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Newsletter April – July 2022

Dear Members,

It’s been good to get back to some sort of normality with our meetings. I think we have had a good variety of speakers and it’s encouraging to see that our interest groups are getting back into swing. The Let’s Talk discussion group is starting again; although John is unable to attend our general meetings he was very keen to get the group back up and running. Mike Cohen has taken on the Wine Appreciation group and we are looking forward to our first Wine Tasting evening at the Waverley Hotel. When we did the survey to find out what interest groups people would like to see there was a good response but as ever, we need people to take on the task. If you have a skill or interest you would like to share and feel able to take on the leadership of a group perhaps with someone else, please come and discuss it. Thank you to all our group leaders who are doing a wonderful job, let’s hope we can expand our range this coming year and contribute to our life long learning.

Kevan Baker

Please refer to our website for latest news and calendar updates
Kevan can be contacted on 07851482822 for any U3A related issues

• 13th April Greg Hall The work of The Great North Air Ambulance. Greg Hall is a Community Fundraiser for Great North Air Ambulance and will talk about their bases in Penrith and Newcastle, the flying times around the region and their dedicated team of paramedics, doctors and pilots who have saved countless lives.
• 27th April Cumbria Wildlife Trust: My Local Catch. Lucy Mather will talk to us about the Irish Sea, with a particular focus on sub-tidal mud ecosystems and the weird and wonderful wildlife who live there. She will cover some of the threats which these ecosystems, in particular the damage caused by bottom-towed trawl fishing, and the alternative methods which we are promoting to allow both fishing communities and marine wildlife to thrive.
• 11th May Mike Craven and Alan Cleaver. An interview with a Local Cumbrian Crime Writer. Mike Craven is a local writer of Crime Fiction whose stories are all based in Cumbria including Whitehaven. Mike previously worked in Whitehaven for eight years as a probation officer so knows the area very well. Instead of the usual talk, Alan will interview Mike about his life and books. This should be an interesting afternoon.
• 25th May Jack Ellerby will talk to us about the Dark Skies Cumbria project.
Cumbria has some of the darkest skies in the UK making it one of the few places in the country where the awe-inspiring Milky Way is still visible. Dark skies not only reveal the phenomenal wonder of the stars but they are also critical for the health of nocturnal wildlife. Sadly light pollution in Cumbria is growing year on year. Not only do unnecessarily bright lights threaten to obscure our beautiful night skyscapes, they also blind and confuse nocturnal animals so that they can’t feed or find a mate. As Cumbria gets brighter and brighter we will lose our special, astral views AND our precious wildlife. We need urgent action now to protect our dark skies and stop light pollution.
• 8th June Alan Bell The Rise and Fall of Maritime West Cumberland. This talk of local interest and maritime history should appeal to all of us and no doubt expand our knowledge of the town we live in.
• 22nd June Alan Banks. Why aircraft crash and the Black Box. Alan has given this talk to the Science Group where it was very well received. This is an opportunity for all of us to hear his updated talk which includes more information and points of interest on this important and fascinating subject.
• 6th July Ros Downing A short and crunchy history of British biscuits Originally from Surrey, Ros and her husband moved to Bassenthwaite in 2005. She has always been interested in history and has researched and developed a number of historical talks on different topics. Today she will talk about developments in the manufacture of biscuits, the history of some famous companies including Carrs of Carlisle and a look at some biscuit varieties past and present.


SCIENCE GROUP: Steve Wilson Tel: 01946 695356, Email:
and Alan Banks Email:
This group meet at The Chase Hotel on the 3rd Monday of each month from 10.00 – 11.15.
• 11th April “Alchemy” John Hudson (note change of date)
• 16thMay Recorded Royal Institute talk on the 'Future of Space Travel”
• 20th June We have booked a trip to the Windermere Jetty. Final details are being developed. Predicted cost will be in range of £40 to 50 per person. This will include entry, boat trip, and transport. We plan to leave from The Chase Hotel at 0930 with a return late afternoon.
Please contact either myself (Steve) or Ann Bailey for more information and more importantly to book your place.

ART APPRECIATION: Maureen Monkhouse 07902727209
This group usually meet on the second Monday of the month. All sessions will take place at Hensingham Methodist Church Hall from 10.30 – 12.30.
• 4th April Winslow Homer (Please note change of date)
Winslow Homer 1836 – 1910 was an American landscape painter and printmaker, best known for his marine subjects. Homer spent two years in the English coastal village of Cullercoats, Northumberland. Many of the paintings at Cullercoats took as their subjects working men and women and their daily heroism, presaging the direction of his future work. He wrote, "The women are the working bees. Stout hardy creatures."
• 9th May American Impressionism
American Impressionism was a style of painting related to European Impressionism and practised by American artists in the United States during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. American Impressionism is a style of painting characterised by loose brushwork and vivid colours
• 13th June Edward Hopper
• Edward Hopper 1882 – 1967 was an American realist painter and printmaker. While he is widely known for his oil paintings, he was equally proficient as a watercolourist and printmaker in etching.
• It is hoped to be able to organise a visit to a gallery or museum during July or August.

GOOD READING GROUP: Margaret Hildrop 01946 833351
Meetings take place at the Waverley Hotel 10.00 am on the second Tuesday of the month

LET'S TALK DISCUSSION GROUP: John Fisher 01946 69218. This group meet in John’s home to discuss a variety of topics including current affairs. There are very limited places so please confirm with John that he can accommodate you if you have not been to this group before.
• 8th March This was the first meeting since getting the group up and running again. We had a general discussion and put together some ideas for future topics while enjoying John’s excellent hospitality. The group will meet every fortnight at John’s home from 2.00 – 4.00
• Dates until summer: 22nd March, We discussed the NHS
5th April, The topic for discussion is God
19th April, 3rd May, 17th May, 31st May, 14th June, 28th June, 12th July.

• 29th April “World Wines” Wine Tasting evening at The Waverley Hotel from 5.00 – 7.00 pm. The evening will include nibbles, crisps etc and tasting notes. There will be six wines to sample; you will be above the safe limit for driving so please organise transport home. See Lyn Baker for tickets £10.00
• 29th July Wine tasting evening at The Waverley Hotel from 5.00 – 7.00 pm. See Lyn for tickets.

QUILTING GROUP: Jennifer Hocking 01946 695682. This group meet each Wednesday morning in Embleton 9.30 – 12.00

MAH JONG: Jennifer Hocking 01946 695682. This takes place in a member’s home in Whitehaven, alternate Wednesday to the U3A meeting. 2.00 – 4.30
Mah Jong is a game that originated in China, commonly played by four players, it is a game
of skill, strategy and calculation involving a certain degree of chance.

VISITS GROUP: Jennifer Hocking 01946 695682. Coach Holiday: September 19th for five days to Pembrokeshire Cardigan Bay. Please speak to Jennifer or Judith.

SUNDAY LUNCH GROUP: Judith Jordan 01946 693493

Date Venue Time
20th March (Please note change of date) Golf Club, Hensingham 12.00 for 12.30
24th April Kellbamk Hotel, Gosforth 12.00 for 12.30
22May Hunday Manor Hotel 12.00 for 12.30
Wed 15th June SUMMER LUNCH Hundith Hill, Lorton 12.00 for 12.30
26th June Wellington Farm Cafe, Cockermoth 12.00 for 12.30
24th July Ennerdale Brewery Cafe, Rowrah 12.00 for 12.30
21st August Briary Hotel, Stainburn, Workington 12.00 for 12.30

There are some other groups which are not actually U3A, but members are welcome to attend, these include:
• West Cumbria Active Zone Wednesday 10.00 – 12.00 (Speak to Judith Jordan)
• Coffee morning: Dixon’s Rooftop Cafe Friday 10.00

West Cumbria U3A Committee Members

Kevan Baker Chair & Speakers 01946 62635

Lyn Baker Treasurer, Speakers, 01946 62635
Group Leader: Art Appreciation

Jennifer Hocking Secretary 01946 695682
Group Leader: Quilting, Mahjong, Visits

Maureen Monkhouse Speakers, Newsletter, 07902727209
Group Leader: Art Appreciation

Donna Graham Membership, Reports

Cath Blinco Membership

Mike Cohen Group Leader: Wine Appreciation

Patricia Hindson

Douglas Gilmour

Ann Bailey

If you have any suggestions or comments please note them down and pass them to our Chairman