The inaugural gathering of Northeast England Region was held on Saturday 26th June 2021 at the Queen’s Mill Tea Room in Castleford, in the West Riding of Yorkshire. To the north of the town centre the River Calder joins the River Aire and the Aire and Calder Navigation
Castleford’s history dates back to Roman times, archaeological evidence points to modern day Castleford being built upon a Roman army settlement which was called Lagentium or Legiolum (thought to mean ‘The Place of the Swordsmen’) built around the year 74.
Despite the name of the venue, the luncheon served was a very pleasant 3 course meal and they did in fact serve alcohol (in order to avoid a mutiny)! The staff were very pleasant and efficient. Unfortunately due to COVID 19 rules, we were restricted to our allocated tables and this limited social interaction amongst the group to a degree. However in true BSAP fashion, new friendships were established, and old ones enriched.
The majority consensus was that the NE Region should hold similar gatherings about 3 times a year and in the general vicinity of Castleford being the halfway point of member distribution of a region that stretches from the Scottish Border to Southern Lincolnshire. Murray will seek the help of members from the area to survey other possible venues to allow members to mix a little more.
Those in attendance were: 7475 Paul and Sylvia Hodges, 9933 Tom Steyl, 8030 Murray Russell (Regional Representative and organiser), WP 185 Cathy Mason and Ray Senior, 7784 Steve Acornley, 8661 Peter Henderson, 7440 Jeff Manning, 10503 Joe and Leslie Beale, 6621 John Findlay, WP 190 Glynis Dibden, 5358 Mick and Norah York, 9018 Mark Jordan, 8218 Geoff Clements, Christopher and Elizabeth Bean (Nyasaland Police).
Thanks Murray, we are all looking forward to the next one.
L to R Back: Christopher Bean. Mike York, Norah York
L to R Front: Elizabeth Bean, Murray Russell, Glynis Dibden
Front: Sylvia and Paul Hodges
Back: Jeff Manning
L to R Back: Tom Steyl, Ray Senior, Cathy Mason
Front: Geoff Clements
L to R Back: Peter Henderson, Leslie Beale
Middle: Joe Beale
L to R Front: Mark Jordan, John Findlay