Skiddaw

Events

The monthly meetings are held on the third Wednesday of every month except August and December. Follow this link Monthly Meeting List to download a copy of the forthcoming meetings.
Reviews of past meetings meetings can be found in the Press Releases.

Unless otherwise indicated refreshments will be served at 10:00 and meetings will begin at 10:30. Location in the summer will be rotated around the villages that have suitable venues. There is an entry fee of £1 for members and £1.50 for guests to cover expenses and refreshments.

If you have any suggestions for future speakers or indeed if you would like to speak at a future meeting yourself please get in touch with our Speaker Secretary via the 'Click to send a message' button above.

Other social events and visits to place of interest will be organised through the year. These will be made available to all members on a 'first come' basis and will be advertised on this page, in the newsletter and at the monthly meetings.

If you have difficulties attending a monthly meeting, if for instance you live in a remote rural area with no car or access to public transport, you have a temporary disability resulting in you not being able to drive or if you have difficulty walking or problems with mobility, sight, hearing etc. we can put you in touch with a volunteer willing to offer transport. Follow the 'Accessibility' link to the right for more details.


Dates for your Diary
Meetings
Wed Jan 15th 2020 Crosthwaite Parish Room
Alan Cleaver
The Corpse Roads of Cumbria Alan was the winner of the 2019 Hunter Davies Lakeland book of the Year prize and this is a superb opportunity to hear his acclaimed talk.
Wed Feb 19th 2020 Crosthwaite Parish Room
Dogs for Good
Dogs for Good is a charitable organisation involved in the training and provision of assistance and therapy dogs. A volunteer will talk about the work of the charity – and hopefully introduce one of the dogs to us.
Wed Mar 18th 2020 Crosthwaite Parish Room
Roger Browne
From New York to New Orleans – a musical journey
Roger is a jazz pianist and theatrical director. His presentation promises to be a mixture of fascinating and hilarious stories of the characters and experiences that have shaped his rich life in jazz and musical theatre.
Wed Apr 15th 2020 Crosthwaite Parish Room AGM
Janet Duerden
Janet ran a language school in Africa for many years and has shared her experiences with many U3As
Wed May 20th 2020 Portinscale Village Hall
National Gardens Scheme
An illustrated talk on the history of the National Gardens Scheme
Sat Jun 6th 2020 Skiddaw U3A Arts Festival Saturday 6th June 2pm - 4pm in Southey Street Methodist Church and Hall, Keswick
This will take the form of an exhibition followed by a concert and provides an opportunity for the pottery, enamelling, craft and water-colour groups to display some of their work.
It is hoped that the music, poetry, dancing groups and individuals with visual or performance art ability will give a short performance of 10-15 minutes each.
Wed Jun 17th 2020 Threlkeld Village Hall 10.45 am (10.15 refreshments)
Anneke Hackenbroich
Cyclists for peace and socialism: memories of a glorious past
We are delighted to welcome back Anneke, who will talk about the role played by sport in the regime of the former German Democratic Republic.
Wed Jul 15th 2020 Portinscale Village Hall
Aline Hopkins
Julia Margaret Cameron
Aline is a Skiddaw U3A memberand keen photographer. She will present an illustrated talk about the life and work of Julia Margaret Cameron, a pioneer photographer from the days when photography was in its infancy.
Wed Sep 16th 2020 OPEN MORNING 10 am to 12 noon
Southey Street Methodist Church and Hall
An opportunity to find out more about all that Skiddaw U3A has to offer. With over 60 interest groups there is something for everyone.
Wed Oct 21st 2020 Crosthwaite Parish Room
Liz Stevenson
Liz Stevenson is Artistic Director at Keswick's Theatre By The Lake. She will talk about her career and give an insight into her role at TBTL.
Wed Nov 18th 2020 Crosthwaite Parish Room
Geoff Somers MBE
Crossing Antarctica by its greatest axis
Geoff is a Skiddaw U3A member and explorer and will share his experiences of polar exploration. He was the first Briton to cross Antarctica on foot.
Cycling - Social Cycling
Tue Dec 10th A short ride in the local area, followed by Mulled Wine and nibbles. This event is also open to the easy wheeler group.This is the last ride for this year.
Tue Jan 7th 2020 Annual lunch at THE HORSE AND FARRIER,THRELKELD,More details to follow
Tue Jan 14th 2020 To be advised
Tue Jan 28th 2020 Ride starting at Storms, east of Keswick, through St Johns in the Vale, anti clockwise around Thirlmere Lake, returning to Threlkeld for refreshments and discussion. Back to Storms to finish.
Local History
Tue Dec 10th Local History Christmas Quiz and Social get-together. Enjoy some festive spirit and nibbles and a chance to look at some local bits and pieces. We will meet in the Crosthwaite Room, Keswick Museum at 3pm
Tue Jan 21st 2020 Margaret Bragg, an evacuee to Keswick will give a talk entitled "Oil Lamps and Earth Middens". Margaret is well known for her informative and somewhat amusing memories of days of old, a talk not to be missed! The meeting will take place at 3pm in the Crosthwaite Room, Keswick Museum.
Tue Feb 25th 2020 A visit to the Alhambra. We will be shown a film to celebrate the centenary of the cinema in 2014 followed by a guided tour "behind the scenes" - an opportunity to see parts of the cinema not normally seen.
Tue Mar 24th 2020 Tom Snaith will give an illustrated talk entitled -"Sarah Losh, Builder of Wreay Church" at the Crosthwaite Room, Keswick Museum at 3pm
Tue Apr 21st 2020 Ray Greenhow will give an illustrated talk on Henry Irwin Jenkinson. Jenkinson was a driving force behind the creation of Fitz Park,the footpath battles, the annual Old Folks "Do" and the sports meeting and regatta in 1878. He was a renowned guidebook writer of the local area.
Tue May 26th 2020 Sylvia Pilling will lead the Local History Group on a "Literary" walk around town. More details to follow
Tue Jun 30th 2020 Ros Downing has research the rich history of the textile mill, Stead McAlpin and will give us an illustrated talk on her findings. The meeting will be at 3pm, Crosthwaite Room, Keswick Museum, Station Road, Keswick
Tue Jul 21st 2020 A trip to Caldbeck to learn about this very important industrial and agricultural village in past centuries. Of particular interest now are the abandoned Howk Bobbin Mill with what was once the largest water wheel in England. Ann will lead this trip and more details to follow nearer the time.