As a Retirement Fellowship the well-being of our members is one of our prime concerns. The Branch has a Welfare Team which is led by a Co-ordinator. Their role is to maintain contact with members who are ill or in hospital. In addition to sending cards they visit them at home or in hospital taking small gifts of flowers or fruit and the best wishes of the Branch..
We have a wide variety of Speakers who give talks on subjects that range from the informative to the light-hearted and amusing.
More information about these and other events are on the “Programmes” page
Outings and Holidays Programme
In December we will once again be going to The Old Swan Hotel for our Christmas Lunch
Each June we have a Social Meeting. Details are on our “Programmes” page.
This group was launched in 2011 for members to enjoy a three-to-four mile stroll on the first Wednesday of the month. For further details please telephone Marian Darwen on 01423 889566
The current programme is on the “Programmes” page
When one of our members dies we send a donation to any that is charity nominated by the family of the deceased.
For 2016/17 we have chosen “Hearing Dogs for the Deaf” as our nominated charity.
In previous years we have sent donations to:
Carers’ Resource, The Alzheimer’s Society, CETA (Chris’s Ependymoma Treatment Appeal), Harrogate Homeless Project, Martin House Hospice, St. Michael’s Hospice, the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Guide Dogs for the Blind and The Women’s Refuge, Harrogate.
Our group meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month to enjoy a five-to-six mile walk in the lovely countryside around Harrogate. As well as being a good way to keep fit and healthy, we also enjoy the like-minded companionship. Members who have cars give lifts to those who do not, which enables us to be independent of public transport.
Each January we have a planning meeting at which the year’s potential walks are discussed and a planned programme is agreed. Our yearly programme is posted on the “Programmes” page.
The outings organised by our Social Events Group are varied and are enjoyed by many of our members.
“I joined the Retirement Fellowship because I am a retired employee of the NHS in Darlington and have bought a house in Harrogate, hoping to re-locate in the future. I thought it would be an excellent opportunity to meet some friends before my move. Members of Harrogate Branch have made me feel very welcome. I also joined the walking group which I thoroughly enjoy, and the monthly meetings which are most entertaining.”
Why I enjoy the Fellowship....
During 2017 we visited Saltaire and although the weather was not good, we all enjoyed looking round the mill and the town. Following our visit to Thirsk and the guided tour of the James Herriot Museum, we went to Brymor Ice Creams, where we are able to sample their various delicious ice creams.
In July we visited Kendal followed by a visit to Sizergh Castle and in September we spent the day in Beamish Open Air Museum.
In October we travelled to Durham where we had a conducted tour of the magnificent Cathedral. It is the only Cathedral in the country which does not charge an admission fee, so helping the running costs. visitors are able to buy a £1 Lego building brick to help build a replica of the Cathedral. In all it took 300,000 bricks and all were sold.
Despite very bad weather in December, which delayed our departure, we visited Kiplin Hall which was decorated for an Edwardian Country House Christmas and this was followed by a very well received Christmas lunch at Mainsgill Farm Shop.
Our Summer Lunch had a slightly different format when we spent a day at Tennants Auction Rooms in Leyburn. The Summer Social was held at the Crown Hotel and was enjoyed by all and our Christmas Lunch was held at the Old Swan Hotel.
There was a visit to the Pantomime at the Harrogate Theatre which was followed by fish and chips at Graveleys. We visited the Grand Theatre in Leeds to see “Evita”, “Mama Mia”, and “Dreamboats & Petticoats” as well as visits to Harrogate Theatre to see “Betty Blue Eyes” and “Old Time Music Hall”. We hope this is the beginning of a regular event for theatre goers.
Our 2017 holiday was to Llandudno – 30 members enjoyed the good weather and outings in the area.