Introduction.

Branch Activities.

Programmes.

Walking Programmes.

Healthy Walkers.

Healthy Strollers.

Meeting Reports.

Conferences.

Social Events.

Snippets.

Snippets 2.

Contacts.

Photo Album.

Welfare
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..
Monthly Meetings
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
Branch Activities
Outings and Holidays Programme
Christmas
In December we will once again be going to The Old Swan Hotel  for our Christmas Lunch
Social Meetings
Each June we have a Social Meeting.  Details are on our “Programmes page.
Healthy Strollers
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
Donations
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.
Healthy Walkers
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 Coordinator 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.”
Our Welfare Team
Attendees at the Social

During 2016 we visited The York Chocolate Experience where we sampled the various products and also we each made a chocolate lollipop to bring home.  After lunch we had a guided tour round Fairfax House. Following our visit to Kiplin Hall, we were able to sit in Richmond Market Place eating our ice creams.

July saw us visit Raby Castle and High Force Waterfall and in September we took the North Yorkshire Moors Railway to Whitby where we spent the afternoon. During the journey, the sun shone all the way, but as soon as we arrived in Whitby the heavens opened and the rain did not stop until we got on the coach to come home.  Nevertheless, everyone thoroughly enjoyed the day.

In October we went to Chester where members either stayed in Chester for sightseeing and shopping, or carried onto Chester Zoo.

Later in the year we went to Skipton and then on to Boundary Mills for Christmas Shopping.

The Mystery Trip was very popular.  The weather and the countryside were both beautiful and, as usual, the WI tea was enjoyed by all.

We went to see  “Sweet Charity” and “Annie” at Harrogate Theatre and we hope to expand our theatre programme during the coming years.

Our 2016 holiday was to Tenby.   Thirty five members enjoyed Welsh hospitality and kindness, whilst they did a lot of sightseeing and although it was a long and tiring journey each way, everyone agreed it was well worth it.  

Why I enjoy the     Fellowship....