Chelmsford YHA Group


Wednesday Meetings, Weekends Away & Other Events

December 2012

Friday 30th November to Sunday 2nd December

Cambridge Hostel

Weekend in Cambridge


Enjoy riverside walks, visit museums and art galleries, see beautiful architecture, explore quaint passages set around the historic market place and colleges, relax in the many pubs and cafes.

We're staying at YHA Cambridge, a Victorian town house, just a few minutes walk from the city centre.

Deposit £30 to book a bed please.

Wednesday 5th December

Pub Night – The Endeavour

Dave J

Join us at this traditional community pub in Springfield Road, CM2 6AW from about 8:30pm to delight in their fine array of real ales.

Wednesday 12th December

Committee Meeting

We’ll be planning Wednesday evenings for March and trips away for late Summer.

Saturday 15th December

Christmas Party


Repeating last year’s successful format, we are again inviting you all to Chignal St James Village Hall for a bring-and-share buffet.

We will be holding our annual photo competition at the start of the evening with the usual categories of:

· Best Portrait

· Best Landscape

· Spirit of YHA

· The caption competition

So please bring prints of your best photos of the last year to share with everyone.

Dave & Helen will be hosting a quiz whilst we tuck into our buffet, then we’ll launch into an evening of music and dancing.

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.

We’ll be asking for a donation of about £2 each on the evening to cover hire of the hall.

Please bring a contribution for the buffet and bring your own drinks. Let Cress know if you’re coming so we can do some coordination of the grub. The fun starts from 7.30pm.

Wednesday 19th December

Dentelles de Montmirail

Provence Slide Show

Dave P

Re-live those balmy days spent basking by the pool in the south of France last June by bringing along your pictures to share. If you spent your Jubilee bank holiday watching the Queen in the rain, come and see how the other half live.

Please bring pics on a memory stick.


Derwent, Glenbrook Centre

Thursday 27th Dec 2012 to Tuesday 1st Jan 2013

New Year Trip to the Peak District

Dave P

We are staying at Glenbrook Outdoor Activities Centre, which is between the villages of Hope and Hathersage in the beautiful Derbyshire Peak District. An excellent base for walking and exploring the Peaks, easily accessible by road or rail, and close enough for nights out in Sheffield.

We have booked the 'Derwent' building which we last used for our 2005/2006 New Year trip. This purpose-built accommodation has a large hall, comfortable dormitories, well-equipped kitchen, showers and full central heating.

Bedding: Pillows and blankets are provided, but you need to bring a sleeping bag and pillow case.

How to get there: Glenbrook is on the north side of the A6187 (formerly A625) Hathersage to Castleton road, between the Rising Sun Hotel and the Travellers Rest. OS map sheet 110 grid ref SK191828, postcode S33 0AL, see map. You can also get there by train - both Bamford and Hope stations are 1½ miles away.

Turn right in front the main Glenbrook House, 'Derwent' is the huge tent-shaped building. Parking by the house is limited, so leave your car in the car park at the bottom of the drive.

Deposit £35 to book a bed please. Estimated total cost about £19 per night for bed and all meals, so £95 if you stay all 5 nights, plus a contribution of around £28 to the petrol fund if you want to share lifts from Essex.

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

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