Whitby Whaler


NEWSLETTER November 2019

At today’s coffee morning there will be an Avon table in aid of Motor Neurone Research, and a sale of scarves and bags for the RNLI.
Unlimited cups of coffee and biscuits, 50p

The next Coffee morning will be on Saturday December 21st in the St John Ambulance Hall at 10 am, when we will be entertained by the Whalers Singers and the U3A Recorder Group.

If you would like to take a table during 2020 please speak to Anne Jackson on 01947 810590, and she will arrange a date for you.
Newsletters can also be collected at: The Library, Coliseum, Green Lanes Community Centre, Church House, and Tourist information Centre.

Check out our Facebook page, Whitby Whaler U3A and “like” it. Send anything for the web page to Colin Rutland, you can contact him by email on rutlandcj@hotmail.com Items to go in the newsletter can be emailed to me at franceshilson@aol.com and the deadline is the Monday before a coffee morning.

Chairman: Anne Jackson 01947 810590
Vice Chairman Peter Bolton 01947 601382
Secretary: Clair Stones 01947 604451
Treasurer: Janice Shade 01947 810746
Membership: Mo Metcalfe 01947 840738
Curriculum Organiser: Moira Ferguson 01947 602160
Publicity Officer: Helen Leech 07557 903264
Newsletter Editor: Frances Hilson 01947 228537
Members: Michael Menier 01947 821207; John Dickinson 01947 604130;
Lillian Kelwick 01947 501036

2019 General Election Hustings

It won’t have escaped your notice that we are to have a General Election on December 12th, and Whalers are planning to host a Hustings meeting to be held in the Spa Theatre on Wednesday 4th December at 7.30 pm. All the candidates have been invited and it will be our chance to find out their views and put names to faces. U3A is not of course allowed to be political in the sense of promoting a particular point of view, but this comes well within our remit, “to inform and educate”. Entry will be by ticket only, restricted to our members, and costing £1 to cover expenses. They will be available at this coffee morning, or by phoning Mike Hilson on 01947 228537 or Lillian Kelwick on 01947 501036.

If you want to submit a question email it to Clair Stones, our secretary, at clair.stones@yahoo.com by Saturday November 16th or hand it in at the coffee morning

There will be a lecture in the monthly series next Tuesday, November 19th on Railway Poster Art and then the next one will be on Tuesday December 17th starting at 10.00 am in St John Ambulance Hall.

Chocolate Christmas demonstration by Andrew Thwaite – master chocolatier - Tuesday 17th December

Group News

A new group, Jazz Appreciation, will have its first meeting in St John Ambulance Hall on Wednesday December 11th from 4.15 to 5.15 pm. The programme will be made up from members’ own record collections, so bring along one or two of your own CDs, or just come and listen. Contact Trevor Barrowcliffe on 600963 if you want more information.

Walking Netball’s taster session went really well and the group will continue to meet on Thursdays from 10 to 11 am in the Leisure Centre. Anyone is welcome to go and give it a try, wear suitable shoes and clothing, and contact Clair Stones if you want any more information. The cost will be £2 to £2.50 depending on numbers.

Spanish continues as a conversation group, led by Moira Ferguson and Trevor Barrowcliffe, with visits from a native Spanish speaker, Mim, who comes from Bolivia, until December. They have hopes in the New Year of recruiting a tutor again. They meet in St John Ambulance Hall on Wednesdays from 4.15 to 5.15pm.

If you belong to the Writing Group, please note that there are plans to change the venue, probably to the Rifle Club ground floor. This will help with accessibility problems, and the day and times will probably remain the same. Contact the group leader, Frank Lupton, on 603669 if you want to know more.

The Barn Dance Group has its last session for this year in the Spa Pavilion at 2 pm on Friday December 13th.

Moira Ferguson, our curriculum organiser, has asked if the person who put out a suggestion for a Poetry Appreciation Group, could contact her please. If there are enough interested people to start the group she would like to discuss time and venue, her number is 01947 602160

The Music Appreciation Group is planning its next outing to the Sage at Gateshead on Thursday January 30th 2020. The Orchestre National de Lille will play a programme of mostly French music, Debussy’s Iberia and Le Mer, Ravel’s Ma Mere L’Oye, and Beethoven’s 4th Piano Concerto. Cost will be approximately £45 for coach plus entry ticket, and bookings can be made at coffee mornings or by contacting Trevor Barrowcliffe on 600963.

Gardening Group Jan Jennings, one of the leaders of this group, needs to make contact, rather urgently, with all members who have signed up for the Christmas meal. The hotel have now provided menu choices and want to know your selection by November 24th. The choices are turkey or beef, and Christmas pudding/white chocolate bavarois/ lemon posset/fresh fruit salad. The default will be turkey/Christmas Pud. Have £2 in change handy too for tea/coffees if you want one on arrival. The meal is on December 2nd, and the final coach pick up times are coach 1, Harrison’s Garage only at 10.20; coach 2, 10.10 Castle Park, 10.20 Salmon Leap, 10.30 East Whitby School Layby. You can contact Jan on 07949264022 or by email at jan.jenn@hotmail.com or see her at the coffee morning.

The Pub Lunch Group will be at The Board in Lealholm on Tuesday November 19th. Then they have their Christmas Lunch at the Jolly Sailors at St Ann’s Staithe in Whitby on Tuesday December 17th at 12.30 pm. The cost will be £14.95 for 2 courses or £19.95 for 3 courses, and you can contact the group leader, Mike Hilson, on 01947 228537 if you would like to go. Members please note that in 2020, the date for group meetings will change to the 2nd Tuesday in each month. This is to avoid the clash with the monthly lecture.

Other news

Neil Kershaw still has some of the certificates issued by the IAM for Whaler members who came to the Driving Assessments back in the summer. Contact Neil by email on neilkershaw119@btinternet.com or catch him at a coffee morning if you want to claim yours.

Lynn Stewart reports that takings from a raffle and stall recently were £49 and £95 respectively in aid of the RNLI and over the year she has been able to make a donation to them of £620. She would like to thank all those who have helped her and those who have contributed. ( Congratulations are also due to her on a great effort).

Jim Griffin is inviting you to get ready for the Murder Mystery Ball on January 30th by polishing up your steps now – (but don’t worry, you can go to the ball, and enjoy it, even if you don’t want to dress up or dance!). On Wednesday November 27th at the Rifle Club, he is planning a night of fun to practice Ballroom and Sequence Dancing with some basic instruction for the fainthearted. It’s just a social night so dress and demeanour as you please, Jim says, and it is free to Whaler members. It starts at 7pm and goes on “until tired”. Tickets for the afternoon in January are now on sale at the coffee morning, £10 to include entertainment and afternoon tea

The Gardening Group completed their first project of the year just in time for Remembrance Sunday. The War Memorial, at the Hospital. was looking a little unloved and so the Gardening Group decided to plant it up. Group leaders old and new Joyce, Jan, Ruth and Jill combined to fill the plot with autumn flowering primulas, heathers and cyclamen plus plenty of spring flowering bulbs to keep the show going. They have received grateful thanks from the hospital’s service manager, who says it “looks loved and cared for again”.

Lillian Kelwick has recently joined the committee and has taken on the responsibility for Health and Safety issues. She is particularly concerned about any problems people have with access to the venues we use, and would be grateful for anyone who feels they have been affected, by difficulties with steps, for example, to get in touch with her so that she can try to find a solution. You can contact her by phone on 01947 501036 or by email on kelwickmum@hotmail.co.uk.

The eagle eyed amongst our readers may have noticed a small change in the logo at the head of this newsletter. We no longer call ourselves “The “University of the Third Age” since the National Committee, after much discussion, decided to abandon it. (In Whitby, of course, uniquely, we have always been “Whalers” as well.) We remain U3A as it was felt that that is how we know ourselves, and it would be too difficult to remove this too, or to think of something better. We do a great job on all fronts, social, active, and educational, and they are all important. But maybe “university” was a bit too much and may have put some people off. What do you think?

Jim Griffin writes: “I had the honour of representing Whitby Whalers by presenting a wreath on behalf of all our members at the Whitby War Memorial on Remembrance Sunday. If you are passing stand and spare a minute in thought for absent friends”.

Thanks to our past Chairman, Trevor Barrowcliffe: At the recent AGM, our Chairman, Trevor Barrowcliffe, stood down after completing his 3 year term as per constitution. He leaves a thriving membership of over 700 members, a healthy financial position and not a dusty retreat for old folk but a vibrant U3A – young at heart and a wonderful place to live laugh and learn with friends. This is a tribute to his hard work, tirelessly put in over the years contributing to the Whaler U3A success it is today.

He has quietly put in place the foundations for the future with a number of new ventures, including Face book, use of email to contact members, Meet and Greet sashes, Winter and Summer events, New members meeting, Summer programme of events, ‘Weekenders’ group, Village ambassadors, Developing a network of other U3As to share good practice, purchase of a defibrillator, Group Leader meetings and a travel group. Numerous and diverse. Trevor would readily acknowledge that others should claim some of these but without his innate ability to listen, strong sense of community, forward thinking and always willing to go the extra mile a number of these would still be on the drawing board. He has continuously supported the Committee, made valuable contributions and always ensured that the views of members were represented.

We owe you, Trevor, a huge debt of gratitude, your contributions have been immense and your experience and wisdom greatly valued.

(Thanks to Clair Stones for this contribution)