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AA1 Cleaning up rivers     

Meets 6 Ocotober 2020
Venue Zoom
Details A talk about the idea of "sustainable water" and describe work being done by Addingham 4Becks Project and the Ilkley Clean River Group to identify pollution sources and improve water quality in the R Wharfe and its tributaries

AA2 The Spanish flu     

Meets 8 October 2020
Venue Zoom
Details This talk looks at the role of the guilds and rich merchants in the early development of the Italian Renaissance in fifteenth-century Florence. The talk concludes with a particular look at the evolution of the Florentine portrait.

AB1 Memorialisation     

Meets 13 October 2020
Venue Zoom
Details The talk will trace the development of the memorial tradition through the ages, referring to both military and civilian memorials from around the world, and will reflect on their enduring relevance today.

AB2 Safe flying     

Meets 15 October 2020
Venue Zoom
Details Over the last 50 years of flying, engineers have improved aircraft beyond recognition, but the design of the pilots has been unchanged for millennia. In this talk the human factors of safe flying are outlined and illustrated with videos.

AC1 Bumblebees     

Meets 20 October 2020
Venue Zoom
Details Bumblebees are a key indicator of the health of the environment and a pleasure to watch. Learn about the variety, behaviour and science of these charming and useful summer insects. Weather permitting, there may be an opportunity to observe bumblebees in the wild.

AC2 Brunelleschi dome     

Meets 22 October 2020
Venue Zoom
Details Florence in the 13th century was a growing city and wanted a cathedral to match. Building took 60 years, but for the next 60 it was domeless. A Florentine goldsmith achieved it and only recently have his secrets been revealed.

AD1 US presidential election     

Meets 3 November 2020
Venue Zoom
Details The election of a US President is a process which reveals many of the ideas that preoccupied the founding fathers. By studying this we find out about not only the constitution but also the political culture of the USA.

AD2 Mississippi blues     

Meets 5 November 2020
Venue Zoom
Details An illustrated talk on how this river and tributaries have been developed into one of the largest commercial waterway systems in the world. Blues by inference only, from St. Louis to Basin Street via Memphis and Nashville. No live music.

AE1 Beauty, art, culture     

Meets 10 November 2020
Venue Zoom
Details The peacock’s tail’, said Charles Darwin, ‘makes me sick’. An examination into the origins of beauty, and the challenge it presented to Darwin. We shall explore the interplay between beauty, art and culture in the evolution of animals and humans.

AE2 Fake news     

Meets 12 November 2020
Venue Zoom
Details We delve into the history of fake news, explore its contemporary relationship with democracy, social media and the cult of celebrity. Improve your fake news spotting skills by analysing real and fake new stories in this interactive session.

AF1 Soviet gulag     

Meets 17 November 2020
Venue Zoom
Details Some 28 million Russians and others – all ‘enemies of the people’ -passed through the Gulag. At the very least 10% never survived. What gave rise to such mass cruelty? What sustained it? How can we make sense of it?

AF2 Two women surrealists     

Meets 19 November 2020
Venue Zoom
Details The two female Surrealists, Leonora Carrington and Dorothea Tanning were overshadowed by their male contemporaries such as Dali and Magritte, but they now are finally recognised with Tanning having had a 2019 Retrospective at Tate Modern. Their lives as well as their work will be studied.

AG1 Radio astronomy     

Meets 24 November 2020
Venue Zoom
Details We will examine the history and science of radio astronomy and see how it has provided vital clues to the origin of our Universe. We will also discover how redundant satellite dishes are being brought back into use as radio telescopes in developing countries.

Allotment     

  We regret that this group is full:
   
Meets Group meeting Sunday morning. plus other days
Venue Allotment
Details Let's grow! Additional costs: seeds, plants & other consumables necessary for growing crops

Art Appreciation In the Park     

  We regret that this group is full:
   
Meets Monday 11 am Fortnightly
Venue Aireville Park
Details - Monday fortnightly from 28 September, 11am-12 in Aireville Park Skipton. Max number 6. Each fortnight we will meet in the open air to discuss a masterpiece by a well-known artist for discussion. We'll take it in turns to choose and introduce the painting. I'll bring an easel for displaying a poster-sized print. In the first session I will introduce an artwork by Burne-Jones on an Arthurian theme.

Astronomy     

  We regret that this group is full:
   
Meets Mid October to December
Venue No Venue
Details Flexible meeting times, when moonlight is low. Max number 12. Meet in a reasonably dark place (it may be a short car drive away) for star identification, planet hunting, meteor showers etc. Dates dependent on clear skies, so will be arranged at short notice. This is a small-number outdoor activity subject to risk assessment.

Ballet DVDs     

Meets Fridays 10am
Venue Zoom
Details Ballet DVDs will be streamed weekly using a link sent to each member by Con. Discussions will be held using Zoom also using a link sent by Con. She will send her class a copy of the programme, this will be discussed at the first meeting on 2nd October. (This term does not include any musicals.)

Bridge - Play     

Meets 
Venue Zoom
Details For those who have played Bridge and want to improve their game. We will not be meeting for the rest of this year. However, some of the group are playing online and if anyone is interested they can contact Douglas ('phone: 01756 229 188 email: cdgoode@mypostoffice.co.uk) for more information.

Bridges - and how they work     

Meets Thursday 10 am
Venue Zoom
Details The first session will be a one hour PowerPoint general introduction so anyone with an interest can watch. The following sessions will be more detailed and technical…. with some calculation to do! Your motorway journeys will never be the same again after seeing how different bridges work!

Building Back Better     

Meets Tuesday 10 am
Venue Zoom
Details During the lockdown there has been increased interest in looking at new ways of doing our lives. Have you found an article, podcast, radio programme, TED talk, short story, chapter in a book etc that has influenced your thinking about better ways of doing things? Would you like to discuss it with others? Each session will be based on an input that addresses the idea of build back better, offered by group members. The zoom discussions will take place every two weeks, the intervening week being an opportunity to read, listen to or see and think about the suggested contribution. You can come without having a suggestion to make – all that is required is willingness to think about new ideas.

Chess     

Meets Weekly
Venue 
Details Get to know fellow U3A members over a game of chess. 'Slow chess' by email and telephone over a week. 'Fast chess' in a single 40m session of skype/zoom. You will be assigned a different pairing for each game.

Exploring the Country Virtual     

Meets 
Venue 
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.

Foreign Policy - Politics     

Meets Thursday 10 am
Venue Zoom
Details Get to know fellow U3A members over a game of chess. 'Slow chess' by email and telephone over a week. 'Fast chess' in a single 40m session of skype/zoom. You will be assigned a different pairing for each game.

Geography Forum     

Meets Wednesday
Venue Zoom
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. Last year, as well as talks on the UK we visited India, Peru, Botswana, Cyprus, Greenland, Russia, Japan and Sweden.

Geology of Britain     

Meets Monday Fortnightly
Venue Various Outdoor
Details Mondays fortnightly. Meet at designated parking places. 5 Oct to 14 Dec, Max number 21. This new activity features online learning and outdoor visits to local geological features. Notes will be emailed on various geological topics. Geology field trips will be local, on Monday mornings or afternoons fortnightly, when we can, subject to risk assessment

Government and Politics Gp     

Meets Wednesday 10 am
Venue Zoom
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.

Introduction to Pilates 1     

  We regret that this group is full:
   
Meets Monday 9 am
Venue Zoom
Details This is a six week course for people new to Pilates to learn the basic principles and to get to grips with the basic exercises.

Introduction to Pilates 2     

Meets Thursday 6 pm
Venue Zoom
Details This is a six week course for people new to Pilates to learn the basic principles and to get to grips with the basic exercises.

Metal Detecting     

  We regret that this group is full:
   
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.

Play Reading in the Park     

Meets Monday 10.00 Fortnightly
Venue Aireville Park
Details We will choose a short public-domain play suitable for the group. We will meet every fortnight for rehearsals in the open air. Perhaps we might put on a play reading performance on Zoom at the end of term? No memorizing required!

Poetry     

Meets Monday 10.00
Venue Zoom
Details This is an online self-study group. I would send a Zoom invitation to you. We would look at poetry from around 80 to 150 years ago. G.M. Hopkins, Ezra Pound, W.B. Yeats, Dylan Thomas, Thomas Hardy, W.H. Auden, T.S. Eliot, Robert Graves, and others of that sort of period. We would change the poet each week but may return to that poet another time. I will tell the students which poems we will look at. They will start by listening to the poem online and thinking about what it means to them and making notes. They will then find out online, or from books, as much as they can about the Poet, their period and influences, and the Poem itself. With that personal knowledge, they can contribute positively to the Zoom discussion on Monday morning. If they do not like the poet or poem or are busy that week, they do not need to join the discussion that Monday but should let me know in advance so that I can let in someone else from the waiting list. I would consider myself a facilitator and each week a different student would volunteer to briefly lead the discussion, everyone would lead at some point, and I would try to ensure that each member had a chance to speak during the Monday session.

Poetry Writing     

Meets 
Venue 
Details Are you interested in writing poetry? Each month we will take a particular form (sonnet, sestina, haiku, epic, rhymed, villanelle etc ...), and I will email some classic examples of the poetic form of the month. If you wish to contribute, you have a month to produce your own poem in that form (or a variant for dramatic effect) and send it to me. I will email all the poetic contributions received around the group each month. The only rules are: no criticism of anyone else's poem, no offensive material, and no plagiarism. Hopefully at the end of the course, we will each have a collection of poems in the various forms from this Craven U3A class of 2020/21. Please join and contribute.

Racketball Monday 1     

Meets Monday 0930
Venue The Coulthurst Craven Sports Centre - map
Details Racketball is being played again every Monday (apart from public holidays) at 0930. Numbers are limited to 6 per session and places must be booked directly - by text or email to Jon Tomlinson - and few of £2 paid to secure the place More information about how to book these sessions will be provided by email post registration.

Racketball Monday 2     

Meets Monday 10:10
Venue The Coulthurst Craven Sports Centre - map
Details Racketball is being played again every Monday (apart from public holidays) at 1010. Numbers are limited to 6 per session and places must be booked directly - by text or email to Jon Tomlinson - and few of £2 paid to secure the place More information about how to book these sessions will be provided by email post registration.

Racketball Wednesday 1     

Meets Wednesday 0930
Venue The Coulthurst Craven Sports Centre - map
Details Racketball is being played again every Wednesday (apart from public holidays) at 0930. Numbers are limited to 6 per session and places must be booked directly - by text or email to Jon Tomlinson - and few of £2 paid to secure the place More information about how to book these sessions will be provided by email post registration.

Racketball Wednesday 2     

Meets Wednesday 10:10
Venue The Coulthurst Craven Sports Centre - map
Details Racketball is being played again every Wednesday (apart from public holidays) at 1010. Numbers are limited to 6 per session and places must be booked directly - by text or email to Jon Tomlinson - and few of £2 paid to secure the place More information about how to book these sessions will be provided by email post registration.

Railway Studies     

Meets Friday 10:30
Venue Zoom
Details The program will include a wide variety of railway topics.

Russia: A panoramic history 1     

Meets Wednesday
Venue Zoom
Details This term covers the creation of Russia, its emergence as an imperial state and its demise in 1917 following the Russian Revolution.

Saga & Wagner     

Meets 
Venue 
Details A multimedia course on a memory stick (MP4 and explanatory files) with online discussions. Gudrun (aka Gutrune, Kriemhild) is Siegfried's wife: 'She caused the death - of three kings - of a nation'. Opera film excerpts from Wagner's Gotterdammerung, film of Die Nibelungen, and extracts of the sagas translated by William Morris and Tolkien. Extra charges: a one-off charge of £5 pounds for the USB memory stick and posting.

Science and Technology     

Meets Tuesday 10 am
Venue Zoom
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.

Spanish Continuers     

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.

Walk to Lunch     

  We regret that this group is full:
   
Meets Thursday (fortnightly) All Year
Venue No Venue
Details Note: group is 'walks only' at present due to Covid regulations and numbers on a walk are restricted too. Morning walks of up to 5 miles followed by a pub or café lunch. Members must be fit to walk at a good pace and manage hills and stiles. Meeting points are circulated in advance and members need to 'book on' to walks. Email is ESSENTIAL for this group. We will resume our lunches when regulations allow. Need walking boots and wet weather clothing.

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 Group Ad Hoc     

Meets Flexible
Venue 
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.

Walking in Sixes     

  We regret that this group is full:
   
Meets Fridays 10 am
Venue 
Details Meet at start point of the walk. A friendly way to walk, at an easygoing pace, over local hills and dales. Bring suitable clothing, a drink and a picnic lunch: walks should finish before 2 pm. Pre-booking necessary, up to 12 walkers per day (we can split into two groups). Each walk is subject to risk assessment.

Wharfedale Hillwalking in Sixs     

Meets Thursday 10 am
Venue Various Outdoor
Details A friendly way to walk, for reasonably good walkers, over hilly and sometimes demanding terrain. Bring suitable clothing, a drink and a picnic lunch: walks may last up to six hours. Pre-booking necessary, up to 6 walkers per day initially. Each walk is subject to risk assessment.

YZ Prospective Leaders     

  We regret that this group is full:
   
Meets 
Venue 
Details Set up to allow contact to Prospective Leaders, before Groups set up also enable committee members who are not Group Leaders to received Group Leader e-mails.