Chelmsford YHA Group


Wednesday Meetings, Weekends Away & Other Events

December 2023

South Downs Way above Southease

Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd December

YHA South Downs


Staying at YHA South Downs, at Southease, a refurbished Sussex farmhouse in an enviable location right on the South Downs Way. Ideal for walking in the rolling Sussex countryside. Brighton is just a 25 minute train journey away too, with Southease station on the hostel's doorstep.

The hostel is on the A26 between Lewes and Newhaven; postcode BN8 6JS.

Deposit £48 please.

Wednesday 6th December

Photo Competition


We're looking for your photos of CYHA events from the last year. Please send your entries in advance by 22 November. Max 3 photos per category, but as many captions as you like. Either emailed to Ali or posted directly onto the CYHA Facebook page. Please include #PhotoComp2023 in your post, plus the hashtag for the category as below. Use comments to add captions. We will be looking at Facebook "likes" to determine a shortlist for voting on Zoom tonight.

·    #BestLandscape

·    #BestPortrait

·    #SpiritofCYHA

·    #CaptionCompetition

Sunday 10th December

Walk: Hatfield Peverel


Meet at Hatfield Peverel playing fields, CM3 2LS, at 10:30am for a walk of about 8 miles to Papermill Lock and back. Please bring lunch, but there should be tea and cake available from Paper Mill Lock café.

Highlights include the rivers Ter & Chelmer, Hatfield Peverel Priory and Nounsley village.

Wednesday 13th December


Join us on Zoom to talk about events for April and trips for the later in the summer.

Christmas Party, Chignal St James Village Hall

Saturday 16th December

Christmas Party


Our annual Christmas Party at Chignal St James Village Hall. The fun starts from 7:30pm.

Please contact Cress if you want to come so we can make some attempt to coordinate the bring-and-share buffet. We're planning a raffle, quiz and dancing. Bring your own drinks and your dancing shoes.

To find it (grid ref TL665108, see map or What3Words ///perform.paler.file) 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 hall is on the left after almost 2 miles.

Wednesday 20th December

Pub Night – The Tulip


Join us for a Xmas drink at the Tulip in Arbour Lane, Springfield, CM1 7SF. We’ll be in the bar from about 8:30pm.

Wednesday 27th December 2023 to Monday 1st January 2024

New Year in Cheddar, Somerset

Dave P

We're renting "The Barton", which is a self-contained annexe of YHA Cheddar hostel in Somerset.

We can walk in the Mendip Hills and the Somerset Levels, visit the caves, the gorge and the cheese shops. The cities of Bath and Bristol, and the seaside resort of Weston-super-Mare, are only a few miles away.

All bedding is provided.

Directions: From the A371, at the War Memorial turn left if coming from Axbridge or right from Wells into "The Hayes". The hostel is on the left immediately after the school. We're in the annex opposite the main building. Postcode BS27 3HN. OS Grid Ref: ST455534. What3Words ///option.tastes.districts

Cost will be around £45 per night including all meals, so £225 if you stay all 5 nights. Deposit £90 to book your bed please.

Note: Unless otherwise stated, Wednesday events start at 8.30pm on Zoom. Please get in touch for joining instructions.

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