Forum Activities Recommencing


We’re delighted to be able to tell you that Forum activities are now beginning to

recommence as Government restrictions and guidelines permit.


Much has happened in the past 16 months since we suspended our activities, and we explain below the necessary changes to the way we will operate in future.


Also below are full details of our new Programme which we will continue to extend and develop as circumstances permit.


Thanks for your patience. We can’t wait to see you again!

Forum Funding

The Forum had received Core funding from North Yorkshire County Council and the NHS Clinical Commissioning Group for many years.

This covered the basic day to day running costs of The Forum such as insurances, accountancy and bookkeeping, telephone, broadband, web site, etc. and made a contribution to our stationery, postage, and room hire costs.


This funding was withdrawn without notice in 2020 meaning that The Forum had to cover these basic costs out of proceeds from our activities and events. As there were virtually none in 2020 due to Lockdown, we had little income and made the first financial loss in The Forum’s history.


We have received no outside funding so far in 2021 and, as there are still no activities, are already showing a loss for 2021.


These losses have had to be covered out of The Forum’s reserves, and we shall continue to cover them until we begin generating income again.


As a result, your committee have had to seriously consider what activities we are able to offer and the charges we make for them.

Our Management Committee and Policy

The new Management Committee is a healthy mix of members, some of whom have a wealth of experience, having been involved since the Forum was founded. Newer members, joining us this year, bring welcome new skills, abilities and enthusiasm to the committee. 


We aim to continue with our fundamental policy of offering free membership to, and representing the interests of, all Ryedale residents over the age of 50. 


Registrations are now being accepted and anyone and everyone over the age of 50 who wishes to join us is welcome.


The Forum exists for the benefit of its members. 


Its aims are to promote the mental and physical health and well-being of older people in Ryedale.


We endeavour to act as a channel for communication between those providing public services and those using them, to represent our members interests.


In response to demand from our members our Events Group organise a full programme of social and healthy activities including:

Coffee Mornings

Serious Meetings

Theatre Trips

Shopping Trips

Country House Visits

Weekend Breaks

Craft Sessions

Town Walks

Country Walks


Gentle Exercise


Keep Fit

Garden Group

Lunch Club

Afternoon Tea


Museum Visits

Interim Restart Programme
May to October 2021


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 £3 at the door for Coffee Mornings and Serious Meetings, which includes tea/coffee and biscuits. There is no need to book.


Thursday August 5th 2021

Coffee Morning: Dave Mead, Photographer

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


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Thursday August 19th 2021

Coffee Morning: Trekking in the Himalayas

An illustrated talk by local author CHRIS BRIDGE who will tell us how, in April 2019, he set out to join four strangers for an 11 day trek to Annapurna Base Camp. 


Chris says: “This gave me a chance to pretend I was much younger than I am. It’s years since I queued for outside loos in the night or showered in cold water. I aim to tell the story of the trek and of the epic first ascent of Annapurna, but also to focus on the wonderful work being done for disabled, orphaned and abandoned children at The Hope Centre in Kathmandu which we visited.”                                                                                                                                                                                   

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Thursday September 2nd 2021

Coffee Morning: Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Yorkshire Air Ambulance is a dedicated helicopter emergency air ambulance for the Yorkshire and the Humber region of England. It was established in October 2000, and currently operates two Airbus H145 aircraft. It is an independent charity that relies solely on the donations of individuals and organisations.


We will learn about it’s day to day activities and the people and equipment that make it function.

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Thursday September 16th 2021

Coffee Morning: British Heart Foundation

Leya Baksh, fundraising manager North Yorkshire and County Durham, will talk to us about heart health and share statistics, stories and information from our area.


She will tell us about the work of the British Heart Foundation and her talk will be illustrated with slides.


There will be an opportunity to make donations at the close of the meeting.

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Friday October 1st 2021

International Day of Older Persons
FREE Afternoon buffet Tea followed by talk:
    The Magic Circle and Great Magicians

We always celebrate International Day of Older Persons and this year we have teamed up with Mickle Hill Retirement Village to put on a very special event.


We shall be meeting in the splendid Café Bistro where a free buffet tea will be served, courtesy of Mickle Hill who are generously sponsoring this event.


After the meal we shall be entertained by magician Stephen Wells




The story of the MAGIC CIRCLE. A fully illustrated talk demonstrating some of the classic Magic of famous names like Paul Daniels, Harry Houdini, David Nixon, Darren Browne, Dynamo and other magic greats. This combines a fascinating talk with some superb magic performed live.                                                  

This is sure to be a very popular event and numbers are limited to 50 people due to the size of the venue. Tickets will be issued on a first come first served basis.


Thursday October 7th 2021

Coffee Morning: Malton and Norton Poetry Group

Whether we realise it or not, for most of us, poetry has at some stage closely reflected our feelings or current predicament.  We may have been uplifted or taken by surprise by the insights it provides.  We have perhaps been mesmerized or affected by the richness of poetic language.  

Members of Malton's Poetry Group will read some poems that are important to them and talk a little about the significance of each one.  


Members of the audience may wish to bring along and recite - or simply name - a poem that has been important to them also.                      

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Thursday October 21st 2021

Coffee Morning: Saltaire Village with Maria Glot

Our old friend Maria Glot, will return to remind us of the history of Saltaire village. Here is your chance to catch up again. We will hear about the real history of people who lived in and worked in Saltaire. We will hear of the many amusing and sad tales of those people and the reasons why Saltaire developed as it has     


Wednesday December 8th 2021

Outing: Christmas at Harewood House

We have provisionally booked to visit Harewood House to see the 1920s style decorated interior, fantasy grounds and Christmas market.

Booking subject to confirmation once restrictions relating to opening and coach travel have been clarified.

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Tuesday December 14th 2021


Three courses followed by Coffee and Mints

12.30 pm for 1.00 pm

We shall again hold our annual Christmas Lunch at the Forest and Vale Hotel, Pickering. There will be the usual lovely festive food as well as a Quiz and a raffle. We do hope you will join us for a celebratory afternoon.  


As the hotel is still under Covid restrictions the full menu and price will be published in our Winter Programme in September.


Please keep the date in your diary.

The price will be subsidised this year to ensure as many members as possible can attend and guarantee a great start to Christmas.


Tuesday January 4th 2022

Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Leeds Grand Theatre

Enter a world of magic and fantasy as Disney’s classic movie Bedknobs and Broomsticks makes its world premiere as an exciting new stage musical. With the original songs by the legendary Sherman Brothers (Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang ), including Portobello Road, The Age Of Not Believing, The Beautiful Briny, and new music and lyrics by Neil Bartram and book by Brian Hill; Bedknobs and Broomsticks will be brought to life by award-winning theatre-makers Candice Edmunds and Jamie Harrison.As usual we have booked the best Stalls seats.  

If you wish to sit with a friend you must tell us when you book – we are unable to read minds!!

We shall leave from Pickering 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 5.00 pm                                       

COST  £56.00 for the coach and ticket




Reserve your seat now with a £20.00 per person deposit.

Balance payable by Fri November 25th


All monies refundable if performance is cancelled due to Covid