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NEW LYKE WAKE CLUB

WAKES

FUTURE WAKES

To my esteemed Dirgers and Witches

It gives me great (dis)pleasure to confirm that the 2023 Wake will be hosted on Saturday, 25th March, 2023 at the Raven Hall Hotel, Ravenscar.

The change of venue comes after many years of having been hosted at the Swan House B&B, to whom we are eternally grateful for the hospitality and rousing welcomes extended. However, following a change in management at the Raven Hall Hotel, the opportunity to bring the Wake “home” was simply too appealing to resist.

The Raven Hall Hotel is a fabulous venue in stunning surroundings and is, of course, the traditional end point of the Lyke Wake Walk as was first suggested by Bill Cowley in 1955.

Tickets for the 2023 Wake will cost £35.00 per person, which will provide a complimentary drink and a three course meal. We will have sole and exclusive use of the Viking Suite for the duration of the evening. We are mindful of the slight increase in price but sincerely hope that this will not be off-putting, considering the improved, dedicated facilities and the historical significance of the Raven Hall Hotel in the folklore of the Lyke Wake Walk.

Rooms are available at the Raven Hall Hotel and may be booked through their website: https://ravenhall.co.uk – a discount of 9% will be extended to those attending the Wake. A list of alternative accommodations is to follow shortly. Furthermore, we are open to the arranging of a mini-bus to transport revellers (or mourners) back to Scarborough, should there be sufficient interest.

As per usual order of events, persons attending a Wake are expected to dress with appropriate funereal solemnity. Neckbands, black for Master or Mistress; purple for Doctor are worn.

Degrees may be conferred, after inquisition, on candidates who comply with the following:

The New Lyke Wake Club, 2023 Wake – Agenda/Order of Morbid Events
Date: Saturday, 25th March, 2023
Venue: The Viking Suite, Raven Hall Hotel, Ravenscar

Opening welcome

A rousing rendition of the Lyke Wake Dirge

Toasts

Chairman’s Report

Secretary’s Report

Treasurer’s Report

Election of Officers

Degree Ceremony

Any Other Business

Meal and (Not So) Merriment

Another rousing rendition of the Dirge

Close

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries or require any further information.

Sorrowfully yours
David Allen
Warden of the Wake

THE ANNUAL WAKE

An Annual Wake is held. Persons attending a Wake are expected to dress with appropriate funereal solemnity. Neckbands, black for Master or Mistress; purple for Doctor are worn. Degrees may be conferred, after inquisition, on candidates who comply with the following: -

Master, or Mistress of Misery. Complete three crossings, one in the reverse direction.

Doctor of Dolefulness. Complete four more crossings. The total seven crossings to include an unsupported crossing and a winter crossing (between 1st December and 29th February). Also to present a Doctoral Thesis on a learned and relevant subject.

Past Master, or Past Mistress. Complete fifteen crossings and perform services to the club recognised as exceptional by the Council.

March 2022 WAKE

The 2022 Wake, being the first post-Covid-19, was held on Saturday 19th March 2022 at Swan House, Trenholme Bar Northallerton. No description here, it’s all in the captions of the gallery of photographs (with descriptions) taken that evening.

March 2020 WAKE

The 2020 Wake went ahead on Saturday 14th March 2020, just before the lockdown which has caused activities to be suspended for the duration. The venue was once again Swan House Bed & Breakfast, Trenholme Bar, Northallerton No description here, it’s all in the captions of the gallery of photographs taken that evening.

EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL LINCOLNSHIRE WAKE

This was held on Saturday 9th November 2019 – Halloween+9 at Bateman’s Brewery, Wainfleet, Lincolnshire. Here is a gallery of photographs taken that evening.

MARCH 2019 WAKE

This was held on Saturday 9th March, at Swan House Bed & Breakfast, Trenholme Bar, Northallerton. Here is a gallery of photographs taken that evening.

MARCH 2018 WAKE

This was held on Saturday 10th March, at Swan House Bed & Breakfast, Trenholme Bar, Northallerton. Here is a report of the evening, with photographs.

APRIL 2017 WAKE

This was held on Saturday 1st April, at Swan House Bed & Breakfast, Trenholme Bar, Northallerton. Here is a gallery of photographs taken that evening.

APRIL 2016 WAKE

This was held on Saturday 16th April, at Swan House Bed & Breakfast, Trenholme Bar, Northallerton. Here is a gallery of photographs taken that evening.

MARCH 2015 WAKE

This was held on Saturday 28th March, at Swan House Bed & Breakfast, Trenholme Bar, Northallerton. Here is a gallery of photographs taken that evening.

APRIL 2014 WAKE

This was held on Saturday 5th April, at Swan House Bed & Breakfast, Trenholme Bar, Northallerton. Here is a gallery of photographs taken that evening.

MAY 2013 WAKE

This was held on Saturday 11th May 2013, at Swan House Bed & Breakfast, Trenholme Bar, Northallerton. Here is a gallery of photographs taken that evening.

MAY 2012 WAKE

Saturday 12th May saw the first Wake this year which was held at a new venue for us, Swan House, which is just off the A19 about 5 miles north of Osmotherley. This change of venue was occasioned because the Lord Stones Café is in the process of being sold by John Simpson, who set it up back goodness how long ago.

A fuller report is here, or go directly to a gallery of photographs taken that evening.


At wakes the dress code ( optional – but great fun if people ‘act the part’ ) will be traditional Lyke Wake ‘mourning’, funeral gear, witches robes or similar. A good old Lyke Wake evening of gloom will be a certainty, well perhaps not. People are most welcome to sing on these occasions – so long as a “morbid” time is had by all.

Other pages have reports of the May 2006, May 2007, May 2009, October 2009 and May 2010 Wakes.


Last update: 29th September 2022

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