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YHA YHA Jordans 80th Anniversary
    15/08/2013 08:22

YHA Jordans 80th Anniversary

Last Sunday 11th August, YHA Jordans marked its 80th Anniversary.

The sun shone on the large number of guests as they enjoyed the afternoon teas, toasted marshmallows on the camp fire, handled exotic snakes and reptiles and shared their memories of times gone by at Jordans.

As the bubbly was being drunk and the birthday cake consumed, I took the opportunity to thank the Quakers for their continued support at YHA Jordans, the amazing group of volunteers for their enthusiasm and the managers both current and previous who have created the unique atmosphere at Jordans, that makes it such a special hostel.

Kath and Trevor Keys (wardens 1978 - 1995) and Nicola Lowe (2000 - present) then unveiled a commerative plaque.

YHA Jordans come into being in 1933 when the Quakers offered some land to YHA, and the purpose built hostel was created. It is probably fair to say that little has changed over the years, although electricity was added in 1948, and washrooms were only added in 1985 following fund raising of £4,000. Prior to this it was an earth closet type WC and washing was done in plastic buckets in the dormitory after water had been collected from the stand pipe!

A huge thank you must go out to Nicola, Alison and their team of volunteers for organising such a lovely anniversary.

- Nick Hoyle - Operations Manager

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