Chelmsford YHA Group


Wednesday Meetings, Weekends Away & Other Events

December 2004

Wednesday 1st December

Pub Night

Dave J

Join us for a cosy evening of beer and chat at

The Queens Head is in Lower Anchor Street, Chelmsford and we'll be there from about 8.30pm. (Grid Ref TL702063, see map)

Wednesday 8th December

The Hancock Tapes


Christmas just isn't Christmas without Anthony Aloysius St John Hancock and the exotic wonders of East Cheam. If you've never heard of Tony Hancock and the comedy of Galton & Simpson, prepare your self for a real treat.

Sunday 12th December

Writtle Walk



Chase those winter blues away with some fresh air, exercise and ale in the delightful environs of Writtle. Meet at 10:30am in the Writtle village car park (by the Green, grid ref TL678063, see map) for a leisurely 5 mile walk taking in The Duck at Newney Green for lunch and The Wheatsheaf in Writtle for our post walk refreshments. Please let Cressida know you're coming by 8th December.

Wednesday 15th December

Committee Meeting

We will be trip planning for the Spring and organising Wednesday evening activities for February/March. Everybody welcome!

Saturday 18th December

The Christmas Dinner


Fresh from her Antarctic adventures, Helen will be encouraging us to build up a bit of blubber with our annual Christmas feast at Chignall St. James Village Hall (3 miles from Chelmsford). The tables will be groaning with all the turkeys, crisply roasted spuds and succulent veg you'd expect, along with George's Polish specialities of beetroot borsch and fish & sauerkraut. We normally manage about 5 courses for £6, but only with the aid of willing helpers to assist with the shopping, peeling & roasting. Please contact Helen to volunteer.

To find it (grid ref TL665108, see map), take the A1060 (Rainsford Rd./Roxwell Rd.) out of Chelmsford; turn right at lights into Chignall Rd., after 1 mile turn left (Mashbury Rd) signposted Chignall St. James. Hall is on the left after almost 2 miles.

Be there for 7.30pm. Bring your own drinks.

Please note that due to the size of the venue numbers are strictly capped at 50 (unless you're prepared to eat from newspaper in the car park). £6 to Dave P will guarantee your place; please say if you want the vegetarian option.

Wednesday 22nd December

Annual Photo Competition


If you can still move after Saturday's dinner, drag yourself down to the Y for an evening looking over images of the year's events. We traditionally operate 4 categories: Best Portrait, Best Landscape, Best Caption and Spirit of YHA.

The only rule is that the picture must be of a CYHA event that has taken place since 1st Nov 2003. All formats are acceptable, although for viewing purposes it's preferred if digital and slide images are printed.

Monday 27th December

Bank Holiday Walk


What could be a nicer way to work off the Christmas excess than an enjoyable walk in the countryside?

If you are not going to Wales on the group trip, but feel in need of some fresh air and exercise, please join James and myself on Bank Holiday Monday, 27th December.

We haven't worked out a route yet, but it's likely to be in the Hanningfield area, a modest distance of 5 - 6 miles to finish off at a local hostelry with a roaring log fire and refreshments. If you are interested it is important to let me know by 24th December, so I can give you more information as to where and when to meet.

27th December 2004 to 3rd January 2005

New Year Trip to the Black Mountains


Skirrid (Ysgyryd Fawr) - view from the bunkhouse

We will be staying at Smithy’s Bunkhouse in the Black Mountains within the Brecon Beacons National Park, South Wales. Located on a working hill farm near the small village of Pantygelli, two miles north of the historic market town of Abergavenny, and just below the slopes of Sugar Loaf, the bunkhouse has a splendid view of Skirrid mountain. It is fully equipped with bunk beds, showers, kitchen, drying room, heating etc. The pub is just five minutes walk away.

Stay for the full week, or just join us for the New Year bank holiday weekend. The cost will be no more than £14 per night (including food), plus around £19 to the petrol fund for those sharing lifts from the Chelmsford area. . You need to bring a sleeping bag.

Directions: At Pantygelli, turn opposite the Crown Inn to Lower House Farm, Grid ref SO304178, see map.

Please let Tom know as soon as possible which nights you wish to stay, whether you are willing to cook a meal, and if you can offer or need a lift.

Deposit £30 to Dave to book a bed.

See some pictures of our visit in 1998

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

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