Morpeth & District


Morpeth & District U3A

NEWSLETTER November 2019

Welcome to the November Newsletter, we look forward to the many events planned by Morpeth U3A groups. Following a talk by Otto Meth-Cohn at the October General Meeting, twenty copies of his book were ordered, these will be available for collection at the November General Meeting. Please remember that there will be no General Meeting in December.
Speakers at the General Meetings

The next General Meeting at the Morpeth Rugby Club will be at 2pm on Tuesday, 26 November; Peter Robertson from Northumbria Blood Bikes will talk about this charity, established by local volunteers to deliver essential blood and urgent medical supplies, out of hours, between hospital and other healthcare sites in North East England.

At the General Meeting on Tuesday 28 January 2020, Michael Quincey will give a talk titled “Kathmandu and beyond”; his personal experience of Nepal while accompanying his son, an associate professor of glaciology at Leeds, on one of his visits to monitor the shrinking of the Khumbu glacier below Everest.

Information on Groups

Morpeth U3A has 34 group activities. Members are encouraged to form a new group where an area of interest is found.

Art Appreciation: The Group does not have a meeting in December. On Thursday Jan. 16 we will be meeting at Morpeth Methodist Church at 2pm as usual when Brian Hannaford will be giving us an illustrated presentation on the eccentric British artist Stanley Spencer. There has been a suggestion that Morpeth U3A art appreciation group could join with Mid Northumberland U3A (Longhirst) art appreciation group for a trip in 2020. The proposed venue is the Kelvingrove Art Gallery in Glasgow and the date 18th June or 16th July 2020. This is quite a long journey (about 3 to 3 1/2 hours by train). Would you prefer minibus, coach, train or making your own way there? Please would you let Chris or Hillary know if you are interested in coming on this trip as soon as possible so that plans and details can be sorted out and our friends in Mid Northumberland group told.

Coffee Club: At the October Meeting of the Coffee Club, we had a look at ‘15 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do With a Cucumber’, ranging from using it to oil squeaky hinges, to putting it on as an after sun lotion. There was a great deal of laughter and everyone went rushing off home, threatening to buy lots of cucumbers!
The January meeting will be on Thursday 16th January at 10.30am. We will be back at Storey Park for the next few months while St. James Hall is closed for refurbishment.

Gardening Group: On Wednesday 11th December we have our Christmas Quiz and Social. All are welcome, no need to sign up. After the quiz we will have a pooled tea so please bring along a savoury or sweet dish. Since our members are providing the refreshments there is no charge this month for hall hire/speaker. Christmas jumpers may be worn! Our first meeting of 2020 is on Wednesday 8th January when Dot Patterson will speak on the Gardens of Northern France. Both meetings are at Hepscott Village Hall starting at 2 pm. Any queries contact James Howells. The Gardening Group is planning a visit to the Spring Flower Show in Harrogate on Thursday 23rd April or Friday 24th April (date tbc). If you'd like to join us please sign up at November or January General Meeting – the trip will be open to all members of Morpeth U3A. Cost approx £40 for show ticket, coach and tip for driver. Full payment will be required by end of February. Further details from James Howells or Pam Turner.

Local History Group: The seasonal get together is at 2pm on Tuesday 3rd December at Morpeth Methodist Church. There will be entertainment by Alistair Anderson followed by refreshments.
Our next event is a talk by Barry Mead on "Cresswell Pele Tower - from Reivers & Ruin to Restoration." This is on Thursday 6th February at Morpeth Methodist Church at 2pm. Admission £2 on the day which will include tea/coffee and scones.

Quiz Group: We will be meeting as usual for a "fun" quiz at St Christopher's on Kirkhill at 7 30pm on December 5th. Our January meeting at the same time and venue will be on January 2nd. After 4 challenging but enjoyable quiz league matches we are level pegging with 2 wins [Gateshead and Durham] and 2 defeats [Newcastle and Dunelm]. However most of our remaining matches are at home, the next of which is against Newcastle at 2pm on January 20th.

Reading Group 3: We meet on the first Thursday of every month at 2pm at the Joiners in Morpeth to discuss the book we take turns in choosing over a cup of tea or coffee. We would be delighted to welcome new members. If you would be interested please contact Judith Bell.

Reading Group 6: We would welcome a new member to join our group. We meet at 2pm on the second Friday of each month at one another’s homes. We read mostly modern fiction and take turns to choose the book to be discussed. If you are interested please contact Jean Haworth.

Walking Groups

Ambling: The next walk will be on 5th December, meeting at the Rugby Club at 10:00. The leader has yet to be confirmed. Jackie Jones.

Four Milers: No Walk in December. Contact Jo Wills for January details.

Five Milers: Walks take place on second Tuesday of month. For details contact Eileen Harber.

Longer Walks: This group meets on third Tuesday of month, walks approx. 8 miles. Leaving Rugby Club Car Park at 9.30a.m There will be no walk for the longer walking group in January.


Each month the current newsletter will be added to our website and emailed to members. For members without access to emails, a printed copy will be available at each monthly General Meeting, the remaining members will receive copies by post.
Volunteers to join Morpeth U3A committee The Morpeth U3A organisation is healthy and thriving, we have approximately 240 members. The posts of vice-chairman and a volunteer to assist with the projector and sound equipment are still vacant; these positions require volunteers who are computer literate. Our Web Co-ordinator is acting in an interim role, after serving twenty plus years as an elder statesman of the U3A. We need volunteers to ensure that we maintain the operation of Morpeth U3A.
Membership Members are encouraged to promote the organisation and recruit their friends by word of mouth. Online applications for membership should be submitted to our Membership Secretary via our website:


The Morpeth U3A committee send seasonal greetings to all our members.

Neil McCole – Chairman
Data for January News Letter by January 21st 2020 please. Merle Heppell.