Special interest groups: latest report

Here is current information about our Special Interest Groups: what went on last time, what is coming up, etc.

This is a list of all our Groups.

March 2020

Our Face book page (U3A Todmorden) has some ideas for activities we can use to ward off the boredom of the foreseeable future.

Take care. Be safe. Stay at HOME

Art Appreciation/History

April/May cancelled. Review May

Art Club

  Art Club sessions suspended

We all enjoy our sessions which always include lots of chatting and being up close and personal!!
We can easily do our art at home but this might be a rather lonely activity because we all like to share ideas and techniques. So let’s keep in touch by email or by phone.
When you’ve finished your cityscape feel free to take a photo or scan it and email it to me with any comments and I can then forward it to our email members via the Beacon system. I’ll set another project shortly for us to work on!
Please look after yourselves and others and I look forward to our next merry meeting when everything has improved.

Beginners Modern Greek Group

sessions suspended

Classic Literature Group

April/May cancelled sessions suspended

I contacted group members who decided to postpone Classic Literature Group meetings in line with government advice. In any case, I saw on Facebook this morning that Honest John’s (our venue) is closing for the time being. I have gone on Beacon and amended the information accordingly but seem to have managed to erase the whole entry. I hope that we will be able to reinstall the entry in happier times when the pandemic is over if there is still enough interest in the group.

Coffee Club

sessions suspended

The next meeting is scheduled for about 11 am on Monday, 30th March, 2020, at Honest John’s, Todmorden. 

Concert Party

sessions suspended

  As we are such a small group, and Joyce Jack and myself are extremely vulnerable

We are putting rehearsals on hold for a few weeks,don’t like the idea but it is the sensible thing to do.’

Craft Group

sessions suspended

Although the group voted to keep the sessions going even amid the trials of the Corvid-19 virus things have changed so quickly that the group’s sessions will now be cancelled until further notice.  The latest government advice that the over 70’s should self-isolate and the increasing of the recommended minimum interpersonal distance to 2 metres would be problem for the group.

I have been trying to come up with ways of the group keeping in touch and supporting each other without breaching data protection rules.  I know that some of you are in touch with each other via emails as you have set these up a personal arrangement but this does not allow all of us to be in touch. I have contact with all of you via Beacon so I am offering to circulate to all group members any information that you might like to share with the rest of the group.  I had in mind things like photos of things you have made whilst the group isn’t meeting, ideas for things that we might do, links to things on the internet that might be of interest.   Please let me know if you think that this is a good idea.  Of course any items that you have for inclusion will be gratefully received. 

Creative Writing

sessions suspended

The themes for April are: –

“Not to be sneezed at”                 and/or            “Isolation”

Crown Green Bowling

sessions suspended

Hello again to Bowlers. We might have been all ready for the new season, commencing Weds April 1st, with freshly polished bowls etc., but we now have Covid-19 as a playing partner too!

Government advice seems to be suggesting that we should increasingly focus upon self-isolation in an effort to “flatten the curve” of infection numbers during the epidemic. Therefore until the situation changes, I have decided that our group will be taking on no new members for some time.

It is likely that some or all of our group members will decide not to attend at all, perhaps for the whole season.

I will however be issuing more detailed guidance for existing group members who may still wish to bowl, involving potential individual use of the greens. I will share these thoughts with group members in the usual way via e-mail.

Dance

sessions suspended

We have, unsurprisingly, suspended the Dance Group for the duration of the Covid-19 crisis.

European Film Group

sessions suspended

I consulted members yesterday and some, like myself, were eager to do session on 27 March. That however was before the governments pronouncement later in the day. Obviously we’re now in a situation where even small groups are obliged to stop meeting.

French Conversation

We will not be meeting now until further notice because of Covid 19.

French: ‘An Improvers Group’

sessions suspended

A small group of us met Monday 16th March having agreed that this would be the last session. until further notice. 8 had notified me that they preferred to self isolate.  We had a lovely meeting on the imperfect tense led by Chris J which included several exercises from ‘Duo Lingo’. To keep your French knowledge in the usable part of your memory (!) I suggest the group has a go at this free on-line app, it really is fun. Until we meet again, ‘Courage mes braves’, amitié Gill.

German Group

We will not be meeting now until further notice because of Covid 19.

The four of you who responded to my email decided it would be unwise to attend tomorrow’s German class in the light of government advice. So it’s cancelled/ postponed.

However, Ian has offered to try and set up conferencing Skype sessions so we can try and keep going over the next weeks/months – though not tomorrow. In the meantime you could all listen to the recording Ian sent us, try to understand it, and then attempt to recite it. Or you could try and write it out, then send it to me. Or all of the above…

Golf

We will not be meeting now until further notice because of Covid 19.

The gang continue to play at Todmorden throughout the year so anybody wanting to join us is most welcome. They join Tod Golf Club as social members (£35.00) and get 4 x 9 holes included then pay £5.00 for 9 holes on dates that are decided among themselves.

Let’s Go

All trips cancelled until further notice.

Lunch Club

We will not be meeting now until further notice because of Covid 19.

If Hebden Bridge is handy for you, the Stubbing Wharf is now doing take-aways. Details are: Stubbing Wharf Inn, King St, Hebden Bridge HX7 6LU
Phone 01422 844107

Thanks to Ernie for providing this first bit of information.At the moment The Glen View Inn, Cornholme, Todmorden is doing take-aways and as Ernie rightly points out the portions are famously huge!

Details are:

The Glen View Inn, 853 Burnley Rd, Cornholme, Todmorden OL14 7EW

As I’m sure you all realise, in the current situation, there will be no further lunch club meetings until we are advised we can resume. We’ve had to cancel two bookings – the Hare and Hounds for March and the Olive Branch already booked for April. Pubs and restaurants are facing difficult times and we have assured both venues that we will rebook, hopefully later this year. Many restaurants which don’t normally offer food to take out are now doing so. This sounds like a very positive move so, if you have information about anywhere offering this new service, please let me know and we’ll circulate the information.

Otherwise it’s difficult to know how to continue the lunch club which is primarily a social group. However, if you have any ideas please let me know. One possibility might be to form an online group to share recipes and ideas about food generally. There is no U3A group focusing specifically on food so maybe that would fill a gap.

How about sharing members well-loved Recipes? Your group could all make the dish, at the same time in each home. Take pictures and share them on our Facebook page…Before consumption of course! Gail

Until we meet again I hope you are able to stay happy and healthy.

Mah Jong

We will not be meeting now until further notice because of Covid 19.

Sadly our Group meetings have had to be cancelled until further notice.  The nature of the game requires us to sit together at a tables of 4 within arm’s length of each other as we pick up and put down the mah jong tiles. Last week we were scrupulous about washing our hands before handling the tiles;  this week, as the risk of contagion increases, it has become too much of a risk to our members. 

If an on line interactive version of our game can be found, we will continue to play on an ad hoc basis;  it is such a shame that we have to stop now that our group has become so well established, and we look forward to reconvening as soon as the virus has passed.

M.O.T.O.

We will not be meeting now until further notice because of Covid 19.

As new guidelines suggest self isolation for those over 70 and/or underlying health issues we will as a group have to suspend our gatherings. I’m sure we can find ways to support each other without risking each other’s health. 

If anyone becomes sick and needs help please don’t hesitate to let us know. 

Please stay safe, healthy and above all positive during what could be for the long haul.

Our membership count is fifteen. We have set a loose arrangement to meet twice monthly for a coffee and catch up, at those gatherings a date and venue is agreed upon for upcoming meetings. 

We had a Sunday lunch at the Glen View today, it was a lovely, lively event. Great food, great company and widely varying conversations. 

We’re a fledgling group with lovely members and one which will hope go fro strength to strength.

Novel Appreciation

We will not be meeting now until further notice because of Covid 19.

We met to discuss ‘Injury Time’ by Beryl Bainbridge, but spent a long time deciding it was a poit-less novel and that on the whole, though comic in parts, the writer despised/derided/showed no affection for any of her characters. Consequently we had not much enjoyed it.

Old English

We will not be meeting now until further notice because of Covid 19.

Opera Appreciation

We will not be meeting now until further notice because of Covid 19.

Philosophy

We will not be meeting now until further notice because of Covid 19.

We held the philosophy group meeting under the precautions already implemented by other groups. The group decided to continue until such time as the government advises isolation for seniors. 

Photography

We will not be meeting now until further notice because of Covid 19.

The Group’s second February meeting was hosted by one of our members. To make sure they did some photography the convenor challenged them to come back with 1 close-up/detail shot, 1 landscape or vista, 1 portrait and 1 shot that included something red. We will be reviewing the results along with graffiti shots at our first March meeting.

Photography Group Two

We will not be meeting now until further notice because of Covid 19.

Our meeting are usually on the 2nd Tuesday/monthly. We will be at Todmorden Fire Station Community Room. 

Poetry Appreciation

We will not be meeting now until further notice because of Covid 19.

Unfortunately the last, and all future meetings will be cancelled. Looking forward to regrouping one day and crossing fingers it will be sooner than we expect.

Poetry Enjoyment

We will not be meeting now until further notice because of Covid 19.

Sadly, all meetings will be cancelled for the foreseeable. Roll on the aftertime.

Practical Art

We will not be meeting now until further notice because of Covid 19.

The Practical Art Group has reluctantly decided to postpone our meetings until further notice, due to the Covid 19 threat. We are a very sociable group so keeping the required distance between us would be impossible! Hopefully the suspension won’t be for too long. Our last sessions have focused on drawing skills, namely of hands and feet and the whole body, clothed because we have found it difficult to find a life drawing model. And we all enjoyed a delayed Christmas lunch at the Hare and Hounds after the last session, especially as some members who have been unwell recently, joined us for the meal. When we meet again we will have a class on using Scraperboard. Keep well, everyone!

Psychology

We will not be meeting now until further notice because of Covid 19.

Quiz Group

We will not be meeting now until further notice because of Covid 19.

I am going to cancel the Quiz group until further notice. We sit in close proximity in our groups so that we can whisper and I feel this is not safe. 

Let’s hope most people keep well and that we can look forward to continuing in the Autumn at least ‼️‼️

Readers Group (3 Valley Readers)

Intention to meet next month

We met after reading My Brilliant Friend which was very much looked forward to by the group. All the readers, except for one, highly rated this book, especially the detailed portrayal of a long friendship between women. The evocation of Naples in the fifties,  too, delighted the readers. Many of the group are looking forward to reading the other books in this series.

Myself, I thought it was tripe! I found it repetitive, cliched, and claustrophobic…. but I was the odd one out!

We do intend to meet next month, but I will check with the information and of course we are all keeping our eyes on the news.

Science Group

We will not be meeting now until further notice because of Covid 19.

We are now nearly at the end of the course on plant science with only one more lecture to come. The mathematics course is proving very entertaining if a little challenging at times. There are 12 more lectures to come in this course. We have three courses available from which to choose the follow up to the botany course these are “Neuroscience in Everyday Life”, “The Scientific Wonder of Birds” or “Everyday Engineering”.

Unfortunately it is necessary to suspend our regular meetings at the Fielden Centre until further notice due to the coronavirus outbreak. This is because it is impossible to provide the recommended space between each of us at the meeting venue.

Testing of Skype conferencing is now being carried out. We hope to be able to continue our meetings over the internet.

Scrabble 1

We will not be meeting now until further notice because of Covid 19.

We meet on the first and third Monday of the month at Central Methodist. Convenor is only accessible by phone (01706 818729)she requests you leave a contact number so she can return your call. 

Scrabble 2

We will not be meeting now until further notice because of Covid 19.

I have suspended Scrabble 2 meetings for the rest of March and April.

Social History

We will not be meeting now until further notice because of Covid 19.

I’m looking at cancelling the Social History meeting this Friday, the room at Todmorden Local Resource Centre is rather small especially in the light of having a new recommendation about distance .

Table Tennis & Badminton

We will not be meeting now until further notice because of Covid 19.

Table tennis/ badminton is full at the moment and we have a waiting list.

Tablet Club

We will not be meeting now until further notice because of Covid 19.

I cancelled the next two iPad and Tablet group meetings because of the latest government advice.

Tablet and iPad Group – a small group of us met in the White Hart where we discussed general problems and the apps that were most useful.

Walking Group

We will not be meeting now until further notice because of Covid 19.
 

“As the Covid-19 situation worsens and the government guidelines/instructions become more and more restrictive, Bill and I have decided that it is no longer responsible of us to keep the Walking Group operating, as we had hoped.  

It is with great regret, therefore, that I am sending this email to let you know that next Tuesday’s monthly walk will no longer be taking place and that all future walks will be cancelled until further notice.

We would be grateful if those group members who have kindly volunteered to lead walks over the next few months will please put their walks “on ice” for the time-being, and we will contact you again to reschedule your walks as soon as it becomes clear that self-isolation for our age group is no longer required. Incidentally, and not being one to miss an opportunity, can I now suggest that during the forthcoming period of restricted activity, it may well be an ideal time for us to get our maps out and start thinking about planning a walk for 2021″.

Wine Appreciation

We will not be meeting now until further notice because of Covid 19.

 

World Affairs

We will not be meeting now until further notice because of Covid 19.

I will let you know the decision of the world affairs group when it is made.