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Issue  21-09 (03 May 2021)

Raising awareness: u3a day events

We hope to hold a ’bring a friend‘ event at Clarke Foley on u3a day, Wednesday 2nd June. We will also be at Otley Market on Saturday 5th June and at Ilkley Market on Sunday 6th June. More details later, once the COVID regulations are clear, but in the meantime, please note these dates in your diary.

u3a annual photographic exhibition is open

Select here to visit each of the exhibition's four galleries. Choose your favourite photo and email with details of the image and your contact phone number to enter a prize draw to win one of three £20 book tokens. The exhibition will be promoted as part of our u3a day activities and will run right through May, closing on Monday 7th June.

Group news

Flat Green Bowls. In the last News Flash, we gave a link to the group details which regrettably did not reflect the strict COVID secure protocols that are in place. Thanks to the group leader Peter Kierman for being vigilant and advising us of the changes required. This link now gives the correct information.

Summer Programme update

Thanks to everyone who has offered to give talks and organise events. The programme will run throughout July into early August. Booking in due course via the website and at the fortnightly drop-in centres. More details later.

How well do you know Menston?

May's picture quiz is a street scene you may recognise. Select this link to spot wrong or unlikely items in the image.

To raise awareness of u3a in Menston we would like to share this picture with other local residents who might find it fun to check their powers of observation. So please reply to this News Flash with the contact details of any Menston groups that we can approach to include it in their newsletters etc.

Meet up for coffee and a chat

Our first meeting was held last Friday and everyone enjoyed a non stop chat and the chance to catch up with each other.  The group unanimously requested that we repeat the coffee mornings, so the next one is 10:30 am Tuesday 25th May.  See link below to book your place.

Forthcoming talks and events for month of May

Select here to view more information and to book the following:

3:30 pm Thursday 6th May: Building an express passenger locomotive from scratch. This is open to non-u3a members.

10:30 am Tuesday 11th May: The Netherlands. Much more than tulips and windmills.

10:30 am Thursday 13th May: Sea views etc. The story of the only scheduled air service to operate from a beach in the UK. Still operating after 65 years of service.

10:30 am Saturday 15th May: Medical detection dogs. Wonder if they can detect via Zoom?

3.30 pm Thursday 20th May: Will Pickles. The story of a Wensleydale GP who became world famous through his research into epidemics in the mid-20th century.

10:30 am Tuesday 25th May:  A virtual coffee morning and a chance to just chat..

3:30 pm Tuesday 25th May: Orkney. Much more than a name in the shipping forecast. Hear how pre-historic peoples left their mark on this island.

Captain Cook and Whitby

Come and explore the history of Captain James Cook and Whitby in a two-day event hosted by Whitby Whaler u3a on Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd September. Select this link for more information and booking arrangements.  Limited spaces so book now to avoid disappointment. 

Website links

The humour page has yet more content to lighten your mood. So many contributions that we have had to add another page.  

Ilkley Archive Scrapbook turns another few pages. Remember the drought of 1976?  Also demolition of the railway bridges to the west of the town.

Memories and Family History is the new page for some nostalgia. Members share details of their family history projects and memories of growing up in Ilkley. Visit the page to see how you can add your own story to the collection.

Recordings of recent talks includes some superb talks. Over 50 to choose from and a wide variety of subjects. If you attended the recent Saturday talk on Caravaggio, this article from The Guardian will be of interest. Thanks to Sandra Duff who highlighted this in her Twitter post.

Latest u3a national newsletter can be read here.


John & Christine


PS. If you’re anywhere near the Manor House in Ilkley, there’s a fascinating display of historical aerial photographs of the town. There are even more on the website of Bradford Museum and Galleries where you can buy your own copies for £6 each.

Finally, thanks to Margaret Barrans for submitting this:

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