September 2018 Charity No 1002486
Shirley Dufton 01484534297
Hilary Fowler 01924258234
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Urgent Appeal For New Hon Secretary

Our current secretary must step down at the AGM in November. Is there anyone who is willing to take on this role? Hilary is happy to stay on the committee to support the new secretary, but we urgently need to find a volunteer for this important function. The job principally involves taking minutes at the once-monthly committee meetings and dealing with any paperwork arising from meetings. Hilary is happy to talk to anyone who might be interested, or you can contact another member of the committee and if possible attend some committee meetings before the AGM. In addition to the secretary, the chairman must also step down at the AGM. A reminder that we need more volunteers to join the committee. If we cannot appoint a new chairman and secretary, our U3A might have to close down.


I will be coming off the Committee at the next AGM in November, having served my term according to our Constitution, which leaves an opportunity for someone else to take on the role of Group Coordinator.
Interesting job – contact with all Group Leaders and visit their groups when possible; attendance at Committee Meetings, 2 hours once a month (not Aug or Dec); assist with annual production of prospectus; confirm accommodation bookings; and a few other admin jobs. Keep the wheels turning between Groups and Committee. Some computer skills necessary. Come and visit a Committee meeting – next one is 10am, Friday, 14 Sept at Agbrigg Community Centre, unfortunately, I shall be on holiday but the rest of the Committee will make you very welcome, just let me know. If you would like to discuss please phone me on 01924 277924 or
Elaine Machell

Tennants Sale Room Visit

This year is Wakefield U3A 35th anniversary. We have planned to spend a day out visiting Tennants sale room in Leyburn on Monday October 8th. We arrive for coffee at 11am, have, a two course lunch and tea and scones at 3:30pm. Between all this food , we have a talk from Mr Rodney Tennant himself, a quiz, a behind the scenes tour and a talk about upcoming sales and exhibitions. We will also be able to have a free valuation on an item we take with us (there will be a limit of the number of items, because of time). We will have to know what the item is two weeks before, so the appropriate expert is there to value it. The cost for all this is £28. Tickets are selling fast. Ring Shirley Dufton on 01484 534297 or Shirley Wigglesworth on 01924 378809.

First Aid

There have now been two very successful first aid sessions, with extremely positive feedback. The sessions, run by the Red Cross, last two hours and cover dealing with scenarios that we are likely to come across, for instance when someone has fallen. We were briefed on, for instance, when an ambulance needs to be called and simple measures we could take till it came. I have now arranged another session on Wednesday 10 October from 10.00-12.00. The session will take place at the Agbrigg and Belle Vue community center, Montague Street, Wakefield WF1 5BB. If you would like to attend this session, please contact me on 01924 258234. Numbers are limited to fifteen.
Hilary Fowler. (


A fascinating day out in Liverpool to view this exhibition of the burial ground of the first Emperor of China. The enormous site in China was laid out in battle formation including infantry, archers, charioteers, their horses and animals for food. Many Concubines were slain and buried with him, everything to give him comfort in the afterlife. All the workers on the site were also killed in order to maintain the utmost secrecy. The Emperor took mercury – seemingly to prolong his life – which, inevitably, killed him at the age of 47. There were several full size warriors on view together with many other artefacts, lots of information from videos and scripts, altogether a well-laid out exhibition. Some of us took advantage later in the day of visiting other parts of Liverpool: the waterfront, cathedrals, etc. Altogether a fruitful day out.
Elaine Machell

Garden Group

The next meeting will be at Sandal library on 10th September from 2.00-4.00pm. Before that, a visit is planned to Brodsworth hall and gardens on 4 September. The gardens have apparently been restored to “their full Victorian splendour” and we are hoping for an informative visit. If anyone wishes to join us, please contact me.
Hilary Fowler (01924 258234)

Diary 2019

This year the U3A diary has a dark brown/black cover. It is the same format as last year.
The price this year is £2.50 including p& p. Please contact Pauline Turney 01924 255746 if you need to order. Money with order please

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.
September 21st Prison to Palace. Veronica Bird OBE.
Veronica has been a prison officer, Prison Governor and worked with Royalty.
October 19th Vicki Padgett, Volunteer Organiser at Pinderfields Hospital-to accept the items knitted or sewn by our members. Followed by Gemma Fisher, Dementia Friends.
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.

John Wallis gave a very entertaining talk on the history of music hall. He brought three musical instruments, a ukulele, a tenor banjo and a mandola which he played with great skill to accompany songs we all knew and joined in with. He also talked about different types of ‘daft’ northern humour and told some lovely old jokes, which we all enjoyed immensely. It was a most amusing morning bringing back lots of happy memories.

Mrs. Hilary Elstone

Coffee Morning

September 21st Prison to Palace.
Veronica Bird O.B.E. Veronica has been a prison officer, Prison Governor and worked with Royalty

Luncheon Group

Starting September/October 2018 at Gaskells Restaurant, Margaret Street, Wakefield Monthly Wednesday 12.15 for 12.30 We meet during the Catering College term and have a three course lunch plus tea/coffee in a relaxed atmosphere. Ring Linda 01924 257723 or Jackie 01924 893790

The Wind Band

The correct E-mail address for Jenny Scrupps  the group leader of the wind band is:

U3A Events

We have received details from the U3A national office of some events that have been arranged. Most are in London, though there are also two events at Bristol and Cardiff, which could possibly be of interest. Details are available at coffee mornings, but if they are interested, members can log onto the following website: There is one event in Manchester at the Whitworth Art Gallery on Thursday 4 October. This is entitled “Unravelling the Whitworth” and is described as a day of hands-on discovery to unravel the secrets of the gallery’s textile and wallpaper collection. There will be talks from curators, a tour and a hands-on session facilitated by an artist, with welcome refreshments. The day runs from 10.00am to 4.00pm and costs £27.50.

English Country dancing at Horbury

These social classes began last Wednesday with a lively group of equal numbers of experienced dancers and absolute beginners. Everyone had a good time learning some new and some old dances providing mild exercise to the mind and body. The next meetings at 2.30 to 4.30 pm are on Wednesdays 19th Sept and 3rd Oct in the Primrose Hall, Horbury. The hall has a good floor and there is plenty of room for more people and partners are not required. Please contact Ann on 01924 263320 or to express an initial interest.