Chelmsford YHA Group


Wednesday Meetings, Weekends Away & Other Events

February 2012

Wednesday 1st February

Pub Night: The Cock Inn


Join Jim from about 8:30pm for a drink at the Cock Inn, High Street, Stock, CM4 9BJ.

Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th February 2012

Wetherdown Hostel

Wetherdown, East Meon, Hampshire


Wetherdown Lodge is a comfortable and relatively modern independent hostel in a former naval base on the South Downs, just a few steps from the South Downs National Trail, three miles south of the picturesque village of East Meon.

You can walk to Old Winchester Hill with its Iron Age fort in one direction, or to Butser Hill (highest point on the South Downs) in the other direction.

There's also the possibility of sightseeing trips around Portsmouth, perhaps a visit to the Historic Dockyard, the Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower at Gosport, the Royal Arouries at Fort Nelson on Portsdown Hill, or the impressive Porchester Castle.

Most rooms are small 3 bedded rooms, and there some twin rooms too.

The hostel is at the Sustainability Centre, Droxford Road, East Meon, GU32 1HR. Take A3 from London/Petersfield; shortly after Queen Elizabeth Country Park, take a left turn - sign posted Clanfield. The road then doubles back under the A3. At the Rising Sun Pub turn right (there is a brown sign signposted The Sustainabilitiy Centre). Follow the road for about 2 miles - the last mile is up hill through woods. At the top of the hill  turn left by a cottage onto the Droxford Road. Continue for about 400 yds and the Centre is on the left  Grid Ref SU 676 189, see map.

Deposit of £46 will book you bed and breakfast (total cost expected to be about £68).

Wednesday 8th February

Theatre: Man & Boy


Chelmsford Theatre Workshop is staging Man and Boy by Terence Rattigan at the The Old Court Theatre. Man and Boy is a study of a ruthless, sociopathic businessman: his inability to love and the impact of this on others (notably, his son and his wife). The central character was loosely based on the lives of two well known business moguls of the thirties, but today’s audiences may notice the character’s resemblance to Robert Maxwell.

Tickets cost £8 and are available either from the Civic Theatre box office, or on the door. The Old Court Theatre is located on Springfield Road, just opposite the prison. Performance starts 7.45pm.

Wednesday 15th February

Committee Meeting

We’ll be looking at walks and Wednesdays for May – please come along and share your ideas.

Sunday 19th February

Thorndon Country Park Walk


A walk in Thorndon Country Park. Meet at the north visitor centre at 10.30am. We expect to visit a pub, but best to bring sandwiches for lunch.

Directions: From A128 between Brentwood and Herongate follow signs to Thorndon Country Park North Visitor Centre. Grid ref TQ608916. See map.

Wednesday 22nd February

Pancake Wednesday


Not had enough pancakes yet? Everyone is welcome at Jane and Gordon's house for an evening tossing and noshing from about 7.30pm. Bring some ingredients to share.

Walking on the Great Wall

Wednesday 29th February

Great Wall of China Slideshow

Dave P

Heat, dust and an awful lot of Wall. Join us for the full trekking experience plus the splendours of Beijing.

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

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