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Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Tuesday, 13 Nov 2018

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This page displays pictures from various groups which have not got a dedicated gallery page. The most recent are at the top of the page.

Walking Holiday 2nd to 6th October 2017

Sedbergh in the Yorkshire Dales

Ten intrepid WAD walkers, plus one enjoying a sightseeing break, enjoyed 4 nights at the beautiful 16th century Thorns Hall run by HF holidays. We arrived mid afternoon on Monday 5th just in time to unpack and enjoy afternoon tea. As the rain was very heavy we had to miss our usual village orientation walk in favour of staying in the dry!

Next day, three different length walks were sampled by members of the group, all using part of the Pennine Way starting from the little village of Dufton and going through the scenic woods along Dufton Ghyll. After a hard days walking and lovely dinner, we were entertained by a local group.

On our second day we set out with trepidation as heavy rain was forecast. A couple of our walkers opted out and visited Sizergh Castle instead, while the walkers set off in two different groups. The harder walkers did get soaked, but luckily those of us on the easier walk only encountered light drizzle. That evening we took part in the inter-house quiz which is run simultaneously in every HF house in the country (about 18 of them). Once again our WAD members triumphed with one team taking the top spot in our house (photos showing them displaying their exciting HF holiday mugs which were the prize) and our other team coming in 2nd.

Our third and final day's walking saw us taking in the magnificent Ribblehead Viaduct on the Settle to Carlisle railway line. The three walking groups all took different routes as part of this walk, the easier walkers concentrated on the Ingleton Waterfall trail, the medium walking traversing the amazing limestone pavements of Twistleton Scar, and the harder walkers ascending one of the Dales 'three peaks' Ingleborough. Sunny weather on the final day brought our walking holiday to a very satisfying finish. The day was rounded off with a delicious 4 (or was it 5) course meal focussing on local produce, and rounded off with a nice glass of port. That was a treat!

We all thoroughly enjoyed our break and look forward to next year in the Cotswolds!


Our group enjoying refreshment in the bar after a hard day's walking


Scenic Smardale Fell


Our proud quiz prize winners showing off their HF mugs!


Looking down the dale at Ribblehead Viaduct


Four of our walkers enjoying the Ingleton Waterfall Trail


Fascinating sink holes on Twistleton Scar


The magnificent waterfalls


The beautiful 16th Century Thorns Hall

 

Participants in the third Memory Course

This course was held during June / July 2017.

 

Walking Holiday 5th to 9th September 2016

Nine members of WAD enjoyed a walking break in sunny Somerset, and yes it was very sunny. We had the most amazing weather for September and our second walking day was very hot and humid, more weather for languishing in the shade then struggling up those hills!

We stayed at Holnicote House at Selworthy near Minehead in the heart of the Exmoor National Park. Hf Holidays lease this superb historic building set in peaceful grounds from the National Trust. As well as the main house, there are several wonderful cottages set in the grounds which accommodated some of our members. A bonus for a few of our members who enjoy swimming was a very well heated outdoor swimming pool. Just the thing after a long hot day out on the moors!

After a slow journey down the M5, and a long lunch break at Clevedon on the coast, we arrived at Holnicote House mid afternoon just in time for afternoon tea and an orientation walk around the local area. Before our tasty 3 course evening meal, the next days' walks were described to us and we chose which we would like to do. From our party, five opted for the shorter route, two for the medium, (and yes there is always one) our hardy Pearl, who braved the 12 miles and 1500 feet ascent of the longer walk. Our ninth member had come along to enjoy the local area at her own pace. Our first full day's walking was up to the nearby Dunkery Beacon and back to the house over the moors and through beautiful woodland via differing routes, stopping for breaks along the way from our well stocked packed lunches.

Our second day, saw us visiting Lynton and Lynmouth and the beautiful Watersmeet in our treks. In the evening we participated in an inter-house quiz, in which lots of holidaymakers over the UK staying at Hf locations are doing at the same time. Our group did very well, although didn't win, we thoroughly enjoyed the evening.

Our last day of walking was more local, walking from a spot a little further on from Porlock and back to the house through wooded valleys and moorland with dramatic views. Arriving back at the house in plenty of time, some of our party visited the nearby village of Selworthy, also owned by the National Trust and having a number of very pretty thatched cottages grouped around the village green.

Our final evening was spent over a superb dinner reviewing our week, agreeing that it had been the best of our holidays yet. Holnicote House had offered us very comfortable accommodation in a wonderfully peaceful setting, and providing excellent food. We decided although we had walked many miles in three days, that none of us would go home weighing any less than when we started!

Here's to next year………………….. and yes it is already booked.


1st day up to Dunkery beacon for medium walks group


Exmoor ponies at Dunkery beacon


Our group posing outside Holnicote House on a very sunny morning


Watersmeet


Did we really walk from right over there?


Valley of the rocks near Lynton


Sunlight through the trees


Lovely thatched cottages around Selworthy village green


Some of our group outside Dunster historic yarn market

 

Science, Engineering & Technology - November 2015

The topic for this hands-on session was "How many sides has a football?" a look at regular solids


A football!


Practical formulae - 1


Practical formulae - 2

 

The Walking Holiday enjoyed by members of various walking groups - September 2015

Seven members of our U3A have enjoyed another holiday with Hf Holidays. This year, the group travelled to Whitby in North Yorkshire and stayed at the comfortable Larpool Hall.

Whitby was an ideal base for walking and sight-seeing with its cliffs and coastline and the North York Moors National Park close by. The three days of walking were spent in Captain Cook Country; on the Cleveland Way and Ravenscar Coast; and on the Moors. This beautiful area of England did not disappoint and the different walks arranged for each day catered for all abilities. Highlights included: Roseberry Topping and Great Ayton; the coastal footpath and Robin Hood’s Bay; The Hole of Horcum and Levisham, where some had a ride on a steam train.

The evenings were spent in pleasant relaxation as we enjoyed each other’s company over dinner and joined in activities, including an open-topped bus trip around Whitby and a quiz.

The days of the holiday seemed to fly by but have left us with very happy memories.


Walkers in the mist.


Robin Hood's Bay


Robin Hood's Bay after a hard day's walk


View from our hotel - and us!


Waiting for the coach outside the hotel.


Outside our hotel


An unwelcome walking companion - an adder!


Whitby Abbey

 

Some work of the Needles & Pins Group, Februrary 2015

 

The Needles & Pins Group members with their table of work at the December general meeting. Items were sold in aid of Home Start

 

Theatre Group members at Kilworth for South Pacific - July 2014


Awaiting the show at Kilworth


The Set for South Pacific

 

A selection of the attractive and intricate pieces made using a variety of tecniques, as shown at the the July 2014 Afternoon Tea.

 

Jukebox Group


The first meeting of 2014


Gene Pitney - featured artist of the month

 

The fun choir in action


Willow and Rowan

  
Music in movement

Our choir performing at Glenfield U3A Christmas Party - 2012

 

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Finding Neverland - Theatre Group, September 2012

Warhorse - Theatre Group, October 2012

The Opera Dudes at Ibstock Palace- including some audience participation! - Theatre Group, December 2010

 

A Good Read At the February 2012 meeting of the Book Group, members voted for their favourite read of 2011. Sounds straightforward? It wasn't.

Each month, a member takes on the challenge of choosing a book for the whole group to read. The twelve books read in 2011 covered a quirky assortment of many different tastes and styles. The voting produced no clear winner, but high on everyone's list was "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" by British writer Mark Haddon.

 

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