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Thursday – Groups for 2023-24

Updated July 2023

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Calligraphy (5378/indoor)

We are a small friendly group with various levels of experience. We don’t have a tutor but would welcome anyone wanting to learn a new skill or revive what they learnt at school. We can provide books equipment and guidance to get you started. You might just enjoy the mindfulness of the practice or you might want to produce works of art - the choice is yours. If you are unsure whether it would suit you feel free to try it for a few weeks.

Mah-Jong (5402/indoor)

Mah Jong is an old Chinese game based on three suites, winds and dragons. It stretches the mind, is competitive and satisfying, but needs concentration!!

Bridge Play (38441/indoor)

.Craven u3a play Duplicate Bridge at Draughton Village Hall on Thursday afternoons between the dates shown in the calendar.  A friendly group which welcomes all, from the area round Skipton, who have played a bit of bridge (see the ‘Bridge - Supervised Play’ group if you are a beginner).  There is a charge of £1 for the year to cover the cost of cards and travellers.

Flower Arranging (38669/indoor)

This is a hands-on have-a-go practical course suitable for all skill levels from complete novice to experienced arranger. The session format consists of each member doing their own arrangement a break for refreshments each member explaining the ideas and process that informed their arrangement a discussion about the next technical aspect. My principal aim is to provide a supportive environment in which we can develop skills and creativity together. Members source their own materials, from their garden foraging or shop.

Walk to Lunch (38707/walking)

We offer morning walks of up to 5 miles followed by a pub/café lunch. Please note that a regular commitment to walks is required and pre-booking for walks/lunches is essential. Members must be fit to walk at a good pace and manage hills and stiles. Meeting points and pub menus are circulated by email a week before each walk. You’ll need boots waterproofs and (sometimes) a sense of adventure !! Joint leaders Jenny Robinson and Brigida Martino

Politics Discussion Group (39075/indoor)

Ongoing whose members discuss a wide range of contemporary events. Prior knowledge of political and govt structures is important.

Bridge - Supervised Play (46040/indoor)

This group is for Craven u3a Members who have had some bridge lessons and wish to get practice to improve their game.  You will bid and play random hands.  I will then comment on your bidding and play and then say how, and why, I would have bid and played each hand.  Advice to improve your game will also be given.

Adventure into Classical Music (54120/music)

Are you looking for a Music club in Skipton? Do you enjoy listening to classical music but wish you knew more of it and more about it? This group aims to cater for you - we shall listen to all sorts of music - often starting from something familiar and then exploring pieces that relate to it, always accompanied by some explanation or story which sheds new light or asks an intriguing question. There will also be a strand of discovery in each meeting - on this occasion we shall be looking at the development of the string quartet over the last three centuries.

First Thursdays (54128/indoor)

To provide a welcome and introduction to the area to those new to Craven and/or the u3a but also open to 'veteran' members. The first two meetings only will be held at Christ Church Hall on September 7th and October 5th, and will be a social get- together when members have the opportunity to plan future outings. We will 'boldly go' to cities, towns and villages, museums and galleries, tea-rooms and pubs, and 'places where we have not been before'. Refreshments will be provided at the first two meetings. The nearest free parking is at Tesco (2 hour max) and Morrisons (3 hour max).

French From Scratch (54129/languages)

Conversational French to equip you for your next holiday in France. No previous knowledge preferable!French from Scratch is suitable for complete beginners as no previous knowledge will be assumed. The emphasis will be on speaking and understanding the spoken language so that participants will gain the confidence and skills to communicate with French people as they travel across the Channel

Walking Group (54147/walking)

Looking for a Walking Club in and around Skipton?. We offer walk in the Yorkshire Dales, Lake District and Yorkshire Moors throughout the year based from Skipton. We offer a sequence of short (5-7 miles), medium (8-9 miles) and long (10+ miles) with various degrees of difficulty. We plan to meet in Coach Street Car Park, to arrange shared transport. The times will vary and are stated in the Walks Programme. Suitable clothing, footwear, drinks and packed lunches are essential. Join us to meet new friends, walk in the glorious setting of the Yorkshire Dales and Moors together with walks in the Lake District National Park. All walks are at the members’ own risk. Sorry no dogs. Walk Programmes are distributed by email. If you do not have email, please phone Phillip Sugden to get a hard copy of the programme.

Film - French (54188/films)

The Film group is perfect for a chilly, damp afternoon. Just drop in when you can...or come every week and make new friends. 5th October Belier Family, 12th Oct Time Regained, 19th Oct. The Audition, 26th Oct. The Green Room, 2nd November. L'auberge espagnole, 9th Nov. Le Mouton a 5 pattes. 16th Nov A tale of Springtime, 23rd Nov. Casque, 30th Nov. Edward and Caroline, 7th Dec. Nelly e Mr. ArnaudPerhaps, 14th Dec. Indochine Contact Wendy at 01756 752907 Just come and join us.

Film International (54189/films)

Do join us for our Drop In Film Club. 1.30 - 4.00 Champions Church Skipton. International Films with English sub-titles. Parking at Morrisons free for three hours. Thursday 4th January How Green was my valley: Welsh, Thurs. 11th Jan. The Quiet Girl : Irish, 18th Jan. Gabbeh A small carpet : Iranian, 25th Jan. Golden Door : Italian, 1st Feb. Of Horses and Men af hestum og monnum : Swedish, 8th Feb. Familia Rodante Rolling Family : Argentinian, 15th Feb. Il Cielo Cade The Sky is Falling : Italian, 22nd Feb. Pelle the Conqueror Swedish/Danish, 29th Feb. Living It's never too late to start : British1st March Like Water for Chocolate Como agur para chocolate. Do join this flexible self help group. Come when you can. You are always welcome. There is a tea break. Wendy 01756 752907