Old English

Emily Watnick; emilywatnick@gmail.com
Please email Emily for details of this group.

Emily Watnick; emilywatnick@gmail.com
Please email Emily for details of this group.


The group started in June, and we are now a group of 11 meeting twice a month trying to get to grips with the language of the Anglo-Saxons. We reached Chapter 9 of our textbook at the year end, and have also been helped by the various resources available on the Internet, particularly the videos produced by Leofwin and Cefin. It’s been interesting to see the connections between Old English, modern English, and also other northern European languages. We’re all finding it a challenge but a good workout for the brain – and are just all glad that we won’t have to go out and order dinner in Old English!
Emily has suggested that any ‘new to group’ members should contact her, and obtain the ‘work book’ the group are working from. New members will have to catch up by reading the ‘work book’ before joining the group.

Craft

Mary Findon; 01706 814022; w.m.findon@btinternet.com
Alternate Fridays, 10.30am – 1.00pm, Fielden Centre  

Mary Findon; 01706 814022; w.m.findon@btinternet.com
Alternate Fridays, 10.30am – 1.00pm, Fielden Centre  


The group’s very friendly- do consider joining us!

Summery of Activities 2017

The group met every second Friday morning throughout the year (excluding Easter and Christmas).  Each year it usually has group projects in addition to its regular sessions.  This year there were two.   The group was asked to make Todmorden’s contribution to the national banner of the ‘Walkers are Welcome Towns’.  The completed panel was presented to the local group for incorporation into the national banner which was displayed at Todmorden Library before going to the annual conference of Walkers are Welcome Towns.  The banner with our contribution will continue to be exhibited at future national conferences.

U3A Craft Group and Todwalkers Chair (600 x 400)

For the second project the group made 75+ dresses.  Initially it was planned that these would go to the international ‘Dress a Girl’ project.  However eventually they were taken by three local contacts and were distributed overseas.u3a craft group pile of dresses u3a craft group dress production

The remainder of the year was devoted to learning new techniques and developing skills.  There were several sessions which involved recycling: – shabby chic bottles, bowls made from magazines, boxes made from playing cards.  Techniques new to many of the group were introduced- quilling, ribbon braiding, decoupage, the use of heat on novel materials and to make organza flowers, making garden hangings and mosaic making. The group was introduced to the delights of using Brusho by a former group member Jean Pearson.

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Gift items such as a decorated candle with a box, pompom creatures and mesh bracelets were made as were bags filled with lavender brought by a group member from her French garden.  We returned to card-making to produce cards using paper cut techniques and some based on butterflies.  In addition we revisited felt making and encaustic art.

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The craft group meets every other Friday at 10.30 in the Fielden Centre,large and well-appointed enough to host 20-25 people at each meeting. The crafts we try (writes member Jennie Coleman) are very varied, and in the best traditions of the U3A many of our sessions are run by our members sharing their skills, besides occasional outside experts. Recent sessions have included silk painting, making decorated boxes, a session covering basic embroidery stitches and a very stimulating session on the use of colour.  In the near future will be bobbin lace, introduction to spinning and making ‘dammit dolls’!

The group’s very friendly and as well as concentrating on our craft topic we also take the opportunity to share chat over a cup of tea or coffee and a biscuit. While there are some skilled crafters in the group many of us are happy beginners in one thing or another; the emphasis is on trying something new and having fun in a very supportive atmosphere.

There is space for more members – do consider joining us!

Picture by Mary Findon

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This group enjoys a variety of activities including:

Silk painting, Felt making,

Making African Dresses for  children, (see below)

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Pictures above by Gail Allaby

 Programme 2017

 

12-May-17 Mosaic Margarete
26-May-17 Decoupage Linda
09-Jun-17
23-Jun-17 Garden Hangings Margarete
07-Jul-17 Brusho Jean
21-Jul-17
04-Aug-17
18-Aug-17
01-Sep-17 Tyvek and Luradur Jane and Mary
15-Sep-17 Encaustic Art Sue H
29-Sep-17 Mesh Seed Beed bracelet Mary
13-Oct-17
27-Oct-17 Quilling Irene
10-Nov-17 Christmas Knick Knacks + Choc Envel Holder Linda +others inc Ann Mag
24-Nov-17
08-Dec-17 Party +
22-Dec-17 Christmas No session
05-Jan-18
Possible other sessions- dates to be arranged
Pop up cards Sheila U and Irene
Tray for sewing bits Linda
Transfer paints Wendy
Decorated Candles Jane
Angelina etc Mary
Butterfly card Sheils U and Ann M

Wine Appreciation Group

Roger Howard; 01706 815166; jroger.howard@btinternet.com.
Fridays in the upstairs room at the Fielden Centre. Please contact Roger for the next tasting in good time, so he can make sure there is enough wine for every one.

Roger Howard; 01706 815166; jroger.howard@btinternet.com.
Fridays in the upstairs room at the Fielden Centre. Please contact Roger for the next tasting in good time, so he can make sure there is enough wine for every one.


We held our first wine appreciation evening on Friday 25 November, we tasted three wines, one each from Europe, Africa and South America. Ten people attended. We are holding our next tasting on Friday January 13 in the upstairs room at the Fielden Centre, when we will taste three wines from Portugal. Will any new member wishing to attend please email Roger Howard at jroger.howard@btinternet.com. Attendance has to be RSVP in good time so we can make sure there is enough wine for every one.

 

 

Beginners Modern Greek

Ron Tapsell: 07930020418 rontapsall@hotmail.co.uk
Alternative Thursdays. 11 a.m.  Saltonstall room Hebden Bridge Town Hall.

Ron Tapsell: 07930020418 rontapsall@hotmail.co.uk
Alternative Thursdays. 11 a.m.  Saltonstall room Hebden Bridge Town Hall.


The Beginners Modern Greek group will meet on alternative Thursdays at 11 a.m. in the Saltonstall room in Hebden Bridge town hall commencing on February 8th for the next 10 weeks.

Opera Appreciation Group

Sue Nightingale; 01706815166; suenightingale@btinternet.com
Stubbing Wharf at 1pm to 4:30, monthly on second Tuesday of the month.

Sue Nightingale; 01706815166; suenightingale@btinternet.com
Stubbing Wharf at 1pm to 4:30, monthly on second Tuesday of the month.


The Opera Appreciation group began 2017  by completing our challenging series of 20th century operas and attempting to understand atonality. In complete contrast Keith Coates lead the group for two Italian operas.We moved on to Mozart with his free flowing tunes and amazing creative energy. We then watched a 21st century opera by our own Todmorden composer Tim Benjamin who joined us to introduce it .We commenced a season of Russian opera. Again we have mixed some very well known and loved  opera like Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin with the less often performed Ruslan and Ludmila by Glinka. We have also had  excellent presentations by members Mike Benton  on Mozart and Wendy and Keith Coates on Tchaikovsky. Audrey Locksley  played us some favourite arias and Susan Benton provided us with an opera crossword! We started 2018 with a New Year lunch at the Stubbings and viewing of Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov. Keith has kindly agreed to convene the group for February and March as last year.

Reader Group (3 Valley Readers)

Caroline Pinder ; 07960339037; cspinder@btinternet.com.
Please contact Caroline for time and venue

Caroline Pinder ; 07960339037; cspinder@btinternet.com.
Please contact Caroline for time and venue


Below is the up to date reading list for the year. We will be discussing The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai on Wednesday 1st August, 1.00 to 3.00, upstairs at Wetherspoons.

If you would like a library copy of this book, please collect one from Tod Library and let me know. If you have a library copy of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, please return it to Tod Library, again, can you email to me when you have, so we can keep track of the books.

From April 2018

 

Pick up at August 2018 meeting to be discussed at September meeting

Jenny Diski –   Skating to Antartica

 

Pick up at Sept 2018 meeting to be discussed at Oct meeting

Margaret Drabble –  The Pattern in the Carpet

 

Pick up at Oct 2018 meeting to be discussed at Nov meeting

Kate Grenville  – The Secret River

 

Pick up at November 2018 meeting to be discussed at December meeting

Victoria Hislop –  The Return

 

Pick up at December 2018 meeting to be discussed at Jan 2019 meeting

Toni Morrison   Beloved

 

Pick up at Jan 2019 meeting to be discussed at February meeting

Roma Tearne      The Swimmer

 

Pick up at Feb 2019 meeting to be discussed at March meeting

Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche   The Thing Around Your Neck

 

Pick up at March 2019 meeting to be discussed at April meeting

Harry Thompson   This Thing of Darkness 

 

Pick up at April 2019 meeting to be discussed at May meeting

Anthony Trollope   The Warden

 

Pick up at May 2019 meeting to be discussed at June meeting

Jeanette Winterson   Gut Symmetries

 

Pick up at June 2019 meeting to be discussed at July meeting

Doris Lessing    The Golden Notebook


 

 

 

 

French Improvers (Monday Group)

Gill Radford; 01422 886021; gillmradford@btinternet.com
1.00 – 3.00 pm, every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month, Fielden Centre upstairs room.

Gill Radford; 01422 886021; gillmradford@btinternet.com
1.00 – 3.00 pm, every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month, Fielden Centre upstairs room.


As explained in the French Improver’s showcase at the December members monthly meeting, these sessions focus strongly on speaking & listening skills. The group started as a revision session to give members confidence for coping with Anne Foster’s French conversation group. Although some have been brave enough to venture onwards, most people do tend to stay put!

The sessions this year have frequently used verbs as the starting point. We have used verb tables and practised perfect & imperfect verb tenses. We have talked about what we do routinely as well as what we & others used to do when we were young(er)!

We have learnt phrases for telling others about our favourite leisure activities and sharing opinions. We have listened to French people giving reasons for preferring one thing rather than another then joined in ourselves with our reasons for preferring red wine or white, pizza or pasta, theatre or cinema – all very essential conversation skills!

As the holiday season approached it seemed wise to study and practise more formal conversations to do with health & well being, should the need arise for asking for advice at the Chemist or Doctor’s surgery.

After the summer break we discussed what we had been up to in the interim, often to do with visiting family, going on holiday or moving house.

Towards the end of the year we again focussed on infinitive verbs and their usefulness in expressing what we want to do, have to do, can do as well as what we’re going to do.


Novel Appreciation

Anthony Peter; 01706 551998; antpeter51@yahoo.co.uk
‘From January 2019, usually 1st Monday of the month, Todmorden Library, 2pm to 3.30pm’ ?

Anthony Peter; 01706 551998; antpeter51@yahoo.co.uk
‘From January 2019, usually 1st Monday of the month, Todmorden Library, 2pm to 3.30pm’


If you are interested in joining the group, please contact Anthony Peter.

Novel Appreciation sets out to discuss mostly challenging novels, ancient and modern, from a moderately literary point of view.  We are concerned with the questions ‘What distinguishes a good novel from a less good novel?’ and ‘From what critical point of view might it be interesting to consider this novel?’  Having said which, we are not highbrow or professorial, though we are interested in a certain amount of analysis of the text.

The group is limited to 12 members:  if everyone turns up, we can manage a discussion at which everyone can have a say; and if several people cannot come, there are enough left to make the meeting work well.

We consider a range of texts: for example, ‘Villette’, ‘Restoration’, ‘The Inheritance of Loss’, ‘The God of Small Things’, ‘The Pickwick Papers’, ‘Mrs Dalloway’ and ‘I Like it Here’.  We take it in turn to suggest a novel, and although we try to draw them from the sets that are available through Calderdale Libraries, we also choose ones that require us to provide our own copies.

We meet usually on the first Monday of the month in Todmorden Library from 11.00 until 12.30.  The date can vary as we have to make sure we don’t clash with Philosophy, and Bank Holidays (when the Library is shut) require an alteration to routine.  Some people like to go to lunch together after the meeting, and this is arranged month by month.

We have had two new members join recently, so we now have our complement. This means, I’m afraid, that I will have to start a waiting list for anyone who wants to join in the future.  Don’t let that put you off asking:  it may be that there will be scope for a second group.

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Photography Group 2

Ernie Rogan; 01706 812015 arlineandernie@tiscali.co.uk
Every third Tuesday, Fire Station Community Room

Ernie Rogan; 01706 812015 arlineandernie@tiscali.co.uk
Every third Tuesday, Fire Station Community Room


This will be a beginners group and all members will be learning together. Please bring your cameras.

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Art Club

Jean A Pearson; 01706 813933; pearson382@btinternet.com
Alternate Tuesdays, 10.30 am – 1.00pm, the Fielden Centre

Jean A Pearson; 01706 813933; pearson382@btinternet.com
Alternate Tuesdays, 10.30 am – 1.00pm, the Fielden Centre


Sandwiches enjoyed on the Art Club summer trip

Members are all very enthusiastic and have a wide range of artistic interests and abilities.Meetings are based on the idea of a workshop/studio situation and we focus on self-exploration and shared ideas.

More sandwiches!

Whilst we each set and develop our individual goals we do not work in isolation – even though it is not a taught group – and thus we all learn a great deal from each other.

Plodding along in a happy way ………………………….

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