Settle District U3A NEWSLETTER

Issue No 3/6 - March 2005



As the membership of our U3A nears 200 I feel that we have a success on our hands.

U3A is (and I quote) "a learning co-operative of older people which enables members to share many educational, creative and leisure activities".

The wide range of study and activities on offer appears to have appealed to the membership and it is good to hear of new friendships forged through the various groups, both from newcomers to the area and members who have lived here for many years.

As I write the snow is falling gently, as it has been doing all morning, and we are threatened by the forecasters with much worse to come. Hopefully by the time you read this spring will be with us and we shall be able to enjoy all the outdoor pleasures it brings.


April 2005 Thursday meeting

The speaker on Thursday 14 April will be Peter Marshall who will give a talk "Swiss Tours then and now: A recreation-with slides-of a rather special Victorian journey".

Nudge, nudge, hint, hint …

Just a reminder that for each class or lecture you attend, there is a charge of 50p.

It would be very helpful for those who have to collect this if you could remember to change your £50 notes beforehand, and don't expect to be able to get change at the U3A meeting.

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.

Bird watching: the group will meet on Thursday 24 March at 9.00am in Booths car park.

Canasta: Anyone interested in playing Canasta? Wyn Wilkes is willing to lead a new group if there are sufficient people. Contact initially Alison Tyas on 01729 822313.

Cookery: On the day before Shrove Tuesday, five of us made two different lots of pancakes in Kathleen's kitchen. A traditional recipe we made on the gas cooker and an old Scottish recipe for drop scones in a cast iron frying pan, on the Aga. Both lots were truly successful and much enjoyed by us all. We were just sorry that our four sick and missing members were not there to enjoy the fun. Now that we have seen how cooking can work with a small group in Valley View's kitchen, we shall be back to try more recipes another time. Next meeting on 14 March-we hope to come laden with books and magazines to share one another's favourite recipes
You might be interested to read the article Cooking for Singles and Doubles on our website.

German: Having "finished" our Beginners' German book, we are now starting to read stories and anything in German that members bring along. We tried small German childrens' picture book stories (for under 5's) and found them surprisingly difficult. We have just finished a thorough look at a similar edition of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, noticing how different the story is from the Disney version we have grown used to. We usually incorporate a little grammar, some pronunciation and vocabulary and often end up trying our skills at conversation.

We now meet at 10.15am on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday in the Victoria Hall. Anyone with a slight knowledge of German is welcome to join us. I am willing to start a beginners' group again in the autumn if there is any interest, but the established group will continue to meet to learn and laugh together for the foreseeable future.
Alison Tyas

Great Thinkers
: Wednesday 6 April at 10.30am. This month we will go right back in history to discuss the lives and work of some of the earliest thinkers-the Ancient Philosophers- Socrates, Plato, Aristotle. FP

Heraldry: 17 March at 10.30am. Peter Marshall-slides on memorials and hatchments. Past and current members of the group are very welcome. HB

Looking at old buildings: The February meeting took the form of a walk around Grassington. Most of us have heard of mullioned windows but how many know of slobbered pointing, rusticated quoins, voussoirs, not to mention the flying freehold! Of particular interest was the explanation of Yorkshire windows which were the vernacular response to the Renaissance. Despite the cold weather this walking tour of a typical
Craven community was very interesting and enjoyable, as was the new vegetarian café where many of us ended up for tea and cakes. Many thanks to those ladies who spared the time to show us round. AD

Next meeting: Tuesday 22 March at 2.00pm at Barden Tower (4 miles north of Bolton Abbey on the B6160). Parking is really for the restaurant so please share cars. Lunch (gourmet ? £14) available and snacks if not too busy. Telephone 01756 720616 if you would like to eat there beforehand. We can have tea afterwards without booking, to "pay" for the parking, and then go on to Bolton Priory if weather and time allow. Jill Sykes

Scrabble: There will be no meeting on 28 March. The next meeting will be on 24 April. AS

Sunday Lunch Group
: In February we returned to the Falcon Manor. We have reported in this before, so suffice it to say that we found it very enjoyable, and reasonably priced. Our next gathering will be on 20 March and will be at Ravenous (NB: they need 10+ to do Sunday lunch, so please be sure to let Hilary know if you can't make it.)

Theology: We enjoyed a lively and interesting debate at our last meeting when George introduced us, rather provocatively, to the passage in Isaiah 6 which Jesus applies to his own situation, of being called to love and serve people whose ears are stopped and whose minds are closed. Why bother? We went into that one too and found ourselves, after sharing some meaty thoughts on the parable of the talents, discussing the marriage of Prince Charles and Camilla. How we got their no-one knew, but we did and how very interesting it was to find some theological insights in that as well.

Next meeting: 17 March when we shall look at the events of Holy Week. GHK

Travellers' Tales: Last month we had a wonderful illustrated talk on trekking in Nepal. Alistair's slides were superb and we learnt a little of the lives of the indigenous peoples of the High Himalayas as he had done his trekking the hard way-no sherpas, and staying with local people.

This month-10 March, 2.00pm- Frank Pedley will be taking us to "Green Spain" or Costa Verde. On 14 April at 2.00pm Brian Akers will be talking on his recent visit to Egypt, illustrated as usual with slides. FP

Walking Group: It has been suggested that we change one or both of the walking days to Wednesday. This issue will be discussed and decided upon at the next planning which will be on 22 March at Smithy Croft, Rathmell. Coffee will be at 10.30am and the meeting will start at 11.00am. Please bring lots of ideas for walks, new ones or old it doesn't matter. If you can't get to the meeting, please let me know your views in advance. Thank you.
Shirley Wolfenden

Wine Appreciation Group 1: 10 February. Much of Portugal's wine production has been for home consumption in the past but our two presenters sought out 5 bottles for our evening's consideration-a white, 3 reds and a fortified.

The Segrada (white, 2001, 13.5%, £4.69) had surprising body and interesting flavours. Two older reds (1998 and 1999) showed quite individual taste patterns and the 2003 Grandarte Trincadeir was generally appreciated (£6.99).

The Hennriques & Hennriques' Full Rich Madeira (19%) nicely lit an internal glow which lasted the walk home on a cold February 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.

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 April 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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