

3rd March – a concert at St Chad’s Church given by the Leeds Symphony Orchestra including Barber Violin Concerto and Franck Symphony.

17th March – Northern Lights visit to Bronte Parsonage Museum,

24th March, a charity meal at Lesley’s newly refurbished “Patchett Palace” in Otley.

On the whole events have been well-attended and it has been good to welcome a number of new members.