Cumbria u3a Network are pleased to announce their


To be held on Friday 22 April 2022 at Rheged, Penrith

Come and hear up to date information about how we might meet our energy needs without compromising the future of the planet. We have an exciting programme with papers on Zero Carbon Cumbria, developing sustainable transport in Cumbria, the progress local farming is making in reducing its environmental impact, how the NHS is progressing sustainable healthcare and decarbonising power generation. The day concludes with a member of the Government’s Committee on Climate Change examining what the UK must do to meet its net zero targets and a review of COP26 from a former IPCC adviser.

Because of uncertainties about Covid and what the situation will be in April 2022, we have restricted numbers of delegates to 100. Early booking is advised and places will be filled on first come, first served basis. Full details of the conference arrangements, booking form and the programme are attached.

Follow the links to find;
The programme for the conference: Conference Programme
Important information about the venue and arrangements: Information for Delegates
The Booking Form: Booking Form

Please note that the closing date for booking is 25th February 2022


Monthly Meetings 2022

Four fascinating meetings are planned January – April 2022. We hope to hold these meetings in person, using the Alhambra Cinema in Keswick. However, please be aware that the situation in respect of Coivd 19, and in particular the Omicron variant, can change, in which case we would switch to online meetings. Meetings start at 10.30 am with access from 10 am.

Wednesday January 19th 2022
Guest Speaker: Mark Hatton
Understanding 18th Century Gravestones

Skiddaw u3a members have already enjoyed some of Mark’s excellent, informative talks, both on the 16th century German miners in Keswick and on the history of Wad mining in Borrowdale.
Understanding 18th Century Gravestones promises to be equally fascinating. It is a talk about the symbolism used in the 1700s, giving messages about mortality, resurrection, and status, which gives us a real insight into the hopes and fears, lives and loves of people in the 18th century.

Wednesday February 16th 2022
Guest speaker: Ted McArdle
Spying, Sex and Sealing Wax. Information Security well before Envelopes and Computers

Ted McArdle is a Skiddaw u3a member, a longstanding member of the Executive Committee and the man we all rely on for technical support. Ted’s career was in education, but his main passion in life is art. Ted has already given us some amazing talks and his topic for this presentation sounds absolutely intriguing. Prepare to enter the world of secrets and espionage!

Wednesday March 16th 2022
Guest Speaker: Tom Snaith
The Beatles in Carlisle

Tom Snaith is a retired history teacher from Carlisle. He has lived in the city for 40 years, but just recently was astonished to discover that the greatest group of the 20th century; the Beatles, came to Carlisle twice in 1963. In February of that year they were only a supporting act. A few months later they were at the start of worldwide fame and topping the bill! Tom says, “This was the first band I remember as a child – I thought the Beatles were brilliant. What was the story regarding these four working-class Liverpudlians? How did they get together? What made them such a great band? What happened when they came to the Border city? It`s a fascinating tale.”

Wednesday April 20th 2022
AGM – Begins at 10 am promptly, followed by
Guest Speaker: Paul Atherton
The Cuerdale Hoard and Viking History

Paul is an author and this story started when he discovered that a Viking treasure hoard had been discovered in the banks of the River Ribble, just over a mile from his house - the Cuerdale Hoard. It is the largest treasure (by weight) ever discovered in Western Europe and dates to 905 AD. It originated in Dublin and is en-route to the other great centre of Viking power in these islands – Jorvik.
“My presentation is a summary of the research I undertook before writing a novel which explains how it might have got there, seen through the eyes of a fictious Hiberno-Norse couple, Amleth and Aud, who end up living on the Wirral but long to get back to Dublin. Before they can do so, Amleth takes part in battles in places we now call Scotland, the Isle of Man and Wolverhampton. He serves King Ragnald, a real historical figure. The action was literally all around you. We should all know more of these astonishing events and amazing people. They never went back to Scandinavia so they might be your ancestors, I'm confident they are mine!”

Dates for your Diary
Other Events
Fri Apr 22nd Cumbria u3a Network, Third Energy Conference at Rheged, Penrith
Cycling - Social Cycling
Tue Jan 25th social cycling lunch at the Mary Mount, Borrowdale.
Local History
Tue Feb 15th A welcome return from Kevin Grice who will talk about The Hollens Estate Grasmere and woven into the talk there will be appearances from Wordsworth, Dove Cottage, De Quincey and Robert Alcock (not literally of course)! And for those who are technologically curious something for you too.
Tue Mar 15th "The History and development of Bells and Bell Ringing" by Ron East. Crosthwaite Church has a thriving group of bell ringers and Ron will be including much local information in his talk.
Tue Apr 19th Ian Tyler will be giving a talk entitled "Thirlmere and the Drowning of the Valley" Venue details and time to follow
Tue May 24th Lena Stanley-Clamp will give the group a talk about the Spencer-Bells of Fawe Park, Portinscale with reference to the Keswick Trespasses too,
Tue Jun 21st Ann McWatt will lead a guided tour of Caldbeck and talk about the rich industrial past of the village