Issue 45

August 2013




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Armchair Travellers

Members of the Armchair Travellers group enjoyed a day out in Leeds. We followed a Town trail, incorporating part of The Owl Trail, looking at the buildings, learning about their history and, spotting Owls in interesting and unusual locations.

Barbara Peel


I am delighted to report that the very first season of Harrogate U3A's Badminton Group, which began in October 2012 and ended in March this year, has run very successfully, and the good news is that we hope to.begin a new 6 month season in October 2013.

We have 15 members at present, but I'm looking to appoint up to 5 more members to keep the numbers up at our weekly playing sessions.

We meet up at the Styan Community Centre at Jennyfiields on most Wednesday mornings throughout October to March. There is only one court, hence the reason for limiting the membership to a reasonable number. We generally play "Doubles” anyway, so everyone has ample opportunity to take part. The sessions begin at 10am and finish at 12 noon.

Previous experience of the game is not necessary, but a reasonable level of physical fitness is required. The main thing is that our members enjoy taking part, have fun and hopefully get fitter.

We have a membership charge of £30 which is mainly intended to cover the cost of court hire and purchase of shuttlecocks. Members normally provide their own rackets, but there are always some spare at the Centre.

If you think you may be interested in joining the group in the coming season, myself and a colleague plan to attend the U3A Open Day in September and we'll be pleased to talk to you.

If perhaps you can't make the Open Day, you can e-mail me at   and I'll get back to you.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Alan Foster

Group Leader.

Botanical Art

As usual, I will be having a stand at the AGM in order to show what the current pupils have achieved over the past year and also to enlist new people who would like to learn to draw plants, fruit and vegetables, shells, pods, and fungus. We cover graphite drawing, pen and ink in both black and sepia, and colour pencil techniques. We are about to embark on using colour pencils on black or coloured paper.

The classes meet weekly on Thursdays in the morning and afternoon at my flat in Harrogate. I can take a maximum of seven people only. If there is enough interest, I would also run an evening class once a week. If you are interested in taking a botanical art course, please put your name down at the AGM or contact me. Email:

Susan Warren