Settle District U3A NEWSLETTER

Issue No 3/11 - August 2005



Dear Friends

How the time races by-it seems no time since I last wrote, and I didn't even write last month's letter! Instead I was having a wonderful cruise down the Elbe, visiting such interesting places as Prague, Dresden and Wittemburg and ending with two days in Berlin. Marvellous, but far too hot. Then I get back and it seems I missed summer over here! The weeds were knee high but it reminded me that it's the rain that makes the Dales the beautiful place they are and how lucky I am to live in such a wonderful area.

Next meeting will be our AGM and once again I implore you to think about what you can offer to U3A-could you lead or organise a group-could you be on the committee, would you be willing to stand for Vice-Chairman? We are always on the lookout for keen and willing volunteers, but especially so in the
run-up to the AGM.

Don't forget you can renew your membership at this meeting but the class lists won't be available till next month.

See you then. Yours Hilary.

Click here for a photo of Janet Stafford, our Vice-Chairman, with our speaker at the July Thursday meeting, Professor Rónán McGrath.


Wednesday 19 October to the Theatre by the Lake, Keswick, to Dick Barton-Special Agent


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the annual General Meeting of Settle District U3A will be held in Victoria Hall, Settle, on September 8 at 10.30am. The main business will be:

1 To receive the Annual Report
2 The institution of the post of President of Settle District U3A
3 The election of the officers, and
4 The election of committee members.

Nominations for office, duly proposed and seconded by current members, should be received by the Secretary by August 25.

Secretary, Roy Anderson, The Barn, High Street, Austwick, LA2 8BA

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.

Cookery Chat: For the July meeting, six members of the group had an outing to the Wild Boar Park near Chipping. We enjoyed the scenic drive along and above the Hodder valley and our tour of the attractive grounds of the Park to see in their various enclosures the wild board, the red and roe deer., as well as the more exotic llamas and the wallabies with their young. We were however disappointed that very few meat products were on sale in the shop. Nevertheless, we were agreed that it had been an enjoyable occasion and a good way to spend our last meeting before the August break. We planned the dates of our remaining meetings of 2005, each on a Monday: 12 September; 24 October; 14 November and (possibly) 12 December. We welcome new members. Please contact Kathleen Kinder, tel 01729 822444. KK

Line Dancing: is now closed until the third Thursday in September. PLD

Looking at Old Buildings: The group visited Markenfield Hall near Ripon on 28 July. We hurried across the courtyard because of the rain then were guided expertly round the hall seeing the remaining vaults of the former undercroft, kitchen with stone sink and a welcome log fire (whose smoke somehow permeated the whole building), great hall at first floor and much restored chapel.

Most of the hall dates from 1310, but has been neglected since confiscation after the Rising of the North. It has only been brought back into full use as a home for the Grantley family since 1980.

The group hopes to continue next year, meeting in the afternoons of 22 September, 27 October, 24 November and 26 January. A visit to Gledstone Hall has already been arranged for the October meeting. Jill Sykes

Scrabble: There will be no Scrabble meeting in August; next meeting will be
26 September. Everyone welcome. Anne Sheard

Sunday Lunch: It was a glorious July day as we drove over to Copy Nook for Sunday lunch. Our group was twelve strong and on this occasion, all female.

Most of us ordered the set lunch-three courses plus coffee for £13. Two, with less robust appetites, could cope with a starter and dessert only. There was a very interesting selection of starters, six main course choices and a very tempting list of desserts.

We enjoyed our meal immensely and felt quite replete. The quality and presentation of the food was excellent. The pub was very busy, fully booked, yet the service was swift and efficient. Several of our members thought it was the best lunch since our group started and considered it very good value for money. We shall certainly return to Copy Nook.

Our next Sunday lunch is at Whoop Hall, near Kirkby Lonsdale, on 21 August at 12.30 for 1.00pm. It should be interesting: our first jazz lunch. Members who can't go are asked to let Enid Parker know, on 823792.
Enid Parker

Walking Group: The new list for Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting on 13 September, will be available at the August Thursday meeting. Shirley Wolfenden

Wine Appreciation Group 2 (July meeting): We had a very enjoyable evening with seven members present. The wines were two Californian and two S E Australian-of the four the most popular was Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon at £3.98 a bottle; the least popular was another Beringer, White Zinfandel at £3.98 on offer price (both Californians). We also had two very good S E Australian wines; everyone liked Baramundi Ruby Cabernet and Baramundi Colombard Chardonnay at £4.48 a bottle. Also some members tried a very expensive wine from Italy: Masi Costasera Amarone classico-excellent. FE and MB


The following are the speakers we plan to have at forthcoming Thursday meetings (but see the posters each month in case there have to be changes):

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


Click here for Kathleen Kinder's recipe for char-grilled mackerel with fennel (for 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 Sunday 28 August 2005.

Settle U3A website

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

Thanks to George Pattison for this month's photographs.

Warning: Dates in the calendar are closer than they appear. .
Young at heart. Slightly older in other place