Settle District U3A NEWSLETTER

Issue No 4/7 - April 2006


Dear Friends

A sub-group of the committee are planning and booking the speakers for our next year's programme commencing in October. We have a tradition of inviting our own members to speak on a subject of their choice, usually at one of the winter monthly meetings. So I am asking you to consider yourself as a speaker for our Thursday meeting in January 2007. If we have more than one offer we will keep the names on file for the future. I am sure there is plenty of talent out there, so come share your knowledge and life experience with us all. I look forward to hearing from you.

Happy Easter, Sincerely, Janet


We are planning a visit to Ilkley Playhouse on 5 July to see a musical version of J B Priestley's "Good Companions". As our last trip to Ilkley was over-subscribed, we would like to know how many people would be interested in advance. This will help us to book the appropriate size bus etc. Please give your name to Janet Stafford or to Shirley Wolfenden if you wish to secure a place. No money is required at this stage.

Shirley Wolfenden


Please use the main entrance whenever possible when entering or leaving the hall.

If you do use the fire exit by the toilets, please make sure the doors are closed when you have left the building.

There should always be someone in the box office whenever we are in the building so the main door will not be locked. If we leave by the fire door, they do not know we have gone. In the afternoons they can usually lock up and go home as soon as we are out of the building.

Alison Tyas, Groups co-ordinator

News and Views from the Groups

All group leaders are invited to arrange for reports of their group's activities to be sent in for publication here.

Art Appreciation: Our final visit (and as a suitable climax to the year) is to Roger Moss on Tuesday 25 April-meet there at 2.00pm. Please ring me on 01729 824638 or e-mail should you need further details, clarification, etc. Frank Gordon

Cookery Chat: The March meeting was dedicated to an exchange of favourite recipes and members copied those they wished to try at home. There were plenty of books on hand to consult, including a new Cookery/Food Dictionary which we found invaluable for looking up terms we did not know. The next meeting is on Monday 10 April at 2.00pm at Valley View, Station Road, when the afternoon will be devoted to sampling one another's Favourite Puddings. Click here for image. Kathleen Kinder (tel 822444)

Great Lives: Since our normal meeting date would be in Easter week, our next meeting will be on Wednesday 17 May at 10.30am in the Victoria Hall. We shall be scrutinising the life of Alexander, who was known as Great without our endorsement, and Florence Nightingale whose comprehensive claim to the title is, of course, different. Frank Pedley

: No meeting in April. Next class is18 May when we will visit Cartmel Priory; meet in Booths car park at 9.45am. HMB

Listening to music: The group met for yet another interesting and varied selection of music, chosen this time by Pamela. The selection for the next meeting, on Monday 17 April will be chosen by Frank. Anyone wishing to join us for these relaxing and rewarding afternoons-please ring Pat on 01729 823855. PLD

Looking at Old Buildings: Mrs Shaw welcomed the group and showed early images of Hellifield Peel, plans and recent photographs of the fragile condition of the structure before rebuilding. Many tons of collapsed stone (and tress) had to be removed from the ground floor area. Stone masons had been on site for over a year, stablilising the walls and cutting detailed work required. Much joinery and other work was being undertaken on the upper floors when we visited. The interior of the building used modern blockwork in order to distinguish the repairs, but traditional techniques of masonry (with lime plaster) and joinery were being used on visible features. Mr and Mrs Shaw were thanked for letting the group make such an interesting visit.

Self-help Computer Group: the group continues to meet twice monthly, dealing in the main with topics brought up by the members. This ensures relevance-which was well illustrated in the most recent meeting when lively discussion was maintained throughout the session, dealing with premature cutting off of downloading, using "WordPad", tabulating, manipulating "Draw Table", finding lost toolbars and ending with aspects of digital photography. GHP

Sunday Lunch
: Owing to the third Sunday being Easter Day there will be no lunch that week. Next lunch will be Sunday 21 May when we will visit The Priest's House at Barden Tower; 12.30 for 1.00pm. HMB

Wine Appreciation-Group 1
: 9 March 2006- The pleasant task for the evening was to sample two whites, a rosé and two reds:

Rioja (white) - Marquês de Caceres-Viura-2005-12.55-£5.69: unusually strong (but attractive) nose, full fruity taste with a hint of acidity. Easy drinking!
Pouilly Fumé-Jean Dumant-Les Caillons-Sauvignon Blanc-2004-12.5% - £6.99:
Lighter in colour and body, a hint of smokiness and drier than the Rioja.
Fetzer-Syrah Rosé-Valley Oaks-California-£5.99: the surprise of the evening!
A dark red rosé with body to match its colour. Much appreciated.
Fundos los Navanjos-Carmenere-Central Valley-Chile-2004-£5.93: complex but well-balanced and with a suggestion of liquorice.
Saint Emilion-Collection Pierre Jean-Merlot/Cabernet-2003-12.5% - £7.49: more expensive than our average but the star of the evening-in a brilliant constellation!

Wine Appreciation-Group 2: we gave a warm welcome to a nicely chilled white wine, Danie de Wet 2004, an unoaked Chardonnay Sur Lie from South Africa. Its full ripe flavours of apple and lemon giving over to long nutty finish: 13.5% - £5.49.

The second white could have been chilled for a longer period, to bring out crisp and fresh fruit flavours: 11.5% - £4.99.

Both reds were very well received. The Spanish one Juan Gil 2004 - 14.5%, £5.99 - was richly flavoured with a long spicy finish.

Our last onc, Grand Reserve Chateau Remaury Minervois 2002, an aromatic rich red with subtle tannin flavours, has won an international award. £5.89. This won our award-of wishing we had another bottle! TM

We have been notified by Val Baulard that she is now handing over to a New theatre trips organiser:

Penny Weaire, Dales Guest House, Main Street, Ingleton, LA6 3HH, Phone (01524) 241401

Please send a stamped addressed envelope for the new trips list.

Following John Osborne's talk in February you are invited to join him on a Nature Walk on Wednesday 14 June

Details in next month's Newsletter; meanwhile contact Janet Stafford or Gillian Walton.


Click here for the forthcoming Monthly Thursday Meeings.

If you have any ideas or suggestions for whom you would like us to invite as future speakers, do please let Janet Stafford know.

Copy date for next issue of Newsletter

All copy for publication in the next issue needs to reach the editor (Pam Servant, Brayshaw Cottage, 23 Duke Street, Settle, email by Sunday 30 April 2006.

Settle U3A website

The website address is and if you want to post a notice, please contact Frank Woodhams on or phone 01729 824458.

Glutton: a person who escapes the evils of moderation by committing dyspepsia.

Garter: An elastic band intended to keep a woman from coming out of her stockings and desolating the country.