Monthly Meetings 2022

We look forward to three fascinating and very different talks for the meetings in the spring and summer months, including Ted McArdle’s presentation which had to be postponed from February. All meetings begin at 10.30 am with doors open from 10 am. Entry will be charged at £1 for members and £1.50 for visitors. We plan to reinstate refreshments from May and the Skiddaw u3a notice board will be back too. Although there are no government restrictions in place, do be aware that Covid has not gone away, so please observe social distancing as much as possible and feel free to wear a mask.

Wednesday June 15th Threlkeld Village Hall
Guest Speaker: Ian Tyler
“The Gunpowder Mills of Cumbria”

We are delighted to welcome Ian Tyler back to Skiddaw u3a. Ian is a mining historian and an excellent speaker on a wide range of topics, bringing the industrial heritage of our area to life.

Wednesday July 20th Portinscale Village Hall
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 September 15th
Open Morning
Further details to follow

Wednesday October 19th Venue TBC
Guest Speaker: Aline Hopkins
Ticking off the Bucket List, Part 1”

Aline Hopkins is a Skiddaw u3a member who served on the Executive Committee for several years as media liaison officer. She is a very talented photographer and we have already been privileged to have seen some of her magnificent pictures.
Aline says, “Skydiving and bungee jumping were not included on Aline’s ‘Bucket List’, which mainly comprises places to visit and things to see. To find out just which things and places will be included in Part 1, come along on October 19th to see Aline’s photo essay of some of her travels.”

Wednesday November 16th Venue TBC
Guest Speaker: Alan Cleaver
“A Lake District Christmas”

Nothing says Christmas more than snow on the fells, Keswick market in full swing and friends coming round for festive treats and drinks. The season has inspired writers and poets throughout the centuries and Alan Cleaver has creamed off the best bits to create a morning of Christmas readings. Wallow in an old folks get together with Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley; join Wordsworth and his friends for a night round the fire with poetry, good food and a call by the minstrels; marvel at thousands of people skating on a frozen Windermere, and perhaps even feel a shiver down the spine as the tale of the Keswick boggle is told once more.
We are delighted to welcome Alan back to Skiddaw u3a!

Dates for your Diary
Local History
Tue Sep 13th Dr. Phil Sykes will give a talk entitled "Dr. William Brownrigg; a forgotten 18th Century Polymath"
Time and venue to be advised
Tue Oct 11th Ray Greenhow will give a talk entitled "The Derwent Division; a forgotten Cumbrian Constabulary". The talk will include information about James Armstrong, Keswick's constable who died on Clough Head whilst on duty.
Venue and time to be advised
Tue Nov 15th Kevin Grice will return to give the group a talk "Loaves and Fishes; the Mills, Ponds and Granaries of Shap Abbey"
Venue and time to be advised
Tue Dec 13th Sue Grant will give a talk entitled "Tales from Crosthwaite Churchyard". The talk will include information about Thomas Christian - related to the well known Fletcher Christian.
There will also be a light hearted local history themed quiz and Mulled Wine and Mince Pies!
Venue and time to be advised