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2015 Treasure Hunt - 19th July 2015

Report by Sheila Mason

Woke up to heavy rain but happily the sun came out at 9.30 and stayed fine all day! We met in Thirsk market place at 10 ready to leave at 10.30. There should have been 10 cars, but unfortunately one driver and one car were poorly, leaving just 9.
We headed west with our Route Instructions and list of Treasure Hunt questions. We had some challenging questions from Neil and Heather that definitely kept our brains ticking over.

Our first stop was Masham market place where we had three questions to answer and have a cup of coffee, if required. Tony and I thought we deserved one as there had been already six questions before arriving in Masham.

We left Masham turning right after Grewethorpe village sign and onto Ilton passing Dennis Wheatley's house. Then onto Swinton passing the Swinton Bivouac Centre, anyone for "Glamping"?

The instructions told us to park nearby and answer more questions - one being to find a Druids Temple. I do not think any of us knew even the existence of this local historical site. This structure was created by William Danby of nearby Swinton Hall in 1820. He created the temple to generate work for the local population who were paid 1 shilling a day. A salary was offered for someone to live at the Temple, unfortunately he only lasted five years before going mad!

We were on our way again, with a further 10 questions to answer. Through some very pretty countryside, until we arrived at our lunch destination, The George on the Ripon road. Lunch was booked for 2pm and most cars arrived just in time. We were pleased to have Dave and Kate join us for lunch and hear, about Steve and Dot's daughter's wedding, that they had attended the evening before. The winners of the Treasure Hunt were Bill and Mavis and Martin and Sue with joint scores of 21.

Everyone was concentrating so much on the questions that no one took any pictures.

Thank you to Heather and Neil for organising a challenging but extremely enjoyable day.