Ambleside & District

Events

Here you will find details of our general meetings. These 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.

All General Meetings begin at 14:15.


Dates for your Diary
Meetings
Mon Feb 10th An Historical Look at Neighbours and Neighbourhoods 1900 to 1940
Dr Elizabeth Roberts
Dr Roberts was a postgraduate student when she undertook her first oral history project, 'Social Life in Barrow and Lancaster, 1870-1925' in the mid-1970s. Later in the same decade, whilst working at Lancaster University, she undertook a second related project, 'Social Life in Preston, 1890-1940'. They are an important source for the history of working-class life in north-west England.
In the 1980s Dr Roberts undertook a third oral history project, working with Dr Lucinda Beier on a project entitled 'Family and Social Life in Barrow, Lancaster and Preston, 1940-1970'. The archives formed the basis for Dr Roberts' ground-breaking work on working-class life in industrial towns, which has been published in various forms, including books and articles.
Mon Mar 9th Lake Windermere area, its architecture and industrial heritage
Andy Lowe
A welcome return to Andy Lowe (a retired planning officer), whose passion for old buildings has been shared with countless audiences on public speaking circuits and students at Liverpool, Newcastle and Lancaster universities. He has been dubbed “village detective” after featuring in a Radio Cumbria series which specialised in the history and character of Lakeland villages. Brought up in the Lancaster area, he is a Liverpool University graduate and got his first job as a planning officer with Cheshire County Council. He joined the Lake District National Park Authority in 1975 and has been involved in industrial archaeology, historic buildings and conservation area designation.
Mon Apr 6th Chocolate
Andrew Thwaite
With over 20 years’ experience of working with chocolate, Andrew Thwaite will give a talk offering an intriguing and informative insight into the world of chocolate and cocoa. He often claims he has the dream job!
Andrew trained as a chef, specialising in pastry and chocolate, and has utilised these skills in many different roles, from working in Europe and founding his own chocolate-making business, to involvement with the Derbyshire Chocolate Company and Barry Callebaut, the world leaders in the chocolate industry. From his previous role as Head Chocolatier at York's Chocolate Story to his current role with the charity, Ampleforth Plus, Andrew now aims to inspire others and share his considerable skills.
Fri Oct 9th U3A Energy Conference
Rheged, Penrith - all day meeting
Cumbria Network of U3As is planning the 3rd Energy Conference: Strategies for Tackling Climate Change. A host of eminent speakers will cover current progress and the actions needed at international, national and personal levels to reach the IPCC target of net zero carbon by 2050. Details will follow.
Other Events
Fri Mar 20th Coordinators' Breakfast Meeting
Details of the venue will be sent out in early January. If you have any items you would like to be added to the agenda, can you please forward them to Sarah Traynier