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A Capital Trip

A week after the official opening of the ‘new’ St. Pancras, the group’s London weekend also took place. It was a good start, arriving into the famous blue canopied expanse – with time to admire the statue of Sir John Betjeman and Eurostar’s sleek gateway to Paris, complete with the accessible, if expensive champagne bar.

Avoiding such temptations (for the meantime) the number 17 bus takes you from the station to St. Paul’s – and seemingly within minutes – the hostel is there, just round the corner in Carter Lane. Andy, Alan, Patricia, Liz and Boh and I stored our bags and then mobile phone numbers, before venturing out on a well researched crawl of London’s best public houses in the area.

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Christmas at Eyam YH

The 2006 Christmas weekend at Eyam was much anticipated, and 27 members arrived at the Hostel on Friday night – soon acclimatising to the surroundings, including the members kitchen, which due to its position outside the hostel and its small size, quickly became known as ‘the servant’s quarters’!

However, there was a good selection of drinks on offer, including bottled ales, nice cider and pleasant wines – and lots of news to catch up on. Kathy and Angela bravely arrived with injuries from previous sporting events, so planned a trip to Chatsworth House for the following day.

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