Central Yorkshire Development – Pears Project – October Update

Date: 3rd Sep 2019 Author: Cathryn Atkinson

It’s a dark and cold September evening on the 19th September at 8pm on a Thursday night in a small rural village called Thorner. It’s our first open night but we’ve come prepared and have a floodlight on top of the car, 3 garden spades, a bag of kindling and food! A group of 14 to 18 year olds slowly start getting dropped off by keen parents ready for the open night, 1 of 3 that are planned. The evening involves making an Indian fire, for those that haven’t heard of one (myself included until the evening!) it involves digging an A3 rectangular shaped hole from the ground in one piece. Once the fire is at the stage of embers and ready to cook our pre-prepared orange cakes wrapped in tin foil are placed in the fire then the turf is placed back over the fire at a 90 degree angle. After about 15 minutes the Explorers check to see if the cakes are ready, many still very gooey at this stage but many decide they want them like that; melt in the middle. The evening then comes to a close the fires are put out and the grass returned to pre-Indian fire state. Our next open nights are planned on the 10/10/19 and 24/10/19 everyone is welcome the more the merrier so keep an eye out for us!

Amy Connor

Development Team Assistant


Thorner Explorers meet at Thorner Parish Centre, Church View, Thorner, Leeds LS14 3ED from 8-9:30pm.







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