Settle District U3A NEWSLETTER

Issue No 4/8 - May 2006


Dear Friends,

It may seem rather early to be planning new groups to start in the autumn but I can assure you that time goes very quickly during spring and summer and your committee tries very hard to keep ahead. So we are appealing to you all as potential Group Leaders. You do not need to be an expert in a subject or activity to lead a group, just enthusiastic and one step ahead of the group members.

We are losing Old Buildings and the Exercise class (many thanks to Jill and Monica); would anybody like to take those on? We have requests for Beginners French, Astronomy and Circle Dancing.

If you feel you can offer to lead a group, please contact Alison Tyas, our very efficient Groups Co-ordinator, on 822313.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely, Janet


We are happy to tell you that interest in the 5 July visit to Ilkley Playhouse, to see the musical version of "Good Companions", has been very strong. In order to secure your place and to enable us to book the correct number of tickets, could you please pay a small deposit of £5 to either J Stafford or S Wolfenden as soon as possible and the balance will be due in June.


Monday 19 June: Leaving Settle at 9.00am. A visit to the Yorkshire Mining Museum near Wakefield. Visitor attractions include a Nature Trail, interactive exhibits, galleries, pit ponies, and for the more adventurous, an underground tour lasting 1½ hours. Cost is £10 per person.

Wednesday 18 October: Theatre on the Lake, Keswick. "Private Lives" by Noel Coward. Make a note in your diary.
Shirley Wolfenden

Shirley Wolfenden


The following groups have finished for the summer: Art Appreciation, Genealogy, Mathematical Puzzles, Exercise for the Third Age, Looking at Old Building, and Recorders.

The last 3 may not start again. If you have been enjoying one of these and wish to continue to meet as a group, please let me know. Doing it yourself is quite easy really!

I shall soon be asking group leaders for decisions about their groups/dates/venues for the autumn, so please think about it. Being a leader does not necessarily involve teaching or even knowing much about the subject. We can all learn and have fun together.

Alison Tyas, Groups co-ordinator

Nature walk on Wednesday 14 June

Following his very well-received talk to our members, John Osborne of English Nature will, on 14 June, lead a walk around the Nature Reserve at Ribblehead. The walk is about 1.5 miles and, taken at a leisurely pace, with time to enjoy the spring flowers, the limestone pavement and the Viking age settlement, should take between 1 and 2 hours. Anyone wishing to travel by train should catch the 9.50hrs from Settle, arriving at Ribblehead at 10.06hrs. Alternatively, members could travel up by car (or bike!). There is a train back to Settle at 13.13hrs and another at 15.23hrs. Members may want to take a packed lunch.

Gillian Walton

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 of the April meeting was Puddings. As always, there were some pleasant surprises. We sampled American Shoo Fly open tart. To make: a syrup and Lexia raisin mixture was spread on a sweet pastry base. This was covered by a crumble mixture before being baked in the oven. Cream was very much in evidence in other contributions-from the Austrian Torte to the Coffee Icecake Bomb, to the Pineapple sweet and the meringues made with golden caster sugar. One of the ingredients in the Austrian Torte was raw egg which provoked a discussion about the threat of bird 'flu and if we would continue to buy and cook chicken. We all thought we would. The next meeting is at 2.00pm at Valley View on Monday 22 May and the theme, still on sweetness, in Cooking with Chocolate. KK

Great Lives
: The next meeting is on Wednesday 17 May at 10.30am in the Victoria Hall. The Lives under consideration this month are Alexander the Great and Florence Nightingale. FP

Heraldry: On Thursday 18 May we will be visiting Cartmel Priory. I suggest we meet at Booths car park at 9.45am in order to share cars.

Next month (June) we will be following up the talk in March by visiting Bradford. Hilary Baker

Listening to Music: Easter Monday found 6 of us sitting in Pat's sitting room on a beautiful sunny day admiring her garden and the antics of the birds therein. At the same time we were listening to Frank Pedley's selection of music, which ranged from Gracie Fields-what an amazing range she had-via Tannhauser to Beethoven's Piano Concerto No 4. What a blissful way to spend an afternoon!

The next meeting will be on Monday 15 May, when Beryl will be selecting the music at her home -Leak House, Austwick (015242 51205). If you need a lift or don't know where to go please contact Beryl. HB

Looking at Old Buildings: Thursday 1 June 2.00pm in the Victoria Hall-a get-together to discuss past and future programmes.

If you are interested in the continuation of the group, please come or ring Jill Sykes (015242 51398) with your ideas. JS

Sunday Lunch: On Sunday 21 May we will be visiting The Priest's House at Barden Tower-12.30pm for 1.00pm.

The June lunch will be at the Lunesdale Arms at Tunstall. Hilary Baker

Wine Appreciation, Group 2: April meeting-It was an interesting selection from around the world. The first white, a Chenin Blanc by Cullinan View, South Africa, 12½ %, £4.59, was disappointing. However the next wine was much appreciated-Henri Vallen's Vouvray from France, 12% at £5.49. S E Australia's Harvest Lane Cabernet Sauvignon, 13½% at £4.99 was palatable but not exciting. Chile's La Joya Cabernet Sauvignon, 13%, was very well received and at £4.99 pleasantly surprising. A Côtes de Bergerac dessert wine, the last offering of the evening, was very light.

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 finalised at an Extraordinary General Meeting on Thursday 13 July.


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 28 May 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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