NH4 Events:



*  Estimated dates


Contact Hash Thrash for details


9th - 11th February 2018Lydiard House Conference Centre  (west of Swindon)





Directions as sat nav will take you to the wrong entrance.
M4 Junction 16
A3102 Great Western Road A3102
Keep in L/H lane at 1st R/A filter left into White Hill Way B4534 at next R/A ignore sign to Hook Street/Conference Center. Next R/A turn left into Grange Park Way next R/A straight over next R/A turn right into Hay Lane follow road to Conference Centre on left.
Ignore 1st car park , park in 2nd car park and pay £ 4:00 for 24 hrs.




Just an update on the winter getaway weekend.

North Wilts H3 have agreed to do a joint run with us on the Sunday (11th February). They will recce the run, but they would like hares from NH4 to assist in laying the run,

The Lydiard Conference Centre has provisionally reserved 15 rooms for us on the nights of the 9th and 10th February 2018. They have agreed to offer a three course meal on the Saturday evening for £20 per head. This is on the basis that we will have enough people attending. I have said that we would hope to get at least 25.

They have asked me for a credit card number to make the booking against. I am not sure if they will take the money immediately, but I am prepared to do this. I have been told that we can cancel up until the 9th January.

As said before, the cost is £105 for a couple for two nights B and B. The cost for a single is two nights B and B. There are no twin rooms. All rooms are identical and have a double bed. As I suggested before, if couples could pay £110, then we could give some money back to anyone booking a single. If couples do not feel happy about this then let me know. Please remember that the original price was £110, but I manged to get the price down to £105. I do not know if there will be a discount for NH4 members.

The Sun pub near to hotel can accommodate us on the Friday night and will do a special main meal for under £10. They can only take 30 people. There will be a taxi shuttle service arranged to and from at about £1 per head each trip.

At this stage, I need people to e mail me directly at commwhale@ntlworld.com to let me know if you are coming.

I will wait a couple of weeks and if we are short on numbers, then I will invite hashers from other local hashes.


 Update 9th February 2018


The venue is the Lydiard Conference Centre, Lydiard Park, Swindon SN5 3PA.


Phone: 01793 770062


See attachment for directions.


The plan is;




14.00 onwards. Check in at the hotel.

15.00 onwards, bar opens in hotel (note - no real ale at this point). If you are in need of real ale. It is 15 minutes walk to the Brookhouse Farm (Hungry Horse) pub.

18.45 first shuttle taxi leaves for the Sun Inn in Lydiard Millicent.

19.20 approximately, last shuttle leaves for the Sun Inn.

19.30 onwards, munch, munch, munch, rabbit, rabbit, rabbit, slurp, slurp, slurp.

22.30 first shuttle taxi leaves the Sun Inn back to the hotel.

23.10 approximately, last shuttle taxi leaves the Sun Inn for the hotel.




08.00 onwards breakfast (I will check the times when we get to the hotel).

           Remainder of morning free time although some may consider doing the Lydiard Park Run at 09.00.


Suggestions for the morning are;

The Swindon Designer Outlet Centre and/or GWR railway museum (adjoining buildings).

Butterfly and farm park. No doubt observing dormant chrysalis at this time of the year.

Computer museum for the geeks.

Buy a Gold Wing at Blade Honda.


13.00 Hangover run from the hotel (hares Fairy Snow, Swampy, Fuggles and Soup Dragon)

14.00 approx. On Inn at the Sun Inn Lydiard Millicent. Buffet provided by NH4.

17.45 first shuttle taxi leaves the Sun Inn for the hotel.

18.20 last shuttle taxi leaves the Sun Inn for the hotel.

19.30 for 20.00 sit down buffet meal.

21.00 onwards mingle at the bar with the wedding guests. Gatecrash etc.




08.00 onwards breakfast (time to be checked).

11.00 Check out of hotel prior to 11.00.

11.00 Joint run with North Wilts H3 from the Sun Inn Lydiard Millicent.


Each taxi trip will cost £10 each way each trip. We will be having an eight seater taxi which will do a shuttle of three trips. As it will not be all eight people in a taxi, then the price of £33ish (£30, plus something for for a tip) will be divided equally between the numbers travelling (21 on Friday evening). e.g. If each person pays £1.55 for each one way trip on Friday evening, then the driver will get £32.55, so a £2.50 tip for the three shuttle journeys.


For the Saturday run, Sanyu has very kindly volunteered to position her SUV in the Sun Inn car park after the run. Prior to the start of the, you can put a change of clothes in Sanyu’s vehicle, thus you will be able to change at the pub, after the run.


On the Saturday evening, we will be having our sit down meal in our own dining room. If you do not know already, there will also be a wedding party at the hotel on Saturday evening.


We will have our own real ale available in our dining room, so none of the wedding guests will have access to it. I presume that anyone requiring wine or other drinks, will have to purchase them from the bar. The real ale is not included in the price of the weekend and hashers will buy this from NH4. I will devise a method of paying for this.


Could someone bring along a ghetto blaster, then we could do our own thing if need be.


Most of the ladies that I have spoken will be wearing posh frocks. Could I suggest that the men wear suitable attire to compliment the ladies dress (no, I do not mean a mini skirt). I will even to put a tie on. This is not compulsory, but just a suggestion. It could well be that as we get drinks at the bar, we could end up mingling with the wedding party and might even be invited in to join their function. If we are all scrubbed up well, then the chances of that happening are better.


My mobile is 07790 639289 and Linda is on 07505 235696.


If anyone is misfortunate enough to miss the last taxi shuttle on Friday evening to the pub, then phone Cross Street taxis on 01793 232323. Alternatively, you can walk to the pub and this is 1.9 miles by pavement. The pub is approximately 0.8 mile as the crow flies from the hotel and a path across fields will take you there, so probably a mile, Locals claim that this is a ten minute walk. 


Note. There is a small indoor heated swimming pool and fitness room in the hotel. Also, free Wi Fi in all the rooms.




Friday 22nd - Sunday 24th June 2018:  The Swanage Weekend




Tower Lodge Hotel

7 Ulwell Road


BH19 1LF

Pam will be picking up the keys about 5pm on Friday.  All bed linen is provided but you will need to bring towels. If you have room please bring garden chairs too - hopefully the weather will allow us to sit in the garden!  

A key will be issued for each bedroom together with a front door key, but please leave the bedroom keys in the bowl in the hall before leaving the hotel - apparently lots of people have locked themselves out of their rooms in the past and so there could be a charge if they have to come to let us in!

Please park carefully in front and to the side of the hotel. There should be enough room however there is further parking in the road opposite -  'Burlington Road', if necessary

There will be the usual beer and wine available and also bread, cereal, tea, coffee and juice for breakfast. If you want to have the full English then there is a cafe just down the road on the beach.


Friday evening

Do your own thing - meet at the Red Lion later:

Tel: 01929 423533

Saturday morning (provisionally)

Meet at the railway station at 11.00 to catch the 11.20 train to Corfe Castle - if you are not travelling by train please let Andy Ralph know otherwise he'll buy a ticket for you! On Inn will be the Castle Inn, as usual, for lunch.


Saturday evening

Down downs will be in the B&B garden at 6pm. I have booked dinner for all at The Crows Nest 7.30pm for 8.00pm (still awaiting confirmation on menus) - later for those who are still awake - hit the town.


Pub next to the B&B is:

The Crows Nest

Tel: 01929 422651


Brook Team Rooms (only open until 8pm)

15 The Parade

01929 422061


Sunday morning

Bucks Fizz in the garden at 10.00 followed by the run starting at 11.00 from Tower Lodge. The On Inn will be The Red Lion (in town). 


Sunday night

As we did last year - takeaway Curry at the B&B.


Monday morning

We need to be out of the B&B by 10am (leaving it clean and tidy!!).


Room allocation:

John & Anna Room 10
Pam & Tim Room 11
Evie Room 1
Sarah & Steve Room 2
Kim, James, Toby and Kim's Mum Room 4
Adrian & Mum Room 5
Ian and Derrick Room 6
Mike & Jo Room 7
Judith & Hobble Room 8
Roland & Sanyu Room 9

Looking forward to a great weekend!

On On 
Petal Xx





Saturday 16th December 2017 Christmas Party



Masonic Hall in Farnborough. Details to follow.






































Hash Links: for the Hampshire Area

R2D2 Hash House Harriers

Surrey Hash House Harriers

Worthy Winchester Hash House Harriers

Guildford Hash House Harriers

Deepcut Hash House Harriers

Royal Berkshire Hash House Harriers (this is an excellent site with good Hash provenance).













































Mike 'Shrinky Dink' Johnson










































Swing Low:  The worldwide Hash Hymn


In most hashes around the world, this song is sung after the circle is concluded. The format varies. Usually, the chorus is sung to vigorous arm actions. This is repeated but humming only. The only shouted word is "coming". This is repeated a third time in silence but with the actions and the word "coming". The song is concluded by repeating the chorus aloud, vigorously and fast!

Of the five verses, only verses one and four are in common use. If you can learn the whole song, with the actions, you'll be the star at any Interhash.



Chorus (in bold):

Swing low, sweet chariot
Coming for to carry me home
Swing low, sweet chariot
Coming for to carry me home


I looked over Jordan and what did I see
Coming for to carry me home
A band of angels coming after me
Coming for to carry me home



Sometimes I'm up and sometimes I'm down
Coming for to carry me home
But still my soul feels heavenly bound
Coming for to carry me home



The brightest day that I can say
Coming for to carry me home
When Jesus washed my sins away,
Coming for to carry me home.



If I get there before you do
Coming for to carry me home
I'll cut a hole and pull you through
Coming for to carry me home



If you get there before I do
Coming for to carry me home
Tell all my friends I'm coming too
Coming for to carry me home


The History of the Hash


By far the best history of the Hash comes from the Mother Hash itself.



The Hash Hymn (left) is all part and parcel of hash lore of which there is plenty.


Did you know the origin of the 'red dress run'?

It started in San Diego when an elegant female, new to the concept of hashing, turned up dressed to kill in a little red number. True to the chivalry of the hash she was humiliated beyond all reason and thus was born the 'Red Dress Run' now celebrated by hashes world-wide. People run wearing anything red, preferably a dress - men included!


When was the Hash formed and who formed it?

The first formal hash was organised in Kuala Lumpur in 1938. Tony 'Fruit 'n Nut' Case has started many hashes in his life, but not this one!


How does the hash song go?


Me - me - me - me - me


Here's to -----, (s)he's true blue (a blue)

(S)He's a hasher through and through

(S)He's a bastard (pisspot, w*nker) so they say

And (s)he'll never get to heaven

                          (and (s)he tried to get to heaven)

in a long, long way.

                          (but (s)he went the other way.)


Drink it down, down, down (repeated ad nauseam)

The version in brackets is more common in the new world.

There's any number of hash web-sites that will provide huge volumes of detail about the Hash. There's even an entry in Wikipedia. Beware, some hash songs are not for the faint-hearted!!

Never ever wear new shoes on a hash run. The penalty is to drink your down-down from the shoe. Not only does this spoil the taste of good beer (although it actually improves Boddingtons), you really don't want to catch Athletes' Throat.


How to set a Hash

The easy way is to join Richard 'Mountain Rescue' McAllister and gaze in awe at the master.

Seriously, if you are new to hashing, join an experienced hare for your first few attempts. Plan the route, walk the route, dream the route. In Hampshire terrain, ground is covered at about 4 miles per hour and it takes you twice as long to lay the hash with two hares.

Let's say you want a hash of 60 minutes duration. Plan a four mile route. Start laying it at 8am and lard it with checks. Expect to finish at 10 am, ready for an 11am start.



















































































Q: Doctor,  I've heard that  cardiovascular exercise can prolong life..  Is this true?  
A: Your heart only good for so many beats, and that it...don't waste on exercise.  Everything wear out eventually.  Speeding up heart not make you live longer; it like saying you extend life of car by driving faster.  Want to live longer?  Take nap.  

Q: Should I cut down on meat and eat more fruits and vegetables?  

A: You must grasp logistical efficiency.  What does cow eat?   Hay and corn.  And what are these?   Vegetables.  So steak is nothing more than efficient mechanism of delivering vegetables to your system.  Need grain?  Eat chicken.  Beef also good source of field grass (green leafy vegetable).  And pork chop can give you 100% of recommended daily allowance of vegetable product. 

Q: Should I reduce my alcohol intake? 
A:  No, not at all.  Wine made from fruit.  Brandy is distilled wine, that mean they take water out of fruity bit so you get even more of goodness that way.  Beer also made of grain.  Bottom up! 

Q: How  can I calculate my body/fat ratio?  

A: Well, if you have body and you have fat, your ratio one to one.  If you have two bodies, your ratio two to one, etc. 

Q: What  are some of  the advantages of participating in a regular exercise program?  

A: Can't think of single one, sorry.  My philosophy is: No pain...good! 
Q:  Aren't fried foods bad for you?   
A:  YOU NOT LISTENING!  Food are fried these day in vegetable oil.  In fact, they permeated by it.  How could getting more vegetable be bad for you?!?   

:  Will  sit-ups help prevent me from getting a little soft around the middle?  
A: Definitely not!  When you exercise muscle, it get bigger.  You should only be doing sit-up if you want bigger stomach.  

Q:  Is chocolate bad for me?   

A:  Are you crazy?!?  HEL-LO-O!!  Cocoa bean!  Another vegetable!  It best feel-good food around! 

Q:  Is swimming good for your figure? 

A:  If swimming good for your figure, explain whale to me.. 

Q:  Is getting in shape important for my lifestyle?   

A:  Hey!  'Round' a shape!