Settle District U3A NEWSLETTER

Issue No 2/10 - August 2004


Dear Friends

As our U3A year winds down to its close and I write my final letter of the session I look back on the year and realise how much I have enjoyed it-I have met new people, made new friends and learned new things. This is what U3A is all about, and I am proud to be a part of it.

I must mention congratulations to Peggy Hewitt, one of our members and also one of the earliest Thursday speakers. Her new book "Brontë Country-Lives and Landscapes" is now out and is available locally. Well done Peggy.

I hope to see you all next month at our 3rd AGM. Don't forget we go back to the second Thursday so it will be on 9 September.

Best wishes, Hilary


We have finally managed to get our first coach trip arranged. Booking details enclosed with this Newsletter. Bakewell, famous for its Tart, is between Buxton and Chesterfield and will be our lunch stop with a choice of places to eat or pleasant spots to picnic. Haddon Hall and Gardens is just 2 miles from Bakewell and has been in the Manners family for 800 years. There is the usual Tearoom and Giftshop. We understand that there are some steps and uneven areas and limited access for wheelchairs in the House. This trip is a trial venture and we would like feedback in order to get things right in the future.

Janet Stafford, Shirley Wolfenden and Enid Parker


"Brontë Country-Lives and Landscapes" by Peggy Hewitt, published by Sutton Publishing, Stroud, price £12.99.

The book contains much original research into the history and humour of the area and is well illustrated by photographs old and new and with line drawings by her husband, Tom Hewitt. It is (or will be shortly) available in local bookshops.


The Secretary hereby gives notice that the 2004 Annual General Meeting of the Settle District U3A will be held in Victoria Hall at 10.30am on Thursday
9 September. The main business will be to receive the Annual Report and Accounts and to elect the officers and two committee members for the coming year. Nominations should have been received by 26 August. This will be followed by coffee and the opportunity to register for membership and for courses for 2004-5.

Roy Anderson, Secretary


The programme of groups for 2004-5 is enclosed with this Newsletter. You will be able to sign up for your chosen groups at the AGM on 9 September-(NB after you have enrolled with Settle District U3A).

If you can't get to that meeting, please let me have your choice of groups in writing so that I can add your name to the lists on 9 September.

How do you contact me?

Put a note through the door of Quaker Garth (opposite the Victoria Hall)
or post it to Quaker Garth, 21 Kirkgate, Settle BD24 9DX
or ring 01729 822313 and leave a message. Unless you withhold your number, I will ring you back.

I don't expect to be away from Settle in August.

Alison Tyas

News and Views from the Groups

All group leaders are invited to arrange for reports (with pictures if appropriate) to be sent in.

Cookery Chat: The theme of the July meeting was herbs. Various fresh and dried herbs were on display and recipes were exchanged. In our discussion on the use of herbs in cooking we made special mention of how we could use herbs and spices as salt substitutes. Sorrel soup was sampled and pronounced "Very Good". The meeting ended with an inspection of the small herb garden at Valley View.

On Monday (pm) 16 August we have arranged to visit Foulridge Garden Centre where there is an excellent herb section. If anyone would like to join us, please ring Kathleen Kinder (822444). The 20 September meeting (2.00pm) on a Harvest theme, is at Helen Williams' home at Stainforth. If you are at all interested in food/cookery, we would be delighted to have you join us.


Sunday Lunch: Seven of us met on 18 July at the Marton Arms, Thornton-in-Lonsdale and were pleased to find both an à la carte menu and a Sunday roast. Sad to report, the 5 who chose the roast (£9.50) were disappointed-but the game pie (£9.85) and the steak pie (£9.45) gave great satisfaction. There was a wide selection of puddings at £3.95, and those who had one pronounced them "OK". The wine list included an excellent-value Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon for only £8.50. In general, the service was a little slow even allowing for it being Sunday lunch, and we gave it only 5 or 6 out of 10.

The next gathering is on 15 August at the Tennant Arms, Kilnsey.

Pamela Servant

Walking: The new list of walks for the autumn term will be in the TIC and the library from the middle of August. If I have had your e-mail address I will send it on to you. From September all walks will meet at the Swimming Pool car park as we did previously. All new walkers are very welcome as are new ideas for walks.

Shirley Wolfenden

Wine Appreciation: John Barnes, the new Wine Manager at Settle Booths, joined the group for the evening and led us through his topic-"Wines that represent great value". We were presented with five wines (two examples of one of them), and John introduced each in an interesting and relaxed manner which led to wide-ranging discussions covering wine making history, methods, regions, developments, marketing, distribution and fashion trends in wine demands. John is obviously very knowledgeable and experienced in his subject and very easy to listen to. His visit was greatly appreciated and will be remembered with warmth by all the group.

The wines were appreciated too! They were all new to us-two French, two Australian and a Spanish with prices ranging from £3.99 to £8.99. We had two samples of the Spanish Merlot "Vina Sardasol" - one of which had been opened some six hours previously. Differences were apparent and interestingly opinions varied as to what they were! The Leasingham Bin 7, Clare Valley Riesling and the Bleasdale Shiraz Cabernet Langhorn Creek gained general commendation from the group (both £6.99).

G H Pattison

Heritage Open Days

10,11,12,13 September-Friday to Monday
Eleven local buildings and a garden, open, free. See local press for details.

Jill Sykes will have information and will try to help with any transport needs-telephone 015242 51398

The Heritage Regeneration Officer organising the Open Days is Kate Crosswaite, telephone 01756 730404.

This month's recipe

Earl Grey Steamed Chicken with herbs and spices (1-2)

Copy date for next issue of Newsletter

All copy for publication in the next issue should reach the Editor (Pam Servant, Brayshaw Cottage, 23 Duke Street, Settle) by Thursday 26 August 2004.

Settle U3A website

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


At 30 years of age the will reigns. At 40 the wit; at 50 the judgement; at 60-what was the question again?

Age is a very high price to pay for maturity.