Wakefield and District U3A

INSURANCE

We have been notified by the U3A national office that, because of changes in insurance and risk, grandchildren cannot be accommodated as a matter of course at U3A activities.

U3A Wind Band and Dewsbury Concert Society

Invite you to an evening of festive music
At
Kingsway Church, Wesley Street, Ossett, WF5 8ET
Saturday the 9th December 7.15pm
Tickets £5 or pay at the door Children aged 12 or under free

Gardening Group

The next meeting of the Garden Group will be at Sandal library at 2.00pm on Monday 13 February, when we will talk about pests and diseases in the garden and discuss our summer program. The winter and spring meetings have been changed to the second Monday in the month to allow more choice of accommodation. Please contact Hilary Fowler on 01924 258234 for more information.

Bird watching group visit to Fairburn Ings

Expecting the worst but always optimistic 13 hardy members turned out to Fairburn Ings for the groups monthly meeting despite the weather forecast of wind and rain. They were not disappointed overnight rain had ceased and conditions were fine and really ideal for the birds themselves after a wet night they were hungry for food. Fairburn Ings with its mixed habitat of reed beds lakes and wooded area provides an opportunity for the birdwatcher to see a variety of bird species at one location from garden birds familiar to everyone such as robin to water birds which can only be seen in winter such as goldeneye and goosander which have come here to escape the worst of Northern Europe winter weather. Setting off from the reception area our sightings list soon began to grow and we were up to 20 species in no time including gold crest and tree creeper, birds not often seen and always of interest. Moving on to the riverside trail the list began to grow. Overlooking the main lake the water birds were out in good numbers with pintail, pochard and tufted duck in view. With such good numbers to see time passed very quickly and the call of lunch was in evidence so we headed back to reception to eat our lunch calling at the kingfisher viewing point where we were lucky to see the kingfisher . A favourite bird of many members of the group. Bird watching continued while eating lunch and our days total exceeded 50 species. A most enjoyable day out