Settle District U3A − Programme 2016/17

This page shows the list of groups for the 2016/17 U3A session.

There is a timetable chart.

Where a group is over-subscribed the group leader will have the final say on who has to go on the waiting list. Last year, we managed to accommodate everyone after a bit of juggling.
Groups vary very much in the ways in which they operate. Some are very much taught by a leader, and others are self programming, with many variants in between.

Art AppreciationDebi Burridge
1st Tuesdays — — 2.00pm-3.30pm — — Victoria Hall, Castleberg Room — First Meeting: 4 October
as and when — — often 2.00pm — — occasional visits to local exhibitions — First Meeting: TBA
I look forward to next 6 sessions of this group. Our first meeting on 4th October will be the usual round up of exhibitions visited by members over the summer. Come with any catalogues, cards and thoughts to join in the discussion. On 1st November will be a talk about Durer by Rosemary Feather. Later Paul Cochrane will give us an insight into an aspect of Art History and Sue Simpson will tell us about her trip to Umbria. Frank Gordon will be with us on 3rd Jan to talk about a recent London exhibition he has visited. Debi Burridge
Badminton and Table TennisTony Carroll
Every Friday — — 10.00am-noon — — Langcliffe Village Hall — First Meeting: 2 September

Book GroupJackie Allott
3rd Mondays — — 2.00pm-3.30pm — — Members’ homes — First Meeting: 17 October
We are an informal group meeting where we take it in turns to choose a book for general discussion. This means a chance to read a wide range of books which may not normally be on our own agenda. There are plenty of opportunities to talk and to listen.
The group is limited to twelve members as it meets in members homes usually. If this limit is exceeded, the possibility of forming a second group will be explored.
Card MakingWendy Newby
3rd Thursdays — — 10.00am-noon — — leader’s home — First Meeting: 15 September
3rd Thursdays — — 1.00pm-3.00pm — — leader’s home — First Meeting: 15 September
Each month we make at least two cards using a wide range of techniques and materials (which are supplied for a small charge). The leader provides any specialist tools and equipment required. A basic crafting tool kit of scissors, craft knife and mat, metal rulers etc is useful but not essential.
Circle DancingGillian Walton
2nd and 4th Fridays — — 10.30am-11.30am — — Victoria Hall, main hall — First Meeting: 9th September
Anyone of any age or ability can enjoy Circle Dancing, no experience is needed. The dances come from all over the world and we have built up a wonderful collection with music from Greece, Eastern Europe, Africa, Israel, Russia and South America. Dances are always walked through first, some of them are slow and repetitive, others are quick and lively. It is a very friendly group
DanceMarjorie Walker
3rd Monday — — 2:00pm-3:30pm — — Victoria Hall, main hall — First Meeting: 19 September
To all you wanna be dancers, my name is Marjorie. I have danced all my life and taught for more years than I care to remember. At present I teach adult ballet. I believe everyone has the right to dance to their ability. These classes will be friendly, relaxed and the art of dance will be taught with, hopefully, some fun. So please come along.
ExerciseGillian Walton
Every Monday — — 10:30am-11.30am — — Victoria Hall, main hall — First Meeting: 12 September
Gentle but thorough exercise, much of which is chair based, helps develop and maintain flexibility and good posture. A wide variety of music accompanies the exercises.
Family HistoryEileen Bamford and Margaret Brenchley
4th Fridays — — 10.30am-12.30 — — Victoria Hall, Castleberg Room — First Meeting: 23 September
For all who are interested in family history, from beginners to the more experienced. The programme will combine work on specific topics, in plenary sessions and in small groups, give opportunities to bring individual queries and to organise visits to relevant libraries, record offices etc. This is not so much a course, more a discussion and development group, with shared help and encouragement.
French (Continuing)Colin Coleman
Every Monday — — 10.00am-11.30am — — Victoria Hall, Castleberg Room — First Meeting: 3 October
This is a very friendly group, whose members all have some previous knowledge of French. We use a range of printed and recorded texts, including literature, poetry, song and journalism with a particular emphasis on members’ own experience, to improve our spoken language and understanding of France and the French. All are encouraged to be both teacher and learner and not to worry about making mistakes.
French (Intermediate)Raymond Jones
2nd & 4th Wednesdays — — 2.00pm-3.30pm — — Victoria Hall,Castleberg Room — First Meeting: 21 September
The aim is to use spoken French as much of the time as possible. The "little grey cells" have to work hard but the exchanges between members are great fun and, over the last year, have become more spontaneous. Written material - both fiction and non-fiction - and aural material are used to stimulate, add variety and extend comprehension of l'Hexagonal and knowledge of l'Hexagone.
GeologyPaul Cochrane
3rd Tuesdays — — 2.00pm-3.30pm — — Victoria Hall, Castleberg Room — First Meeting: 18 October
As you travel around this “green and pleasant land”, have you ever wondered why that hill is smooth and rounded, that one is stepped, another jagged? Even why there are hills in that direction and a valley or plane in another? Why are different agricultural practices being followed as you move from one area to another or why is a village located where it is or why does that plant grow there and not there? The answer is often GEOLOGY.
In this group and we will try to unravel some of these mysteries and get a few insights into the ideas behind this fascinating topic. Some meetings are talks on other occasion we go out on field trips - some of these may take the full day if we are travelling further afield.
GermanAlison Tyas
1st & 3rd Wednesdays — — 10.00am-11.30am — — Victoria Hall, Castleberg Room — First Meeting: 8 October
We have been reading 'Emil and the Detectives'. This year we will use the book to look at German grammar, learn to speak or write in German and have fun and play games.
Not for absolute beginners.
German (Conversation)Sheila Goodall
2nd & 4th Wednesdays — — 10.00am-11.30am — — Victoria Hall, Castleberg Room — First Meeting: 12 October
We will be looking at magazine articles, short stories, poems or just ideas and practising speaking and discussing. Not for beginners.
Great LivesJohn Jebson
3rd Wednesdays — — 11:00am-12.15 — — Victoria Hall, Castleberg or Scalber — First Meeting: 21 September
The group allows members to present a summary of the life and times of a subject of their choice followed by a group discussion on the presentation.Lives may be current or historical and from any field of human achievement. Participants are guaranteed to learn something new!!
Line DancingEileen Bamford
1st, 3rd, 4th & 5th Thursdays — — 10.30am-noon — — Victoria Hall, main hall — First Meeting: 15 September
Line Dancing for all levels, from beginners to those who have been dancing for some time. Fun exercise for body and mind.
Lunch GroupAnne Webster
3rd Fridays — — 12.30pm — — TBA — First Meeting: 16 September
This group is for anyone who wants to have the occasional lunch out. It may happen on other days. Transport is usually available. The group is kept small and venues are not expensive.
Needlework and NatterAlison Tyas
Every Monday — — 2.00pm-3.30pm — — leader’s home — First Meeting: 12 September
We bring anything in the needlework line that we are working on. We can also teach beginners to knit, crochet, sew and a few other skills. Everyone welcome, whether wanting to learn something new or willing to show someone else how it is done. Spare threads, materials and needles available.
Looking at Old BuildingsElizabeth Evans and Ruth Evans
Mostly 4th Thursdays, occasionally other times — — mostly pm — — various — First Meeting: 22 September
“This group visits somewhere or occasionally has a talk every month on the 4th Thursday. The first event will be a planning meeting at 2.00pm on 22 September, venue to be confirmed. The two co-ordinators invite all those interested in being part of this group to come along with some suggestions of places to visit. The group is self-organised group i.e. the members plan & run the visits. Every assistance will be given to all who volunteer to organise a visit or talk. We’ve had some great visits organised by members this last year. Further details will be available at the ‘Coffee & Chat’ at the Victoria Hall on Thursday 13th August from 10.30am”.
PaintingIan Tennant
1st and 3rd Wednesdays — — 10.15am-12.15 — — Victoria Hall, main hall — First Meeting: 7 September
The group is intended to be a self-help group whether working independently or on a theme.
PhilosophyColin Scales
1st & 3rd Thursday — — 2.00pm-3.30pm — — Victoria Hall, Castleberg Room — First Meeting: 6 October
This season our study book will be "Basic Writings in Existentialism" edited by Gordon Marino.
The book covers a range of Philosophers from Kierkegaard to Camus and our meetings take the form of a brief introduction to the chapter followed by an informal discussion which can be wide ranging and not always "on topic"! None of the group members would claim to be an "expert" - we simply enjoy exploring new ideas together - and new members are always welcome.
Play ReadingJackie Allott
3rd Tuesday — — 10.00am-11.30am — — Victoria Hall, Castleberg Room — First Meeting: 18 October
The idea is to try a new area of reading, perhaps also enjoy our untapped talents for drama and expression. Do not let the latter put you off though, as advice suggests we focus on the words of the play and just read the lines – get lost in the story and what comes out of that is the point – and the fun! Members of the Group will, hopefully, take turns in deciding the play and ‘direct’ for the monthly meeting. Other members just turn up on the day with no ‘homework’ in between (unless you are keen to do your own research). Think of your ‘wish list’ of plays you would like to share with others – even film scripts a way down the line, maybe. I will help organise/lead, as required.
Poetry AppreciationJean Stevens.
2nd & last Thursdays — — 2.00pm-3.30pm — — Victoria Hall, Castleburg Room — First Meeting: 13 October
In a relaxed atmosphere, we read a wide variety of poems leading to group discussion which always proves lively and thought-provoking and often suggests further topics of interest. It doesn't matter how much or how little you know about poetry - in fact, the more variety the better.
Recorders (Intermediate level)Pam Elstub
1st & 3rd Fridays — — 11.00am-12.30 — — Victoria Hall, Castleberg Room — First Meeting: 2 September
Continuing from previous sessions. New members are always welcome with any size of recorder. We are working on longer and more complicated pieces, usually in three or four parts, from a wide variety of genres.
SciencePaul Cochrane
1st Tuesday — — 10:30am-noon — — Victoria Hall, Castleberg Room — First Meeting: 4 October
Explore aspect of the field to satisfy the interest of the group. For it to operate, at least six members per year will be required to give around a three-quarter hour introduction to a topic of their own choice to facilitate discussion. Members are encouraged to ask questions and contribute further information.
ScrabbleBrenda Pearce
2nd Monday — — 1:30pm-3.30pm — — Victoria Hall, Castleberg Room — First Meeting: 12 September
Playing Scrabble with the emphasis being on enjoyment rather than achievement.
We are always ready to welcome new members to the group.
Singing for PleasureCatherine Holland and Pauline Langford
Every Tuesday — — 10.00am-11.30 — — Friend’s Meeting House — First Meeting: 20 September
The group sings a wide variety of songs from the ones we learnt at school, to recent ones from the musicals and various artists. It is a very informal group and the meetings are based on people enjoying their singing and finding pleasure in attending the session.
SociologyJennifer Warner
2nd and 4th Tuesday — — 10.00am-11.30am — — Victoria Hall, Castleberg Room — First Meeting: TBA
What is Sociology? Sociology is an exciting subject that analyses and tries to explain important matters in our society. It is something that everyone can relate to. We will be discussing issues like racial and gender identity, family, deviant behaviour, crime, poverty, prejudice and discrimination. You will need to come with an open mind as we will be looking at issues from varying perspectives.
Beginners SpanishTrisha Robinson
1st and 4th Thursday — — 10.00am-11.30am — — Victoria Hall, Castleberg Room — First Meeting: 22 September
A fun introduction to speaking Spanish with some grammar too.
The Three Abrahamic ReligionsKathleen Kinder
1st Monday — — 2.00pm-3.30pm — — Victoria Hall, Castleberg Room — First Meeting: 3 October
Origins and developments in each faith from earliest times until the present day. Members need to be able to use a computer to access web sites, read email attachments and religious texts online. Opportunities will be given for members to research topics of their choice.
Ukulele GroupCate Holland
2nd and 4th Tuesday — — 2.00pm-3.30pm — — Victoria Hall, Castleberg Room — First Meeting: 13 September
Contact Cate Holland for further details 01729 825107 or There are enough people wanting to play therefore the group is gooing ahead
WalkingNita Hart
2nd, 4th Tuesdays — — 9.30am — — walks (approx. 5 miles) — First Meeting: see programme
1st, 3rd Thursdays — — 9.30am — — walks (6 - 10 miles) — First Meeting: see programme
The Group has two levels of walk, the Tuesday walks average between 4 and 6 miles and are usually fairly easy. Thursday walks, which average about 8 miles, are more challenging. Both groups meet at the Cricket Club Car Park at 9.30 a.m. unless otherwise stated on the programme. New members are always welcome.
See the group’s page on the web site for the programme or copies are available from TIC and Settle Library.
YogaMonica Jenkins
2nd, 4th Wednesday — — 10:30am-11:30am — — Victora Hall, main hall — First Meeting: 12 October
Yoga has found a new leader and will restart on October 12th