Skiddaw

Events

The monthly meetings are held on the third Wednesday of every month except August and December. Follow this link Monthly Meeting for 2019 to see a full list of forthcoming meetings.
A review of our previous meetings can be found via the link to the right.

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 Sep 18th Open Morning and Sign-Up Day

Your opportunity to meet representatives from the 59 groups run by Skiddaw U3A who will be showcasing their activities for 2018-19. This is the ideal event for prospective members to find out what we have to offer and join our U3A. Existing members will also be able to renew their membership.

Southey Street Methodist Church Hall, Keswick 10.00am to 12.30pm
Wed Oct 16th Doug Thompson “The Artist as Pioneer – the European Tradition in Australian Art”

Doug is a Skiddaw U3A member and will share his knowledge of and his passion for art in Australia.
Thu Nov 7th EXTRA EVENT Note different day and time.

Thursday 7th November Crosthwaite Parish Room, Keswick 2.00 – 4.00 pm

Andrew Thwaite “My Life in Chocolate”

Andrew is a chocolatier and will give a light hearted insight into his profession as well as how cocoa is grown and chocolate is made. There will be stories and anecdotes and a demonstration – with chocolates and truffles to taste at the end!
Wed Nov 20th Fran Sandham "Traversa”

A talk about his solo walk across the continent of Africa.
Cycling - Social Cycling
Tue Aug 27th Please meet for a 10 am start at Welton. Grid Ref NY353 443. OS Map Landranger 85. There is plenty of parking space.
From here Ron will lead us on an approx. 18 mile ride finding the River Caldew. We will cycle through Highbridge, Stockdalewath, Raughton, Gaitsgill, Raughton Head and Rose Bridge but not necessarily in that order! Ron says this is an adventure on a miniature scale - not to be missed.
Fri Sep 6th There will be an EXTRA RIDE today led by Bill. This will be a fairly lengthy ride of over 40 miles if cycled in its entirety. If you are going to do the full ride then please meet for a prompt 9 am start at Portinscale Bridge. There are options for shortening the ride by joining in at the Pheasant Inn, Bassenthwaite or Brigham. If you would like more details please contact me by using the “send a message” icon
Tue Sep 10th We are off to the seaside. More details to follow from Fran and Lorna
Tue Sep 24th Please meet for a 10 am start at Askham. From here Fran and Lorna will lead an approx. 24 mile undulating route. Coffee stop will be in Shap then we will return back to Askham following quiet roads. Route could be exposed in parts.
Fri Oct 4th An EXTRA RIDE today will be led by Bill. More details to follow
Tue Oct 8th Please meet for a 9.30am start at Wray Castle, using loose cycle tracks, surfaced roads, forest tracks and ginnels the route takes us by way of Coniston, Hawkshead and return.Approx 23miles.Wray Castle is a pay and display car park but National Trust members park free.
Tue Oct 22nd A 25 mile circular ride from Rowrah stopping at St. Bees for coffee. Please meet for a 9.30 am start and there will be more details to follow.
Tue Nov 5th A ride starting at 9.30 am at Low Bridge End, Thirlmere, to Grasmere, Ambleside area and return. More details to follow.
Tue Nov 19th A circular route starting at 9.30 am from Keswick leisure pool around Bassenthwaite Lake and Overwater. Refreshments hopefully at Bassenthwaite village hall. Return to Keswick. A total of 24 miles.
Local History
Tue Sep 24th A talk by Ray Greenhow about his book - Cumbria’s First Black Policeman
Tue Oct 22nd Roy Ellis will give the group a talk about the Calvert Family
Tue Nov 19th Christine Craghill will give a talk today entitled "The House That Justice Wren Built - A moment in time at Castlerigg Hall". Gawen Wren, a noted Parliamentarian from Castlerigg came from a long standing and well respected family in the Keswick area of old Cumberland.
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.
Walking - Fell Walkers
Sat Aug 31st Kirk Fell Linear Walk: Honister, Tramway, path to Sail Beck, head of Black Sail Pass, round Kirkfell Crags to boundary post line to Kirk Fell. Descend to Beckhead, climbers traverse of Great Gable, Styhead Tarn, Taylorgill Force, Seatoller for bus back - 15km, 6.5 hours, 850m ascent. Meet at Booths in time to catch the 77A bus at 9.30am.