Settle District U3A NEWSLETTER

Issue No 4/10 - July 2006


Dear Friends

The time has come again to start to prepare for the AGM in September. So I am taking this opportunity to appeal for members to consider themselves for the committee.

The constitution is worded to ensure that continuity is maintained, and I quote:

"7(iii) Officers shall serve for a period of one year and committee members for a period of three years. Retiring Officers may stand for re-election providing that no-one may hold the office of Chairman or Vice-Chairman for more than two consecutive years without an intervening period of at least one year except that a retiring Vice-Chairman may stand immediately for the post of Chairman".

I will be standing again for Chairman but we do need somebody to stand for Vice-Chairman to keep continuity.

Last year we co-opted Hilary Baker as Vice-Chairman but she will not be standing for that post this year.

Please give this some thought and contact me for more details.

Sincerely Janet


The editor apologies if any copy for this edition of the Newsletter sent in by e-mail has not been published. This is due to on-going impossible difficulties with my e-mail. I hope normal service will be resumed by August. Sorry. Pamela

Notice of an Extraordinary General Meeting

The committee proposes to increase the Membership fee to £10 as from next session, 2006-7. This will be discussed and voted on at an Extraordinary General Meeting on Thursday 13 July.


There will not be a speaker at the August General Meeting and there will be no charge. Janet will deal with any notices at 10.30am and then you will be encouraged to look round at the little displays put on by the various groups to show what they have been doing this year. Please ask me if you want to know about any group that has not put out a display.

The programme for 2006-7 will be enclosed with your August Newsletter, so you can have plenty of time planning which groups to join. This is also a good opportunity for those who are not yet members to come along, see the displays and pick up a programme, so please encourage your friends and relations.

You will be able to re-join the U3A at the August General Meeting to save great queues in September, but signing up for the individual groups will be done at the AGM on 14 September.

If you are a group leader or facilitator and have not been asked to put on a display or exhibition, don't wait to be asked, just bring something along.

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.

Cookery Chat: At the suggestion of one of our members, who was looking to add to her repertoire, the Cookery Chat Group chose Light Lunches as our topic for June's meeting. As usual, there was some variety, but two members brought caramelised onion and leek tarts, made from the same recipe. Also on offer: broad bean and feta cheese paté on melba toast with tomato and cucumber accompaniment, a vegetable bake and a warm dressed salad with black pudding and croutons. At time of going to press we were looking forward to meeting Clitheroe U3A members for a meal at the Aagrah restaurant in Skipton on 21 June.

Our meeting on 12 July took the form of a visit and a meal at the farm shop and restaurant at Airton. KK

: Unfortunately the last meeting of the year had to be cancelled but David Krause has very kindly agreed to take us round Bradford later in the year. Probably 21 September, if enough people can manage that date. Hilary Baker

Line Dancing
: There will be no more meetings this session. The next one will be in September-watch this space for date. 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

Listening to Music: The next meeting will be on Monday 17 July in Pat's house. For this meeting, everyone is asked to bring one piece, of not more than 15 minutes' duration-LPs or CDs. PMS

Looking at Old Building: The group would like to continue next year with each month's visit or talk arranged by a different group member (so that Jill can have a hip replacement without closing what has been a popular group).

There was an enthusiastic meeting on 1 June with suggestions of lots of interesting old buildings to visit. If you would like to take part next year, please come to a short meeting in the Victoria Hall on Thursday 20 July at 2.00pm. to influence and finalise the programme for the August list of classes. Jill Sykes (015242 51398)

Singing for pleasure: We meet most Wednesdays in the Victoria Hall at 10.30am and sing until 12.00 noon. On 24 May we held a recording session which was great fun and lived up to all our expectations. MH

Sunday Lunch: The next Sunday lunch will be on Sunday 16 July at the Tarn House, Stirton-12.30pm for 1.00pm. If you are not sure where it is pease ring me (840609). The lunch on 20 August will probably be at the Duke of York, Grindleton. Hilary Baker

Walking Groups: The planning meeting to be held on 20 July will not now be a Jacobs Join lunch. This is because there is a Social Evening for the U3A at the Cricket Club that night and we can't have too much pleasure in one day!! The planning meeting will therefore be held at the usual time of 10.00am for coffee, starting the business at 10.30am. Hope to see you then with lots of good ideas. Shirley Wolfenden

Wine Appreciation Group 1-June The evening's searching task was to try to match blind tastings to the descriptions on the "back labels". Two whites, a rosé and two reds were the challenge. After much considerations, discussion, further contemplation and-guesswork (?), the results were fairly evenly spread with individuals managing from 1 to 5 correct matchings. Perhaps the bottle without a back label had been right!

The two most appreciated wines were:
White: Withers Hill-Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, NZ, 2005; 13.5%. £7.99
Red: Koonunga Hill-Shiraz/Cabernet, SE Australia, 2003; 14%, £7.19.

The National Mining Museum, Wakefield

Last month twenty-four of us went to the National Mining Museum for the day.It was raining as we left but fortunately picked up as we went along. The Museum is a former pit and the men working there are former miners.

Most of us went on the 1½ hour guided walk underground and we all thought it was the highlight of the day. We were kitted out with headlamps and hard hats and went down approx 150m in the lift, much more slowly than the miners would have done. We started out in the 18th century and progressed to the present day. Life was harsh whichever period you were in, with noise from ventilators, dust from machinery and claustrophobic conditions. The miner who guided us was very jolly and when asked if he would like to go back to his life as a working miner was adamant that he would, citing the companionship and the teamwork as big plusses in his life. With the exhibits above ground and the excellent café we had a very informative day out and can recommend a visit. Shirley Wolfenden

U3A Social Evening

7.30pm Thursday 20 July at Settle Cricket Club
Finger buffet Pay bar

Admission by ticket only, £6.50 from any committee member
All members and friends welcome-come and enjoy a friendly get-together!


Visit to Keswick Theatre of the Lake to see Noel Coward's Private Lives. Bookings now being taken. £5 deposit reserves a seat, or pay in full at the Thursday meeting £19 for theatre, bus and driver's tip. Shirley Wolfenden


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 July 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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