The Wolds U3A
June Meeting July Meeting August Meeting
 Date: 08th June.
Subject: Annual General Meeting
Venue: Community Centre.
Speaker: The Chairman.
 Date: 13th July.
Subject: 'Postcard Artistsof Topographical Scenes.'
Venue: Community Centre.
Presenters: Gill Carrick
 Date: 10th August.
Subject: Wild Filey
Venue: Community Centre.
Speaker: Ian Robinson.
  • Wolds U3A News:
    Open Letter to the Wolds U3A Membership.

    Dear Member,
    In view of the upcoming 2017 Annual General Meeting (AGM), we feel that we should reaffirm the roles and responsibility of the committee which we trust well help to keep you up to date and make for a more inclusive AGM.

    Whilst The Wolds U3A is an independent body, responsible for its own management and financial arrangements, it must adhere to the Principles and Guidance of the U3A movement and carry out any actions required by them. In particular, they approve The Wolds U3A constitution and subsequent amendments, set capitation fees and reserve the right to intervene if they consider the U3A is brought into disrepute. It should be remembered that we are a charity and that all committee members are trustees and as such must abide by the legal requirements of the Charity Commission in England.

    All the above outlines our responsibilities to the movement, however, just as important is our responsibility to the membership. Although Interest Groups manage their own affairs and finances (subject to The Wolds U3A Financial Rules), our role is to help wherever necessary to ensure their success. We should not interfere in their running, providing they are acting within the Principles and Guidance of the U3A movement for which the committee are responsible for monitoring.

    There are exceptions to this freedom of action. Groups are required to provide details of their membership and attendance and all financial dealings. The treasurer is obliged to provide bi-annual returns for all financial actions within The Wolds U3A and is unable to do this without the help of each Interest Group leader. All Group Leaders are in possession of our Constitution and Financial Rules which any member can view.
    The Wolds U3A Committee.

    Wolds U3A Monthly Days Away
    Each Month we are organising an interesting Coach Day trip.
    1)   13th June.   Ripley Castle - lots to see.      Price £20.00
    2)   18th July   Burton Constable - House & Stables.  Price £20.00

    These trips are costed at £20.00 per person or under including admission

    Coach departure: 09.00am prompt Eastgate (Cattle Market) carpark. Arriving back approx. 6.00pm.
    Food available at Venue or you can take a picnic lunch.
    Please book at the end of the month prior to the trip.

    Contacts: Maureen Blackwell Tel: 01377 253183 Email:
    Ted & Jan Robson Tel: 01377 255493 Email:

    This is a ‘New Idea’ Please support it and make many memorable days out. Don’t forget your Camera!

    Walking Group. On the Wednesday 8th March the '425 Milers' was formed with the the intent of having twice monthly walks of 4 to 5 miles in the local area. The Group Leader will be Phil Dunn and the walks will be on the 2nd Tuesday and 4th Thursday of the month beginning in April. Got to the Group webpage for more information.

    Walking Group Holiday (4th Sept to 7th Sept)
    Balance due 10th July. The small meeting room at the Community Centre has been booked for 10th July 11:00 - 12:00pm to collect the holiday balances. Anyone that can't make it to the meeting, can give their cheques to Jim Stockwell or Bill Kavanagh at any time, or send them to Jim at: Rafalet, Nafferton Road, Wansford, YO25 8NT (cheques payable to 'WOLDS U3A').

    There are 7 seats left and the single room supplements is now £36.
    3 nights stay with dinner, bed & breakfast (Includes admission to Heights of Abraham)
    Britannia Hotel - Nottingham
    £179 per person

    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)
    Opportunity for a further walk around Chatsworth area.
    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' must be paid at time of booking or please ring Jim on 01377 232025 for more detailed information.

    Castle Howard in Bloom Castle Howard in Bloom Castle Howard’s annual flower festival returns on the 29th June 2017 to the 2nd July 2017 with special guest arrangers from across the North of England,
    A programme of pre-bookable live demonstrations will take place daily at 11.30am and 2.00pm at a cost of £7.00 per person per session. Tickets will be entered into a free prize draw with a chance to win the arrangement created.
    Thursday 29 June - Derek Armstrong
    Friday 30 June - Ian Lloyd
    Saturday 1 July - Jonathan Moseley
    Sunday 2 July - Andrew Grisewood

    A series of free drop-in talks will also take place throughout the festival featuring demonstrations with flowers and foliage from the estate by Fiona Pickles; a talk on 'A Passion for Flowers' by Gaye Blake Roberts, director of the Wedgwood Museum; and tips and advice on growing garden plants for flower arranging by Martin Fish.


    Garden tours with our Head of Landscape and Gardens will take place daily alongside history of the landscape tours with our guide team.
      There will be a selection of stalls to complement our own shopping outlets and a traditional tea tent selling cream teas and refreshments as well as a Pimms & Prosecco bar.
    Groups of 15 or more will benefit from the group admission price of £15.00 per adult/concession.
    This price includes admission to the House and grounds with a free flowing tour of the House.
    We do recommend that coach groups pre book as space may be limited
    Contact us on 01653 648621 | Castle Howard, York YO60 7DA |

  • 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.

    The Humber Accord. The Humber Accord is an informal association of several U3As in the East Riding of Yorkshire including Beverley, Cottingham, Hessle, South & North Cave, Swanland, Hornsea, Hull, Howden & District, AWAKE (Anlaby, Willerby & Kirk Ella) and the Wolds U3A where members may join an interest group of another U3A in the Accord, provided that the interest group has room for more members. HUMBER ACCORD GUIDELINES.

    The 2017 Summer Break with LearningSummer Learning Event
    Have you booked yet? This is a LOCAL event please support.
    August 7th - 10th, at Hawkhills Conference Centre, Easingwold
    £380 for residents or £190 for day attenders
    Fellowship, they call it, and it’s wonderful
    Just to remind you, the subjects on offer are:
    Botanical Art
    Influential thinkers in Psychology
    Introduction to Archeology
    Jane Austen, her world and her books
    Post War History of Britain

    This is the time for you to enjoy everything this wonderful house with its beautiful grounds has to offer, as well as studying a new or favourite subject, and enjoying the company of others in the bar or tea room.

    Look on our website, at for more information and application form
    or contact Barbara Dransfield on 07841 261026 or Beth Rudkin on 01226 241477, or Denise West on 0114 2746797 ( if you would like to talk to someone about it.
    We are really enthusiastic about this event, and would love to meet you all there.

    Third Age Trust / U3A National News

    1) RHS Flower Shows

    Experience the ultimate gardening day out with your group at our dazzling flower shows. Tickets now available for 2017.
    U3A groups save up to 15% off group ticket prices*
    To book call us on 0844 412 4650 (quoting U3A)
    RHS Chatsworth Flower Show – 7th - 11th June 2017
    RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show – 4th - 9th July 2017
    RHS Flower Show Tatton Park – 19th - 23rd July 2017
    Terms and conditions
    • This offer and associated benefits are only valid for the Shows listed. Minimum group size is 20 adults. Valid when booked by 21 April 2017. The offer is not valid on RHS Members’ Days for RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show (4 – 5 July), RHS Flower Show Tatton Park (19 July) and RHS Chatsworth Flower Show (7 June).
    • Valid for RHS Garden bookings made by 21 April 2017 for a visit until 15 December 2017, excluding 5 - 10 September 2017 at Wisley and 3 – 6 August 2017 at Hyde Hall. Garden phone lines open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.
    • RHS members go free to RHS Gardens and do not need to pay as part of a U3A group, but do need to book in as part of the group.
    • RHS Affiliated Societies are entitled to one free group visit a year to one RHS Garden.

    RHS Gardens

    Special offer for U3A groups – save £2.00 off group ticket prices. (min 20)
    To book call us on 0207 821 3170 (quoting U3A)
    RHS Garden Wisley, Surrey
    RHS Garden Harlow Carr, North Yorkshire
    RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Essex
    RHS Garden Rosemoor, Devon

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

    Courses available at School 1

    History of the Workhouse, Literature – Elizabeth Gaskell, Maths — from an adult perspective, 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, Literature - Dickens and Great Expectations, Music Before the Microchip - Waxing lyrical,

    Summer School 3
    Royal Agricultural University,
    Cirencester GL7 6JS 11th - 14th September

    Courses available at School 3

    History - Law & Order in Anglo-Saxon England, Opera of the ‘Early Romantic’ period, The Russian Revolutions a Hundred Years On.

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