Group Programme

This is an online version of our group programme, you can pick up a paper copy at any of our meetings. For a quick listing of what's coming up, see the list of forthcoming events.

The programme is split into the following sections:

Welcome to the Leicester Local YHA Group

We are an informal and friendly social walking group, comprising people of all ages and abilities. This programme details our weekend trips, day walks as well as evening social events such as theatre visits and meals out. We aim to have a regular spread of trips and events throughout the year, with plenty of variety to suit different tastes. We visit a wide variety of destinations throughout Britain and abroad, with events being organised by anyone within the Group

New members are always offered a warm welcome. We meet on the first Wednesday of every month from 8.00 pm onwards at The Western pub on Western Road, near to Narborough Road and the centre of Leicester. Meetings are generally informal, however, we do from time to time organise more formalised get togethers usually around a particular theme, speaker or social event.

The Group has recently produced a New Members Pack, a comprehensive introduction to the Group which answer many frequently asked questions. For those considering organising a hostelling weekend, we have also produced a straightforward guide to booking and organisation.

Before embarking on any our events, please note that all the activities listed in this programme are carried out at an individual's own risk.

If you wish, you can import this programme into Google Calendar.

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Weekends and Longer Trips

The Group organises regular weekends away, mainly staying in youth hostels or similar accommodation. Many hostels offer breakfast and evening meals, as well as facilities for self caterers. The advance payment for a weekend covers overnight accommodation and a contribution towards transport costs. Any unused funds are refunded at the Treasurer's discretion. It is advisable to bring food and drink for a mid day packed lunch in addition to any other meals. Almost all weekends involve walking, so it is essential to bring adequate boots, rucksack, waterproofs and warm clothing.

Unless otherwise noted, all our weekend trips depart on Friday night and return on Sunday evening.

4th - 7th May: Bunkhouse: Llyn Peninsula, Wales

20 places available, 14 in a bunkhouse and 6 in a static caravan, on a working farm 1.5 miles from Abersoch and the Heritage Coastal Path in the Llyn Peninsula. This location is also close to Hells Mouth and the Whistling Sands beaches and a boat trip from Aberdaron to Bardsey island where there are many varieties of sea birds, including puffins, and a seal colony.
All the kitchen things are provided in the van and bunkhouse, bedding is provided in the bunkhouse but those in the caravan would need to bring pillows and sleeping bags. The cost for those in the caravan is £9 less per night than the bunkhouse, this will be sorted out after the event.
There is parking and WiFi.
Cost includes a light breakfast.
We've not been to this area of Wales in at least 13 years so snap up this opportunity quickly.
Contact Alison to book your place. Please say if you wish to stay in the caravan.
Short walks by Boh on demand.

Distance:
12 miles / 19 km
Organiser:
Alison R ( Mob0779 0835013)
Cost:
£90 due by 7th March 2018
Grade:
Hard
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25th - 28th May: Bluebell Farm Bunkhouse: Late May Bank Holiday in Northumberland

CHANGED VENUE TO REDUCE COSTS: 18 places available in this bunkhouse and studio situated just 1 mile off the A1 in the village of Belford very close to: the Heritage Coast path, the Cheviot Hills, Lindisfarne and the point of departure to the Farne (puffin) Islands, 15 miles from Berwick to the North and Alnwick to the South. There are a number of pubs and a Co-op nearby.
14 places are available in the bunkhouse (8 + 6) and 4 in the Studio. Both venues have kitchen, seating and dining areas. Pillows and blankets are provided but no pillowcases or sheets so you need to bring a sleeping bag, or you can hire bedding for £8. The studio costs £5 per night more than the barn.

This trip is timed so that a boat trip can be taken to see the Puffins at their best. Walking could include the Lowry Trail for the artists amongst us, a trip to Lindisfarne on the Pilgrim's Trail for the daring or further afield to The Cheviots for some tougher hills.

Please get in touch with Marian ASAP to book your place as they will go fast.
The discrepancy in costs will be sorted after the event when we know who stayed in the Studio.
Venue address is:
Bluebell Farm Caravan Park
Belford
Northumberland
NE70 7QE

Hope to see you in Puffinland :-)

Distance:
12 miles / 19 km
Organisers:
Boh (Tel0116 2708299 Mob+447832192402)
Marian ( Mob0789 0385288)
Cost:
£90 due by 21st March 2018
Grade:
Hard
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28th June - 1st July: IYH (ex YHA) Elterwater, Lake District, Cumbria

10 m and 10 f places for 3 nights in this former YHA hostel situated in the village at the start of Great Langdale.
Lots of surrounding hills for hard walks and attractive countryside for easier walks organised, as usual, by Boh. There are two pubs in the village and Grasmere and Ambleside are about 5 miles away.

There is a self-catering kitchen, but breakfast and evening meals can also be provided by the hostel. There are showers, drying room, lounge, dining room, cycle store, a small shop and free Wi-Fi. There is a limited amount of free roadside parking in the village and 100 metres away is a National Trust car park at £6.50 a day (free to NT members).

We will travel there on Thursday and return on Sunday. Please contact John, the organiser to get your place on this trip and then send a £10 cheque to Dave to hold your place.
See you there.

Distance:
12 miles / 19 km
Organiser:
John S (Tel0116 2302401 Mob0777 8251285)
Cost:
£120 due by 4th April 2018
Grade:
Hard
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27th - 29th July: Bletchley Park & The Chilterns - Bunkhouse near Tring, Herts

UPDATE: Walk on Saturday followed by a BBQ at the Bunkhouse. Bletchley Park Visit on the Sunday.
The long awaited visit to Bletchley Park coupled with a walk in the Chilterns. Unfortunately there are only 16 places (8 + 8), available in this cheap National Trust bunkhouse set in a wooded location close to many national trails and only 20 miles from The Park.
We have sole use of this venue until 4:30 Sunday. Dogs are welcome.
Excellent cooking, dining and relaxing facilities in a separate building from the sleeping area. Great for those who want to stay up and those who want to sleep undisturbed. Unfortunately the toilets and showers are also in the block separated from Dorm, but it will be July! Please note: mattresses and covers are provided but sleeping bags and pillows will be required; the showers are not available between 11am and 3pm. There is no mobile signal in the bunkhouse but you should find some with a short walk into the nearby woods. Room for 20 cars parking on site.
The pretty Hertfordshire village of Aldbury is about a mile away with pubs and local shops. Also a short drive away are Tring, Wendover, Dunstable, Hemel Hempstead... with good eating and many pubs.
We will drive to Bletchley Park on Saturday morning, spend the day there. Lunch at the park and probably have a meal in Bletchley or on way the way back. Either myself or someone will lead a walk in The Chilterns on Sunday as several well known trails can be accessed directly from the bunkhouse.
Please contact Boh ASAP as this is likely to prove a popular weekend and places are limited.

Distance:
10 miles / 16 km
Organiser:
Boh (Tel0116 2708299 Mob+447832192402)
Cost:
£45 due by 2nd May 2018
Grade:
Moderate
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24th - 27th August: August Bank Holiday: YHA/IYH Osmotherley, North Yorkshire

18 places available to spend August bank holiday in Cote Ghyll Mill, a converted linen mill situated in a beautiful and secluded valley in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park. Nearby there is: the Priory Lodge, a medieval Carthusian house; ruins and grounds at Mount Grace, Northallerton; Rievaulx Terrace, a beautiful folly and grounds owned by the National Trust at Helmsley.
The hostel has a well equipped kitchen, licensed bar and lounge, TV /games room, pool table, free Wi-Fi, large garden, with a stream and woodlands, bike store, and drying room and is a 10 minute walk from Osmotherley village which has 3 pubs, a tea room and shops.
The cost of weekend includes a cooked breakfast.
Please get in touch with Alison to book your place for this fabulous long weekend away.
As usual Boh will organise less strenuous activities as required

Distance:
12 miles / 19 km
Organiser:
Alison R ( Mob0779 0835013)
Cost:
£105 due by 6th June 2018
Grade:
Hard
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2nd - 6th October: Vienna: October 2 to 6, 2018

This event is now confirmed and there are 1 male and 3 female female places still available in the JUGENDGÄSTEHAUS WIEN - MYRTHENGASSE HI Hostel close to the centre of Vienna. Cost is calculated for all 12 beds and cost a little more if not all get filled, and the air fare is currently just over £100. The flights we are on are:
OUT: BA0700 Dep 10:00 Arr 13:25
RETURN: BA0705 Dep 19:35 Arr 20:55 (14:10 flight has surcharge on it)
Cost is currently around £48 each way with hand luggage only (56cm x 45cm x 25cm).
A minibreak in this stunning, historical city. Art, architecture, music, mathematics, astronomy,... you name it's here.
The Hostel I have in mind is 0.6km from the city centre so walking back from pubs and meals should be relatively easy.
The costing includes the admin fee, £21 x 4 for the room,an estimate of shared car park charges and currently £95 with British Airways for the return flight.
Please get in touch with me ASAP if you would like to join this trip as it would be great if you could could onto the same flights as the rest of us.
The cost of accomodation will calculated just before the due date and is likely to be around £82 depending on final numbers. I'll text it to participants.
Looking forward to a great time with you.

Organiser:
Boh (Tel0116 2708299 Mob+447832192402)
Cost:
£190 due by 31st August 2018
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2nd - 4th November: Bonfire Night at YHA Thurlby, Lincs

Celebrate bonfire night in usual fashion at YHA Thurlby Lincs.Walking in the fens on Saturday and Sunday with a short walk organised by Boh if needed. There is a pub and shops in the village.

Please contact Pat if you would like to join us for this fun event.

Distance:
8 miles / 13 km
Organiser:
Pat (Tel0116 2602771 Mob0772 2217696)
Cost:
£50 due by 1st August 2018
Grade:
Moderate
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7th - 9th December: Xmas Bash 2018: Llangollen IH, Wales

We have the whole hostel (30 beds) for our Christmas event this year so get your £10 deposits in to secure your place once it has been confirmed by Allan.
This hostel is located in the centre of Llangollen, a stone's throw away from the river Dee, the Llangollen Canal with its horse drawn boat rides, the Llangollen steam railway and Castell Dinas Bran. The town has an abundance of independent shops, cafe's, bistros, pubs and restaurants. It is approximately an hours drive to Snowdonia, and half an hour to Chester.
The cost of the meal has not been included but you will be informed as soon as we know it.
As usual Boh will organise less strenuous walks.
There is a possibility of staying on an extra night very cheaply. Please let Allan know if you might be interested when you contact him so he can ascertain if it's worth booking.
See you all there
Boh

Distance:
8 miles / 13 km
Organiser:
Al (Tel0116 2295009 Mob07912 947452)
Cost:
£65 due by 3rd October 2018
Grade:
Hard
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Day Walks and Events

Members of the Group organise occasional day walks and other events within a fairly short drive time from Leicester. If you are interested in any of the walks, please contact the organisers listed below. As with all our walks, it is advisable to bring proper boots, a waterproof and a packed lunch.

Sunday, 20th May: Phoenix Cinema: Film - The Inland Waterways of Britain (Bygone Britain)

Meet 1:30ish for lunch before the 2:30 showing of this fascinating historical treatise.
Synopsis: Introduced by Rob Foxton, this special programme of rare archive films tells the history of our ancient waterways, how they developed, the goods they carried and the people of the boats.

Please let me know if are coming so we can look out for you.
It'll be great to see you there.
Warm Regards
Boh

Organiser:
Boh (Tel0116 2708299 Mob+447832192402)
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Sunday, 24th June: Day Walk: Grand Union Canal & The Great Central Railway

Meet at the Hope & Anchor pub, Syston at 9:30 a.m. Walk the Grand Union Canal to Birstall Station on the Great Central Railway and take the steam train to Central Station in Loughborough – buy your own ticket on the day, price TBC. From Loughborough we will rejoin the Grand Union Canal and walk back to the Hope & Anchor via Barrow-upon-Soar, Mountsorrel and Rothley where there are plenty of pubs and/or coffee shops on route for food and refreshments. There is the possibility of booking an evening meal for those interested on return to the Hope & Anchor. Overall, an easy 12 miles walking plus a ride on the Steam Train.
If interested contact Dave Self asap (phone, text or email) so he knows who to wait for and how many to book for the meal.

Distance:
12 miles / 19 km
Organiser:
Dave (Tel0116 2600953 Mob0744 3398994)
Grade:
Easy

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Sunday, 24th June: Day Walk: Grand Union Canal & The Great Central Railway

UPDATED: Meet at The Hope & Anchor Pub, Syston at 9:30am. Walk the Grand Union Canal to Birstall Station on the Great Central Railway and take the steam train to Central Station Loughborough. Buy your own ticket on the day. From Loughborough we will rejoin the Grand Union Canal and walk back to The Hope and Anchor via Barrow-upon-Soar, Mountsorrel and Rothley with plenty of pubs and coffee shops on route for food and refreshments. There is also the possibility of booking an evening meal back at The Hope and Anchor.Overall, an easy and enjoyable 12 miles walking plus a ride on a steam train.
If interested contact Dave Self asap (phone, text or email) so he knows who to wait for and how many to book for the meal.
Apologies if this event appears twice. It is only the one event, doh!.

Distance:
12 miles / 19 km
Organiser:
Dave (Tel0116 2600953 Mob0744 3398994)
Grade:
Easy

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Saturday, 7th July: Day Walk and Play: School for Scandal - at Tolethorpe Hall

The first of our two events at Tolethorpe Hall this year. (Mick has asked if someone could please take over the organisation of one of them for him).

Sheridan's classic comedy exposing the lives and loves of fashionable London society.
Can anyone escape the outrageous gossip of, amongst others, Benjamin Backbite, Lady Sneerwell, Mrs Candour and Snake?
This play is one of the most engaging high comedies in the English language.

As usual there will be either a picnic in the grounds or a meal in Stamford after the walk before going on to the performance. Folk are welcome to join us for any combination of these activities.
If you want to join us please contact Mick Nice on 0116 245 3536 or 0796 106 2000 for meeting place (10 am).
If you want to join us in theatre afterwards and you haven't already paid for your ticket you will have to book in independently.
The play starts at 7:45pm.

Distance:
9 miles / 14 km
Organiser:
Mick (Tel0116 2543536 Mob0796 1062000)
Cost:
£19 due by 2nd May 2018
Grade:
Easy
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Saturday, 18th August: Day Walk and Play: The Merry Wives of Windsor - at Tolethorpe Hall

The second of our two events at Tolethorpe Hall this year. (Mick has asked if someone could please take over the organisation of one of them for him).

Sir John Falstaff has returned penniless from the war and plans to seduce two 'merry wives. Shakespeare's nearest approach to a farce.
Set in 1947, a time of austerity and optimism when women are finding a new role in post-war Britain, this production depicts middle-class family life in an English provincial town. The musicians at the Garter Inn are playing 40's jazz.

As usual there will be either a picnic in the grounds or a meal in Stamford after the walk before going on to the performance. Folk are welcome to join us for any combination of these activities.
If you want to join us please contact Mick Nice on 0116 245 3536 or 0796 106 2000 for meeting place (10 am).
If you want to join us in the theatre afterwards and you haven't already paid for your ticket you will have to book in independently.
The play starts at 7:45pm.

Distance:
9 miles / 14 km
Organiser:
Marian ( Mob0789 0385288)
Cost:
£19 due by 6th June 2018
Grade:
Easy
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Evening Events

Wednesday, 2nd May: Wednesday Social: May 2018

Our monthly social event. A chance to catch up with group gossip. What really happened at the last event, what is being planned for the future, pay up for future events... or just have a drink or two with good friends.
See you there.

Organiser:
Alan ( Mob07970 778649)
Web Link:

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Sunday, 13th May: Phoenix Cinema: Film - The Leisure Seeker

Meet 4:45ish for the 5pm showing and eat together at the cinema after the film perhaps.
I think these two actors are great in all they do and to see the pair together in a performance... bliss!
Synopsis: Elderly couple, Ella and John, outwit their adult offspring to take the their family Winnebago on a cross-country trip to Ernest Hemingway's home in Key West, Florida.
Between John's struggle with Alzheimer's and Ella's own health battle, they realise this is probably their last trip together so attempt to recapture the joy of their early romance.
Italy/France 2017
Director: Paulo Virzi (English language debut film)
Cast: Helen Mirren, Donald Sutherland
Length: 112 mins
Please let me know if are coming so we can look out for you.
It'll be great to see you there.
Warm, nay, very warm Regards
Boh

Organiser:
Boh (Tel0116 2708299 Mob+447832192402)
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Wednesday, 16th May: Wednesday Social: May 2018 (2)

At the last management committee meeting it was decided to extend the trial period for a second monthly social for another three months. The trial is to try and help Dave in collecting cheques and other treasury duties.
As of July this reverts back to one per month unless you hear otherwise.
Please let the committee know your thoughts on this trial.

Organiser:
Alan ( Mob07970 778649)
Web Link:

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Sunday, 20th May: Phoenix Cinema: Film - The Magic Flute

Meet 4:30ish for the 4:45 showing of this Ingmar Bergman classic. Or why not make a day of it and come to The Inland Waterways earlier, grab a drink and socialise then watch this. If hungry could go out for a dinner afterwards too.
Synopsis: Ingmar Bergman's classic adaptation of Mozart's 'The Magic Flute' where the Queen of Night recruits a handsome prince to rescue her beautiful, kidnapped daughter. The prince is aided on his quest by a lovelorn bird hunter and a magical flute which can change the hearts of men.
Sweden 1975
Dir: Ingmar Brgman
Cast: Ulrik Cold, Josef Koestlinger
135 mins (subtitled)
Please let me know if are coming and what your plans are so we can look out for you.
It should be a good day and it would be great to have your company.
Warm Regards
Boh

Organiser:
Boh (Tel0116 2708299 Mob+447832192402)
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Saturday, 2nd June: Phoenix Cinema: Film - Edie

An early evening showing (time to be confirmed as not yet available online) and eat together, somewhere, after the film perhaps.
Excellent reviews for what appears to be a great film for this group :-).
Synopsis: Edie. an elderly woman who, after the death of her husband in a restrictive marriage, decides to fulfil her long standing ambition to climb a mountain.
Despite her daughter trying to settle her into a retirement home, Edie sets off to Scotland, employing Jonny to help in her preparations for the climb. They reveal more each each other's lives as they argue, talk and train.
All that and set in the stunning Scottish Highlands.
UK 2017
Director: Simon Hunter
Cast: Sheila Hancock, Kevin Guthrie (Sunshine on Leith, Sunset Song)
Length: 102 mins
Please let me know if are coming so we can look out for you.
It'll be great to see you there.
Warm, nay, very warm Regards
Boh

Organiser:
Boh (Tel0116 2708299 Mob+447832192402)
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Wednesday, 6th June: Wednesday Social: June 2018

Our monthly social event. A chance to catch up with group gossip. What really happened at the last event, what is being planned for the future, pay up for future events... or just have a drink or two with good friends.
See you there.

Organiser:
Alan ( Mob07970 778649)
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Wednesday, 20th June: Wednesday Social: June 2018 (2)

At the last management committee meeting it was decided to extend the trial period for a second monthly social for another three months. The trial is to try and help Dave in collecting cheques and other treasury duties.
As of July this reverts back to one per month unless you hear otherwise.
Please let the committee know your thoughts on this trial.

Organiser:
Alan ( Mob07970 778649)
Web Link:

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Wednesday, 4th July: Wednesday Social: July 2018

Our monthly social event. A chance to catch up with group gossip. What really happened at the last event, what is being planned for the future, pay up for future events... or just have a drink or two with good friends.
See you there.

Organiser:
Alan ( Mob07970 778649)
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Wednesday, 1st August: Wednesday Social: August 2018

Our monthly social event. A chance to catch up with group gossip. What really happened at the last event, what is being planned for the future, pay up for future events... or just have a drink or two with good friends.
See you there.

Organiser:
Alan ( Mob07970 778649)
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Wednesday, 5th September: Wednesday Social: September 2018

Our monthly social event. A chance to catch up with group gossip. What really happened at the last event, what is being planned for the future, pay up for future events... or just have a drink or two with good friends.
See you there.

Organiser:
Alan ( Mob07970 778649)
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Wednesday, 3rd October: Wednesday Social: October 2018

Our monthly social event. A chance to catch up with group gossip. What really happened at the last event, what is being planned for the future, pay up for future events... or just have a drink or two with good friends.
See you there.

Organiser:
Alan ( Mob07970 778649)
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Wednesday, 7th November: Wednesday Social: November 2018

Our monthly social event. A chance to catch up with group gossip. What really happened at the last event, what is being planned for the future, pay up for future events... or just have a drink or two with good friends.
See you there.
Note: this may also be our AGM so may be at a different venue. I'll keep you posted.

Organiser:
Alan ( Mob07970 778649)
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Friday, 9th November: Les Miserables at The Curve

Noon today (12th March 2018) the Box Office opened for this show; I'm sorry folks but virtually all performances are sold out already, I have one (1) £53 ticket left for this Friday 7:30pm performance, first person to email, text or call me gets it. Those who responded to my early bird message, I have your tickets and have texted you to let you know. Suggest we decide on a venue to eat before the performance, or given that it's a Friday and you folk have to work, perhaps eat after. Let me know what you'd like to do.

Synopsis:
This brilliant new staging of Cameron Mackintosh's acclaimed Broadway production has taken the world by storm and has been hailed, "Les Mis for the 21st Century", with scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo. The magnificent score includes: I Dreamed a Dream; On My Own; Bring Him Home; One Day More; Master Of The House and many more.

Organiser:
Boh (Tel0116 2708299 Mob+447832192402)
Cost:
£53
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Wednesday, 14th November: AGM 2018: New Venue

A 7:30pm start at the NEW VENUE, TBA.
This may take place at a different date but i'll keep you all posted.
A chance to join in the running of the group, find out we did all this year and vote in,or join, the executive committee. Also catch up with group gossip. What really happened at the last events, what is being planned for the future, pay up for future events... or just have a drink or two with good friends.
See you there.
This may replace this month's usual social event and venue so watch this space.

Organiser:
Alan ( Mob07970 778649)
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Saturday, 17th November: Matthew Bourne's 'Swan Lake': Theatre Royal, Nottingham

A 7:30 performance we will meet in time for a meal before the performance. I'll sort out details of this and travel arrangements closer to the event.
Tickets are from £20 to £45. Since this is going to be a hugely popular performance some £45 tickets have already been bought for those who responded to the earlier message. If you are not one of those but would still like to attend please get in touch with Boh by, or on, the April 4th Wednesday social.

Organiser:
Boh (Tel0116 2708299 Mob+447832192402)
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Wednesday, 5th December: Wednesday Social: December 2018

Our last monthly social event of the year. A chance to catch up with group gossip. What really happened at the last event, what is being planned for the future, pay up for future events, swap cards... or just have a drink or two with good friends and get into practice for the weeks ahead.
This may also be our Christmas meal so watch this space for updates.
See you there.

Organiser:
Alan ( Mob07970 778649)
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Wednesday, 2nd January 2019: Wednesday Social: January 2019

Our first social of the new year. Meet up, swap yarns about daring exploits over the festive season, hide extra weight under loose clothing, or just have a drink or two with good friends.
See you there.
xBoh

Organiser:
Alan ( Mob07970 778649)
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And Finally...

Please note that the Group now holds a computer database of the names and addresses of people who wish to receive copies of this programme. This information is used purely for distribution purposes and is not divulged to anyone not associated with Group activities.

We hope you found this programme useful and informative. Happy walking!

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