Wakefield and District U3A

Dates for your Diary
Coffee Morning

May 18th Yorkshire Wild Life Trust. Maurice Gordon
June15th Games and chat
July 20th The Golden Age of Music Hall and Variety. John Wallis
September 21st Prison to Palace.
Veronica Bird O.B.E. Veronica has been a prison officer, Prison Governor and worked with Royalty

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 245234. Numbers are limited to fifteen.
Hilary Fowler. (fowler_hilary@hotmail.com)

Hospital Patient Support

Following the interesting visit by Vikki Padgett from Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust in February, there will be a box at coffee mornings to receive toiletries, for “comfort packs” which can be given out to patients who perhaps have been admitted at short notice or have no-one to bring in basic items for them. Items requested are: facecloths, soap, mini toothbrush, mini toothpaste, mini shampoo and conditioner, gents razor. If anyone would like more information about volunteering, the hospital website has full details: www.midyorks.nhs.uk/volunteer alternatively email volunteer@midyorks.nhs.uk or you can telephone Vikki’s office on 01924 543451 and speak to a member of the team.

Regional Study Day – Bradford

A study day has been arranged for Monday 14 May entitled Iron, Coal and Bricks to explore the industrial archaeology of Bradford. This is suitable for anyone who would like to know more about Bradford’s industrial heyday. Useful tools for industrial archaeology projects in attendees’ own area will be discussed. The cost is £26 which includes lunch and refreshments. To register or for further enquiries email secretary@yahru3a.co.uk.

History Group Trip To Eyam – 5 July

Eyam is the famous “plague village” in Derbyshire, whose inhabitants cut themselves off from their neighbours when a case of the plague was found in one of the inhabitants. As a result, though Eyam’s mortality was dreadful, surrounding areas were mostly spared. One of the members from Barnsley came to speak to the history group a couple of months ago about this well-known seventeenth century altruism example of altruism. We have now arranged a coach trip to Eyam for 5 July and Andrew, the member from Barnsley, will take us round this attractive village. We will be joined by some members from Barnsley on the trip, the cost of which will be £9.50. Please contact me if you would like to come with us.
Hilary Fowler

The Music Group

The Music Group continues to meet on a Friday morning in Manygates which has a very hospitable atmosphere along with a cafeteria which sells an array of drinks and nibbles to go with them. I mention this because our coffee break is important to us as we enjoy each others’ company and the chat we have then. The music we play is mainly well known classical, sometimes people make comments when the piece has finished and this can lead to a discussion or personal recollections of hearing or being part of a performance of the work. Some members have more knowledge of music than others and some just enjoy listening. I sincerely believe new members find us a very welcoming group so if you feel like giving us a try please feel free to come along.
Marion Lewis


THE WHERE: Cluntergate Centre, Cluntergate, Horbury WF4 5DA.
THE WHEN: Saturday 21st of July 7.00pm
ENTERANCE FEE: £5.00 children under 15 free.
We are planning an informal setting so those we hope will support us can bring their own choice of refreshments and glasses to drink out of, there will of course be nibbles provided. Tea and coffee will be served at the interval which is included in the entrance fee. There were two reasons we thought that that it would be a good idea to do this, the first to show U3A members what their contributions helped along the way, and of course raise money for music. The second was to attract those musicians amongst you who would like to but are a little scared, to dust off their wind instruments that have laid in the loft unloved for ..... years and come and join us. Thanks to the support we were given in the early days by the U3A we are now totally self- funding and the surplice subscriptions our group produces goes towards help fund other up and coming groups. So please support us and come and enjoy a good and night of varied music.

Garden Group

The next meeting of the garden group will be at Sandal library on 11 June from 2.00-4.00pm. A private visit has been arranged to The Jungle Garden in Leeds on Tuesday 26 June. This small garden is described as a multi-level garden with jungle style planting and accents of hot tropical colour. There is an elevated “jungle lodge” and aerial walkway with views over the garden. A donation of £5 to the National Gardens Scheme is requested. The plan is to visit the jungle garden in the morning and then go on to Roundhay Park, about a mile away, for lunch and to see the Chelsea gardens that have been installed in the park. Please contact me if you would like to go on this visit. Ideally we need at least ten people to go. We plan to car-share and I would hope to arrange a lift for people who do not wish to take their own car.
Hilary Fowler (01924 258234)

English Country Dancing

Would you like to exercise both mind and body in one easy activity? Join the English Country Dancing group and think on your feet, enjoy the movement and have a really good time. You’ll learn stars, turns, circles and slip steps. All you need is a comfortable pair of shoes. For all levels of expertise. TRY IT ! First and Third Wednesdays in the month from 2.30 to 4.30pm at Primrose Hall, Horbury. The first two meetings will be on 5 and 19 September.
Please contact Ann on 01924 263320 or ann@libourne.co.uk to express an initial interest.


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