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.

March - July 2020

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

Forum Lunch Club

04 May 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.                 

Garden Group: Raised Beds and Compost

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

11 May 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 to Northallerton Market Day

Starts Norton at 9.00 am travelling via Pickering and Helmsley

12 May 2020

Join us on a trip to Northallerton which has a pleasant busy shopping centre, with many independent shops, cafes and pubs, mainly in the high street. There is a busy market on Wednesday on both sides of the High Street with stalls selling a wide range of goods and produce from fruit and vegetables through clothes, hardware and computer and phone accessories, health food and fresh fish.  

You will find two department stores, bookshops, and specialist retailers along with lots of excellent coffee shops and cafes. Northallerton has a ‘little book of treats’ which can be used for discounts at various shops and some cafes and also a guide to the centre which can be collected at the Tourist Information Office which is just off the High Street in the Applegarth car park. 


We shall start from Norton at 9.00am, travelling via Pickering and Helmsley and will leave for home at 4.00pm. 



Cost: £15 per person for the coach


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 Margaret Parkin will entertain us with her talk: 'Travel Can Be tedious'.

Retired businesswoman, speaker and author Margaret Parkin will share her many travel mistakes, misfortunes and mishaps in a light-hearted and delightful mix of storytelling, poems and even the odd song. 

Find out about her ‘hotel bedroom with no bed’ and how she avoids strange people on trains!

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.

Serious Meeting: Know your risk of Diabetes

Meet at 10:00 for 10:30 Start

20 May 2020

Know Your Risk’ is an interactive session where we will look at the risk factors of type 2 diabetes and everyone will have the opportunity to assess their own risk.  


This will be a fun session presented by Stephanie Bedford, a Registered Nutritionist and volunteer with Diabetes UK. 


Stephanie will look at healthy lifestyle and food as we go through the session and will of course answer any questions and concerns.                                               

Outing to Sewerby Hall, Bridlington

Starts Pickering 9.15 am

31 May 2020

Sewerby Hall and Gardens is situated in a dramatic clifftop position with spectacular views over Bridlington and set in 50 acres of early 19th Century parkland.  The Grade One listed House has been restored to its former glory as the family home of the Lloyd Greames, circa 1910, and has been furnished with exquisite items from the national collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum as well as items from significant local collections.  There is a recreated working ‘Edwardian’ kitchen.


The gardens are a great place to visit with the Walled, Pleasure and Rose Gardens taking centre stage throughout the summer months.


The zoo is  home to an exciting range of over 60 mammals and birds, firm favourites include the Eclectus Parrot, who is always keen to chat, the Humboldt Penguins splashing and swimming and the cute Raccoon Dogs


The Clock Tower Café serves a wide range of hot and cold food. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are also available.


We shall start from Pickering at 9.15 am and will leave for home at 5pm. 

Cost: £22 per person for the coach and entrance.  

Forum Lunch Club

01 Jun 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: Michele Beadle talks about AMY JOHNSON - Hull's pioneering aviator

Meet at 10:00 for 10:30 Start

03 Jun 2020

Amy Johnson CBE, born in Kingston upon Hull, was a pioneering English pilot who was the first woman to fly solo from London to Australia.


Flying solo or with her husband, Jim Mollison, she set many long-distance records during the 1930s. She flew in the Second World War as a part of the Air Transport Auxiliary and died during a ferry flight.  


Michele Beadle herself born in Hull has worked for 40 years in the library and archives services for Hull City Council and will give an interesting talk about Amy Johnson.                                    

Garden Group Outing to Harlow Carr Gardens


09 Jun 2020

As requested by members we have arranged a return

visit to view the Harlow Carr gardens in all their summer glory.


Be inspired by contemporary planting in the main borders; pick up growing techniques in the Kitchen Garden and saunter along the Streamside garden, the largest of its kind in the country. Unearth the hidden treasures in the woodland and take in the rejuvenated Scented Garden. 


Browse the plant centre then enjoy a cup of coffee or a relaxing lunch in Bettys famous tea rooms.

A limited number of mobility scooters and wheelchairs are available on a 'first come - first served basis'.          

Please enquire when booking.

We will start from Norton at 9.30am travelling via Pickering and Helmsley and will leave for home at 3.30pm          

This outing is available to all members.

£29.00 per person for the coach and admission to the gardens.

£20.00 per person coach only for RHS members. Membership card must be shown. 

Mystery Trip

Starts Norton at 8.30

30 Jun 2020

Join us for another trip to who knows where? 

There will be pick ups in Malton, Pickering, Kirbymoorside and Helmsley.  

We will have a short stop en route where you may purchase a coffee and a further stop on our return journey. 

A two course lunch is included in the price of the trip, plus entrance fees to an attraction. 

We shall start from Norton at 8.30 am and return around at 7.00 pm.

Cost: £30.00 per person for the coach.

Coffee Morning: Dave Mead - NAMIBIA

Meet at 10:00 for 10:30 Start

01 Jul 2020

Dave, a sheep farmer from North Yorkshire with a passion for photography, will return to tell us about his trip to Africa illustrated with his stunning photographs.   

Forum Lunch Club

06 Jul 2019

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: Susan Parry - FORENSICS

Meet at 10:00 for 10:30 Start

15 Jul 2020

Swaledale crime writer, Susan Parry, is the author of ten crime novels in her Yorkshire Dales Mysteryseries. The books, which are set in some of the loveliest parts of the Dales, feature forensic archaeologist Dr Mills Sanderson, who uses her expertise to assist the police with their homicide investigations.


Susan is an analytical chemist and her research career at Imperial College involved forensics investigations, including some high profile murder cases.


She will be talking about how her scientific work informs her second career as a crime writer and signing copies of her books.                                                              

Outing to Richmond

Starts Norton at 09.00 am

19 Jul 2020

There is plenty to see and do in Richmond. As well as shops and cafes around the Market Place there is the Indoor Market Hall, open throughout the week.

The Green Howards Regimental Museum, is based in the former Trinity Church in the centre of the market place. The Richmondshire Museum is on Ryders Wynd, which is about 100 yards from the Market Place.

The Georgian Theatre Royal - the most complete working Georgian playhouse in Britain is close by -  Tours are given every hour on the hour from 10am.  

Richmond Castle - whose massive keep dominates all other buildings around.                                                                                

The Station is just a few minutes' walk from the Market Place down the hill to the river. This has been developed to include a Café/Bar and a variety of independent businesses. 


A great day out just for the cost of the coach

We will start from Norton at 09.00am travelling via Pickering and Helmsley and leave for home at 3.30pm. 

Cost £16 per person for the coach.

Vintage Afternoon Tea

Sponsored by Bransdale View, Helmsley

28 Jul 2020

In support of our Rural Activities Programme Bransdale View are sponsoring a Vintage Afternoon Tea.


The premises will be decorated in Vintage Theme Style, with vintage cutlery and china.


A full afternoon tea will be served, accompanied by musical entertainment.


Return transport will be provided at no charge.


We shall set off from Norton at 1.30 pm travelling via Pickering to arrive at approx. 2.30. and will leave for home at about 5.00 pm.



Places are limited to 48 members and will be allocated on a ‘first come – first served basis’

Gilbert & Sullivan - HMS Pinafore

Royal Hall, Harrogate

15 Aug 2020

Join us for a much requested return to the Gilbert and Sullivan Festival in Harrogate.

HMS Pinafore will be performed by the professional group at 2.30pm.  

This year we have succeeded in obtaining tickets in the Rising Stalls area for the Sunday 16th August matinee performance. 

We shall leave from Norton at 09.45 travelling via Malton, Pickering and Helmsley to arrive in Harrogate at 12.00 in time for lunch before the 2.30 performance.

We shall leave for home around 5.00pm arriving back in Norton around 7.00pm.

Cost: £47.00 per person for coach and theatre ticket.

The Mouse Trap

Leeds Grand Theatre

02 Sep 2020

Discover why Agatha Christies's ‘The Mouse Trap’ has kept people guessing for so long, becoming the longest running show of any kind in the history of the Theatre.

Experience shuddering suspense and a brilliantly intricate plot where murder lurks behind every corner.


As usual we have booked the best Stalls seats.

We shall leave from Pickering at 9.15am to get to Leeds in time for a bit of retail therapy and some lunch before the performance at 2.30pm and return after the show at about 5.00pm arriving in Pickering around 7.00 pm

Cost: £40 per person for coach and theatre ticket.

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