The FOC Northern Get-Together
and Dinner

Cedar Court Hotel
Provisional date 8th June 2019


The 2019 event

We are hoping to run the FOC Northern Get-Together again in 2019. Full information will appear here or on the G4FOC web site in due course.

The Cedar Court Hotel

Members' guests are always welcome at this event and we would be delighted to welcome overseas members as well.

Function room

We may operate a function room on the Saturday afternoon if the event goes ahead. If you have any ideas for presentations, especially if you are able to give one(!) then please let us know.


To be advised

Things to do in and around Harrogate

Many thanks to Mark, G4RCD, who is a Harrogate local, for the following:

There are many ideas for things to do at the town's web site:

Valley Gardens are close to the town centre, and a great place to walk and relax. Ice creams, teas etc. There might be live music on the Sunday afternoon:

RHS Harlow Carr are lovely gardens on the western edge of Harrogate: There is also a branch of Betty's tea rooms there, with shorter queues than those that you find outside the Betty's in the town!

The Great Knaresborough Bed Race is on Saturday 10th June. The procession of decorated "beds" is great with lots of bands marching etc., then the decorations are removed to reveal a trolley with one seat.

A team of 6 pushers / pullers then run around the town ( some pretty steep hills are involved) pushing the bed with one passenger. They then have to cross through the river Nidd before finishing. The beds are buoyant (hopefully) so the passenger remains on board... all a bit crazy, but great fun to watch.

Most years the FOC dinner is the same day as the bed race, so maybe this year instead of having to do a detour to get to Harrogate because of the closed roads in Knaresborough, why not have a look. It is also a big RAYNET event with local RAYNET members all around the course.

Brimham Rocks is a good place to visit. Unusual rock formations high up above the beautiful Nidderdale valley.

Fountains Abbey, near Ripon is a ruined Monastery with gardens and water gardens and deer park.

Evening dinner

Our dinner is at 7pm in the comfortable surroundings of the Garden Suite (to be confirmed). The room is available after the dinner until midnight for members to relax and rag chew.

The Menu

After the 2013 dinner we surveyed all members who had attended the dinner in the previous two years and who were available via e-mail. As a result we made some significant changes to the menu in 2014. The new up-market menu was very well received and is now a permanent feature of the event.

For 2019 the chef will create another special menu for us.

Vegetarian courses are also available. Please contact me to discuss your requirements.

Members are asked to advise their choice of menu items when booking. I will keep a note of who has selected what... just in case you do what I often do and forget what you ordered!


Booking information will appear here in due course.

More information

A more detailed article, chronicling the history of the Northern Get-together and offering more information on the event, the hotel and the town of Harrogate appeared in the Spring 2014 edition of Focus (97).

If you have any other questions then please do ask. I look forward to welcoming you to Harrogate!


John, G3WGV

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