August 2020: Harrogate Walking tours

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For our August meeting we were joined by the charismatic Harry, from the famous ‘ free Harrogate Walking tours’.

He entertained us with interesting facts and stories about the vast and wonderful history of Harrogate.

We learnt that Harrogate attracted Royal visitors, famous writers and the who’s who of society.

 

People especially flocked to The fragrant odours of the famous sulphur water from the Harrogate pump rooms. Appropriately named, all things considered!

Discovering  that the sulphur waters had a mild antibacterial quality, The Victorian quarter and Royal Bath Hospital attracted people from all over, for the Iron, Sulphur and magnesium treatments, claiming to cure all manor of ailments!

Not to mention some quite new and modern electro hydro treatments. Shocking!

 

We saw photos of the exquisite  Royal Baths and learnt that it cost £100 to replace each brick and that the Italian floor maker wasn’t giving away any secrets to his skills and designs any time soon!

 

Amazingly during the Second World War, The RAF requisitioned Harrogate and it became known as RAF Harro!  With troops from the all over the UK, Canada and America.

 

Harry told us that The Swan hotel was the first luxury establishment attracting  the Who’s who of society! Including Agatha Christy, Cole Marks and Oscar Wilde.

In fact The Harrogate Advertiser would publish a list of guests staying at the Swan and other hotels in Harrogate, so you could make sure were seen holidaying with the right social circles!

 

It has to be said though, that the winner of the  the most unusual room service request,  “Excuse me I seem to have a dud bomb at the end of my bed!”, goes to The Majestic Hotel!

Where it is said that Sir Winston Churchill was a frequent guest.

 

The Royal Hall was the first of our beautiful theatres in Harrogate. It was also the first establishment to have electricity throughout. Sporting a dome ceiling and a hefty amount of gold leaf!

 

I think your join me in thanking Harry, AKA “Wally in a waistcoat!”, for a most informative and enjoyable evening.

 

If you would like to  get in touch with Harry or join one of his walks, then follow him on fb or click on the link below.

 

https://www.freewalkingtourharrogate.com/

May 2020:Bingo Spa Sweethearts Style

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Thank you so much everyone for joining us for Spa Sweethearts Bonkers Bingo last night.

It was great to welcome all our own members, visiting WI members and learning all about their own WI groups, what events they have been up to, how they are supporting their members and also how they are coping during these times.

 

I think your join me in thanking our lovey tiara wearing President Bingo caller and the our very own Spa Sweetheart resident DJ! They did a awesome job!

The break out rooms were a great way of getting to know new people and catch up with old acquaintances. I don’t mean old as in age! Because what I love, is that all of us are gorgeous and interesting women, irrelevant of our ages.

 

It was also lovely to see the odd leg or shoulder of partners, cat bottoms, pooches grabbing the limelight and children trying to join in with mummy!

Congratulations to our winners and we hope you enjoy your prizes!

Take care all and we look forward to seeing you at other events and continuing new friendships x

 

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April 2020: A Tidy Mind

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Well this was our first ever Zoom WI meeting and it was a huge success.

It was very heart warming to see so many of you joining us. In fact over 50 of you!

The Lovely Kate, the brains behind her company ‘ A Tidy Mind’ , was a superb host and gave us a inspirational insight into how to kickstart us all into making our homes and minds more organised and simplifying our lives. One draw or cupboard at a time though!

Kate also shared her background with us and how this led to inspire her to set up her business, working with different clients to reorganise their homes and mindsets.

At this difficult time it really helps to have a routine and focus. I hope this has inspired you all get busy, and when quarantine is over you will all know where everything is in your house, and have stronger mindsets to tackle the way forward. Kate shared some tips with us which you can browse here:

Top Organisational Tips – Home

Top Organisational Tips – Office 

We are currently organising next months Zoom WI meeting, so watch this space!

If somebody you know didn’t make the last meeting maybe encourage them to join next months. The meetings really lift your spirits.

We have other subgroups your all welcome to join, again keeping you busy and giving you things to look forward to. Mainly having a laugh and a cheeky tipple!

Stay safe everyone and don’t hesitate to contact one of us for a chat if your fed up or fancy a natter. Maybe you might have a great idea for one of our subgroups or you might like to organise a virtual social event. Share with us your own top tips and advice!

We’d love to hear from you for what ever reason.

On behalf of the Spa Sweethearts committee we wish you a wonderful Easter

 

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