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A group for the discovery of new activities and experiences.
We aim to do things other groups don’t!

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Forthcoming Events -

Thursday, 28 March 2019 - Visit to a local Gin Distillery - Gargrave, Skipton

Confirmed date of 28th March 2019

The visit on Thursday 28th February 2019 has been cancelled.

Adlams Gin

Are you a ‘Gin Aficionado?

We are going to visit a local Yorkshire gin distillery at Gargrave, near Skipton.

On arrival we will sample a G&T, followed by a short presentation.

We then take a look at the important part of the set-up – the still.

Then we retire upstairs for a buffet lunch and, guess what, another G&T.

As this distillery is small, there is a finite limit to the group number of 16.

Early reservation is recommended.

The visit cost is £20.00 per person, plus transport costs of course.

We have looked at the feasibility of travelling by train.

We can travel on the 10.18 am from Leeds non-stop to Gargrave to arrive at 11.02 am.

It is a 15 minute walk from Gargrave station to the distillery.

If you wish to come on this visit please email:


Thursday, 18 April 2019 - Saffron 7.00pm - Sherburn in Elmet

Saffron Restaurant
Authentic Indian & Bangladeshi Cuisine

Saffron Restaurant Authentic Indian & Bangladeshi Cuisine

On Thursday night there is currently a special fixed price three course menu at £11.95 per person.(Subject to change)

  • Choose any starter from the menu, (King prawn £1 extra)
  • Choose any main course from the menu, (King prawn, fish dishes and duck £2 extra)
  • Choose any rice or nan bread
  • Dessert of either ice cream or coffee

You can bring your own alcoholic drinks and Saffron will provide glasses.

If you would like to join us, please email:

Saffron Indian Restaurant
42 Low Street
Sherburn in Elmet
North Yorkshire
LS25 6BA
Tel: 01977 683 228


Saffron of Sherburn

Friday, 17 May 2019 - St Martins-on-the-Hill 9.00am - Scarborough

We are planning to visit
St Martin on the Hill in Scarborough.

The date for this visit has been rescheduled

20 members are going.

St Martins on the Hill

We will be having a tour and talk, followed by lunch in the church.

The tour is expected to last about an hour, depending upon how many questions we ask.

The cost of lunch, (soup, sandwiches cakes, tea/coffee) and a donation to the Friends of the church will be £10.00.

We will meet at The Eversley Park Centre at 9.00am, to car share.

We may be able to get some parking permits to park in the streets nearby, space permitting, or use the park and ride.

Completed in 1863 St Martin's Church was designed by George Bodley.

The church is famous in the area for its beauty and excellent examples of pre-Raphaelite stained glass.

Rapid urban development of The South Cliff that had taken place since 1845 leading to the construction of the High Victorian Church St Martin's.

Designed by George Frederick Bodley from Hull and commissioned by Miss Mary Craven, a spinster, also originally from Hull.

Miss Craven's generosity ensured the success of the project.

The designer Bodley employed the newly formed firm of Morris, Marshall, Faulkner and Company to complete the decoration and stained glass.

St Martin's was consecrated in July 1863.

The window designs are by William Morris, Sir Edward Burne-Jones, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Philip Webb and Ford Madox Brown.

The east wall and pulpit exhibit painting by Rossetti, Morris and Burne-Jones.

If you would like to join us, please email:

St Martin-on-the-Hill
Albion Road
North Yorkshire
YO11 2BY


More information at these links:

St Martin on the Hill

Freinds of St Martin on the Hill


We are preparing for a visit to RAF Fylingdales in June 2020.

They conduct visits for groups up to a maximum of 15 people and a minimum of 12.

These visits are available on Tuesday evenings only.

The visit starts at 7 pm and lasts for approximately two and a half hours.

There is a small charge for the visit; this money goes into a public account that funds welfare opportunities across the Station.

They currently have a huge demand for visitors and their programme is fully booked well in to 2020.

We have asked to be added to their waiting list.

Please consider the following restrictions placed on visitors:

  1. The SSPAR may cause issues for visitors who use hearing aids; any such person should be advised to seek advice from the manufacturer or supplier.
  2. Proximity to the SSPAR will cause issues for anyone fitted with a pacemaker and as such unfortunately we cannot accept anyone who uses one for health and safety reasons.
  3. The SSPAR is a multi-storey building with approximately double the amount of stairs between floors that you would find in the average domestic dwelling. In the event of emergency evacuation these are the only routes out. Therefore visitors with mobility problems will not be able to join the visit for health and safety reasons.
  4. We need to submit our group details approximately 8 weeks before any visit and cannot be changed at a later date.
  5. For security purposes they do not permit mobile phones, cameras, laptop computers, recording devices or any other form of electrical equipment to be brought into the SSPAR.
  6. Please be aware that visits can be cancelled at short notice due to operational commitments.

See more about RAF Fylingdales at this link

Group Leader(s)

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  • Alex Svenson
  • Mail Address
  • 01977 683514
  • 07712 649886
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  • Wendy Harvey
  • Mail Address
  • 01977 689338

Reports on past meetings -

Saffron - August 2018 (report by Alex Svenson)

Saffron - May 2018 (report by Alex Svenson)

University Challenge recordings - April 2018 (report by Wendy Harvey)

Jazz in the Spa - April 2018 (report by Alex Svenson)

Temperance Seven at Jazz in the Spa - October 2017 (report by Alex Svenson)

So you want to be in films? - October 2017 (report by Alex Svenson)

60's big Night Out - April 2017

Saffron - April 2017 (report by Alex Svenson)

Beverley & Hearing Dogs Centre or Burnby Hall - March 2017 (report by Wendy Harvey)

Houses of Parliament tour - February 2017 (report by Wendy Harvey)

Guided Tour of Selby Abbey - February 2017 (report by Alex Svenson)

Jazz in the Spa - November 2016 (report by Alex Svenson)

Whitby Goth Weekend November 2016 - November 2016 (report by Alex Svenson)

Saffron Restaurant - October 2016 (report by Alex Svenson)

International Fire Training Centre and Transporter Bridge - October 2016 (report by Wendy Harvey)

Sherburn Aero Club Talk and Lunch - September 2016 (report by Alex Svenson)

The Thai Sunshine Restaurant - August 2016 (report by Alex Svenson)

Ten Pin Bowling and China City Chinese Buffet Restaurant - July 2016 (report by Alex Svenson)

Jazz in the Spa - July 2016 (report by Alex Svenson)

Saffron Restaurant - June 2016 (report by Alex Svenson)

Walking Tour of York - May 2016 (report by Wendy Harvey)

West Yorkshire Astronomical Society Rosse Observatory at Carleton. - March 2016 (report by Lorna Pope)

MANCHESTER - November 2015 (report by Wendy Harvey)

Jazz at the Spa - November 2015 (report by Alex Svenson)

Jazz at the Burnside - November 2015

Bond Night at The Bon - October 2015 (report by Alex Svenson)

War Weekend - October 2015 (report by Alex Svenson)

Jazz in the Spa - August 2015 (report by Alex Svenson)

Jazz in the Spa - July 2015 (report by Alex Svenson)

Jazz in the Spa - May 2015 (report by Alex Svenson)

Caving - July 2014 (report by Silvia Mileham)

Castle Howard - December 2013

Ossett Brewery - October 2013

Hull Ale Trail - June 2013

Quiz Night 2013 - May 2013

Grand Kashmiri Buffet at Jinnah - April 2013

Jazz In The Spa - March 2013

Wetherby Treasure Hunt - September 2012

Jazz In The Spa - June 2012

Segway - June 2012 (report by Auto)

Ten Pin Bowling And Flaming Dragon - May 2012

Dawn Chorus - May 2012 (report by Di Sewell)

Itv Studios Salford Countdown March 2012 - March 2012 (report by Wendy Harvey)

Itv Studios Salford - February 2012 (report by Wendy Harvey)

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