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Ad Hoc Walking     

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Venue No Venue
Details There is no programme; walks are proposed by group members at short notice taking advantage of good weather. Any group member can propose a walk anytime, anywhere, any length. The proposer can set the maximum group size within any current Covid guidelines. Groups are usually small (historical maximum: 15, average: 6). On joining the group, you will be sent the latest guidelines.

Aerobics - High Intensity     

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Meets Wednesday 10 am
Venue St Andrews Church Hall Skipton - map
Details Numbers are limited so members must be able to do press ups, squats, lunges and be able to sustain some high intensity aerobic exercise (HIIT). Suitable clothing essential, 2x1kg weights, mats, towels required for cool down. Please bring water. CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR THAT HIIT IS OK FOR YOU AS HEART RATES WILL BE ELEVATED.

Allotment     

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Meets Group meeting Sunday morning. plus other days
Venue Allotment
Details Sunday mornings. Other times by arrangement within the group. - Plots 39 and 93, Broughton Rd. All year. Let's grow! We meet on Sunday mornings to work together and plan for the following week. It is expected that in the growing season all members take a turn in the weekly watering rota and spend another session working on the plots. No previous knowledge necessary just lots of energy and enthusiasm. Additional costs shared between the group: seeds, plants & other consumables necessary for growing crops.

Art & Architectecture - Zoom     

Meets Monday 2 pm
Venue Zoom
Details I will contact you via Beacon - Zoom – Mondays, 2.00 – 2.40 (three Mondays out of four, as Book Group is once a month). From 11 Oct. Please contact me before that to arrange your date and contribution. What artwork interests you? Each of us introduces for discussion a masterpiece by a well known artist. Or a variation on this theme.

Aspects ofArt and Architecture     

Meets Wednesday 10 am
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.

Astronomy     

Meets Wednesdays
Venue St Stephens Church Hall Skipton - map
Details Weekly lunchtime talks on new discoveries, from planetary missions to observations of the distant universe. A different topic will be presented each week. We may also meet outside to look at the night sky on a good evening.

Ballet - DVDs     

Meets Friday 10 am
Venue Zoom
Details Stream/Zoom - Friday 10.00 - 12.00 24 Sept – 3 Dec. The ballets to be shown include Hobson’s Choice, Sylvia, Still Life at the Penguin Café, A Simple Man, The Red Shoes, Le Corsair, Woolf’s Works, Manon, Bolshoi’s Swan Lake and Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake.

Birdwatching     

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Meets Monday 10 am
Venue Bolton Abbey Village Hall - map
Details A class for those interested in birdwatching with talks by group members and external speakers, also DVDs. Free parking at the venue. Bring binoculars. RSPB membership is recommended as we visit some RSPB Reserves. Car sharing costs and coach fares on outdoor field trips.

Book Group Novels and Biograph     

Meets Monday (Monthly) 2 pm
Venue Zoom
Details I will contact you via Beacon - Zoom - Mondays monthly, 2.00 – 2.40, 4 Oct – 20 Dec. Max 12 (Then 2.00 – 4.00 at my home with a tea and cake when we are permitted again. We may run all year.) Novels and Biography from Diaspora, British and European Writing. Original work in English or in translation.

Bridge Play     

Meets Thursday 2 pm
Venue Draughton Village Hall
Details For those who have played Bridge and want to improve their duplicate game. There may be a ‘tip’ on bidding or play at some meetings with a look at any interesting hands. Additional cost of £1 to cover cards and travelers. Last Bridge afternoon is now Thursday, 14th April 2022.

Calligraphy     

Meets Thursday 10 am
Venue Three Links Club - map
Details Three Links Club - Thursday 10.00 - 12.00 7 Oct – 20 weeks. This is a self-help group and is therefore not suitable for complete beginners.

Coastal Navigation     

Meets Thursday 10:30 am
Venue Private Houses
Details The aim of this course is to introduce you to coastal navigation, which has many similarities to map reading and finding your way on land, but with the added interest of how to chart your position at sea including the effects of tides and wind. The course will cover Admiralty and Imray charts and their symbols, Fixing your position at sea, Effect of tides and wind, Plotting a course on the chart, Sailing a course, Use of electronic plotter, Planning a passage, Useful knots. You will learn navigation by doing up to 30 ‘exercises’ using the Firth of Clyde chart. There will be a cost of £3 for notes; some Firth of Clyde charts will be available (about £20 if you buy your own).

Craven u3a Orchestra     

Meets Wednesday 2 pm
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, from beginners to the highly proficient, but all share an enthusiasm for making music together. Our repertoire ranges widely over the musical landscape – Dowland, Handel, Schubert and Vaughan Williams have all featured in our annual concerts. We also play music from films and musicals. The rehearsals are always an enjoyable and rewarding way of spending an afternoon. We are very much looking forward to meeting together again after our long break and hope you will join us. There may be small charge for music or additional rehearsal.

Creative Writing     

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Meets New writing themes are set fortnightly
Venue No Venue
Details We will initially use email as our main method of communication. There is no date or time. Members may contribute (usually by attaching a Word document to a group email) at any time with each fortnight. Members may choose to make private, constructive comments to the contributor. We may consider Zoom or venue meetings, depending on the wishes of the group.

Croquet     

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Meets Wednesday 1:30 pm
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

Crown Green Bowls (Group 1)     

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Meets Friday 11:30
Venue Whinfield Bowling Club
Details Instruction and guidance on how to play Crown Green Bowls. £1 every time you play. Flat soled shoes or trainers must be worn.

Crown Green Bowls (Group 2)     

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Meets Friday 2 pm
Venue Whinfield Bowling Club
Details Instruction and guidance on how to play Crown Green Bowls. £1 every time you play. Flat soled shoes or trainers must be worn.

English Castles and Country Ho     

Meets Thursday 10 am
Venue Zoom
Details Ian Adams iansydneyadams@gmail.com This course looks at the history and architecture of English castles and country houses from the Norman Conquest to the present day.

Exploring Poetry     

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Meets Monday 11 am
Venue Private Houses
Details EXPLORING POETRY - Denise Jones - denisemargaretjones6@gmail.com - Zoom - Monday 9.00 – 10.00, 4 Oct - 10 sessions. - If we can meet in person the time will change to 11.00 – 12.00, the venue: 9 Princes Drive, Skipton. Members will be invited to introduce poems on one of the following themes each week. The person leading each session will be asked to forward titles of their chosen poems to the group in advance to enable group members to read them, apart from the first one which Denise will present and be prepared to contribute to the discussion. Suggested themes: Poems Remembered from Childhood, Friendship, The Wild West, Reflections/Refractions, Lost, The Senses, Black and White, Revelation, The Ages, A Journey. Apart from the first one these are not in any order and will rely on group members to choose their topics and when they would like to present their selection.

Film International     

Meets Wednesday 1:30 pm
Venue Champions Church - map
Details In this course I will show French films in the Autumn term and films from any nation in the Spring term. There will be a vast variety of films here, we hope you will want to discuss them in the break and make friends. You might like to bring a flask and biscuit. We have a great time, and you are most welcome. This is a friendly and long established group. We are delighted to have new class members. I will email the full list of films to all class members, but our first film will be The Grocer’s Son – directed by Eric Guirado – a French film, and our second will be The Double Life of Veronique – directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski; this is a Polish/French film. All films have subtitles in English.

Film International Extra     

Meets Tuesday 1:30 pm
Venue Champions Church - map
Details A selection of films – some old, some new - from around Europe and elsewhere including Australia, UK and the USA to warm our spirits during the cold winter months and as we journey into springtime. 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 15. Notes: (1) Films may change due to licensing restrictions. (2) Go to 'Schedule' and click on 'Show Detail' to see the programme for the term. Do please check the running time of each film to ensure you are able to catch buses/trains etc and not miss th end of the film!

Films Japan and Nordic     

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Meets Tuesday 1:30 pm
Venue Champions Church - map
Details A selection of subtitled films from Japan and Nordic countries presented by leaders from Japan and Sweden. There will be an interval with time for a chat but please bring your own refreshments. After the film, members who want to, can stay for a short discussion (unfortunately not possible after extra long films). A list of films will be emailed to group members, but if you want to know about the films before registering you are welcome to contact either of the leaders.

Flower Arranging     

Meets Thursday 2 pm
Venue Three Links Club - map
Details This is not a taught course but an opportunity for a group to share knowledge, experience, ideas and resources in a practical ‘have a go’ session. Each session will focus on an aspect of flower arrangement, incorporating theory into practice. You will bring your own flowers, foliage and container and take home an arrangement that should last longer than a week! I aim to provide a friendly and supportive environment in which we can all learn from each other and develop our understanding of techniques and skills. No prior experience is needed, just a willingness to experiment and the desire to enjoy a creative art.

French (Advanced)     

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Meets Friday 10 am
Venue St Stephens Church Hall Skipton - map
Details An opportunity to improve your French in a convivial atmosphere using largely contemporary sources. A reasonable standard of spoken French required to obtain maximum benefit.

French (Continuing)     

Meets Tuesday 10 am
Venue Christ Church Annexe - map
Details FRENCH CONTINUING - Pauline Kennedy – 07436 113748, paulinekennedy60@hotmail.com - Swadford Centre - Tuesday 10.00 – 12.00, 5 Oct – 14 Dec & 4 Jan – 15 Mar tbc, Max 20 This is the continuation of Peter Self’s Continuing French group. Pauline will administer the group. The teacher will be Jen Rowlands. Extra costs are likely to be around £2 for photocopying per term and 50p weekly for tea/coffee.

Gardening     

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Details A social gardening group. For gardeners of every ability with a keen interest in plants and who just enjoy chatting about plants and swopping seeds and cuttings. Also getting ideas from visiting local and more formal garden visits

Geography Forum     

Meets Wednesday 10 am
Venue St Stephens Church Hall Skipton - map
Details The course is a series of individual talks by the members, often based on their travels and experiences; covering geography, geology, climate, history and nature.

Geology Walks     

Meets Mondays fortnightly
Venue Various Outdoor
Details Outdoor trips take place on alternate Mondays (weather permitting) to a local feature. This could be a rock, landscape, hill, river, quarry or mine. Some information of each site is given beforehand, and then we discuss the geology on site. The trips require walking a mile or so from the nearest car parking, and may involve some scrambling. New members are welcome to join at any time.

German (Continuing)     

Meets Tuesday 10 am
Venue St Andrews Library - map
Details This course is for revising and enhancing grammar and vocabulary through reading a variety of texts and to develop conversation confidence. Additional cost of £3 for photocopying.

Group Leaders 22-23     

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History of Art     

Meets Tuesday 10 am
Venue Embsay Village Hall - map
Details History of art from Ancient Greeks to the end of the 19th Century Photocopying £3 per term

Indoor Games     

Meets Monday 2 pm
Venue Three Links Club - map
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Iron Curtain: The Trauma     

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Meets Wednesday 2 pm
Venue Zoom
Details Wednesday 2.00 – 4.00, 5 Jan – 16 Mar. Half Term 23 Feb. Max no - Catch-up on Zoom from Mon 10 Jan to Mon 21 Mar, 7.00 – 9.00pm (half term 21 Feb) At the end of the Second World War eight Eastern European countries were taken over by the Soviet Union and compelled to set up as socialist regimes under Kremlin control. Duly known as Iron Curtain countries, these lasted until the collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989. This course accounts for the particular trauma of being an ordinary citizen, a secret policeman, and a party functionary (at any level) in this lost civilisation of cruelty, outlandish propaganda and totalitarian paranoia. A prologue and epilogue will put that experience of raw socialism into a wider context.

Iron Curtain: The Trauma Zoom     

Meets Monday 7 pm
Venue Zoom
Details At the end of the Second World War eight Eastern European countries were taken over by the Soviet Union and compelled to set up as socialist regimes under Kremlin control. Duly known as Iron Curtain countries, these lasted until the collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989. This course accounts for the particular trauma of being an ordinary citizen, a secret policeman, and a party functionary (at any level) in this lost civilisation of cruelty, outlandish propaganda and totalitarian paranoia. A prologue and epilogue will put that experience of raw socialism into a wider context.

Italian - Continuing     

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Meets Monday 2 pm
Venue Skipton Friends Meeting House - map
Details This course is for students with a comfortable fluency in Italian and a basic understanding of grammar. The work covers comprehension to and from the foreign language, conversation, listening exercises, and grammar and vocab. work. Extra cost - Photocopying and coffee - about £1 per session.

Italian Improving     

Meets Wednesday 2 pm
Venue Skipton Friends Meeting House - map
Details This course is for students with a smattering of Italian. We spend our time practising vocab and grammar via translation from Italian, listening exercises, conversation, grammar exercises, games and simple comprehension exercises. It is not a Beginners' class, and the Monday class is more suitable for anyone who has lived in Italy among Italians for any length of time. Extra cost - Photocopying and coffee - about £1 per session.

Keep Going     

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Meets Friday 10 am
Venue Three Links Club - map
Details Very gentle exercise to music.

Madrgals     

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Mah-Jong     

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Meets Thursday 2 pm
Venue Princes Drive Community Centre - map
Details Both experienced players and beginners are welcome to this game; it resembles Rummy, but uses Chinese tiles based on Eastern Mythology.

Metal Detecting     

Meets Various
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Details Any day, depends on availability of land, dates and venues to be arranged. All year. Max no 13. Introduction to the theory and practice of metal detecting – including the choosing and use of equipment and practical detecting sessions. Researching and dating finds. Compliance with the Treasure Act and Portable Antiquities Scheme.

Motorcyclists     

Meets Various
Venue Various Outdoor
Details This is a group of low-key motorbike riders who meet up a couple of times a month for a ride. No fixed dates, members suggest rides according to the weather. We usually meet at Morrisons in Skipton and end up in a cafe somewhere for a chat. Thee season usually starts in Mark and ends in October.

Multi-media in Art 10 am     

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Meets Wednesday 10 am
Venue Three Links Club - map
Details MULTI MEDIA – Morning Please contact Sue for information until Hazel is ready to return. £616 - Hazel Chatwin – 01756 793308 – hmchatwin79@hotmail.co.uk 07870804985 - Sue Fletcher – 07725404515, suefletcher14@gmail.com - Three Links - Wed 10.00 – 12.00 - 6 Oct – 8 Dec & 19 Jan – 16 Mar. Multi Media covers all aspects of craft work plus various paint disciplines. MULTI MEDIA - Afternoon Please contact Sue for information until Hazel

Music for Fun     

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Meets Tuesday 10:30 am
Venue Trinity Methodist Church - map
Details The course is for the enjoyment of singing and playing music. Singers and/or musicians welcome. We do not provide music, but words and chords are projected on to the wall. We sing and accompany a variety of songs including folk, classic pop, American song book, jazz etc. Members are invited to request songs and/or to lead them if they feel able. The course leaders will otherwise choose and lead songs but we would like it to be a proactive group where members feel they can contribute and make requests and suggestions.

Play Reading     

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Meets Monday
Venue Private Houses
Details Something for everyone: we choose a play suitable for reading aloud as a group. Each person takes a character in the play. We do the reading from script, no memorizing required! We use some plays which are out of copyright and therefore free, and some modern plays where we pay a small fee. New members can join in at any time. Additional costs to members: £3.75 occasionally for a play script.

Politics Discussion Group     

Meets Thursday 1 pm
Venue Swadford Centre Library - map
Details POLITICS DISCUSSION GROUP - Syd Matthews, gnsmatthews@outlook.com This group is full. It will be co-originated by Richard Newson until Syd is better. Richard will email the group members with further information. - Swadford Centre Library – Thursday 1.00 - 3.00, 7 Oct – 16 Dec. 13 Jan- 24 Mar dates, Max 25 A popular member led discussion group where we discuss a wide range of topics arising from the groups own interests. It is advisable to have completed the Government course as this assists the understanding of political systems and some of the basic concepts..

Popular Music 1920-1970     

Meets Tuesday 2 pm
Venue Three Links Club - map
Details POPULAR MUSIC 1920-1960 – David Wiseman 01756 797443 Tuesday 2.00 -4.00 St Andrews Church Hall. 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!

Quilting and Sewing     

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Meets Wednesday 10 am
Venue Christ Church - map
Details QUILTING AND SEWING GROUP - Anne Reay, 07745 861504, annereaymaths@btinternet.com - Christ Church - Wednesday 10.00 – 12.00, 3 Nov – 8 Dec. Max 15 If you enjoy sewing, come and join this group to share sewing skills and friendship. We will be exploring all aspects of needlework from quilts to pin cushions and maybe even dressmaking. Everyone welcome, from experienced quilters and dressmakers to complete novices. Bring your own project or, if you’re new to sewing bring pins, needles, scissors, ruler or tape measure, pencil and paper and a selection of cotton type fabric (recycled clothes!). I look forward to meeting you.

Racketball Monday     

Meets Monday 0850 & 0950
Venue Sandylands Sports Centre - map
Details Played on a squash court with similar rules but with a larger ball and racket. Clothing as for squash/tennis with non-marking shoes. A reasonable level of fitness is required. Two groups. The first plays from 0850 to 0950. The second from 0950 to 1050. Court fees £2 per session payable in cash or by bank transfer arranged with the Group Leader

Railway Group     

Meets Friday 10 am
Venue Swadford Centre - map
Details RAILWAY GROUP - Ian Appleyard – 01756 735002, iappleyard@hotmail.com - John Goodall, 01729 840697, goodallj54@gmail.com The programme consists of talks on a wide variety of railway and related topics. These range from the historic to the present day railway with the emphasis on Britain’s railways, but with overseas railways also featuring. Most talks feature Powerpoint presentations. Speakers are drawn from the ranks of the group membership as well as about ten Guest Speakers, some well known in the railway industry.

Recorder (Continuers)     

Meets Monday 4 pm
Venue Champions Church - map
Details We are an informal, supportive, self help group (no tutor) and members have a varied amount of musical knowledge. We play all sorts of 2, 3, and 4 part music. Ideally you should have some previous basic experience, but if in doubt please contact me to check standard needed. Requirements: Recorder and portable music stand. Allow £10 for music.

Recorder Ensemble     

Meets Monday 1:30 pm
Venue Champions Church - map
Details Four or five part music will be played on Descant, Treble, Tenor and Bass from different genre. The group is sometimes invited to take part in public performances.

Renaissance Gardens     

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Sacred Music Medieval Baroque     

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Meets Friday 10 am
Venue Soroptimist International - map
Details We will follow the development of religious music from early plainchant through Renaissance polyphonic masses to the splendours of the Baroque oratorio and cantata, from Hildegard of Bingen to J.S. Bach, and learn a little about the life story of each of the composers.

Safety on the Web 1     

Meets 5 November 11.00 - 1.00
Venue Zoom
Details I will offer more sessions if there is sufficient demand. As pensioners we are major targets for spam and fraudsters. The web is the first global marketplace without borders, so it really is the World Wild West www. I am repeating myself, but you can only register for one of the days and times most convenient to your timetable. I will email you the Zoom details when you register for the course. I will use a Powerpoint presentation. Safety on the Web is for all those who want to be more confident using the web and, as knowledge is power, to be able to use the web more safely than now. It is the World Wild West (www.) out there.

Safety on the Web 2     

  We regret that this group is full:
   
Meets 12 November 2:00 to 4:00 pm
Venue Zoom
Details I will offer more sessions if there is sufficient demand. As pensioners we are major targets for spam and fraudsters. The web is the first global marketplace without borders, so it really is the World Wild West www. I am repeating myself, but you can only register for one of the days and times most convenient to your timetable. I will email you the Zoom details when you register for the course. I will use a Powerpoint presentation. Safety on the Web is for all those who want to be more confident using the web and, as knowledge is power, to be able to use the web more safely than now. It is the World Wild West (www.) out there.

Science& Technology Discussion     

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Meets Tuesday 10 am
Venue St Stephens Church Hall Skipton - map
Details Discussion of current scientific 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 via their website: https://cravenst971700904.wordpress.com so familiarity with internet technology would be an advantage. We hope to have internet access at the venue but as back-up we also have a 4G Router, so a laptop/smartphone/tablet would also be useful.

Shorty Walks     

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Details We offer more gentle walks of 2-5 miles every two weeks.

Skipton & the rise of Suburbia     

  We regret that this group is full:
   
Meets Monday 10:30 am
Venue St Stephens Church Hall Skipton - map
Details The course considers 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. The course was previously presented in 2020. Guide to optional walks approx. £2-00

Spanish Intermediate     

Meets Wednesday 10 am
Venue Private Houses
Details This will be a largely “self help” group for people with some knowledge of Spanish. The emphasis will be on the spoken language. i.e., on conversing in Spanish and understanding spoken Spanish. There will however be opportunities to revise aspects of grammar or vocabulary if members of the group would like.

Stories of Scientists     

Meets Wednesday 10 am
Venue Carleton-in-Craven Village Hall - map
Details A series of talks presenting the life and work of scientists and engineers, some of whom deserve better recognition.

Stretching And Yoga     

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Meets Monday 10.00 to 11.00
Venue St Andrews Church Hall Skipton - map
Details Exercise for flexibility and muscle toning. Ability to do shoulder stands and sit down on your heels is necessary to do the exercises correctly. Please wear comfortable clothing and soft shoes. Bring a mat and a bottle of water.

Summer Programme 2022     

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Summer Programme 2022 - AA     

Meets Thursday 28 July 2022
Venue Ermysteds Grammar School - map
Details Civic Grandeur - This talk looks at the development of municipal architecture from its mediaeval origins, through the great age of Victorian and Edwardian town halls, to its decline in the late 20th century.

Summer Programme 2022 - AB     

Meets Thursday 28 July 2022
Venue Ermysteds Grammar School - map
Details Sir Joseph Banks:was a naturalist who made his name through his part in an expedition to Newfoundland and Labrador in 1766 following which he was invited to join James Cook’s first Pacific voyage on Endeavour. He was elected President of the Royal Society and advised King George III on the establishment of Kew Gardens.

Summer Programme 2022 - AC     

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Meets Thursday 28 July 2022
Venue Ermysteds Grammar School - map
Details William Blake -Prophet, poet and painter; radical counter-cultural visionary. Largely unrecognised during his lifetime, but now, a regular luminary in contemporary culture, whether in video games, novels, sporting events or political rallies; horror films, fashion design or the Women’s Institute. William died 200 years ago, but still haunts and inspires the 21st century. An extraordinary genius.

Summer Programme 2022 - AD     

Meets Thursday 28 July 2022
Venue Ermysteds Grammar School - map
Details “The railways will allow lower classes to travel about”. Everyday life in Victorian Britain: The Victorians were noted for their self-confidence, ambition and inventiveness and enormous progress was made in many areas. Everyday life was rarely easy however and this progress sometimes came at a cost. This session will explore some of the highs and lows of his era and their impact on working people.

Summer Programme 2022 - AE     

Meets Thursday 28 July 2022
Venue Ermysteds Grammar School - map
Details What happens to the stuff we throw? - This talk covers how the UK deals with rubbish disposal, focussing particularly on North Yorkshire with its new incinerator at Allerton Park. How successful is recycling in reality, what is the future for energy derived from rubbish, and how can we reduce the amount of waste through our personal choices? away?

Summer Programme 2022 - AF     

Meets Thursday 28 July 2022
Venue Ermysteds Grammar School - map
Details Human body machine: Human walking is an utterly remarkable process. A famous anatomist said" the foot is the most unique part of the human body spearheading our evolution." So, what is so special about our walking system enabling us to walk over any surface, slope or irregularity and what happens if there are failures in the system?

Summer Programme 2022 - BA     

Meets Thursday 28 July 2022
Venue Ermysteds Grammar School - map
Details Exploring John Ruskin, art critic, advocate of JMW Turner and the pre-Raphaelites, writer on architecture, geology, drawing, social reformer, and environmentalist. Now eclipsed by the scandal of his marriage, we will examine his life, ideas, and their relevance today

Summer Programme 2022 - BB     

Meets Thursday 28 July 2022
Venue Ermysteds Grammar School - map
Details Alexander Bogdanov revolutionary and visionary: The Russian polymath Alexander Bogdanov vied with Lenin for leadership of the Bolsheviks before the 1917 Revolution. He founded Systems Theory, (only acknowledged 50 years later), wrote two prophetic science fiction novels and experimented with blood transfusion for rejuvenation. His life covers three revolutions, the downfall of the Russian aristocracy, World War 1 and the birth of the Soviet Union.

Summer Programme 2022 - BC     

Meets Thursday 28 July 2022
Venue Ermysteds Grammar School - map
Details From groats to testoons: this is a story of English medieval silver coinage, using photographs and examples of coins linked to major dynastic changes. I will also discuss the origin of the Plantagenets, some of the background to the Wars of the Roses and explain how the Tudor era came into being.

Summer Programme 2022 - BD     

Meets Thursday 28 July 2022
Venue Ermysteds Grammar School - map
Details Why does a Japanese house look like a Japanese house? Traditional houses are distinctive to their country or region. You wouldn’t mistake a Japanese house for, say, a Swiss chalet or a Mexican adobe brick house. But why not? Come and find out how the geography of Japan shaped the look of its traditional houses

Summer Programme 2022 - BE     

Meets Thursday 28 July 2022
Venue Ermysteds Grammar School - map
Details Patrick Heron and the St Ives School of Painting’: The life and works of Leeds born painter, writer and art critic will be illustrated. His development will be traced from a 14-year-old making designs for his father's silk works to becoming a vital member of the St Ives School of Painting and a major figure in British abstract painting.

Summer Programme 2022 - BF     

Meets Thursday 28 July 2022
Venue Ermysteds Grammar School - map
Details When Medicine met Art: In 1543 an extraordinary work of Anatomy, known as the “Fabrica”, combined detailed anatomical study with artistic skills in presentation, and the new technology of printing. This talk will present this 16th century “best seller”, its rival from Da Vinci, and artistic representations in medicine until the 20th century. The talk includes medical images.

Summer Programme 2022 - CA     

Meets Friday 29 July 2022
Venue Ermysteds Grammar School - map
Details Chicago – It’s my Kinda Town: How did an ancient canoe portage lead to the development of the world’s busiest airport? What links a pet budgerigar to the Burj-Al-Arab in Dubai? And what has any of this to do with Lonnie Donegan? All the answers – and much more – are to be found in this fascinating insight into the history of a settlement of 100 souls in 1830 which grew into one of the world’s great cities.

Summer Programme 2022 - CB     

Meets Friday 29 July 2022
Venue Ermysteds Grammar School - map
Details Cryptic Crossword Puzzles for Puzzled People: This talk is aimed at anyone with an interest in cryptic crosswords but who struggles to solve and analyse clues. It is not suitable for anyone who is already a competent and successful puzzler.

Summer Programme 2022 - CC     

Meets Friday 29 July 2022
Venue Ermysteds Grammar School - map
Details Forgotten figures of the Renaissance: We shall explore the lives of four engaging Renaissance characters, now almost forgotten, who had a major impact on European events and culture. Meet a young prince who promised so much; a queen who lost a throne, but founded a dynasty; an engineering genius; and a flawed, reclusive emperor.

Summer Programme 2022 - CD     

Meets Friday 29 July 2022
Venue Ermysteds Grammar School - map
Details Wordsworth in Yorkshire: 2020 was the 250th anniversary of William Wordsworth's birth. Whilst he will always be associated with the Lake District, his family originally came from Yorkshire, and he and his sister Dorothy travelled and walked extensively in Yorkshire, often visiting Bolton Abbey. The talk will explore their travels, walks and writings about Yorkshire.

Summer Programme 2022 - CE     

Meets Friday 29 July 2022
Venue Ermysteds Grammar School - map
Details The Magic Flute – Mozart; what is this enigmatic opera all about: With the help of some commentaries and particularly a DVD recording some attempt will be made to answer the question posed. I f you do not know this opera come and enjoy listening to the superlative music.

Summer Programme 2022 - CF     

Meets Friday 29 July 2022
Venue Ermysteds Grammar School - map
Details Watching bumblebees: We often enjoy seeing the busy buzzing bumblebees in our gardens throughout the summer, but do we really engage with what they are doing and how they live? This talk will explore the physical features of bumblebees, their variety and fascinating life cycle, and their importance to our environment.

Summer Programme 2022 - DA     

Meets Friday 29 July 2022
Venue Ermysteds Grammar School - map
Details Film: The lives of others - 2006 German Oscar-winning psychological and political thriller, directed by Flo-rian Henckel von Donnersmarck. As Gerd Wiesler, a Stasi operative, spies on writer Georg Dreyman and his beautiful partner Christa-Maria, he assesses his own life and morality. In German with English sub-titles (15),132 mins.

Summer Programme 2022 - DB     

  We regret that this group is full:
   
Meets Friday 29 July 2022
Venue Ermysteds Grammar School - map
Details The economic consequences of Margaret Thatcher 1979 - 2022: In 1979 Margaret Thatcher became PM. This coincided with a major shift in economic policy, the consequences of which are now being revealed in social and economic data, thus enabling us to make an evaluation of what happened

Summer Programme 2022 - DC     

Meets Friday 29 July 2022
Venue Ermysteds Grammar School - map
Details Moby Duck: journey pf 28,000 ducks in the Pacific Ocean: In 1992, a cargo ship container fell into the North Pacific depositing over 28,000 rubber ducks into the ocean. Their journey has sparked the interest of beachcombers and scientists the world over. Find out why, with the talk which Meg’s father, Gareth Davies, prepared but never had chance to give.

Summer Programme 2022 - DD     

Meets Friday 29 July 2022
Venue Ermysteds Grammar School - map
Details “Music across the boarders” – mountain trekking with a cello in the Balkans Peace Park: In May 2019 seven young English folk musicians travelled for seven days through the mountains of Kosovo, Montenegro, and Albania, sharing their traditional music with local people and musicians in 17 different places. A PowerPoint presentation then a video collage of scenery and music.

Summer Programme 2022 - DE     

Meets Friday 29 July 2022
Venue Ermysteds Grammar School - map
Details Medieval mystery plays focusing on the York and Wakefield Cycles: This talk will describe how the plays developed in ecclesiastical and outdoor settings around Britain with reference to European staging. It will focus on the York and Wakefield Cycles as originally performed and on modern-day performances around Britain, including for example in Chester and the National Theatre

Summer Programme 2022 - DF     

Meets Friday 29 July 2022
Venue Ermysteds Grammar School - map
Details Assessing Risks in the Age of Covid: We have all been trying to navigate the risks presented by the pandemic. But how do individuals make these judgements? What are the conscious and unconscious biases which influence our view of risk? This talk aims to give participants some insight into our fallibility in these tricky times

Table Tennis     

  We regret that this group is full:
   
Meets Friday 2 pm
Venue Sandylands 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.

Ten-Pin Bowling     

Meets Monday 2 pm
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.

Vera Brearley     

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Walk to Lunch     

Meets Thursdays fortnightly 10:15
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Details We will offer morning walks of up to 5 miles followed by a ‘bring your own’ lunch. When pubs are willing to accept larger bookings, we will start to book pub lunches again. Members must be fit to walk at a good pace and manage hills and stiles. Meeting points and pub menus are circulated by email – members need to commit to walks in advance and, when possible, pre-book meals. E-mail access is essential for this group.

Walking Group     

Meets Tuesday/Thursday all year
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Details Friendship, Fun and Fitness We offer a sequence of short (5-7 miles), medium (8-9 miles) and long (10+ miles) with various degrees of difficulty. We plan to meet at a prearranged walk start point 10 minutes before the time stated in the Walks Programme to get your boots and gaiters on. Suitable clothing, footwear and packed lunches are essential. Join us to meet new friends, walk in the glorious setting of the Yorkshire Dales and Moors together with walks in the Lake District National Park. All walks are at the members’ own risk. Sorry no dogs. Walk Programmes are distributed by email. If you do not have email, please contact George Mackley to get a hard copy of the programme.

Walking Netball     

  We regret that this group is full:
   
Meets Tuesday 10 am
Venue Sandylands Sports Centre - map
Details To reintroduce ex-players to a sport they have always loved or to engage adults in a sport they didn’t realise they could 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.

Watercolours (Leisure)     

Meets Tuesday 2 pm
Venue Trinity Methodist Church - map
Details A group for leisure painters in watercolour preferably with some experience and choosing their own subjects to paint

Wharfedale Walking     

Meets Saturday 10 am
Venue Various Outdoor
Details A friendly way to walk, for reasonably good walkers, at an easy pace up and down the dales. Walks are on Saturdays, weather permitting. We like to stop from time to time to take in the scenery and anything else of interest during the walk. You should have appropriate clothing, boots, equipment, drink and a picnic lunch: walks may last up to five hours (sorry, but no dogs). A walks programme is provided. A more detailed description is sent by e-mail a few days before each Saturday walk, and you reply if you can come. New walkers are welcome to join at any time.

Woodturning 1     

  We regret that this group is full:
   
Meets Monday 1 pm
Venue Woodturning - map
Details Doug’s Home - Monday 1.00 – 3.00. 4 Oct – 13 Dec & 10 Jan – 4 Apr, Max 4 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. Persons with health problems such as postural hypotension MUST inform the Group Leader. Additional cost <£5 for cost of materials, wood.

Woodturning 2     

  We regret that this group is full:
   
Meets Tuesday 1 pm
Venue Woodturning - map
Details Doug’s Home 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. Persons with health problems such as postural hypotension MUST inform the Group Leader. Additional cost <£5 for cost of materials, wood.

YZ Group Leaders     

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ZHousing Options2020Conclusion     

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