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

October 18th

Art Appreciation/History Group

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The next meeting of the group on Thursday November 1st will be a visit to Cartwright Hall in Bradford to see the latest exhibitions and the Hockney Gallery.  New members are welcome to join the group.

Art Club

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At our meeting at 11 am – 1 pm on Tuesday, 6th November, 2018, at the Fielden Centre, Todmorden we will be drawing and painting Christmas Cards.   There will be a fiendish Christmas related still life for those who enjoy an artistic challenge!

Beginners Modern Greek Group

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All going well for Greek. We are still revising but any new members now would have to catch up.

Bridge Social Group

U3A cannot provide a specific Bridge Group BUT – The Todmorden Bridge Club has agreed to take on New-to-Bridge members.  I will send out information should you wish to join them. please contact me .Gail.

Coffee Club

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The next meeting of the Coffee Club will take place on the ground floor at the Polished Knob, Todmorden, at about 11 am on Monday, 5th November, 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 of the group will be on Friday October 26th at 10.30 at The Fielden Centre.  Jane will be leading the session on a ‘mystery topic’.  The following session on November 9th will be devoted to Christmas Ornaments using quilling and will led by Sally and Sue C.  Potential new members are invited to come to a session to meet the group members and find out more.

Creative Writing

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“It Reminded Me Of . . . . . . . “            and/or            “Totes Awks”   (A Totally Awkward Situation!)”

The meeting on October 25th will start at 2.15pm as a number of the group are going to the U3A October lunch.     Our themes for September are: –

“Moving”       and/or           “Trapped”.

For the month of October the themes will be: –

“Barking”          and/or       “Making Friends”.

Our successes are spreading as one member of our group won first prize in a poetry competition. Congratulations to her!

Creative Writing 2,

I am hoping we have a convenor for this new group more news Later.

The convenor for this group is no longer able to take the task on. Anyone reading this and can help please contact Gail or Dee

French Conversation

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Next French conversation meeting will be ……..          No further information

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!

Gardening Group

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Please contact convenor.  No further information.

German Group

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One of the best things about the German Group is that there’s quite a lot of teaching experience in the room. One participant has given me a lot of advice about language teaching. It came down to a  phrase-book approach, though, something which I’ve never found particularly helpful. You can only remember phrases if you practise them, ideally in the country where the language is spoken. Last week, another participant arrived with a musical exercise which we all found entertaining – essential – challenging and helpful. This coming Tuesday, by coincidence, we shall be singing songs from Themen aktell II, something which in this chapter is tied in neatly with the imperfect subjunctive. I do try as well to give the Group nice surprises: two weeks ago they were confronted with two medieval poems written in Middle High German. I think they enjoyed them.

 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.

Italian group

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The Italian group is no longer running. Anyone who could give time to run this group please contact us.

Let’s Go

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The next Let’s Go trip is on Wednesday 5th December when we will visit York, including a visit to The Mansion House.  I attach the booking form with further information for anyone who may be interested in this trip.

Please contact Linda Cook on 01706 817254 or email landcook@talktalk.net for further information.

Lunch Club

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The next meeting of the U3A Lunch Club will take place at 12.30pm on Thursday 25th October 2018 at The Quercus, 4-6 St George Square, Hebden Bridge HX7 8ET,  organised by David Rawson.  (details always emailed to members. If you want to join the group please contact the convenor)

Mah Jong

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Our mid-term lunch will be Wednesday 17th October at the Hare and Hounds, when it will be an opportunity to have normal conversations that are not necessarily peppered with Mah Jong jargon. Despite which debates about the acceptability of dirty concealed hands may prevail. Sharp-eyed members continue to find anomalies within the rules, causing our House Rules to be further extended! New members, including beginners, are welcome.  If you’re interested, please contact Harriet for more details.

 Modern Greek

This group is now closed.

Music

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

Shakespeare Group

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As soon as  we have more positive information,  will re-advertise  as this group as numbers not currently viable. We now need a  convenor if this group is going to run.

Novel Appreciation

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We discussed ‘The Poisonwood Bible’ by Barbara Kingsolver. Some of us loved it, some of us didn’t get on with it. In the spirit of objective criticism, those whom it did not engage could not deny the novel’s excellences – multiple narrative points-of-view; a critique of religious hypocrisy, religious fanaticism, and colonial oppression; family relationships; historical and geographical context well expressed; richly themed exploration of colonialism, ideas of paradise, value of African cultural practices in contrast to alien Euro-American assumptions of hegemony etc. The sceptics had, broadly, found the artistry too glaring and had not been able to suspend their disbelief; moreover, the novel’s agenda had appeared too obtrusively for them, and they felt they were being lectured or mildly harangued.
A good novel for discussion. And for our next foray into the wonderful world of critical assessment we will be considering ‘Mary Swann’ by Carol Shields on Monday 5th November at 11.00 in Tod Library.
We currently have two places for anyone who would like to join us. Please contact Ant Peter on 01706 551998 or at antpeter51@yahoo.co.uk if you are interested.

 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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At our October meeting we had an excellent talk from one of our members Jill Osman on the lives of Kurt Weill and Lotte Lehmann. We viewed a difficult opera called “The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny,” a satirical portrayal of a dystopian city.

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.

Our sessions are now held on 2nd and 4th Thursdays from 10:30 to 12:30. We are currently full. Please inquire about a waiting list.

Photography Group Two

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Photography 2  NO NEW INFORMATION

Poetry Appreciation

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An apparently profound meeting was held in my absence, with poems on the theme of ‘still/stillness’. Look forward to reading them.
Next month’s meeting will be on November 9th, with poems on the theme of ‘fortune’. Mine will be getting to the meeting  . . .

Poetry Enjoyment

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What an excellent meeting we had with poems on the theme of ‘nostalgia’. We agreed that nostalgia is remembering the rosy bits; that to revisit something one is nostalgia about would be self-defeating: it and the visitor have changed. Better to try to enjoy the nostalgia, despite the inherent poignancy.
The next meeting will be on October 25th, with poems on the theme of ‘change’, inflicted by me (apologies) as we have done it recently, but I saw a flyer in the library for an event on National Poetry Day with poems on this theme. Sadly the flyer had no listed venue, so t’was all for nought.

Practical Art

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I hope those of you who painted the animals on Pastel  velour paper last time enjoyed the challenge and finished them at home. We’d love to see them. This Friday we are ‘doing mountains’. Corinne and  Mike are  back  from their trips abroad—-Corinne in Spetses and Crete and Mike in Croatia, so we will be talking you through the creation  of textures and the use of distance, light and shade on mountains. You can use any medium  or mix them if you like—-acrylic, water mixable oils, oil pastels etc. You can use impasto or use texture paste with acrylics. There is even a watercolour exercise  which I will bring, using masking fluid,  which you could try if you enjoy watercolours, but possibly the other media are more forgiving! You will need a suitable photo or picture of course.

Psychology

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No new information. I’ll keep you posted if things change.

Quiz Group

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The next Quiz group will meet at Central Methodist at 10.00 on  Thursday … .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 have now purchased The Great Courses series of lectures on Worlds
Greatest Structures – Science and Innovation from Antiquity to Modernity. We
have watched the introductory lecture and also lecture 2 which is the first of
eight lectures on the basic principles used in designing a structure. At the
next two meetings we hope to cover internal forces, properties of materials,
columns and buckling and beams and bending. From what has been shown
so far, the course should prove 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 likeminded 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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The Monday Scrabble group has a new home at the Golden Lion, Rochdale Road, Todmorden.We meet there from 1pm to 3pm on the first, third and fifth Mondays of each month, except for Bank Holiday Mondays. 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 convenor of this group has an Exhibition at Gallery Oldham on ‘ Peace and Plenty. Oldham in the First World War ‘ The Exhibition which he is one of the curators of, starts on September 29 and finishes January 12. He has invited the Social History Group to the opening.                  The Social History Group continues to discuss the family history of Stella Davies ‘ North Country Bred ‘ . We are reading her chapter on the Great War .

Spanish for Improvers

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This group is closed. Anyone prepared to take on this task? News when available.

Table Tennis & Badminton

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Table tennis/badminton group is full at the moment, so we are operating awaiting list.

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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