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Monica4727

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« Reply #30 on: 20:43:30, 23/02/21 »
Wow, I’ve only just seen this post from 2017. Yes! I went to Stanley Ghyll house as a 14 y.o. ...in the 1960s. my dad had died very suddenly and mum took the 3 of us on this walking holiday. I have a photo somewhere of me sitting outside plotting the days route. I absolutely loved it!! We always went to the seaside with Dad and mum but that would have been too sad. We also went to Derbyshire the next year . I’d love a similar holiday now but I just say, I became a competent mountain climber, a very competent rock climber and I’m still exceptionally fit and made my career writing about fitness in a national Sunday newspaper. It all started at the CHA!

Carole E

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« Reply #31 on: 10:01:29, 01/03/21 »




Just looking through an old photo album, my first photo was of a Mr Knowles at Abbeville CHA in Cromer, he had his owl, Solomon on his shoulder, had another baby owl,Snowy, who lived in his room, but he took Solly out on walks, and had us kids looking for dead mice for Solly's lunch.This would be in the late 50's.
My family *(the Cleasbys) went on lots of CHA holidays, and had wonderful times.

John Bolton

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« Reply #32 on: 15:44:29, 08/04/21 »
The  CHA (& HF)   1956 – 1973 
Notes by John P Bolton   Secretary at Bray 1958 and Onich 1964 & 65, and General Committee Member c1966-73
These were rival similar organisations, CHA based in Manchester & HF (Holiday Fellowship) in London with guest houses throughout UK. They also offered overseas holiday destinations using block-booked hotels   Both were set up in early c 1900  by same man T A Leonard to offer holidays to Lancashire mill workers, but with a wide client base by 1950s.   They also supported a large number of local walking groups, often joint CHA/HF.  During my time CHA had an identity crisis  and changed from the original Cooperative Holidays Association  (because it was confused by the public with the retail organisation)  to The C.H.A.,  as on my 1964 Life Membership card;   but only briefly, because of complaints from the Chest & Heart Association;  to the Countrywide Holidays Association as a better alternative than the Countryside Holidays Association, the only other viable name that would retain the initials.
The guest–houses were mainly substantial c 1900 properties with some couple & family rooms, but also dormitory accommodation.  Glaramara in the Lake District was purpose built in the 1930s.  Many were only open for the summer months.  The properties were managed by a formidable team of experienced manageresses supported by young catering staff, and an often very young Secretary who collected outstanding payments, organised transport with local bus companies, and led the A Walks.  Detailed route instructions were provided, but there was little other training, & none in first aid !  The evening activities were organised by a Host & Hostess who also led B & C Walks for the less energetic.
The property portfolio was still expanding in the  1960s,  the Fowey house being added,  coincidentally already carrying the CHA logo on its rain-water heads – the initials of the original owner.
In the 1960s the organisation was run very efficiently from a large house in Fallowfield Manchester by the ‘Secretary’ Frank Wright  (often frank but always right), and his secretary Sonja Goodie, and a committee of about six, elected at annual conferences in various parts of the country – in my time: Edinburgh, Newcastle Wolverhampton, York .
Unfortunately the greater flexibility provided by car ownership & the availability of cheap foreign holidays, led to a declining market for these communal holidays, which together with the cost of required upgrading of the properties led to the closure of the CHA in 2002 .   The HF soldiers on but with a more flexible operational system.
JPB 04.2021

John Bolton

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« Reply #33 on: 09:17:14, 13/04/21 »
Further to my post of 08/04/21,
I find that I have Centre Programme leaflets for Ambleside 1956, Kinfauns 1957, Bray 1957 & 1958, Onich 1959, where I led A plus groups for two years, and an undated leaflet for Zermatt.
I also have a comb-bound full set of leaflets for 1971 - fifty years ago, and group photographs of Bray guests for late June to early August 1958. 
all of which could be scanned if of interest.  JPB

Pauline13a

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« Reply #34 on: 11:45:44, 13/04/21 »
Hi there
I was completing the Wainwrights last year and I was sure I’d done some of the walks many years before, on CHA holidays in Eskdale mid 60’s, Ambleside 1974, Grasmere Christmas 1984. I wonder how much the programmes might have changed?  In any case I’d still be interested in what you have from 1971.
We also went as a family to Cromer, Hindhead and Whitby, and my parents Jean and Bill Gaskill hosted at other centres.
Best wishes
Pauline Gaskill