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Tuesday – Groups for 2023-24

Updated July 2023

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2-Hour Hikes (62302/Out and About)

This group gives you the friendship and fitness opportunities of a morning hike near Skipton, allowing you to do other things in the afternoon. We walk up to 4 miles, at a pace both exhilarating and companionable. We take in the usual ups and downs and variable footpaths of the Yorkshire Dales (sorry, but no dogs). We try to match with bus connections from Skipton. As these hikes finish before lunch, you do not need to bring a picnic, just something to drink. Before each walk we email out details, and you reply if you are coming.

Film International on Tuesday (62354/World Languages and Cinema)

This is a ten week course containing 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 certified0 12 or PG. All have English sub-titles.

Film International on Tuesday (62355/World Languages and Cinema)

This is a ten week course containing 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.

French Conversation (62314/World Languages and Cinema)

An informal course for those already able to speak some French who want to improve their ability and confidence in the spoken word. Members have frequent opportunities to talk in small groups and may also present topics to the class. Modern texts and articles are studied to practice reading, revise grammar and stimulate discussion.

  • Meets: Tuesday 10:00-12:00 Weekly Autumn Spring 01/10/2024 - 10/12/2024 14/01/2025 - 25/03/2025
  • Leader(s): Jennifer Rowlands,Pauline Kennedy
  • Contact: Click here to contact the Group Leader
German (62401/World Languages and Cinema)

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 (62319/Creative Arts & Crafts)

This course gives an overview of western art & architecture, in their historical context, from Bronze Age Greece to the Post Impressionists. It is a well established and popular course and return and new members are equally welcome!

Music For Fun (62378/Performing Arts)

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.

Popular Music 1920-70 (62327/Performing Arts)

Over the past decade, we have listened to hundreds of records by singers, big bands, instrumentalists, etc,- from Bing to Barbra, via Benny, Beatles and Bacharach! This time, we are looking at the composers and their work,- George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein, etc,- not only the writers of their music but the lyric writers of their songs. We shall hear the work of over 25 composers, by listening to approx 25 songs each week, as we follow "AN ALPHABET OF MODERN COMPOSERS" Everyone will remember the songs which our parents and ourselves have enjoyed over the years, and as our members will agree,-"Nostalgia is high in our choice of music". The entire six months will include delightful refreshments, good company and enjoyable music. We promise members, old and new a good time each week!

The Story Behind the Song (62392/Performing Arts)

This year we’ll be looking at protest and work songs, the early folk song collectors, songs from the 18th century and songs inspired by Shakespeare. The people who wrote them and the stories behind them.

Victorians (62338/People and Places)

Ten speakers, ten topics. Industrialists, campaigners, artists, a writer - anything and everything Victorian. From Wilkie Collins to Isambard Kingdom Brunel, from the Corn Laws to the Pre-Raphaelites.

Vivaldi: His Life and Music (62393/Performing Arts)

The story of Antonio Vivaldi and his music. Known of course for his “Four Seasons”, he composed several hundred concertos, as well as large amounts of church music, several serenatas and at least 45 operas. He achieved dizzying fame, yet died in poverty and was essentially forgotten for 200 years.

Walking Group (62395/Out and About)

Walks of varying difficulty between 6 and 12 miles every Tuesday and Thursday. Occasional residential walking breaks

Walking Netball (62396/Indoor Fun, Games and Fitness)

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 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 .