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 July 21st 10.30 am

Guest speaker: Roger Browne – “New Orleans to New York a Musical Journey from Jazz to Musical Theatre”
Roger Browne is a raconteur/musician/actor/theatre director, and his presentation promises to be mix of fascinating and hilarious stories of the characters and experiences that have shaped his rich life in jazz and musical theatre. Roger was originally booked to speak to Skiddaw U3A in March 2020 but was thwarted by the pandemic! We are delighted to have an opportunity to welcome him this year.

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 Jun 29th A ride starting at Keswick anticlockwise to Lorton and return over Whinlatter pass
Tue Jul 13th Melkinthorpe/ Crosby Ravensworth area led by Steve Eatwell
Tue Jul 27th Frank Lee memorial ride led by Barbara
Local History
Tue Jul 20th No talk today.
Tue Aug 17th No talk today
Tue Sep 21st Christine Craghill will return to give her talk "Footprints in the Fells" - Christine has investigated the history of some former farms 'Back o' Skidda' that were once part of a dispersed fell side communities.
Talk will be delivered via Zoom at 4 pm
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.
In all probability the talk will be delivered via Zoom at 4pm - more information to follow
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