Wakefield and Disrict U3A

Chairman Hilary Elstone 01924277504
Secretary Malcolm Pollack 01924263320
Web site http://www.wakefieldu3a.org.uk Charity No 1002486

May 2019

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 malcolm.wu3a@libourne.co.uk

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 dannyparsonson@hotmail.com expressing your interest.
The lessons are at my house in Normanton and spaces are limited due to the space available to learn properly.
Danny Parsonson

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 enjoyable.
Ann Pollack ann@libourne.co.uk

Ukulele Group

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.
Edwin Lockwood

Summer School

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 summerschool@yahru3a.co.uk. 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 fowler_hilary@hotmail.com.

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.
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.
September 20th Mrs Maggie Poppa. 'Staying at the Real Exotic Marigold Hotel'.
October 18th 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 Robinson.
Former Head Housekeeper at Chatsworth.'Chatsworth: The Housekeeper's Tale'
Shirley Wigglesworth

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 gparfitt57@gmail.com 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.

Group co-ordinator

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 e.machell@talktalk.net
Elaine Machell