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 Feb 19th Crosthwaite Parish Room
National Gardens Scheme - Grainne Jakobson
An illustrated talk on the history of the National Gardens Scheme. The National Garden Scheme is a charity supporting nursing and caring charities such as Macmillan Cancer Care, Marie Curie, Hospice UK and many more. Money is raised by charging admission to beautiful gardens around the country. Grainne is a passionate gardener and has been opening her garden for the NGS for the last five years.

Please note change of speaker
Wed Mar 18th 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 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 Portinscale Village Hall
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.

Please note change of speaker
Sat Jun 6th 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 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 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 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 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 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 Feb 25th Meet 10am at the Pheasant Inn, Bassenthwaite, to Wythop Mill, Roundclose Hill Crossroads, Rogerscale, Lorton, High Armaside to the Hundith Hill Hotel for refreshments. Continue into Cockermouth, Higham, Setmurthy, return to the Pheasant Inn. The ride led by Barbara.
Tue Mar 10th Ride starting at Becks's, Greystoke, Johnby, Skelton, Unthank to the Pot Place, Plumpton. Return via Blencow, Motherby and Penruddock. Ride led by Lorna.
Tue Mar 24th Ride starting at Wray Castle on the shores of Windermere, by way of Drunken Duck,Tilberthwaite, Coniston,Hawkshead Hill, Hawkshead. Returning via Far and near Sawrey, Lakeside cycletrack to Wray Castle. A bit of a toughie.
Tue Apr 21st Ride led by John Hunston in the Ennerdale Valley to Black Sail Youth Hostel
Tue May 5th Ride led by Mark T.B.A.
Mon May 11th May 11th to the 13th our annual three day away trip to Kirkudbright
Local History
Tue Feb 25th 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 Tom Snaith will give an illustrated talk entitled -"Sarah Losh, Builder of Wreay Church" in the Crosthwaite Room, Keswick Museum, Station Road, Keswick at 3pm
Tue Apr 21st 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.
The meeting will take place at 3 pm in the Crosthwaite Room, Keswick Museum, Station Road, Keswick.
Tue May 26th Sylvia Pilling will lead the Local History Group on a "Literary" walk around town. More details to follow
Tue Jun 30th 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 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.
Tue Sep 22nd Ron East will give a talk about Bell Ringing and the Crosthwaite Church Tower. The meeting will be in the Crosthwaite Room, Keswick Museum, Station Road, Keswick at 3pm.
Tue Oct 20th An illustrated talk on the early motor trade in Keswick by Brian Hinde. 3pm in the Crosthwaite Room, Keswick Museum, Station Road. Keswick.
Tue Nov 17th Mark Hatton will give an illustrated talk entitled "German Miners in Elizabethan Keswick". 3pm Crosthwaite Room, Keswick Museum, Station Road, Keswick. Depending on the weather the group may also go for a walk to see the site of a smelter, built in 1567 by German miners, which was at the time the largest and most advanced copper smelter in Europe.
Tue Dec 8th A light hearted local quiz and Festive get-together. 3 pm Crosthwaite Room, Keswick Museum, Station Road, Keswick