About SIXTY YEARS AGO the West Ham Group met every Wednesday evening in West Ham for their Club Night, then at weekends off we would go! Off we went to Cudham, Nazeing, Kemsing, High Roding, Saffron Walden and many more hostels that we visited. Those were happy days. Let's continue to enjoy the countryside at every oportunity. Also let's pass on the idea of youth hostelling to younger folk, they have the world out there to explore.

January 23, 2019


Time to get that bike ready for the road.

October 18, 2018

Greetings from Llandrindod Wells

Those were the days !

May 23, 2018

April 27, 2018

CUDHAM YHA back in the 1950s

CUDHAM Youth Hostel 1951 to 1965.
Near Sevenoaks, Kent.
The hostel opened on 22nd March 1951. It closed on 31st December 1965. The West Ham YHA Group had a number of weekends here and often had their Christmas Party there. The Wardens Elsie and Arthur were always very helpful and some of our best times were had at the Hostel.

April 27, 2017

Thetford Bridge Youth Hostel. 1955

Thetford Bridge Youth Hostel in 1955, the old railway station , 
The station closed on 8 June 1953. It was a YHA for some time, goods trains still used the line at that time. 

November 20, 2016

The New "West Ham" Youth Hostel

A new 850-bed Youth Hostel will be built by YHA next to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, near to Stratford Tube station and Westfield Shopping Centre and a short walk from Stratford International mainline station in east London. Construction will start in 2017 with plans for the Youth Hostel to open in early 2019.

The proposed purpose-built £30 million Youth Hostel will be nearly three times larger than any other property within the YHA (England and Wales) network, making it ideal for group accommodation. The super hostel will include en-suite bedrooms, bars, restaurants, conference and meeting facilities and a self-catering kitchen as well as the popular communal spaces that YHA has become well known for. The site will make a great base for visitors to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and associated facilities as well as central London.

Commenting on the plans for the world class Youth Hostel, YHA (England and Wales) Chief Executive Caroline White said: “This is a very exciting time in YHA’s 85-year history in England and Wales. We are responding directly to the needs of today’s young people and their families with our plans for YHA London Stratford. Once built, it will further our vision to reach more young people and enable them to discover the capital with their school, group or family.”

.. In addition to the proposed Youth Hostel adjacent to London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, work is already underway on a brand new property – YHA The Sill at Hadrian’s Wall in the Northumberland National Park, which is expected to open in 2017. A number of refurbishments are also currently underway across YHA’s network, including YHA Swanage in Dorset, YHA St David’s on the Pembrokeshire Coast and YHA Tanners Hatch in the Surrey Hills.

The Warden of this Web Site thinks this new Hostel should have a lounge ( The Common Room) named " The West Ham YHA Group Room". 
 The lounge could also feature blow up photos of WHYHA group in it's heyday 

November 3, 2016

Some YHA memories - 'Youth Hostelling in the 1950s'

Some memories from the 1950s recorded by the West Ham YHA Group in the Good Old Days!

July 26, 2015

Some New photos from '59

Christmas Party. Cudham Hostel:1959 from West Ham YHA Group on Vimeo.
December 1959 - a Christmas Party at Cudham Hostel. The pictures number just a few, the warden Elsie is seen here in one photo looking at a present we bought her, it was a book we think.
Those were the days, 57 years ago now in 2016.