Settle District U3A NEWSLETTER

Issue No 2/7 - May 2004


Dear Friends

Let us hope those April "showers" will now give way to May flowers. As summer approaches many of our classes are winding, or have wound, down for the summer. But now is the time to be thinking of what we will have on offer next year. Do you have a class you would like to see being held; do you think you could offer to lead a group in any subject? If you have any thoughts on either, please talk to Alison Tyas about your ideas.

I hope everyone got their "U3A News" last month-it is the last one to be distributed manually. From the next issue (June I think) the magazine will be sent individually to each household from Central Office. This means Alison will no longer have great parcels to house and bring across to the Victoria Hall. Thank you Alison for the work you have done with distribution over the past 2 years.

Sincerely Hilary Baker

Speaker for May

Unfortunately our speaker for May, Cynthia Welbourn, Director of Education North Yorkshire, has been called away to a meeting in London on 6 May-but happily she will come to talk to us at our June meeting instead. So on 6 May we are grateful to Alison Tyas, who at short notice has agreed to be the speaker for this year's "Between Ourselves" session.

Death of Stanislaw Gorzkowski

Members will be very much saddened to know of the death of Stanislaw ("Stash"). He joined Settle District U3A in its first year and since then he was responsible for leading the music appreciation classes. We offer our sympathy to our fellow U3A member, his widow, Jean.

News and Views from the Groups

All group leaders are invited to arrange for reports (with pictures if appropriate) to be sent in.

Heraldry: At our last meeting we visited Giggleswick School Chapel. Our guide was Nigel Mussett who has made a special study of the heraldry in the chapel and having been a teacher at the school for almost 30 years has a wealth of knowledge about the chapel and the school in general. After a brief look at the outside of this magnificent building which so dominates the landscape we went inside. First a quick history of the building and renovation of the chapel, then we had a look at the shields of the various men who had connections with the school in the large south window below the dome. On a glorious spring morning with the sun shining through we probably saw the window at
its best.

Our next outing will be to St Mary and All Saints Church, Whalley, on Thursday 27 May. Please meet in Ashfield Car Park at 9.30 am to minimise transport. The next (and last) beginners class will be on Thursday 13 May in the Victoria Hall at 10.30 am.
Hilary Baker

Sunday Lunch : April - You could almost touch the quiet that enveloped the small bar where we had gathered, when our chattering friendly group was led to a table at the Falcon Manor. This was a return visit. We knew the meal would be good. Most of us enjoy the self-service hors d'oeuvres table and would happily make a whole meal of its fish, patés and salad delicacies.

The Falcon has a set-piece Sunday lunch menu, but plenty of choice within it, and more than ample helpings (Tilly's doggy-bag did well). Vegetables were brought separately for us to help ourselves, which we all prefer. Desserts were all "a bit different", tasty and not overwhelming. Eating, conversation and spaces between courses, left no time for coffee.

Peace returned when we left-but by then the rest of the diners had departed too.

Next month we will meet on 16 May at the Listers Arms in Malham (12.30pm) with apologies to Hilary from members unable to attend, please. Jill Sykes

Theology: The group has now closed down for the summer. The date to get in your diary for the first meeting in the next session is Thursday 16 September (2.00 pm, Kathleen and George's house as usual).

The picture shows some of the members at a meeting.

Travel: The next meeting of this group will be at the Victoria Hall on Monday 17 May at 2.00 pm. The speaker will be Brian Ackers and his subject will be South Africa.

Walking: After a very pleasant planning meeting the programme for the new term is now available. You can access it either on the Settle District website or see a copy in the library and the TIC. A limited number of copies will be available at the next general meeting; however, if you wish to have one before that I will be happy to send you one on receipt of a SAE. My address is Smithy Croft, Rathmell, BD24 0LA.

Let's hope we have a decent summer.

Meanwhile, walks in May are:

May 11-Kirkby Lonsdale to Whittington, and the River Lune. 5 miles. Leader: D Hemsworth 823902. Picnic in the churchyard.

May 13-Ingleborough/Gaping Gill. 9 miles. Leader: K Bolger 823525.

May 18-Settle/Attermire/Victoria Cave. 5 miles. Leader: J Stafford 825449. Meet at Settle Town Hall.

May 27-Dent-Frostrow Fell. 9 miles. Leader K Bolger 823525.

Please note: all walks will now meet at Greenfoot Care Home near to the Greenfoot Car Park unless otherwise stated. The blue walks meet at 10.00 am and the red walks at 9.30 am. If there is any doubt about the walk due to adverse weather please contact the leader. All walks are approximate. Walkers must be U3A members.
Shirley Wolfenden

Wine Appreciation: 8.4.04-Our hosts did us well-in addition to providing ample notes about each of the wines to be presented, they also ensured that each member had TWO glasses (one labelled "Old", the other "New"). This enabled us the more easily to compare similar wines, two at a time-one from the Old World (France) and the same grape and vintage from the New (Australia). The Australian wines tended to be £2 more expensive in each case and were generally preferred. The immediacy of the comparisons possible was greatly appreciated. Reactions to the Pinot Noirs and Syrah/Shiraz again emphasised the tendency for the group to show a preference for "reds" as opposed to the whites (Chenin Blanc).

G H Pattison

U3A National Events and Notices

U3A Summer Schools 2004

School 1: Tuesday 20 to Friday 23 July
School 2: Tuesday 27 to Friday 30 July
at the University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham

Courses on offer range from Architecture to Setting Personal Objectives in Retirement. Bookings are taken on a first-come-first-served basis. Application forms from our Secretary, Roy Anderson.

Monthly meetings


With effect from September 2004 (and including the AGM) the Thursday meetings will revert to the 2nd Thursday in the month. It is hoped that this will be more convenient for the majority of members.

This month's recipe

Banana and Rhubarb Delight



Don't forget the Book Exchange at the monthly meetings! The idea is that you bring any book that you no longer have a use for, and in exchange you can then take a book. from those brought by other members. Please, before each Thursday meeting, do make a point of looking out any books you no longer want, and bring them along.

Skipton Cinema Survey

If you haven't already handed in your completed questionnaire about the possibility of special showings for U3A members at Skipton cinema, don't forget to do so by 6 May which is the last day for getting them to Shirley Wolfenden.

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 Friday 21 May.

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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