February 2019 Monthly Meeting

Excellent talk by Susannah Bleakely at our Open Meeting. She spoke clearly and with humour and expertise on Morecambe Bay and the Partnership. We learned to see the Bay from the point of view of sailors, about the conservation of many spots around the coast and about the idea of the Eden Project of the north in Morecambe. We were also able to buy maps of the Bay showing places of interest. Fascinating.

Map 1 in the Seldom Seen Series Susannah Bleakley
Birds of Morecambe Bay Early Fishermen of Morecambe Bay

A fond look back to the heady days of summer 2018 when the Friday Walkers spent three days walking in the Askrigg area

Friday Walkers Trip to Askrigg area Friday Walkers Trip to Askrigg area Friday Walkers Trip to Askrigg area Friday Walkers Trip to Askrigg area

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Dates for your Diary
May 2019
Thu May 23rdIndustrial HistoryWindermere Jetties (Ex Steam Boat Museum) We are booked in to arrive at about 11.30 for a timed entry at 1200. The visit will be self-guided, with volunteers available to assist at various places. At 1445 we will participate in a "Conservation Conversation" where members of the conservation and/or education teams will be available to explain and discuss their activities.
Thu May 23rdCome SingConcert at Walney Church Centre at 2pm
Sat May 25th
→Mon May 27th
On May 25-27th, from 11.00am—5.00pm, Judith Sanderson will be opening her garden at Langholme Mill, Woodgate, Lowick Green LA12 8ES. It’s £3 for the garden visit, £5 with tea & cake. All proceeds to NGS & Crake Valley First Responders
Tue May 28thDrop-InMay Drop-in - Groups having displays: Rummikub and Philosophy
The computer help desk will be available as usual. And there will be a book swap.
June 2019
Tue Jun 4thMeetingNorth West Region Conference and AGM
The Exchange, Preston
10.30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Tue Jun 11thMeetingMonthly Meeting - 10.15am in the Coronation Hall, Ulverston
Speaker: Graham Whalan - 'From the Mikado to Cats: The history of Amateur Operatics in the South Lakes'
Wed Jun 12thNatural HistoryGait Barrows
Fri Jun 14thStrollersNorth Walney - Leader - Diane
Tue Jun 18thVisiting GardensDalemain House and Garden Costs: House and Garden £9, Garden only £7 and £6 for drivers. Meeting on Daltongate, Ulverston at 9.15am for car sharing and leaving at 9.30am.
Please note that we will need a firm commitment one week before this visit. More information from Diane
Thu Jun 20thTheatre VisitsHobson’s Choice at The Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester. Tickets, including coach travel are £45.
This trip is now fully booked. If you would like to go on the waiting list, please contact Moira.
Thu Jun 20thQuestersTo be arranged
On Thursday June 20th we are holding the first of a series of Drop-ins outside Ulverston. We have booked the East Room at St Paul’s Church in Hawcoat Lane, Barrow from 10-11.30. We do hope as many members as possible support this new venture.
Tue Jun 25thDrop-InJune Drop-in
Wed Jun 26thFellwalkersEskdale - up to the Great Moss from Brotherilkeld It is about 9.5 miles with the main feature being the exciting crossing of the River Esk. In the unlikely event of high river levels, I have an alternative in mind from Eskdale Green along the top of the Wasdale Screes (Illgill Head) and back via Boot or Mitredale. Obviously the decision will be made shortly before 26th .
Thu Jun 27thIndustrial HistoryWoodland Skills
July 2019
Tue Jul 9thMeetingMonthly Meeting - 10.15am in the Coronation Hall, Ulverston
Speaker: Andrew Thwaite, Chocolatier
Andrew has worked with chocolate since 1995. This promises to be an informative and engaging demonstration of chocolate-making with some background information about the history of chocolate.
- Oh, and some tasting too!
Wed Jul 10thNatural HistoryHumphrey Head
Fri Jul 12thStrollersWestfield Trail Roan Is - Leader - Lynn
Tue Jul 16thWorkshopCommittee Forum: a workshop in Warrington with break-out sessions and the chance to network with like minded people. Aimed at anyone already in a committee position, interested in becoming a committee member or wanting to know more about how the committee works.
Tue Jul 16thVisiting GardensFell Yeat, Kirkby Lonsdale, LA6 2JW - Barbara H
Thu Jul 18thQuestersSkipton Castle and Market
Wed Jul 24thFellwalkersYoke, Ill Bell, Froswick, from Garburn Road - 8 miles -2500ft
Thu Jul 25thIndustrial HistoryDumfries Air Museum/ Devil’s Porridge by Coach
August 2019
Fri Aug 9thStrollersBirkrigg 2 - Leader - Barbara Crellin
Fri Aug 9thNatural HistoryRoudsea
Thu Aug 15thQuestersTo be arranged
Tue Aug 20thVisiting GardensHazel Cottage, (David Rylands), Armathwaite, CA4 9PG - Meg & Isabel
Thu Aug 22ndIndustrial HistoryWhitehaven (Nautical connections)
Thu Aug 22ndTheatre VisitsThe Ladykillers - Contact Brenda Edmondson, Grete Hughes or Moira to book tickets
Tue Aug 27th
→Fri Aug 30th
Summer SchoolU3A NW Region Summer School 27th – 30th August at Newton Rigg College, Penrith
The annual summer school is happening again this year, organised by the U3A North West region at Newton Rigg college near Penrith. And Furness U3A members who’ve been on it in previous years have said it was very good, so well worth looking into. Full details and booking are now available – see the U3A North West Regional website Events page and their Summer School 2019 Overview and Course Synopsis – and there’s also a significant discount for booking before the end of May.
Tue Aug 27thLocal HistoryLancaster Castle
Wed Aug 28thFellwalkersBrown Pike, Dow Crag from Hawk Bridge - 11 miles - 2500ft
September 2019
Thu Sep 5thWorkshopThe Big Sing
Venue: The Friends’ Meeting House, School Lane, Liverpool.Led by Stuart Overington, a conductor from the Halle, and members of the North West Regional Team
Tue Sep 10thMeetingMonthly Meeting - 10.15am in the Coronation Hall, Ulverston
The Innovation Agency will be attending the U3A meeting on Tuesday 10th September 2019. We will be hosting a showcase of new health products which have been designed to make care in the NHS better, faster, safer and more cost-effective. There will be a range of medical and other products including tests and sensors. Find out about the important work the Innovation Agency is carrying out to spread innovations and improve healthcare in the region and have your say on these pioneering products. Your views and feedback will help the development of these products and ensure they meet the healthcare needs of local people.
Innovation Agency will provide tea and coffee with cake.
Wed Sep 11thNatural HistorySouth Walney
Fri Sep 13thStrollersSizergh - Leaders - Pat & Lynn
Tue Sep 17thVisiting GardensWindy Hall - Barbara C
Thu Sep 19thQuestersTo be arranged
Wed Sep 25thFellwalkersPlace Fell via Boredale Hause, descent via Scalehow Beck and shore path - 7.25 miles - 2154 ft
Thu Sep 26th
→Sat Sep 28th
Industrial HistoryEXTENDED VISIT Potteries
October 2019
Wed Oct 2ndTheatre Visits'Dear Uncle' - details to follow
Tue Oct 8thMeetingMonthly Meeting - 10.15am in the Coronation Hall, Ulverston
Speaker - Sue Sharkey from National Garden Scheme
Wed Oct 9thNatural HistoryHaybridge
Fri Oct 11thStrollersBroughton/Appletreeworth - Leader -Diane
Tue Oct 15thVisiting GardensHayes Garden Centre - Jeanne R
Thu Oct 17thQuestersTo be arranged
Wed Oct 23rdFellwalkersLangdale Pikes taking in Pavey Ark, Harrison Stickle and Pike o' Stickle. Return via Stake Pass and Cumbria Way - 7.5 miles - 2000ft
Thu Oct 24thIndustrial HistoryBurlington Slate
November 2019
Fri Nov 8thStrollersUlverston Canal - Leader - Pat
Tue Nov 12thMeetingMonthly Meeting - 10.15am in the Coronation Hall, Ulverston
Speaker - Gary Hart, the North-west Region Parliamentary Outreach Officer
Wed Nov 13thNatural HistoryBosun's Locker - Christmas Lunch
Thu Nov 21stQuesters????( Maybe tour of Cropper’s Paper Mill)
Thu Nov 28thIndustrial HistoryChristmas Social
December 2019
Wed Dec 11thNatural HistoryNo Meeting
Thu Dec 19thQuestersChristmas Lunch