Hon. Treasurer is Retiring
We are very sorry to be losing our treasurer later this year. This is one of the most
important roles in our U3A and we can not operate without a treasurer. We need someone to
take over from Pauline and would welcome a volunteer. If you are good with figures, please
come and help us run Wakefield and District U3A.
Contact Malcolm Pollack on 01924 263320
or email email@example.com
bridge beginner's class
I will be starting a bridge beginner's class shortly and would like to hear from anyone
who is interested in learning this terrific game. Over 100 members have already learned
to play bridge with me; the majority are now playing at Wakefield Bridge Club. It is not
a difficult game and is very useful for us older members as we continue to use our mental
abilities. If you are interested please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org expressing
The lessons are at my house in Normanton and spaces are limited due to the
space available to learn properly.
English Country Dancing
I am sorry that I have to close this group. There are not enough participants to make
it viable. Many thanks to those who came and supported the group and helped to make it so
Ann Pollack email@example.com
times for the group: 12.15 to 1.15 for beginners, and 1.15 to 1.45 for improvers.
All classes are fully booked.
Winter Birding Signs of Spring
In winter, birding mainly concentrates on birds which have migrated from the north in
order to escape the frozen waters or in search of food when supplies run out in their breeding
grounds. With this in mind the January meeting was at Pugneys Country Park. In the morning
we explored the Calder Wetlands, (across Denby Dale road) a good variety of wildfowl were
seen, the highlight being a “redhead” Smew, several Goldeneye were also present on the river
Calder. After a very welcome bacon butty in the cafe (a wren was spotted just outside) we
walked round the main lake to the hides and along the path between Pugneys Drain and the
fields below Sandal Castle. A number of small “garden” birds were observed at the feeders
in this area. Notable by their absence were the migrant thrushes and other migrant passerines,
this seems to be a general trend so far this winter. In March we visited North Cave Wetlands
(near Goole) where although some wintering wildfowl remained. There were signs of spring
with Avocets and Oystercatchers returning inland from their wintering grounds. We are now
looking forward to the arrival of the summer breeding birds.
The regional summer school in August 2017 was very successful and YAHR have arranged
another for Monday 5 August to Thursday 8 August 2019 at the same venue, the Hawkhills,
Easingwold. This venue offers en suite accommodation and all meals are provided. There are
eight subjects on offer covering a wide range from philosophers through climate change to
jewellery making. Details are on the YAHR website www.yahr.u3a.co.uk or contact Samina Aslam
on 01142 351489 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Hilary Fowler, details below, has further
details and application form. The cost is £380, with a deposit of £100 required by 29 March.
01924 258234 or email email@example.com.
Dates for your Diary
Coffee mornings are held on the third Friday of the month at
the West Yorkshire Sports Club, Sandal beginning with coffee at 10.a.m.
There will be
a speaker or visitor every month.
May 17th The National Memorial Arboretum. A
volunteer from the Arboretum.
June 21st Elaine King from Wakefield Hospice.
June 21st Also Mac Mckechnie to promote the setting up of a 'Walking Cricket' group.
July 19th Pat Osborne. The Secret Life of Charles Dickens.
Mrs Maggie Poppa. 'Staying at the Real Exotic Marigold Hotel'.
Commander Blythe R.N.(Retired) Nuclear Submarine Commander 'The Nuclear Deterrent'-dispelling
some of the myths: life on patrol.
November Thursday 21st A.G.M. Christine
Former Head Housekeeper at Chatsworth.'Chatsworth: The Housekeeper's Tale'
The talk at the Friday morning Coffee Morning was ‘Bees, their Lives and Times’ by Mark
Buckley, a local beekeeper. He gave a very detailed and interesting account of beekeeping
through the ages, from the Ancient Egyptians to the present day. He also talked about the
harm being inflicted on bees by modern agricultural chemicals and animal pests. There was
a temporary disruption just as he started his talk by a helicopter which circled and landed
in the club grounds!
The Group is full, if people are still interested please email Gordon Parfitt firstname.lastname@example.org
or text 07918163607
Photos Of Outings
If anyone has good photos taken on any of our trips, Pauline Turney would be glad to
have some for our group archive. Please ring Pauline on 01924 255746 if you have some you
could give her.
We still have not been able to identify a volunteer for the group co-ordinator role.
Please urgently contact Elaine Machell on 01924 277924 to talk to her about this important
role, which Elaine has filled for many years, but from which she now wishes to stand down.n.
01924 277924 or email@example.com