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

June 21st

Three Valleys Readers

Sorry I have not yet met up with you to regularise my position as convener for the 3VRs

There were 8 of us who met on Wednesday 6th June and discussed Nora Webster by Colm Toibin. This was the third book we had read and again a lively discussion took place with a spread of opinions about the characters, plot, style and importance.

We had a spot for notices where members could bring to the group other events which might be of interest, the Monologue Competition linked to the Book Festival, and a WEA course.

I felt that we were getting to know eachother in the group and becoming more confident and friendly.

 

The next meeting will be on Wednesday, 4th July at 1.00 at Witherspoons.

New members welcome and we will be discussing The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte.

( I’m away again 13th to 27th June)

Caroline Pinder  CAROLINE PINDER <cspinder@btinternet.com>

 

U3A Psychology Linda <linlinrobson@btinternet.com>

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.

 Art Appreciation/History Group

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The next meeting will be on Thursday July 5th at 2 pm at The Fielden Centre.   Gaynor will be giving a talk ‘Where Fashion, Art and Culture collide or coincide- The case of Coco Chanel’.   New potential new group members are welcome to come along for a taster session.

Art Club

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Our next meeting takes place at 11 am – 1 pm on Tuesday, 3rd July, 2018, at the Fielden Centre.   Members will be working on a project entitled ‘Gathering’ using any medium.  New members are welcome to join us for a taste of what we do before joining us.

Beginners Modern Greek Group

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It seems very likely that the class will re-commence in September. If there are any U3A members who would like to learn Greek then they would be very welcome and I am prepared to do some preliminary classes with them to ease them into the current class.

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 will take place at about 11 am on Monday, 2nd July, 2018, at the Polished Knob, Todmorden, on the ground floor.   New members are always very welcome to come along for a nice chat and delightful cup of coffee.

Concert Party

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After our wonderful reception at last months meeting, we look forward to another 10 years of fun. If anyone h as 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 of the group will be on Friday June 22nd June at 10.30 at The Fielden Centre.   Margarete will be showing members how to make various creatures for the garden or window sill.  The following session will be on Friday July 6th when we shall be revisiting paper and fabric flowers. On July 20th the topic will probably be making a small Japenese style bag.

The group will be continuing to work on the 10th anniversary wall hanging as well.

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 meeting for the 24th May for the Creative Writing group has been cancelled so the next meeting will be held on Thursday 14th June at the usual time and place. The themes for June are: -

“A Right Good Read”      and/or    “Cheer Up It May Never Happen”     and/or   “The Teacher”.

Creative Writing 2,

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 – meets every two weeks in the Fire Station Community room at 2.00 p.m.    Next meeting is Monday June 18th.

French: ‘An Improvers Group’

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Only one meeting in May due to bank holidays and there will only be one in June (11th) due to family holidays. We are developing the art of small talk and getting to know people. We have recently been describing places we live, have lived, would like to live and where we are staying on holiday. Next we are going to be talking about what we ( used to) do for a living. Always interspersed by whatever interesting French news articles I can find on the internet.

Gardening Group

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The next meeting for the gardening group will be on the 14th May .

German Group

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The German group are getting used to their convenor not being present at sessions, so they just get on with it: oral work (i.e. chatting in German) and reading short stories. They tend not to progress with the textbook, leaving it for when we’re all together again.

The only trouble with the textbook is that we do need audio access, which was fine in the Firestation Community Room. However, we’ve had to come to a compromise with the Psychology group, who need the room on the first Tuesday on every month, at the same time. On top of this, Calderdale can ‘overbook’ us even if we get our booking in first, as happened on 12 June. In such circumstances we walk up to the Queen, where they’re always happy to serve us drinks etc. On that day, realising that the textbook was again ruled out, I introduced the group to some of the poetry of Bertolt Brecht. Next week who knows, we might even finish Themen aktuell 1. Then it will be Themen aktuell 2!

 

Golf for Fun

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Progress is being made, Looking at the results  recorded for this years “bash”, handicaps are falling but…. also noticed, some players are standing too near to the ball, after they’ve hit it!…..

It’s fun with a great bunch of guys who are there to enjoy fresh air, a bit of a yarn and the odd good shot………….that’s what golf is all about.

Would be nice if we had a few ladies joining us, the Todmorden Ladies Golf section are always keen to help and encourage………..

Italian group

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The Italian group has had a bit of a fall-off in attendance in the last month.  Two of the group have been in touch to say they have been finding the level the sessions have been pitched at unsuitable for them, and they have stopped coming, whilst others have missed sessions in favour of holidays etc.  I’m going to canvass the group members about when to stop for a summer break.

Jazz Joy

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Please contact Group Coordinator for  INFORMATION.

Let’s Go

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The trip to Castle Howard on 28th June is fully booked with a waiting list.  The main venue of our July trip is on Wednesday the 18th to Holker Hall in the Lake District, followed by the short journey to Grange over Sands in the afternoon before returning home.  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 to 12.30 hrs on Tuesday, 26th June 2018 at “The White House”, Littleborough. The lunch is being organised on this occasion by Arline and Ernie Rogan.

Please contact Ernie or Arline by 18th June  at the latest if you would like to attend, so that they can give the venue details of numbers attending and organise adequate seating arrangements.  You can do this by email arlineandernie@tiscali.co.uk or by telephone 01706 812015.

Mah Jong

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The Group continues to give an afternoon of concentrated exercise for the little grey cells, albeit with much banter thrown in. Jean P has set a high bar for a new Highest Score Record with a formidable score of 6,400; we shall see how long her record holds.

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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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

Natural History

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

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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We discussed ‘The Miniaturist’ by Jessie Burton this month. We were lively. We had all enjoyed the story and the style, but while some of us were happy to let it go at that, others of us were irritated by the total absence of explanation as to how the miniaturist acquired her information or prescience. There was some crossness on the part of the convenor about the ‘agenda novel’, unconcealed artistry, and the absence of an individual authorial voice. Nevertheless there was learned talk about religious dystopia amid ostensible material utopia, and a unanimous admiration of the writer’s research and recreation of 17th century Amsterdam.

Our next meeting is on Monday, 2nd July at 11.00 in Todmorden Library when the novel under scrutiny will be Winifred Holtby’s ‘South Riding’.

 Old English

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We continue to meet on the second and fourth Monday of each month, and now have all our meetings at the Stubbing Wharf pub, 1:30 – 3:00. We’re coming up to our first anniversary, with 11 of us still involved, and are hoping to have our anniversary dinner at the pub in July. 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 Opera Appreciation group began our season of 19th century Italian operas with Verdi’s Aida in May. We enjoyed the comic opera The Daughter of the Regiment by Donizetti in our June meeting. We continue on July 10th with another comic opera          Le Comte Ory by Rossini which will be introduced by  our group member Mike Benton.On August 14th we will view Norma by Bellini and on September 11th complete the series with a Puccini opera.

The group meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 1pm in the upstairs room at the Stubbing Wharf pub Hebden Bridge .Usually we watch a whole DVD of an opera. Occasionally we have a guest speaker or talk from a member.New members welcome. Please contact  convener.

Philosophy

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A member of the group is leading a philosophy walk on Wednesday 21st June starting from the Unitarian church at 7.30 pm. Our last topic was a lively discussion of anarchy. The next topic is:  Does the resistance of prejudice undermine our capacity for rational judgement and action?

The next meeting is June 25 th at 10.15 at the Central Methodist Church. After the meeting members often retire to a local hostelry to refresh any exhausted brain cells. New members are always welcome.

Photography

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The first June meeting saw members of the photography group reviewing their pictures of textures before learning a little about image histograms. Planned for June and July are talks about Lightroom catalogues and Back-up strategies. Symmetry is the next photo topic.

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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We were very small and select this month: four of us having a leisurely discussion about poems based on the theme of ‘creativity’. Good old abstract nouns being widely open to interpretation.
Next month our meeting will be on 13th July with poems on the theme of ‘energy’.

Poetry Enjoyment

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Also small and select. We had a relaxed meeting with poems on the theme of ‘creatures’. Some lovely poems. The next meeting on 28th June will be themed with poems on the subject of ‘mineral’. Basically, non-living! Again, widely open to interpretation.

 

Practical Art

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Here’s hoping that the summer weather continues as we have an outdoor sketching session planned for mid June. Our session this week will be on painting reflections on water using, appropriately, watercolour paints. There will be a variety of techniques for people to try. Our last class was a ‘ messy’ one, rubbing out charcoal or graphite powder to create tone. Mike brought in his beautiful stone figures and Corinne some impressive African masks to draw on the largest sheets of paper we could muster. There were some very interesting results!

Quiz Group

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The next Quiz group will meet at Central Methodist at 10.00 on  Thursday 28th June. .We are not accepting new members at the moment as we have 25+ .

(Membership is closed as we are full)

Science Group

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We are progressing well with the course “How does the body use DNA as a blueprint?” and are now about halfway through the course. The course is proving to be very interesting, but quite challenging for most of the group, mainly due to the number of unfamiliar terms. On the other hand a few members of the group already have a good understanding of the subject and are providing excellent help for the physicists and engineers.

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 continues to discuss the A J P Taylor autobiography . We will move on next month to look at Stella Davies memoirs ‘ North Country Bred ‘ which describes her life growing up in Edwardian Manchester .

Spanish for Improvers

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

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. Next meeting June 5th

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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WE HELD OUR LATEST MEETING FRIDAY 8Th of JUNE, when we tasted italian red and white wines followed by spanish red and white. both pairs of wines were from the same producer. i e the italian producer amd the spanish producer.Our next meeting will be Friday 13 July at Fielding Hall as usual.

World Affairs

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Our next meeting is June 20th at 2.30 pm at the fire station in Todmorden where the digitalisation and the future of work are the topics for discussion. The next two meetings will consider the on going saga of brexit and a presentation on Malaysia.