May 2018




Last month was a mixture of new venues, some with old faces, and old favourites.


The Start-Up run began with coffee at Crimple Hall garden centre. It was a fight to get everybody off in time (too much shopping).

The journey took in the Hambleton hills to the east of the A1 and up to Cleveland before finishing in Swainby at The Blacksmiths Arms.

Some members had problems with cars and the pub (and other members) were very accommodating, waiting for some of us to arrive.

One was just an overheating problem but the other needed a recovery with a gearbox problem. All sorted now thankfully.

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Our pub night was at a new venue, the Royal Oak at Staveley. The new tenants are old friends from the Crown in Pateley Bridge

and members said the steak pie was as good as ever.

Thanks to Roger and Val for chasing that one.


At the end of the month Alan organised a visit to Foxglove Covert, this is a nature reserve on the edge of Catterick Garrison.

Due to the bad winter wardens and volunteers were away ringing owl chicks and not at Foxglove.

It meant though that we were given a comprehensive account of how and why they ring birds.

The resident warden also had time to take us on a guided walk through some of the reserve we had not seen before. 

We finished with a good lunch at the Bolton Arms in Downholme.


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