robgul wrote:That brings back memories from when I was a member (and indeed Chairman for a couple of years) of Woodford & District YHA Group from 1962 - 69. Many of the Essex, Kent and Surrey hostels were regular weekend haunts ... and I was a volunteer helper at the Epping Forest hostel for a while.
To remember a few I stayed at : Cudham (my very first bed-night), Tanners Hatch, Ivinghoe, Holmbury St Mary, Kemsing, Crockham Hill, Houghton Mill, Ewhurst, Alfriston, Cambridge, Jordans, Idwal, Buttermere, Saffron Walden . . . those were the days.
I was a member ( and like yourself Chairman for a year) from 1968 to 1971 of the West London YHA Group and we visited most of those hostels that you mentioned.
I met my wife Mary in this group and we and four other couples married about the same time and are all still married. It did not do much for the club membership however!