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Posted:  Saturday 21 July 2018

North East Associates
Yarm and Ormesby Hall

- Thursday 12th July –

A full coach of 53 set off on-time for Yarm, welcoming our new Associate,
Ann Wood.

The weather was overcast but a promise of sun later.

Arriving in Yarm at 10.45 most set off for refreshments.
‘Muse’ was a popular choice in which service was quick, friendly and the food excellent.

A walk around Yarm involving several purchases, including a lovely floral jacket by
Bev Gearing.

Also, three of our party were interviewed by BBC Radio Tees for their views on the upcoming Trump visit.
For four weeks this was available on "catch-up" but is sadly now gone.

Now we are talking real bull, yes – the livestock variety.  The animal concerned was the grandson of Colling’s’ original bull "Hubbach", or "Hubback", and became known as the ‘Ketton Ox’ when he was exhibited in Darlington in 1799.  He was painted as such at the age of five years in 1801 in a portrait by George Cuit of Richmond.

Back to the pub.  This venue specialised in tapas and good beer
                                  – Mordue Rivet Catcher and Bass were good examples.

Then back on the coach at 1 pm for the short trip to Ormesby Hall - a National Trust property.

Bob & Lily Pearson arriving at the hall

Lesley Harris posing in front of the hall - photo by husband Colin!

On arrival we were given a comprehensive talk describing what we would find in the hall - home of Ruth and Jim Perryman - and surrounding grounds.

Marion Green and Liz Golding sheltering from the sun


Some shorn sheep also taking shelter

Bonnie & Gardiner Dixon enjoying the sun

As we entered the hall we discovered that each room had a volunteer who was more than helpful in describing the rooms contents and how it was used.

A pianist was playing as we arrived who was using the hall piano for his practise - excellent.

Those who were able enough made their way to the top floor where four model railway layouts were set out.  One layout allowed us to start various engines including Thomas the Tank Engine.

Longbenton girls!

Gerry Barclay in conversation with her daughter

Bev Gearing and Kath Heath enjoying aftrenoon tea

The gardens were very small with a large marquee used for weddings - a lovely setting.

Ormesby Hall - from the croquet lawn

The door to Mr. Hedgehog's home in the childrens play area

The hall and tea room from the garden

Some of our party tried the outdoor games of croquet, nine-pins and dominoes as well as taking the displayed one mile walk around the perimeter of the grounds.

Audrey Tullin and Glenda Robinson heading for refreshments

Rita Sparrow, Penny Sore and Verena Ellis enjoying a cuppa

Bob & Lily have finished their afternoon tea

At two-in-the-afternoon the sun came out with some seeking shelter, and others partaking the sumptuous cream teas on offer.

Some - mainly the shopaholics - thought more time in Yarm, which is a lovely market town, would have suited them better.

But all in all a lovely day out arriving back in Newcastle just before 6 pm.

Colin P Harris

(cph  13/07/2018)

(ph  20/07/2018)

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