Chelmsford YHA Group


Wednesday Meetings, Weekends Away & Other Events

October 2002

Wednesday 2nd October

Pub Night - The White Horse

Dave J

Beer. White Horse, Townfield Street, Chelmsford, nr. Railway Station (grid ref TL705072, see map, use car park in Glebe Rd).

Saturday 5th October

George's Birthday

Dave J

Our annual homage to George's increasing years generally involves increasing our waistlines courtesy of the delicious grub at the Three Elms pub. Everyone is welcome provided they let George know they are coming so he can book a big enough table. As George is notoriously hard to get hold of, Dave J has volunteered to take numbers. Be sure to contact Dave by 27th Sept at the very latest if you are interested in coming. 8.00 for 8.30pm at the Three Elms, Chignal St.James.

The pub is at grid ref TL675096, 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. The Three Elms is on the right after another mile.

Wednesday 9th October

Ten-Pin Bowling


There are 2 lanes booked for 12 people. So please let Lynn know if you would like one of those spaces. First come first served. If demand is great we will try and get another lane. Megabowl, Tattershall Way, Widford Industrial Estate, Chelmsford (see map).

Go ApeSaturday 12th October

Go Ape in the Forest


"Adventure Forest": Discover the pleasures of Aerial Trekking high above the forest floor. Travel from tree to tree through the heart of Thetford Forest using rope bridges, scramble nets, bosun's chairs etc. No special skill required and safety lifelines are used at all times. You must be taller than 4'7".

Meet at the High Lodge Forest Centre just off the B1107 East of Brandon for 11am (to be kitted out for an 11:30 start). It is very important to let Marion know if you want to come as she needs to confirm numbers by October 5th at the latest.

Cost will be about £12.50 per person.

Wednesday 16th October

How to Travel Light


We might not all be going off to trek in Venezuela, but there is something for us all to learn in how to pack your pack. Just which luggage items are truly essential? which can you live without? is it really necessary to hollow out your toothbrush?

More of our members are travelling independently to different parts of the world. Here is an opportunity to have an informal evening where we can get together and share ideas about travelling, how to pack, precautions while travelling etc. Come along with any hints or tips that you may have or anecdotes from your travelling experiences.

St. Briavels Castle hostel Friday 18th to Sunday 20th October

St. Briavel's Castle

Dave J

The hostel is a moated Norman Castle nestling in the Forest of Dean in the pretty Wye valley on the English/Welsh border. Once King John's hunting lodge, the hostel has a prison chapel, hanging room and banquet hall. There is some dramatic walking country offering superlative views of the Costwolds, the Bristol Channel, the wooded chasm of the Wye Gorge, immense cliffs and limesone pinnacles and includes the highest river gorge in Britain (over 800 feet).

Other attracions are Chepstow Castle, Tintern Abbey, Symonds Yat (boat trips, maze,craft shops) and the Forest of Dean railway.

It is also an opportunity to join Dave celerbrating(?) his significant birthday - the one between 30 and 50.

I am also planning to give the evening meal a medievel look - any recipe suggestions much appreciated.'

Total cost about £42. Deposit £23 to book your bed.

Sunday 20th October

Charity Walk


If you are not living it up with the rest of us at St Briavels you might be interested in taking part in the sponsored walk in aid of Interact. Walk from Maldon to Chelmsford, 10, 5.5 or 2 miles. Interact will be providing free transport to the start of each walk. If you are interested contact Ann (above) or Interact.

Wednesday 23rd October


Our Annual General Meeting. Please attend if humanly possible. We'll be reviewing club activities and membership for the last year, voting on the Committee and discussing the future of the group from events to subscription rates.

Everyone is encouraged to attend. If you have any motions you would like to put before the group, please forward them to Jim Dixon (Acting Secretary).

CyclistSunday 27th October

Tour de Saffron Walden

Dave P

It may not have the romance of France, but the gently rolling hills around Saffron Walden are ideal for cycling. We will doubtless also be sampling several of the fine hostelries in the area en route. Meet at 11am in the car park of Audley End Station (by village of Wendons Ambo, 2 miles south west of Saffron Walden; heading north from Newport on B1383 turn left on B1039, see map). Please let Dave know if you're coming.

Wedensday 30th October

Halloween Night


Don't let the kids have all the fun - get into the spirit of Halloween with a spot of pumpkin carving and apple bobbing. Bring pumpkins, knives, drink and nibbles to share.

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

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