West Cumbria U3A

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Registered Charity no 1079934






                 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.






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 January   Cumbrian Saints with Rev Charles Hope




23rd January   A 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 March       Alan 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 April         To be announced


17th April       Tim 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








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




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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