‘Young Friends’ Reunion

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 (dw.l.phillipson@btinternet.com / 01756 753965) for more information and to let us know you are coming for catering and planning purposes.  Lunch will be provided.

Cartoon from Peter Leadbeater’s notebook, reproduced with kind permission of Michael Leadbeater