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

Group Showcase 17th August 2017 –  Craft- Mary Findon

August 2017

Art Appreciation/History Group

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Next meeting is on Thursday September 7th at 2 pm at The Fielden Centre.  There will be a talk by a group member on Dadaism plus either another talk by a group member on ‘Three photographers approaches to taking photographic portraits’ or a DVD on Walter Sickert.  New members are always welcome to come along to see if they like what we do.

 Art Club

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The next meeting takes place at 11 am – 1 pm on Tuesday, 1st August, 2017 at the Fielden Centre, Todmorden.   We will be planning our forthcoming fortnightly sessions and will be looking forward to our artistic explorations.   Why not join us for a taste of what we do and what is on offer.

Boardgames Group

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The Boardgames group is not meeting in August. It will next meet on September 12th at 10.30am in Wetherspoon’s, and on the second Tuesday in the month thereafter.

Bridge Social Group

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We are have information regarding a new Bridge Club………..please watch this space.

You can contact me if you wish to join and I will send out all information. Gail

Coffee Club

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Our next meeting takes place at the Polished Knob, Todmorden, at about 11 am on Monday, 4th September, 2017

LUNCH CLUB:

Our Christmas Lunch takes place at the Stubbing Wharf at 12.30 pm for 1 pm on Thursday, 14th December, 2017.   For further information and to reserve your place contact John and Jean Pearson on 01706 813933 or pearson382@btinternet.com

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 will be on Friday August 18th at 10.30 am at The Fielden Centre.  We shall be making Butterfly cards.   On Friday September 1st the project will be mesh seed bead bracelets/necklaces.

Then on Friday September 15th we shall be revisiting encaustic art.   If you think you might be interested in joining the group please come along to any session of a coffee and a chat to find out more.

 Creative Writing

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The Creative Writing Group continues to meet on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at the TCRC rooms 2.00 to 4.00pm and will be meeting as usual on the 24th of August. The topics for September are: -

“Absentmindedness”            and/or           “It might As Well Rain Until September”

 French Conversation

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French conversation continues to meet every other week in the Fire Station Community Room on Monday afternoons.   However we are about to take a break until the second half of September.   Members will be advised of the restart date by email.

French: ‘An Improvers Group’ (1) (Monday)

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We’ve bit/bitten? the bullet this month and been revising conversations needed to ask for advice regarding illnesses and injuries whilst on holiday. It’s not the cheeriest of topics but one I’m afraid we shouldn’t run away from. French pharmacists are such experts I find, so often enable one to postpone a visit to see the Doctor until one returns home. Date to be confirmed but provisionally arranged for 11th September.

 

French: ‘An Improvers Group’ (2) (Wednesday)

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I have decided to stop convening  the Wednesday French Improvers group held at The Fielden Centre on Wednesdays from 2pm to 4pm.

As participants of course have other commitments it has meant that sometimes the group has been running with only 3 attendees.

Whilst very pleasant with such amiable language learners I have come to realise I can no longer justify running 2 groups.

As a result, from September 2017 I will be offering the French Improvers group one on alternate Mondays 1pm to 3pm only.

Provisional date to restart is Monday 11th September. Please could you amend your diaries accordingly. I will be delighted to welcome you to the Monday class instead if you are available.

Gardening Group

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The gardening group took a trip to Ripley Castle Gardens in August. The next meeting will be on the 11th September.

German Group

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The group is now taking its summer break and will reconvene in mid-September.  One of our last sessions was marked by American Independence Day celebrations as one member shared her national day with the group by bringing in a delicious cake decorated as the Stars and Stripes.  Several members hosted visitors from Todmorden’s twin town Bramsche and gave accounts of their stay.

When the group meets again in September we shall revisit these grammatical points and revise useful vocabulary.

 Unfortunately the class cannot accept any new members at present, but if anyone is interested in joining then names will go on a waiting list.

Golf for Fun

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To be offered again at a later date

Jazz Joy

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Let’s Go

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Our next trip to Hull on 7th September is now fully booked.  If anyone wishes to put their name on a waiting list in case there are concellations please contact the convenor, Linda Cook on 01706 817254, or email: landcook@talktalk.net.

EMERGENCY CONTACT DURING THE VISIT: Ernie Rogan – 07931683747. Payment, preferably by cheque, is required in full at the time of the booking. All bookings will be taken in chronological order. No refunds , except for medical emergencies.

Lunch Club

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Booking for each month’s  lunch is done through the volunteer organiser.                             Gisela Lea-McCann,  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 on 01422 843329 or e mail gleamccann@aol.com. You will then be sent details of the following months venue.

 Mah Jong

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Our first meeting this month was in a very busy Wetherspoons, it being the start of the school holidays and horrible weather.  Despite general pub noise, a friendly face appeared round the curtain – a U3A member from Matlock had recognized the clatter of tiles and calls of Pung, Chow, Kong!

So Wetherspoons have been compelled by good business – ie lots of dining customers, to stop reserving our space behind the curtains; we’ve been fortunate to have had such a good spell up there, enabling our group to become well established.

Whilst checking out alternative venues we are meeting at The Queen, and have changed our dates and times to every Wednesday, starting at 3 and finishing at 5. This simplifies our booking requirements and seems to be OK for most of our members, it being impossible to please all of the people all of the time.

Very many thanks to the group for their help and support.

Beginners are welcome and if you’re interested, please contact Harriet [ha@blurrededges.co.uk ]for more details.

Modern Greek

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We still have no vacancies, but any one interested should get in touch and join our waiting list.  You would need to be able to read Greek and know the basics of grammar. No new information

Music

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The Music Appreciation Group continues to meet every two weeks, on Tuesdays from 10 to 12.   We meet in Bridgeholme Cricket Club pavilion, Eastwood.  New members always welcome.  If you choose to bring music with you to share, that’s good, but there is no obligation to do so.  Although sometimes we might discuss a particular aspect of music, we keep it as non-academic as possible, so previous musical skill or knowledge is not necessary.  We try to learn how to listen, and what to listen for.

Natural History

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The August meeting was looking at fossils and Earth’s timeline.

On September 5th we are visiting the Cliffe Castle Museum in Keighley

Novel Appreciation

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Our new challenge for the summer is the 762 pages of ‘The Way We Live Now’ by Anthony Trollope. We will reconvene to discuss it after our summer break on Monday, 11th September at 11.00 in Tod Library.

 Opera Appreciation

An excellent meeting in August when we fortunate to have our local composer Tim Benjamin talking about his oratorio Herakles and showing us the film of the first performance at the Town Hall in Todmorden.Our next meeting is on Tuesday September 12th at 1pm at the Stubbings in Hebden Bridge.We will be commencing a series of Russian operas. Contact Sue for more details.

 Philosophy

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 I am tempted to state that our group is for the many not the few and our strong and stable nature should attract new members. We meet  10.15 am at the Central Methodist Church Todmorden. ( contact the convenor for more information. ) We will be finishing our discussion of Simone de Beauvoir with reference to her interpretation of feminist existentialism. Our attendance has improved and new members are always welcome.

Photography

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“Fabric” was the photo topic for the 20th July meeting and we also  looked at using software to catalogue images. On 3rd August we visited Manchester Art Gallery to see an exhibition of street photography by Shirley Baker. At our next meeting we will continue to look at cataloguing software. New members welcome.

Our face book page is: U3A Photography Group

 Photography Group Two

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No new information during the holiday period.

Poetry Appreciation

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Lovely to be back! Really enjoyed this month’s meeting with poems on the theme of ‘persuasion’. We all managed to rise to the challenge as usual, with various takes on the topic, but Margaret justifiably argued the case for all poems being, in some sense, a persuasion.

The next meeting will be on September 8th, with the theme being ‘the sea’. Suggestions so that the poems are not too homogeneous: beach, coastline, fishing, sailing, holidays by the sea, fossils, etc.

Poetry Enjoyment

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The Poetry Enjoyment Group, held on the fourth Thursday of the month, has a new permanent venue: Todmorden Library.

A huge ‘thank you’ to Margaret for stepping in today. It sounds as though you had an excellent meeting. Margaret sends the following:

       We had a most interesting discussion of the poems on varied aspects on the theme of Science . For most of the group they brought back memories which we shared. 

The next meeting will be on 24th August, and the theme will be ‘Friendship’.

Old English

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The above link is not working at the moment please use the information below to contact Emily.

The Old English group is taking a break until the end of September, when we’ll be carrying on with our textbook and other readings. We’re hoping to have an expert visitor from Leeds University later in the autumn.

Emily has suggested that any ‘new to group’ members should contact her, and obtain the ‘work book’ the group are working from. New members will have to catch up by reading the  ‘work book’ before joining the group.

The Old English group are working through  Teach Yourself Old English, they practiced pronunciation with the help of recordings, and watched a short video on the tourist attractions of Durham in the 11th Century.

 

Practical Art

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August. Mike kindly invited us up to his studio, weather permitting.

It wasnt, rain descended, we stayed in the Fielden Hall  Center until the sun came out

We had an enjoyable time in the Fielden Hall Center. Some ventured in to the garden and sketched. and some stayed inside. We were treated to a splendid lunch after admiring each others work.

We return there on September 8th from 11 until 1.30.

Quiz Group

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August 24th. Central Methodist. Tea, coffee and biscuits available. Cost £2. New members welcome.

Science Group

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We are continuing with the online course on Climate Change from Reading University, and are still part way through the fourth week of a five week course. A good deal of discussion was provoked by the latest article in the course and so progress has slowed a little. We are now taking a summer break and the next meeting will be at 10:15 on September 13th. The course material is available in a dropbox account which can be accessed by group members to review or catch up when group meetings have been missed

 Scrabble 1

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Scrabble 2

See contact details and information about the group Please phone for details.    07979624111

Social History

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The Social History Group is continuing to read Hannah Mitchell’s autobiography and we will be discussing her memories and comments about the movement for women’s suffrage and her relationship with Pankhurst family .

Spanish for Improvers

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The Spanish group will be taking a Summer break and will restart on Wednesday 13th September but there will be some homework for those who want to keep their Spanish ticking over during the break. Old members and new ones with some knowledge of Spanish will be welcome in September.

 Table Tennis & Badminton

See contact details and information about the group Ann Priestley; pann900@talktalk.net ( CONTACT ONLY ) Mondays (term time ONLY ), 3.00 – 5.00pm, Todmorden Leisure Centre Meets at the Sports Centre, Ewood Lane. (no new information available)

Tablet Club

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(Available to All Members) We held our monthly meeting on Tuesday 4th July. The meeting was the usual surgery style where we addressed members questions.

Next meeting October 2nd.

The questions are the usual three groups: new users who require guidance through the basic functions, some help with a specific problem  and the occasional technical question (e.g. Gail’s multiple copy of pictures) that require careful thought and possibly a test lab to resolve. The last meeting also had a table of people who worked quietly on their photographs.

 Walking Group

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Our next walk will be on Tuesday 29th August – details will be emailed to members.                                                                                                                                         If you need information please contact the convenor, Waterproof clothing and stout boots/shoes are essential, refreshments snack/water, a walking stick is very useful.  

Wine Appreciation

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A high proportion of the group are away for next months meeting. New information will be emailed to members.

World Affairs

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(no new information available)