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2.15 pm Thursday July 15 via Zoom CUNARD HISTORY AND GLAMOROUS STARS Steve Herra

2.15 pm Thursday July 15 via Zoom CUNARD HISTORY AND GLAMOROUS STARS Steve Herra

As we have been unable to arrange a group visit this year owing to the uncertainties brought about by the COVID-19 virus, we have instead organised a virtual outing brought to us by Steve Herra who has worked throughout his career for Cunard, most recently as a purser on the QE2. His talk will be based upon the history of Cunard from 1840 until the present day and will include some of the more famous liners although not the full…

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OFF THE STRAIGHT AND NARROW: May 20, 2021 David Ross

OFF THE STRAIGHT AND NARROW: May 20, 2021 David Ross

David Ross, one of our local U3A members spoke about his discoveries whilst undertaking a 300 mile ramble, following the route of the Roman Ninth legion, starting in Richborough on the Kent coast and finishing in York, often following the course of the old Roman road, Ermine Street. His talk focused on some of the features of Roman history he found during his walk. As well as visiting Roman sites, his route involved passing through the scenes of some of…

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GOOD NEWS FROM AFGHANISTAN, JIM HOLMES, 15.4.21

GOOD NEWS FROM AFGHANISTAN, JIM HOLMES, 15.4.21

We were given a real insight into village life in Afghanistan this month. Our news stories focus on the fighting which blights the major cities but for most the country offers a much more tranquil and simple lifestyle as their daily experience. Central Afghanistan at the onset of winter offers a stunning landscape as was revealed by our speaker, Jim Holmes, a professional photographer who has worked all over the world for a variety of aid organisations concerned with environmental…

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‘Times and Seasons, People and Places’: a talk by Revd. David Sargent

‘Times and Seasons, People and Places’: a talk by Revd. David Sargent

U3A members were offered a rich afternoon of aesthetic delight last Thursday when Revd. David Sargent gave a poetry reading enhanced by most atmospheric photographs. His focus was on the landscape, often drawing on our local fells and countryside but also featuring the mountains of Scotland as well as images of gentler rural scenery and characters of Cumbria. David did not, however, offer a blandly soothing afternoon of  beauty and sentiment but included the challenges our landscape, and life, bring. …

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EMILY ATHERTON ON THE HERALD

EMILY ATHERTON ON THE HERALD

The monthly speaker at February’s meeting of the Penrith and North Lakes U3A group was Emily Atherton, editor of the Cumberland and Westmorland Herald. She took the group through the trials and tribulations of the local press over the past few years, indicating the particular issues our own Herald has faced.  Local newspapers have been in the doldrums for several years with a few giants such as Newsquest buying up the smaller businesses and thereby dominating and transforming independent, quality…

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EDEN BAROQUE, 17 DECEMBER, 2020

EDEN BAROQUE, 17 DECEMBER, 2020

Katharine May and John Sanderson of Eden Baroque moved into our area, attracted by the landscape in which they enjoy fell-walking and cycling, and have become a significant part of the local musical scene very rapidly, establishing their own ‘Music Barn’ at Salkeld Dykes where John Upson’s Music Appreciation group enjoyed their wonderful recital last year. Delighted by this introduction, they seemed to be an ideal choice for our Christmas music this year, expecting that we would be enjoying their…

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MONTHLY MEETINGS FOR 2021 TO 2022 PROGRAMME

MONTHLY MEETINGS FOR 2021 TO 2022 PROGRAMME

Planning for the future has particular challenges at the moment as everyone sorely knows. Please be reassured that I am working on a programme of monthly speakers for the first part of 2021 and also for the U3A year beginning in April 2021. For the next few months we have the following speakers, the first few of whom will probably give their presentation via Zoom. U3A SPEAKERS, 2020-1 17 Dec. Christmas music: Eden Baroque 2021 21 Jan. Theo Weston: Rescue…

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Equipment available to groups on loan

Equipment available to groups on loan

Equipment is available on loan to convenors or other group members.  Most is kept in the store next to the Players Theatre.  Anyone wanting to borrow equipment should make arrangements with one of the following committee members, probably to meet at the store to collect and later to return the equipment. Josie Dunlop on 01768 892690 or pnlu3achair@gmail.com Andrea Willett on 01768 864400 or andrea.willett@btopenworld.com Equipment available: Digital projectors with remote controls (3) Laptop computers (2) to use with the…

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