Whitby Whaler


NEWSLETTER August 2019

Next Coffee Morning September 21st 2019 @ 10am-11:30am

Unlimited cups of coffee and biscuits, 50p

(If you would like to take a table during 2019 please speak to Jim on 07486975079, or Trevor on 600963, and a date will be arranged for you.)

Chairman: Trevor Barrowcliffe 01947 600963
Secretary: Clair Stones 01947 604451
Treasurer: Janice Shade 01947 810746
Membership: Pat Headley 01947 603648
Curriculum Organiser: Moira Ferguson 07835 381921
Publicity Officer: Jim Griffin 01947 605671
Outings Organiser: Anne Jackson 01947 810590
Newsletter Editor Frances Hilson 01947 228537
Website Colin Rutland 01947 604019 or rutlandcj@hotmail.com

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Items to go in the newsletter can be emailed to me at francesmike43@aol.com and the deadline is the Monday before a coffee morning.

Newsletters can also be collected at: Library, Coliseum, Green Lanes, Church House and Tourist Information Centre

It seems incredible that we are already beginning to think about the end of summer, hope it has been a good one for you. If you have taken part in any of the events which were organised to cover the gap while regular groups took a break, I think you will agree that there were some good things to keep us occupied. There were extra walks led by Pat Headley and Don Readman, the quiz afternoon led by Trevor and Margaret Barrowcliffe, Neil Kershaw and his family arranged a car Treasure Hunt and the Institute of Advanced Motorists evenings, and then there was the walk round members’ gardens finishing with afternoon tea. All of these were well supported, and many thanks to all those who worked to put these events on.

You may have noticed that several of our groups were involved in providing entertainment at the Whitby Regatta, with demonstrations by the Keep Fit Group, and musical entertainment by the Whalers Band and the Choir. Congratulations to them, they prove that the older generation doesn’t have to be invisible and still has a lot to offer.

The one good side of summer ending is that everything is starting up again, and the new curriculum will be available at the next coffee morning and at Registration Day. There are several new groups starting, as well as all the old favourites:

A Dominoes group will meet at the Rifle Club on the 2nd and 4th Monday in each month between 2 and 4 pm. The leader is Barbara Tate and her phone number is 810153 if you want to know more.

The Egyptology Group run by Anne Jackson will meet in the small committee room at St John Ambulance Hall on the 1st and 3rd Friday in each month from 2 to 3 pm., and the first meeting will be on September 20th. If you are going to London to see “King Tut” this might be of interest to you.

Sewing for Beginners, run by Rose Helm, will be held in the Rifle Club on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday between 10 and 12 noon. Rose can be contacted on 07717 067268 for more information.

There has been a good show of interest in Walking Netball and Clair Stones, who will lead it, is currently sorting out a suitable venue – watch this space for more information.

Unfortunately several groups will no longer be available: no more Advanced Italian, Pilates, or Advanced Ukelele.

The Recorder Group plan to start meeting again on Tuesday September 24th, and the first meeting of the Whaler Band will be on Thursday September 12th.

The Discussion Group starts again on Monday September 9th, and the Philosophy Group on Monday September 16th. The philosophers will welcome new members to join them, and at the first meeting there will be a brief resume of topics already covered, plus an introduction to the next topic to be studied, “The Mind”, together with a philosophical game.

The Pub Lunch Group will be at The Forge at Aislaby on Tuesday August 20th, meeting at 12 noon. The next meeting will be on Tuesday September 17th, when the venue will be Kaskane Restaurant at Skinningrove. More details from Mike Hilson on 01947 228537.

After running 3 successful sessions through the summer, the Barn Dance group will continue to meet in the Spa once a month. The first session will be on Friday September 20th from 2 – 4 p.m., and thereafter the dates are October 4th, November 15th and December 13th. Gaynor Wilkin leads the group and can be contacted on 01947 611827, and an added bonus is that there will be live music.

The Weekend Group are now meeting in the Rusty Shears Café in Silver Street as their regular venue. They plan to visit Staithes Art festival on September 7th or 8th, followed by lunch, and also Saltburn Farmers Market with lunch on September 14th. Contact Maureen Osborne on 01947 605141 for more details.

The Play Reading Group is meeting in the library on Monday August 19th at 2.45 as usual, but the week after, the library is closed for the Bank Holiday. So the next meeting after that is on Monday September 2nd.

The Beer and Wine Group have arranged a trip to Saltburn on Tuesday September 3rd. A coach will leave Whitby at 6 p.m. and the cost will be £10. Speak to Anne Jackson at the coffee morning or by phoning 01947 810590 if you would like to go.

Anne Jackson would like to remind members who are going on the trip to London to see the King Tutankhamun exhibition, that the money will need to be paid by the September coffee morning at latest.

The Relaxation and Meditation Group resumes on Thursday September 12th, at 2.30 to 4.30 p.m. in the large meeting room at Whitby Library, and newcomers are welcome. Jean Thornton is the leader and can be contacted on 01947 601709. She writes “We are a friendly informal group who sit in quietness on normal chairs in our usual clothes and learn how to calm down and relax from the stresses of everyday life. We learn how to control our breathing and the benefits of gentle exercise. We do relaxing body scans. We read poems, listen to relaxation discs, and learn how to ‘let go’. We use stories and visualizations to learn the benefits of mindful awareness of the world around us. And we always have tea/coffee and biscuits and time for a chat and a laugh! The session fee is £2, first one free.”

The Lecture series begins again in St John Ambulance Hall at 10 a.m.Tuesday 17th September
‘New Orleans to New York - a history of Jazz’
Roger Browne - Jazz pianist / keyboard player

The development of a musical genre that originated in the African-American communities of New Orleans; with musical accompaniment on the piano.

A concert outing on Friday October 11th to the Sage at Gateshead is being planned . The Royal Northern Sinfonia will play Brahms - Tragic Overture, Beethoven – Romance No 1, Mendelssohn – Piano Concerto No 1, and Dvorak – Symphony No 7. The cost will be approximately £35 for coach and concert ticket a deposit of £20 will be needed when you book. Contact Trevor Barrowcliffe on 600963 or email twbarrowcliffe@yahoo.co.uk or at coffee mornings.

Save the date! On 31st January 2020 the 3rd Age Stagers, our own Amateur Dramatic Group, are inviting us to a Murder Mystery Event. The theme will be a Vintage Ball (so a chance to dress up in posh frocks/black tie) and while we are watching the play, someone will be murdered and we will need to become detectives! Watch this space for more details, and contact Jan Jennings if you would like to take part.

It becomes increasingly likely that a General Election is imminent, and there are plans afoot, led by members of the Discussion Group, to hold a Hustings. U3A is a non-political organisation, of course, and care will be taken to give all view points a chance to be equally heard, but we need to know what the candidates stand for before we cast our votes. The Hustings committee are asking all candidates who will stand in this constituency to attend, and we will be invited to submit questions to be put to the candidates. Obviously no date has yet been fixed but they are ready to go as soon as the election is called, and tickets for U3A members and their partners will be made available. Keep an eye open for further announcements on our Web page and Facebook Page, as well as in the newsletter.

Publicity Officer – Jim Griffin who has worked so hard to keep U3A in the public eye and has done a great job as our Publicity Officer, has decided to stand down at the AGM on October 26th. We need to find a replacement and hope someone will feel able to take this on. Contact the Chairman, Trevor Barrowcliffe, or Jim himself (phone numbers below) if you would like to know more about what is entailed.

Two important dates to remember: Registration Day – Friday September 6th at the Spa Pavilion, from 10am to 1 pm. You can register for next year anytime from now on if you can’t make it then. Just speak to Pat Headley at the coffee morning or by phone.
And the AGM will be held in the Rifle Club on Saturday October 26th, more details next month.