In the 1950s, encouraged by Arnold and Phyllis Waterfall, Yorkshire Young Friends became responsible for maintaining The Barn attached to Airton Meeting House, which they used as a base for enthusiastic holidays and work parties. Young Friend Peter Leadbeater recorded these notes:
Five cyclists arrived after 4 hours pedalling [from Leeds] …. Spud peeling and wood gathering filled the morning …. appetites satisfied, we began the exacting job of lighting the bonfire…. Returning at 9:30 (moonlit evening) to dance down supper, we forgot fatigue and blisters. Such was our enthusiasm that this continued until 12:45….. Never was so much breakfast consumed by so few in such a short time…. Rain!! table tennis & dancing & frequent brews of tea…. Sunday – after meeting, the party set off in a westerly direction, towards Settle, dinner being consumed at Scalber Falls….
Young Friends from Yorkshire and beyond continued visiting Airton for event-filled weekends and holidays until around twenty years ago. Were you among their number? If so, Airton Meeting invites you, your companion and younger relatives to a reunion at our Meeting House on Saturday 28th September 2019.
Please contact Laurel Phillipson by e-mail or phone (firstname.lastname@example.org / 01756 753965) for more information and to let us know you are coming for catering and planning purposes. Lunch will be provided.