50th anniversary AGM weekend at Grinton Youth Hostel
More than fifty members of SOC attended, at some time, the weekend at Grinton Youth Hostel in February. Some came for Saturday's AGM, some came for the cycling, walking, mountain biking and caving activities on Saturday and Sunday and some came for the whole jolly lot! Although the weather on Saturday was not the best, those who had taken part in an activity returned to the hostel full of good spirits and ready for tea and cake in front of the rugby on TV. Following the AGM meeting, some forty people sat down to a hearty hostel meal, served very professionally by the friendly hostel staff. The evening entertainment was provided by Lizzie in the form of a quiz that tested members taste buds and fitness as well as their brains. The winning team of mountain bikers obviously had superior palates with all that cake eating!
Sunday saw a better day weatherwise, if a little windy, with walkers experiencing historic Swaledale with visits to Grinton smelt mill and the earthworks at Maiden Castle. The mountain bikers were blown all over the place! The caving party probably chose the best option although they missed the lovely rainbows that stretched across the valley during the day. Grinton Youth Hostel did us proud and they should be thanked for their patience and excellent catering.