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  2019

Art Appreciation/History Group

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The next meeting of the group will be on Thursday July 4th at 2 pm at The Fielden Centre.  2019 is the 350th anniversary of Rembrandt’s death so the group will be viewing and discussing the  DVD “Rembrandt, from the National Gallery London and the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam“. This mainly features his later work.  New members are welcome to join the group.  Please contact the convenor for more information.

Art Club

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Our next meeting will take place at 11 am to 1 pm on Tuesday, 2nd July, 2019 at the Fielden Centre, Todmorden. Places are available.

Beginners Modern Greek Group

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The modern Greek class has now finished its meetings, due to holiday commitments etc, for the first part of the year and will re-commence on the last Thursday in September at Hebden bridge town Hall at 11:00 alternate Thursdays. If there are any new members then please contact me on the email address above.

Coffee Club

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Our next gathering takes place on Monday, 1st July, 2019, at about 11 am on the ground floor at the Polished Knob, Todmorden. All members are very welcome.

Concert Party

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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.

Craft Group

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The next meeting of the group will be on Friday June 21st at 10.30 at The Fielden Centre.  We shall be continuing our investigation of Brusho techniques.  At the following session on July 5th Maddie will be explaining pattern drafting. 

Members interested in possibly joining the group should contact the convenor for more information.

Creative Writing

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The group continues to meet and have fun on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at the TCRC rooms. Our themes for July will be: –

“The Debt”         and/or   “On Second Thoughts”.

French Conversation

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Next french conversation group will be next Monday, June 17th, Community Room at the Fire Station.

French: ‘An Improvers Group’

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Only one session in June on 3rd but 3 sessions booked in July on 1st, 15th, 29th after which we will break for summer, restarting on 30th September. 

New members always welcome, especially those wanting to practise their speaking & listening skills!

German Group

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I missed 2 sessions during a break in Orkney, but the Group were fine without me. Aware, however, that we were making only marginal progress, while having fun, we spent 2 sessions entirely on grammar. Horror of horrors! I was surprised, though, how enthusiastic the Group were, especially when dealing with German’s notorious participial phrases. It seems,then, that all the reading we’ve done in order to absorb the language rather than hammering away at grammatical complexities is beginning to have an effect. Next week we’ll reading a comic piece by Kurt Tucholsky on Advice for a Bad Speaker (he shows how to make things worse). 1920s humour. He ends with a virtually incomprehensible ‘sentence’. Let’s hope the Group gets it – the humour of appalling writing/speaking. I think they will.

 Golf for Fun

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The usual suspects have returned this year and Arthur has joined us. Pat starts on Monday coming and we look forward to welcoming her to the tortures of the golf course…..

I’m told I’m in Bill Griffiths bad books because I did not remind him about the start date….Bill, it’s started but you are still welcome to join us.

TGC have been very generous and allowed the U3A golfers to join as Social Members and play golf after the Golf for Fun course finishes at the “Visitors with a Member” green fee…Many thanks to the Captain Keith Lacey for his help with this……….

Let’s Go

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The next Let’s Go trip is on Tuesday 16th July when we will visit Erdigg near Wrexham. Please contact Linda Cook on 01706 817254 or email landcook@talktalk.net for further information. 

Lunch Club

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(details always emailed to members. If you want to join the group please contact the convenor) 

All bookings should be made to this month’s organisers who are Keith and Wendy Coates. Contact Keith at k.coates994@gmail.com

Keith has arranged the July Lunch on Wednesday July 17 at 12 30 at The Green Door in Littleborough.

The address is 122 New Road Littleborough OL15 8NL.  It is on the main road to Rochdale.

Click The Green Door Restaurant to view the restaurant’s website.

Keith will send copies of the menu to those coming in due course.

There are currently 62 Lunch club members and there is no limit to further U3A members joining. There may  however be limits for meetings set by the venues chosen so early booking is recommended.

(Equally if anyone is no longer wishes to be in the Lunch Club then let the Conveners know and they will no longer receive the emails!)

Mah Jong

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We plan to continue to meet during the summer, last year some of our members welcomed a break from the sun; this year, needless to say, we are comfortably cool.

We now have 20+ members, and new members, including beginners, are still welcome.  If you’re interested, please contact Harriet [ha@blurrededges.co.uk ] for more details about how you may join us. (Please note ….meets…. 3pm until 5pm)

Music

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We continue to meet on alternate Tuesdays from 10 till 12. With a regular attendance of four we are at present meeting at my house (59, Well Lane, Todmorden).  In the warmer months we have been able to meet in Bridgeholme Cricket Club Pavilion, but we’ve opted for comfort during the winter!

Members bring their own recordings to share – most of it is what would e thought of as ‘classical’ music, but we interpret that pretty freely.

We’d welcome new members, though if we got up to eight we might get a bit short of room.  Also it’s impossible to park anywhere close to the house.  Ring me on 01706 839115 if you’re thinking of coming along, and I’ll tell you how to get there.

Novel Appreciation

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We had a cracking meeting discussing ‘North and South’ by Elizabeth Gaskell. We covered topics including reconciliation, industrial relations, the 39 Articles of the Church of England, Household Words and serialisation, aspects of motherhood, relations between men and women, melodrama and sentimentality, unrealistically romantic endings in which virtue rewarded supersedes the relative realism of the novel, jealousy, speculation, strikes, and, of course, notions of northness and southness.

We might have given more time to the novel’s literary qualities – style, structure, characterization – but since it is a text made to challenge our social prejudices as well as entertain, we at least did it thematic justice.

And The Honest John does a very good afternoon tea.

On 1st July we will meet in Todmorden Library at 2.00 to discuss ‘Waterland’ by Graham Swift.

 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.

This group is now full…………………..

Opera Appreciation

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We had a most enjoyable, entertaining and instructive

afternoon in June with Professor Derek Scott from the University of Leeds. This was a departure from our usual afternoons where we watch a DVD of a whole opera. He gave a presentation on operetta and early films based on operettas from the 1930s. We watched some clips from The Smiling Lieutenant with Maurice Chevalier and from a British film about Johann Strauss senior and junior and the composition of the Blue Danube directed by Alfred Hitchcock.We learnt about transcreationism and diagesis!

Our next meeting is on July 9th at 1.15pm in the upstairs room of the Stubbing Wharf Pub Hebden Bridge. Keith Coates will be convening the meeting. New members are welcome. No prior knowledge of opera required. Please contact Keith Coates or Sue Nightingale if you are interested in joining us.

Photography

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In May the photography group looked at the focus options provided on modern digital camera and found out how to print our own greetings cards. Our photo topics were “Humour” and “Youth”. This month we will delve into the world of filters and photograph “Random Situations”.

Photography Group Two

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Our meeting are usually on the 2nd Tuesday/monthly. We will be at Todmorden Fire Station Community Room. No new information

Poetry Appreciation

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This month’s subject was ‘prom’ which most of us broadened to ‘to promenade’. Poems involving walking we eventually sourced . . . A leisurely meeting with two apologies, so lots of time to discuss. Next month’s meeting will be on 12th July, with poems on the theme of ‘colour’.

Poetry Enjoyment

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Last month’s theme was ‘anger’ or poems of your own choice. The angry poems were concerning justifiable anger, some very powerful, while the personal choice poems were of a contrastingly lighter nature, so a good balance. Some really excellent poems. It felt to be a very full meeting in many ways. The next meeting will be on th 27th June, with poems on the theme of ‘observation’.
 

Practical Art

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We have been concentrating on flowers for the last few sessions. The first meeting’s subject was painting a rose in Watercolour, the second bluebells in oil pastels and then a tropical still life in acrylics or oil pastels. We shall be looking at the technique of cropping a photograph to help In composition in this week’s session.

Psychology

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5 members met and had a productive and lively discussion about the psychology of death.

We meet again on 2nd July.

Quiz Group

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The next Quiz is on Thursday 27th June at 10.00 in the Central Methodist. Our group membership is full at the moment. 

Readers Group (3 Valley Readers)

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Three Valleys Readers will meet at Fire Station Community Room from now on.

Science Group

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 We have now seen the first seven lectures from the plant science course, and have reached lecture 20 in the great structures course. In the two meetings in the coming month we will learn about the versatility of modern concrete and strength from curvature. We will also study photosynthesis in plants and days and years in the life of plants. There are only five lectures remaining in the structures course and a list of suggested new topics has been circulated to the group members for comment. As a result a course on neuroscience has been purchased and will probably begin in September.

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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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

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The group will have a final look at the autobiography of Margaret Penn her view on religion in the chapter on ‘Sunday ‘ . Next month the group will discuss the autobiography of Sam Bamford and the events around Peterloo.

Table Tennis & Badminton

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Table tennis/ badminton is full at the moment and we have a waiting list. Anyone wishing to be added to the list please contact Ernie Rogan; 01706 812015 arlineandernie@tiscali.co.uk

Sandra Lambshead, Convenor, and Ernie Rogan, On Line Contact.

Tablet Club

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 We meet the first Tuesday in the month members are contacted before the next meeting.
The next  iPad group meeting is on the 4th June. 
 
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 held our mid summer meeting last Friday night at Heatherlow hoping to enjoy an al fresco tasting on our patio. Unfortunately the weather beat us again and we had to hold it indoors. We tasted our usual four wines. White wine from Italy and Moldova, red from Italy and Australia. Our next meeting is on Friday July 12.

World Affairs

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No new information. Please contact convenor for information.
 
 

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