Providing opportunities for people who are retired from full-time employment in Skipton and neighbouring areas

People and Places Groups

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Politics Discussion Group (39075/indoor)

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

Economics (54126/science)

Simple guide through basic economic theory to enable a better understanding of how it influences people's lives

The Economic History of the War (54160/history)

This course will examine how the combatant managed and organised their economic resources and ultimately effected the outcome of the conflicts.

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.

Skipton: The Origins (54178/history)

The course examines the transformation of Skipton from an historic market town concentrated in and around the High Street, to a small industrial town characterised by a distinctive pattern of social and spatial segregation, well ordered housing developments, effective governance, mature social institutions, and extensive railway connections. All of this was underpinned by successful engagement with the expanding cotton textile industry. Although the course draws on historical geography, and social and economic history, no prior knowledge is necessary, and all are welcome. The course is presented mainly as generously illustrated lectures, and the intention is to demonstrate that familiar urban landscapes are rich in historical interest. Terraced housing, mills, chapels, and railways are amongst the themes which will be considered. I hope this will be of particular interest to people who are new to the town as well as those who attended Skipton and the Growth of Suburbia in 2022

Geography Forum (54197/science)

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