News and Events

Book your places now for the annual U3A holiday in 2020.   This time we’re planning a trip to Scotland, taking in some fantastic scenery, lochs, castles and delicious food; visiting the Edinburgh Tattoo and a host of other fantastic places.   Be sure to book early to avoid disappointment.   All the details including dates, schedules, costs and contacts can be found at this link.

 

10thAnniversary celebrations
Various events are in the course of planning to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Wetherby & District U3A in 2020. Already we have three dates booked, so please make a note in your diary: 
 
 
Tuesday, 28th April – Table Games afternoon. 
Friday, 29th May – Folk dancing. 
Thursday, 18th June at Boston Spa Methodist Church – Display of group activities and presentations together with entertainment from the ukulele group.  
 
I also wish to encourage Groups and individual members to put forward ideas for the celebrations.  This is your organisation, so please let me have your suggestions. 
 
John Pentith (Vice Chair) pentith@gmail.com (01937) 574965

Wed 30 Oct   Open Meeting Methodist Church 2.30 pm   TBA

New Group:  Walking 6-2-8

For those looking for a middle-distance walk at a moderate pace, allowing time to admire the scenery or take a photograph, this group will start in August. It will meet on a fixed day, the fourth Tuesday of the month, and will include a coffee stop and a lunch break en route and, where possible, a café visit afterwards for tea/coffee and cake/scone – or even an ice-cream! Members will be encouraged to lead walks or volunteer to undertake a recce with a walk leader. For more information contact Judith Pentith pentith@gmail.com.

Music of the 60s & 70s

A new music group – Music 60s & 70s – started in September. Topics covered so far include the life and music of James Taylor, a selection of number ones from the 1960s; a brief history  of rock n roll and lots of individual songs on CD.  

Future meetings will include a look at (listen to) Motown hits, The Beatles’ Rubber Soul album and the life and music of The Beach Boys. The group has space for 2 more members, especially somebody who wants to contribute ideas and music to help the group develop. 

The group meets on the first and third Wednesdays 2 to 4pm

Contact Roger Hocking greendrift@gmail.com (01937) 587165.  Click Here for more information.

Audio Visual Spanish

It’s been decided to repackage and relaunch the intermediate Spanish classes. Click here for more information.

Walking Football

Hoping to set up a new group meeting on Monday afternoons between 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm at Tadcaster Leisure Centre.   Please contact Neil Haigh if you’re interested neilandsusanh@gmail.com

The following groups are currently looking for new members – See the Monthly Memo for more details

  • Art Appreciation
  • Enjoying Musical Theatre
  • Historic Houses 2
Over 100 members and guests enjoyed the Wetherby and District U3A anniversary lunch at The Bridge Hotel on 17th April. A wonderful performance from Malcolm Parkinson, ably assisted by our own member Anne Hembry, full of music and humour made for a lovely event. A big ‘thank you’ to Margaret Grant for organising the lunch. 
 
For next year’s 10th anniversary we have booked The Bridge Hotel again, so make a note in your diary for Wednesday 22nd April 2020.

At the Open Meeting on 24th April, Linda Glew, highlighted details of a new project led by Leeds Older People’s Forum, in partnership with Leeds City Council and other partners. The project aims to bring together Dementia Friendly and Age-Friendly initiatives to help make Leeds the ‘Best City to Grow Old In’.  It is part of the Time to Shine programme which aims to reduce social isolation and loneliness amongst older people.

Further information will be made available over the coming weeks, but brief details can be seen in the flyer here.

Please have a look at the following requests sent to us by local charities looking for volunteers to help run their organisations.

Here are some links to local services and other sources of local information.

Wetherby News

Wetherby Town Council

Wetherby Library and Tourist Information

Wetherby in Support of the Elderly

Wetherby Helping People in Crisis

 

Here are some other nearby U3A organisations

York

Tadcaster

Harrogate

Leeds

Yorkshire and Humberside

Virtual U3A

 

Also have look at these other free learning sources

MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses – they’re all free)

TED Talks (Online lectures – there are loads to choose from)

Leeds Central Arts Society are planning an open evening to provide a taster of what the Arts Society have to offer.  Why not join them for a glass of wine and a free lecture.   Have a look at this leaflet for more details