Settle District U3A NEWSLETTER

Issue No 3/12 - September 2005



Dear Friends

The time has come to write my last monthly letter to you as Chairman. First may I say what an honour and a pleasure it has been as Chairman of Settle District U3A. I have met so many wonderful and interesting people during the past two years. I have got to know so many people that, as one of my daughters put it, walking round Settle on Market Day is like a royal progress!

I must thank the excellent and hard-working team I have had round me on the Committee. They have made my job so much easier than it might have been.

We have had some excellent Thursday meeting speakers and we now start the year with a full programme of good speakers which we hope you will enjoy. We also start the year with some 30 interest groups-but there is still room for more.

During my two years in office I have been to two National AGMs which, among other things, have seen the regional structure of U3A more clearly defined and as I leave you I take on the mantle as Regional Chairman of Cumbria U3A.

Finally - thank you for the support and friendship you have shown to me over the past two years.
Yours - in friendship. Hilary


We have almost 30 groups now. Please see that you have signed up for the ones you want to join. You can leave a note of the groups you want to join or leave a message on my phone.All group leaders will be given a list of the names, phone numbers and e-mail addresses of everyone who signs up for their group so that they can be contacted if dates or venues change.There will be a meeting for group leaders at 10.00am on Thursday, 13 October in the Victoria Hall, just before the monthly lecture. This is a chance for problems or suggestions to be discussed with our chairman and groups co-ordinator.

Alison Tyas, Quaker Garth, 21 Kirkgate, Settle BD24 9DX (opposite the Victoria Hall), Tel: (01729) 822313

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.

Armchair Travel: The next Armchair Travel will be on Tuesday 20 September at 2.00pm when Brian Ackers will be introducing us to Turkey. Frank Pedley

Heraldry Group: After a wonderful climax to our last programme at York Minster I hope this year's programme won't seem too much of a let down! We will not be meeting this month on 15 September as stated in the programme.

The first visit will be to Kendal on Thursday 20 October. More details next month.

I would like to thank Eileen Bamford for all the help she gave me in putting together the display for the Coffee Morning. Thank you. Hilary Baker

Looking at Old Buildings: Programme for 2005-6

22 September, Thursday 2.30pm
Meet outside the Victoria Hall for a walk around the old buildings of central Settle, led by Phil and Rita Hudson.

27 October
Private visit to Gledstone Hall. Meeting arrangements in October Newsletter.

24 November
A look at the interesting buildings of Kirkby Lonsdale. This still has to be confirmed with the local guide.

December No meeting.

26 January
Illustrated talk in the Victoria Hall by James Inverdale.

February, March, April- Members' suggestions please. Jill Sykes (015242) 51398.

Sunday Lunch Group: The next Sunday Lunch is on 18 September and we are again visiting Barden Tower-by popular request-12.30 for 1.00pm. Please arrange to share cars as much as possible. Hilary Baker

Wine Appreciation Groups 1 and 2: (Combined Meeting-18 August 2005)

The two wine groups met together to hear a talk-with tastings-given by John Barnes the Wine Manager at Settle Booths. John spoke from experience of professional tastings and gave us the acronym BLIC (Balance, Length, Interest, Complexity) to consider when making judgements. He touched on commercial considerations too, telling us about the difficulties the Australian producers are experiencing as the supermarkets seek new and cheaper suppliers. His visit was greatly appreciated and will be remembered with warmth by all present.

Five wines were produced for us to sample and John talked about each-while emphasising that taste is an individual sensitivity:

Whites: Quinto de Azevado Vinho Verde £4.49
Bleasedales Bardelle (screwcap) £5.99
Reds: Santa Clara Cabernet Merlot £2.99 (tremendous value)
Tenute al Sole Negroamaro £5.49
Peter Lehman's Barossa Shiraz £9.99 (produced with "terroir" considerations in mind).

We were left with the advice that if you are seeking the wine with the best anti-oxidant properties, Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon is the answer! GHP


Please would all members be sure to let Pat Dewey, the Membership Secretary, know of any change in their details-address, e-mail address etc.
Phone 01729 823855.


Another Gentle Reminder
because of course the first one has worn out by now ...

For each class you attend (including the Thursday lectures) there is an attendance fee of 50p to be paid. It would be very helpful for those who have to collect this if you could remember to bring the right change. We can't expect the "collectors" to carry about change for £90 notes every time.


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 2 October 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.

Growing old is no more than a bad habit which a busy person has no time for. .
Some people are never too busy to tell you all they have to do.