Ambleside & District


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Introductory Lectures and Seminars in Psychoanalysis
Penrith October 2016 – March 2017
If you have ever wondered what psychoanalysis really is and are interested in finding out more about psychoanalytical ways of thinking about the mind and the world this series may be of interest to you. Each lecture is followed by small group discussion and the series provides an overview of psychoanalysis and its main applications. The series has been running in London for many years and is also offered in Leeds and Belfast and is designed to be of value and interest to those new to the subject as well as those with prior knowledge or experience. The venue is Penrith Methodist Centre and the lecturers are experienced clinicians and teachers and members of the British Psychoanalytical Society. The two convenors, Veronica Gore and Elizabeth Gibb, are psychoanalysts living in Cumbria.

Further information and booking can be found on

Any other enquiries (and a flyer if wanted) please contact Elizabeth Gibb 07939 579 305.

Volunteers at the National Trust
Would you like the chance to work in some beautiful locations, to know that you are helping with a great cause or to meet like-minded people and make new friends? If so, then a volunteering role with the National Trust could be the role for you. In 2016 the National Trust at Grasmere and Great Langdale will be recruiting volunteers for a number of new and exciting roles. The region includes a range of properties, gardens and outdoor conservation areas while the new volunteer roles are as exciting as they are diverse. The opportunities available for people to get involved with include: craft activities, baking, gardening and supporting catering, information and retail outlets, as well as many more. If this sounds appealing to you then we’d love for you to get in touch!
To find out more information or to express an interest in volunteering with the National Trust please contact-
Elaine Taylor, Membership and Visitor Services Manager at Allan Bank, Grasmere:
Alternatively, contact us by phone on: 015394 35143

Ambleside Natural History Society
The society meets to discuss all aspects of natural history, geology, the countryside, its scenery, its flora and fauna, its use, its buildings, its history, the activities of its inhabitants, etc. From October to March there is a series of Friday evening talks and in the summer a number of visits and other activities. The full programme is on the ANHS website. 80% of members are also members of AU3A and others are welcome to join. This year membership costs £10, visitors are £3 per event.

Events organised by or through the Third Age Trust
There is a large number of events that members may be interested in organised by, or with discounts through, the Third Age Trust.
Further details and booking forms for some of these events can be found on the TAT website. This web site is much improved recently so events are no longer being listed on our page, although details are often available on our U3A notice board at General Meetings. You need to have a personal login to be able to check regularly then click on the Events logo.

North-west Region events
Other, often more local events, are arranged by the North-west region of U3As and can be found on the NW Region Events page.

U3A equipment
To make use of the U3A laptop and/or data projector in the Marchesi Centre, Windermere, members should contact Graham Stemp. To use the U3A projector screen contact the Marchesi Centre administrator.
We also have a gazebo, 9m x 3m, that can be borrowed for U3A activities or for a small donation for a private event. Contact Mike Green if you are interested.