Author Archives: Andrew Teal

November’s Monthly Meeting

Thursday 16 November 2017, 11:03pm. Greetings to all members; 123 members and 9 visitors attended on a bright winter’s afternoon. We were tight for space, but the refurbishment of Central Methodist Church should be completed within a couple of weeks, … Continue reading

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October’s Monthly Meeting

09:20, 20th October 2017. Good Morning. 109 members attended yesterday’s monthly meeting and were both enlightened and entertained by Sheila Antrobus and her presentation, ‘Check it, don’t Chuck it!’ There were more than 50 antiques, collectibles and curiosities which members … Continue reading

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Greenwode to Gibson to National Trust

by Anthony Peter. On Thursday 21st September U3A Todmorden were lucky to secure the services of Trevor Moody, a National Trust volunteer speaker, to tell us about Gibson Mill and Hardcastle Crags. Trevor gave us a talk that entertainingly embraced … Continue reading

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September’s Monthly Meeting

7pm, 21st September Good Evening Fellow Members, I was asked by the committee to take over as Acting Chairman this month in the absence of both our Chairman, Ernie Rogan and our Vice-Chairman, Gill Radford. Gill was just taking a … Continue reading

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August’s Monthly Meeting

8pm, 17th August Good evening members of U3A Todmorden! 104 members (including six new members) and seven visitors attended our Members’ meeting at the Central Methodist Church this afternoon. Because our Chairman was unexpectedly unable to attend, I (Jean A … Continue reading

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July’s Monthly Meeting

Greetings to all members. We had 111 members, four visitors and four new members present at our AGM and I welcome the members who joined on the day. The committee hope you enjoy your time with U3A Todmorden. The AGM … Continue reading

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Bernard Lockett and Neil Smith enthral U3A Todmorden

by Anthony Peter. May and June have been musical months for U3A Todmorden. In May, members enjoyed the return of Bernard Lockett whose talk focused on the political and social satire of Gilbert and Sullivan. It’s hard to imagine Gilbert … Continue reading

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June’s Monthly Meeting

Report of Members’ Meeting – Thursday June 15th This is not the report of the Chairman, or even the Vice Chairman, as both are on holiday at present and so it fell to me to chair what was an exceptionally … Continue reading

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May’s Monthly Meeting

Greetings to all members. We had over 100 members attending again and I welcome the six new members who joined. Our visitors included two members from the “about to be formed group” from Whitworth, Rochdale and the committee wishes them … Continue reading

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Taken the Mayor’s Day

U3A Chairman Ernie Rogan and Cllr Christine Potter, Mayor of Todmorden.

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April’s Monthly Meeting

Greetings to all members. We had about 130 members attending, but only 88 signed in. It is a “Health and Safety” matter that members sign in for the meeting. I make no apologies for repeating the cartoon, produced by Nick … Continue reading

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Professor Scott Scores a Euro-Hit

by Anthony Peter. Thursday, 20th April saw the return of Professor Derek Scott of Leeds University to Todmorden U3A. Last year we were treated to Orientalism in music; this time we were nearer home, looking at that very peculiar Occidental … Continue reading

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Old Flames and Steamy Memories

by Anthony Peter Granville Dobson was U3A Todmorden’s Guest Speaker at our March meeting, standing in at short notice for the indisposed Alan Hemsworth, whom we had hoped would reveal The Riddle of Humpty Dumpty’. It’s always a bit of … Continue reading

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March’s Monthly Meeting

Members’ meeting report, Thursday 16 March 2017. Greetings to all members. We had a good attendance of about 100 members. Gail gave her group report, which can be found on the website. Committee member Peter Gibson made an excellent suggestion, … Continue reading

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February’s Monthly Meeting

Report of the Members’ meeting held on 16 February 2017 Greetings to all members. We had our best attendance ever with over 150 members at Central. In fact some were so eager they were, literally, banging on the doors. Our … Continue reading

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January’s Monthly Meeting

Chairman’s report on the January 2017 Member’s meeting Greetings to all members. Your committee hopes that this year will be an exciting one for all members, with our three projects. Our Memory Day is now fully booked, with a small … Continue reading

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December’s Monthly Meeting

Chairman’s report on the members’ meeting, 15 December 2016. Greetings to all members. This report will be quite long; some light reading over the festive period. My week started listening to Eric Midwinter, on You and Yours, talking about the … Continue reading

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Newsletter, Winter 2016

Thanks to all members and convenors who have forwarded snippets for your enjoyment in the Winter 2016 Newsletter. Jean Pearson and Keith Coates have assembled all the information in just 5 days, from the initial meeting to the first draft. … Continue reading

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November’s Monthly Meeting

Chairman’s report of the members’ meeting, Thursday 17 November 2016. The committee is grateful for so many members attending on what was, in the morning, promising to be a typical miserable winter’s day. We welcomed committee members from U3A Littleborough … Continue reading

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Masterclass on Gilbert and Sullivan

by Anthony Peter. Though I am not knowledgeable enough to open this report with a Gilbert and Sullivan quotation, I am not so unappreciative of excellence as to fail to remark that Bernard Lockett’s presentation to Todmorden U3A on 20th … Continue reading

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Orientalism – Common Scale Patterns

Here is the document referred to by Professor Scott at the Thursday 21st January 2016 monthly meeting: Orientalism – Common Scale Patterns.

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October’s Monthly Meeting

Chairman’s report of the Members’ meeting, 20 October 2016. Greetings to all members. What an afternoon. 148 members and visitors attended on a warm autumnal day. We had nine new members join U3A Todmorden. Keith Coates, our previous chairman, gave … Continue reading

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September’s Monthly Meeting

Vice Chair’s report of the Members’ meeting, 15th September 2016. Greetings to all members. Two new members joined 87 other members and 11 visitors, on a warm day, for our September meeting. Gill Radford introduced herself as the new Vice … Continue reading

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August’s Monthly Meeting

Chairman’s report members’ meeting 18 August 2016. Greetings to all members. Four new members joined 86 other members and 12 visitors, on a warm day, for our August meeting. Some two dozen members have still not renewed their subscriptions, so … Continue reading

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July’s Monthly Meeting

Chairman’s report members’ meeting 21 July 2016. Greetings to all members. 83 members and visitors decided not to top up on their Vitamin D and attended our July meeting. The first few minutes were dealing with an EGM, at which … Continue reading

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June’s Monthly Meeting

Greetings. The AGM was organised excellently by Keith Coates, the outgoing Chairman, and Marion Kershaw was returned as Secretary, Dinah Kenworthy as Membership Secretary, and Ernie Rogan became Chairman, there being no other nominations. So, I am privileged to be … Continue reading

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Newsletter, Summer 2016

Here is the second issue of the Newsletter. Once again I must thank Jean Pearson for putting it together with assistance from Christine Richmond. Regards, Keith Coates (chairman)

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May’s Monthly Meeting

We had another well attended meeting this afternoon. There were about 130 present, including 4 visitors. Our speaker was Gill Russell, who is the Chairman (the term they use rather than Chair) of the U3A North West Region Executive Committee. … Continue reading

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April’s Monthly Meeting

On yet another glorious day 125 members and visitors were willing to forgo their gardening duties to attend our April meeting. 80 members renewed their subscriptions and I would like to thank committee members and volunteers for their hard work … Continue reading

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Mah Jong

Harriet Appleby; Tel 07773 623655; ha@blurrededges.co.uk Wednesdays, 3pm – 5pm at The Hare & Hounds, Burnley Road, Todmorden, OL14 8EA. Beginners are welcome and if you’re interested, please contact Harriet for more details. We play the U3A British version of the … Continue reading

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Golf for Fun (short six-week course — to be repeated later)

Mike Cook; Tel 07976 402276; mjc@allaby-cook.co.uk Mondays, 10:30 to 12:00 noon, Todmorden Golf Club. After ten weeks of serious coaching the six U3A golfers were deemed fit enough to undergo the rigours of a Championship. Proposed to become a yearly Championship … Continue reading

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March’s Monthly Meeting

Greetings to all. On a glorious St Patrick’s day 102 members and 10 visitors attended our March meeting. U3A Todmorden has now reached the milestone figure of 500 members, in just eight years of activity. However, to sustain this growth, … Continue reading

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February’s Monthly Meeting

Dear Members, We had another well attended meeting at Central Methodists on Thursday last, the 17th February; 122 members and 10 visitors were present. Five new members were recruited, bringing our total membership to 440. Short Talk The meeting started … Continue reading

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German Group

Vicky Jackson; vejx@btinternet.com Weekly, Tuesday afternoons, 2.00 – 4.00pm, Community Room, Todmorden Fire Station The picture shows how one member shared her nation’s American Independence Day celebrations by bringing in a special cake. One of our last sessions was marked by American … Continue reading

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French Improvers (Wednesday Group)

Gill Radford; 01422 886021; gillmradford@btinternet.com I have decided to stop convening the Wednesday French Improvers group. I will be delighted to welcome you to the Monday class instead if you are available. Provisional date to restart French Improvers Group One is … Continue reading

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