April Afternoon Tea
This will be at Newton Village Hall on Tuesday 24th April. Bookings (initially from walkers only please) by cheque for £8.00 to Valerie Grooby at 5, Gills Croft, Clitheroe. BB7 1LJ. Please meet as usual at 1.00pm at the Chester Avenue Car Park. Enquiries to 01200 428766.
Treasure hunt, 17 May
The social committee organised a treasure hunt in Waddington, on May 17th. It was enjoyed by those taking part, despite some getting a little lost. All managed to find their way to the Country Kitchen Cafe where Tim provided a tasty supper. The winners, Paul and Hilary, only won by a time difference over Ann, Derek and Roy. The winners of the booby prize shall remain anonymous, but I hope they enjoyed their dolly mixtures.
Cheese and Wine Tasting 8th March 2017
The recent social event in March for Clitheroe Group and friends was a Cheese and Wine Tasting Evening at West Bradford Village Hall. Staff from the delicatessen counter at Booths Supermarket, Clitheroe, introduced participants to a selection of cheeses, and wines that would accompany these cheeses. Members were interested to note the flavour of cheeses change subtly, when eaten with recommended wine. As there was no fee for the presentation a donation was made in lieu to the North West Air Ambulance.
Christmas Lunch - 2016
On 6 December, 48 Ramblers enjoyed a delicious Christmas lunch at The Three Millstones at West Bradford. We had the pub to ourselves which made the atmosphere relaxed and informal. The food was very good and the service excellent. Before the meal 33 members took part in a five and a half mile walk in the surrounding area, ending up on a path by the river from Grindleton. Unfortunately, the promised views of Pendle did not materialise owing to low cloud, but the rain held off and we were all back at the Millstones in time for lunch having worked up a good appetite.
Afternoon tea walk Twenty Ramblers enjoyed a walk followed by afternoon tea in Barrowford on 12 July. The weather was warm and dry enough for us to sit outside and gorge ourselves on delicious sandwiches, savouries and cake provided by Christie and Sarah of ‘Simply by Design.’ This was a different form of social event for the group and I hope it proved a successful venture.
Social evening on 5 April Thirty five members and friends attended a social evening on 5 April. The speaker was Robert MacDonald, who had just started on his tenth round of the Scottish Munros, so he entitled his talk “Here We Go Again.” He illustrated this with pictures of his favourite places in the Scottish mountains – some precarious and rocky, some graceful and rolling with jagged ridges and tranquil lochs, all quite remote. We then tucked into a savoury supper provided by the social committee, and Brian Williams organized an excellent short quiz, the subject being Scotland! Thanks to all who attended.
Forty one ramblers attended the annual Christmas lunch, this year held at the Calf’s Head, Worston. We had an excellent lunch, courses punctuated by a quiz provided by Mavis. Before the lunch a number of intrepid ramblers braved the elements for a five mile tramp, with plenty of slithering around the fields, to Downham and back. Thanks to Barbara for organising the meal and to Tony for planning and leading the walk.
Recent social events
Twenty people enjoyed a lovely evening on our Treasure Hunt around Clitheroe on July 15th. It took the form of a Murder Mystery and Neil, Jackie and Maria’s team solved all the clues in record time to be our winners. Prizes were awarded as we assembled at the ‘Inn at the Station’ following the event. Thanks to Val Grooby for adapting and producing the Trail and to all those who took part.
Wildlife Trust Officer Phil Dykes led thirty five Ramblers and friends on a Bat Walk in Cross Hill Quarry on the evening of September 2nd. We had great fun wandering about in the dark listening to the strange sounds the bats were making when amplified on our Bat Detectors. Thanks to Phil for his interesting commentary and to the staff of the Black Horse Inn for a delicious supper prior to the walk.
Venture into Vietnam
In March thirty people enjoyed an evening entitled ‘Venture into Vietnam’ – a presentation given by group member Tony Mountain, introduced by Ruth Rouxel. Tony gave us a most interesting and informative talk, so much so that by the conclusion we could answer most of his quiz, which initially had baffled us. The evening continued with refreshments and delicious homemade cakes provided by members. Thanks to Tony and of course the cake makers.
Supper and Quiz evening
Our first social event this year was the Supper and Quiz Evening. About forty people attended and were grouped in teams of five. We exercised our brains (instead of our legs) to try and answer questions, set by Nan Errington, on events from 2014 and recognise photographs of celebrities. The winning team was rewarded and the evening was completed with a Hot Pot Supper.
Ceilidh 9th October 2014
As part of the social programme an evening of folk dancing was arranged for members and friends in a nearby village hall. No experience of this genre of dance was needed because the dance caller taught each dance prior to playing the music and continued to call out the moves during the dancing proper. A variety of dance formations were introduced -- big circle, square or longways sets -- and some dances even involved changing† partners, which caused a great deal of good natured fun. Positive comments were made by everyone who came to the evening.