Settle District U3A NEWSLETTER

Issue No 10 - July 2003


Many thanks to all the group leaders for the sentences describing your group/class/course.

We will be producing the list of groups with description, times, dates, etc to be included in the
August Newsletter.

I need to know now please what day the (new) NOT ON A TUESDAY WALKING GROUP
would like to walk!

New groups for the autumn are:

Background to Travel
Celtic Designs for Knitters and Stitchers
Constitutions, Chairmen and Committees
Cultural Evolution in Europe since the Renaissance
Exercise for the Third Age
Mathematics for Explorers
Needlework and Natter
Understanding Climate Change

Alison Tyas

Don't forget the AGM!

Thursday 4 September
Your chance to have your say about how U3A Settle functions and to nominate new officers and committee members -don't miss this opportunity!

From the Groups

Wine Appreciation Group

The group had a superb June meeting, when Tricia Rees-Jones of the Institute of Masters of Wine (and of Settle) came to talk to us on "Some highways and byways of the vinous world". She brought with her 6 wines for us to taste-all obtainable from Booths-and in introducing each of them she told us something of their background and what made them special. All the wines were good value and enjoyable, but the wine that was generally voted the favourite was an Argentinian red-Argento Malbec 2002 price £4.99, which we heartily
recommend to fellow U3A members. This wine would be ideal with a strong food (eg peppered steak) but was also very tasty on its own. Although most of us prefer red wine, we also liked the white Rawson's Retreat Riesling 2001 at £5.99-very fresh and fruity.

Tricia finally introduced a surprise additional wine-Beaune de Venise, a dessert wine which was delicious with peppered strawberries. Altogether, a very memorable evening.

The group is proceeding intact for a further year and we thoroughly recommend the setting up of a second group (if anyone is interested and would like to give their name to either me or Alison, we can help to set up such a group).

Pat Dewey

Sunday Lunch Group

Sunday 20 July: The Golden Lion, Settle at 12.30pm. As I shall be away, Pat (01729 823855) will be in charge Please let her know if you cannot be there.

Sunday 17 August: The Copy Nook, Bolton by Bowland at 12.30p-let me know if you can't attend.
Hilary Baker

Walking Group

The Walking group has completed another term's hard trekking! Actually the walks have suited all abilities and have been most enjoyable. They included a gentle stroll over the hills to Austwick where a meal was enjoyed at the Gamecock. The "tigers" have done the longer walks into the depths of
Malhamdale and Grassington, many congratulations to them. The weather always seems to have a down on Tuesdays for some reason and quite often the rain has let us down this term. Never mind, it means we can put the cancelled walks into next term's itinerary. There will be a planning meeting at Smith Croft, Rathmell, at 10.00am on Tuesday 19 August to arrange next term's activities. Do please try to come and bring any suggesstions with you. Thank you for your support.

Shirley Wolfenden

Heraldry Group

Field Trip to Lowther, Thursday 24 July: Meet in the Ashfield car park at 9.00 am.

The group has enjoyed two recent field trips - Click here for (1) admiring the splendid hatchments in Bolton by Bowland parish church, and (2) taking a refreshment break in Gisburn parish churchyard.

Thursday Talks

The speaker on Thursday 10 July will be Mrs Margret Shaw, and her title will be "Brought to Book" - the process that a manuscript undergoes from being submitted to a publisher to being on the shelves of a book shop.

There will be no speaker at the meeting on 14 August and instead we shall have a members' get together with bring-and-buy cake stalls, bric a brac stalls etc so please be thinking about things to bring! Volunteers are needed to man the stalls: please let Althea know if you can help.

And a reminder-from September the Thursday meetings will be held on the first Thursday of the month, eg the September meeting (the AGM and enrolment day) will be held on Thursday 4 September.


Qualcast Concorde 30 electric lawnmower - £6
Garden hammock - £5
Old-fashioned,, bulky (but warm) sleeping bag - £2

Ring 01729 823855


Can you spare 2 hours during the last week in August?
Alison needs extra stewards for the Quaker Exhibition-August 25 - 30.

No knowledge of Quakers needed!

Ring (01729) 822313 for details.

U3A National Website

The password to get into the members' section of the National website is

Copy date for next issue of Newsletter

All copy for publication in the next issue should reach the Editor (Pam Servant, Bra/show Cottage, 23 Duke Street, Settte) by Thursday, 3 July 2003.

Settle U3A website

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