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
Art Appreciation/History Group
The next meeting takes place at 11 am – 1 pm on Tuesday, 29th January, 2019, at the Fielden Centre, Todmorden. We meet fortnightly.
Beginners Modern Greek Group
We are still well attended and progressing slowly and enjoyable through our text book.
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 We are looking forward to another 10 years of fun. No new information.
The turnout was tremendous; nearly all the group was there. There was quite a struggle to even get a chair! The writing was fantastic and time passed by SO fast. We always enjoy meetings but this one was a blast. So nice to get together at the start of a new year Especially at a meeting that filled us with such cheer!
The February meetings will take place on the 14th and 28th and the themes will be: –
“Unrequited Love” and/or “I Shan’t Do That Again!”
French conversation continues to meet every other Monday. Members will be reminded of the next meeting by email. No new information.
French: ‘An Improvers Group’
Bonne Année à tous! We are starting the New Year with 4 new members, so thank you U3A Tod for responding to my message in December. Hopefully we will be able to stay in familiar surroundings, at The Fielden Centre for a while longer. As promised we are building descriptions of places including their pros and cons. It’s never too late to consider remembering and conversing in easy French – do contact me if you might be interested.
This group is now closed. Anyone who could take over this group
Please contact Gail or Dee
Golf for Fun
Beginners Golf is to be restarted in the spring.
Games can be organised during the year, please contact the convenor.
Our first excursion this year is on Wednesday 6th March to St Helen’s World of Glass, departing from Todmorden at 9.30am. Please contact the convenor, Linda Cook on 01706 817254 or email email@example.com for details.
(details always emailed to members. If you want to join the group please contact the convenor)
Wednesday 6 th February, the day after Chinese New Year, was our annual lunch at
the Hare and Hounds, also marking our 3 rd anniversary. We were highly organised,
having pre-ordered our food. Certificates of Achievement and Annual Highest Score
were awarded to John, Jean and Marion respectively, following which we repaired
to the snug to spend 2 ½ hrs at the mah jong tables; it was all most enjoyable.
We now have 20+ members, and new members, including beginners, are welcome.
If you’re interested, please contact Harriet [firstname.lastname@example.org ] for more
details about how you may join us.
The Music Appreciation Group continues to meet every two weeks. Please contact the convenor. NO NEW INFORMATION
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.
This group is now full…………………..
Our next meeting is this coming Monday February 18th at 10.15 am at the Central Methodist Church in Todmorden and the topic is Thomas Aquinas. The session finishes at noon whereupon many attendees go to a local cafe for light refreshments.
Several members presented their long term projects at the December and January meetings as well as rising to the challenge of taking a picture a day for a week. At our second January meeting we will be looking at ways to reduce the digital noise that can appear in pictures taken at a high ISO setting before moving on to look at night photography in February.
Photography Group Two
Our meeting are usually on the 2nd Tuesday/monthly. We will be at Todmorden Fire Station Community Room on 29 January at 10:00. Our subject is “Best images of 2018.”
The next meeting will be on February 8th with poems on the challenging theme of ‘force’.
Our next meeting will be on the 24th January with poems on the theme of ‘music’. Also, we hope to see the return of a previous member to our group.
We hope you all, had a good Christmas, although we know some of you succumbed to the dreaded lurgy (did you know that comes from the goon show, originating in Oldham, according to Spike Milligan!).
Mike is In New Zealand until early February, but Corinne and I will be at our next meeting. Quite a few people have requested a ‘show and tell’ session , which we put off when we made the hats for the Xmas Lunch. So this time please bring a favourite picture you have done, at home or at another class. We know from the exhibition that there is a huge amount of talent and imagination in this group, so we’re really looking forward to seeing your pictures. If you could just say what inspired you or why you enjoyed painting it.
In February we will be exploring Sex and Gender – quite a topical subject with transgender issues
The next Quiz is on Thursday February 28th. There is now room for new members. Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided. Start time 10.00.
Readers Group (3 Valley Readers)
Ngozi Adichie, a woman writer originally from Nigeria. This is a book
of short stories and we felt that short stories offer readers the
opportunity to dip in and out, and we enjoyed that aspect.
woman, but we felt many of the themes were universal such as
relationships between women and men, family loyalties, awful accidents
that cast long shadows, and women looking out for each other.
At our next meeting in March we are choosing books we will read in our
share this role, and Sheila has agreed to chair the next meeting.
and that feels about the right number for our group. We could encourage
any keen readers to start another group. Calderdale Libraries hold a
considerable number of sets of books for reading groups and it is fairly
straightforward to collect and return these sets from Todmorden Library.
We are continuing The Great Courses series of 24 lectures on World’s
Greatest Structures – Science and Innovation from Antiquity to Modernity. We
have now completed the first of ten lectures. From the first meeting in
February on the 14 th we will introduce a new course:- Plant Science, An
Introduction to Botany. The intention is to continue with one lecture from the
World’s Greatest Structures course and also one lecture from the Plant
Science course at each meeting. This should bring greater variety to the
See contact details and information about the group — Please phone for details.
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.
Between 12 and 15 of us meet to play Scrabble on the first and third Mondays of each month. We have a very welcoming venue at the Golden Lion, Rochdale Road, Todmorden. We have room for new members. anyone wanting to come along can contact me or just turn up on the day.
Social History meets for the second time this year in February. We continue to discuss the autobiography of Leslie Halliwell about growing up in Bolton.
Table Tennis & Badminton
Table tennis/ badminton is full at the moment and we have a waiting list. Anyone wishing to be added to the list please contact Ann Priestley.
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 ”
We meet fortnightly at the fire station in Todmorden. Attendance is usually about half a dozen.
We have recently adopted a new format. The first half of the meeting will be spent discussing events of the previous week and then the discussion will move onto the agreed topic.