Along with many other organisations Settle District U3A is in a state of flux this year due to the implications of Covid 19. This document sets out our plans as we see them at the time of writing (August 2020). However these may be subject to change especially as regards meeting indoors. Please check our website – www.settledistrictu3a.org or contact a committee member if you have any questions.
Who we are?
Settle District U3A is a charity (number 1095635) with around 400 members. People are invited to join on an annual basis. A committee of trustees elected at the AGM administers the charity.
Settle District U3A is also a member of WestNet network of U3As. Being a WestNet member effectively means that a member of Settle District U3A has reciprocal membership of the other branches (namely Bradford, Craven, Ilkley & District). You can register for a group activity in those U3A”s with no additional U3A membership fee (although you may be asked to contribute to any costs associated with membership of a group).
Settle District U3A is affiliated to the Third Age Trust, an umbrella organisation bringing together all autonomous U3As from around the country so that Settle can gain from the experience of others.
What we do?
We hold meetings on the second Thursday of each month, during which outside speakers talk on a wide variety of subjects. Usually these are held at a local venue in Settle where members can meet with other members over tea and coffee from 10.00am. However these are currently taking place using Zoom teleconferencing until we can safely meet in person again. Dates and details of speakers are on the website.
We have over 30 cultural, physical and fun interest groups from walking to dancing and singing to geology. All groups are “self-help” and their number and variety depend on the willingness of members to contribute by facilitating, sharing and leading. While social distancing is still necessary and meeting accommodation is not available many of our groups are still active and are meeting by Zoom.
What it costs?
The committee has proposed that the existing 2019-20 members will have their membership renewed free of charge (this has to be agreed at an AGM to be held by Zoom on the 10th December 2020).
The annual subscription for new members will remain at £15 for a single person or £29 for joint membership. Members who pay tax may gift aid their payment as this gives us an extra 20% for each subscription. When meetings take place in a venue members are charged £1 for each monthly speaker meeting and 50p for each group meeting with exceptional extra charges. The membership year runs from 1 July.]
How we keep in touch?
We produce a monthly newsletter, which keeps members up to date with what is going on. It is mainly distributed by email. A free paper copy is delivered to members who are unable receive emails or download it from the Settle U3A website (www.settledistrictu3a.org). This is normally available and collected in person before the monthly meeting by those members not on line. It can also be posted to members who provide SAE’s. We have recently upgraded the website and it is a mine of information, particularly Group and historic information.
Third Age Matters is a journal produced by the Third Age Trust five times a year and is mailed to members unless they opt not to receive it.
How to contact us?
All committee members are happy to help in any way.
Committee members details are available on the website and they can be recognised by the name badges worn at monthly meetings.
Some people you may wish to contact are listed below:
Ian Gray (Chair) email@example.com (07969876882)
Les Chandler (Secretary) firstname.lastname@example.org (07802 543676)
Barbara Herring (Treasurer) email@example.com (07788 184174)
Chris Chandler (Membership) firstname.lastname@example.org (07879 643878)
Jeanne Hine (Group Coordinator) email@example.com (07590 073151)
What premises does Settle District u3a use?
In normal circumstances group activities are held at a variety of locations in and around Settle. Current information regarding how and where a group is currently meeting is in this leaflet, on the website or can be found by talking to the Group Leader or any committee member (any changes will be put on the website or communicated by the Group Leader or at the monthly meeting).
What members can do for Settle U3A?
- Make suggestions to any committee member for improvements to the organisation.
- Volunteer to help with U3A activities and events.
- Consider standing for the committee, or any office on the committee, at the AGM.
- Offer to facilitate a new or existing Group.
CURRENT SETTLE DISTRICT GROUPS
|Group||Leader(s)||Day(s) of month||Time||Place|
|Art Appreciation||Sue Simpson||1st Tuesdays||2.00pm – 3.30pm||Friends Meeting House|
|Badminton||David Uren||Every Friday||10am – 11am||Langcliffe Village Institute|
|Ballroom||Steph Phillip||Every Thursday||2pm- 3pm||Catholic Church Hall|
|Beginners French||Jane Barnes||Every Wednesday||2pm – 3:30pm||Friends Meeting House|
|Bird Watching||Les Chandler||Monthly, usually on Mondays as arranged by the leader|
2.00 – 3.30pm
Langcliffe Village Institute
Rugby Club car park
|Book Group||Jackie Allot||3rd Mondays||2.00pm – 3.30pm||Friends Meeting House|
|Bridge Group||John Parry|
|10.15am . 10.15am||On line Royal Oak|
|Card Making||Wendy Newby||3rd Thursdays|
10 am – noon
1pm – 3.00pm
|2nd & 4th Fridays||10.15 – 11.15am||Catholic Church Hall|
|Creative Writing||Jean Stevens||2nd Thursdays||2pm – 4.00pm||Friends Meeting House|
|Crime Novel Book Group||Sue Bennedik||1st Fridays||3pm – 4.30pm||Friends Meeting House|
|Dance||Marjorie Walker||Every Monday||2pm – 3.30pm||Drill Hall|
|Dance Exercise||Janet Rougvie||Every Wednesday||2pm – 3pm||Catholic Church Hall|
|Chair based Exercise||Gillian Walton||Every Monday||10:30am – 11.30am||Catholic Church Hall|
|4th Fridays||10.30am – 12.30pm|
|French (Continuing)||Colin Coleman||Every Monday||10.00am -11.30am||Langcliffe Village Institute|
|Garden Visit Group||Chris Benn||Monthly||TBA||Various outdoors|
|Geology||Keith Waterson||3rd Tuesdays||2pm – 3.30pm||Catholic Church Hall|
|German (Conversation)||Sheila Goodall||2nd & 4th Wednesdays||10.00am – 11.30am||Friends Meeting House|
|3rd Wednesdays||11:00am -12.15pm||Catholic Church Hall|
Eileen Bamford Janet Woods
|1st, 3rd, 4th & 5th Thursdays||10.30am – noon||Catholic Church Hall|
|Lunch Group||Joan Schofield||3rd Fridays||12.30pm||Various|
|Monthly meeting||Ian Gray||2nd Thursday||10.00am -12.00pm||St John’s|
|Painting||Ian Tennant||1st & 3rd Wednesdays||10.00am -12.00pm||St John’s|
|Philosophy||Keith Hyde||1st & 3rd Thursdays||2.00pm – 3.30pm||Catholic Church Hall|
|Play Reading||Jackie Allot||3rd Tuesdays||1.30pm – 3.30pm||Friends Meeting House|
|Poetry Appreciation||Jean Stevens||4th Thursdays||2.00pm – 3.30pm||Friends Meeting House|
|Recorders (Intermediate level)||Lizz Cook||1st & 3rd Fridays|
1.30pm – 3.30pm
|Eldroth Village Hall|
|Rusty French||Jane Barnes||Every Wednesday||3.45pm- 5.15pm||Friends Meeting House|
|Scrabble||Brenda Pearce||2nd Mondays||1.30pm – 3.30pm||Limestone View|
|Singing for Pleasure|
|Every Tuesday||10.00am – 11.30am||Friends Meeting House|
|Sociology and Current Issues||Jennifer Warner||2nd & 4th Tuesdays||10.00am – 11.30am||Limestone View|
|Spanish (Conversation)||Ian Gray||1st & 3rd Mondays||11am – 12.30pm||Friends Meeting house|
|Spanish (Intermediate)||Tamsin Candeland||2nd & 4th Tuesdays||10am – 11.30am||Friends Meeting House|
|Sport Appreciation||Ian Gray and Les Chandler||2nd & 4th Mondays||4pm – 5.30pm||Settle Social Club|
|Swimming||Kath Mason||Every Wednesday||9.45m – 11.30am||Not currently meeting|
|Table Tennis||Kath Hamflett||Every Friday||11.00am – noon||Langlciffe Village Institute|
|Ukulele||Tamsin Candeland||2nd & 4th Tuesdays||2.00pm – 3.45pm||Friends Meeting House|
|Walking (approx 5 miles)||Dave & Jean Hall||2nd & 4th Tuesdays||9.30am||Outdoors|
|Walking (approx 6-10 miles)||Dave and Jean Hall||1st & 3rd Thursdays||9.30am||Outdoors|
|Weekender Group||Chris Benn||Various activities monthly on Saturday or Sunday arranged by the Group.||11.30am – 13.00pm||Various|
|Wine Appreciation Group||Anne Webster||3rd Wednesday||7.00pm – 9.30pm||Members homes|