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 16th

Art Appreciation/History Group

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The next meeting of the group will be on Thursday September 6th at 2 pm at The Fielden Centre on Ewood Lane.  It will be a ‘Show and Tell’ session at which members will bring along an item and tell the group a little about it and the artist who made it.  This time we hope to make it slightly different by asking members to consider bringing an item that they don’t like instead of one that they do like.  Which ever is the case we hope that the items will spark some discussion.   New members are welcome to join the group. Either come to a meeting or contact Mary Findon.

Art Club

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The next meeting of Art Club will take place at 11 am – 1 pm on Tuesday, 28th August, 2018 at the Fielden Centre, Todmorden.   We meet fortnightly and a sum of £25 is now required from each member as a contribution towards the fees for hire of the hall and facilities.   This fee, payable in advance, will cover towards 8 months’ of sessions.   Having completed our extremely interesting ‘Gathering’ project we will be planning our scheme of work up to Christmas.

Beginners Modern Greek Group

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Greek Beginners group will recommence on Thursday September 20th at 11 am in the Saltonstal room in Hebden bridge town hall and thereafter alternate Thursdays until mid-December.

If anybody wants to join then please contact me on this address rontapsall@hotmail.co.uk and I will provide some notes on what we have done so far although we will be doing some revision.

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 Coffee Club will take place at about 11 am on the ground floor of the Polished Knob, Todmorden on Monday, 3rd September, 2018.

Concert Party

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We are looking forward to another 10 years of fun. 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

Craft Group

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The next meeting will be on Friday August 17th at 10.30 at The Fielden Centre.  New group member Janet will showing us how to make a beaded book mark.  At the following session on August 31st Sheila will be revisiting book folding and this time will be making apples and pears.  On September 14th Ann S will be showing us some Christmassy things.  All the while the group will be continuing to work on the anniversary wall hanging.  Potential new members are welcome to come along to session to meet the group members, find out more and even join in.

Anyone interested in joining the group can come along to any session to find out more about what the group does and who we are. Potential new members are invited to come along to any meeting to have a chat, find out more and possibly join in.

Creative Writing

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The Creative Writing Group will meet at the usual time and place (TCRC rooms on the second and fourth Thursday of each month  at 2.00 until 4.00pm).

The Themes for August are: -

“The Bucket List”           and/or       “Guilty Pleasures”

The themes for September will be: -

“Moving”                          and/or                      “Trapped”

Creative Writing 2,

Numbers not currently viable but will advertise again in the Autumn.

Please contact Barbara until if you are interested.  Thank you.

French Conversation

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French conversation – meets every two weeks in the Fire Station Community room at 2.00 p.m. BUT  it was agreed to take a break over the holiday period.  Will restart in September.

French: ‘An Improvers Group’

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We will have a break until September, date to be confirmed.

Gardening Group

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The next meeting for the gardening group will be in September. More information later.

German Group

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Numbers continue to be good, whether we’re meeting in the Queen or in the Firestation.

No news from me this month, Gail – except that while I’m away on holiday the German group continues to meet as usual. That is news in itself. (

 Golf for Fun

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To be restarted at a later date.

Italian group

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The Italian group is no longer running.

Let’s Go

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The Let’s Go group are having a break over the summer holidays and the next trip will be on 13th September. More news to follow.

Lunch Club

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The next Let’s Go trip is on Thursday 13th September when we will visit Tatton Park in Cheshire.

Mah Jong

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Our numbers continue to grow, often playing 4 tables.  We plan to have an extended session during September, which is approximately half-way in the Chinese calendar; lunch before the game, what a pleasant way to spend some time! New members, including beginners, are welcome.  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.  For details about improvers’ Greek, e-mail me Inquiring . 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

Shakespeare/Creative Writing

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We will re-advertise these two groups in September, numbers not currently viable.

Novel Appreciation

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We now have our summer break and reconvene on Monday 10th Spetember at 11.00 in Todmorden Library to discuss Arnold Bennet’s ‘Anna of the Five Towns’.

 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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The group viewed Bellini’s Norma on August 14th and will complete the “season “of Italian opera with Puccini’s Manon Lescaut on Tuesday September 11th.We meet on second Tuesday of the month at 1pm in the Stubbing Wharf pub, Hebden Bridge at 1pm.

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. Our next meeting is Monday 20th August at 10.15 am at the Central Methodist Church in Todmorden.

Photography

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Photo topics explored in July and August included ‘History’, ‘Power’ and ‘Weather’. The group are out and about for the second August meeting – visiting an exhibition in Huddersfield – before returning to the Stubbing Wharf in September to look at White Balance.

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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We had an excellent meeting this month with poems sourced on the theme of ‘energy’, or in my case, lethargy. The next meeting will be on 10th August with poems on the theme of ‘sound’. The different interpretations of the theme was as fascinating as always, as I’m sure ‘sound’ will evoke.

Poetry Enjoyment

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We were small and select last month, with some beautiful poems inspired by the theme of ‘minerals’. Thanks to those who made up small and select! Next month’s meeting will be on 26th July with poems on the theme of ‘The Arts’. We also hope to welcome two new members.

Practical Art

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Tha Practical Art Group’s last meeting before taking a break was their annual outdoor sketching session. The weather was fine so some members went off to  Mankinholes,           whilst the rest stayed drawing the landscape or the animals near the Shepherds Rest. We all then enjoyed sandwiches and chips back at the inn. We return to the the Fielden  on the 7th September, when we will be preparing for exhibiting our work at their Heritage Weekend.

Psychology

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There were 9 attendees at this month’s meeting. We discussed stereotyping and prejudice – very lively.

We had a room clash with the German group. I have contacted Andy to see if we can co-ordinate the use of the room in future.

I’ll keep you posted if things change.

We are due to meet in July and the topic will be motivation.

Quiz Group

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The next Quiz group will meet at Central Methodist at 10.00 on  Thursday 23rd August… .We are not accepting new members at the moment as we have 25+ .

Readers Group(3 Valley Readers)

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We are now up to 12 members so we thought we would not take any more members but have a waiting list, so if anyone is thinking of not coming anymore, can you let me know.

I will attach the up to date reading list. We will be discussing The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai on Wednesday 1st August, 1.00 to 3.00, upstairs at Witherspoons.

If you would like a library copy of this book, please collect one from Tod Library and let me know. If you have a library copy of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, please return it to Tod Library, again, can you email to me when you have, so we can keep track of the books.

Science Group

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The course “How does the body use DNA as a blueprint?” is now almost finished. There will be no further meetings until September 12th when we will complete the course if it is still available. We will then decide on our next topic.

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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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 group continues to discuss the autobiography of Stella Davies ‘ North Country Bred’and we are now examining the impact of the ‘ Great War ‘ on her life .

Spanish for Improvers

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This group is closing as we  are looking for a new convenor. More news when available.

Table Tennis & Badminton

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Report from Badminton/table tennis. Our last session was on 16 th July until 3rd September. The group is full at the moment and we are operating a waiting list

Tablet Club

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The iPad group continues to deliver its surgery style classes. Members (usually new) come and questions about the iPad or tablet. Once a level of competence has been reached there attendance decreases.

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 had our August meeting last Friday at Heatherlow. Nine people attended. We sampled a low alcohol slightly sparkling rose wine first. An ideal drink for hot afternoons in the garden ,then went on to taste a white wine from New Zealand, followed by a merlot and finally an Australian Shiraz.

Our next meeting will be on the second Friday in September again at Heatherlow The wines to be tasted are not yet decided.

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. Our next meeting is this coming Wednesday 15th August at the fire station in Todmorden at 2.30 pm when we will discuss fake news.
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