Whitby Whaler


Coffee Morning Saturday 18th September - 10am - 12 noon @ Whitby Rifle Club


Whitby Whaler u3a phone number - 07506 271940

Notes from the Secretary

I hope this latest edition of our Newsletter finds you well and enjoying the sudden burst of summer we are having. It was lovely seeing so many at the Group Registration morning on the 3rd September – both returning and new. Don’t worry if you couldn’t make it there is still time to become a member and join the groups.

I just hope, as I’m sure we all do, that nothing happens to derail the Government’s plans!
We have been through an unprecedented 18 months (how many times have we heard that), with Covid-19 which has been a major threat to u3a organisations around the country.

However we have another major threat looming, that is the running of our organisation! We have a very small group of dedicated people currently serving on the Committee in various roles, but we urgently need a number of replacements. Anne Jackson, Chairman and Trustee, and Clair Stones, Acting Secretary and Trustee, have given notice of their intention to resign at the AGM in October.

Without a Chairman and a Secretary our organisation is under considerable threat.

We cannot be accepted under Charity Commission ruling without these two posts. We would appeal to anyone interested in the roles or serving on the Committee to discuss this with Anne or Clair.

Our organisation cannot run without the willingness of our members to get involved. Take a look on the Group page for areas you might consider joining or helping.

I am pleased to say that over the past few months (despite Covid) we have still managed to attract a considerable number of new members, which is really encouraging. Welcome and I look forward to meeting you either in classes or at the ‘Social morning’ (formally known as Coffee Morning) on Saturday 18th September at the Rifle Club 10-12.

We have experienced some unusual and unprecedented difficulties this year (there goes that phrase again) to secure our venues.

It has been a fraught time as SJAH has yet to open its doors, but thanks to Wendy Price our Group Co-Ordinator, who has worked tirelessly and the co-operation and understanding of our Group Convenors, we have managed to secure other venues.

As well as ‘real world’ groups we will also be running groups on ZOOM for those who prefer to participate from home.

Please be aware that some group numbers normal have needed to be reduced. So please be considerate to your fellow members and only book for groups which you can attend on a regular basis.

Here’s looking forward to a brighter, more normal future for us all!

Newsletter Editor

p.s. We’ve included a focus on Music and Walking in this edition. It would be nice for the October newsletter to have a focus on other groups.

Gardening Group Christmas Meal

6th December Sneaton Castle £20
Turkey and trimmings/ Roast Vegetable Wellington

Book your place and pay in full at the Social Morning Saturday 18th December Rifle Club.
Open to Group members only (includes those who think they are on a waiting list for the group).

Places limited to the first 120 members who pay on Saturday.

‘My Whitby and District Calendar’

Don usually produces his calendar to sell at the ‘Coffee Morning’ but of course that has not happened and he still has some left.
Check out on Facebook the 14 (yes 14) photos included in the calendar and if you are interested in buying one then Don will have them for sale at the Social morning on Saturday 18th September.

Can you help?
You may not want to join the Committee meetings but perhaps

you can help in other ways. If so, contact a member of the Committee
to let them know. We all have very different skills.
Chairman Vice-Chairman Treasurer Business Secretary
Membership Group Convenor Beacon Administrator Publicity
Event Organiser or Committee Minutes Secretary Welfare
Health & Safety Newsletter Editor

Setting up rooms Teas & Coffee Event desk duty Front of House events Ticket/Programme design etc etc


You left work and looked forward to the freedom, but after the first holiday and catching up with all those jobs, did you then miss the friendship groups at work, using your skills and experience, achieving something you could be pleased with? Does this ring a bell? Does your work experience include people skills, administrative duties and basic IT skills?

In which case, we might have the answer. We are looking for someone who is a team player and has an eye for accuracy and detail and would consider being our Shadow Secretary. Your skills/experience may well be the perfect fit! The role would be an appropriate preparation for election to the Committee as Secretary or Newsletter Editor in the future.

If this idea appeals to you but you would like to know more, just contact Anne Jackson or Clair Stones to have an informal chat. We would very much like to hear from you!

The Trustees of Whitby Whaler u3a cannot accept any liability of any kind arising out of Covid-19 infection resulting from negligence, actions, omissions, or any other cause by any person during a u3a event.

Please use current government regulations to make an informed choice about your personal risk of attending an event.

Eating in the Fifties and Sixties

Pasta was not eaten in Australia
Curry was a surname.
A takeaway was a mathematical problem.
A pizza was something to do with a leaning tower.
All potato chips were plain: the only choice we had was whether to empty the blue bag of salt on or not.
Rice was only eaten as a milk pudding.
Calamari was called squid and we used it as fish bait.
A Big Mac was what we wore when it was raining.
Brown bread was something only poor people ate.
Oil was for lubricating; fat was for cooking.
Tea was made in a teapot made using tea leaves and never green.
Sugar enjoyed a good press in those days and was regarded as being white gold.
Cubed sugar was regarded as posh.
Chicken didn’t have fingers in those days.
Eating raw fish was called poverty, not sushi.
None of us had ever heard of yoghurt.
Healthy food consisted of anything edible.
People who didn’t peel potatoes were regarded as lazy.
Indian restaurants were only found in India.
Cooking outside was called camping.
Seaweed was not a recognised food.
‘Kebab’ was not even a word, never mind a food.
Prunes were medicinal.
Surprisingly, muesli was readily available, it was called Cattle Feed.
Water came out of the tap: If someone had suggested bottling it and charging more than petrol for it, they would have become a laughingstock!
But the two things that we never had on a table in the sixties were
Elbows or Mobile Telephones!

Submitted by Clair Stones

Whitby Whaler u3a are hosting an event for Yorkshire & Humberside u3a to stay in Whitby and immerse themselves in the events of Captain James Cook RN and his time in Whitby and the Region.

Limited numbers mean that the lectures, museum visits are not available to Whaler members but on Wednesday 23rd September, Metropole a 2-course meal and entertainment will be available. The price of a ticket is £25 and there are a few tickets available. If you are interested find Trevor Barrowcliffe at the Social Morning on Saturday – 18th September Rifle Club – to purchase a ticket.

Entertainment is provided by Richard Grainger a folk singer of some renown. Richard will be performing extracts from his Folk opera ‘Eye of the Wind’ – first performed when the Bark Endeavour returned to Whitby in 1997.