Settle District U3A NEWSLETTER

Issue No 2/2 - November 2003


I am now living with my mother at 2, Tillman Close (by the Catholic Church). Messages can still be left at my house or on my phone (01729 822313) as I go there at least twice a day.

Alison Tyas


Dear Friends,

I must begin with an apology and a thank you. First I apologise for the absence of the Chief Constable but we will be having her to speak at the March meeting.

Then a big thank you to Dr Ian Dewhirst who agreed to come as our speaker this month at very short notice. I'm sure you will enjoy his "informal history"- I think those of you unable to come will have missed a treat.

Next month we are trying something new. We've called it a "Winter Miscellany" and I do hope as many of you as possible will be able to come and possibly to participate. Details are elsewhere in this Newsletter.

Having had 8 of my grandchildren to stay during half-term week I realise how important it is to keep one's brain (and body) active and I know that research has shown that being involved in some way in the learning process can increase our personal and social sense of health and happiness. In catering for these varied needs in a supportive developmental context the U3A is for many a life enhancer, for some a life saver. That is quote from Professor David James of
the University of Surry, Guildford, who takes a close interest in issues of lifelong learning.

Happy learning.

Hilary Baker

News and Views from the Groups

All group leaders are invited - nay, begged - to arrange for reports to
be sent in for inclusion about the activities of their group.

Art Appreciation

Our first gallery visit, to the Euan Uglow Exhibition at Abbott Hall, Kendal, was enjoyed by all. As one of the most prolific British painters of the last century this was a suitable start to our gallery visits, as it is the period we are studying this year. A geometrical technique and precise detail.

Four of us made the trip to Edinburgh, to Monet's The Seine and the Sea.
Well worth the trip. This little known period of Monet's painting, when he was living at Vetheuill, on the Seine north-west of Paris. He had financial problems at this time and was painting idyllic pictures which would appeal to a group of people. As his finances improved he moved to Normandy and his painting became more dramatic. Very enjoyable exhibition.

On Frank's advice we also went to the Boyle Family exhibition at the Gallery of Modern Art. After seeing these realistic recreations of road, pavement, mud and sand we may never look at the earth's surface again in the same light, be it man-made or natural.

We can recommend "The Dome" on George Street for a meal.
Janet Stafford

English Literature

Calling all grandparents: the West Yorkshire Playhouse is presenting a version of The Wind in the Willows adapted by Alan Bennett, from 8 December to 14 February. Phone: 01132137700 or book on-line: Alternatively, at Kendals Brewery Arts Centre, you will find Cinderella, from 3 December to 3 January. Phone: 01539 725133 or book on-line:
Wendy Jennings

Sunday Lunch

The Maypole Inn in Long Preston was the venue in October; instant impression-it is a warm friendly place. No background music, polished table set with fresh flowers and damask napkins; yes, good old-fashioned hospitality. Orders taken, we waited a while but then, they were busy. A prawn cocktail had been ordered as a starter, its presentation lacked imagination but it was said to taste OK. The Sunday lunch menu offered a choice of pork or beef. The majority chose beef and were not disappointed, it just melted in the mouth. One person chose spicy lamb and was equally enthusiastic. Plenty of fresh vegetables served in separate dishes, nothing to complain about so far. The size of the portions aroused the cry "Why don't they do pensioners' helpings?" but I noticed very little left on the plates. This U3A group are hearty eaters.

A glance around the table showed steam rising from every plate, happy faces, windows beginning to mist up, autumn colours outside; as one person remarked, it just needed a few urchins outside to be truly Dickensian.

Criticisms? Well, a glass of water was ordered but did not come, a gooseberry crumble arrived with custard instead of cream; but on the other hand when mustard was requested horseradish sauce came as well, and a portion of cheese and biscuits was big enough for four.

Overall, opinions were favourable. Allotted marks ranged from 7.5 to 9 and so we settled for 8/10. Well done Maypole, I am sure we will return one day.
Audrey Daykin

Next meeting: 16 November at The Hartshead, Giggleswick. Please let Hilary know if you can't come. NB there will be no lunch meeting in December.

Wine Tasting

Meeting on 23 October- Another well attended gathering of the group at Brayshaw Cottage developed into a convivial evening. Our regular hosts, Pam and Pat, were also presenting the topic for the evening-investigating a variety of Beaujolais wines-appropriate at this time of year even though the race for Beaujolais Nouveau seems to be a thing of the past. Interestingly, it transpired that Beaujolais was a fairly novel experience to some, and the others had not sampled it since their younger days. The five examples were tasted more or less in order of price-from £4.79 to £7.99. Most members declared that whatever the price, they had little enthusiasm for either Beaujolais or Beaujolais Villages, finding it lacking in body and possessing a harsh acidity, compared to say New World wines in a similar price bracket. Perhaps we did not do it full justice: apparently it should be quaffed in largish gulps-we were sippers! Finally-beware- while seeming thin, it is quite potent at 12.5-13%.
G H Pattison

Next meeting: 27 November at Brayshaw Cottage, wines by Shirley and Ray.

Vital notice about insurance

The committee has recently sought the advice of the national office about insurance for those taking part in the Walking Group's outings, and we understand that U3A insurance covers all U3A members but not non-members. For this reason the committee has very reluctantly decided that non-members cannot be accepted on future U3A walks (this, unfortunately, has to include young children and dogs). We hope members will understand and accept this ruling.

In view of this advice, the committee is now also seeking guidance about insurance for non-members attending other meetings, and the position about meetings in members' private homes. We will let members know as soon as the position is clearer.

Monthly meetings

4 December: This will be a social gathering taking the form of a "Winter Miscellany". It will start at 10.30am (not the usual 10.00am) with coffee; there will then be an entertainment followed by lunch, finishing around 1.30-2.00pm.

The entertainment will consist of music and readings. We now want volunteers to read short poems or extracts of their own choice on the theme of Winter/Christmas, so if you have ideas, please ring Wendy Jennings on 015242 51455 by Monday 24 November. If you don't want to perform but know of appropriate pieces that you think may appeal, please also let Wendy know.

The lunch will be a Jacob's Join, so please be thinking about what you can bring! (NB soft drinks only).

January: There will be no meeting in January.

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, Settte) by Thursday, 27 November 2003.

Settle U3A website

The website address is and if you want to post a notice, please contact Frank Woodhams on or phone 01729 824458.