Settle District U3A NEWSLETTER

Issue No 4/11 - August 2006


Dear Friends

As a committee we endeavour to keep aware of the well-being of the members and up to the present time I think we have achieved this. But as the membership increases we are asking for your help. If you know of any member who becomes ill, or who is in hospital, please would you inform me (825449) or any member of the committee.

Sincerely Janet

Keswick Outing

This trip is now fully booked. £20 per person is now due; could you please ensure that this is paid as soon as possible to Shirley Wolfenden. We are finalising the number of tickets on 21 August and anyone not having paid in full will not be booked. Cheques as usual to Settle District U3A Social Fund. Please note the departure time from Settle Swimming Pool is 9.30am

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.

Continuing French: Monday morning is traditionally washday but the group's members seem to enjoy escaping. David Holdsworth's downloading of French newspaper articles has produced much merriment as well as the opportunity to learn up-to-date vocabulary. Our reading of the classic The Outsider by Camus has been a complete contrast. It is beautifully written and crafted, with an intriguing main character. There is no doubt, Settle U3A continues to enrich our lives. O Bolger and A Richer

Cookery Chat: Outings have been the order of the day recently. We thoroughly enjoyed the Asian meal at the Aagrah in Skipton in company with our friends from the Clitheroe U3A Food & Wine Group. Then for our July meeting, the last of the current season, we went to the Farm Shop and tea room at Airton. We can recommend both the shop for a wide and high class selection of food and crafts and the tea room for the delicious light meals on offer. We do not meet in August and our September meeting is at Valley View, Station Road, on Monday 25 September at 2.00pm, when our topic will be Something for Autumn. KK

Line Dancing
: There will be no more meetings this session. The next one will be on
21 September. Note: we have been invited to attend the Wednesday evening (non-U3A) group in St John's Hall at 7.00pm; just turn up or ring Pat on 823855. PLD

Looking at Old Buildings: We met in July to arrange next year's programme. We agreed that each month's visit will be arranged by a different member, generally on the last Thursday of the month. A programme will be available at class registration in September. Please look at the Newsletter each month for details. Jill Sykes

The Self-help Computer Group has met twice monthly throughout the year, though it is having a break during August. Its members have aired and shared a wide range of problems and useful advice on overcoming them has almost always been found from within the membership. The lap-top/projector combination (and now a printer is available when pertinent) is invaluable in enabling everyone to see what is going on. The first meeting of the 2006-7 session will be on 20 September, with regular meetings on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the months following that. GHP

Singing for pleasure: will meet again on Wednesday 13 September in the Victoria Hall. In the meantime-keep singing. MH

Sunday Lunch: The August Sunday lunch will be at the Duke of York, Grindleton, on Sunday 20 August - 12.30 for 1.00pm. The September lunch will be on 20 September and will be at the Fountaine Inne, Linton. Hilary Baker

Walking Groups: Thursday group-The last walk of the year was a reward for coping earlier with muddy footpaths and dirty boots. We enoyed a perfect summer's day on our round walk from Slaidburn, passing Elizabethan Hammerton Hall, 18th Century Bell Sykes and 17th Century Harrop Hall and finally following the river path on our return to Slaidburn from Newton. Our walking book called the route "By Way of Kirkstall's Sheep Farms". It certainly led us through 7.8 miles of beautiful England. O Bolger

The list of walks for September to December will be available from Alison Tyas, the Library and the TIC, from 7 August. Also on the web. New walkers welcome. Shirley Wolfenden

Wine Appreciation Group 1- Summer Dinner 13 July: Shirley and Ray again hosted the group for the extended evening and cooked the main course. Other pairs organised nibbles, fish, cheese, desserts and of course the wines, all costs being equitably shared at an early stage in the proceedings. All members were present and the proceedings went with a happy momentum but again the punctual taxi seemed to arrive much too soon! This is a very effective and financially efficient way (cost £13.50 per head-all included, taxi extra) to have a meal with four appropriate wines which were:

Pimms, No 1-25%, £9.99
Shaw Smith Sauvignon Blanc Adelaide Hills 2005 13% £8.99
Mud House Marlborough 2005 Pinot Noir 13% £7.99
Peter Lehmann Barossa 2002 Botritis Semillon 11% £6.49 (37.5cl) GHP


U3A Summer School 2006

In the hottest week of the year I set off for my very first U3A Summer School in Cheltenham. What would it be like? Would I enjoy it? Would I be out of my depth with everyone else far more knowledgeable than me? I had chosen to study architecture, church architecture as it happened.

I needn't have worried-our tutor was a retired architect. He was very patient and had supplied such detailed plans of every church we visited. Yes, it turned out there was no stuffy classroom for us-we were to be out and about each day. The first day we visited 6 very different Cotswold Churches from the grand wool church at Winchcombe to the tiny Hailes church.

Day 2 saw us travelling to Gloucester for the magnificent cathedral (including a wonderful gargoyle of our member Kenneth Jennings) and four more city centre churches.

The final day we visited a national treasure at Deerhurst-an old Saxon church and a Saxon chapel that for hundreds of years had been used as an agricultural building.

It was brilliant-I met so many members from Stockport to St Ives, and at mealtimes I met the rest!

Opera, literature, heritage, Russia, botany, philosophy or architecture, take your pick. Wherever your interests lie I'm sure you would find something at Summer School-and now they have a Northern one at Chester. Any member of U3A can attend and I'm sure you would enjoy it as much as me. I can't wait for next year! Hilary Baker

The second ENGLISH NATURE walk will be on Wednesday 16 August from Ribblehead at about 10.00am. This will be to the Limestone Pavements again-John Osborne assures me that there will be different wild flowers to see. He would like to extend the walk to take in Ribblehead Quarry, making the walk longer than 4½ to 5 miles. The terrain is rough so do wear suitable footwear. This will be a more leisurely walk so bring a packed lunch and if going up by train expect to return on the 15.23hrs from Ribblehead.

Members only due to insurance cover. If new members join at the August meeting they can come on the walk. Janet Stafford


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 3 September 2006.

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

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