Dunsley Hall mini break, 20th – 21st September 2018
Thirty two members could be found enjoying tea, coffee and homemade cake in the elegant wood panelled lounge of The Dunsley Hall Hotel on an overcast and blustery Thursday afternoon. We had made our own route choices to get there though many who had planned to follow the suggested route from Thirsk travelled direct due to the unpleasant weather. The helpful (and cheerful) hotel staff soon had us shown to our rooms where we were keen to unpack and freshen up.
Prior to our dinner, champagne and canapés were served in our own private lounge, conversation was very much focused on the weather and the options that were available for the following day. We were shown through to the Oak Dining Room for our evening meal which turned out to be a real treat, well cooked and impeccably served. Since we had our own private dining room we were able to stay where we were for a Stan Cox
quiz, an easy one according to Stan. Clues were all monetary based (old money) which if you got all the answers correct added up to the required figure from the cryptic clues provided.
Q: An unwell sea creature? A: Sick Squid…..Six quid
Q: Venus, Mars and Pluto? A: Three far things……3 farthings
I would like to report that things got better but it was not to be !!! The good wine list available contributed to the general agreement that it had been an excellent evening and Stan was thanked for his efforts.
Day Two – Friday dawned bright and clear bringing a fine breakfast and improving weather and we were able to appreciate our views from the hotel over Sandsend and the sea. A run had been prepared for those wishing a route of 75 miles taking in some of the fantastic local scenery, there is so much to do and see along this part of the East Coast – truly something for everyone. We all took breakfast when we were ready and as the run and starting time were optional, for those wishing to partake left when ready. Those who chose to do the run reported a glitch when some roads were closed over a complete section of the route requiring some creative map reading but nevertheless all returned safely.
In the lounge over our champagne and canapés we all compared notes and our experiences of the day and all agreed the choice of venue was inspired and that the late season sunshine had done us proud. Dinner was once again fine dining of the highest order. After dinner Charles stood up and asked us if we would like to repeat this trip again in early October next year as he had been able to negotiate a very attractive deal. It
was unanimous and the only problem is that rooms would possibly be limited so we predict a scramble when the announcement and dates is made.
Day Three – Saturday
When we came down to breakfast we were met by Charles in the dining room informing us that with deep regret that in the early hours of the morning club member Barry Bateson had passed away suddenly. Barry and Margaret had been members of the club for many years and had been regulars at club nights, shows and Sunday runs. Barry was invariably in the middle of the group that was having the most fun and making the most noise! He will be sadly missed.
After our delicious breakfast we left Dunsley with a hint of sadness and to explore further local attractions or to make our way home.
Thanks go to Charles and Gilly for organising this absolutely fabulous break for members to enjoy. Can’t wait for next year.
Ken & Lesley Faithfull