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THE WEST CUMBRIA U3A

 

Registered Charity no 1079934

 

    Newsletter

 

 

 

                 2019 January to Easter

 

         

 

Dear Friends,

 

First of all, may I wish you a happy new year, and as few worries as is possible.

 

 

 

2018 was a tumultuous year, and the weather on recent alternate Wednesday afternoons has been atrocious! but I have hopes that this year will be more settled for our U3A.

 

Our annual subscription is now due and remains at £7. The Annual General Meeting will take place on the 28th February, when we shall review the past year and set ourselves up for the next twelve months.

 

Chris, our Treasurer is resigning this year; Jane, our Secretary is moving to Scotland and so will resign at the AGM; and having completed my three-year stint, I shall also be resigning.

 

Please think about whether you could join the Committee to keep our U3A going. It isn't necessary to volunteer for a particular role - they can be moved about among Committee members - although if you can take on a particular role that would be wonderful. We still need a deputy for Rob's job of setting up the TV / projector & screen etc, so please think about that as well.

 

Thank you for all your patience, perseverance and support, and I hope you will enjoy the varied and stimulating programme which has been provided for us this year,

 

Susan Edwards

 

 

 

Remember there is now a U3A specific phone number: 07871435705 to contact your U3A

 

 

 

Exercise Activities

 

 

 

 

 

The Lakes College Active Zone (Lillyhall) have set aside Wednesday mornings from 10.00 to 12.00 for members of our U3A and other interested people. These are continuing to be very popular. The sessions cost £2.00. For more information and to put your name on the list of users please ring Susan Edwards. The session is not linked to the U3A.

 

 GENERAL MEETINGS

 

 

 

We enjoy general meetings on Wednesdays every fortnight with breaks for public and summer holidays. The sessions are an opportunity to listen to a speaker, have a chat over coffee or tea and see what is going on in the U3A more generally. Entry costs £2 per session and the annual subscription remains at £7 starting on 1st January 2019. Meetings are held on Wednesdays starting at 2pm at the Cricket Club in Whitehaven. New members are always made very welcome. Note also that speakers can change at short notice so please watch our website for the latest. WWW.westcumbriau3a.org.uk

 

 

 

                                             2019  SPEAKERS  PROGRAMME

 

 

 

9th JanuaryCumbrian Saints with Rev Charles Hope

 

 

 

23rd JanuaryA speaker from Santander Bank will point out how to spot scams to get hold of our money and what to do about it

 

6th February  Nathan Fox will tell us about the work of the Bassenthwaite Osprey Organisation

 

20th FebruaryAnnual General Meeting

 

6th MarchAlan Cleaver will inform us about the ‘corpse roads’ of Cumbria in times gone by

 

20th March  Mike Fossey will talk about the life and times of the north European artists

 

3rd AprilTo be announced

 

17th AprilTim Chittenden informs us about the work and stations of the RNLI

 

 

 

                                                               Activity Sub groups

 

 

 

 

 

Art Appreciation Group

 

 

 

This group do not meet regularly but tends to arrange a series of lectures by experts. Mike Fossey and Joan McMurdo will give their springtime series of talks in Hensingham Methodist Church Hall on Monday afternoons. The subject will be ‘The Golden Age of Dutch Art’ and will include some very well-known artists. The dates have not been finalised but will be announced at the main meetings nearer the time.

 

Contact Margaret Hildrop on 01946 833351

 

 

 

Good Read Group

 

 

 

Meetings are held monthly in the Waverley Hotel, Whitehaven usually on the second Tuesday of the month at 10am. Note however that there is currently a waiting list

 

 Contact Margaret Hildrop on 01946 8833351

 

 

 

Let’s Talk Discussion Group

 

 

 

Time of meetings 2.00p.m. Venue: 1A Hensingham Road, Whitehaven   CA28 8PR with John Fisher  Tel: 01946 692185. We aim to meet on the Thursdays in between the Wednesday talks but if coming for the first time do check first.. Previous topics have touched on trans gender issues, more or less local government, excesses of political correctness and the economic idea of "the commons." We are prepared to discuss any areas that members are interested in or feel strongly about. Often, after the tea break, talk becomes more general. Contact John Fisher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visits Group

 

The intent this year is to again use a Titterton trip - this time to the Angus Secret Coastline and Glamis Castle. Departure on 8th July. Cost £399. For more details please contact Jennifer Hocking

 

 

 

French Group

 

 

 

This group meets fortnightly at the Waverley Hotel Whitehaven starting at 10am. (Usually on the morning of the general U3A meeting). The group covers French conversation and civilization. Some knowledge of the language is required. For more information please contact Anne Dick on 0194661027

 

 

 

Poetry Appreciation Group

 

 

 

This is a sociable and lighthearted group that enjoys finding and reading poems together. New members will be warmly welcomed. We have a small library of poetry books left to us by Dorothy Dickson which we all make use of. No technical knowledge of poetry is necessary, just the enjoyment of words well used. We meet from 10.30am to 12.30pm on the second Monday of each month (continuing through the Summer months for those who are free). Meetings are held in Susan Edwards’ home at 167 Balmoral Rd Whitehaven.  

 

 

 

Scrabble Group

 

 

 

This group has now folded

 

 

 

Mahjong

 

 

 

This group meets on alternate Wednesdays from 1.30pm - 4.30pm in the leader’s home in Whitehaven. New members will be most welcome previous experience not essential,

 

Please Contact Jennifer Hocking 01946 695682

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday lunch group

 

 

 

Judith Jordan                 01946 693493

 

 

 

This group meets usually on the last Sunday in the month. You must book in advance with Judith.

 

 

 

27th JanTrout Hotel, Cockermouth    11.30 for 12

 

24th Feb Chase Hotel, Whitehaven      12 for 12.15

 

31st MarchWhitehaven Golf Club           12 for 12.30

 

28th AprilEnnerdale Craft Brewery       12 for 12.30

 

19th MayHunday Manor Hotel      12 for 12.30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Science and Technology Group incorporating the Geology Group

 

 

 

Rob Anderson 01946 61226, Anne Bailey 01946694658

 

 

 

Meetings are held in the Chase Hotel, Whitehaven at 9.45am with coffee or tea before a talk from 10am to about 11.00am. There is a £2 cover charge and an annual subscription of £5 to cover speaker expenses. The programme aims to cover the broad range of science and technology and does not require any prior scientific qualifications or background

 

 

 

Jan 21               Steve Wilson : The Imprecise Science of Gin PLUS Christmas lunch for those who choose.

 

 

 

February 18      Cryptology with Mike Hind  

 

 

 

March 18           Rocket science.     Rob Anderson

 

                         From early Chinese to todays space exploration. Rockets are spectacular, powerful, dangerous and expensive. This talk will include a little basic science but will avoid mathematics

 

 

 

April. 15              Barrow shipbuilding and the last barrow liner in 1960   Alan Banks

 

 

 

May.20          An Astronomical pace maker by retired OU Professor Chris Wilson who runs

 

                thriving, well supported U3A courses in Geology at Keswick. His talk has 2 distinct     parts,the first being how glaciation became accepted in the UK in the 19th Century. The second part is        how changes in the earth’s, orbit, tilt etc trigger ice ages and warm intervals

 

 

 

 

 

June.                    VISIT. At present undecided. Suggestions please  

 

 

 

Wine Appreciation Group

 

 

 

The Wine group arranges a number of events during the year. These are social events and do not require any expertise.

 

 

 

Wine Weekend at Shap Wells Hotel Penrith.

 

15th - 17th March 2019

 

Two nights DBB for £140 per person plus wine tasting

 

 

 

Further details and booking forms from  

 

Pon Smith Tel. No. 01946 693081

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Committee ( note that names will change after the February AGM

 

 

 

Chairman   Susan Edwards

 

Secretary   Jane Andrews

 

Treasurer  

 

Speakers    Gerry Dunleavey

 

Publicity    John Fisher

 

Member     Linda Dunleavey

 

Tech / Newsletter  Rob Anderson  (co-opted)

 

Membership is done by Rita Johnston and Cath Blinco who are not elected members of the Committee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                             

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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