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Monthly Meeting: Back Issues

Back Issues The last meeting of U3A Todmorden involved members in more physical activity than is usual at its monthly meetings. They were encouraged by their guest speaker, Lynne Midwinter, to try out exercises as part of her talk on … Continue reading

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India: extremes and contrasts

If members and guests attending the May Todmorden U3A general meeting expected Sally Pulvertuft’s talk on India – Extremes and Contrasts to be traveller’s tales accompanied by a plethora of photographs, they were soon disabused. There were a few photos … Continue reading

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Chairman’s report June 2015

Today we had two meetings. Annual General Meeting The AGM was held before the normal general meeting. The Minutes of last year`s meeting were approved and the Annual Report and Accounts for 2014-15 were approved. It was reported that there … Continue reading

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Summat a Nowt

Members of Todmorden U3A were presented with a different format when the main speaker was introduced at their April general meeting. Peter Carrigan, U3A’s speaker finder, interviewed Steve Murty about the history of Upper Calder Valley, a presentation entitled Summat … Continue reading

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‘My convict ancestors’

Todmorden U3A member Sue Hayter made no apologies for having convict ancestors when she spoke at the March general meeting, in a talk entitled My Convict Ancestors – A Genealogical Journey. The story, a detailed and fascinating one, revolved around … Continue reading

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Barbara Lewis: A little about Todmorden

A little about Todmorden:

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Chairman’s Report: February 2015

Dear Members At our meeting on Thursday we had the highest ever attendance of 141 (128 members and 13 visitors) .Four new members joined which brings our total membership to 400. For the first time for some months we had … Continue reading

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Magna Carta resource page

This is the resources page for the U3A Todmorden Magna Carta group. We met January to April 2015, the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta.  Our co-convenor Jean Pearson’s report on what we did is attached here. … Continue reading

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Festive fun with Punch and Judy

It was Festive Fun, accompanied by liquid punch, mince pies and shortbread biscuits, at the December Todmorden U3A general meeting with Mad Hatter Illuminations, aka Maurice Heath and Judy Heath, topping the bill. Before putting on a Punch and Judy … Continue reading

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Christmas meeting: Acting Chairman’s report

What a splendid afternoon – full of interest and excitement. We gave our thanks to Alison Greenwood and all the refreshment volunteers for a special start to our meeting. We also thanked Anne Crane for arranging all our guest speakers … Continue reading

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Next meeting 18th December

Next Thursday, December 18th it’s the U3A Tod Christmas meeting at Central Methodists – featuring a Punch and Judy Show on the theme of Dickens’ Christmas Carol and a Quiz with a PRIZE for the winners. Plus seasonal refreshments –not … Continue reading

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Tykes and le Tour

Yorkshire has a long history of leading racing cyclists and can boast an exceptional world champion in the person of Beryl Burton. Mike Darke a native of the Potteries, spoke as enthusiastically about them as any true born Yorkie when … Continue reading

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Misgivings and the joy of canals

Misgivings, was what Todmorden Mayor, Michael Gill felt, when contemplating the title of the talk due to be given at the October Todmorden U3A general meeting. Michael was a guest of the U3A, where the speaker was Diana Monahan on … Continue reading

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Next meeting November 20th

U3a member Mike Darke will be talking about Yorkies and le Tour de France.  As ever, 1:45 for a 2:00 start at the Central Methodists in Todmorden.

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Chairman’s Report October 2014

Dear Members Last Thursday there was a record attendance of 136 (125 members and 11 visitors) for the monthly meeting . In addition we were pleased to welcome the Mayor of Todmorden, Cll. Michael Gill. That large number were treated … Continue reading

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Next meeting October 16th

The Mayor of Tod Michael Gill is coming…are you? Our next General Meeting is on Thursday ,October 16th, when the speaker will be Diana Monahan talking about ‘Canals in my life’. Hebden Bridge-based Diana has appeared on TV in ‘Great … Continue reading

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From singing with Pavarotti to…

In addressing the September general meeting of Todmorden U3A, National U3A Chairman, Barbara Lewis, gave her audience a teaser. “I’m going to tell you three things about myself, two of which are false. I’m going to leave you to guess … Continue reading

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Coffee morning September 2014

Here’s an excellent survey of displays by most of our groups for the visitor to our coffee morning in September 2014.  Spot Barbara Lewis, national Chairman, amid the throng.  (Thanks to Gail Allaby for the video)

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Chairman’s Report September 2014

Dear Members We had busy day on Thursday with the Coffee Morning in the morning and General Meeting in the afternoon. Coffee Morning: see the video of coffee morning There were very impressive displays by Special Interest groups which, I … Continue reading

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Next meeting 18 Sept 2014 and coffee morning

General Meeting The next General Meeting is on Thursday, 18th September when the speaker will be U3A National Chairman, Barbara Lewis. The title of Barbara’s talk is “U3A and Me and U3A and you”. We are promised this will be … Continue reading

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No one to fall back on: August 2014 meeting

Todmorden writer Henrietta Bond declared herself passionate about her subject to her audience at the August general meeting of Todmorden U3A; the plight of young people leaving care – the subtitle of her talk, No-One to Fall Back On. Henrietta … Continue reading

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Chairman’s Report August 2014

The guest speaker at Thursday’s meeting was Henrietta Bond who spoke about the problems of young people leaving care. Henrietta has spent many years studying and writing about the problems of care leavers. She clearly feels strongly about the issue … Continue reading

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Next meeting August 21st 2014

The next General Meeting is on Thursday, August 21st when the speaker will be Henrietta Bond, talking about “No one to fall back on” –The plight of young people leaving care. Read about Henrietta’s extensive experience at www.henriettabond.com . The … Continue reading

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Crafty with it

U3A Todmorden isn’t just about monthly talks and the ever-popular Let’s Go group that tours the area and beyond. We also have more than twenty interest groups meeting regularly. Like the craft group, for instance, that meets every other Friday … Continue reading

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Flight to Recovery: the work of Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Lynne Copley was a teacher in Huddersfield when someone rushed into the staff room one day to say a young student had been badly hurt. Rushing out, she found that a 14-year-old pupil had somehow dashed into the road, fallen, … Continue reading

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Global corruption: a talk to the World Affairs group

A gorgeously sunny afternoon in Todmorden (now how often can you say that?) didn’t deter U3A members from providing a full house at Roomfield Baptist Church for Laurence Cockcroft’s talk to the World Affairs group. Laurence, a Todmordian by birth, … Continue reading

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Bowes Museum videos 2014

Here are three videos of our Let’s Go visit to Bowes Museum in 2014 by Gail Allaby. …and a dedicated set of followers of fashion…

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Vulcan XH558 trip

Because of the on going flying programme, Ernie Rogan has only been able to arrange an autumn date for the visit. Thursday 9 October for the 11:00 presentation. Would interested members please contact Ernie via email only, click here to … Continue reading

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Life in La Serenissima

Members at the June general meeting of Todmorden U3A were treated to more than a glimpse of life in Venice for Kathryn Ogden, who winters there every year. Life in La Serenissima – most serene – was the subtitle of … Continue reading

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Annual General Meeting 19 June 2014: Chairman’s report

Each month, at our members’ meetings, there have been comprehensive reports about current and future developments. These reports have also been circulated to our members either by email or through the post and they always appear on our website. Since … Continue reading

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Next meeting June 19th 2014

Next Thursday – 19th June, 2014 – we will be holding our Annual General Meeting as you know and our guest speaker will be Kathryn Ogden who will give her talk entitled ‘A Venetian Experience’ – (Life in La Serenissima).   … Continue reading

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Blackwell House (Let’s Go)

43 members of U3A Todmorden Let’s Go group recently travelled to the Lake District to visit one of Britain’s finest Arts & Crafts houses, Blackwell House. The house was designed and built by the architect M H Baillie Scott as … Continue reading

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Chernobyl Children: a heart-warming talk

Mai Chatham gave a very heart-warming talk to those attending the May general meeting of Todmorden University of the Third Age members. She spoke about the work of Chernobyl Children’s Project, set up to support children in Belarus who had … Continue reading

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Chairman’s report May 2014

What a wonderful talk we’ve enjoyed this afternoon by Mai Chatham about the Chernobyl Children’s Project. Mai provided lots of interesting information about the aftermath of that terrible disaster and the National Charity supporting the sufferers. She took questions and … Continue reading

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Next meeting 15 May 2014

Our next meeting starts at the slightly earlier time of 1:15 to give everyone time to pay their subs! Our speaker this month will be Mai Chatham of the amazing Chernobyl Chyildren’s Project.  Read about them here: http://www.chernobyl-children.org.uk/  

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