Ambleside & District


Here you will find details of our general meetings. In normal times they are held on the second Monday of each month at 14:15 in the Marchesi Centre, Windermere. The programme for each meeting is a short business meeting followed by a talk by an invited speaker and finally time for tea, biscuits and a chat with friends.

Other activities such as outings organised by our groups, study days and similar (to which all members are invited) are also listed. Activities of possible interest to our members in neighbouring U3As, the North-west Region and the National U3A appear here.

In the Covid-19 era General Meetings are being held via Zoom, beginning at 14:00.
Zoom connection details will be sent out in a Beacon email in the week before each meeting.

Dates for your Diary
Mon Mar 8th Poetry that will Live & Do Good
Jeff Cowton

I will be talking about the work that we do at Grasmere to help the poetry live, and the ways in which we work onsite and offsite to use it when working with groups not yet engaged with the lives and works of William and Dorothy Wordsworth. My role, Curator and Head of Learning, has been to lead on the re-interpretation of the ‘Wordsworth Grasmere’ site at Dove Cottage (the Wordsworths’ home 1799-1808).
Mon Mar 29th Careless Talk Costs Lives - Art & Design on the Home Front in World War II
James Taylor

Discover the remarkable story of Fougasse, who devised Careless Talk Costs Lives, and the ingenious artists and designers who created the enduring images, sometimes humorous, of public information for campaigns such as, Dig For Victory, Make Do & Mend, Is Your Journey Really Necessary, and Keep Calm and Carry On. Featuring posters and artworks by H. M. Bateman, Evelyn Dunbar, Abram Games and Dame Laura Knight.
Mon Apr 12th Not Father O’Malley
Roger Browne

This talk traces Roger’s childhood in Salford and features the music he heard and enjoyed; what it was like to be brought up in the city during the war, in poverty. The consequences of being brought up in catholic schools, but falling short of what was expected of him. Roger’s talk is illustrated with live piano playing, singing and a number of hilarious stories.