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

Group Showcase 20th July 2017 –  Art Club – Jean Pearson

July 2017

Art Appreciation/History Group

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The next meeting of the group will be on Thursday August 3rd when we shall be visiting The Hepworth in Wakefield.  This gallery has just won The Art Fund Museum  of the Year beating off competition from galleries including The Tate.  We shall be going to see the  Howard Hodgkin exhibition ‘Painting India’.  A short (15-30 min) introductory talk about the exhibition  has been arranged for 12.30.  Group members should congregate in the foyer by 12.25pm.  After this talk there will be the opportunity to visit this exhibition as well as several other new exhibitions and the permanent collection of the works by Barbara Hepworth.  The gallery has a cafe bar for food and drink.

Members who are going to join the visit are asked  to tell Mary of their intention in advance of the visit.   Members need a lift to Wakefield or able to offer a lift are asked to let Mary know a.s.a.p.   New members are always welcome to join the group.

 Art Club

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The next meeting takes place at 11 am – 1 pm on Tuesday, 1st August, 2017 at the Fielden Centre, Todmorden.   We will be planning our forthcoming fortnightly sessions and will be looking forward to our artistic explorations.   Why not join us for a taste of what we do and what is on offer.

Boardgames Group

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The Boardgames group is not meeting in August. It will next meet on September 12th at 10.30am in Wetherspoon’s, and on the second Tuesday in the month thereafter.

Bridge Social Group

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We are expecting to have information regarding a different Bridge project next month………..please watch this space.

Coffee Club

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Our next meeting at about 11 am at the Polished Knob, Todmorden, will take place on Monday, 7th August, 2017.   Come and join us for a chat and a coffee.

Concert Party

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Do you like to “sing along” but never thought of joining a choir? The Concert Party meet most Fridays. Please phone convenor for more details. New members very welcome. No new information.

Craft Group

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The next meeting of this group will be on Friday July 21st at 10.30 am at The Fielden Centre.  Heather will be leading the session on using prefelt with the target of making a book cover.  The following session on Friday August 4th will be a continuation of working with Brusho which was introduced to the group recently by Jean Pearson.  On Friday August 18th the group will be making Butterfly cards.  New members are always welcome to come along to a meeting for a coffee/tea and find out more about the group.

 Creative Writing

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The Creative Writing Group continues to flourish and meets regularly on the second and fourth Thursday of each month. The topics for writing for the month of August are: -

You’ve Broken My Dream”          and/or           “Missing”

Because a number of members are away for the meeting on August 24th  it may be decided to cancel the meeting on this date, If this is the case, members will be informed during the week before.

 French Conversation

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French Conversation:  every other week in the Community Room at the Fire Station at 2.00p.m.     Next sessions July 17th and 31st.

French: ‘An Improvers Group’ (1) (Monday)

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We’ve bit/bitten? the bullet this month and been revising conversations needed to ask for advice regarding illnesses and injuries whilst on holiday. It’s not the cheeriest of topics but one I’m afraid we shouldn’t run away from. French pharmacists are such experts I find, so often enable one to postpone a visit to see the Doctor until one returns home.

French: ‘An Improvers Group’ (2) (Wednesday)

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We have written and performed our own shopping role plays which I’m delighted to say were of an excellent quality and required very few corrections. Well done everybody!

Gardening Group

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No report this month due to holidays, next months meeting will be on the 14th august.

German Group

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The group is now taking its summer break and will reconvene in mid-September.  One of our last sessions was marked by American Independence Day celebrations as one member shared her national day with the group by bringing in a delicious cake decorated as the Stars and Stripes.  Several members hosted visitors from Todmorden’s twin town Bramsche and gave accounts of their stay.

In recent weeks members have come to grips with the subtle differences between the two past tenses – the perfect and imperfect and have started using these in everyday conversational exercises and the recounting of picture stories.  Challenging subordinating conjunctions and the use of sequencing words have enabled members to form longer and more complex sentences.  When the group meets again in September we shall revisit these grammatical points and revise useful vocabulary.

 Unfortunately the class cannot accept any new members at present, but if anyone is interested in joining then names will go on a waiting list.

Golf for Fun

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U3A Golf Championship  Monday the 10th of July…..

RESULTS

The prize giving took place in the Todmorden Golf Club bar and the results were:

Winner. Laurence. Second, 1 point behind were Ernie and Derek. Forth, Howard. Fifth, Steve and sixth John.

Well done to all competeters. The students then presented Mike with a rather nice bottle of his favourite tipple…a single malt.

So six players will be two three balls. So that it won’t take all day we will play it as a Stableford Competition over nine holes. Steve is now a regular player so we will alter his handicap, see below!

Handicaps, John, Derek, Lawrence, Howard and Ernie, 28, Steve, 24, the penalty of being a regular golfer!

Jazz Joy

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Let’s Go

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We are having a break over the summer holiday period so the next trip will be on Thursday 7th September to Hull, the 2017 City of Culture.  Please contact Linda Cook on 01706 817254 or email landcook@talktalk.net for further information.

EMERGENCY CONTACT DURING THE VISIT: Ernie Rogan – 07931683747. Payment, preferably by cheque, is required in full at the time of the booking. All bookings will be taken in chronological order. No refunds , except for medical emergencies.

Lunch Club

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Booking for each month’s  lunch is done through the volunteer organiser.                             Gisela Lea-McCann,  If you are not a member and would like to join  (or if you are willing to organise one of our monthly lunches in 2017, ) please contact Gisela Lea-McCann on 01422 843329 or e mail gleamccann@aol.com. You will then be sent details of the following months venue.

 Mah Jong

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We have 17 regular players, some only play on Tuesdays, others Wednesdays and some can come to both; so the mixture of Tuesdays and Wednesdays continues to give more people the chance to play.

Please see the website for confirmation of dates – in general the pattern is:

1st 2 Wednesdays and 2nd 2 Tuesdays; 2.30 – 4.30pm at Wetherspoons (White Hart) in Todmorden, in the upstairs ‘Curtained’ area to the right as you go in.

Beginners are welcome and if you’re interested, please contact Harriet

ha@blurrededges.co.uk for more details.

 Modern Greek

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We still have no vacancies, but any one interested should get in touch and join our waiting list.  You would need to be able to read Greek and know the basics of grammar. No new information

Music

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The Music Appreciation Group continues to meet every two weeks, on Tuesdays from 10 to 12.   We meet in Bridgeholme Cricket Club pavilion, Eastwood.  New members always welcome.  If you choose to bring music with you to share, that’s good, but there is no obligation to do so.  Although sometimes we might discuss a particular aspect of music, we keep it as non-academic as possible, so previous musical skill or knowledge is not necessary.  We try to learn how to listen, and what to listen for.

Natural History

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Last month Charles led a nature walk along the path from Todmorden railway station.There were plenty of interesting plants and bugs. Next month we are thinking about fossils and earth’s timeline.

Novel Appreciation

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We were pleased to welcome a new member to the group this month – Helen Catlow – and she joined our discussion of ‘Remarkable Creatures’ by Tracey Chevalier. We had a lot of grouses about it: weak characterisation, a lot of telling rather than showing, thinly disguised lectures based on research into the development of geology and palaeontology, a rather too obvious feminist agenda, some anachronistic vocabulary and phrasing, a sense of the novel as a whole being self-consciously well made. I felt our discussion was discriminating and careful, and assessed the novel from the point of view of its literary quality.

In spite of our reservations, we had to admit we had all enjoyed the story which explores the imagined relationship between two eighteenth century intelligent women who had no conventional prospects open to them and whose contribution to science has been almost completely ignored.

We are sorry to lose Marion Kershaw who has been a mainstay of the group since its inception, but she has decided to leave so she can concentrate on Old English grammar. Quite right – a new challenge!

Our new challenge for the summer is the 762 pages of ‘The Way We Live Now’ by Anthony Trollope. We will reconvene to discuss it after our summer break on Monday, 11th September at 11.00 in Tod Library.

 Opera Appreciation

The opera appreciation group concluded their season of Mozart with an excellent talk from Mike Benton about Mozart’s life and music.

We continue to meet on second Tuesday of month at Stubbing Wharf pub in Hebden Bridge at 1pm.The next meeting is on Tuesday August 8th.

New members are always welcome.If you are not sure about opera come along and give it a try!

 Philosophy

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 I am tempted to state that our group is for the many not the few and our strong and stable nature should attract new members. We meet  10.15 am at the Central Methodist Church Todmorden. ( contact the convenor for more information. ) We will be finishing our discussion of Simone de Beauvoir with reference to her interpretation of feminist existentialism. Our attendance has improved and new members are always welcome.

Photography

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I“Lines” was the photo topic for the June 15th meeting along with getting to grips with hyperfocal distance. Everyone brought their camera to the first July meeting and practised taking portrait pictures using available light. “Fabric” is the photo topic for the 2nd July meeting and we will be looking at using software to catalogue images. New members welcome.

Our face book page is: U3A Photography Group

 Photography Group Two

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No new information

Poetry Appreciation

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The last meeting, which I was so sorry to miss, was poems on the theme of ‘reflection’. Sounds to have been as thought-provoking as ever with poems(are they poems?) I am dying to read. Thanks so much, Dee, for convening.

The next meeting will be on the 11th August with poems on the theme of ‘persuasion’. Challenging or what?!

Poetry Enjoyment

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The Poetry Enjoyment Group, held on the fourth Thursday of the month, has a new permanent venue: Todmorden Library.

What an amazing selection of poems were found on the theme of ‘summer’. Some really original takes. Excellent.  And thanks again, Sheila, for the provision of tea/coffee/ biscuits. Would anyone like to volunteer for next time? Please let me know.

We have now booked the room in the library as are permanent venue. Next month will be on the 27th July with the theme of ‘science’ which has floored me so I had to look up exactly what constitutes ‘science’:

The branches of science (also referred to as “sciences”, “scientific fields”, or “scientific disciplines”) are commonly divided into three major groups:

Old English

See contact details and information about the group This link is not working at the moment please use the information below to contact Emily.

We plan to meet on the second and fourth Mondays of each month.  If anyone else is interested in the group please contact me.  Emily Watnick  (emilywatnick@gmail.com)

Emily has sugested that any ‘new to group’ members should contact her, and obtain the ‘work book’ the group are working from. New members will have to catch up by reading the  ‘work book’ before joining the group.

The Old English group are working through  Teach Yourself Old English, they practiced pronunciation with the help of recordings, and watched a short video on the tourist attractions of Durham in the 11th Century.

 

Practical Art

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The last few sessions have been devoted to drawing and painting  trees, rocks and mountains in various media, led by Mike and Corinne. This  week was a catch up of paintings started in the class or at home. The 28th July will be our last session before we take a break during August. Mike has kindly invited us up to his studio, where weather permitting, we can sketch his lovely garden or the stunning views from there. If the rain descends we will be in the Fielden for the morning. We return there on September 8th from 11 until 1.30.

Quiz Group

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Next meeting July 27th at 10.00 in Central Methodist. Tea, coffee and biscuits available. Cost £2. New members welcome.

Science Group

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We are continuing with the online course on Climate Change from Reading University, and are still part way through the fourth week of a five week course. A good deal of discussion was provoked by the latest article in the course and so progress has slowed a little. We are now taking a summer break and the next meeting will be at 10:15 on September 13th. The course material is available in a dropbox account which can be accessed by group members to review or catch up when group meetings have been missed

 Scrabble 1

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Scrabble 2

See contact details and information about the group Please phone for details.    07979624111

Social History

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The Social History Group is still discussing the autobiography of Hannah Mitchell we are looking at her involvement in the suffrage movement as well as her marriage .

Spanish for Improvers

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The Spanish group will be taking a Summer break after the meeting on 19th July and will restart on Wednesday 13th September but there will be some homework for those who want to keep their Spanish ticking over during the break. Old members and new ones with some knowledge of Spanish will be welcome in September.

 Table Tennis & Badminton

See contact details and information about the group Ann Priestley; pann900@talktalk.net ( CONTACT ONLY ) Mondays (term time ONLY ), 3.00 – 5.00pm, Todmorden Leisure Centre Meets at the Sports Centre, Ewood Lane. (no new information available)

Tablet Club

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(Available to All Members) We held our monthly meeting on Tuesday 4th July. The meeting was the usual surgery style where we addressed members questions.

The questions are the usual three groups: new users who require guidance through the basic functions, some help with a specific problem  and the occasional technical question (e.g. Gail’s multiple copy of pictures) that require careful thought and possibly a test lab to resolve. The last meeting also had a table of people who worked quietly on their photographs.

 Walking Group

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Details will be emailed to Group members. If you need information please contact the convenor, Waterproof clothing and stout boots/shoes are essential, refreshments snack/water, a walking stick is very useful.  

Wine Appreciation

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A high proportion of the group are away for next months meeting. So Keith Coates has kindly invited the remainder to hold the meeting at his house It was held on Friday July 14. New information will be emailed to members.

World Affairs

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(no new information available)