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Sunday 13th August 2017, 11:00am:
Bristol Hash House Harriers' Annual Charity Auction.
After short hash chez Three and Fourpence (102/BS37 8YF).
Make a note of the date and start saving your items to auction and pennies to spend!
Auction co-ordinated by Fairy Across the Mersey, Soprano.
Food co-ordinated by Rebore and Limpit - those eating please bring something.
Barbecue available! Please bring drink contribution. Probably cheap beer available.
Saturday 19th August 2017: Saddle Up for Lunchi's Bike Ride!
Friday 10th November 2017: Curry Night. Spice up your life!
What you've missed:
Saturday, 24th June 2017:
The world-famous Hotwells Twenty hosted by Bristol Hash House Harriers.
A fabulous day, effortlessly combining relaxed conversation, a gentle stroll, lunch, new and old (often very old) friends and the military-style organisation which only 28 years of experience can carry off. No need to book. Just turn up. Bring a friend if you like! Meet in The Knights Templar, Temple Quay, Bristol BS1 6DG, where breakfast may be taken, ready to move at 12 noon. New route will take in some little-known boozers. Print the full itinerary here before the day so you can do as little or as much of the trail as you want.
For more details contact LunchI M:07771 330 149.
Saturday 20th May 2017:
The third and final Frome Valley Wander
Start 11:00am at The Van Dyke Forum 748-756 Fishponds Road, Downend BS16 3UA. We have already trekked from the start of the Frome to Yate and from Yate to Downend. This final leg will take us from Downend right into the City Centre. The Van Dyke is a 'spoons pub so a good place for a pre-event breakfast. This is wander, not a hash.
"Be there, or be on next year's list of officers."
Sleepy will be releasing a few shillings from the Hash Vaults to provide curry for all the attendees,
including some veggie options. Be prepared - read last year's minutes HERE, and print the agenda HERE.
Friday, 24th February 2017.
~ BH3 Go to Kingsdown ~
Meet in the Colston Arms, St Michael's Hill BS2 8DX, from around 6pm, moving on around 7pm.
The pub crawl (for that's what it is) will visit some of the many delightful pubs in historic Kingsdown.
Friday 10th February 2017: BHHHFFFF - Don't miss The Bristol Hash House Harriers' Fabulous Frampton Five on Friday! Meet, 7:30pm, at The New Inn, Badminton Road, Mayshill, Frampton Cotterell BS36 2NT (#47 bus stop outside). Then a happy meander (leaving chalk trail) to The Globe, Frampton Cotterell. Details from Clem, Massive.
Saturday 28th January 2017:
The fabulous Robbie Burns' Hash House Haggis hash bash.
Cost is £17.00 which includes a two course meal, the traditional whisky stop on the trail and a toast to the Haggis with a hint of bagpipe.
Start point is Yate railway station,
BS37 5HZ, just after 11:00. It’s an A to B trail.
Catch train at: Bath 10:07, Keynsham 10:17, Bristol TM 10:41, Bristol PW 10:52, Yate 11:01.
Return: Yate 19:11, Bristol PW 19:202, Bristol TM 19:35, Keynsham 19:55, Bath 20:06.
Contact The Fat Controller re train tickets (deal for mass purchase!)
Contact The Fat Controller, Wetwipe, LUNCHi or Fruit Cake to book meal, etc.
Friday 23rd December 2016:
The Traditional Olde Brigstowe "French" Hash.
"Co-ordinated" by Rebore!
Gathering place - Wetherspoons Commercial Rooms, Corn Street;
Moving on at 1500hrs (arrive as early as you like!);
If arriving after 1500hrs phone Rebore.
A "French" Hash is not French nor is it a hash. It's an unplanned pub crawl where hashers take turns to tenir la craie ("take the chalk") and mark up a trail to the next pub (of their choice) whilst everyone else is supping in the previous pub. Come along for as little or as much as you can stand.
Saturday, 17th December: The social event of the year!
The Bristol Hash Christmas Lunch, 2016.
Meet at 12:00 noon at The Knights Templar (BS1 6DG) ready to hash at 1:00pm SHARP! There'll be a nice hash trail, with a few Festive Stops, ending up at a "cracking" restaurant. Great menu, hashy fun and games and plenty of booze. Your bags will be ransacked looked after, and there'll be easy access back to where you started.
Book your place with Fruitcake before 10th December. Make your menu choices HERE then either see Fruitcake in person (27th November hash); text to 07525145861 or email@example.com with choices and to obtain BACS bank details.
Saturday 3rd December:
Meet in The Salamander (3 John Street, Bath BA1 2JL) to proceed to skating from 3-4pm. Back to Salamander for pub crawl then a bite to eat at 8pm. The ice skating costs £9 which needs pre-booking so please let Soprano know if attending. If not skating then turn up for rest of Fun Day!
Location:3s4d's house, 102 Kingscote, Yate BS37 8YF (plenty of parking on Shire Way). Time: 11:00 am for hash; auction 1:45 pm. Some food until it is all gone! Not hashing: There should be someone left at the house for those arriving before the hash finishes. What to bring: MONEY!!! Anything you have to donate, some food to share (BBQ available) and your drink of choice. (A barrel will be provided at a moderate cost). You can leave the donations and food at 3s4d's before the start of the hash. What can be auctioned: Hash t-shirts or other accessories, books, camping or kitchen stuff, experiences or services. E.g. last year a round of golf was auctioned. Can't make it: If you have anything to auction please pass it to Soprano or 3/4d or anyone else planning on going.
If you are feeling brave you can ask someone to bid for items on your behalf (within your budget), otherwise you can donate online through Virgin Money Giving.
All hashers (money) welcome!
Saturday, 18th June:
The world-famous Hotwells Twenty hosted by Bristol Hash House Harriers.
Meet at The Knights Templar, The Square, Temple Quay, Central Bristol BS1 6DG, anytime on Saturday morning but be ready to move on at 12 noon, sharp. Various breakfast options are available. There will be an extra 15 minutes, to accommodate lunch, at around pub number 6 or 7 (around 3:00pm). Most people enjoy a half pint in each pub, but the choice, including non-alcoholic, is yours. We will move on every half hour. At 9:15pm we will leave pub 19 for the short walk to pub 20 and The Hotwells Twenty will end there, just as the sun sets on a lovely day. More pubs will be available if still thirsty. New route! See all the planned venues, and print your own tasting notes, HERE.
Can't do the whole thing? Just come along for a few pubs. Catch up with us by reference to the itinerary (see above) or give LUNCHi a call on the day on 07771330149. Bristol Hash House Harriers support sensible drinking.
The Frome Valley Wander (part 2):
Saturday, 28th May 2016.
Meet Yate Railway Station, 11:00 hrs.
Transport will be arranged to the start point in Tormarton for a nominal charge no more than £2.50. Advise 3/4d if you're coming. Alternatively, be at Majors Retreat in Tormarton by 11:30.
We will have a 6 mile wander along the Frome Valley back to Yate Station.
Probable stops at The Dog, Old Sodbury and The Horseshoe, Chipping Sodbury.
The route will stick at all times as close as is possible to the Frome Valley Walkway.
Estimated time back at Yate Station is 15:00.
Depending on demand, 3/4d will have a barbecue back at his house, about 40 minutes walk from Yate Station. Bus available from there back to Yate station or Bristol Centre.
Saturday 16th April, 7:00pm: BH3 Annual General Piss-Up at The COLSON ARMS, 24 St Michael's Hill, Kingsdown, Bristol BS2 8DX. Food provided. Non-members welcome. Read last year's minutes HERE. See agenda HERE.
Friday 11th March: BH3 March Big Night Out does
THE BEDMINSTER BEER FESTIVAL!
The Spotted Cow,
139 North Street,
Bedminster, Bristol BS3 1EZ, at around 6pm.
The Hare, North Street;
The Steam Crane, North Street;
Assembly, East Street;
The Barley Mow, East Sreet;
The Rope Walk, East Street.
Arriving later? Simply look for the chalk arrows (which will include the time) along the route or contact Lunchi on 07771330149.
Saturday 23rd January 2016, 11:00am: Robbie Burns Haggis Hash. All usual extras including haggis (veg options), neeps, tatties, drams, poetry, bagpipes, beer stops and more surprises!
Christmas Eve: Get it all off to a flying start with Wet Wipe's infamous Christmas French Hash! Meeet 16:00hrs at The Knights Templar
BS1 6DG. Get Wet Wipe's mobile number if you think you'll be later.
Sunday 17th January 2016: Spiritual Distillation Day. After Hash at Northend.
Saturday, 12th December: The social event of the year! The Bristol Hash Christmas Meal. At Sergio's Italian Restaurant, Frogmore Street, Bristol.
Friday, 13th November 2015: Curry Night, innit.
Friday, 9th October 2015: The Sodbury Six Seven! Meet 19:30hrs at The Boot Inn, 79 Horse Street, Chipping Sodbury
BS37 6DE. Floor space available or number 47 bus.
Sunday 20th September: 1700 runs in only thirty-two years! Join the celebrations - beer stop, cake and buffet lunch. Ex-/vintage/classic, or just old, hashers particularly welcome.
After the hash we will be celebrating in the obvious way, er, with -
The Hash Harvest Festival!
Bring a sample of your best home-grown produce for judging. Fabulous prizes for each of following categories:
Best Overall item (presumably one of the above? - Ed.)
Rudest shaped item.
Note from the organisers: This is a class event so no bleedin' cheaters buying stuff from Asda and covering it in shite! Thank you.
Saturday 22nd August: The Shaun the Sheep Treasure Hunt masterminded by Wet Wipe. Meet at CJ's Coffee House & Deli, Upper Maudlin Street BS2 8DW, opposite the Children’s Hospital. Breakfast available from 09:00; Treasure Hunt starts at 11:00. Your host, LUNCHi, is sorting out a special menu for the Hash.
Saturday 8th August: Saddle Up for Lunchi's Bike Ride!
From The Knights Templar, The Square, near Temple Meads Station, Bristol.
A leisurely 28-mile, all-new route following cycle paths and country lanes. Stopping at Chew Lake for elevenses and Stanton Drew for lunch, returning to Bristol later in the afternoon.
A splendid time was had by all. Lots more on and the WORDS & PICS page.
Saturday 25th July, starting at noon: Treasure Island Trail Walk!
This will be a guided walk through parts of Old Bristol. Your guide, Mark (landlord of The Beaufort Arms, Hawkesbury Upton), will share his extensive knowledge of Bristol's pirate past. Much of this history unfolded inside some of Bristol's old alehouses, and these locations will be fully explored. Meet at The Kings Head, 60 Victoria Street, Bristol BS1 6DE.
For more information, visit The Long John Silver Trust.
Saturday, 20th June: The world-famous Hotwells Twenty hosted by Bristol Hash House Harriers. It's a classic! 26th glorious year! Starting at The Knights Templar near Temple Meads. Print your own itinerary AND TASTING NOTES HERE.
Sunday, 14th June: Soprano's Charity Auction. After the hash from 3/4d's house, Kingscote, Yate, South Glos.
BS37 8YF. Park on Shire Way - no restrictions and its a short walk to house. Bring some food, booze, some money, and something to sell! Hash starts at 11:00am at junction of Shire Way and Kingscote. Buffet afterwards, (additional donations gratefully received). Some soft drinks, some retsina sloe gin (honest!) and some beers provided.
Saturday 6th June: Tyntesfield House Garden Tour.
A guided walk through the grounds, gardens and arboretum of Tyntesfield park, Wraxall, N Somerset.
Your guide will be Luncheon Voucher, a volunteer guide at the estate for the National Trust, whose ancestors were in service at the house.
The Frome Valley Rural Ramble.
Saturday, 16th May 2015.
START Yate Rail station at 10:00am. Arrive by train or 47 bus from Bristol bus station.
DISTANCE About 10 miles, including detours to nearby pubs.
DURATION No more than 5 hours. Expected finish time mid-afternoon at The Van Dyke Forum, 748 Fishponds Road BS16 3UA.
21st March: 2015 Annual General Piss Up (AGPU). At The Golden Guinea, Guinea Street, Bristol BS1 6SX, "Bristol's Best Back-Street Boozer". Read the minutes HERE.
6th March: Pub Crawl. Staple Hill to Fishponds. Simple but effective. Starting from The Red Lion, 76 Broad Street, Staple Hill BS16 5NL.
Saturday, 14th February: Spend St. Valentine's Day with your true love - the boozer! Meet at Stag and Hounds, Old Market
BS2 0EJ at 1:00pm for an organised treasure hunt for pubs!
25th January 2015: Spiritual Distillation. Bring your sloes, etc., to Northend.
31st January 2015: It's panto time! Oh, no it isn't! Oh, yes it f***in' is!
24th January 2015: Haggis and drams to comemorate Rabbie Burns' birthday. Plus "Burns Lite" options for vegetarians and recovering alcoholics.
24th December: Wet Wipe's Christmas Eve "French Hash"! (It's not really French and it's not a real hash. But it was on Christmas Eve.)
14th December: BH3 Christmas Social and (shortish) hash. From The Clifton Wine Bar, Richmond Terrace, Queens Road, Clifton BS8 3AB. Fancy dress on the run (optional). Shiggy, short cuts, carols and beer stop en route (bring beer tokens). Also mince pie and mulled wine stop. All welcome on run even if not coming for sit down meal which starts at 3:00 pm. Secret Santa. Plus FANTASTIC NEW quiz from Sleepy. Says Sleepy.
November 14th: Friday night is Lunchi's Curry Night!. Details HERE. Basically, we go out for a curry and Lunchi gets the blame for everything that goes wrong.
An all-day quality event, starting and finishing at Bath Spa or Temple Meads, with a hash en route. Pictures HERE.
3/4d's pictures HERE
Saturday 9th August: Lunchi’s Bike Ride.
Meet at College Green at 9.45am.
This will be a leisurely-paced ride (some would even say "tame").
For the most part, the all-new route will follow cycle paths. There will be a lunch stop and maybe a drinks stop or two.
We will return to Bristol late afternoon.
You will need to bring a bike.
Saturday, 2nd August: Try to find the Cirencester Hares. It's a Treasure Hunt! Lots of fun; possibly some culture, too. All the details HERE.
28th June: Midsummer Madness Auction and BBQ. 2:00pm Hash then 4:00pm auction, followed by barbecue.
Venue: Rebore Towers.
Saturday 21st June 2014: The Longest Day! Also known as The Hotwells Twenty. (NB: In this year's Guardian List of Things To Do Just Before You Die.) Full itinerary HERE. Article from Pints West and photos HERE.
Monday, 21st April: Easter run with Easter Egg Hunt from The Fox, Easter Compton.
Saturday, 29th March 2014:
The 32nd Annual General Piss-Up (AGPU).
Ye (sic) Shakespeare Inn, 78 Victoria Street, Bristol BS1 6DR (5 minutes walk from Temple Meads; 10 minutes walk from Bus Station). Meeting in back room. The pub has four real ales - Butcombe, Bombardier, Tribute plus one guest.
NB: Full AGPU package includes a Picture Quiz and a (Wo)Man v. Food Eating Competition! No, really! Food provided (includes veggie options) whether or not you take part in competition. All under supervision of a registered nutritionist and highly-qualified midwife.
Minutes will be posted here in time for next year's meeting. Honest!
Friday 7th March 2014:
Following on from the success of the "Sodbury Six" and inspired by the great British explorers, such as David Livingstone, Ernest Shackleton and Sir Ranulph Fiennes, the BH3 Soc. Committee proudly present,
It was intended that our modern-day explorers would assemble, ready for inspection, at Base-camp (aka The Inn on The Green, Horfield) at 1900hrs sharp!
After taking on preparatory fluids, the party set off, on foot, in a southerly direction, following the route of Gloucester Road, with the intention of making it all the way to Stokes Croft by the time of Last Orders. The party was totally unsupported (except, latterly, by each other), i.e. no support vehicles nor Sherpas was used in this attempt!
By the use of money alone, the party managed to sustain themselves on this epic trek, by purchasing drinks and nutrients at hostelries along the way. Some pictures HERE.
The Famous Bristol Haggis Bash. A classic event returned to a classic venue - Parkend in The Forest of Dean. Pictures HERE.
Run 1611, 19 January 2014. Hare: Soprano. Followed by The Still House News.
The memory of Sunday, 19 Jan is now a faint vision of blue sky and sunshine - we have hardly seen either since! (Apparently the sun shone somewhere on Skye today).
Massive, Clem, Gazza, Public Enemy, L/Escargot, Snails Nuts, Rentahash, Hot Fuzz, Sue You, Fruitcake, Spider, Wet Wipe, Sleepy, Dolly, DrW, Puki and virgin Hasher Sue all rushed quickly out into the sunshine. (Duracell turned up much later straight from a TACH race) plus Diane.
I decided to run the Hash down and alongside the almost flooded Brook for as short a time as possible - just in case a 'Hashing purist' relished trudging through just a bit more mud. I rather hoped though that Hashers would appreciate a bit of a (dry) climb up to, and then a bit of a trot over, Charmy Down - at least to remember what it was like to easily lift one leg in front of the other! I eventually made it to the top myself only to see L'Escargot and Snails Nuts confidently, but incorrectly, heading right down towards Stoney Lane! The continuance of the rain played havoc with the trail. A quick ON back shout and we made it to the regroup amazingly with the Hash patiently waiting for us. Did you know there are over 30 species of birds on the top of Charmy Down? It is truly an area of outstanding natural beauty - even with the now derelict world war 2 control tower and outbuildings complete with the lines of the flight paths still very evident. For me, it is a magical place, especially when jogging over the top at sunset after it has just snowed with Ringo zooming about doing twirly wirlies! Can you believe the powers that be in Bath are again considering turning the top of Charmy Down into the 'Park & Ride' to feed the east side of Bath. (Stick this with the other services down on the meadows with the train line, the canal, the river and the ugly overhead pylons I say). I feel an Emmeline Pankhurst moment coming on! Once in our stride and easily over the top we approached "the steps" leading down to Chilcombe Bottom. Yes, so called because Why? - chilly bottoms we all had! The precarious slippy, mud soaked descent must go down in hashing history at the sight of a lady in wellies, with a baby strapped in cloth to her back bent double with a hand on each step trying to keep control (yikes). This sight sent us all scurrying away as quickly as possible in abject horror - she wanted no help: why not change your route love? Another regroup at the bottom then Dolly, DrW and Gazza all assumed we were heading up Solsbury Hill. Ha Ha, this devious Hare had earlier abandoned that idea and we headed left through to Sevenacres Lane even missing out the right turn at the new gate again up towards Solsbury Hill (this was no valley of death Mark VI and this Hare is getting soft).
Anyway, back home, legs washed, indescribable muddy shoes and socks at the door - the real serious business commenced:
- The Distillation -
Cheese and biscuits to ease the hunger pangs, beer on tap. Seven nominations (Massive's ginger and raspberry vodkas, Gazza's second entry of an Aldi bought sloe gin and Soprano's other sloe gin) - all so wonderfully distilled that, according to one of our 'top' judges: yes, that Cider drinker extraordinaire, Public Enemy, all were regarded as Highly Commended. Other obvious choices for judges were that clean palated Clem - and a Northend resident and virgin Hasher Sue. The hot news was that, as two years in succession winner, Spider's Linda had not entered - the competition was wide open. The rest of us were salivating as the three judges enviously kept us all on tenterhooks right to the end - 3rd: Soprano's sloe gin - 2nd: Fruitcake's sloe gin: 1st and clear winner: (drum roll): Gazza's sloe gin. Once all were tasted (several times) and verified as worthy contenders, the genius for me in the winner and, as Gazza himself glassy eyed and chokingly explained to a clearly mesmerised audience - during the first week of his distilling ..... he put in a clove and a cinnamon stick! Of course, another round of tasting ensued just to verify the clove and cinnamon on our own palate: much debate and a few beers later, Hashers slowly departed, leaving a select few for possibly a first Hashing experience - afternoon tea and cakes.
ICE SKATING IN BATH, Saturday, 4th December 2014.
Soprano reports: "Limpet, Rebore, Gazza, Public Enemy, Chilli Con Carne, Steve, Clem and I met at the Marlborough Tavern for our confidence booster then strolled down to the rink for our 4:15pm session. Once booted and suited we attacked the ice(?!!). Limpet and Public decided it was not for them but were really great supporters. The rink itself didn't appear to be bigger as reported but the food and champagne on offer in the cabins surrounding - and getting on the ice at dusk with all the twinkly lights an a busy rink made for a lovely atmosphere. We were convinced we were going to get a soaking but the huge black clouds circling overhead passed without incident (thankfully!)
Gazza clearly hadn't lost his skills from last year, Chilli took to it like a duck to water! Her partner Steve was the dark horse and just took off immediately. The ice is still recovering from the crashing fall of Clem (yikes). Rebore again was an absolute professional. For those of you who don't know, Rebore trained with Robin Cousins all those years ago and hasn't lost his marvellous skill. He has also played ice hockey. It was a joy to see Rebore traverse the ice so beautifully. Poor Clem really did struggle early on but Rebore really helped him to start to skate over the ice rather than walk on it! I asked the attendant if Rebore could stay on the ice a bit longer after our session so he could really show us all how to skate properly - just brilliant to watch!
Once we found our road legs we ambled down to the Salamander for a well-earned ReHash of our efforts and Puki joined us. Rebore was reliably informed that Bristol would have its own Ice Rink within 18 months. Can't wait!
24th December: The Christmas French Hash. ("It's not French and it's not a hash!") Meet at The Knights Templar, near Temple Meads BS1 6DG,
15th December: The Christmas "Do". From The Clifton Wine Bar, Richmond Terrace, Queens Road, Clifton BS8 1AB.
8th November: The Annual Curry Night number 99! All the usual sophistication. Photos HERE.
Saturday, 2nd November: 1600th run! Including a Grand Day Out!
Luxury transport from Bristol (and back), a fabulous A-B Hash set by one of BH3’s most experienced senior hashers, a fantastic circle and beer and food. Simple but effective! See Three and Fourpence's pictures HERE.
October 30th (Wednesday): Halloween Special Charity Pub Quiz Night at The Badminton Arms, Coalpit Heath. Charity quiz organised by the pub in aid of The Matthew Tree Project Food Store. 8:00pm to register teams for an 8:30pm sharp start!
Five different rounds plus music or picture/puzzle round.
CASH PRIZES and pub vouchers to be won, as well as a Snowball Question with a minimum of £50 cash prize!
Saturday, 31st August 2013:
Treasure Hunt of Bristol's famous Grommit statues!
Meet at The Knights Templar, The Square, Temple Quay, BS1 6DG at 12:30pm for 1:00pm start.
Entry £2.00 per person. Maps will be provided.
Teams of three maximum can be decided on the day.
Trail will pass various hostelries for refreshments if needed - solid or liquid!
Finish at 6:00pm for results and prize-giving. No smart-arse phones, tablets or other technical wizardry to be used. Semaphore and tins with string are allowed.
A lovely day!"
"Mr Gazza" from Bath, UK, says:
Excellent trail Lunchi,
About 20 of us in the end, with a few popping up to join us at various stages of the trail, and fruitcake getting her son to drive her to meet us for lunch!
The trail started from Warmley - would have been on time except from Waynetta arriving the standard 5-10 mins late with poor Sweaty guarding her bike til she arrived. And a surprise, Spider-Man on a bike. But his bottom didn't quite last the day......
Easy cycle for 15 mins in good weather - time for coffee/tea at Bitton.
More easy cycling thru to Bath, then a road crossing to the new Two Tunnels section of a cycle path leading south out of Bath. A first time thru there for most, experiencing the dimly lit narrow, atmospheric tunnels, then almost to Midford but then back on ourselves towards Limpley Stoke on quiet roads and tracks. Time for some rain, not too bad, but an excuse for refreshment at The Hop Pole. A bit of a cloud burst while we were in the garden but the smokers area was well sheltered.
Back to the canal path towards Avoncliffe for lunch. A mile short of there and another cloud burst. Some sheltered under trees, others made a dash for the pub. Once there more beer and food orders. We found sheltered areas in the garden but it brightened up in time for food. Then some down downs. Then the rain set in again, so more beer to pass the time!
Eventually off we set back along the cycle path to Bath. More rain as we approached The George at Bathampton. Funny how it set in near pubs. So another stop for some beer and a goodbye to Soprano and Puki as they were near home.
Then on to Bath itself. I had the honour of leading them off the tow path along roads to Great Pultney St, and as I looked around behind me I saw a long 'crocodile' of hashing cyclists that could have been a 'lead out train' from the Tour de France.
After leaving the town centre another pub stop, the Hop Pole on the Upper Bristol Rd. Another visit from Fruitcake via the son taxi service.
At this point various groups filtered off back towards the Bath Briatol cycle path with appointments to make. And it was over. it had been damp in places, sunny in others, boozy in yet others. All in all, an excellent day out.
22nd June: The Famous Hotwells Twenty. Lunchi says "Excellent day. Enjoyed in part by 28 and in full (in every sense of the word) by 9? - Lunchi, Sweaty, Clem, Fruitcake, Wensleydale, Puki, Our Kid, TFC, Sleepy - Have I missed anyone off?" Pictures HERE.
9th June 2013: 30th Birthday celebrations! Pictures HERE.
5th April: The all-new Sodbury Six. LUNCHi reports: "Seven blokes, three ladies. Sweaty got there two hours early and was 'well on his way' by the first pub. Lost Clem after we decided to move on, leaving undrunk beer in pub 'cos it was off. He caught up with us half an hour later having decided that, even though the beer wasn't good, it would be a shame to waste it."
1st April: Easter Bank Holiday AND April Fool's Day - another Social Committee triumph!
23rd March: The AGPU with food and games! A luxury night out at a prime Bristol location. You weren't there? We noticed! Try to make it next year.
The Encore Northenders Theatre Company presented Panto Time: Goldilocks and The Three Bears.
26th January: Haggis Hash. Thirty-five attended this, sold out, classic event. Mystery venue - Bradford on Avon. So now you know!
5th January: Ice skating in Royal Victoria Park, Bath. PICTURES
30th December: Puki and Soprano's spiritual distillation. After the hash at Northend.
23rd December: The Christmas meal, for if you're not yet into the festive mood.
21st December: Wet Wipe's "French" Hash. Just a pub crawl really.
30th November: Quiz, 20+ attended. Venue "deemed acceptable"* for future events. [* means "they take anybody".]
November 9th: Lunchi's Curry night. 30+ attended. Pre-meal pub to be used again. Nice to see so many BOGS joining us.
11th August: Lunchi's bike ride. There and back.
23rd June: The Famous Hotwells Twenty - back in its Bristol docks home!
Firstly our two main fundraising events this year will be:
* A BLACK TIE BALL on the 17th June 2017 (poster HERE)
* DONATE FOR DAN RUGBY DAY on the 29th July 2017.
See below for more details!
Friends and family of Dan Hickey award their first charity grants in his memory:
A group of voluntary and community organisations have been given the go-ahead for a number of sports and drama projects with local young people, thanks to the Dan Hickey Fund, set up in memory of a young local man who died tragically in a hit and run incident in August 2015.
The Fund's decision-making panel, made up of Dan's friends and family, met in February to review the first ever round of funding applications from nearly thirty groups. The criteria for applying was for youth organisations involved in drama or sport initiatives, helping young people who are 25 years old or younger and live in the local Bristol community. Dan was 25 years old when he died. The panel awarded grants to eight community organisations, totalling more than £19,000 to support inspiring local projects benefitting young people.
The groups receiving the very first grants from the Dan Hickey Fund are:
Creative Youth Network: £2,500 to support disadvantaged young people, who struggle to meet their potential, to develop a 2017 Christmas theatre production. The organisation provides social and emotional support in the form of art based activities in a safe and creative environment.
Four Acres Academy: £2,779 to help fund the school's participation in the Shakespeare schools festival, which includes a drama workshop for pupils to put on a performance at the Tobacco Factory. The students who attend the academy come from Withywood, one of the most deprived wards in the UK.
Henbury School: £2,500 to support pupils on low incomes to take part in a week-long residential performing arts summer camp. The camp culminates in the pupils preparing a performance for the public in which they showcase what they have learnt in drama, dance and music.
Kneehigh Theatre Company: £4,900 will be funding the Kneehigh Rambles Community Tickets at the Bristol Old Vic. It gives community groups and individuals who are ordinarily not able to attend the theatre a chance to experience one of Kneehigh's award winning shows as a VIP, to include a pre-show workshop with the Kneehigh actors. Kneehigh was Dan's favourite theatre company and he took great delight in attending their productions with his family and friends.
· Oasis Academy Brislington: £1,500 towards sports kit and specialist equipment for students to use in the development of their sporting performance whilst part of their netball and rugby academies. The aim of the programme is to engage students and give them a group to be part of, helping them at school and improving their attendance and behaviour.
Off The Record – Bristol: £1,500 towards drama therapy sessions for children facing mental health difficulties; by immersing themselves in drama young people are supported to confront and express their emotions.
Tobacco Factory Arts Trust: £1,660 for six bursary places at their Young Theatre Makers' holiday sessions, for young people who do not have the means to otherwise participate in drama activities. The bursaries named the ‘Dan Hickey Bursaries,' will focus on developing confidence, self-motivation, teamwork and creativity whilst also working on theatre-related skills.
Unique Voice £2,267 to support their week-long holiday drama activities for young people in Withywood. The focus will be "New Beginnings".
One of the successful groups, Kneehigh Theatre Company, is planning to use its two grants to open up two of their upcoming Bristol Old Vic shows - The Tin Drum and Tristan and Yseult – to around 120 local young people who don't normally have the chance to experience theatre, to inspire them about the arts and to support conversations about the work and how they feel about it.
"It's great that the Dan Hickey Fund is supporting this project", said Kneehigh's Bethany Lyne. "It'll ensure that young people from across Bristol, who ordinarily wouldn't have the chance, can experience live theatre and share in the joy of a Kneehigh show. We're excited at the prospect of bringing our programme to Bristol and working with the young people and community groups there."
Another group receiving funding for a half-term project, Unique Voice, says the grant has already made a huge impact.
"The funding granted by the Dan Hickey Fund has made a big difference to the children who participated", said Cat Sparkes, co-Founder. "Many of the children who are referred to us don't get the opportunity to take part in out of school activities and so, having a fun, creative, and safe place to make new friends and play is not taken for granted."
Children who have taken part in the latest Unique Voice project have written thank you cards and letters to the Dan Hickey Fund. One letter said: "I have made so many new friends […] thank you so much, I hope this could happen again."
Dan's sister Lizzie said: "To be able to fundraise at a variety of events with different groups of Dan's friends has given many of us an important focus during this very upsetting time. The events are always highly anticipated and very much enjoyed despite the poignant reason for coming together. Dan's friends and family have appreciated being able to reward organisations with grants that we feel truly reflect Dan's passions and philosophy of life. The process of keeping Dan's memory alive through this fund has been very healing for all involved and this is amplified by knowing the fundraising events we plan are helping others, not just those that knew him. We are all very excited for, and hard at work planning the next fundraising events."
Dan's father, John Hickey, explained the purpose of the memorial fund. "Through the Dan Hickey Fund we hope to support and develop young people through both sport and drama – Dan's two big loves in life. Dan was a fun-loving, vibrant individual, but was also very compassionate and inclusive of people who perhaps hadn't had the same opportunities in life."
The Dan Hickey Fund has raised almost £40,000 so far, through a series of fundraising events arranged by Dan's friends and family – including a charity rugby match last summer between his old university team at Leicester University and his own Bristol Saracens team, and a Christmas carolling pub crawl along on Bristol's Gloucester Road.
Two more fun and sociable fundraising events are already planned for this year:
Dazzle for Dan, Dinner and Dance (see poster HERE).
If you'd like to donate to the Dan Hickey Fund, or if you've been inspired to get involved with local giving, visit the Quartet Community Foundation website at www.quartetcf.org.uk.
From Cecilia and John "Too Early" Hickey,
A few weeks have now passed since John and I joined you for the hash
followed by annual auction during which you raised a staggering £806 for
Dan Hickey Fund. It is amazing to think that such a pile of tat could
seriously raise such an enormous sum of money, but this came from you
digging deep into your pockets and being supremely generous. As the Hickey family we'd like to say an enormous and heartfelt thank you for this huge
donation and a fun, lively event which we so enjoyed.
Although many of you remarked on our strength and ability to cope with such a social event, we would like you to know how much you have helped by "pulling" us forward. We have managed to get through one year (Lord knows how) but we have, and it is the love and support of those we know that has
helped us to dip into normality again in an effort to move forward.
I know some of you are joining us for the next fund raising event which is the Great Bristol Half Marathon on the 25th of September and, again, we thank you for this. We look forward to seeing you at the event and treading a bit of mileage with you or sharing a few aches and pain stories over a beer afterwards.
In true and simple terms, we thank you for helping us through the darkness and enabling us to move "on on..."
You will all wish to know where your money has gone from our Summer of fund raising via our donations and our auction. First of all, very many thanks to Waynetta for auditing and collecting the initial auction funds (Bravo!) Please see the three following letters:
The first concerns our £85 from the Charity Above & Beyond informing us that our money will go towards Bristol's Oncology Centre via their Golden Gift Appeal.
The second letter is from Avon Wildlife Trust. As Wolfie was instrumental in nominating the Trust at our AGM and we were then given options of what we wished them to do with our £180.75 - the Seed Fund was chosen. This is what Avon Wildilife had to say about the fund:
"We shall be calling on our Seed Fund very soon as we have been awarded some funding for a partnership project that we are running with Buglife, called B-lines. This project will map important wildflower rich areas leading to enhancement of natural habitat that will benefit pollinating insects. Often the Trust has to provide at least 10% to gain access to funding from course such as a lottery or landfill communities fund. We set up a Seed Fund specifically to match-fund larger grants. Therefore, a donation of £180 would then potentially lever in £1,800 of funding for a project.
Note: I was interested to read about the history of the Hash House Harriers. I think I mentioned to you that I took part in one. It was with a group based in Miri in Sarawak, Malaysia. We spent a fun and very hot afternoon running around the paddy fields to the bemusement of the local villagers! Happy days."
The third is from Myeloma UK concerning our donation of £190.75. Those of you still with me will note the discrepancy of £10 from our 50/50 donation to Avon Wildlife Trust. This is because Dingbat, a hasher we had not seen before, turned up on the Sunday as I continued collecting the auction funds and, as he was about to leave, Dingbat came over to me and handed me £10 and said that his wife's mother was battling a blood disorder and he wanted his £10 to go towards the Myeloma UK appeal.
Well done HHHashers!
During 2011 and 2012 The Bristol Hash House Harriers' charity, nominated by Soprano for family reasons, was MyelomaUK, an organisation which attemps to cover every aspect of myeloma, a cancer affecting plasma cells in the bone marrow. This includes information and support, improving standards of treatment and care through research, education, campaigning and raising awareness generally.
Primarily through two Hash-related auctions, over £1,000.00 has been raised for the charity. A letter and two certificates from the charity are reproduced below: