Settle District U3A NEWSLETTER

Issue No 4/2 - November 2005



Dear Friends

I am writing this the day after our trip to the Theatre by the Lake at Keswick, which I believe was a great success. The weather improved on arrival so we were all able to enjoy our three hours around Keswick before the performance. The play lived up to expectations, causing much laughter and nostalgic memories, especially the music.

The committee are in the process of planning the December social event-which will be for members only. We shall hold it in the Victoria Hall, starting at 10.30am and the bar will be available. We feel a "Jacob's join" remains the best choice for catering. There will not be entertainment as in other years but a quiz is being arranged.

Sincerely Janet

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: The theme for our October meeting was Chutneys, Pickles and Preserves. As always there was a surprising variety ranging from peaches in a spicy, fragrant syrup, beetroot relish, beetroot preserved in a raspberry jelly made with white vinegar, crab apple jelly (plain and with mint), date and plum chutney (a salt-free recipe) and blackcurrant jam. On 14 November at 12.30pm we meet members of Clitheroe U3A's Food and Drink Group for lunch at Gardenmakers. We are looking forward to that occasion very much. KK

Great Lives: Next meeting is 16 November at 10.30am when we will discuss Oliver Cromwell. New members welcome. FP

Heraldry: After a most interesting visit to Kendal Parish Church last month when we found plenty to keep us occupied for a couple of hours, we are heading off in the same direction again. On Thursday 17 November we meet in Booths car park at 10.00am when we head off to Beetham Church (near Milnthorpe). HB

Listening to Music: Our October meeting was hosted by Helen Williams and she chose a delightful programme for us to listen to: Grieg's Piano Concerto, Falla's Three-Cornered Hat, and a video of the ballet Hérold's La Fille Mal Gardée. It is a really enjoyable sensation to take a short interval of utter peace and quiet listening to pleasant music. Our next meeting is at 23 Duke Street on Monday
21 November at 2.00pm. New members are welcome-just turn up on the day. PMS

Looking at Old Buildings
: Last month in glorious sunshine we visited the 14th Century partly ruined Middleton Hall-still a working farm house (eg run-away sheep!) within its defensive curtain wall and through its screen passage.

In contrast, the green garden, whitewashed stone walls and oak panelled and galleried interior of Brigflatts Meeting House is a rare example of traditional Dales construction used for a religious building.

Next meeting: Thursday 24 November. Meet 2.00pm at Kirkby Londsdale Market Place (the chemists on the corner) for a professionally guided tour of the town's old buildings. There will be a charge of £2.50 each. Ring Hilary Baker or Jill Sykes for any further information. JS

Self-Help Computer group: The group has held two well-attended meetings in October and is settling back into meeting routinely on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 3.30pm.

Members show a wide range of experience and interest which, combined with the use of the new lap-top and projector, ensures much lively and helpful discussion. GHP

Singing for Pleasure: Meet on Wednesdays-10.30am to 12.00 noon-in the Victoria Hall. Led by Sally Wright.

This is about being with people who enjoy singing together-keeping alive old songs and learning new ones, and simply enjoying making a "harmonious" sound together. If that sounds fun to you, come and join us. MH

Sunday Lunch
: 16 October we were again at Copy Nook, on a beautiful autumn day. Our numbers were depleted, as several people were on holiday, but those of us who attended were not disappointed. The food was of the usual high standard we expect from the restaurant, and a nice touch was the fact that we had a square table, so everyone was able to take part in a general conversation. SB

The next lunch is on 20 November at the Falcon Manor-12.30 for 1.00pm. If you are unable to come please let Hilary Baker know (840609) by the Friday. HB

Travellers' Tales: The group is in abeyance, in the hope of resurrection in the new year. Watch this space. FP

Wine Appreciation Group 2: We had a very interesting and enjoyable evening. Chile was the country that produced the Malbec, Valdiviesco 2003, 13½% - a very good value at £3.99.

The second wine sampled was again from Chile, Carmenieré 2004 Casa Diablo 13½% also at £3.99.

Our third wine was a Languedoc, Cassillero Diablo 2003, Eden Collection 13%, an organic wine, at £4.99 from Booths. It was agreed that organic would not be a first consideration when buying wine. Our white was light, fresh green quality Cabinet Trocken at £7.99. TM


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Mark this date in the diary! Thursday 8 December - Christmas Festivity Meeting


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 Janet Stafford 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 27 November 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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