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Ad Hoc Walking Group     

Meets Flexible
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Details The group allows members who like to walk to link up and walk with other members, either for safety or just for company. There is no published programme. Walks are advertised by email at short notice, typically 72 – 24 hours prior to start time. Any member of the group can propose a walk which can be short/long and/or easy/strenuous. The proposer will give some indication of the anticipated length, route and type of the walk, but members must understand that the walk may not have been recce'd and occasionally route improvisations may be required. Need clothing and footwear appropriate to the walk. Possible use of public transport.

Aerobic Workout     

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Meets Wednesday
Venue St Andrews Church Skipton - map
Details Incorporating some high intensity aerobic exercise,(HIIT). Suitable clothing essential, mats/towels required for cool down. Please bring water and check that HIIT is O.K. with your doctor as heart rates will be elevated.

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Allotment     

Meets Monday,Thursday afternoon all year
Venue Allotment
Details Let's grow! Additional costs: seeds, plants & other consumables necessary for growing crops

Are we there yet?     

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Meets April - October
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Details This group operates March to October and offers visits to locations of interest two or three times between March and September using private cars and occasionally a coach. Members will be advised of forthcoming events by email. Extra costs: entry to events and a contribution to car sharing costs if applicable at 7p per mile

Are we there yet? RESERVE     

Meets April - October
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Details This group operates March to October and offers visits to locations of interest two or three times between March and September using private cars and occasionally a coach. Members will be advised of forthcoming events by email. Extra costs: entry to events and a contribution to car sharing costs if applicable at 7p per mile

Art and Architecture RESERVE     

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Art and Architecture, Aspects     

Meets Wednesday
Venue Embsay Village Hall - map
Details A follow on course from the History of Art (but it is not essential to have done History of Art first). The course looks at art and architecture in Britain in the 19th Century and the Western World in the 20th Century. The course includes an architectural tour of Leedson 31/10/18. Photocopying £3/term.

Art, History of     

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Meets Tuesday
Venue Embsay Village Hall Side Room - map
Details History of art from Ancient Greeks to the end of the 19th Century Photocopying £3 per term

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Astronomy - New Discoveries     

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Meets Wednesday
Venue Three Links Club - map
Details A series of lunchtime talks on new discoveries in astronomy. A different topic will be presented every week with particular emphasis on the findings in the current planetary and solar system missions, and the search for habitable exoplanets.

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Ballet DVDs and Musicals DVDs     

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Meets Friday 9:30
Venue Baptist Church - map
Details A program of Ballet DVDs will be shown in the Autumn term and Musicals in the Spring term.

Ballet DVDs RESERVE LIST     

Meets Fri 9:30 a.m.
Venue Champions Church - map
Details 9/11/19 Anyuta + Le Baiser de la Fee 16/11 Le Corsair + The Rite of Spring 23/11 The Winter’s Tale 30/11 Spartacus 7/12. Sylvia 14/12 The Nutcracker

Bellini - Master of Bel Canto     

Meets Wednesday
Venue Private Houses
Details After examination of definitions of bel canto and some consideration of Bellini’s early operas in particularly I Capuleti ei I Montecchi detailed attention will be given to Bellini’s three major operas – La Sonnambula, Norma, I Puritani – in each case using two DVDs to explore different productions and styles of singing.

Belly Dancing for fun/fitness     

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Meets Friday
Venue Three Links Club - map
Details Learn a new style of dance and increase the flexibility of your spine and hips, improve your coordination, posture and balance – and have fun! Belly dance moves are gentle and suitable for everyone regardless of age, size or level of fitness but if you have any serious spine or hip problems please check with your doctor. Wear comfortable clothes and bare feet/socks/very soft shoes

Belly Dancing RESERVE LIST     

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Details Learn a new style of dance and increase the flexibility of your spine and hips, improve your coordination, posture and balance – and have fun! Belly dance moves are gentle and suitable for everyone regardless of age, size or level of fitness but if you have any serious spine or hip problems please check with your doctor. Wear comfortable clothes and bare feet/socks/very soft shoes

Birdwatching     

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Meets Monday
Venue Bolton Abbey Village Hall - map
Details A class for all those interested in birdwatching illustrated with DVDs videos digital images and birdsong recordings. Free parking at venue. Outdoor field trips by car or coach take place on alternate Mondays involving car sharing costs and coach fares. A pair of binoculars is essential. RSPB Membership is recommended as we visit a number of RSPB Reserves. There will be an optional 4/5 day birdwatching excursion.

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Book Group - Inter. RESERVE     

Meets Monday (Monthly all year)
Venue Private Houses
Details We choose books to read and discuss, together. Tea/coffee and biscuit break. Pleasant company. A stimulating and companionable start to your week.

Book Group - International     

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Meets Monday (Monthly all year)
Venue Private Houses
Details We choose books to read and discuss, together. Tea/coffee and biscuit break. Pleasant company. A stimulating and companionable start to your week.

Bridge - Play     

Meets Thursday, 2 to 4 pm
Venue Draughton Village Hall
Details For those who have played Bridge and want to improve their game. We play duplicate bridge. You do not need a partner you will always get a game. Additional costs: £1 to cover cards and travellers.

Bridge for Beginners     

Meets Thursday
Venue Draughton Village Hall
Details An intensive course designed for anyone new to the game or those who have had a long spell away from the game. There is a minimum number of 13 for this course.

Calligraphy     

Meets Thursday
Venue Three Links Club - map
Details This is a self-help group with no tutor and is therefore not suitable for absolute beginners. If there is sufficient interest sessions could include Chinese calligraphy, gilding and Zentangle decoration. Occasional photocopying costs.

Ceilidh Club     

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Meets Wednesday
Venue Christ Church Annexe - map
Details The Ceilidh Club is for people who like to dance, play and call English country dances. The aim of the club is to develop a repertoire of dances with a distinctive Yorkshire flavour.

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Craven College Lunch     

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Venue Craven College - The Brasserie - map
Details Craven College annual Christmas Lunch

Creative Writing     

Meets Friday
Venue Gargrave Village Hall - map
Details A creative writing group which aims to encourage individuals who enjoy writing to share their poetry, short stories and factual articles in a friendly, supportive atmosphere and to provide this opportunity to discuss in a supportive way. Some members may choose to bring in their favourite author’s writing rather than their own for discussion. I want the facilitating to be shared rather than falling on one person. The emphasis will be on creativity rather than teaching grammar, unless group members want to have sessions on this. John Healey, friend, poet, stand-up and teacher may be willing to run a workshop as he has done locally in the past. Occasional photocopying costs.

Crochet     

Meets Wednesday
Venue Private Houses
Details An informal meeting at my home for beginners to learn and practice basic skills and anyone who just enjoys a chat and crocheting, or may wish to share their crocheting skills.

Croquet     

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Meets Wednesdays
Venue Pendle and Craven Croquet Club - map
Details Instruction and guidance on how to play croquet will be given with the kind assistance of P&C.C.C. members. Croquet is equally suitable for men and women. Although the game is competitive 'Golf Croquet' players are on the lawn together so you will find it a friendly and sociable sport. All equipment will be provided, flat soled footwear is essential. Weekly charge of £3.50. (Includes tea and biscuits). For more information 'browse the web', - The Croquet Association - Pendle and Craven Croquet Club

Croquet RESERVE LIST     

Meets Wednesdays
Venue Pendle and Craven Croquet Club - map
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Crown Green Bowls (Group 1)     

Meets Friday
Venue Whinfield Bowling Club
Details Instruction and guidance on how to play crown green bowls. Wear flat soled shoes or trainers. There is a cost of £1 each time you play.

Crown Green Bowls (Group 2)     

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Meets Friday
Venue Whinfield Bowling Club
Details Instruction and guidance on how to play crown green bowls. Wear flat soled shoes or trainers. There is a cost of £1 each time you play.

Crown Green Bowls (Group 3)     

Meets Tuesdays starts 7th May
Venue Craven Bowls Club
Details A mixed ability group of Crown Green bowlers whose main purpose is enjoy the game. The best entry to the Craven Bowls Club is from Skipton Town Hall car park,

Crown Green Bowls 3 RESERVE LI     

Meets Tuesday starts 7th May
Venue Craven Bowls Club
Details A mixed ability group of Crown Green bowlers whose main purpose is enjoy the game. The best entry to the Craven Bowls Club is from Skipton Town Hall Car Park

Crown Green Bowls RESERVE LIST     

Meets Friday start 3 May
Venue Whinfield Bowling Club
Details Instructions and guidance on how to play crown green bowls. There are two classes, first 11.30am to 2pm and second 2pm to 4.30pm. The less experienced players, in the judgement of the Group Leader will be enrolled into the first class. Wear flat soled shoes. There is a cost of £1 each time you play.

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Discussion Group - Politics     

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Meets Thursday
Venue Swadford Centre Library - map
Details Following on from last year’s inaugural session this group discusses a wide range of topics covering all aspects of politics, political culture and government. The group leader acts as a facilitator, with members actively engaged in lively discourse and sometimes also delivering sessions. .

Early Opera Monteverdi - Gluck     

Meets Friday
Venue Soroptimist International - map
Details In this series of talks I intend to play extracts from my own collection of operas, starting with “L’Orfeo“ by Monteverdi (1607) running through the baroque period and slightly beyond, to end with Gluck’s “Orphee and Eurydice” as revised in 1774. During each session, we will discuss a little about the composer and his time and I will try to explain the opera’s story.

Economics & Economic History 2     

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Meets Thursday
Venue Swadford Centre Library - map
Details This is part 2 of a two year programme. New members will be welcome if there are spaces available as continuing members will be given priority. Pleas indicate when you are applying that you are continuing the programme. This session we will be looking at the relative UK decline as other countries industrialise. We will attempt to find out why this decline took place and examine possible causes. The World Wars will be analysed to see why UK economic management was so successful in achieving the final outcomes. The impact of the wars and the management of peace will also be looked at in depth. The post 1945 period will be looked at in depth, to see how reconstruction and reform were achieved, also how the post war consensus declined in the 1970s.

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European History 2020     

Meets Thursday
Venue Swadford Centre - map
Details THE EASTERN EUROPEAN WORLD In response to many requests by former U3A students, I will be offering the study of the history of Poland in the spring term 2020. We will start with the end of the Jagiellonian dynasty, examine the Polish/Lithuanian Commonwealth from c.1600 until the fateful partitioning of Poland by 1795 between Russia, Prussia and Austria – the loss of Polish identity throughout the 19th c.- the cause of ‘libera vivium’ of the nobility, whose aspirations helped to create the partitioning of Poland. The struggles in the three separate Polish entities between 1795 and 1919 and the flourishing of a national identity between 1919 and 1939 – the Holocaust (1940 – 1945). The brief interlude from 1945 – 1948 until the Communist take-over. Impoverishment and the breakdown of social order – the unifying influence of the Catholic church – Pope John Paul II and the rise of Solidarity and the emergence of a non-Communist independent Poland from 1986 – 2000. Bring to the course an open mind, a questioning attitude and hopefully we will enjoy ourselves!

Exploring Eng Poetry RESERVE     

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Exploring English Poetry     

Meets Monday PM
Venue Swadford Centre - map
Details A journey through the history of English poetry from its Anglo-Saxon origins through Chaucer, the Tudor and Classical periods, the Romantic poets, plus the Victorians and the 20th century.

Exploring the Countryside     

Meets Wednesdays (Monthly, April to September)
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Details Occasional morning trips in the summer to visit local sites of geographical interest. Meet at the site at 10 am and expect to be there for about two hours. Suitable clothing, footwear and provisions for a midmorning break are essential. There will be some walking over rough ground. Each trip will be organised by a member of the group (volunteers welcome!) who will circulate beforehand by email some background information about the site. Dates and locations will be emailed in early 2020. Please car share where possible. Sorry no dogs.

Film International - French     

Meets Thursday
Venue Champions Church - map
Details All films have sub-titles. Champions' Church. Carleton Road. By the railway bridge. Near Tesco petrol. There is a break for 'tea' after about an hour, cost £1 I think you will find this group friendly and relaxed. Don't worry if you have to miss films from time to time. Life is like that. To stop the spread of winter colds, if you are unwell, please take care of yourself at home, and return when you are better. Come to as many or as few films as you like. Good wheelchair access. Warm hall. Tea and coffee break with biscuits 50p. A stimulating and companionable way to spend an autumn afternoon.

Film International - Worldwide     

Meets Thursday
Venue Champions Church - map
Details Park at Morrison's free for 3 hours. Champions' Hall, Carleton Road, by the bridge, near Tesco petrol station. All films have English sub-titles, even the British ones. Sociable Tea break after about an hour. Drink and biscuit £1. Do come. Come to as many or as few films as you like. Good wheelchair access. Warm hall. Tea and coffee break with biscuits 50p. A stimulating and companionable way to spend an autumn afternoon. Please if you have anything contageous, take care of yourself at home, to protect the class from colds, coughs and flu. Join us again when you are better. I hope you enjoy this relaxed and friendly class. Do look up more details of the Films on line.

Film International Extra     

Meets Tuesday
Venue Champions Church - map
Details A selection of films – some old, some new - from around Europe and elsewhere including Australia, the UK and the USA. All films will be subtitled. The majority of films will be certificated 12 or PG (by the British Board of Film Censors, or European equivalent) but one or two may be certificated as 15. Tea or coffee break halfway – 50p

Film International RESERVE     

Meets Friday afternoons
Venue Champions Church - map
Details The Films are all on the Calendar in Beacon, but here are a few dates. Tues. Jan. 8th 1.15 for 1.30 Vee is showing Jean de Florette Glorious French Friday 11Jan. I am showing Autumn Sun Latin American Sweetness introductory offer! Jan. 18th Lore. German. If you have been told you are on the waiting list, don't worry, just come to the class. There is plenty of room. It worked last year. Wendy Berrington

Films - 20th Century Life     

Meets Wednesday
Venue Swadford Centre - map
Details Come and see what life was like in the 20th century! Historic film footage and documentaries of everyday life in the last century show us a world which has all but vanished, except in our memories. Each week we examine facets of life, work and play in Britain as captured at the time on film.

Films Japan and Nordic     

Meets Tuesday
Venue Champions Church - map
Details A selection of subtitled films from Japan, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Iceland presented by leaders from Japan and Sweden. After the film members who are interested can stay for a short discussion about the film (unfortunately not possible after very long films). Come to as many or as few films as you want. There is good wheelchair access and Champions Church now has a new projector that really brings out the colour of the film. And of course - tea/coffee break halfways into the film.

Flower Arranging     

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Meets Thursday
Venue Greatwood and Horseclose Community Centre - map
Details A course to develop flower arranging skills for traditional events, specific uses and interpretive titles. Flower arranging is non competitive, sociable and fun! Equipment details to be emailed in advance. Refreshments £5 for both terms.

French (Advanced)     

Meets Friday
Venue Swadford Centre Library - map
Details The course will give students the opportunity to practice spoken and written French at an advanced level using a wide range of relevant texts and activities.

French (Advanced) RESERVE     

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French (Continuing)     

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Meets Tuesday
Venue Greatwood and Horseclose Community Centre - map
Details Practice in spoken and written French to an intermediate level. Loosely based on ‘French Experience’ Book 2. Aspects of French life via the media, short stories etc

French (Continuing) RESERVE     

Meets Tuesday
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Geography Forum     

Meets Wednesday
Venue Swadford Centre - map
Details The Geography Forum has been running for many years with members giving talks on the geography (and sometimes history) of places they know or have visited. In previous years it has only run in the autumn but at the end of last years’ course there were offers to give 15 talks hence the extension to early February.

German (Continuing)     

Meets Tuesday
Venue St Andrews Library - map
Details A course for revising vocabulary and grammar, with regular listening comprehension. Reading about German-speaking countries. Developing confidence with the language. Additional costs £3 towards photocopying & materials.

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Government & Politics RESERVE     

Meets Thurs 04.01.19
Venue Swadford Centre Library - map
Details I will be running a repeat of the Autumn politics course starting on Thurs. 04.01.18 at 13:00 at the Swadford Centre Library. Please apply NOW. First come basis. Syd Matthews

Government and Politics Gp 1     

Meets Wednesday
Venue Swadford Centre Library - map
Details We will be looking at the nature of politics and political behaviour which will involve an examination of democracy and totalitarianism. We will also look at different systems of government, political parties, pressure groups, elections and local government.

Government and Politics Gp 2     

Meets Wednesday
Venue Swadford Centre Library - map
Details We will be looking at the nature of politics and political behaviour which will involve an examination of democracy and totalitarianism. We will also look at different systems of government, political parties, pressure groups, elections and local government.

Homes Fit for Heroes     

Meets Wednesday
Venue Soroptimist International - map
Details HOMES FIT FOR HEROES: THE RISE AND FALL OF COUNCIL HOUSING Hearing Loop available. Before WW1 being a council tenant was almost unheard of. By the late 70s, about a third of the population lived in a council property. Now it’s 9% and going down. What happened? A quick look back at the history of council housing. Vera worked for local authority housing departments and housing associations for 30 years. Additional Costs: £1 for photocopying, plus travel costs associated with two optional visits.

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Housing for Third Age RESERVE     

Meets Wednesday
Venue Swadford Centre Library - map
Details We will be discussing the specialist housing options for the over 60s in the Craven area and visiting a variety of developments to find out what’s on offer. You’ve heard of Extra Care or Assisted Living but don’t know what they are? Join us and find out. Vera worked in housing management for 30 years, specialising in housing for older people for the last 15. Additional Costs: £1 for photocopying and travel costs on visits of the seven weeks.

Housing options for Third Age     

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Meets Wednesday
Venue Swadford Centre Library - map
Details We will be discussing the specialist housing options for the over 60s in the Craven area and visiting a variety of developments to find out what’s on offer. You’ve heard of Extra Care or Assisted Living but don’t know what they are? Join us and find out. Vera worked in housing management for 30 years, specialising in housing for older people for the last 15. Additional Costs: £1 for photocopying and travel costs on visits of the seven weeks.

Italian (Continuation)     

Meets Monday
Venue Skipton Friends Meeting House - map
Details Good level of fluency required. Conversation & listening practice. Passages for reading and comprehension on a range of topics related to Italy. Revision of grammar. Additional costs approx £1/week for photocopying, tea/coffee etc.

Italian (Improvers)     

Meets Wednesday
Venue Skipton Friends Meeting House - map
Details a fairly low base, this course improves all skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. It extends vocabulary and covers more intricate grammar. Not suitable for beginners. Approx £1/week for photocopying, tea/coffee etc.

Keep Going     

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Meets Friday
Venue Three Links Club - map
Details Gentle exercises to music aimed at keeping all body parts moving. We will include dancing and regular exercises i.e. stretches, balances and arm punches. Most exercises can be done whilst sitting. People with knee, hip, heart and other health issues should ask their G.P. which exercises may NOT be suitable. Soft shoes should be worn.

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Learning to be retired     

Meets Monday
Venue Christ Church - map
Details Be confident about being retired, develop a personal strategy, identify opportunities and ideas to explore. Look at the nuts and bolts of day to day living. Develop a new identity, new social connections and have the time of your life. You earned it!

Looking at History of Medicine     

Meets Monday
Venue Swadford Centre - map
Details An overview of how medicine has developed and its’ impact on people and societies from the earliest times up to the mid 20th century. Although following the same basic themes as last year’s course there will be new elements and increased focus on some issues.

Mah-Jong     

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Meets Thursday
Venue Princes Drive Community Centre - map
Details This is an old Chinese game using tiles and building walls. There are three suits and winds and dragons! It is akin to card games and tests your mind, both in memory and logic.

Metal Detecting     

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Meets Variable
Venue No Venue
Details Introduction to the theory and practice of metal detecting – including the choosing and use of equipment and practical detecting sessions which can be physically demanding. (transport, a good level of fitness, appropriate clothing and equipment are all essential as is access to facebook for communications). Researching and dating finds. Compliance with the Treasure Act and Portable Antiquities Scheme.

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Multi-media in Art 1 pm     

Meets Wednesday
Venue Three Links Club - map
Details Mixed media class with good company and tuition available for painting felting mosaic knitting and needlework.

Multi-media in Art 10 am     

Meets Wednesday
Venue Three Links Club - map
Details Mixed media class with good company and tuition available for painting felting mosaic knitting and needlework.

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Music for Fun     

Meets Tuesday
Venue Trinity Methodist Church - map
Details Everyone can join in the singing, we are NOT a choir, musicians of all abilities play their instruments to accompany the singing. Themed mornings, from Scottish songs, folk, jazz, pop and singing the Blues add to the variety! Songs from the thirties through to the more modern songs are also sung. Usually Graham, Graham and Lesley lead the sessions, but others also take their turn if they WISH. Percussion instruments are available to all. Words and chords are projected onto a screen, so everyone can see. Musicians please note that we only provide chords - no dots I’m afraid. Come along and join in the fun!

Orchestra     

Meets Wednesday
Venue Embsay Village Hall - map
Details If you play or have ever played an instrument you will be welcome at the orchestra. Our members have varying levels of skill, varying from beginners to the highly proficient, but all share an enthusiasm for making music together. Our repertoire ranges wide over the musical landscape – Dowland, Handel, Schubert and Vaughan Williams all featured in our latest annual concert. We also enjoyed letting our hair down with Pirates of the Caribbean. The rehearsals are always an enjoyable and rewarding way of spending an afternoon. Come and join us!

Patchwork and Quilting     

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Meets Wednesday
Venue Champions Church - map
Details Patchwork & Quilting also embroidery knitting rag rugs. Tea and biscuits 25p per week

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Popular Music1920-1960     

Meets Tuesday
Venue St Andrews Church Skipton - map
Details From ragtime to rock ’n roll via British dance bands, American swing, Hollywood musicals, wartime nostalgia and fifties pop. From Jolson to Presley via Glenn Millar, Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra and Buddy Holly. Something every week for every generation!

Racketball Monday 1     

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Meets Monday
Venue The Coulthurst Craven Sports Centre - map
Details Played on a squash court to the same rules as squash but with a bigger ball and larger racket making the ball easier to retrieve and hit. Clothing as for squash/tennis with non- marking shoes A reasonable level of fitness is required. Racket and ball provided. The less experienced players in the judgement of the Course Tutor will be enrolled into the 2nd class. Cost: £3 per session for Court Fees

Racketball Monday 2     

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Meets Monday
Venue The Coulthurst Craven Sports Centre - map
Details Played on a squash court to the same rules as squash but with a bigger ball and larger racket making the ball easier to retrieve and hit. Clothing as for squash/tennis with non-marking shoes. A reasonable level of fitness is required. Racket and ball provided. The less experienced players, in the judgement of the Course Tutor, will be enrolled into the 2nd class. Additional costs: £3 per session for court fees.

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Racketball Wednesday     

Meets Wednesday
Venue The Coulthurst Craven Sports Centre - map
Details Played on a squash court to the same rules as squash but with a bigger ball and larger racket making the ball easier to retrieve and hit. Clothing as for squash/tennis with non- marking shoes. A reasonable level of fitness is required. Racket and ball provided. Should numbers rise a second session will be introduced with allocation to sessions being based on the leaders’ assessment of ability and fitness. Additional costs: £3 per session for court fees.

Railway Studies     

Meets Friday
Venue Swadford Centre - map
Details The program will include a wide variety of railway topics both modern and historic. The presentations will be given by members of the group and about 10 guest speakers. Additional Costs: £1 per meeting to cover coffee, guest speaker expenses and donation to Swadford Centre.

Recorder (Continuers)     

Meets Monday
Venue Champions Church - map
Details We are an informal self-help group, and members have a varied amount of musical knowledge. We play all sorts of 2 and 3 part music. Ideally you should have some previous experience of simple sight reading, and 15 notes, but if in doubt please contact me to check standard needed. Requirements: Recorder and portable music stand. Allow £10 for music. Refreshments – 20p per session.

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Recorder Ensemble     

Meets Monday
Venue Champions Church - map
Details Four or five part music will be played, on Descant, Treble, Tenor and Bass recorders from different genre. Requirements: music stand & recorders. The group is sometimes invited to take part in public performances

Russia: 1 RESERVE     

Meets Wednesday
Venue Swadford Centre - map
Details Rus to Revolution. A history of Russian autrocracy from its origins in the 9th century to the downfall of the Romanov dynasty in 1917

Russia: 2 RESERVE LIST     

Meets Wednesday
Venue Swadford Centre - map
Details Communism and its Aftermath. The story of the world’s first communist superpower, its collapse and legacy.

Russia: A panoramic history 1     

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Meets Wednesday
Venue Swadford Centre - map
Details Rus to Revolution. A history of Russian autrocracy from its origins in the 9th century to the downfall of the Romanov dynasty in 1917

Russia: a panoramic history 2     

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Meets Wednesday
Venue Swadford Centre - map
Details Communism and its Aftermath. The story of the world’s first communist superpower, its collapse and legacy.

Safety on the web     

Meets Various
Venue Three Links Club - map
Details Mon 23 Sept & Mon 30 Sept at 7-9 pm, Wed 22 Jan at 4–6pm, Fri 24 Jan at 12-2 pm. Three Links. Max 12/session Limited to one session per person. (48 places total). We could all do with more knowledge about the World Wide Web, staying safer online and managing the information held about you. Bring your laptops, phones and tablets as wifi is available and learn how to get safer on the web.

Saga & Wagner     

Meets Wednesday
Venue Swadford Centre - map
Details We finish our three - year study of Wagner operas based on Northern sagas and Arthurian legends with Lohengrin. The format is similar to the previous presentation of Wagner’s Ring, Tristan and Isolde and Parsifal and the underlying sagas and legends. There will be four sessions, the first three relating to Lohengrin – the legend and art – with a filmed performance of Wagner’s opera in full. In the forth session I will reprise my 2018 Summer School presentation of an opera heavily influenced by Wagner: Chausson’s Le Roi Arthus.

Science and Technology     

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Meets Tuesday
Venue Holy Trinity Church Skipton - map
Details Discussion of current scientific topics and topics that are of special interest to group members. If members have expertise in a particular area the group would welcome a presentation. The group distributes discussion documents by email and using Dropbox, so familiarity with internet technology would be an advantage. We may try a new system during the course. We also have a 4G Router for internet access, so a laptop/tablet/smartphone would also be useful.

Skipton & Suburbia RESERVE     

Meets Monday
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Details The course follows on from the local history class presented in 2017 and 2018, by looking at the spatial development of Skipton between the wars. Although the emphasis will be on housing, other aspects of social and economic change will be discussed if time permits. The underlying aim is to demonstrate that familiar urban landscapes are rich in historical interest. No prior knowledge is required, and members will discover that local history draws on a wide range of

Skipton & the rise of Suburbia     

  We regret that this group is full:
   
Meets Monday
Venue Swadford Centre - map
Details The course follows on from the local history class presented in 2017 and 2018, by looking at the spatial development of Skipton between the wars. Although the emphasis will be on housing, other aspects of social and economic change will be discussed if time permits. The underlying aim is to demonstrate that familiar urban landscapes are rich in historical interest. No prior knowledge is required, and members will discover that local history draws on a wide range of disciplines and experiences

Skipton and Climate Change     

Meets Thursday
Venue Three Links Club - map
Details A fresh look at the natural environment in and around Skipton with reference to local authorities, specialists, voluntary organisations and residents. Sessions will alternate Thursday evening discussion groups and morning visits to key local venues. Topics include (1) The Natural Environment, Trees and Skipton Wood. (2) Water, the canal, river, drainage and sewerage. (3) Recycling, upcycling and waste disposal. (4) Food, local production and grow your own. (5) Transport, Energy, insulation, solar and wind power. (6) The future. Are we doing enough? Visits are local so feet, cycles and public transport should get us there

Spanish Continuers     

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Meets Wednesday
Venue Private Houses
Details FORMERLY BEGINNERS 3. This small, friendly group is suitable for learners who are already familiar with Spanish grammar and vocabulary, including the main verb tenses, and are keen to progress and encourage each other. Our classes are structured, we have a strong focus on speaking and listening to recordings of native speakers, as well as reading authentic Spanish texts, watching video clips and writing. Additional costs: One or two text books that can be bought second hand online.

Spanish Continuers Reserve Lis     

Meets Wednesday
Venue Private Houses
Details FORMERLY BEGINNERS 3. This small, friendly group is suitable for learners who are already familiar with Spanish grammar and vocabulary, including the main verb tenses, and are keen to progress and encourage each other. Our classes are structured, we have a strong focus on speaking and listening to recordings of native speakers, as well as reading authentic Spanish texts, watching video clips and writing. Additional costs: One or two text books that can be bought second hand online.

Spanish Level 1     

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Meets Tuesday
Venue Swadford Centre - map
Details Not a course for beginners. A sound knowledge of Spanish grammar essential. Photocopying £2 approx.

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Stories of Scientists     

Meets Wednesday
Venue Carleton-in-Craven Village Hall - map
Details A series of individual talks on the lives of various scientists and engineers, some of whom deserve better recognition.

Stretching And Yoga     

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Meets Monday
Venue St Andrews Church Skipton - map
Details Exercise for flexibility and muscle toning. Please wear comfortable clothing and soft shoes. Bring a mat and bottle of water.

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Table Tennis     

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Meets Friday
Venue The Coulthurst Craven Sports Centre - map
Details Have fun and improve your fitness and co-ordination at the same time. Beginners are welcome. £1 per term for balls etc.

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Ten-Pin Bowling     

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Meets Monday
Venue Matrix Superbowl - map
Details We play two games each week at a cost of £4. The session lasts 1.5-2.0 hours. This is ‘friendly bowling’ – no experience required.

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The life of G Clifford RESERVE     

Meets Tuesday
Venue Soroptimist International - map
Details THE LIFE AND TIMES OF 'THE PRIVATEERING EARL' – GEORGE CLIFFORD, THE 3rd EARL OF CUMBERLAND Today George Clifford has been eclipsed by his famous daughter, Anne, in popular consciousness but his exploits and achievements deserve to be better known. The course therefore sets out to explore some of the feats of this multi-faceted man of action as we chart his life as a provincial landowner, a courtier and Queen Elizabeth’s Favourite, a Privateer, an inveterate gambler and ultimately one of the founding fathers of the British Empire. Finally, we’ll examine the bitterness and discord he bequeathed to the Clifford family on his death. The course will include an optional tour of Skipton Castle £8.50, £7.40 concession

The life of George Clifford     

  We regret that this group is full:
   
Meets Tuesday
Venue Soroptimist International - map
Details THE LIFE AND TIMES OF 'THE PRIVATEERING EARL' – GEORGE CLIFFORD, THE 3rd EARL OF CUMBERLAND Today George Clifford has been eclipsed by his famous daughter, Anne, in popular consciousness but his exploits and achievements deserve to be better known. The course therefore sets out to explore some of the feats of this multi-faceted man of action as we chart his life as a provincial landowner, a courtier and Queen Elizabeth’s Favourite, a Privateer, an inveterate gambler and ultimately one of the founding fathers of the British Empire. Finally, we’ll examine the bitterness and discord he bequeathed to the Clifford family on his death. The course will include an optional tour of Skipton Castle £8.50, £7.40 concession

The life of Lady Anne Clifford     

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Meets Tuesday
Venue Soroptimist International - map
Details THE LIFE AND TIMES OF LADY ANNE CLIFFORD - Steve Wilton Lady Anne Clifford’s life was nothing if not eventful – she lived through the reigns of four monarchs and a civil war, outlived two husbands and was the protagonist in one of the most high-profile legal wrangles of the Stuart era. Fiercely loyal to her mother and steadfast in her belief that she had been wrongly disinherited, Anne has earned a special place in our local history by her stoic resistance to all the cajoling, threats and well intentioned advice from those (including the King) who sought to persuade her to relinquish her claim to her father’s estates. The three sessions of the course will trace her life in the closing years of Queen Elizabeth’s reign, through her two difficult marriages to her long widowhood when against all odds she finally inherited the family estates and fashioned a new life as an independent woman busy with charitable works and restoring the Clifford Castles after the ravages of the Civil War. The course will include an optional tour of Skipton Castle £8.50, £7.40 concession.

The Life of Lady Anne RESERVE     

Meets Tuesday
Venue Soroptimist International - map
Details THE LIFE AND TIMES OF LADY ANNE CLIFFORD - Steve Wilton Lady Anne Clifford’s life was nothing if not eventful – she lived through the reigns of four monarchs and a civil war, outlived two husbands and was the protagonist in one of the most high-profile legal wrangles of the Stuart era. Fiercely loyal to her mother and steadfast in her belief that she had been wrongly disinherited, Anne has earned a special place in our local history by her stoic resistance to all the cajoling, threats and well intentioned advice from those (including the King) who sought to persuade her to relinquish her claim to her father’s estates. The three sessions of the course will trace her life in the closing years of Queen Elizabeth’s reign, through her two difficult marriages to her long widowhood when against all odds she finally inherited the family estates and fashioned a new life as an independent woman busy with charitable works and restoring the Clifford Castles after the ravages of the Civil War. The course will include an optional tour of Skipton Castle £8.50, £7.40 concession.

Tuesday Treckers     

Meets Tuesday
Venue Town Hall Car Park - map
Details A mix of short, medium and long walks. Membership of the group is limited to 16 people and all the members must be prepared to lead 3 or 4 walks a year. We meet at Skipton Town Hall Car Park a few minutes before the time stated in the Walks Programme (to be distributed by email) to arrange car sharing. Suitable clothing, footwear and packed lunches are essential. Sorry no dogs. Cost for car sharing: 7p per mile to the car driver.

Walk to Lunch     

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Meets Thursday (fortnightly) All Year
Venue No Venue
Details Morning walks of up to 5 miles followed by a pub or café lunch. Members must be fit to walk at a good pace, manage hills and stiles. points and pub menus are circulated by e mail prior to each walk – members need to book meals and commit to walks in advance. Email is ESSENTIAL for this group. Need walking boots and wet weather clothing. Additional costs: lunch, depends on food choice. Travel to walks.

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Walking Group     

Meets Tues/Thurs All Year
Venue Coach St Car Park - map
Details We offer a sequence of short (5-7 miles), medium (8-9 miles) and long walks (10+ miles). We meet at Skipton Coach Street Car Park 10 minutes before the time stated in the Walks Programme to arrange car sharing. Suitable clothing, footwear and packed lunches are essential. Sorry no dogs. Programmes are distributed by email. The current programme can be viewed on the U3A website. If you require a hard copy please contact Tony Canfer. Cost for car sharing: 7p per mile to the car driver.

Walking Netball     

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Meets Friday
Venue The Coulthurst Craven Sports Centre - map
Details To re-introduce ex-players to the sport they have always loved or engage adults in a sport they didn’t realise they would enjoy. We will develop netball skills at a slower pace for everyone to increase physical and social health. Open to everyone, health assessment will be discussed.

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Watercolours (Leisure)     

Meets Tuesday
Venue Trinity Methodist Church - map
Details A group for leisure painters in watercolour preferably with some experience and choosing their own subjects to paint

Watercolours (Leisure) RESERVE     

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Watercolours (Prog) RESERVE     

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Watercolours Paint & Progress     

Meets Tuesday
Venue Greatwood and Horseclose Community Centre - map
Details Join this relaxed and informal group to practice and improve your watercolour skills. Through a ‘share and learn’ approach we will cover varied subjects ranging from still life to landscapes. There will be a group choice of subject matter and suggestions on composition and colour choice. Members must provide all their own painting materials including paper, paints, brushes, water containers etc.

Wine Tasting     

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Meets Thursday (Monthly)
Venue Soroptimist International - map
Details To discuss various wines, i.e. taste, grape variety etc. NB Monthly costs will increase this year.

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Women in Art Hiistory RESERVE     

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Women in Art History 1 Autumn     

  We regret that this group is full:
   
Meets Monday
Venue Private Houses
Details WOMEN IN ART HISTORY AND IN ART NOW This was a new adventure in shared learning last year. The leader provided comprehensive information each week so that we could examine the artwork of a woman artist in her period for each of the subsequent weeks. This year we will continue from the early 20th century to the present one. The tutor will provide hard copies of images for sharing. Members to consider £2 for other printouts to keep. This course will be repeated in the spring term for new members.

Women in Art History 2 Spring     

  We regret that this group is full:
   
Meets Monday Spring
Venue Private Houses
Details This was a new adventure in shared learning last year. The leader provided comprehensive information each week so that we could examine the artwork of a woman artist in her period for each of the subsequent weeks. This year we will continue from the early 20th century to the present one. The tutor will provide hard copies of images for sharing. Members to consider £2 for other printouts to keep. This is the repeat of the autumn term course, specifically for new members.

Woodturning 1     

  We regret that this group is full:
   
Meets Monday
Venue Woodturning - map
Details A mixed ability class. Beginners will be taught basic techniques. Returners will undertake more ambitious projects. N.B. This course involves moving machinery and sharp tools, so there are health and safety issues, which will be taught. There will be some exposure to dust, so it may not be advisable for those with breathing difficulties. Physical strength is not required, so it is suitable for both sexes. The course involves standing at a lathe so members with health issues, especially postural hypotension MUST inform the group leader. Small charges (<£5) for cost of materials (wood etc.)

Woodturning 1 RESERVE LIST     

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Woodturning 2     

  We regret that this group is full:
   
Meets Tuesday
Venue Woodturning - map
Details A mixed ability class. Beginners will be taught basic techniques. Returners will undertake more ambitious projects. N.B. This course involves moving machinery and sharp tools, so there are health and safety issues, which will be taught. There will be some exposure to dust, so it may not be advisable for those with breathing difficulties. Physical strength is not required, so it is suitable for both sexes. The course involves standing at a lathe so members with health issues, especially postural hypotension MUST inform the group leader. Small charges (<£5) for cost of materials (wood etc.)

Woodturning 2 RESERVE LIST     

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ZY Distribution helpers     

Meets Variable
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