November 2018 Charity No 1002486
Chairman
Shirley Dufton 01484534297
Secretary
Hilary Fowler 01924258234
Web site     http://www.wakefieldu3a.org.uk  

October Visit to Tennants

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We enjoyed a fascinating day at the Tennants auction house in Leyburn. I expected to find a crusty old auction room but this was so much more.
The Chairman, Rodney Tennant, guided us through the whole day first of all talking about the formation of the company from its inception by his grandfather to the present day.
It is a newly built, very large, multi-functional building enabling a variety of events to be staged, from weddings and pop gigs to a Halle Orchestra concert. We spent time looking around the actual auction room poking through many items from junk to valuables.
There was also an exhibition by the Embroiderers Guild of several dozen embroidered hearts depicting the First World War, each one quite heart-rending and often with a plaque in memory of a relative.
We had been given the opportunity of taking along our own possessions to be identified and valued, and after an excellent lunch Rodney Tennant and a few of his expert valuers went through our offerings. We did wonder if anyone would be going home in a Rolls Royce after the valuations but ours were of a more modest nature ranging from two small, radioactive Vaseline glasses, a Lalique vase, small Chinese ornaments, a seaman’s telescope, various pieces of jewellery and watches, including a Rolex, cameras, double Albert gold watch chains, some ancient Japanese wooden toggles, a Steiff bear and a Chinese red-stoneware 18C teapot.
A double eagle American coin was probably the most valuable item submitted. After all this excitement we again repaired to the dining room for delicious scones and cakes (truly a day for everyone!) before departing for home.

Dates for your Diary

Coffee Morning

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.
2019
January 18th Peter Gospel. The Kray Twins.
February 15th Coop Estates. Tax, Care and Toyboys.
Taking care of your assets in later life-inheritance, long term care fees(protecting your home etc.) power of attorney, second marriage etc.
March 15th Miss H.G.Slater. My Life in Saudi Arabia. Nanny to a Saudi Prince for seven years.
April 19th TBA
May 17th The National Memorial Arboretum. A volunteer from the Arboretum.
June 21st TBA.
July 19th Pat Osborne. The Secret Life of Charles Dickens.

Cheese and wine evening.

We are celebrating our 35th anniversary with a cheese and wine evening for group leaders and U3a members. It is being held at the Cluntergate Centre, Cluntergate Horbury on Saturday 24th November from 7:30 PM to 10PM.
There will also be 60s/70s music to dance to. This event is FREE, but entry is by ticket only. For tickets please contact Shirley Dufton 01484 534297 or Shirley Wigglesworth 01924 378809
Please come and celebrate with us.
Thanks,
Shirley Dufton

What is Qigong? Put simply, Qigong is a form of Chinese exercise that has been around for hundreds, if not thousands of years. It is ideal for anyone wishing to improve their health without straining or stressing the body as it involves gentle movement and mindful breathing, completely within your range of ability. Qi is the Chinese word for “life energy”; Gong means “work” or “cultivation”, and relates to benefits acquired through regular practice. Qigong is suitable for all ages and abilities and, practised regularly, improves balance, reduces stress and improves coordination of the body. This group will be run by Gordon Parfitt in the New Year when information on venue and dates will be available.