Settle District U3A NEWSLETTER

Issue No 4/9 - June 2006

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.


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.


If you lead or facilitate a group, please can you let me know by the end of this month what your plans are for the autumn.

If you know anyone who might take a beginners French or Spanish group, or Astronomy, or Exercises, or Circle Dancing (very easy and gentle!) or anything else at all, please let me know.

If you fancy trying something but don't know how to start, let me know as I might be able to put you in touch with someone else with similar interests. There is no minimum size for our groups. September/October is the best time to introduce new groups. We know of a few who expect to start this autumn-details with the August Newsletter-but we are always looking for new ideas.

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: The theme for the May meeting was Chocolate and members turned up with some interesting, varied and quite delicious items, all with a chocolate base or ingredient. The simplest was chocolate fruit-fresh and dried fruit, grapes, strawberries and apricots dipped in melted chocolate which had hardened around each fruit shape. The richest and most luxurious was perhaps the Chocolate Almond Cake, a River Café recipe. We then sampled a feather-light chocolate mousse, chocolate roulade, chocolate brownies, and iced chocolate cake, but decided that we would take a piece of chocolate shortbread home with us to consume later. We also inspected a chocolate-biscuit shell base for a fruit and whipped cream concoction to be made the next day. For next time, we decided to go back to savouries and chose Meals for a Light Lunch as our topic for the meeting on Monday 12 June at Valley View, Station Road, Giggleswick, at 2.00pm. KK

Great Lives: At our final meeting of this session on Wednesday 21 June 10.30am in the Victoria Hall we will be peering deep into the lives of the great Dr Samuel Johnson, and of Lancashire's noted spinner Richard Arkwright. Frank Pedley

Heraldry: We will be finishing the year by visiting Bradford for a guided tour of some of the heraldry of that city. Our guide will be David Krause, who gave us such an interesting talk in March. We will be leaving on the 9.30am bus from Settle to Skipton (don't forget your free bus passes!). Hilary Baker

Line Dancing: The session on 6 July has had to be cancelled because both the Victoria Hall and St John's Church Hall are already booked. Also, there will be no meetings during August-restarting 21 September.

Music Appreciation: On a wet Monday afternoon six of the Music group sat listening to Beryl Slann's choice of music-a little bit like Desert Island Discs. Again, a very varied selection of music, from Bryn Terfil singing "Land of my Fathers" accompanied by the Black Mountain Choir, to the Spartacus Suite by Khachaturian. A delightful way to spend a rainy afternoon. The next meeting, when it will be Pat's turn to be cast on the desert island, will be at 2.00pm on 19 June. HW

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: Our next outing will be over the border to Tunstall and the Lunesdale Arms on Sunday 18 June, 12.30 for l.00pm. The July lunch will be on 16 July at the Tarn House at Stirton. Hilary Baker

Walking: The Thursday walk on 15 June will be the one planned for 1 June-Scarhouse and Nidderdale Way, led by Saida Simmons. The walking group in Gisburn Forest - May 2006.

Wine Appreciation Group 1- May meeting: The nose of the Marlborough Montana, Sauvignon Blanc 2005, from New Zealand, made an exciting start to the evening. It was fruity and smooth on the palate too-13% at £6.49. A 2005 Chablis from Burgundy, 12.5% at £7.99, was quite dry, with little nose, and was less attractive.

Three reds (all with noticeably detailed factual back labels) were presented in order of price: £4.49-£4.79. The Merlot, SE Australia, had some body and flavour but it was generally agreed that two slightly more expensive reds, a Rioja -Viña Gala and the Bordeaux Claret, had progressively less character. GHP

Wine Appreciation Group 2
-May meeting: We were all agreed that the first white was very disappointing. Inycon 2005 Chardonnay, 13.5%, £3.49. However the second white. Kendermalls 2005, 9%, £3.99 was deliciously drinkable.

The red wine Shiraz Mataro Banrock Station 2004, 13.5%, £3.79, was a soft wine with ripe cherry flavours with a hint of oak and most enjoyable. The Turner Road 2003, 13.5%, a deep red smooth pleasant wine at £4.99 down from £5.49, did not outshine the previous red. TM

A message from Craven (Skipton) U3A- Music Ensemble

Although the Skipton U3A year is formally over, the Music Group at Skipton has chosen to continue of its own accord, probably at least until the end of June. This small orchestra meets each Wednesday morning from 10.00am until 12.00noon in the vestry of Skipton Parish Church, Holy Trinity, High Street, Skipton. The groups would like to invite other string players to join them. There are some wind instruments too, but these positions are generally already occupied.

The group comprises older people who can play to a moderate standard, although previous orchestral experience is not a prime essential; quite a number of members have come to this kind of ensemble playing only latterly and are experiencing the basic notions of orchestral playing for the very first time.

The group hopes, of course, formally to re-start under the auspices of the Craven U3A in September 2006.

Contact should be made to: Arthur Butterworth (01756 792968), 11 Dales Avenue, Embsay, Skipton BD23 6PE.

Forthcoming Outings

All the tickets for the Ilkley Playhouse have now been sold. The total cost is £14 each and I would like all monies to be paid to me as soon as possible, please, as we have now paid for the theatre.

The outing to the National Mining Museum on 19 June still has places. This should be an excellent day out with something for everyone. Please book early. We will leave Settle Swimming Pool car park at 9.00am.

Please note that it is your responsibility to let me know where you will board the bus. We usually stop at the Market Place and Long Preston, other stops should be requested in good time. Thank you for your support.


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 2 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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