Special interest groups: latest report

Here is current information about our Special Interest Groups: what went on last time, what is coming up, etc. Here is a list of all our Groups’ names

February 2019

Art Appreciation/History Group

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The next meeting of the group will be on Thursday March 7th at 2 pm at The Fielden Centre.,  Local artist Sheila Tilmourh will be talking about her work and possibly giving a printing demonstration.  She works mainly using oil paint, wood engraving, linocuts and drawing.   She takes her inspiration from the natural world.  Her most recent exhibition was at The Whitaker where she had held a residency.
 
New members are welcome to join the group.  Please contact the convenor for more information about the group.

Art Club

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The next meeting takes place at 11 am – 1 pm on Tuesday, 29th January, 2019, at the Fielden Centre, Todmorden.   We meet fortnightly.

Beginners Modern Greek Group

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We are still well attended and progressing slowly and enjoyable through our text book.

Coffee Club

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The next meeting will take place at about 11 am on Monday, 4th February at the Polished Knob, Todmorden.

Concert Party

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If anyone has a friend or relative In a care home or similar and would like us to entertain, if it is in reasonable range, please contact Rita We are looking forward to another 10 years of fun. No new information.

Craft Group

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The next meeting of the group will be on Friday March 1st at 10.30 at The Fielden Centre.   It will be the rearranged session on making button pictures which had to be cancelled due to snow.  The following session on Friday March 15th will be making a tote bag.  
 
This group is currently full.  If you are interested in joining the group when a vacancy comes up please contact the convenor to be place on the waiting list. 

Creative Writing

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The turnout was tremendous; nearly all the group was there. There was quite a struggle to even get a chair! The writing was fantastic and time passed by SO fast.  We always enjoy meetings  but this one was a blast. So nice to get together at the start of a new year Especially at a meeting that filled us with such cheer!

The February meetings will take place on the 14th and 28th and the themes will be: –

“Unrequited Love”                         and/or           “I Shan’t Do That Again!”

French Conversation

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French conversation continues to meet every other Monday.   Members will be reminded of the next meeting by email. No new information.

French: ‘An Improvers Group’

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Bonne Année à tous! We are starting the New Year with 4 new members, so thank you U3A Tod for responding to my message in December. Hopefully we will be able to stay in familiar surroundings, at The Fielden Centre for a while longer. As promised we are building descriptions of places including their pros and cons. It’s never too late to consider remembering and conversing in easy French – do contact me if you might be interested.

Gardening Group

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This group is now closed. Anyone who could take over this group

Please contact Gail or Dee

German Group

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The group also likes to laugh. Many of the laughs they provide themselves, and there’s a wonderful spirit in the group, not just a can-do approach but a want-to-do one. And they’re very capable of designing classes for themselves. All of this, as you can imagine, makes my role relatively easy. No new information.
 

 Golf for Fun

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Beginners Golf is to be restarted in the spring.

Games can be organised during the year, please contact the convenor.

Let’s Go

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Our first excursion this year is on Wednesday 6th March to St Helen’s World of Glass, departing from Todmorden at 9.30am. Please contact the convenor, Linda Cook on 01706 817254 or email landcook@alktalk.net for details.

Lunch Club

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(details always emailed to members. If you want to join the group please contact the convenor) 

Mah Jong

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Wednesday 6 th February, the day after Chinese New Year, was our annual lunch at
the Hare and Hounds, also marking our 3 rd anniversary. We were highly organised,
having pre-ordered our food. Certificates of Achievement and Annual Highest Score
were awarded to John, Jean and Marion respectively, following which we repaired
to the snug to spend 2 ½ hrs at the mah jong tables; it was all most enjoyable.
We now have 20+ members, and new members, including beginners, are welcome.
If you’re interested, please contact Harriet [ha@blurrededges.co.uk ] for more
details about how you may join us.

Music

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The Music Appreciation Group continues to meet every two weeks. Please contact the convenor. NO NEW INFORMATION

Novel Appreciation

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This month we discussed the collection of short stories ‘The Garden Party and Other Stories’ by Katherine Mansfield. Varied responses, as usual, which is the point of the group, really, for, as we know, ‘without contraries there is no progress’. One of the strengths of the stories is their inherent dramtic structure in which different personalities and points of view are placed in opposition, so I felt our meeting would have provided KM with the basis for a good piece. We noted the differences in gender attitudes between now and the 1920s, the sensitivity of the description, the sensitivity of many of the characters, the sense of disappointment that ran through the collection and the importance of ambiguity in KM’s endings. Our learning points were perhaps encounters with free indirect discourse and prolepsis, and, as ever, we had an unusual polysyllable from Barbara – ultra-crepidarian. Cracking word.
 
We also welcomed back Sue Nightingale, and were very pleased to see Mich Bennett who is seeing if Calderdale suits her. We hope it does and will.
 
In March we’ll meet on Monday 4th at 2.00 in Tod Library and discuss ‘Burnt Shadows’ by Kamila Shamsie.
 
 Old English

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We continue to meet on the second and fourth Monday of each month in the upstairs room at the Stubbing Wharf pub, 1:30 – 3:00.

We are continuing to work through our textbook and other examples of Anglo-Saxon literature. Anyone interested in the group should contact Emily for further information.

This group is now full…………………..

Opera Appreciation

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The opera group viewed a production of a romantic opera, Der Freischutz, (The Marksman) by Carl Maria Weber in a controversial version from Zurich recorded in in 1999.
This work influenced Wagner. We will be continuing a series of operas in the German language over the next few months. Our next meeting will be on the second Tuesday of the month at the upstairs room in the Stubbing Wharf pub , Hebden Bridge, commencing at 1.15pm.Please contact convener if you are interested in joining us.

Philosophy

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Our next meeting is this coming Monday February 18th at 10.15 am at the Central Methodist Church in Todmorden and the topic is Thomas Aquinas. The session finishes at noon whereupon many attendees go to a local cafe for light refreshments. 

Photography

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Several members presented their long term projects at the December and January meetings as well as rising to the challenge of taking a picture a day for a week. At our second January meeting we will be looking at ways to reduce the digital noise that can appear in pictures taken at a high ISO setting before moving on to look at night photography in February.

Photography Group Two

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 Our meeting are usually on the 2nd Tuesday/monthly. We will be at Todmorden Fire Station Community Room on 29 January at 10:00. Our subject is “Best images of 2018.”

Poetry Appreciation

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Our first meeting of the new year was the full complement of members: an excellent meeting with poems on the theme of ‘photography’. Time was therefore restricted, but we could have spent much longer on every poem. 
The next meeting will be on February 8th with poems on the challenging theme of ‘force’.

Poetry Enjoyment

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Our Christmas meeting was very small and select, but thanks to Sue and her provision of a few poems, we had a lovely meeting with poems of our own choice. This was followed by an excellent lunch in The Little Bird. 
Our next meeting will be on the 24th January with poems on the theme of ‘music’. Also, we hope to see the return of a previous member to our group.

Practical Art

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We hope you all, had a good Christmas, although we know some of you succumbed to the dreaded lurgy (did you know that comes from the goon show, originating in Oldham, according to Spike Milligan!).

 Mike is In New Zealand until early February, but Corinne and I will be at our next meeting. Quite a few people have requested a ‘show and tell’ session , which we put off when we made the hats for the Xmas Lunch. So this time please bring a favourite picture you have done, at home or at another class. We know from the exhibition that there is a huge amount of talent and imagination in this group, so we’re really looking forward to seeing your pictures. If you could just say what inspired you or why you enjoyed painting it.

Psychology

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In February we will be exploring Sex and Gender – quite a topical subject with transgender issues

Quiz Group

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The next Quiz is on Thursday February 28th. There is now room for new members. Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided. Start time 10.00.

Readers Group (3 Valley Readers)

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We met this month to talk about The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda 
Ngozi Adichie,  a woman writer originally from Nigeria. This is a book 
of short stories and we felt that short stories offer readers the 
opportunity to dip in and out, and we enjoyed that aspect.
Clearly these stories were written from the perspective of an African 
woman, but we felt many of the themes were universal such as 
relationships between women and men,  family loyalties, awful accidents 
that cast long shadows, and women looking out for each other.
At our next meeting in March we are choosing  books we will read in our 
second year.
 
Thank you to Colette who  chaired this meeting following our decision to 
share this role, and Sheila has agreed to  chair the next meeting.
 
We are still not taking more members as we have 10  regular attenders 
and that feels about the right number for our group. We could encourage 
any keen readers to start another group. Calderdale Libraries hold a 
considerable number of sets of books for reading groups and it is fairly 
straightforward to collect and return these sets from Todmorden Library.

Science Group

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We are continuing The Great Courses series of 24 lectures on World’s
Greatest Structures – Science and Innovation from Antiquity to Modernity. We
have now completed the first of ten lectures. From the first meeting in
February on the 14 th we will introduce a new course:- Plant Science, An
Introduction to Botany. The intention is to continue with one lecture from the
World’s Greatest Structures course and also one lecture from the Plant
Science course at each meeting. This should bring greater variety to the
meetings.

Scrabble 1

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We meet every other Friday, as a very friendly group of like minded people, in the Central Methodist room. Usually 8 or 9 of us make up this very friendly group. Anyone welcome to join, but could you please call the Convenor for further details.

Scrabble 2

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Between 12 and 15 of us meet to play Scrabble on the first and third Mondays of each month. We have a very welcoming venue at the Golden Lion, Rochdale Road, Todmorden. We have room for new members. anyone wanting to come along can contact me or just turn up on the day.

Social History

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Social History meets for the second  time this year in February. We continue to discuss the autobiography of Leslie Halliwell about growing up in Bolton.

Table Tennis & Badminton

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Table tennis/ badminton is full at the moment and we have a waiting list. Anyone wishing to be added to the list please contact Ann Priestley.

Tablet Club

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 We meet the first Tuesday in the month members are contacted before the next meeting.
The iPad group had a successful session where the security settings for Facebook were discussed. About 8 people attended.

Walking Group

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The group meets on the last Tuesday in each month and group members take it in turn to organise a suitable route.  Walks are usually around 4 to 5 miles in length and details of the walk, including starting point, starting time, approximate length and degree of difficulty, are sent out to the group by email a week or so beforehand.

“If anyone feels they are able to arrange a future walk please will you contact Peter or Bill ”

Wine Appreciation

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WE held our monthly meeting last night Friday 8 Feb. 
We tasted our usual  four wines , then Bob shared his Birthday Cake with us along with a choice of red or white desert wine. 
Every one in attendance except Sue who was indisposed.
We discussed the financing of the meetings and to slightly alter the way we chose our wine for future meetings
 
Our next meeting will be Friday 8th March at the Fielden Centre

World Affairs

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We meet fortnightly at the fire station in Todmorden. Attendance is usually about half a dozen.

We have recently  adopted a new format. The first half of the meeting will be spent discussing events of the previous week and then the discussion will move onto the agreed topic. 

This last meeting was Wednesday 13th February  at 2.30 pm to 4 pm at the fire station in Todmorden. The topic for discussion was Hungary.  Refreshments were provided.
 

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