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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

Date of Meeting:- 18th February 2021 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…

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DR THEO WESTON ON LOCAL EMERGENCY SERVICES

DR THEO WESTON ON LOCAL EMERGENCY SERVICES

Dr Theo Weston gave an excellent illustrated talk today with 70 members participating, a record number for our monthly Zoom meetings. His subject was local emergency services, embracing BEEP, Mountain Rescue and the air ambulances, particularly the GNAAS. We heard that between 30, 000 and 40, 000 people are seriously injured in Britain each year, many of whom die as a consequence of inadequate or delayed treatment, so the role of such services is vital in helping more to survive…

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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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GLACIATION AND ITS IMPACT ON THE LANDSCAPE

GLACIATION AND ITS IMPACT ON THE LANDSCAPE

Dr Richard Waller, senior lecturer in Geography at Keele University, gave a fascinating and informative account by Zoom of the formation, movement and effects of glaciation to an audience of over 60 members of Penrith and North Lakes U3A group last week. He explained that 10% of the world’s land surface is covered by glaciers and ice sheets, showing illustrations of well-known examples including La Mer de Glace in France and Grosser Aletschgletscher in Switzerland. Seeing his first glacier at…

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Keeping in touch

Keeping in touch

At the moment, when meeting face to face is difficult, we are all trying to communicate in other ways. It is therefore more important than ever that we have up to date contact details for you.  So if you have moved or changed your telephone number or email address please let us know using the Existing Members, Update of Contact Details form on the Policies and Procedures page. Penrith and North Lakes U3A has started to hold monthly meetings on…

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U3A ROCKS AND MINERALS TALK BY ROGER LEECH VIA ZOOM

U3A ROCKS AND MINERALS TALK BY ROGER LEECH VIA ZOOM

U3A ROCKS AND MINERALS TALK BY ROGER LEECH VIA ZOOM Penrith and North Lakes U3A had their first monthly meeting via Zoom with about 50 members taking part. This was an excellent, lively and well-illustrated talk with an exploration of rocks and minerals both above and below ground. With a father who was an engineer, Roger Leech’s early family experiences in Africa and elsewhere sparked his interest in rocks and minerals. His own career was as a scientist, initially focusing…

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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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