Settle District U3A NEWSLETTER

Issue No 4/3 - December 2005



Dear Friends

Well here we are again at the end of another year-how time flies faster and faster the older we get, it seems to me.

As we go to press we have reached the 200 mark again with our membership. The committee have received advanced notice of a national U3A Awareness Month for March 2006. We shall address this in the new year, so watch this space.

Once more we are calling on our own talented members to entertain us-Valerie Baulard sings for us today, and at our January meeting Alan Hemsworth, an experienced speaker, gives the talk: I am sure you will enjoy his Yorkshire sense of humour.

May I on behalf of the committee and myself wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Sincerely Janet


In January Pat Smith will start a Family History group for absolute beginners. Two introductory sessions-Fridays 13 and 20 January from 10.45 am to 12.00 noon-and then a break to allow participants to carry out their own research. The group would then meet again
for another two sessions to compare notes, discuss success and failures and try to find solutions to problems.

Travellers' Tales group ceased for lack of interest, but Frank Pedley is willing to re-start in January. Please get in touch
with him if you are interested and likely to be able to attend the meetings.

Alison Tyas, Groups Co-ordinator


We are pleased to announce that we have now solved the problem of recruiting a new Secretary. Genevieve Moss has agreed to take on the correspondence part of the rôle, and Gillian Walton has agreed to become Minute Secretary.

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: The group made a successful visit to Abbots Hall Art Gallery in Kendal on Tuesday 15 November-although it has to be admitted that we did get off to a poor start when we were told off for being too noisy and disturbing the schoolchildren listening quietly to a talk in the next room. (Shouldn't that have been the other way round? What's got into the younger generation?) We were really very good after that and enjoyed the varying approaches to etching and lithography by four of the leading figurative artists in Britain today: David Hockney, Lucien Freud, Frank Auerbach and Paula Rego.

Our next visit is to the art gallery at "Touchstones Arts and Heritage Centre" in Rochdale to see "Creative Tension: British Art 1900-1950". This brings together work from Gallery Oldham, the Harris Museum and Art Gallery in Preston and Bolton Museum and Art Gallery as well as Rochdale's own collection. "The exhibition explores the idea that history of British Art 1900-1950 has often been presented as a progression from traditional figurative art to modern abstract art. In fact it is more complex, with artists producing work in different styles throughout the period, bringing with them a 'creative tension' as the different styles, and their proponents, came into contact with each other". Sounds good.

Meet at Rochdale at 2.00pm on Tuesday 20 December, sharing cars where possible. If unable to make our next meeting at the Victoria Hall on Tuesday
6 December, contact Frank Gordon at or on 01729 824638 for other details. FG

Cookery Chat: We, the full membership, had an enjoyable and informative meeting with 2 members of the Clitheroe U3A Food and Wine Group. We exchanged ideas for meetings and have agreed to explore the possibility of having a talk on Asian food followed by a meal at the Aagrah restaurant in Skipton. All of this we found very stimulating. Moreover, we can recommend wholeheartedly the light lunches served by Gardenmakers near Wigglesworth. Our next meeting is at 2.00pm at Valley View, Station Road, Giggleswick on Monday 12 December when we plan to demonstrate and discuss ways with apples and pears. New members are very welcome. Please contact Kathleen Kinder, tel 01729 822444.

Family History: Numbers have increased and a viable group has now met twice in my house. We are an intermediate group, the average length of involvement in this hobby being 20 years, but I hope when we are a bit more firmly established, beginners will join us.

In November we talked generally about our experiences and one member with Scottish ancestry showed us some Scottish documentation. In December we hope to share the problems we have encountered when searching for old wills. We have also made contact with the Skipton U3A group. Audrey Dakin

Heraldry: After a most enjoyable visit to Beetham Church on a superbly sunny November morning we will be back in Victoria Hall for the next three classes. At the December class our good friend Peter Marshall will be visiting us again. This year he will be showing slides and talking about the heraldry of Muncaster Castle, onThursday 15 December at 10.30am. Visitors and past members of the Heraldry class are very welcome. Hilary Baker

Listening to Music: Our November meeting unfortunately had to be cancelled for medical reasons. The next is due on Monday, 19 December at Brayshaw Cottage: please could all members ring Pam on (01729) 822768 if you intend to be present. PMS

Looking at Old Buildings: The November walk around Kirkby Lonsdale, although bitterly cold, was instructive and interesting. Mr Harrison, our guide, gave us a most amusing and enjoyable afternoon. Every building and space had its story and old photograph which then was transferred to Alan, the official bag-carrier!

Next meeting: Thursday 26 January 2.00pm Victoria Hall. An illustrated talk on renovating traditional buildings by James Innerdale, whom we heard last year. JS

Sunday Lunch: There will be no official lunch group in December. The next lunch will be on Sunday 15 January at the Maypole, Long Preston. 12.30 for 1.00pm.

Walking: Could I please remind everyone that the planning meeting for next term will take place at Smithy Croft on Tuesday 20 December at 11.00am followed by a Jacob's Join lunch. Please note the change of time. Hope to see you then. SW

Wine Appreciation Group 1
: 3 & 11 November. After an abstemious October WAG 1 have managed two meetings in November.

At first we sampled four wines from the Eastern Mediterranean-all with rather different tastes to the usual Old/New World products we normally sample. These Egyptian and Lebanese wines were complex, making definite statements-but not always appreciated. The Lebanese Chateau Musar, Caiston Hochan-from the Bekaa Valley, was a nice light red-at £13.49-but it was 1998 vintage.

We had Sicilian, Australian, Chilian, Spanish and S. African for our second gathering. Two relative bargains were best appreciated:

Casa Morena-a gentle dark red with great body-and only £2.99!
Borgo Selene (Sicily), Catarratto &Inzolia grapes. Pale straw with good aftertaste-£5.95. GHP

Wine Group 2
: The members always are keen to taste and enjoy the wines - alas we were disappointed with Finea Las Moras, an Argentinian white vintage 2005. This Chardonnay failed on all counts. £2.99 half price, Co-op . Next came Torres Vina Sol, Spanish white 2004 £4.99-again nobody liked it. The differences between the label and our experience with the tasting made this another No!!

On to the reds! Explorers Marlborough Pinot Noir New Zealand 2004 £4.99. This medium bodied by winemaker Hamish Clark should have been good with black cherry flavour and fruity redcurrant spicy oak. It was very disappointing. So on to the next red Australian Underworld Shiraz Viogner 2001 14% £6.99. This wine is fruity with complex flavours of ripe blackcurrant, black pepper, vanilla oak, soft tannin. This was enjoyed by all.

Last but not least we tried a full-bodied red Barrock Station 2004 13%. This wine of rich and ripe cherries, sweet plums and currants, soft tannins with a hint of oak, also met with the approval and enjoyment of all. TM


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 Janet Stafford know.

Advance notice

There will be a theatre trip on
to Ilkley Playhouse to see
"Five Blue Haired Ladies"
by John A Penzotti. Bookings will be taken at the January meeting

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 Monday 2 January 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.

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