Welcome to this special edition of The Forum Programme to celebrate the 20th Anniversary.

The Forum was founded by Rob Salkeld and came into

being in April 2000. Since its inception over 10,000

members have enjoyed the companionship, social activities,

walking groups, theatre trips, healthy activities, day trips

and holidays for which the Forum is famous throughout

Yorkshire, and beyond.


The present Management Committee are committed to 

maintaining and developing Rob’s legacy and to this

end have put together a special programme of

anniversary events, which will run throughout this year.


We are also committed to fulfilling Rob’s original vision, which was to develop activities and events throughout Ryedale for the benefit of members in their own locations.


To help us achieve this aim we have teamed up with a number of other local charities to develop our Rural Activities Programme and will be testing a series of new ideas and events at locations throughout Ryedale. If they are successful, which means if you attend them, we shall develop them further.


New activities are planned in Wintringham, Sherburn, Pickering, Farndale Kirkbymoorside, Swinton and Helmsley.


These activities will be in addition to our usual full Programme which will include coffee mornings, serious meetings, walking groups, healthy activities and day trips.


In addition, we are announcing in this edition our 20th Anniversary Afternoon Tea and our special 20th Anniversary Holiday to Shropshire and North Wales.


We hope that you will find something to suit you in our extensive programme and look forward to your continued support throughout this very important year.

Coffee Mornings and ‘Serious Meetings’


All Coffee Mornings and ‘Serious Meetings’ meet at 10.00 for refreshments before a 10.30 start. They are held at Malton & Norton Rugby Club, Old Malton Road, Malton, 

YO17 7EY


There is a charge of £2 at the door for Coffee Mornings

and Serious Meetings, which includes tea/coffee and biscuits. 

There is no need to book.

Tea, coffee and biscuits are served before each meeting, from 10.00 am, by our friendly volunteers.




Just to remind you – it is two courses for £6.50. Held at Oscar’s Restaurant, Ryedale Community Leisure Centre (Norton Bowling Club) and we meet at 12.00.


If you would like to join then please ring Anna Salkeld, on 01944 759123. 

We don’t expect everyone to come every time – but it would be very helpful to let Anna know if you are coming and can let her have your choice of meal by the Sunday prior to the lunch.



                                        Our garden group meets monthly and has a programme of                                           talks, practical demonstrations, garden visits and outings.


                                         Meetings are held at the Memorial Hall, Old Malton or at                                                individual members gardens. Details are shown against each                                          entry in the Programme.


There is a charge of £2 to cover costs and members will need to provide their own tools and equipment from time to time to suit the activities.

Garden Group activities and trips are open to all Forum members.

January - April 2020

Serious Meeting: Recycling in Ryedale

Meet at 10:00 for 10:30 Start

23 Jan 2020

CHRIS GRAINGER, Recycling Officer for Ryedale District Council will give us tips, hints, information and advice on what, how and where we can recycle locally. 


He will talk about why we need to recycle and what happens to the materials which are collected.

Forum Lunch Club

04 Feb 2020

Two courses for £6.50.  Held at Oscar’s Restaurant, Ryedale Community Leisure Centre (Norton Bowling Club) and we meet at 12.00. 

Please let Anna (01944 759123) know if you are coming and let her have your choice of meal by the Sunday prior to the lunch.


Full menu in Programme and on website.                 

Coffee Morning: Countryman's Daughter

Meet at 10:00 for 10:30 Start

06 Feb 2020

Readers of the Gazette & Herald will be familiar with the ‘Countryman’s Daughter’ column written by Sarah Walker. Sarah is the daughter of Peter Walker who wrote the books that inspired the long running TV series ‘Heartbeat’ under the pen name Nicholas Rhea. Sarah will tell us about how she tackles writing the columns, often taking inspiration from her family life from 40 years ago and how it has influenced her life now.  

Garden Group: Raised Beds and Compost

Appleby House, 99 Town Street, Opposite Memorial Hall, Old Malton. 2.00pm

11 Feb 2020

A discussion about the pros and cons of raised beds.


Tony will talk about constructing raised beds and give a practical demonstration of the art of composting.


There will also be an opportunity for group members to participate in this activity.     

Outing: Lowry Gallery and Imperial War Museum, Salford Quays

Starts Pickering 8.30 am

13 Feb 2020

Enjoy a fascinating day out at Salford Quays on the outskirts of Manchester, where you can visit the famous Lowry Gallery, browse through his art work and the story of his life. 


Or, visit the Imperial War Museum to dip into history of the world wars.  


Alternatively you can walk around the Quays, visit the range of shopping outlets and eating courts, and meander past the BBC studios.  All within walking distance in the time we are there.  


We shall start from Pickering at 8.30 am and will leave Salford Quays for home at 4pm. 

Cost: £17 per person for the coach 


Coffee Morning: Himalayan Garden and Sculpture Park

Meet at 10:00 for 10:30 Start

20 Feb 2020

Winner of the Yorkshire In Bloom Tourist Attraction Award 2018.

A team member from the Himalayan Garden & Sculpture Park will come and talk to the Forum about the collection of plants, wildlife and over 80 contemporary sculptures in this park.  A home to some 20,000 plants, including some of the rarest species of plants, you will be shown some examples of what’s in store if you decide to visit this natural, environmentally friendly, 45 acre park.

Forum Lunch Club

03 Mar 2020

Two courses for £6.50.  Held at Oscar’s Restaurant, Ryedale Community Leisure Centre (Norton Bowling Club) and we meet at 12.00. 

Please let Anna (01944 759123) know if you are coming and let her have your choice of meal by the Sunday prior to the lunch.


Full menu in Programme and on website.                 

Coffee Morning: Dogs' Trust

Meet at 10:00 for 10:30 Start

04 Mar 2020

Sarah from Dogs Trust will tell us about the work of this organisation which has been in existence since 1891.  Its mission is to bring about the day when all dogs can enjoy a happy life, free from the threat of unnecessary destruction. Hopefully she will bring either Cocoa or Luna with her.                                                         

Outing: Denby Pottery Village

Starts Pickering at 09.00 am

12 Mar 2020

Join us for a trip to Denby Pottery Village near Derby, where there is so much more than the Denby Pottery factory shop! We have booked the factory tour going behind the scenes to see how the Denby pieces are created including a guided tour of The Denby Museum and craft room.

Please note that the tour takes 90 minutes, with no opportunity to sit, and involves taking in 36 steps. There is a lift for those with limited mobility. If the factory tour is not for you, we will all be able to make a Denby frog in the craft room!

Lunch can be purchased at the coffee shop offering hearty dishes or lighter snacks and homemade cakes. The pottery village also has a good selection of shops including Dartington Crystal and a farm shop. 

We will set off from Pickering at 9.00am and leave for home at 4.00pm

Cost: £25.00 per person to include coach and factory tour.

Serious Meeting: United Against Dementia

Meet 10.00 for 10.30 start

19 Mar 2020

Dementia can be a scary thing when you learn that someone you are close to has been diagnosed or is showing the signs of this condition.  Speaking with someone about it can be difficult. A representative of  the Alzheimer’s Society (Scarborough, Whitby & Ryedale) will talk to us and give us a chance to ask questions, find out more and gain some insight into this condition

Coffee Morning: Laughter is the best medicine

Meet at 10:00 for 10:30 Start

01 Apr 2020

An illustrated talk by Alan Swann.

Many of you will remember Alan’s previous presentation on memory training when he taught us how to count to 10 in Japanese! In this presentation Alan will look at examples of how to find humour in everyday situations that weren’t intended to be funny.  These range from things that happen to things that are written. There is plenty of evidence that having a good laugh is very beneficial in health terms

Forum Lunch Club

06 Apr 2020

Two courses for £6.50.  Held at Oscar’s Restaurant, Ryedale Community Leisure Centre (Norton Bowling Club) and we meet at 12.00. 

Please let Anna (01944 759123) know if you are coming and let her have your choice of meal by the Sunday prior to the lunch.


Full menu in Programme and on website.                 

Coffee Morning: Appleton Le Moors - A 12th Century Planned Village

Meet at 10:00 for 10:30 Start

15 Apr 2020

This is a story with ghosts, murder and tragedies in a setting of a Court Leet (we’ll find out what this is!) that is one of the dozen or so still active in England. Jim is a volunteer with North Yorkshire Moors National Park and has been a resident of Appleton le Moors for many years. He has researched the fascinating history of the village from its establishment around 1150 by St Marys Abbey York through to it being an integral part of Spaunton Manor and its "Lord's", from the Darley family during the Stuart period to Victorian growth instigated by Joseph and Mary Shepherd

Garden Group Outing to Harrogate Spring Flower Show

Start from Norton at 8.45 am

23 Apr 2020

Harrogate Spring Flower Show is the first big event in the gardening calendar, welcoming the new growing season with a spectacular celebration of the very best in horticulture. Rated Britain’s top gardening event by Which?, this prestigious event features beautiful show gardens, great garden products and the biggest exhibition by florists and flower arrangers in the country. Be inspired by the show gardens and visit the plant nursery pavilion to find the perfect plant from the vast range on display. Lunch can be purchased at one of the many food outlets. 


We will start from Norton at 8.45am and leave for home at 3.30pm

Cost; £35 per person to include coach and entry to the show.

Annual General Meeting

30 Apr 2020

Malton & Norton Rugby Club     2.00 for 2.30pm  


After the formal business of the AGM we shall have a talk by KEVIN HOLLINRAKE, our local MP

We shall be sending out formal AGM papers with our next Posting on 24th March

There is no charge for this meeting

20th Anniversary Afternoon Tea

Wintringham Community Hall

18 May 2020

Come and join us for a celebratory afternoon tea.

Enjoy a glass of Prosecco or orange juice on arrival and then sit down to a set afternoon tea with waitress service.


Following the tea we shall have an entertaining guest speaker.


Numbers are limited to 100 members due to the capacity of the hall, and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.


Price is £20.00 per person.

Please note that subsidised transport will be provided for this event.


Coaches will run from Helmsley, Pickering and Malton at a fixed price of £5 per person for the return trip.     

Timings of coaches will be confirmed once bookings are known.

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