Issue 45

August 2013






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The Group wants to encourage more members to get back into cycling, especially those whose bikes have been largely or perhaps completely unused for many years. The group holds regular rides starting at ASDA and uses the traffic free cycle path to Bilton Lane and then the new Nidderdale Greenway to Ripley. Rides are normally at 10.00am on Saturday mornings and include an optional café stop at Ripley, but if there is demand more rides could be held on any day or indeed evening of the week.

Malcolm Margolis, founder of Harrogate Wheel Easy leisure cycling club (, organises the rides. He says: ‘They are ideal for anyone who would like to cycle, not least for those who are nervous about cycling on roads, or no longer as fit as they used to be. The path, which goes over the Nidd Viaduct, is on an old railway line, so very flat, and it’s also been beautifully resurfaced for use by cyclists, walkers and wheelchair users as well as horse riders.’ For more information, to discuss whether you and your bike are fit enough for the group rides, or if you have any other queries, please contact

Dolls House and Miniatures

As this group is very new we have not yet completed a full year but have had some very enjoyable meetings. We had guest visitors who gave us some very useful tips and advice, a visit to Lily Barton’s miniature village in Bramham and a visit to the York Dolls’ House Fair. We hope to increase our membership very soon and go from strength to strength.

Jean Tweddle

Gardening Group Trip 14th June 2013

44 U3A  members joined this years trip to Renishaw Hall near Sheffield, which has been home to the Sitwell family since it was built in the 17th century.

The grounds include a beautiful formal Italianate garden, round which some of our party had an interesting conducted tour by one of the gardeners. The rest of the garden with its laburnum arcade, colourful azaleas and rhododendrons and wilder areas leads down to the 3 lakes.

Most of us took the guided tour of the Hall, a fascinating place, an eclectic mix of items and collections particularly from the field of art and literature, acquired by generations of the Sitwell family. There is also a small museum relating to the most well-known literary and eccentric Sitwells, Edith, Osbert and Sacheverell, depicting their life, fellow writers, artists and celebrities of their time.

And, of course, the excellent café provided welcome food and drink and relief for aching feet!

A most interesting and enjoyable day.


Both classes are full and forging ahead.with intermediate class of 11 and upper class of 13.

We are still meeting on Monday mornings from 10-12 for intermediate class at Bilton Youth Center and upper class at the Harrogate Community House.

We welcome a new grammar teacher retired from Rossett High, Alan Manship, who will start in September when Barry Nickels will retire after three years.

Alan comes highly recommended by Barry and we are very grateful. Many thanks to Barry for all his efforts!!!

Siggie Mattison