Visit to Bradford, 2-4 January 2016

We had another great weekend away together, organised by Bro Karol. 16 brothers and wives availed themselves of the opportunity to go on a “Golden Voucher” deal at the Midland Hotel, Bradford.

We started off with 10 of us visiting the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway for one of their Mince Pies Specials; a quick look round the shops in Keighley, and a warming cup of tea help keep the cold away to some degree as it had been raining all morning. Most of the group got off at Haworth and braved the steep climb up into the village to have some lunch and enjoy a look round their shops and museums. A further two went off to Ilkley for the day, having parked up at the Midland Hotel beforehand.


The train at Keighley Station

That evening we all gathered for drinks in the bar and then enjoyed a splendid three-course meal in the Grill Restaurant with its quaintly decorated ceiling.

Next morning, after a good sleep and a hearty breakfast, we all drove the short distance to St Francis of Assisi Church where he heard Mass and were welcomed with open arms for swelling both the congregation and the singing. One of the Bradford Brothers gave us a very warm welcome from the altar and used the opportunity to explain some of the benefits that the Association can offer to young people in the parish.

We then moved on to the Salt’s Diner, upstairs in Salt’s Mill, Saltaire for lunch where the food was again excellent and the company brilliant.

Richard's pudding

Brother Richard finally got his wish – sticky toffee pudding with custard

Our group was joined by two of the Brothers from Bradford who then accompanied us on our guided tour of the model village. Maria Glot, our guide, was extremely entertaining and kept our attention and humour alive despite a biting wind and driving rain.

Deep discussion about football and rugby

Two of the Bradford Brothers joined us for lunch – deep in discussion with Bro Tony.

Once the tour was over, most people went back to the hotel to have a warming shower before we all gathered once more for dinner in the restaurant. Another smashing meal was had and the talk of the evening was Brother Charles’ “other woman” and his 12 children (with another on the way)!

Monday morning was much drier and we were delighted by a tour of some interesting sites in the centre of Bradford, including the Bradford Club where the local Circle meets. Thanks to Brother David Stockdale of Bradford for such a well-informed tour and for willingly giving up his time to lead us round when he could have been at home with his grandchildren.

By the end of the morning most people were ready for a coffee (at Waterstone’s inside the Wool Exchange) and then to make their way homewards. Once again, those who went said it had been an enjoyable opportunity to be away and sample the delights of somewhere not on most people’s radar. Lots of suggestions were made for our next venture, but that is for another day.

Group photo

The group gathers on the stairs at the Midland Hotel