Ayton Old Scholars' Summer
2003 Reunion was held over the weekend of 28th and 29th June
at the Whinstone Country Club, Bistro, and Caravan Park for
the fourth year.
weekend started with arrivals on Friday 27th followed by the
majority during Saturday, and many further Sunday arrivals
- who had come for Meeting, lunch and the AGM. The weather
was really kind to us on both Saturday and Sunday, reserving
the only soggy bit to Friday evening - just in time to catch
a party of early arrivals exiting Whinstone View Restaurant
after an excellent meal.
Camping in tents, caravans
and motorhomes were very much in evidence many making a long
weekend break. Whinstone View Caravan and camping park has
become very popular with many more there other than Ayton
following photographs are in the order of the events: The
walk - organised by Wendy Smith (Arnold), inauguration of
Gill Jackson as AOSA President; the Saturday barbecue supper
evening; Sunday at Whinstone Country Club; and finally the
Many thanks to: Harry Snalam, Hal Benbow,
William Pine, and Nick Whelan for the photographs they took
- their contribution, acknowledged in the "alternative
text" (accessed by holding the mouse pointer over an
image), has been a huge help in the comprehensive content
of this Photo Report.
28th June 2003 - The Walk!
Smith organised a second Old Scholars Reunion walk and tells
us: "The numbers we about the same as last year - twenty-five
people , aged from toddlers months to rising 70.
The route this year, shown on the map
opposite, took us along the lane to Little Ayton, through
farms and fields and up through woods to the far corner of
the old mine area. Along contour at 'Half Cooks' level, down
to Easby and water splash (now a bridge). From there back
through fields to Little Ayton then fields again to the Cricket
Pavilion. Across Top field, down, across and along 'lake',
across re-sited Boys' Bridge onto Little Ayton Lane and back
to the Green.
Many who have been on this and last
year's walk said how much they enjoyed themselves and -
for those who did not get a chance to thank Wendy personally
- may we here express our appreciation of the planning and
shepherding along routes and through scenery never forgotten
but perhaps, until now, a little misty in the memory.