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Wednesday – Groups for 2023-24

Updated May 2023

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Aspects Art and Architecture (5373/art)

Aspects of Art Architecture and Design in 19th and 20th century 10 weeks

Italian Improvers (5399/languages)

This is a 2nd year class with students who have studied with the U3a for one year only. Anyone with a VERY basic fluency and/or reasonable confidence with foreign languages i.e. fluent in another language (ideally latin-based) or having acquired a very basic 'get by' knowledge in Italy would be very welcome. This year we will be extending our very basic vocabulary and starting some grammar from the beginning.

Multi Media (5403/indoor)

Multimedia class is fun with many disciplines covered, help and encouragement is always available. Watercolours Acrylics felting embroidery, mosaic, knitting and crochet the choice is yours and always the company fuels more ideas

Craven u3a Orchestra (5407/music)

If you play, or have ever played, an instrument you will be welcome at the orchestra. Our members have varying levels of skill from beginners to the highly proficient, but all share an enthusiasm for making music together. Our repertoire ranges widely over the musical landscape from Mozart and Haydn to Johann Strauss. We also play music from films and musicals. The rehearsals are always an enjoyable and rewarding way of spending an afternoon.

Spanish Intermediate (14770/languages)

Somos un pequeño grupo de personas interesadas por el español que ahora ha logrado un nivel intermedio. Nos juntamos cada semana para compartir noticias y conversaciones. Leemos y traducir textos y a menudo repasamos puntos de gramática. Nos vamos turnando para coordinar cada clase semanal.

Stories of Scientists (38681/science)

A series of talks presenting the life and work of scientists and engineers, some of whom deserve better recognition, having flown under the radar, especially women scientists and engineers. The breadth of topics is very wide and covers not only recent achievements but also those from history, e.g. the North Yorks doctor who discovered the link between typhoid and contaminated drinking water. The talks are given by members of the group.

Quilting and Sewing (40133/indoor)

ewing is a wonderfully extensive skill that can be applied to small and large, simple and complicated projects. Items to use daily or pieces to give as presents. The Quilting Group embrace all aspects of sewing. Everyone can sew, you just require a vision of the finished project and the determination to complete it. If you enjoy sewing or want to learn to sew then come along and join our group. We are interested in making all things patchwork from placemats to sophisticated quilts and all the other ways of using this versatile skill. Bring your own work, or a basic sewing kit and some fabric if you want to learn something new. I have ideas for simple starter projects. Everyone welcome, from experienced Quilters/ dressmakers to complete novices. We can all teach each other what we know and ask for help with what we don’t know. We are part of the Skipton U3A and meet in Christ Church Hall, it is large room with plenty of ventilation. Sessions are on Wednesdays 10am to 12am starting on 20th September 2023. Tea, coffee and biscuits available.

Exploring Mythology (46044/history)

Members will be invited to explore the origins and functions of mythology in cultures around the world. We will look at similarities and differences, sources of possible historical verification, the social and religious significance of myths and any effects these have had on art and literature.

Singing Madrigals (46048/music)

Following on from last year's history of madrigals - Hey! nonny no - in this course we shall get together to sing examples of English madrigals and other simple part songs. Singing in parts is a group activity where we support each other and is good for both body and mind. Enthusiasm and a willingness to try will be more important than musical experience, although some knowledge of musical notation will help.

Byzantium - Bright Star in the (54122/history)

The great Christian empire of Byzantium (330-1453) is both the successor and continuation of the Roman Empire. Spanning Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, Byzantium has been undeservedly neglected. Now is your chance to become familiar with its tumultuous history. Nigel keeps the narrative going. Jane reveals its glorious artistic and architectural achievements.

Recorder Beginners (54136/music)

A new course for beginners or returners. We will work through a tutor book together, with the aim of eventually joining the 'Recorder Continuers' group on a Monday afternoon.  Day, time and content is flexible, depending on the requirements of participants. Requirements: Descant or treble recorder and portable music stand.  Initial loan possible. Any additional costs to members - Allow £5 for music.

Aerobic/Strength/Fitness Train (54184/sport)

The course is aimed at improving overall body fitness levels. Activities include some upper body strength training as well as the generally accepted aerobics workouts,resistance training incorporating light weights and use of gym equipment,Numbers are limited so Members should be prepared to do press-ups squats lunges and be able to sustain some high intensity aerobic exercise (HIIT). Suitable clothing essential & towels required for cool down. Please bring water and check with your doctor that HIIT is OK for you as heart rates will be elevated. Subject Details

Croquet (54185/sport)

The group provides friendly, social competition playing 'Golf Croquet' from the beginning of May to the end of September (weather permitting!). There is no need for previous experience. The rules of Golf Croquet are very straightforward and it is easy to pick up, so there is no problem in starting to play quickly. Instruction and guidance on how to play croquet will be given with the kind assistance of members of Pendle and Craven Golf Club. It is equally suitable for men and women. All equipment will be provided. Flat soled footwear is essential. Weekly fee for playing will be confirmed by Group Leader.

Geography Forum (54197/science)

Talks in Skipton by members of the group covering geography history places people weather geology holiday trips walks