Pie and Skittles Night at the Drum & Monkey, Upton-Upon-Severn                

Friday 18th November at 7.00pm

dsc_0589Earlier this year Tim Keyes and I spent several weeks visiting schools in the Taplejung District, a remote area of NE Nepal. One of the basic needs of seven of the schools was a reliable source of water, for drinking, for washing and for maintaining hygienic toilets. In April 2017 a team of trekkers, led by Robin Humphreys and Chris Johnson, are visiting the same area. They would very much like to be able to satisfy the needs of, at least, some of those schools, although in an ideal world, we would like them all to receive the benefits of this most basic of needs. This evening will go part way to achieving it. So, whether you are a skittle champion, or a rank outsider, come for an enjoyable evening, with friends, to aid this excellent cause.

There is a choice of pies, plus a vegetarian option. Choose from the following:

*Steak, Ale & Stilton      *Steak & Kidney       *Steak

*Turkey, Ham & Leek   *Lamb, Mint, Rosemary& Redcurrant

*Savoury Chicken         *Chicken Balti           *Beef & Mushroom

Veg. Option: *Goats Cheese and Red Onion Tart with Balsamic Glaze

Ticket £20 each
Applications can be posted to: Robin Humphreys, Church House Farm, Grimley, Worcs. WR2 6LU with cheques made payable to Chris Johnson
or Email and transfer funds to
Lloyds bank, Sort Code 30-62-60 ACC. No. 34073360 Ref. Himalayan Trust UK
What an enjoyable evening this proved to be. It was a sell out and with the aid of an auction, a shop, a ‘killer’ knock out competition we raised a magnificent £1000 towards the Kangchenjunga Water Project. Special thanks to Liz and her staff at the Drum & Monkey, Ann Jones who kept control of the rules and the scoring and all who came and contributed so much to a successful evening.

Ann despairs, "How can you miss?"

Ann despairs, “How can you miss?”


A Nepali Evening – Food, Fun and Facts

Friday 9th December at 7.00pm

St Katherine’s Hall, Ledbury

dsc_0657In April, Tim Keyes took a 5 week trip to the Taplejung region of Nepal with fellow trustees of the Himalayan Trust UK to support work in schools and health clinics in this remote area.

Come and join us for Nepali food, entertainment and information about the trip and the work of the charity.

Nepali hand-crafted goods for sale

Tickets £10 each to include supper (please book in advance). Soft drink provided but feel free to ‘bring a bottle’. Please contact to book, or Ruth Lucas on 01684 566750 for more information. Early booking appreciated.

All proceeds to the work of the Himalayan Trust UK’s Kangchenjunga Water Project

A really good night with eight tables of eight supporting the event. The Nepali food, cooked by Mary-Anne Keyes and her group of willing helpers was superb, and very authentic, although there was no gristle or shards of bone in the lamb! When not eating or listening to a presentation given by Tim Keyes and myself, we played some REED Nepal inspired games, the sort the teachers in Taplejung learn to use in the classrooms. They were a lot of fun and stirred up a little competitive banter among the tables. A successful evening, and a welcome boost of £800 to the funds of the Kangchenjunga Water Project.







Sunday 29th January 2017 – An evening of Nepali Cuisine at the Mount Everest Restaurant, Alcestor Road, Studley.

Tickets £20 each
Applications can be posted to: Robin Humphreys, Church House Farm, Grimley, Worcs. WR2 6LU with cheques made payable to Chris Johnson
or Email and transfer funds to
Lloyds bank, Sort Code 30-62-60 ACC. No. 34073360 Ref. Himalayan Trust UK
This was a fabulous evening attended by over eighty people, filling the restaurant to bursting point. The food was authentic Nepali and excellent. During the evening I gave a presentation about the importance of water to the welfare of children in school and how much having it benefits their educational development and progress. It was a generous gathering with over £1600 being raised on the night. Thanks to John Leeson for his organisation.

Saturday 18th March 2017 – Serenata Concert at The Burgage Hall, Ledbury at 7.30pm
Serenata was formed early in 2008 by a small group of singers living in the Malvern/Worcester area in order to perform for charity. Enthusiastically reviewed, semi-professional a cappella vocal group, Serenata, invites you to share musical gems inspired by the warm sun in the Mediterranean, the relaxed life-style of the Deep South and the bustle of the port in Liverpool, not forgetting those on-board diversions and the inevitable holiday romance…. All proceeds to the Kangchenjunga Water Project and the Himalayan Trust UK

Tickets £10 – to include interval refreshments                                                           Contact Chris Johnson: 01531 635069;


FullSizeRenderI wasn’t sure what to expect. I feared it might be a little highbrow for my liking. How wrong I was. This was a really fun evening where the voice was everything, the rhythm, the percussion, everything. It was held in the small but splendid Burgage Hall in the heart of Ledbury with interval refreshments in the refurbished Butcher Row House Museum across the cobbled street. During the evening I was given a short slot to explain the history and work of the trust and to highlight the focus of the fundraising, to supply water to seven schools. It proved not only to be a wonderful cultural occasion, but raised a magnificent £1045. Thanks to Chris and Bella Johnson for organising such a good evening.


Saturday 25th March 2017 – A Dinner to Celebrate 20 Years of Adult Himalayan Club Trips 7.30pm in the Michael Baker Boat House, King’s School, Worcester with special guest

Rebecca Stephens MBE

dsc_0486-2In 1996 I returned from leading a group of Sixth Formers to Everest Base Camp in Nepal to be approached by a number of parents who wished to complain that their children were having far too much fun and it was time I took them on a trip to Nepal. Realising their seriousness, I promptly organised a trip to Langtang to go during the Easter holidays of 1997. It was surprisingly enjoyable, so much so that I followed it up with a trip to Annapurna, and then Kangchenjunga and so on until we have now had twenty five expeditions that have included other destinations, Peru, Morocco, Tibet, China, Myanmar, Iceland and several long distance treks in the UK. Around these expeditions a network of very good friends has evolved, and to mark the 20th Anniversary I am organising a celebratory dinner in the Michael Baker Boathouse.

This will give an opportunity for those who have shared so many exciting experiences to come together for a common cause, supporting the work of the Himalayan Trust UK. There will be plenty of memories on show, a short presentation from Rebecca and some fun and games. The capacity of the boathouse for a sit down event is 100 (Many more than that have been on trips) so don’t delay in sending in your request for tickets.

Tickets £30 each
Applications can be posted to: John Walton, 15 Perrins Field, Upton-Upon-Severn, Worcestershire WR8 0ER with cheques made payable to John Walton
or Email and transfer funds to
Barclays Bank, Sort Code 20-98-61 ACC. No. 70848689 Ref. Himalayan Trust UK
IMG_3471As the sun set in the west fifty friends gathered in the King’s School boathouse for a celebratory meal, celebrating twenty years of adult trips through the Himalayan Club or, more recently, under the banner of Adventure Guide. We had a roast carvery, I think the first time in such a gathering that we have not had a curry. On display, as people arrived were films of various trips, Manaslu Circuit, Peru and Iceland.  When we sat down to eat the films were replaced with images of Himalayan faces, both people and mountains.
After the meal, Rebecca spoke of her close relationship with and reliance of the Sherpas who helped her reach the summit of Everest on May 17th 1993. She held the audience captive with her use of language to create images rather than relying on pictures on a screen. Speeches over, we then held an auction of holiday homes in Wales and London. At the time of writing it would appear that we have made about £3500 to support the work of the Himalayan Trust UK. Thanks to everyone involved. 


Sir Edmund Hillary Memorial Lecture

The Himalayan Trust UK presents

Ninth Sir Edmund Hillary Memorial Lecture




Tickets £20

Doors & bar open at 6 pm, lecture starts at 7 pm
Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR

Ticketing site kindly hosted by World Expeditions

Join friends of the Himalayan Trust UK to listen in awe to the finest alpine climber of this generation.  Kenton is an engaging motivational speaker, who delivers popular keynote speeches on all aspects of his many accomplishments in the outdoors. He relates with great vividness and emotion the experience of summiting some of the world’s highest mountains.

Kenton has summited Everest twelve times and is the first person in history to have climbed the three Everest peaks – Everest itself, Lhotse and Nuptse – the so-called Triple Crown, in a single push – a feat previously thought impossible.

The Trust will also use this opportunity to give you an insight into it’s valuable education and health work in Nepal  and its “Build Back Better” campaign following the devastating earthquake of 2015.

The Sir Edmund Hillary Memorial Lecture Series Background

Sir Edmund Hillary – or ‘Ed’ as he was universally known – passed away on 11 January 2008, at home in Auckland, aged 88. A huge wave of emotion swept over the people of New Zealand. Led by their Prime Minister, Helen Clark, they mourned their great Kiwi, lying in state in Holy Trinity Cathedral, with his Everest ice axe and Maori ceremonial staff atop the casket.

Here in the UK, people also paid tribute. Sir Edmund was a Knight of the Garter, the highest order of chivalry granted by Her Majesty the Queen. On a knight’s death, his personal banner is ceremonially laid down on the High Altar of St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. This was done at an extraordinarily moving ceremony on 2 April 2008, attended by the Queen and other members of the Royal Family.

The following day The Himalayan Trust UK organised a special tribute at the Royal Geographical Society in London. Sir Ed’s son, Peter Hillary, spoke on ‘Growing up with Ed’. Tenzing Norgay’s son, Jamling Norgay, spoke on behalf of the Sherpa community. And there was a showing of Michael Dillon’s prize-winning film Beyond Everest, about Sir Ed’s philanthropic work with the Sherpas. The auditorium was packed to the rafters and overflowing.

So moved were the loyal supporters and Trustees of The Himalayan Trust UK, that a decision was made to launch a series of Sir Edmund Hillary Memorial Lectures that would take place annually on the day of his ascent of Everest, 29 May, or as close to this day as possible, at the Royal Geographical Society. Today, this continues to be an opportunity to gather with our friends and supporters, and raise funds for the children and grandchildren of the people who made the whole great Everest adventure possible, the tough, courageous mountain people of Nepal.

Previous speakers have included Alan Hinkes OBE, Stephen Venables, Dr Mike Gill, Jan Morris, Leo Houlding, Prof David Vaughan, Dr Hugh Lewis-Jones, Doug Scott CBE and Sir Chris Bonington.