Chelmsford YHA Group


Wednesday Meetings, Weekends Away & Other Events

April 2014

Queens Head

Wednesday 2nd April

Pub Night – The Queen’s Head


Join Andrew for a drink at one of our favourite Chelmsford pubs, the Queen’s Head, Lower Anchor Street, CM2 0AS (see map). We’ll be propping up the bar from about 8:30pm.

White Notley

Sunday 6th April

White Notley Walk

Carol K

Join us for an approx. 6 mile walk around White Notley/Cressing followed by lunch at approx. 1.30 in the Cross Keys pub at White Notley.  Please let Carol know by 23rd March if you wish to book a place for lunch.  Meet for walk at 10:32 at White Notley station. 

Note there is no car park at the station, roadside parking is possible in Vicarage Avenue, OS map 183 GR 787182 (post code CM8 1SA) see map, which is a 5 min walk from the station.  For those who wish to come by train the 10.11 from Chelmsford, with a change at Witham, arrives White Notley at 10.32 (hence precise start time!).

Wednesday 9th April

Committee Meeting

Either join us or send in your ideas for future trips & events. Everybody welcome.

Thursday 17th April to Tuesday 22nd April

Easter Trip to the Lake District

Dave P

Hawse End and Derwent Water

We have booked Hawse End Cottage for 5 nights, near Portinscale in the Lake District. The location is outstanding, at the foot of Catbells, on the shore of Derwent Water. Easy access to both Borrowdale and Newlands Valley, you can walk the Newlands Horseshoe from the door, about 3 miles to walk to Keswick, and the Keswick Launch calls at Hawse End giving lots of options for walks around the lake.

Directions: From Penrith and the M6 – Take Exit 40 and follow A66 follow road signposted for Portinscale, just west of Keswick junction. Follow the road through Portinscale continuing for approx. 3 miles following signs for Hawse End Centre. Pass the Derwentwater Marina and go straight on past two right hand signposts to Ullock and Stair. The turning to the centre is on the left directly opposite the Swinside Lodge Hotel. Follow this drive along to Hawse End Centre, the Cottage is further along the road (postcode CA12 5UE, grid ref NY250210, see map).

All bed-linen is provided.

Some of us are planning to extend the trip until 27th April with a few days hostel-to-hostel trekking taking in Langdale, Wasdale, Ennerdale and Buttermere. Please let Dave know as soon as possible if you’re interested in this option.

£40 deposit to book a bed please (there are fewer beds than we had last year, so book early to avoid disappointment!). Total cost will be about £20 per night including meals, plus £45 towards petrol for those sharing lifts from Essex.

Wednesday 23rd April

Curry Night – Coach & Horses


Join Jim at the Coach and Horses in Billericay for one of their special curry nights. £9.95 gets you a trio of curries to try, which is probably enough for two people. Meet at 7:30pm (Chapel Street, CM12 9LU, near Waitrose).

Let Jim know by 9th April (i.e. before Easter) if you want to come.

Wednesday 30th April

Mitch Benn at the Cramphorn Theatre


We have managed to secure some tickets to "Mitch Benn Is The 37th Beatle" at the Cramphorn Theatre in Fairfield Road, Chelmsford. Any of you familiar with the comedian from his appearances on Radio 4’s the Now Show will surely want to join us. £13 to Dave P will get you a ticket – whilst stocks last!

The show starts at 8pm.

Note: Unless otherwise stated, Wednesday events start at 8.30pm at the YMCA in Victoria Road, Chelmsford

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