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

April 18th Showcase Opera

 Art Appreciation/History Group

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The next meeting of the group will be on Thursday May  3rd.  The group will be visiting the John Rylands Library in Manchester to see the building and the exhibition ‘The Alchemy of Colour’.  New members are welcome at the group’s meetings.

Art Club

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Our next artistic session takes place at 11 am – 1 pm on Tuesday, 24th April, 2018 at the Fielden Centre, Todmorden.   We always meet on alternate Tuesdays.   We will be finalising our piece of art which we will be proud to present to the membership of U3A Todmorden at the May members’ meeting which will be a celebration of our 10th anniversary.

Beginners Modern Greek Group

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The beginners Greek class is going well with about 6-8 members per session. Next session is on Thursday 19th at 11 a.m. in Saltinstall room, Hebden bridge town hall. New members welcome at any time.

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 at the Polished Knob, Todmorden, at about 11 am on Monday, 14th May, 2018  – a week later than usual because of the Bank Holiday.

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 the group will be on Friday 27th April at The Fielden Centre when the topic will be using mosaic to decorate a pot.  The following meeting on May 11th will see the return to local ceramicist Gary Thomas to help group members complete the pieces that they started earlier in the year and to make a further piece.  Whilst potential new members are welcome to come to try out a session the meeting on May 11th will be for group members only.

The group will be continuing with the design work for U3A Todmorden’s  10th anniversary wall hanging. ( please see face book page, re Wall Hanging Melbourne showing their 20th

Creative Writing

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The Creative Writing Group continues to have fun every second and fourth Thursday afternoon of each month and has been writing to the themes of: -

“New Beginnings”         and    “Breaking News”  during April.

The themes for May are: -

“A Right Good Read”                   and/or          “Cheer Up, It May Never Happen!”

Creative Writing 2,

this group has not yet got off the ground because with only five prospective members (a sixth lady having sadly died since putting her name on the list) this doesn’t seem a viable number.  I will keep you informed as and when I can pass on new information.

Please contact Barbara until group established. Thank you.

French Conversation

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French conversation continues to meet fort nightly in the community room at the Fire Station.    No new information.

French: ‘An Improvers Group’

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Having bought a new book entitled’ How to chat in social situations, your indispensable toolkit’ we are moving away from preparing and delivering monologues and focusing instead on asking questions to find out about the lives of the people you meet. Always remembering that you’ll need to answer their unexpected questions too.

Gardening Group

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The next meeting for the gardening group will be on the 9th April 1-30pm, we will be meeting at 17 Hallroyd Road Todmorden. Please bring any spare seeds or plants you would like to swap. NO NEW INFORMATION

German Group

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Andy Hollis has now taken over this group. He said that he would like to use a textbook, Themen aktuell. The group wouldn’t spend two hours going through it chapter by chapter, week by week, since it’s not that exciting. An hour per session would be enough. “I think; then we could fill up the remaining time with the kind of activities that Vicky did with the group. The book is very well structured and would give the group a sense of direction, I hope. NO NEW INFORMATION

Golf for Fun

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All welcome, MIXED GOLF..never played  beginners, improvers. 8 to 10 weeks nets and understanding the course followed by U3A Championship. Please contact the convenor.

Todmorden Golf Club kindly offer U3A “Curtesy of the Course” for their “Introduction to Golf” lessons.

The lessons, run every Monday for 10 weeks, they are designed to “introduce” U3A members to the fun of playing golf and inspire them to greater heights, possibly joining the golf club and meeting with fellow golf enthusiasts. The course finishes with a “9 hole Championship”, last year’s winner, Laurence Massey, is on the far left of the photograph.  You do not have to be a “regular” golfer to join the U3A morning but to have an interest in finding out more about the game and how to enjoy a social day out. Todmorden like other golf courses welcomes visitors and new members and this introduction course is one way for people to discover the “fun” of a game of golf.

Italian group

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The Italian group has met 5 times so far.  Sessions last an hour and a half, starting at 1.30 pm on alternate

Wednesdays (next is 2nd May) at the Fielden Centre.  We use a mixture of learning resources in the sessions, including interactive apps that check learners’ answers, and AV and sound recordings of dialogues with native Italian speakers.

Group members have varying levels of prior acquaintance with Italian, from beginner up to previous courses taken some time ago.

Jazz Joy

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Jazz Joy meets alternate Tuesdays in the Fielden Centre Upstairs Room from 2.00pm to 3.30pm.  The next two meetings are on 6th and 20th March. NO NEW INFORMATION

Let’s Go

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Our next trip is on 8th May to Richmond, North Yorkshire including a tour of the Georgian Theatre.   Please contact Linda Cook on 01706 817254 or email landcook@talktalk.net for further information.

Lunch Club

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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, details on the link above.

The lunch club had a successful lunch at Glen View Inn Todmorden on 12th April and the next one will be at Vocation&Co Hebden Bridge on 16th May. I think that is also going to be a success, although I am sorry to say I won’t be there.

Mah Jong

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Tiffanie, Richard and staff at the Hare and Hounds continue to make us very welcome, patiently tolerating occasional shrieks from the snug that might interrupt the concentrated atmosphere and clatter of tiles. The proximity to the Fielden Centre enables some of our members on alternate weeks to segue from Italian to Mah Jong!

We regularly have 3 full tables of 4 players, but can still accommodate new members, including beginners.  If you’re interested, please contact Harriet

Modern Greek

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Improvers Greek is now meeting in people’s houses in Hebden Bridge.  We are a smaller group now as some have moved to Ron’s new beginners’ group.  Some of us visited the Greek church in Manchester for Greek Easter and were kindly received by the priest.  It was a worthwhile visit.  For details about improvers’ Greek, e-mail meInquiring Inquiries can go to me on 01422 646 744.

Music

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

Natural History

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This group has closed. The convenors could not continue and have been unable to find a replacement.

It was a friendly group and covered a wide variety of topics over the past three and a half years.We are concerned that science is so poorly represented in U3A Todmorden.

If anyone feels they could run this group we would be pleased to give help and support in its revival……….PLEASE……..

Novel Appreciation

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Our April discussion of ‘The Reader’ by Bernhard Schlink raised a lot of conversation. This was a case in which we did not so much discuss the novel’s literary merit in the conventional terms of plot, character, structure, and style as its philosophical meaning and purpose. In this respect, there was a fair bit of exploration of teleology, deontology and existentialism, and one of our members is to be thanked for knowing about these things. Questions about forgiveness and absolution, dignity and shame were raised, and, more controversially, child abuse on top of sadism and cruelty, and the extent to which one may be exonerated for a crime because one was following orders. It was nice that these questions absorbed us so much more than the banality of the erotic content. The title also offered us an opportunity to talk about how we read, and the importance of literacy.

We meet next to consider ‘Regeneration’ by Pat Barker and will do so on Wednesday, 2nd May at 11.00 in Todmorden Library.

 Old English

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In March we were very fortunate to have a visitor, Dr Alaric Hall,  Lecturer in Medieval English Literature from Leeds University. Alaric spoke to us about Old English literature and poetic structure, and helped us work through a passage from Beowulf. It was very enlightening to hear Old English spoken as it should be!

Please contact Emily if you are interested, it is difficult to catch up with the course content.

Opera Appreciation

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The Opera Appreciation group has completed a series of Russian operas which has been a learning experience for most of us. Since September we have had an informative  talk by Wendy and Keith Coates on Tchaikovsky. We have  viewed four nineteenth century operas, Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, Glinka’s Ruslan and Lyudmila, Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov and Rachmaninov’s Aleko. For our April meeting we viewed a twentieth century opera The Love For Three Oranges by Prokofiev.  The fantastical  fairy tale The Love For Three Oranges  has been described as absurd, surreal and  satirical . It  is based on the comedia del arte. Another challenge for the group.

We plan to view and study some more familiar Italian opera  in our next few meetings.

Meetings are held monthly on the second Tuesday of the month in the upstairs room at the Stubbing Wharf pub, Hebden Bridge commencing at 1pm. Access is possible avoiding the stairs by walking round left side of pub to canal bank and entering via the fire door to the upstairs room. The next meeting is on May 8th. New members welcome but please contact convener in advance.

Philosophy

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We had a guest speaker who gave a thoughtful presentation on modern business ethics. Recently we have been discussing the philosophical implications of topics such as ‘Can we trust robots to make moral decisions’ and a moral dilemma possibly requiring the managing director to act not in accordance with his company’s standard operating procedures.

After the meeting members often retire to a local hostelry to refresh any exhausted brain cells. New members are always welcome. NO NEW INFORMATION

Photography

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For the benefit of several new members, we are going back over the basics. In March we discussed the use of Aperture and Shutter Speed. Recent Photo Topics have included “Trees” and “Movement”.  A photo walk around Hebden Bridge is planned for 26th April.

The group’s exhibition can be seen at the Todmorden Tourist Information Centre throughout April during the centre’s normal opening hours.
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 Next meeting at Community Room, Tod Fire Station, Stansfield Rd. Subject: images altered in some way by “picasa.” NO NEW INFORMATION

Poetry Appreciation

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I was very sad to have missed this month’s meeting. It sounds as though the theme of  ‘weather’ was inspirational. And thanks, David, for stepping in. Much appreciated. Glad all was well and the meeting was, as ever, a good one.

The next meeting will be on Friday, 11th May, with poems on the theme of ‘discovery’.

Poetry Enjoyment

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‘Bravery’, we found, and I had feared, has its darker side. If one is to be brave one must have something difficult to be brave about. And on reading the poems we considered the concept of ‘brave’ being the flipside of foolhardiness. A matter of perspective. And we thought some poems would benefit from not inconsiderable editing . . . But who are we?! So to cheer us up, next time the subject is ‘beauty’ (interpret as you wish) on 26h April.

Also, for any member of U3A who may be interested, there is a day of Hughes/Plath poetry, and a workshop, on the 9th June in Padiham. Please email and I’ll send details.  lynne.tlr@btinternet.com

Practical Art

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The Practical Art Group continues enjoy a variety of approaches to our subject! From painting Koi  carp and other exotic fish in wet- in-wet watercolours to attempting to draw the human body in our two recent life drawing sessions,  we really test ourselves! We hope to try printing in our next classes, as the paint rollers have eventually found their way from China to Todmorden!

Our thanks go to Pam Ball for introducing our group so beautifully at the last general meeting ‘ Showcase ‘ and to Gail Allaby for her hard work on the splendid visual presentation of our paintings. She made them look very professional! We really must have an exhibition sometime soon.

Quiz Group

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Next Quiz meeting Thursday 26th April. New members welcome.  Hope you will try us out.

Science Group

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We hope to conclude the online course on supercomputing this month. The remaining topics are a case study on the use of supercomputing in finding new materials and assessing their properties and then a look into the future of supercomputers.

Scrabble 1

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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 Social History Group is continuing to discuss the autobiography of Neville Cardus . We will move to the autobiography of AJ P Taylor , the historian next . Taylor was born in Southport.

Our next meeting is on April 20 at our usual venue.

Spanish for Improvers

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Numbers at the meetings have been low so far this year owing to a combination of holidays, illness and weather so we’ve stuck to revision and speaking and listening practice. I will contact Duncan, former convenor, to see if we shall have to close the group

UPDATE  Derek Linney has encountered some issues which means he has to regretfully resign as Convenor.  Derek says ” I hope you will be able to continue with the group and wish you well.”  Thank you for giving it a try Derek. Gail .

Table Tennis & Badminton

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The group is full at the moment, so we are starting a waiting list for anyone else interested.

Tablet Club

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The group is still following the same format. Those who now know enough tend not to come again.We get new members who have just acquired an iPad. There is also a small group who attend regularly and share their knowledge with those members that need help.

NO MEETING in May convenor on holiday.

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. Anyone wishing to join the group should contact Peter or Bill.

Wine Appreciation

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Held this month’s meeting Friday 15 out of 18 members attended. We tasted 2 Argentinian wines awhit e chardonay and a red malbec, also an Australian Shiraz and a french bergerac. We all particularly enjoyed the Argentinian wines.
We felt the Malbec @ £5.99 a  particularly  good buy. So we decided to put together a group purchase of a case of twelve which rewarded us with three assorted bonus bottles free of charge which we will taste next month. I reported I had discovered the Wotwine App which if you took your phone around the supermarket with you, on scanning the barcode you received a report on the wine. The logistics of the group are working quite well with our current numbers, but would find it more difficult with greater numbers. We will discuss how to handle this next meeting  11th May at Fielding Hall.

World Affairs

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The continuing progression of  Brexit proved to be a fertile ground. We had a guest speaker who talked about his experiences as a visiting lecturer in universities in the former German Democratic Republic. Topics are agreed by members of the group and those which have been mentioned above are only a small indication of our wide ranging discussions. NO NEW INFORMATION