Issue 35

February 2010







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Bridge - Social

Despite the weather this group finally got under way on 19th January. However no further meetings will take place until after Easter and the day is to change from Tuesday to Monday..

Meetings from Monday 12 April will be in the Hampsthwaite Village ROOM, at 2.30 p.m. on Monday afternoons.

Come and practice your bridge in a friendly environment playing Chicago. It does not matter if you do not have a partner. Queries to:  


Barbara Davy


We are a small group and unless there are more folk showing an interest in this art I may have to close the group.

We have been meeting once a month, but I am now able to give time fortnightly so the next meeting will be on January 22nd. The meetings take place at my home, 6 Valley Mount, alternate Fridays from 2 to 4pm. We have as yet got no permanent teacher but a person with a good knowledge of Calligraphy has agreed to help when she can. Diana is a good and patient teacher with a love of calligraphy.

We give advice on the pen, paper and ink necessary for the craft and for the next few meetings will be concentrating on learning and perfecting the Italic script.

Please come and join us. It is not an easy craft to learn but has many uses.

Any one  interested in joining please contact


Ruth Ogle


Several U3A members have applied to the Croquet Section in the hope that some will be able to join the club this spring.

Those who have applied can rest assured that their applications are listed, and each will receive a letter in March, which will outline plans for U3A Section introductory sessions at the Bishop Monkton Club in late April/early May. Places will be offered according to the number of vacancies at the time.

For next season the club is planning to add a half size lawn to the existing two full sized lawns and also to undertake improvements to the clubhouse.

Further information can be obtained by e-mailing  


Richard Field

Current Affairs

Do you have a topic you would like to present to and discuss with the other members?

If so please email:


Brian Elias


The year ended with a Christmas Party and a jolly presentation by Spellbound Productions in keeping with the party season

In January we had to cancel the meeting for the first time since the group was founded nine years ago. We are now looking forward to getting the year started one month late.

Is this an indicator of global warming?


Ian Wallace