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

November 15th 2018

Art Appreciation/History Group

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The final meeting of 2018  on December 6th at 2 pm at The Fielden Centre will include a short talk to finish our series on women artists.  The talk will be about Minnie Simpson nee Edwards.  After the talk the group will  have its annual quiz and get together. The following meeting will be on January 3rd 2019. Potential new group members are invited to come along to a meeting to find out more.

Art Club

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Our next meeting takes place at the Fielden Centre, Todmorden at 11 am – 1 pm on Tuesday, 20th November, 2018.  

Beginners Modern Greek Group

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 Nothing has changed and all is well. Just 3 more sessions until Xmas.

Coffee Club

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Our next meeting takes place at about 11 am at the Polished Knob, Todmorden (ground floor) on Monday, 3rd December, 2018.

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.

Craft Group

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The next meeting will be on Friday November  23rd at 10.30 at The Fielden Centre.  The group will be making ‘lights in a bottle’.   In addition they will be working on the anniversary wall hanging.   The following meeting will be on December 7th when the annual end of year celebration will take place along with making a small item of jewellery.  There will then not be a meeting until January 4th 2019.Please note this group is now full.  Any one interested in joining the group when space becomes available should contact the convenor to get more information and be placed on the waiting list.

Creative Writing

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The Creative Writing group will be holding a workshop, led by Emma Decent, on Thursday 22nd November. Emma is a well-known Todmorden writer and the group is very much looking forward to this event. We will give some feedback about this in our next report.  

It is uncertain, at this point, as to whether or not there will be a meeting in December as it is the U3A Luncheon Group Christmas meal on December 13th and a number of the group members will be going to the lunch. Therefore members will be canvassed and informed as to whether or not it will be viable to hold go forward with the meeting.

The themes for December will be carried over from November: –

“It Reminded Me Of . . . . .                      OR                      Totes Awks (A totally awkward situation)

French Conversation

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French conversation continues to meet every other Monday.   Next meeting is November 19th.   Members will be reminded by email.

French: ‘An Improvers Group’

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As members start to return from their late summer travels we are managing to share with the group some details of our activities. We are therefore tackling the past tense verbs again, in particular the perfect and imperfect. These may not be difficult to construct but applying the right one at the right time is generally the issue for our group. My intention is to avoid those tedious grammar lessons we had to endure at school and select key ones that get used more than the rest!  I’m having great difficult in maintaining enthusiasm due to concentrating on irregular past participles! Consequently I am searching for interesting video clips to lighten the load – all in French of course. Not to fear, the end is in sight when we can consolidate our learning and impress our friends & neighbours recounting what we have been up to. Places are available for those who have a basic understanding of French and are wanting to listen and speak French.

Gardening Group

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This group is closing in the new year. Anyone who could take over this group

Please contact Gail or Dee

German Group

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Now that the holiday months are over, the numbers attending the German group are on the rise again and returning members are giving short presentations, in German, about their summer months. Although we always use Themen aktuell, the time we spend on it makes up no more than half of the time available. The rest of the time is made up with listening to presentations, using German songs as a way to learn language, and to enjoy ourselves, reading short stories and, for two weeks in a row, reading examples from a book of German jokes. The ones with puns were untranslatable; the rest weren’t: Why did God create man first? An artist also does a sketch first before turning it into a master work…

 

 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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There is no special Let’s Go report for this month as the next trip is (I think) the same as last month:- Our December trip to York on 5th December is now full.  If anyone would like to add their name to the reserve list please contact the convenor, Linda Cook on 01706 817254 or email: landcook@talktalk.net.

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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We now have 20+ members, and new members, including beginners, are welcome..

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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Well, we can’t say we don’t try adventurous stuff – or stuff that is adventurous for us. This month it was the turn of ‘Mary Swann’ by Carol Shields to get the scrutiny of this discerning and discriminating group. As usual, some of us discriminated against it, and some didn’t, but even those who didn’t were not quite convinced by it. I think there was a consensus that however cleverly it had been constructed – 4 voices/narratives with a common theme (that of research/interest in the fictional minor poet, Mary Swann), and a screenplay for a film of the symposium all were attending – and a distinctly polished style, in many ways it was no more than a pointless whodunnit with a lot of loose ends. We covered the mysteries of post-modernism (a movement with which this writer is not properly familar), the campus novel, and satire, and fell out respectfully over characterization and whether or not Shields had been successful in drawing us in to her four main characters. 
 
One of our ongoing challenges is to retain the capacity to think objectively about something that we subjectively dislike – I don’t like it, but I can see why it is ‘good’. Equally, it is not always easy to think objectively about something we have really enjoyed. Just because we enjoyed it does not mean that it was necessarily any ‘good’. And therein lies the perennial pleasure of debate about artistic merit.
 
We have space for one (or possibly two) new members in the New Year. Please note that in January we will be meeting regularly on the first Monday of the month (Bank Holidays permitting) at a new time of 2.00-3.30.   In the meantime, we next meet on Monday December 3rd in Tod Library at 11.00 to discuss ‘The Lighthouse’ by P.D. James.

 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 next meeting is on November 13th commencing at 1.15pm. Keith Coates will be convening and will show two operas Cavallera Rusticana  and Pagliacci.

Philosophy

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Unusually the number of members attending has remained buoyant throughout the summer with an average attendance of around 15. Recently we have discussed identity and freedom hopefully from a philosophical point of view.

Photography

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At the end of September the group shared their “Candid” photos and we held an image clinic where people were asked to bring along pictures that they thought needed improving. At our first October meeting we discussed metering modes and reviewed our “Parks” images. Later this month there will be an outing to Wakefield to see a photography exhibition at the Hepworth Gallery.

Photography Group Two

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Our last meeting was yesterday, so I don’t have any info, other than it took place. Our meeting are usually on the 2nd Tuesday/monthly, so prior to your report. Ernie.

Poetry Appreciation

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The last meeting involved poems on the theme of ‘fortune’. The next meeting will be on Friday 14th December, with a closer look at narrative poems. This will be followed by our Christmas Lunch – venue to be arranged

Poetry Enjoyment

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At last month’s meeting we looked at poems based on the theme of ‘change’. An excellent meeting with a topic that enabled a diverse range of poems to be discussed. Next month’s meeting will be on 22nd November with poems on the theme of ‘food and drink’.

Practical Art

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After spending two sessions drawing and painting mountains in charcoal and inks and also
In mixed media, we have a very different subject this week. Jean Pearson, conveyor of the Art Club, is coming to demonstrate ‘ Pouring Art’ to the group. It sounds fascinating and colourful, although very messy! The next session will be on Self Portraits and our last meeting on the 14th December will be a Christmas Lunch at the Hare and Hounds.

Psychology

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The Psychology group meets on the first Tuesday of each month from 2pm in the Community Room of the Fire Station.

In October 8 of us had a lively discussion about non-verbal communication – with much gesturing!

In November 9 of us explored the ideas about attachment and how these patterns are set in childhood and continue to affect the way we form relationships in adult life. Everyone contributed their ideas and experiences.

I December we will be looking at the method of Transactional Analysis – continuing the theme of relationships.

Quiz Group

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The next Quiz is on Thursday 22nd of November. It will be a card based quiz slightly different to our usual one. We start at 10.00 at the Central Methodist church. … .We are not accepting new members at the moment as we have 25+ .

Readers Group (3 Valley Readers)

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We had read Patterns in the Carpet by Margaret Drabble. Once again we had a range of responses from those of us who were not able ( or self-disciplined enough ) to finish this book, those who did but were not overly keen and those who enjoyed it. There was a feeling that perhaps it had been written to soothe the writer during a difficult time, rather as jigsaws and table games had done in times gone by. And … once again we were split, in a sisterly way, into  those who wanted more about the writer’s life and family and skipped the descriptions of Victorian parlour games, and those of us who found the ‘ me, me, me’ bits irritating and wanted more descriptions of the history of jigsaws.

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
are now nearly half way through the first of eight lectures on the basic
principles used in designing a structure. The course has proved interesting to
members with no previous understanding of the subject as well as those who
have already studied the subject.

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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The Group have finished reading the account of Stella Davies of life in Manchester and Derbyshire during the Edwardian years and the Great War . We will now read the autobiography of Leslie Halliwell ‘ Seats in all Parts ‘ about his life in inter war Bolton and his many visits to the cinema with his mother .
Alan Fowler
P S we will not meet in December our next meeting is January 18 .

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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The iPad group held there monthly meeting. There were  6 attendees. Resolved two members issues and had general discussions.

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  meeting last Friday night only eight people were present, However, a very pleasant evening was enjoyed by us, We tasted two white and two red wines chosen from vinyards in Chile,  Spain, Italy and Australia.
We had a little excitement at the end of the evening when one of our members got one of her car wheels stuck in a drain. Fortunately it rocked out quite easily.
(NO NAME MENTIONED. Thanks Roger)
Sue and I wil not be available for the next meeting so it will probably be held at the Fielden Centre. We will confirm this later in the month.

World Affairs

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We meet fortnightly at the fire station in Todmorden. Attendance is usually about half a dozen. Recent topics have included a presentation on Malaysia and a discussion on the effectiveness or otherwise of protest movements.

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