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 2017

Group Showcase 16th November 2017 Art Appreciation 

Art Appreciation/History Group

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The next meeting will be on Thursday December 7th at 2 pm at The Fielden Centre.   We shall be having our annual quiz.   Members are reminded that they have a better chance of winning the ‘prize’ if they let Mary have their questions (with answers) as soon as possible.  There will be a wooden spoon prize as usual.  Potential new members are welcome to attend and compare their knowledge of art with with that of regular members.  January meeting will be on the 4th.

Art Club

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Our next meeting at the Fielden Centre takes place at 11 am – 1 pm on Tuesday, 21st November, 2017.   On the 5th December we will enjoy our end of year Jacob’s Join and our final meeting of the year will be on the 19th December.   Our new year begins on Tuesday, 2nd January, 2018.

Boardgames Group

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Sadly, the boardgames group has folded because of lack of numbers. Diana Forest has offered to start a new one, more news later.

Bridge Social Group

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

Coffee Club

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The next meeting takes place at about 11 am at the Polished Knob, Todmorden on Monday, 4th December, 2017.

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 November 24th at 10.30 am at the Fielden Centre.  We shall be decorating candles and making boxes to contain them.  On December 8th we shall be having our Jacob’s Join Christmas celebration and a visit from the Secret Santa as well as investigating the used of die cutting machines.

The group will then break until January 5th.

Anyone who thinks that they maybe interested in joining the group is welcome to come along to a session to find out more.

Creative Writing

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The Themes for the month of November for the Creative Writing Group are: -

 “The Plot”                           and/or               “Why Didn’t I Say Something?”

The group were also asked to attempt either a poem or a piece of prose around the theme of Christmas. There will no meetings for the group during the month of December as most members were involved with other Christmas activities on Thursday 14th December and it was felt that the meeting due on Thursday 28th December was not likely to be well attended! We will reconvene on Thursday 11th January. An email will be sent out to group members to remind them of this nearer to the time.

French Conversation

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French conversation continues to meet fort nightly in the community room at the Fire Station.    Next meeting November 20th.

French: ‘An Improvers Group’

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I’ve discovered a new on-line resource to develop listening, reading and speaking skills – or should I say singing skills? We’re listening to French songs old and new! There’s even a game for filling in the missing words, so very modern; what fun!

Gardening Group

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Monday 13th we met to discuss next years agenda, we will not be meeting again until March next year.

German Group

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The group has revisited the ‘shopping’ topic and learnt how to exchange goods, ask for different sizes and locate store departments.  This was done by incorporating  vocabulary from a themed list into spoken sentences, listening and role play activities.  On 31st October, the first and only Reformation Day public holiday in the whole of Germany, members studied a text about the life and work of Martin Luther and answered questions thereon.  Our current grammar point relates to the use of ‘when’, which translates into three words in German and is therefore quite challenging.

Golf for Fun

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To be offered again at a later date, No new information. Please contact the convenor.

Jazz Joy

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Jazz Joy  meets at the Fielden Centre on Tuesday every 2 weeks. (Please contact convenor for more information)

Let’s Go

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The final trip of the year to Liverpool on 1st December is now fully booked. If anyone would like to add their name to the reserve list please contact the convenor on 01706 817254 or email: landcook@talktalk.net.

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.

Mah Jong

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We meet every Wednesday, 3.00 – 5.00pm, at The Hare and Hounds, Todmorden.  This has proved to be a very successful venue, where we are made to feel most welcome.  Some members enjoy staying on for ‘early doors’- the food is highly recommended, accompanied by a wide choice of local brews

New members, including beginners, are welcome.  If you’re interested, please contact Harriet [ha@blurrededges.co.uk ] for more details.

Modern Greek

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No new information. Please contact the convenor.

Music

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

Natural History

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The next meeting will be on Dec.5th at 1.30pm in the TCRC

We will continue to look at environmental issues. Members are asked to bring ideas on their particular interests within natural history.

Novel Appreciation

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This month we appreciated ‘The Siege of Krishnapur’ by J.G. Farrell, the Booker Prize Winner in 1973. It divided opinion, always a good sign, I feel. Some of us were happy with the writer’s ironical tone that undermined the assumptions of Empire; others of us found that tone unpleasantly sarcastic and often distasteful when making light of occasions which highlighted human suffering or humiliation. Much of our discussion focused on this, and led to a consideration of the male gaze, the significance of ‘possessions’, changes wrought on the psyche of individuals by desperate circumstances, and the nature of civilization. I think we were all agreed that the novel was well written and avoided the flagrantly obvious downloading of the author’s historical researches by couching them in animated discussions between the characters in the construct of the novel. Several members commented on the use of symbol and metaphor – cutlery used as cannon shot, the parallels between the cockchafers and the sepoys, the Great Exhibition, and the Collector’s wobbly throne.

Our ‘new words’ (we try to identify words whose meanings we do not know when we read each novel, and to look them up) included feringhee, amative, infusoria and pyaemia.

Old English

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The Old English group is carrying on with our textbook and other readings. No new information. Please contact the convenor.

Opera Appreciation

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Our next meeting is on December 12th at 1pm in the upstairs room at the Stubbing Wharf pub in Hebden Bridge. We continue our Russian theme with an opera by Rachmaninov.New members always welcome to the group. Contact Sue 01706 815166 or suenightingale@btinternet.com.

Philosophy

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No new information. Please contact the convenor.

Photography

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Animals and Autumn have been photo topics in the last month. We have also looked at how to find photos in our collections and how to sort them out when they go wrong!

At our 16th November meeting, guest speaker Sue Dewhurst will be talking about taking pictures for exhibitions and on 7th December the group plan to visit an exhibition in Bradford.

Photography Group Two

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No new information. Please contact the convenor.

Poetry Appreciation

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A superb meeting this month. We read some wonderful poems themed on ‘colour’. We could have spent much longer on every one. There was so much to say!

The next meeting will be on Friday 8th December with poems on the theme of ‘choice’. Should be interesting. And it will be followed by our Christmas Lunch in Kava.

Poetry Enjoyment

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An excellent last meeting with poems on the theme of ‘emotion’. Such a wealth of marvellous poems. We can always revisit this theme if we’re stuck. These sessions are so uplifting!

The next meeting will be on 23rd November with poems on the theme of food and/or drink.

And a date for your dairy – the December meeting will be on Thursday 21st at Costermongers. As this is the same date as the U3A Christmas monthly meeting, we will begin at 10.30, eat at 12.00 and will have plenty of time to attend both.

Practical Art

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The group has had some very interesting sessions recently trying out new media. We tried Scraperboard, which was very popular some years ago, but seems rarely used now. People produced some exquisite small studies of birds, plants and animals. Last session we experimented with Inktense pencils which  give vibrant colours when wet. The topic was exotic birds so that we could create brilliant tones with the pencils. Our next class will be on painting watercolour skies and will be led by Sue Hayter and we move on to monoprinting after that.

We are also trying to set up a group library and are looking for a venue for an exhibition sometime next year.

Our numbers are now very high so anyone who wishes to join must, I’m afraid, go on a waiting list. Could I remind any potential new members that Jean’s Art Club meets on Tuesday mornings at the Fielden and this may still have places available.

Quiz Group

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The details for the Quiz group are as usual with the next date being. Thurs 23rd. At 10:00.

Science Group

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We have now started the course on supercomputing and will complete Week 1 of the course at the next meeting on 22nd November.

We will then proceed to Week 2 where we will look at supercomputing hardware and architectures.

We will learn about the main building blocks of supercomputers, and the concepts of shared and distributed memory architectures will be introduced. We will also learn about the main differences between your laptop or PC, and a node of a supercomputer.

The topics covered on this course are:-

  • supercomputers: introducing supercomputing terminology and some of the largest machines in the world.
  • parallel computers: how they are built from hundreds of thousands of CPUs, each similar to those in a desktop PC.
  • parallel computing: using parallel processing to harness the power of all of those CPUs for a single calculation.
  • computer simulation: how we can perform virtual experiments to make real-life predictions.
  • case studies: how supercomputing is making scientific breakthroughs that were never possible before.

Scrabble 1

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Scrabble 2

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Social History

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The Social History Group is reading Walter Greenwood ‘s autobiography about life in Salford . There will be no class in December .

Spanish for Improvers

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Old members and new ones with some knowledge of Spanish will be welcome, no more information available.

Table Tennis & Badminton

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No new information available.

Tablet Club

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(Available to All Members). Tuesday the 7th November was a quiet session. The next meeting is on the 5th December.

  • iPhone
  • iPad
  • Android phones
  • Android tablets
  • Kindle Fire

This mix is interesting as the Kindle Fire is an Android tablet with an altered user interface so not all the Android apps can be downloaded. I have moved the first meeting in the New Year from the 2nd to the 9th of January.

Walking Group

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The last Tues. in December (26th)  is Boxing Day so as we will all be busy there will be no December walk.Thank you to all the walk Leaders for the interesting and varied walks we have enjoyed this year. We need a new Convener for our 2018 walks as I will be standing down as Convener at the end of the year.  I hope someone will come forward to fill the post so that we can continue our lovely walks around Calderdale

Walking Group –  our next walk will be on Tuesday, 28th November 2017 – our walk will be from Littleborough via Hollingsworth Lake and along the canal to Todmorden. Details will be emailed to Group Members.

Date:     Tuesday, 28th November 2017 Leader:Peter Gibson

Meet:   Todmorden Bus Station 10.00am  - to catch 10.10am bus 589 to Littleborough Start:     10.30am (bus stop nr. Littleborough Station)Distance: as per Options below…… 3miles, 4miles or 6miles

Peter’s walk………

Meet at Todmorden Bus Station at around 10.00am to catch the 10.10am 589 bus to Littleborough. Walk from Littleborough via the start of the A58 towards Ripponden, then via Ealees Road to Hollingworth Lake Visitor Centre. Then clockwise around the lake to the Beach pub.  Down Smithybridge Road to the canal.  Then back along the canal towpath to Todmorden.

Option 1:  Finish the walk in Littleborough and catch the bus to Todmorden (half hourly service at 10 and 40 minutes after the hour).  Approx 3 miles

Option 2:  Leave the canal towpath for a coffee/lunch at the Waterfall Tea Room and then bus back to Todmorden. Approx 4 miles

Option 3:  Leave the canal towpath before Walsden and walk along the main road to Gordon Rigg’s café for coffee/lunch and then bus back to Todmorden.  Approx 6 miles

Option 4:  Leave the canal towpath at any other point and bus back to Todmorden. From 4 to 8 miles

Waterproof clothing and stout boots/shoes are essential, refreshments snack/water, a walking stick is very useful.
If you need further information please contact the convenor through the link above.

Wine Appreciation

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Our last meeting was at the Fielden Centre on Friday 10th  November when we tasted an assortment of wines from unusual places.

World Affairs

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(No new information. Please contact the convenor.)