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Art Appreciation     

Meets 1st Tuesday 2-3.30pm
Venue Victoria Hall, Castleberg Room - map
Details Sue Simpson is the new leader from 07/11/17

Badminton and Table Tennis     

Meets Every Friday B 10-11, TT 11-12
Venue Langcliffe Village Hall
Contact 01729 822911
Details Hello, The Badminton & TT sessions will end this term on Friday 15th December and start again on January 5th 2018 then every Friday until 23rd March. Usual times B'ton 10.00 - 11.00; TT 11.00 - 12.00 Looking forward to some more great games and laughs! Tony & Wendy

Book Group     

  We regret that this group is full
Meets 3rd Monday; 2-3.30pm
Venue Members Homes
Contact 01729 822524
Details Leader: Jackie Allott: We are an informal group meeting where we take it in turns to choose a book for general discussion. This means a chance to read a wide range of books which may not normally be on our own agenda. There are plenty of opportunities to talk and to listen. The group is limited to about twelve members as it meets in members homes usually. If this limit is exceeded, the possibility of forming a second group will be explored.


Meets Wednesday
Venue Victoria Hall, Scalber Room - map
Details Leader: Frank Rhodes: Bridge for all levels. Contact Frank Rhodes at the above email address

Card Making Am And Pm     

  We regret that this group is full
Meets 3rd Thursday 10-12am and 1-3pm
Venue Leader's home
Details Leader: Wendy Newby: 2 sessions one in morning(10-12am) and one in afternoon(1-3pm). Max 8 members at each session. Each month we make at least two cards using a wide range of techniques and materials (which are supplied for a small charge). The leader provides any specialist tools and equipment required. A basic crafting tool kit of scissors, craft knife and mat, metal rulers etc is useful but not essential.

Circle Dancing     

Meets 2nd and 4th Friday 10.30-11.30am
Venue Victoria Hall, Main Hall - map
Contact 01729 822781
Details Leader: Gillian Walton:


Meets 3rd Monday 2-3.30pm
Venue Victoria Hall, Main Hall - map
Contact 01729 822579
Details Leader: Marjorie Walker: To all you wanna be dancers, my name is Marjorie. I have danced all my life and taught for more years than I care to remember. At present I teach adult ballet. I believe everyone has the right to dance to their ability. These classes will be friendly, relaxed and the art of dance will be taught with, hopefully, some fun. So please come along.

Dance Exercise     

Meets Every Wednesday from September 20th 2017 2-3pm
Venue Victoria Hall, Main Hall - map
Details Leader: Janet Rougvie: Is it dance? Is it exercise? Is it what we'd all secretly love to try when we watch Strictly and Craig says "fabulous hips darling!"? Its all three!!! This group aims to enjoy the pure joy of Latin music and Latin dance moves, adapted an exercise class format. Ideal for those who already love exercising to great music - but beginners, non-dancers, and those with two left feet are particularly welcome as we'll all be starting from scratch and building this together. Just bring a bottle of water, your sense of adventure and a willingness to have a go. Well work on some basic steps from the likes of salsa, merengue, bachata, cha cha cha.....then add some style as we go, and turn it into some fun dance exercise routines. There may even be a bit of tango or Charleston thrown in. You will always take it at your own pace so no pressure. You can either aim for your own personal calorie burn....or just enjoy the fun of dancing like we do when no-one's watching (safe in the knowledge that everyone else will be doing the same!)


  We regret that this group is full
Meets Every Monday 10.30-11.30am
Venue Victoria Hall, Main Hall - map
Contact 01729 822781
Details Leader: Gillian Walton: Gentle but thorough exercise, much of which is chair based, helps develop and maintain flexibility and good posture. A wide variety of music accompanies the exercises.

Family History     

Meets 4th Friday 10.30am-12.30pm
Venue Friends Meeting House
Details Leader: Eileen Bamford: For all who are interested in family history, from beginners to the more experienced. The programme will combine work on specific topics, in plenary sessions and in small groups, give opportunities to bring individual queries and to organise visits to relevant libraries, record offices etc. This is not so much a course, more a discussion and development group, with shared help and encouragement.


Meets Every Monday 10.00 - 11.30am
Venue Victoria Hall, Castleberg Room - map
Contact 01729 825972
Details Leader: Colin Coleman: This is a very friendly group, whose members all have some previous knowledge of French. We use a range of printed and recorded texts, including literature, poetry, song and journalism with a particular emphasis on members own experience, to improve our spoken language and understanding of France and the French. All are encouraged to be both teacher and learner and not to worry about making mistakes.


Meets 2nd and 4th Wednesday 2-3.30pm
Venue Victoria Hall, Castleberg Room - map
Contact 01729 822676
Details Leader: Raymond Jones: The aim is to use spoken French as much of the time as possible. The "little grey cells" have to work hard but the exchanges between members are great fun and, over the last year, have become more spontaneous. Written material - both fiction and non-fiction - and aural material are used to stimulate, add variety and extend comprehension of l'Hexagonal and knowledge of l'Hexagone.


Meets 3rd Tuesday 2.30-4.0pm
Venue Victoria Hall, Main Hall - map
Contact 01729 825683
Details Leader: Paul Cochrane: As you travel around this green and pleasant land, have you ever wondered why that hill is smooth and rounded, that one is stepped, another jagged? Even why there are hills in that direction and a valley or plane in another? Why are different agricultural practices being followed as you move from one area to another or why is a village located where it is or why does that plant grow there and not there? The answer is often GEOLOGY. In this group and we will try to unravel some of these mysteries and get a few insights into the ideas behind this fascinating topic. Some meetings are talks on other occasion we go out on field trips - some of these may take the full day if we are travelling further afield.


Meets 1st and 3rd Wednesday 10-11.30am
Venue Victoria Hall, Castleberg Room - map
Contact 01729 822677
Details Leader: Alison Tyas: We have been reading 'Emil and the Detectives'. This year we will use the book to look at German grammar, learn to speak or write in German and have fun and play games. Not for absolute beginners.

German (conversation)     

Meets 2nd and 4th Wednesday 10-11.30am
Venue Victoria Hall, Castleberg Room - map
Contact 01729 840697
Details Leader: Sheila Goodall: We will be looking at magazine articles, short stories, poems or just ideas and practicing speaking and discussing. Not for beginners.

Great Lives     

Meets 3rd Wednesday 11am-12.15pm
Venue Victoria Hall, Castleberg Room - map
Contact 01729 825786
Details Leader: John Jebson: The group allows members to present a summary of the life and times of a subject of their choice followed by a group discussion on the presentation.Lives may be current or historical and from any field of human achievement. Participants are guaranteed to learn something new!!

Line Dancing     

Meets 1st, 3rd, 4th & 5th Thursdays 10.30 -12am
Venue Victoria Hall, Main Hall - map
Details Leaders: Eileen Bamford and Janet Wood: Line Dancing for all levels, from beginners to those who have been dancing for some time. Fun exercise for body and mind.

Looking at Old Buildings     

Meets 4th Thursdays
Venue Other
Contact 01729 825148
Details Leaders: Elizabeth Evans and Ruth Evans: This group visits somewhere or occasionally has a talk every month on the 4th Thursday. The first event will be a planning meeting at 2.00pm on 28 September in the Castleberg Room of the Victotia Hall. The two co-ordinators invite all those interested in being part of this group to come along with some suggestions of places to visit. The group is self-organised group i.e. the members plan & run the visits. Every assistance will be given to all who volunteer to organise a visit or talk. Weve had some great visits organised by members this last year. Further details will be available at the Coffee & Chat at the Victoria Hall on Thursday 13th August from 10.30am.

Lunch Group     

  We regret that this group is full
Meets 3rd Friday 12.30pm
Venue Other
Contact 01729 824844
Details Leader: Anne Webster: This group is for anyone who wants to have the occasional lunch out. It may happen on other days. Transport is usually available. The group is kept small and venues are not expensive.

Needlework And Natter     

Meets Every Monday 2-3.30pm
Venue Leader's home
Contact 01729 822677
Details Leader: Alison Tyas: We bring anything in the needlework line that we are working on. We can also teach beginners to knit, crochet, sew and a few other skills. Everyone welcome, whether wanting to learn something new or willing to show someone else how it is done. Spare threads, materials and needles available.


Meets 1st and 3rd Wednesday 10.15am-12.15pm
Venue Victoria Hall, Main Hall - map
Contact 01729 825483
Details Leader: Ian Tennant: The group is intended to be a self-help group whether working independently or on a theme.


Meets 1st and 3rd Thursday 2-3.30pm
Venue Victoria Hall, Castleberg Room - map
Contact 01729 824494
Details Leader: Colin Scales: We are reading extracts from Nigel Warburton "Philosophy Basic Readings" (2nd Edn.) Our meetings take the form of a brief introduction to the chapter we have read followed by an informal discussion which can be wide ranging and not always "on topic"! None of the group members would claim to be an "expert" - we simply enjoy exploring new ideas together - and new members are always welcome.

Play Reading     

Meets 3rd Tuesday 10-12.30am
Venue Victoria Hall, Castleberg Room - map
Contact 01729 822524
Details Leader: Jackie Allott: The idea is to try a new area of reading, perhaps also enjoy our untapped talents for drama and expression. Do not let the latter put you off though, as advice suggests we focus on the words of the play and just read the lines get lost in the story and what comes out of that is the point and the fun! Members of the Group will, hopefully, take turns in deciding the play and direct for the monthly meeting. Other members just turn up on the day with no homework in between (unless you are keen to do your own research). Think of your wish list of plays you would like to share with others even film scripts a way down the line, maybe. I will help organise/lead, as required.

Poetry Appreciation     

Meets 2nd and last Thursday 2-3.30pm
Venue Victoria Hall, Castleberg Room - map
Details Leader: Jean Stevens: In a relaxed atmosphere, we read a wide variety of poems leading to group discussion which always proves lively and thought-provoking and often suggests further topics of interest. It doesn't matter how much or how little you know about poetry - in fact, the more variety the better.


Meets 1st and 3rd Fridays 11am-12.30pm
Venue Victoria Hall, Castleberg Room - map
Contact 01729 825109
Details Leader: Pamela Elstub: Continuing from previous sessions. New members are always welcome with any size of recorder. We are working on longer and more complicated pieces, usually in three or four parts, from a wide variety of genres.


Meets 2nd Monday 1.30-3.30pm
Venue Victoria Hall, Castleberg Room - map
Contact 015242 51816
Details Leader: Brenda Pearce: Playing Scrabble with the emphasis being on enjoyment rather than achievement. We are always ready to welcome new members to the group.

Singing for Pleasure     

Meets Every Tuesday 10-11.30am
Venue Friends Meeting House
Contact 01729 825107
Details Leader: Catherine Holland: The group sings a wide variety of songs from the ones we learnt at school, to recent ones from the musicals and various artists. It is a very informal group and the meetings are based on people enjoying their singing and finding pleasure in attending the session.


Meets 2nd and 4th Tuesday 10-11.30am
Venue Victoria Hall, Castleberg Room - map
Contact 01729 823899
Details Leader: Jennifer Warner: What is Sociology? Sociology is an exciting subject that analyses and tries to explain important matters in our society. It is something that everyone can relate to. We will be discussing issues like racial and gender identity, family, deviant behaviour, crime, poverty, prejudice and discrimination. You will need to come with an open mind as we will be looking at issues from varying perspectives.


Meets 2nd and 4th Tuesday 2-3.30pm
Venue Victoria Hall, Castleberg Room - map
Contact 01729 823407
Details Leader: Helen Thwaite and co-leader Cate Holland: Contact Helen Thwaite for further details 01729 823407.


Meets 1st and 3rd Thursday and 2nd and 4th Tuesday
Venue Settle Cricket Club Car Park
Contact 01729 830299
Details Leader: Nita Hart: The Group has two levels of walk, the Tuesday walks average between 4 and 6 miles and are usually fairly easy. Thursday walks, which average about 8 miles, are more challenging. Both groups meet at the Cricket Club Car Park at 9.30 a.m. unless otherwise stated on the programme. New members are always welcome. See the groups page on the web site for the programme or copies are available from TIC and Settle Library. Website link is:-


Meets Once a month, either Saturday or Sunday
Details Leader: Tess McMahon: U3A Weekenders Group Sociable Sundays or Saturdays from September 2017 We would like this group to be welcoming and friendly with a mix of themed discussions, out-door time and probably some cafe time. It would be monthly to start with and may develop to include visits to interesting places or events. We dont want to duplicate anything already happening in Settle U3A. The unique element is getting together on a weekend day, and having an enjoyable and interesting low-cost time. The inaugural meeting will be at Settle Library meeting room on Saturday 16th September 11.30 13.00, with the main aim being to decide what we would like to do, and when, from October onwards. Would we prefer Saturdays or Sundays? And what time?