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Tuesday – Groups for 2023-24

Updated July 2023

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German (Continuing) (5389/languages)

For those with a knowledge of German, an interest in improving oral skills, and reading a variety of newspaper/magazine articles from German speaking countries.

History of Art (5393/art)

Art and architecture from Bronze age to Post Impressionism

Music for Fun (5405/music)

This course is purely for the enjoyment of singing and\or playing music. We are not a choir and no perceived ability to do either is required. If you only sing in the shower that's fine. ! Everyone welcome. We don't provide music but words and chords are projected onto the wall. We sing and accompany a very wide variety of songs old and new , including folk and sea shanties classic pop American song book jazz etc. We would like it to be a proactive group where members feel relaxed enough to request songs and \or lead them if they wish and make suggestions. Otherwise the course leaders will choose around a dozen songs each. We have a coffee break when members are encouraged to socialise.Keywords: based in Skipton,mixed group ,amateur, singers, instrumentalists, no audition required.

  • Meets: Tuesday weekly Oct - Mar 10:30 - 12:15 Trinity Methodist Church 9/1/2024 to 12/3/2024 break 13/2/2024
  • Leader(s): Lesley Widdop,Graham Read
  • Contact: Click here to contact the Group Leader
Science+Technology discussion (35161/science)

Discussion of current scientific topics that are of special interest to group members. If members have expertise in a particular area the group would welcome a presentation. The group distributes discussion documents via their website: so familiarity with internet technology would be an advantage. Meetings are held in a hybrid in-person/Zoom format. We will have the internet and a large screen at the venue so that participants and articles can be display to all.

Walking Netball (38683/sport)

To introduce ex-players to a sport they have always loved or to engage adults in a sport they didn’t realise they could enjoy. We will develop walking netball skills at a slower pace for everyone to increase physical and social health ; open to everyone ; there is a health questionnaire for participants to assess themselves , anyone unsure if they are fit to participate should speak to someone at their GP practice.

Popular Music 1920-1970 (39347/music)

We trace the story of popular music from 1920 until 1970. Our music starts with Ragtime and Charleston in the 20's, the beginnings of film music, British dance bands in the 1930's, Film music (Astaire & Rogers, Eddy & McDonald, etc), American big bands, wartime music, post-war popular music in England and America, 1950's theatre and film music, rock 'n roll, 1960's (Beatles, etc). Literally, everything our parents (and ourselves!) have enjoyed over 50 years 1920-1970. We manage to hear 25 different tracks each week, everything from Bing to the Beatles, via Benny and Barbra! Add a break for tea and biscuits (chocolate!) and we enjoy a delightfully nostalgic two hours every Tuesday afternoon. In good company! I promise you a really enjoyable time.

French Conversation (39460/languages)

This course is ideally suited to people already able to speak some French and who want to improve their ability and confidence in the spoken word. The class is often split into small groups to discuss topics and also to present a piece to class on a chosen subject. Modern texts and articles are used for reading aloud and to stimulate discussion. Grammar and the written word are also covered.

Water Colour Painting (46556/art)

A painting group for all levels. There is no formal tuition but group members help each other.

Basic Meteorology (54121/science)

Why does it rain or snow? What makes the wind blow so hard? What on earth is the Adiabatic Lapse Rate? If these questions give you pause for thought, then a six session course on basic Meteorology may shed a little (insolated) light on the matter. The course will concentrate on those of us who go outdoors and are exposed to the elements, hence participants will be encouraged to make observations and discuss their own experiences of how the weather has played a part in their lives. There will be a steady breeze of description, showers of explanation with pictures (interspersed by occasional light anecdotes). We will avoid any turbulence caused by arithmetic.

Days out with a bus pass (54125/outdoor)

WhatsApp group who arrange regular days out

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.

The Story Behind the Song (54148/music)

We'll look at songs we all know and trace their history. Pop songs, hymns, playground songs, folk songs and the songs we sang at school. They all have an interesting past. Members will not be expected to sing.

Seeing for Ourselves - Options (54176/indoor)

There are a wide range of local options for people seeking more support or care in later life, or indeed for those of us just looking to downsize or move somewhere more suitable. But do we understand what’s on offer? Is Retirement Living the same as sheltered housing? Is Extra Care the same as a care home? What extra help could we get without moving at all? What does it all cost? We’ll visit a range of places, both for sale and for rent, to find out the answers.

Film International Extra (54194/films)

This is a ten week course offered in both the autumn and spring terms, providing films from around the world, with English sub-titles. There will be refreshments at 50p and a chance to meet other members. Join us for a wide variety of films from around the world. Most films are certified 12 or PG. All have English sub-titles.