Boots Group Clock Up Another HF Group Holiday
Monk Coniston ticked off the list
Group Organiser Gill Davies recently took her group to Monk Coniston – just one of many holidays they have enjoyed over 33 years!
“It all began in 1985 when an intrepid group of energetic employees working at the Headquarters of the Boots Group, the Parent Company of Boots The Chemists Limited, Nottingham, undertook a walking holiday to Wymondham, Norfolk. The success of the holiday resulted in an annual walking holiday visiting a different HF House each year, including HF Houses subsequently sold i.e. Thurlestone, Lyme Regis and Scarborough. There was one cancellation in 2001 due to the Foot and Mouth outbreak when the Group were booked to visit Selworthy.
The Group has grown and evolved over the past 33 years and guests with a like-minded passion for walking in our beautiful countryside are scattered over the UK from Hereford, Wiltshire, Pembrokeshire and the Midlands. We meet once a year for a 4 night holiday at an HF House - there is plenty of catching up to do!
The final night of our Group holiday is given over to a fun Annual General Meeting where anticipation heightens as the venue for the next Group holiday is revealed!
Our walking group has its roots
In staff from the Chemists Boots
HF houses they frequent each year
For good walks good company and beer
And much hearty laughter in hoots!
Our visit to Monk Coniston this year was another success. Our final day proved to be rather wet so a quick return to Monk Coniston was the general consensus of opinion except for three guests who waited an extra hour (supping tea in Brantwood House Café) to be rewarded with a trip to Monk Coniston landing stage on the Steam Yacht “Gondola”. What a thrilling end to a very wet day.
The Cumbrian Feast introducing the Group to the delights of soup made from vegetables from the House walled garden, Cumberland sausage, crab and shrimp cake, salt marsh lamb, lemon tart, sticky toffee pudding (to name but a few dishes) was amazing. Each course was eloquently introduced by John the House Manager– the food kept coming - when was it going to end…….? Wow!”
Gill Davies, Group Organiser