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.

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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.

 

 

Mah Jong

Harriet Appleby; Tel 07773 623655; ha@blurrededges.co.uk
Wednesdays, 3pm – 5pm at The Hare & Hounds, Burnley Road, Todmorden, OL14 8EA.

Harriet Appleby; Tel 07773 623655; ha@blurrededges.co.uk
Wednesdays, 3pm – 5pm at The Hare & Hounds, Burnley Road, Todmorden, OL14 8EA.


2018

Our meeting on 21st February was a combined celebration of our 2nd Anniversary and Chinese New Year at the Hare and Hounds, where the chef prepared special Chinese dishes that went down very well. There were 14 of us, a very good Mah Jong number since 14 tiles in various combinations are required to make a winning Mah Jong hand. It was the first time we have played 4 tables and the clatter of tiles might have resembled a café in Shang Hai! Congratulations to John Adamson for his winning submission of a ‘Todanni’ Special Hand that has been added to our list of Special Hand combinations.

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 Needless to say, the following week was a wash out! Most of us were snowed in, so the meeting was cancelled – except for Christmas this year, we’ve played every week since we started..

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The group is nearly 2 years old, with regular weekly attendances of 10 – 12 members.  There are many variations of the winning combinations of 14 tiles out of 144 tiles, so the challenge remains. However experienced the player, it’s a combination of chance and skill, also speed of thought now that we’ve imposed time constrictions on our game!  It’s a game that has many variations of its rules, and we’re beginning to think about how our rules might reflect Tod U3A.

Beginners are welcome and if you’re interested, please contact Harriet for more details. We play the U3A British version of the game.

2017

1st Anniversary Celebration
14 members were able to attend our 1st anniversary lunch followed by some lively exchanges of Mah Jong tiles.

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One of these pictures shows Jean Pearson with her winning hand – that happens to be called ‘Unique Wonder’ – most appropriate and well done, Jean!

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Also shown is our new dragon logo, making her first appearance at our anniversary celebrations.
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Golf for Fun (short ten-week course)

Mike Cook; Tel 07976 402276; michaelcook2016@yahoo.com
Mondays, 10:00 to 12:30 noon, Todmorden Golf Club.

Mike Cook; Tel 07976 402276; michaelcook2016@yahoo.com
Mondays, 10:00 to 12:30 noon, Todmorden Golf Club.


For the coveted Yearly Championship

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The trophy presented by Mike

WINNERS

2016….. Sue Thornton

2017…..Laurence

2018…..John

CHAMPIONSHIP DAY

Weather conditions, hot, very hot.

The “runners and riders” arrived early and were seen using all the practice facilities. We were unfortunately one short, Derek was unable to play so the playing teams were:

First Flight:          10.00     Paul Wear, Howard Jamieson and Ernie Rogan.

Second Flight:    10.15       John Allison and Laurence Massey

The two favorites were Paul and Howard, both started with some steady golf but neither made any outrageous scores unlike one of the later players.

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Laurence tried in vein to retain the trophy but struggled with the heat.

3 people Golf 18

Ernie had his moment but for the life of me I cant remember where!

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So it was left to John who shot 11 of his 17 points on 3 holes to be the winner.

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Well played John.

GOLF STARTS.16th April 2018
Proposal….3 aspects of the game plus a game
Nets for “Long” game….everything is relative!
Top “Chipping Green” for the Short Game
Putting Green.

I’ve got offers from other TGC members to help….

The 4th part is a new idea….Course Management…
We will start by playing 9 holes with 3 clubs plus a putter. CHOOSE YOUR CLUBS CAREFULLY…..RECORD YOUR SCORE…THEN INCREASE THE NUMBER OF CLUBS EACH WEEK……UNDERSTAND YOUR SCORES….
A driver off the fairway is difficult,
A 3/5 wood, Utility Clubs can be played off the teeing ground and the fairway,
A lofted club gets you over problems,
A mid iron gives controllable distance.

From last year’s memories….. we can all get down to the green, well, close to ….. but getting onto the green can be the problem….Putting for 50 feet is not easy, putting when you are on the green is a doddle….make the chip/lob/pitch get onto the green…not necessarily close to the flag….then you can put. One close, two down.

The Captain of Todmorden Golf Club would like to welcome us to the course on the first Monday, so please be there for 10. The intention is to put a photograph into the local paper so we can inspire both U3A and potential Golf Club members to join in our “Fun” game…..We’ve got to knock Laurence off his perch…..

new members can join at any time open to all U3A members

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2017

The Captain of Todmorden Golf Club has been kind enough to allow U3A to use the club facilities “Free of Charge”! So many thanks for giving U3A the chance of using the course.

Please try and secure the use of some clubs, we do have a few that can be used but it will be better if you can bring your own. Golf shoes are preferred but if you don’t have them, walking shoes will do fine at this stage.

We meet in the Club House for a natter and coffee (the machine takes 2 x 50p pieces) first then to the Nets, Chipping and Putting areas. The ideal figure is 6 but we may well have some of last year’s players coming back for “refreshers”.

All welcome, MIXED GOLF..never played  beginners, improvers. 8 to 10 weeks nets and understanding the course followed by U3A Championship.

Previous players welcome to join after the first 4 weeks and to compete for the U3A Trophy if Laurence will let us have it back!

Days are Mondays from 10 to 12.30 at Todmorden Golf Club.

After ten weeks of serious coaching the six U3A golfers were deemed fit enough to undergo the rigours of a Championship.

2017 Yearly Championship

Played on Monday the 10th of July at Todmorden Golf Club, Steve, Howard and John were the first three ball to tee off. Followed by  Ernie, Derek and Laurence. Mike was the course coach and referee for the day.

All bets were on Steve with Howard to come 2nd. No one thought Laurence would have a lightbulb moment on the 6th hole, too late to improve his score on that hole, but the results on the 7th and 8th were a delight to watch. Standing back on the 7th green for 2 he rolled his first putt up to the hole for an easy 4. This was followed by 4 steady 7 irons down the 8th and on to the green. Again 2 putts and he was smiling…….

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U3A Golf Championship  Monday the 11th of July 2017….. So six players will be either three two balls or two three balls, to be decided on the day by consensus…………..So that it won’t take all day we will play it as a Stableford Competition over nine holes. Steve is now a regular player so we will alter his handicap, see below!

Handicaps, John, Derek, Lawrence, Howard and Ernie, 28, Steve, 24, the penalty of being a regular golfer!  I recommend half an hour practice, nets, chipping and putting, so arrive for practice at 10:00, first tee time 10:30, second 10:40, third 10:50 playing off the Yellow Tees.     Todmorden Golf Club are allowing us to use their practice facilities free of charge.
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German Group

Andy Hollis; andy.hollis1@gmail.com
Weekly, Tuesday afternoons, 2.00 – 4.00pm, Community Room, Todmorden Fire Station

Andy Hollis; andy.hollis1@gmail.com
Weekly, Tuesday afternoons, 2.00 – 4.00pm, Community Room, Todmorden Fire Station


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The reason for my absence on 29 May 2018 was that, together with 3 other members of the group, I joined the town twinning trip to celebrate the 40th anniversary of our ‘partnership’. It was a fantastic experience, something to talk about in the subsequent U3A session, before returning to the textbook.

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One particular high spot was Kate Evans’s winning German poetry competition from last January being read out loud by the Buergermeister of Bramsche in front of about 200 people. The Happy Anniversary card it was in showed a black sheep and a white sheep having a friendly tussle. A bit like Yorkshire and Lancashire…

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Vicky Jackson  hands over to Andy Hollis

Sadly we said a very fond farewell to Vicky Jackson who is moving from the area. The vacancy for a new convenor has not arisen as Vicky managed to find a replacement, so I don’t have to do anything accept pass on thanks to Vicky and welcome Andy Hollis.

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The picture shows how one member shared her nation’s American Independence Day celebrations by bringing in a special cake.

One of our sessions was marked by American Independence Day celebrations as one member shared her national day with the group by bringing in a delicious cake decorated as the Stars and Stripes.

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Challenging subordinating conjunctions and the use of sequencing words have enabled members to form longer and more complex sentences.

 


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 Monday 11th September.

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 Monday 11th September.


Please could you amend your diaries accordingly.

As participants of course have other commitments it has meant that sometimes the group has been running with only three attendees. Whilst very pleasant with such amiable language learners I have come to realise I can no longer justify running two groups.

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Tablet Club

Ian Mcadie;  07398682519;  ianmacadie279@gmail.com.(Available to All Members)
First Tuesday in the month. 11.00am – 12.30, Weatherspoons 

Ian Mcadie;  07398682519;  ianmacadie279@gmail.com.(Available to All Members)
First Tuesday in the month. 11.00am – 12.30, Weatherspoons 


Please use the upstairs room and treat yourself to coffee or tea as we use the room free of charge.

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The iPad group continues to attract new members even though the attendance at each meeting is usually small. I continue with the help Myrna and Denise to operate a “surgery” style of group. When a member has the information they want they tend not to attend again.

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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Poetry Enjoyment Group

Lynne Taylor; 01282 411902; lynne.tlr@btinternet.com
11.00-12.30, every fourth Thursday of the month, at Todmorden Library

Lynne Taylor; 01282 411902; lynne.tlr@btinternet.com
11.00-12.30, every fourth Thursday of the month, at Todmorden Library


This group has welcomed two new members this year, and has enjoyed poems on themes including Emotions, Food, Friendship and Summer. Poets discussed have included Louis MacNeice. U A Fanthorpe, R V Bailey, Robert Frost, Pablo Neruda, Sylvia Plath and Raymond Carver. The array of poets and poems chosen never fails to be diverse, and anecdotes abound.

The Poetry Enjoyment Group is a little less formal than the Poetry Appreciation Group. Less analytical.  We bring along a poem to read (not our own), on a theme chosen previously (about half a dozen copies).  We may not be of similar tastes, but we are of like mind, and happy to be open to each other’s choices!

Photography Group

Nigel Plant; 07929 756356; nigelonline@mac.com
2nd & 4th Thursdays of the month, 10.30 – 12.30, Stubbings  Wharf

Nigel Plant; 07929 756356; nigelonline@mac.com
2nd & 4th Thursdays of the month, 10.30 – 12.30, Stubbings  Wharf


For the benefit of several new members, we are going back over the basics. Our first February meeting dealt with exposure in general and in a few weeks time we will focus specifically on the use of aperture. A practical session on Still Life produced lots of enthusiasm and images. P1010193      P1010200                   P1010199

The photo topic for next time is night photography. Preparation is underway for our exhibition in the Todmorden TIC in April.

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2017 saw the group grow in numbers and expand its range of activities. We held practical sessions, visited exhibitions, tested our skills on numerous photo assignments and had a guest speaker who gave us some insight into the world of photography salons. Our exhibition in the Tourist Information Center was a success and we start 2018 with several new members. To avoid clashing with the main U3A monthly meeting we have change our sessions to 2nd and 4th Thursdays.

 

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Before each meeting details of the programe are emailed to group members.

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Poetry Appreciation

Lynne Taylor; 01282 411902; lynne.tlr@btinternet.com
Second Friday of the Month, 11.00am – 12.30pm, Todmorden Library

Lynne Taylor; 01282 411902; lynne.tlr@btinternet.com
Second Friday of the Month, 11.00am – 12.30pm, Todmorden Library


Over the last twelve months the group has continued to enjoy discussing poems on such themes as Reflection, Persuasion, Colour and Memory. We try to choose themes which are open to wide interpretation. Searching is part of the pleasure. The poets brought along to the last meeting for example were Maya Angelou, Lauris Edmund, an Anglo-Saxon poem, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Charlotte Mew, John Milton, Sarah Howe and Zaffar Kunial. As always, an eclectic mix.

Each month we have a theme, chosen at the previous meeting, from which we each choose a published poem, (not our own), and bring about half a dozen copies. Then we read, to some degree analyse, discuss and enjoy. (Or occasionally not, but we do respect one another’s choices and feelings!)

Coffee Club

Jean A Pearson; 01706 813933; pearson382@btinternet.com
1st Monday of Month, 11.00 onwards, The Polished Knob

Jean A Pearson; 01706 813933; pearson382@btinternet.com
1st Monday of Month, 11.00 onwards, The Polished Knob


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Coffee Club meets on the first Monday of every month at about 11 am at the Polished Knob. At present it is only a small, intimate group and we discuss a very wide range of topics. All U3A Todmorden members are welcome to join and we usually sit to the left of the main entrance. The coffee is always absolutely delicious in extremely convivial surroundings.

World Affairs

Peter Baron; 01706 813044; baronps@hotmail.com
Alternate Wednesdays, 2.30pm to 4.00pm, Fire Station community room

Peter Baron; 01706 813044; baronps@hotmail.com
Alternate Wednesdays, 2.30pm to 4.00pm, Fire Station community room


This group meets fortnightly to discuss topics of local, national and international importance. Sometimes a member presents a topic after doing some background research and sometimes a guest speaker comes along to present a topic. Discussion is lively and wide-ranging, but at all times party politics are avoided. The aim of the group is to become better-informed about issues that are currently in the news.

World Affairs Group have lively and interesting sessions, with a good variety of topics, ranging from the world economy and the Euro, through child poverty to the recent non-aligned conference in Iran and the latest on Syria.

Walking

Peter Gibson (ToddyPG@gmail.com) and Bill Griffiths (bill@gryffon.co.uk).
Last Tuesday in the Month.  Available to all members

Peter Gibson (ToddyPG@gmail.com) and Bill Griffiths (bill@gryffon.co.uk).
Last Tuesday in the Month.  Available to all members


If anyone feels they are able to arrange a walk in 2018 please will you contact Peter or Bill.

All welcome, although some experience will be necessary, and there will be provisos about appropriate footwear and clothing (and that dogs will not be allowed). Obtain full details from convenor. Meets last Tuesday of each month Leaders: various. Group members are notified by email before each walk.

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Table Tennis and Badminton

Ann Priestley; pann900@talktalk.net (CONTACT ONLY)
Mondays (term time), 3.00 – 5.00pm, Todmorden Leisure Centre

Ann Priestley; pann900@talktalk.net (CONTACT ONLY)
Mondays (term time), 3.00 – 5.00pm, Todmorden Leisure Centre


A game of badminton

Badminton players in autumn 2014
Badminton players in autumn 2014

We have 3 table tennis and 2 badminton courts available for our enthusiastic group. We are a friendly, mixed ability group who enjoy being active and meeting new people.

Table tennis players in autumn 2014
Table tennis players in autumn 2014

Scrabble 2

Marion Kershaw; 07979624111  todwords@yahoo.co.uk
1st and 3rd Mondays of the month, 1.00 – 2.30, the new venue for Scrabble 2 is the Golden Lion, Fielden Square.

Marion Kershaw; 07979624111  todwords@yahoo.co.uk
1st and 3rd Mondays of the month, 1.00 – 2.30, the new venue for Scrabble 2 is the Golden Lion, Fielden Square.


New members welcome.

The Monday Scrabble group has a new home at the Golden Lion, Rochdale Road, Todmorden.We meet there from 1pm to 3pm on the first, third and fifth Mondays of each month, except for Bank Holiday Mondays. We have room for new members. anyone wanting to come along can contact me or just turn up on the day.

Scrabble 1

Pam Booth; 01706 818729
Alternate Fridays, 2.30 – 4.30 pm, (next 24th August)  Central Methodist

Pam Booth; 01706 818729
Alternate Fridays, 2.30 – 4.30 pm, (next 24th August)  Central Methodist


Our group meets fortnightly to play Scrabble in a friendly and not over-competitive atmosphere. New members welcome.

Science

Tom Williamson; 01706 810016; tom.w16@tiscali.co.uk
2nd and 4th Wednesdays, Fielden Centre, 10.15am

Tom Williamson; 01706 810016; tom.w16@tiscali.co.uk
2nd and 4th Wednesdays, Fielden Centre, 10.15am


“Following a planning meeting we have decided to let the format of future meetings evolve, starting with a member introducing a topic, speaking for about 20 minutes, followed by questions and discussion.”

The Science group first met in Richard White’s living room in Walsden where John Allison showed us the dual nature of light, as it behaves as either a particle or a wave.

In the early days of the group it was the members themselves who made presentations but after the first year we had contributed much of the members experiences.

 It is a general principle of the U3A that the members decide what they want to do.

We had a look at the pros and cons of fracking, as there is still some resistance to the technology and yet the price of petrol has dropped dramatically, due to fracking in America.

 One of our first visits was to the Weir Group in Todmorden where we saw metal being cast and massive pumps manufactured. This was followed by a visit to the Holroyd Works in Milnrow where we saw how spiral gears are made. One highlight was a trip to CERN where we saw the injector for the large hadron collider. This was followed by a visit to Jodrell Bank where a retired member of staff was able to give us some inside information

The U3A has a Resource Centre where groups can borrow materials on their subject.

We have seen and discussed many of their DVDs on science and even clubbed together to buy up to date DVDs to stimulate discussion.

After a period looking at recent developments in nanotechnology the science group is moving back to its roots where members contribute much more.

 Science and technology are still moving very quickly. In our lifetime we have seen the start of television, the development of jet engines, journeys to the moon and beyond. In the last 30 years we have seen the first mobile phone, the home computer and the internet. If you want to know how to work a computer ask your grandchildren! The Science group meets on the second and forth Wednesdays at 10:15 am in the Todmorden Community Resource Centre in “Union Street South”

This photograph shows the group at CERN in front of a museum piece of a Cockcroft Walton voltage doubler, designed by John Cockcroft of Todmorden when he first split the atom with E N Walton. This was one of several visits to places of scientific interest.

Quiz

Myrna Beet; 01706 815458; myrna-cb@tiscali.co.uk
Every fourth Thursday of the month, 10am, Central Methodist Church

Myrna Beet; 01706 815458; myrna-cb@tiscali.co.uk
Every fourth Thursday of the month, 10am, Central Methodist Church


The Quiz Group meet on the 4th Thursday of each month, at The Central Methodist Church, at 10.00 for about 2 hours.

The Quizzes vary each month as they are set by individual members, there is no obligation to set a quiz.

Each quiz compiler provides their own unique quiz, there is no set format. About 60 questions is the average quiz, 2 parts of 30 questions. We have a break for tea, coffee and biscuits in the middle.

Enjoying a session at Central Methodist.

Various types of questions are posed –straight forward questions on any subject, picture questions, dingbats, audio questions about music, recognising peoples voices, recognising poems, local history, cryptic clues and any category the compiler chooses. We like variation.

It is difficult but we try our best to make the quizzes not too hard or specialist.

We do not have set teams. We place the names of members attending, on cards face down and pick random teams of 3\4\5 according to how many people have come.

This allows everyone a chance to be on a winning team sometime throughout the year and lets people meet new members and make new friends.

During the year we have a quiz where everyone brings 4 questions and we have a Combination Quiz which make for a Jacobs Join Quiz with questions not food!! Each person asks their own questions which can be linked on a theme or just random. We also have a quiz base on Trivial Pursuit Question cards. Members are encouraged to make suggestions for new and varied quizzes.

We take it in turns to bring milk and 2 packs of biscuits each session. The charge for the Session is £2 to cover the rent of the room. This is reduced when we get a build up of funds if lots of members attend and occasionally there is a free week.

We want members to enjoy the sessions and have fun as well as exercising their brains. We aim to know some answers, learn new information, swear blind we knew the answer once and that it is somewhere lurking in our failing memory.

The fact that many of our members are long standing suggests that he Quiz Group is a fun and interesting pace to be on the 4th Thursday of each month.

All U3A members are welcome give us a try you may enjoy our quizzes its not University Challenge

The Quiz Group meet on the 4th Thursday of each month, at The Central Methodist Church, at 10.00 for about 2 hours.

The Quizzes vary each month as they are set by individual members, there is no obligation to set a quiz.

Each quiz compiler provides their own unique quiz, there is no set format. About 60 questions is the average quiz, 2 parts of 30 questions. We have a break for tea, coffee and biscuits in the middle.

Various types of questions are posed –straight forward questions on any subject, picture questions, dingbats, audio questions about music, recognising peoples voices, recognising poems, local history, cryptic clues and any category the compiler chooses. We like variation.

It is difficult but we try our best to make the quizzes not too hard or specialist.

We do not have set teams. We place the names of members attending, on cards face down and pick random teams of 3\4\5 according to how many people have come.

This allows everyone a chance to be on a winning team sometime throughout the year and lets people meet new members and make new friends.

During the year we have a quiz where everyone brings 4 questions and we have a Combination Quiz which make for a Jacobs Join Quiz with questions not food!! Each person asks their own questions which can be linked on a theme or just random. We also have a quiz base on Trivial Pursuit Question cards. Members are encouraged to make suggestions for new and varied quizzes.

We take it in turns to bring milk and 2 packs of biscuits each session. The charge for the Session is £2 to cover the rent of the room. This is reduced when we get a build up of funds if lots of members attend and occasionally there is a free week.

We want members to enjoy the sessions and have fun as well as exercising their brains. We aim to know some answers, learn new information, swear blind we knew the answer once and that it is somewhere lurking in our failing memory.

The fact that many of our members are long standing suggests that he Quiz Group is a fun and interesting pace to be on the 4th Thursday of each month.

All U3A members are welcome give us a try you may enjoy our quizzes its not University Challenge

Enjoying a session at Central Methodist.
Not always a serious occasion.

Philosophy

Peter Baron; 01706 813044; baronps@hotmail.com
Alternate Mondays, 10.15am, Central Methodist 

Peter Baron; 01706 813044; baronps@hotmail.com
Alternate Mondays, 10.15am, Central Methodist 


We have a dozen or so active members and the meetings have had a consistent attendance of 8-15. Few of us have any formal education in philosophy but all have a strong interest and want to learn. So far it has not been about promoting one view above any other but wanting to learn what thinkers have thought down the ages and engage in debate  about it.

We have several “special topics” for future meetings – Eastern Philosophies, Multiculturalism, Consciousness, Free Will, etc. We mix “special topics” with a programme of education based on BBC videos. Occasionally we have guest presenters. This is more than enough to keep us going for a few years!!

 

 

Music Appreciation

Richard Pomfret; 01706 839115; richpomf@googlemail.com
Alternate Tuesdays, 10.00am – midday, at Bridgeholme Cricket Club pavilion, Eastwood

Richard Pomfret; 01706 839115; richpomf@googlemail.com
Alternate Tuesdays, 10.00am – midday, at Bridgeholme Cricket Club pavilion, Eastwood


Usually the convenor chooses a theme, and provides CDs for the group to listen to and discuss. Typical themes have been ‘Mixing of old and new’, ‘The saxophone in orchestral music’ ‘Canons and chaconnes’ and ‘Romantic serenades’. It is hoped soon to have a few sessions on ‘Words and music’.

On occasions we have also had ‘Desert Island Discs’ where members have brought along favourite pieces of their own, which they introduce and, if they wish, explain why the music means something special to them.

If you choose to bring music with you to share, that’s good, but there is no obligation to do so.  Although sometimes we might discuss a particular aspect of music, we keep it as non-academic as possible, so previous musical skill or knowledge is not necessary.  We try to learn how to listen, and what to listen for.

New members welcome to join the sessions.

Lunch Club

Gisela Lea-McCann; 01422 843329; gleamccann@aol.com
Please contact Gisela for information and you will then be sent details of the following month’s venue.

Gisela Lea-McCann; 01422 843329; gleamccann@aol.com
Please contact Gisela for information and you will then be sent details of the following month’s venue.


Notice for Lunch Club members:

The numbers of people attending have risen, so that we have between 12 and 20 people attending.  I shall certainly let you know of the next meeting in March as soon as I have details.

Meets monthly at different venues. Our aim is to enjoy good food, make new friends, exchange ideas and have a ‘good natter’ on a wide variety of subjects.

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Social history

Alan Fowler; 01422 842828; alanfowler1944@btinternet.com
3rd Friday in the month, 10.15, TCRC room

Alan Fowler; 01422 842828; alanfowler1944@btinternet.com
3rd Friday in the month, 10.15, TCRC room


Social History Group will be discussing Walter Greenwood ‘s autobiography with reference to the ‘ Great War’ when he began working in a pawnbrokers . The group will continue its reading of autobiography ‘s by reading the life of Neville Cardus who grew up in Manchester .

If anyone wanted to join the Group this might be a good moment. New members are welcome .

Let’s go

Linda Cook; 01706 817254; landcook@talktalk.net (Available to All Members). Various locations, phone Convenor for details.

Linda Cook; 01706 817254; landcook@talktalk.net (Available to All Members). Various locations, phone Convenor for details.


We organise outings every 4 to 6 weeks, with a break over holiday periods. Our group is open to the whole membership and we try to select diverse places of interest so as to appeal to as many people as possible. We usually travel by coach, leaving Todmorden around 9.00/9.30a.m, arriving back approx. 6.00/7.00pm, depending on traffic, but occasionally travel by train. Our trips are announced at the monthly meetings where booking forms are available, and also sent by email around the members group. Bookings are taken on a first come basis.

Wednesday July 18th 2018

HOLKER HALL & GRANGE OVER SANDS VISIT

On a slightly cooler day of late 53 members thoroughly enjoyed a visit to Holker Hall in the Lake District, the private home of Lucy Cavendish and her husband Tor McLaren. The estate is only a short distance from Morecambe Bay with the Lakeland hills in the background.

The house dates from the early 1600 and has passed by inheritance to the present owners. Following a disastrous fire in 1871 the new wing was rebuilt in the neo-Elizabethan Gothic style. There are no ropes or barriers in the house and visitors can wander at leisure. The craftsmanship in the house is superb and the cantilever grand staircase was hand carved by the estate workers with much of the furniture brought from the Chatsworth estate after the fire. Many royal visitors have been entertained here. The views from nearly all of the windows are outstanding. The award winning formal gardens are stunning; the Great Holker Lime was voted one of Britain’s grandest trees with a girth of 7-9 metres.

We departed in the afternoon for a short visit to Grange over Sands where we could have a stroll up the prom and round the duck pond and refreshments before returning home.

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PHOTOGRAPHS to follow

 

Thursday 22 March 2018: Cheshire Falconry

P1020578 (2)Another reasonable day greeted members as we set off to visit the Cheshire Falconry at the Blakemere Village Outlet.

Robert, the expert, who “flew” the birds of prey for us, explained about each in detail; their origins, hunting techniques, and the care needed to keep them in condition. These birds fly for the public for only 6 months in the year, needing to rest and replenish the oils on their feathers. The cutest, and noisiest, was the Barn or Screech Owl: and it did !

After lunch members moved on to the Lion Salt Museum , just a few miles away. This efficiently run establishment had our guides waiting for us, as we arrived. The guides explained in detail about Romans finding salt, the geology of the area and how the industry grew. At its height, there were some 17 salt manufacturers in the area. The industry became so important railway branch lines were laid to carry the finished product away. This Museum has won various awards. The enthusiasm and expertise of the staff was evident.