Settle District U3A NEWSLETTER

Issue No 3/9 - June 2005



Dear Friends

Another month has gone by-and another bank holiday-since we last met. How time flies. After our last talk I hope some of you have taken the opportunity to visit some of the mills in our own area-or perhaps even further afield. I know I will now look at them with a more informed eye.

I forgot to announce at our last meeting that we have now enrolled our 200th member-Mr Brian Hutchinson from Hellifield. Not bad for a small town and its surrounding area. In fact it shows U3A is fulfilling a need among the older (perhaps I ought to say more mature!) population despite so many other things going on. Indeed I think it enhances many of our other activities.

Most classes have already closed down for the summer but one or two are soldiering on and indeed I understand the walking groups continue right through the summer so this letter and the Thursday meetings are our only means of contacting you, apart from the website for some. So don't miss next month's Thursday meeting. Unfortunately I will not be there as I will be on holiday, so I will see you all at the August social meeting

Sincerely Hilary

July 2005 Thursday meeting

The speakers on Thursday 14 July will be Professor Ronan McGrath who will speak on "The Forbidden Beauty of Quasicrystals: a nanoscience adventure ".


We are extremely sorry to announce that the WINE, LINE and CHEESE event planned for 10 June has had to be cancelled for lack of support. Those who have not already had their ticket-money returned should see Shirley Wolfenden. It is sad that there were not more people willing to support this fund-raising event, which it was hoped would provide money for a few social activities (which we're not allowed to fund from our main account).


I shall be contacting all group leaders during this month and next to get a programme put together for the autumn. Please think about what YOU can offer.

You don't have to be an expert or a teacher.

We can have "leaderless" groups, meeting to enjoy something together, but I do need a named individual who will tell me when meetings are cancelled.

We can also have more than one person named as the leader, if you prefer to share the commitment.

Give it a try. You might enjoy it. Lots of us do.

Alison Tyas, Quaker Garth, Kirkgate, Settle, (01729) 822313

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: Four of us had a most enjoyable day visiting the Wensleydale Cheese Centre at Hawes. We saw the video and then went round the Museum and cheese factory before having lunch. We were pleased we had booked our table beforehand as the restaurant was packed. We had a scenic ride home over the fells above Gayle to the head waters of the Wharfe and then home via Arncliffe and the spectacular Darnbrook road to Malham. We were just sorry so many of our group could not make it. Next month, on 20 June, we have a Safari meal. Kathleen Kinder

Heraldry: Beginners Heraldry is now closed but the Heraldry group will be going to Appleby on Thursday 16 June-meet at SETTLE STATION to catch the 0950hrs CARLISLE TRAIN, returning on the 1509hrs train arriving at Settle at 1605hrs. (Cost £8.85 with Railcard, £13.40 without).
On Thursday 21 July we go to York Minster, again by train: 0757hrs from Giggleswick Station. Hilary Baker

Looking at Old Buildings: Our next meeting will be on Thursday 28 July at Markenfield Hall, near Ripon. Start with a picnic lunch in the Orchard followed by a visit round the hall. Please let Jill Sykes know if you will be coming-015242 51398. Hilary Baker

Sunday Lunch: The next meeting is Sunday 19 June and will be at the Falcon Manor Hotel, Settle-12.00 for 12.30pm. As usual, please let me know if you can't attend. Hilary Baker

Travellers' Tales: The next meeting will be on Thursday 9 June at 2.00pm in the Victoria Hall. Brian Akers will speak on "Turkey". Frank Pedley

Wine Group 1: May 2005. Hungary has been producing wine since about 1600-so It was considered that we should investigate-and include Rumania. Riverview and Woodcutters were the (rather un-Hungarian) names on the labels of a Chardonne/Pinot Grigio (£3.99) and a "blend" of unnamed grapes (£2.99) respectively. They were individual and "perhaps nice on a summer afternoon" was mentioned.

The Riverview Merlot (£3.99) had some quite violent effects to the pallet-desiccating and harsh. The Rumanian Prahova Winery produced the Pinot Noir (£4.29) and Cabernet Sauvignon £4.99). Both had heavily oaked characteristics and the former was the best appreciated of the evening. GHP


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.


Last month our membership reached a record total when Brian Hutchinson from Hellifield became our 200th member. Brian is a retired international banker and worked for 30 years in the middle and far east. He has already made contact with the Walking group and with Looking at Old Buildings; he is also a jazz enthusiast and wonders whether any other members would be interested in forming a Jazz group?

The picture shows Brian being welcomed by our Chairman and by Frank Pedley, our "founding father".

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 3 July 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.

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