Skiddaw

Events

Skiddaw u3a Open Day

Wednesday 15th September 9.30am – 11.30am

At Southey St Methodist Church Keswick, CA12 4HH

Want to try something new? Make new friends? Enrich your retirement? We have more than 40 activities for you to join.
Call in and find out more.
New members welcome.

Monthly Meetings 2021

At present it is intended to hold these meetings virtually, using the Zoom platform. Joining details will be issued by email closer to the date of each meeting. Unless otherwise stated, all meetings begin at 10.30 am, with access open from 10.15 am). As and when it becomes possible to hold meetings in person safely, we will of course let you know.

Wednesday October 20th 10.30 am

Guest speaker: Geoff Somers – “Antarctica. The Impossible Journey”
Geoff is a Skiddaw u3a member and explorer and will share his experiences of polar exploration. Here is a taster:
“In July 1989 in the brutal months of the polar winter, Geoff Somers (UK) and his five companions (from USA, France, USSR, Japan and China) set out on ski to attempt a near 4,000 mile (6,000 KM) traverse of the greatest axis of Antarctica, with three teams of husky dogs hauling their supplies.
 
Across this vast expanse of ice and snow, they had to contend with extremes of cold down to minus 50C, endure ferocious blizzards, negotiate mountain passes, yawning crevasses and perpetual isolation.  Pitted against the most inhospitable environment on Earth would demand exceptional physical challenges for them and their dog teams. This unprecedented trek and to be completed in 220 days before the following winter would engulf them.”

Wednesday November 17th 10.30 am

Guest Speaker: Jo Alberti – “Paying for Covid and Climate Change”
Jo Alberti is a Skiddaw u3a member and convenes the Unravelling Economics group. Jo is an author and playwright and a passionate campaigner for Fair Trade.
“It seems apparent that the UK Government has been able to pay for most of the financial cost of Covid19 without difficulty. This talk will examine whether it will also be possible to pay for the undertakings needed to tackle climate change. Spoiler alert: the answer is yes.”


Dates for your Diary
Cycling - Social Cycling
Tue Oct 5th Stavely loop led by Dave
Tue Oct 19th To be advised
Local History
Tue Oct 19th Mark Hatton returns to give the group a talk about the Coppermines in the Coniston Fells. The copper veins were vigorously but intermittently mined from the late 16thC until the late 19thC. The miners left much evidence of their efforts both above and below ground. Join the talk to hear the fascinating history of these miners and the huge impact on the local community.

The talk will be at 3.30 pm in the Crosthwaite Parish Rooms (next to the co-op)
Tue Nov 16th Mark Radcliffe will give a talk about James,the 3rd Earl Radcliffe of Lord's Island, Derwentwater
In all probability the talk will be delivered via Zoom at 4pm - more details to follow
Tue Dec 14th Tom Snaith will be giving a talk about Donald Campbell - a larger than life character who is renowned for his water speed records on Coniston which led ultimately to his death.
In all probability the talk will be delivered via Zoom at 4pm - more details to follow
Tue Jan 18th 2022 Ray Greenhow will be giving a talk entitled "Derwent Division - early days of Keswick Policing" with mention of James Armstrong who fell to his death off Wanthwaite Crags in 1847
Tue Feb 15th 2022 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 2022 "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 2022 Ian Tyler will be giving a talk entitled "Thirlmere and the Drowning of the Valley" Venue details and time to follow
Tue May 24th 2022 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 2022 Ann McWatt will lead a guided tour of Caldbeck and talk about the rich industrial past of the village