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The Wolds U3A
March Meeting April Meeting May Meeting
 Date: 09th March.
Subject:Chef to four Prime Ministers
Venue: Community Centre.
Speaker: Alan Lavender MBE.
 Date: 13th April.
Subject: 'Stories with Strings'
Venue: Community Centre.
Presenters: Fools Gold
 Date: 11th May.
Subject: The History and Mysteries of Scarborough
Venue:  Community Centre.
Speaker: Godfrey Holmes.
  • Wolds U3A News:

    Dr. Bill McIntyre It is with regret we must announce, as you may have heard, of the death of our founder and life president Dr Bill McIntyre who would have reached the age of 95 in May. Our close acquaintanceship with him started in 1991, when following a notice in the Driffield Times we, along with about 18 others, attended a meeting at the Bell Hotel which he had been asked to chair, along with a member of the Adult Education service and the U3A national extension officer, a lady who had come from Bath. It was decided to form a branch and Bill was elected first chairman. He worked hard to build up membership and establish many groups. After 4 years he retired and was elected life president to mark his contribution. Over the years we have had the privilege of enjoying the friendship of both him and his late wife Margaret. He always gave good advice and has been a great ambassador for the U3A. A true gentleman who will be greatly missed. Jean and Trevor Pickering.

    Dr. William McIntyre Bill was born on the 10th of May in 1922 in Airdrie. He attended Clarkson Primary school where he finished as Dux. After 2 terms at Airdrie Academy the family moved to Aberdeen where he enrolled at Robert Gordon’s College. Apart from winning the English prize he described his studies as enjoyable but not distinguished. He resisted pressure to study English at university opting instead to read medicine at Aberdeen. Towards the end of his second year of studies he joined the Gordon Highlanders as a hostilities only officer. He saw action from D day plus 3 to the German capitulation, fighting across Europe as part of the 15th Scottish Division. On demob he returned to his studies and qualified with a distinction in Obstetrics. He chose however to go into General Practice. He found a junior position in Driffield with Dr Barr in 1951. After 10 years Dr Barr retired and he joined Doctors Milner, Low and Worthington at the Bridge Street practice in Driffield. He continued his Obstetrics performing 50 -60 confinements per year until ward 6 was closed. Taking early retirement he became involved in running the local NHS District Management team as vice Chair. Reorganisation eventually ended this task. Outside of work, Bill was a keen golfer being a member of the University Golf team. He continued playing and was a past Captain and past President of Ganton Golf Club. He had been a member for over 50 years.
    He leaves a son and daughter, 3 granddaughters and a great granddaughter.

    Walking Group. The present Group Leader Phil Dunn has stepped down on the 01st January and been replaced by Steve Whitaker. He has arranged a meeting in the small hall at the Community Centre regarding formation of an intermediate Walking Group on Wednesday 8th March between 1.00pm and 3.00pm. Please could everyone who is interested please attend as we want maximum members there.

    Walking Group Holiday( 4th Sept to 7th Sept)
    Following the survey it has been overwhelmingly decided to stay at the Britannia Hotel in Nottingham and visit Newark on the way home.
    There are only 10 seats left and the £20 single room supplements have all been used.
    Single room supplement is now £36
    3 nights stay with dinner, bed & breakfast (Includes admission to Heights of Abraham)
    Prices are based on 40+ passengers, verbal guide: 35 - 39 passengers + £10, 30 - 34 passengers + £20
    Britannia Hotel - Nottingham
    £179 per person
    Single rooms now @ £36 supplement

    Monday 4th September Travel to Heights of Abraham; spend the day, go on to hotel.
    Tuesday 5th September Walkers taken to start of Monsal trail at Bakewell, non-walkers can spend the day in Nottingham or Bakewell, possibly Buxton in the afternoon as well.
    Wednesday 6th September Visit to Chatsworth House (Admission not included in price. If you want to go please advise Jim when paying deposit as we can get better discount if Coach company do the group booking.)
    Opportunity for a further walk.
    Thursday 7th September Spend the day in Newark on the way home. Opportunity for a further walk.
    Arrive back at Driffield between 5:00 and 6:00pm

    Deposit cheques (£40 per person) made payable to 'WOLDS U3A' will be collected at the meeting on 8th March, or if you can't make the meeting please ring Jim on 01377 232025 to arrange payment.

    Wolds Wheelers. - Colin Bickerdyke is now the new leader this group. The U3A Wolds Wheelers still need new cyclists to form a core group that will meet once or twice per month to explore the countryside around Driffield.
    The only requirements are that you have use of a Bicycle and are reasonably fit and able to ride 10 to 25 miles on a regular basis. For further details send an e-mail to Or Telephone 01377 538437.

    YAHR News

    This is a synopsis of Events and News and more detail can be found on our Notice Board in the Main Hall at the Monthly meetings or on the U3A & YAHR websites.

    1) Study Day at Saltaire, Wednesday, March 15th at 10.15am
    Saltaire is a World Heritage Site, where in 1853 Titus Salt, a philanthropist, built a cotton mill and model village with the welfare of his workers very much in mind.

    The day would start at 10.15, at Salts Mill.

    In the afternoon, we would gather at the United Reformed Church opposite, at Titus Salt gave this church to the occupants of the village.
    The cost will be £10.00 per head, which is payable on the day.

  • If you book, will you make an effort to make sure you keep to the booking since someone else may be prevented from going.
    There is considerable interest in the day, so please book early. If it is heavily oversubscribed, we may be able to arrange a similar visit the following week.
    Will you therefore, telephone me, Beth Rudkin, on 01226 241477, or email me on More Information about the Trip.

    Summer Learning Break 7th - 10th August 2017
    The Hawkhills, Easingwold. Costs for our 3 night top class residential Summer Learning break.
    Full Board Delegate £380:   Day Delegate £190:
    For more infomation Click here! or Contact Gill Carrick (538613) who has booking sheets & extra information.

    Third Age Trust / U3A National News
    At a Glance

    1) U3A Explores Science at the Ri The Royal Institution of Great Britain
    21 Albemarle Street
    London W1S 4BS
    Thursday, 16th March 2017 from 13:15 to 16:45, Price of Tickets £21.50pp

    1.45pm Introduction by Pam Jones, (Chair of The Third Age Trust), followed by:
    Alison Fairbrass – New technology for monitoring London’s wildlife
    Chiara Ambrosio – What does art have to do with science?
    Chris Darby – Cryptography
    4.45pm Close of meeting
    Click Image for Event & Booking Information.

    2) Spring Concert - Brandenburg Festival Chorus
    The Third Age Trust
    Tuesday, 25 April 2017 from 14:00 to 16:00
    London, United Kingdom
    Step into spring … with The Vivaldi Gloria and other beauties!
    The concert will be introduced and conducted by Robert Porter, the Brandenburg Choral Festival of London’s Artistic Director. The programme will include a selection of a cappella and organ favourites, and the ever popular Vivaldi Gloria. The Brandenburg Singers is a small hand-picked group drawn from the finest of the members of the 150 choirs that perform in the Brandenburg Choral Festival of London – the largest choral festival in the UK.
    Tickets available £18.00 pp until 09th March 2017. Location details and to Obtain your tickets Click on image!

    3) West End Sing Out
    The Third Age Trust
    Tuesday, 9 May 2017 from 11:00 to 16:00 (BST)
    The Savoy Theatre
    The Strand
    WC2R 0ET
    Working with Louisa Ridgeway. The Ambassador Theatre Group’s West End Creative Learning team has created this one day bespoke event to bring together up to 150 U3A members from across the UK to enjoy the experience of working together with a professional West End Musical Director.
    Price £36.50 includes sandwich lunch with tea and coffee.

    4) National Summer Schools 2017
    Summer School 1
    Harper Adams University, Newport,
    Shropshire TF10 8NB. 17th – 20th July 2017

    Courses available at School 1

    Cryptic Crosswords For Beginners, France - aspects of French life today, Globalisation, History of the Workhouse, Literature – Elizabeth Gaskell, Maths — from an adult perspective, Recorder Ensemble Playing, Sexuality in the Ancient World.


    Summer School 2
    Royal Agricultural University,
    Cirencester GL7 6JS 14th - 17th August

    Courses available at School 2

    Creative Writing – Erotic Genre, Garden History - Key influences on English Garden Design, Latin in Context, Literature - Dickens and Great Expectations, Music Before the Microchip - Waxing lyrical, Poetry – Exploring English Poetry, Shakespeare - cross-gender casting in Shakespeare’s plays, Singing for Pleasure,


    Summer School 3

    Royal Agricultural University,
    Cirencester GL7 6JS 11th - 14th September

    Courses available at School 3

    Art History - La Belle Epoque France 1890-1914, Creative Writing for Radio, Drama - From ‘The Living Room’ to ‘The Room’, Exploring English, History - Law & Order in Anglo-Saxon England, Opera of the ‘Early Romantic’ period, Spanish - Intermediate-Advanced, The Russian Revolutions a Hundred Years On.

    For more detailed information click on event image or if you want go direct to Booking Form