Hope Valley

Events

We have an open meeting every month. The venue alternates between Hathersage and Hope. The Hathersage meetings are at 2pm on the third Thursday of the month in the Memorial Hall and the Hope meetings are at 2pm on the third Tuesday of the month in the Loxley Hall.

Prospective members are welcome at any of the monthly meetings.


Dates for your Diary
Meetings
Thu Oct 25th 2.00 pm Memorial Hall, Hathersage. Unfortunately our advertised speaker,Patrick McLoughlin MP, has cancelled his commitment to HV U3A. We now have an alternative speaker, Mark Chapman and his unusual liveried Land Rover, are well known in the Hope Valley. He is a well respected woodland manager and tree-surgeon. His talk will cover the natural history, woodland conservation and management of our three local rivers.

Mark lives in Hope with his wife, 2 daughters and 2 dogs

He is the Director of the Happy Tree Company Ltd, which has been in operation since 2005.

For the last 8 years Mark has been based in Hope and his work has concentrated on domestic tree management and a variety of landscaping projects in The Valley. Over the last 4 years he has steadily built up a number of contracts working on rivers both in The Valley and further afield; with his love of trees and fishing it has been a very natural development for both himself and the company. He has gradually built up a very good understanding of the local rivers, trees and wildlife in The Valley and currently looks after the area that stretches from Grindsbrook in Edale, the river Noe, down to Shatton and Peaks Hole Water which runs from Castleton to Hope. More recently he has added the River Derwent from Ladybower Reservoir down to Grindleford.

Most of Mark’s work on the rivers involves habitat creation, tree work and the removal of invasive species such as Japanese Knotweed.

His clients now include The Environment Agency, Peak Park, The Wild Trout Trust, the National Trust and various fishing clubs.

To further expand his knowledge of biodiversity and forestry management he is studying for a Masters Degree in Forestry at Bangor University
Tue Nov 20th 2.00 pm Loxley Hall, Hope. Open Meeting. Our guest speaker is Emily Yates, Disability Traveller. The title of her talk will be World Travel in a Wheelchair.
Thu Jan 17th 2.00 pm Memorial Hall, Hathersage. Open Meeting. Our guest speaker is Stephen Elliott. The title of his talk will be Peak District Landscape Photography.
Tue Feb 19th 2.00 pm Loxley Hall, Hope. Open Meeting. Our guest speaker is Angela Stafford. The title of her talk will be The Archaeology of Castleton Hospital.
Thu Mar 21st 2.00 pm Memorial Hall, Hathersage. Open Meeting. Our guest speaker is Sally Cave. The title of her talk will be Klondike Gold Rush and my following in the paddle strokes of the stampeders.
Tue Apr 16th 2.00 pm Loxley Hall, Hope. Open Meeting. Our guest speaker is Richard Eastwood. The title of his talk will be The Buildings of the Hope Valley.
Thu May 23rd 2.00 pm Memorial Hall, Hathersage. Open Meeting and AGM. Our speaker is David Bell. The title of his talk will be Eyam & The Plague Doctor.
Tue Jun 18th BBQ at Hope.
Thu Jul 18th 2.00 pm Memorial Hall, Hathersage. Open Meeting. Our guest speaker is Marjorie Broom. The title of her talk will be Life as a Prison Governor.
Tue Sep 17th 2.00 pm Loxley Hall, Hope. Open Meeting. Speaker TBA.
Thu Oct 24th 2.00 pm Memorial Hall, Hathersage. Open Meeting. Speaker TBA.
Tue Nov 19th 2.00 pm Loxley Hall, Hope. Open Meeting. Our guest speaker is John Lower. The title of his talk will be The Chesterfield Canal & Trust.
Art & Artists
Mon Nov 12th Damien Hirst
Mon Dec 17th Christmas art: bring along an image with Christmas connections to share with the group. Mince pies probably on offer!
Cycling
Wed Nov 14th TBA. Leader John.
History
Tue Oct 30th The Lost Villages of Ashopton and Derwent, a talk by Kath Hearnshaw at 2 pm Anglers Rest, Bamford.
Natural History & Environment
Thu Nov 8th Next Meeting Nov 8th Visit to Bagshawe Cavern

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