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.

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 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.

February 26, 2013

The Inside Story

A look inside a few Youth Hostels during the 1950s. Photos from WEST HAM YHA Group[1950s]
with help from 'Tandem Productions - Essex'.

February 17, 2013

YHA Postcard Album - Part ONE

A collection of postcards and photos from the Nineteen Fifties and early Sixties, showing Youth Hostels. From former members of The West Ham YHA Group. 1950s.

YHA Postcard Album - Part TWO

A collection of Youth Hostel photographs and postcards from the 1950's and early sixties. From The West Ham Group 1950s archives. With great help from DET. 

February 13, 2013

Some Hostel Postcards from Denmark in the 1960s

Denmark. Hostel Postcards. from West Ham YHA Group on Vimeo.
Dannske Vandrehjae​m : Hostel postcards from Denmark in the 1960s

February 12, 2013

Norway Youth Hostel Tour 1962

Here is a hostel trip to Norway in 1962 on a Lambretta 150cc.