Chelmsford YHA Group


Wednesday Meetings, Weekends Away & Other Events

December 2015

Wednesday 2nd December

Room 101

Dave J

So, if you could remove any one irritation from your life, what would it be? And if it came to a vote, how would you persuade others that you are right? Slack-jawed time-wasters in the supermarket? Noisy mobiles in the cinema? Dave will provide the theme, you provide the justification for the thing you find insufferable. An evening of catharsis.

The Rose and Crown, Great Waltham

Sunday 6th December

Great Waltham Sunday Walk & Lunch


Meet at the Gt Waltham village car park (South Street CM3 1DF, just off Chelmsford Road) at 10:30am for a walk of about 6 miles ending up at 2pm at the Rose and Crown for lunch. Let Jim know ASAP if you want to eat, as we’ll need to book well in advance – it’s a Christmas menu, £16.50 for 2 courses.

Wednesday 9th December

Committee meeting

Planning events for March and trips for next Summer. Please feel free to join us, we’ll be at The Crown in Sandon.

Christmas Party, Chignal St James Village Hall

Saturday 12th December

Christmas Party


Our party will be the usual mix of food, competitions and dancing.

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 CYHA and the caption competition. The rules are that the photos must be of a YHA event in the last 12 months and we suggest a maximum of 2 entries per category per person.

Please bring contributions for a bring-and-share buffet and also any unwanted gifts or donations for the raffle.

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.

Let Cress know if you’re coming and what food you’re bringing. The fun starts from 7.30pm. Bring your own drinks.

Wednesday 16th December

The Nutcracker


A bit of Christmas Culture with The Royal Ballet’s classic production of The Nutcracker live from the Royal Opera House. Follow Clara on a magical journey through the Kingdom of Sweets and the Land of Snow, with dancing toy soldiers and sugar plums. Instant Christmas!

7.15pm at the Cramphorn Theatre in Chelmsford. Tickets £14. Money to Dave P.

Wednesday 23rd December

The Cricketers


Join Mike & Cress for a Christmassy drink at The Cricketers in Moulsham Street (CM2 0JT) from 8:30pm.

December in the Brecon Beacons

Monday 28th December 2015 to
Sunday 3rd January 2016

New Year in the Brecon Beacons

Dave P

The Brecon Bunkhouse at Cwmfforest Farm is in the heart of the Black Mountains area of the Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales, famous for its wild mountains and rugged terrain. There is fantastic walking, right from the front door, and there's a great pub a short stroll from the bunkhouse.

The bunkhouse has central heating, a well-equipped kitchen with a catering stove, a spacious dining room and a large separate lounge with comfortable sofas and a wood-burning stove. Beds have a bottom sheet, pillow and pillow-case, and a blanket. You need to bring is a sleeping bag or duvet.

Directions: From Abergavenny, turn up onto the A479 at the Nant-y-Fin Cider Mill. Look for a sign on the right "Trans Wales Trails Cwmfforest Riding Centre" about ten minutes drive up the road – if you see the Castle Inn, you have gone too far. Turn right into the lane, drive down the hill, around a hairpin bend, past a couple of gates on the left, and at the bottom of the hill you will see the farm. There is no sign for the bunkhouse - it's situated on the left as you drive into the farm. It’s a riding centre too, you will drive under a big sign saying 'Trans Wales Trails'. Postcode is LD3 0EU.

Deposit £40 please to book your place. Total cost will be about £25 per day (for bed and all meals), plus about £25 petrol contribution for those sharing lifts from Essex.

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

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