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The latest news from the Todmorden U3A

August monthly meeting

Members at the meeting this afternoon enjoyed an informative and amusing talk by David Bell on some aspects of medical treatment in the seventeenth century. David, with a wide variety of visual aids including a blow-up doll dressed as Samuel … Continue reading

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Chairman’s report to 2018 AGM (Ernie Rogan’s farewell)

(Chairman’s Annual Report 2017/2018. For the AGM 19 July 2018) The financial year started with just 500 members and we now stand at 533, with about 100 still to pay their subscriptions. This is a slightly better percentage than last … Continue reading

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“I’ll Put My Mind to Anything”

U3A Todmorden heard a cracking talk from Allan Shalks on Thursday, June 21st. Enigmatically titled ‘My Interesting Life’, that’s just what it turned out to be. Inspired by his grandchildren urging him to write an autobiography, Allan has started his … Continue reading

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Happy 10th Anniversary, U3A Todmorden!

On Thursday, May 17th, U3A Todmorden met to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its first members’ monthly meeting. We were honoured by the attendance of Cllr Christine Potter, Mayor of Todmorden, and her consort, and representatives from our U3A cluster … Continue reading

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April’s monthly meeting

Members meeting 19 April 2018. Greetings to all members. A sweltering day and the committee expected a smaller than usual attendance. However 132 members and visitors gave up gardening duties to attend. Of these 103 paid their subscriptions by cash … Continue reading

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March’s monthly meeting

Greetings to all members. Another full house. It is very heartening for the committee, our Speaker Finder Peter Carrigan,  and our speakers to see so many members attending. Our guests were Mrs Kate Moreton-Deakin, one of the Deputy Lord Lieutenants … Continue reading

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February’s Monthly Meeting

Greetings to all members. Another full house. All our usual chairs were used and the reserve wooden chairs had to be brought out, for the late comers. Our guests were Cllr Pat Fraser, Mayor of Hebden Royd, and her Consort, … Continue reading

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Nemesis – Directrix and Retributress

by Anthony Peter. On Thursday, 18th January, U3A Todmorden’s monthly meeting’s guest speaker was Dr Emma Stafford, a Senior Lecturer in Classics at Leeds University and author of the guidebook to Todmorden Town Hall. Her subject was the Greek goddess, … Continue reading

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January’s Monthly Meeting

20/01/18 15:22 Greetings to all members and, on behalf of the committee, Happy New Year to all those who could not attend. We had a good turn out, considering the poor weather, and, excitingly, 11 new members joined! We would … Continue reading

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December’s Monthly Meeting

23/12/17 15:15. Greetings to all members. 112 members and guests, including one very recent new member, attended our informal December meeting. If it was not possible for you to be there, well, you missed a most memorable and entertaining afternoon. … Continue reading

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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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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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