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

August  2019

We have two New Groups running. Information for Dance and Bowls is at the end of the report

Art Appreciation/History Group

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The next meeting of the group will be at 2 pm at The Fielden Centre on Thursday September 5th.    It will be a talk by Valerie Wartelle who is a West Yorkshire based fibre artist using wet felting as her primary technique.  Her presentation ‘Branching Out’ is about her and her practice.  New members are welcome into the group.  Please come along to the meeting and make yourself known to the convenor.

Art Club

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At our next meeting at 11 am – 1 pm on Tuesday, 27th August, 2019 at the Fielden Centre, Todmorden, we will be enjoying a studio/workshop session to pursue our individual aims having just completed our review of the work of Georgia O’Keefe and painting in her style. Places are available if members wish to come along to have a taste of what we get up to.

Beginners Modern Greek Group

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The Greek class is still in recess. Re-commencing last week in September. 

Coffee Club

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Our next meeting takes place at about 11 am on Monday, 2nd September, 2019 at Honest John’s, Todmorden. We look forward to this change of venue and hope other members will come along to join us.

Honest John’s address is 6 Rochdale Road OL14 5AA (the old Bank building) it is intended that all subsequent meetings will be held there.

Although it opens at 1030am members probably won’t arrive until 11am or slightly later, they usually leave about noon.  It is a ‘drop in’ so some stay the full hour & others just for quarter of an hour.  All U3A Todmorden members are very welcome.

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 on Friday August 16th at 10.30 at The Fielden Centre will cover two areas: a) preparation for the following session on peal able glass art and b) zipper craft.  The following session on Friday August 30th will complete the work on peel able glass art.  The following session on Friday September 13th will be looking at pom pom crafts.

  Potential new members are invited to come to a session to meet group members and see what sort of things we do.  Please contact the convenor for more information.

Creative Writing

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The creative writing group continues to meet and have fun whilst being creative at our usual venue (TCRC rooms) at 2.00 to 4.00pm on the second and fourth Thursday of each month.

French Conversation

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Next french conversation group will meet at  Community Room at the Fire Station.                        French conversation is on holiday at the moment.

French: ‘An Improvers Group’

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No sessions now until Monday 30th September, Fielden Centre, upstairs room 1pm to 3pm

German Group

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Over the past month we’ve read a lot of poetry and made considerable progress with Themen aktuell 2. In 6 months we might be ready for Themen aktuell 3 – which I’ve never read!

 Golf for Fun

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……………………U3A Championship 2019 ………………

The Results.

Paul Wear                           21 points

Laurence Massey             19 points

John Alison                         19 points

Howard Jamison               16 points

Bill Griffiths                         Also played   Mike Cook

Let’s Go

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The next outing is to Hutton in the Forest near Penrith on Thursday, September 12tht. Please contact Linda Cook on 01706 817254 or email landcook@talktalk.net for further information. 

Lunch Club

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

The August Meeting of the Lunch Club will be held at The Glen View Inn, 853 Burnley Road, Cornholme,  on Friday 23rd August at 12.30pm. 

There may still be places available for this event.  Those wishing to attend should book by contacting Peter and Irene Gibson  on ToddyPG@gmail.com or by phone on 01706 814137.

The September Lunch club is currently being organised. Group members will be sent the details as soon as they are finalised.

Whilst there are limited places available on this occasion, there is no limit on membership of the Lunch Club and if anyone wants to join they should contact the convenors: Dave Tyas or Gisela Lea-McCann. 

Mah Jong

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Increasing numbers of our members achieve coveted high scoring hands of Unique Wonder, particularly Mary who’s working towards a hat trick!  Skill and Chance remain our watchwords for the times when we score little…

We now have 24 members, and new members, including beginners, are still welcome.  If you’re interested, please contact Harriet [ha@blurrededges.co.uk ] for more details about how you may join us. (Please note ….meets…. 3pm until 5pm)

Music

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We continue to meet on alternate Tuesdays from 10 till 12. With a regular attendance of four we are at present meeting at my house (59, Well Lane, Todmorden).  In the warmer months we have been able to meet in Bridgeholme Cricket Club Pavilion, but we’ve opted for comfort during the winter!

Members bring their own recordings to share – most of it is what would e thought of as ‘classical’ music, but we interpret that pretty freely.

We’d welcome new members, though if we got up to eight we might get a bit short of room.  Also it’s impossible to park anywhere close to the house.  Ring me on 01706 839115 if you’re thinking of coming along, and I’ll tell you how to get there.

Novel Appreciation

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We have our summer break now, and will be reading ‘Blackberry Wine’ (and ‘Chocolat’) by Joanne Harris for Monday, September 2nd at 11.00 in Todmorden Library.

 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.

Opera Appreciation

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By the time this report is published we will have had our August meeting with Nicola Mills, soprano who “brings opera to the people” which I am sure will have been enjoyed by everyone. The group are having a change of convener. Keith Coates will be taking over from Sue Nightingale in September. Meetings will continue on the second Tuesday of the month at 1.15pm at the Stubbing Wharf Pub, Hebden Bridge. New members welcome.Please contact convener if you are interested in joining.

On behalf of the Committee I would like to thank Sue Nightingale for all her hard work as Convenor for this dynamic group.

Photography

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The last July meeting saw the group being entertained by Tony Fisher’s mountain photography. August kicked off with the group reviewing their photos of food before learning a bit about how to make monochrome (black & white) images. Later this month we are going on a trip on the East Lancs Railway.

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. No new information

Poetry Appreciation

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We were small but select this month. A leisurely meeting with poems on the theme of ‘occasion’, to which, of course, we rose in our inimitable ways. Thanks all. Followed by an excellent farewell lunch which turned out not to be a farewell, although we missed you both David and David. Thanks, Dee, for arranging it. Perhaps we could do it again in an eon or two?

The next meeting will be on September 13th with poems on the theme of

‘moving’ or ‘movement’. ………….Interpret as you wish.

Poetry Enjoyment

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An excellent meeting with poems on the theme of ‘taste. Very different interpretations – an excellent subject. In baking temperatures we appreciated the cool room.

The next meeting will be on Thursday 22nd August with poems on the theme of ‘dress’: a dress; to dress; clothes; formal clothes; treat a wound; decorate; style hair etc.    

Practical Art

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Practical Art has been working to a theme for the last three sessions and hopefully, members will come back in September with some interesting completed pictures inspired by the artist Georgia O’Keefe! We prepared by emulating her paintings, closeups in an abstract style of flowers, and then for the following session, visiting Gordon Riggs garden centre to take close up photos of flowers, with, of course, a visit to their newly opened cafe! The last part of the project involved attempting a finished painting bringing together everything we had learnt about Georgia O’Keefe. We also enjoyed a wonderful Jacob’s Join lunch. We come back to the Fielden after the break on September 6th at 11 am as usual. We now have a few spare places for members who might like to join us.

Psychology

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In August the psychology group explored sleep and dreams – how to get a good night’s sleep, why do we dream? Some sleep disorders.  It was a lively discussion.

In September we will be discussing advertising, brainwashing, propaganda.

Quiz Group

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The next Quiz is on August 22nd. Usual time usual place. 

Readers Group (3 Valley Readers)

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Three Valleys Readers will meet at Fire Station Community Room from now on. No new information

Science Group

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There is nothing to report this month for the Science Group as we have had no meetings since the middle of July. The next meeting will be on September 11th.

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 Social History Group will be reading Sam Bamford’s account of Peterloo this August 16 which is 200 years to the day after the event in Manchester. Bamford’s account is still the best account by a contemporary of an event in which 18 people died some would argue murdered .

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 Ernie Rogan; 01706 812015 arlineandernie@tiscali.co.uk

Sandra Lambshead, Convenor, and  On Line Contact. Ernie Rogan, 

Tablet Club

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A small group met at the White Hart and discussed aspects of security and downloading photos from emails.

The next meeting will be on the 2nd  of September

 
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 August tasting last Friday evening. We tasted our usual two white and two Red wines, 11 members were present.

We discussed making a trip to Ryedale Vineyards ,York next month. , this would be on Wednesday 11 September. instead of our usual monthly meeting. WE have not yet finalised details for mini bus hire, but we think we may have two or three spare seats available. If any other U3A member would like to join us please email me at jrogerh2@btinternet.com, and I will send details on as soon as available.

World Affairs

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No new information. Please contact convenor for information.
 
New Groups

Dance

For information please contact  Fiona Ryland  fio.a.ryland@gmail.com 

Mandy Hill mandy@hillsown.com  joint convenors.

The Dance Group is having a summer break and starts again on Friday 6th September. There is a group coffee morning arranged on Friday 23rd August. The Dance Group remains full. Anyone wishing to be put on a waiting list to join should the numbers fall, please to contact, convenors

Crown Green Bowls 

Crown Green Bowls please contact  Peter Carrigan

The group has now a total of 20 members.
Despite summer rains and holidays, there have been some good attendances at sessions. We are becoming more ready to play with purpose and (mostly) a sense of achievement and progress.
We meet on most Monday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons at 1.30 p.m. in Centre Vale Park, Todmorden. Non-members welcome to attend.

 Each session costs £3 per person, paid in cash on the day to Todmorden Bowls Association. There is a £20 pa cash option with no further fees – a recommended path if you intend to fit in 7 or more bowling sessions this season which ends on September 30 .

Our group started late in the season, yet allows for 31 U3A CGB bowling opportunities between 22 July and 30 September. A good 10 weeks or so.

Practical matters about equipment

1) Thanks to a U3A new group start-up grant, we have three sets of bowls in a range of sizes for U3A members to use if the clubhouse is closed.

2) When the Clubhouse is open, we have access to loan of the TBA stock of bowls, jacks, mats etc as well as modest refreshments.

3) In addition, several group members have spare sets of bowls, mats and jacks that they might bring along, especially if they know someone will use them.

Can’t bowl? Then sit down and enjoy watching learners at play!

My feeling is that we may be one of those rare bird U3A learning groups that may be readily observed and our behaviours analysed without the observer taking part. Nevertheless, I am sure that (unlike birds) our group members would welcome your presence, may even speak to you!

 

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