Issue 45

August 2013






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Open Meeting Speakers

25 Oct 2013: Up Beat and Down Dale - Mike Pannet

Mike Pannett is a successful author. His books recount “Tales of a Yorkshire Bobby” and include titles such as “Now Then Lad” and “You're Coming With Me Lad”.

Mike was born in York and joined the Metropolitan Police in 1988. He became one of the youngest officers to be given his own patch and served on the Divisional Crime Squad, Murder Squad and TSG (Riot Police). He transferred to North Yorkshire police in 1997 as he missed the countryside – and fly fishing! He became a rural beat officer and eventually a wildlife officer.

In 2005 he starred in the BBC’s Country Cops and was inspired to write about his adventures in the North Yorkshire force. He appears regularly on prime time national BBC TV News and Radio to talk about more serious issues and current affairs. He lives with his wife Ann and their three children in a small village in the shadow of the North Yorkshire moors.

22 Nov 2013: Die Mauer (The Berlin Wall) - Tony Smailes

Tony is a widely travelled presenter who will provide us with an audio visual presentation on Die Mauer. He will cover the whole history of the wall from inception to destruction including stories of bravery and tragedy.

The fees Tony earns from giving his talks go to the Polar Bear International charity and Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

24 Jan 2014: European Union; Britain’s 40 Years of Membership – A Personal View - John Harris CBE

John is a U3A member but has many other interests!

In brief, he is chair of the government convened UK Energy Coal Forum, NED member of the Ministry of Defence Police Management Board, chair of The Art House (a national inclusive visual arts charity), chair of Little Red Bus/HD Community Transport, chair of Friends of Harrogate Theatre, member/trustee of Harrogate (White Rose) Theatre Trust Ltd and a director of Stray Services Ltd.

He was awarded the CBE ‘for services to industry’, is a Deputy Lieutenant of South Yorkshire, and has two Law  Degrees (Clare College, Cambridge University).

28 Feb 2014: Everest the Old Way - David Peckett & John Driskell

David Peckett and John Driskell and other colleagues met at the City of Sheffield Training College (now Sheffield Hallam University) in September 1961. They became keen members of the college mountaineering club known as the ‘Outdoor Society’.

In the 1960’s few people from the West had trod the ancient pathways of Nepal so David and John became amongst the first to trek to the Khumbu when they set out on an expedition to Mt. Everest.

They will explore the events that inspired them to make the journey using poetry as well as photography and reflect on the memories which were revitalised by their return visit to Nepal in 2010.

When they presented their talk to Barnsley U3A they received the following commendation:  "David and John delivered a most illuminating and captivating presentation to 180 members of the Barnsley district U3A. We regularly have guest speakers and I can say without question, this was the best presentation we have had.” Maxwell Senior, Events Secretary Barnsley U3A.

28 Mar 2014: Representing Harrogate and Knaresborough at Westminster - Andrew Jones MP

Andrew needs little introduction to residents of Harrogate.

He was born in Ilkley, West Yorkshire and elected councillor for the High Harrogate Ward in 2003. On 6 May 2010 Andrew  was elected MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough.

25 Apr 2014: From Forensics to Crime Novels - Susan Parry

Susan was due to be with us in March 2013 but snow in Swaledale, where she lives, meant the journey to Harrogate was not possible. So fortunately she has agreed to this new date…and hopefully no snow this time!

Susan is the author of the Yorkshire Dales Mysteries published by Viridian Publishing. She was a university professor at Imperial College. She now devotes more time to her consultancy work, including forensic studies and archaeological investigations which provide inspiration for her writing.

23 May 2014: Inspired by Steam (The Impact of the Railways on Culture) - John Ellwood

The emphasis of John’s talk will be the impact on culture caused by the railways and will be wide ranging to include some poetry etc. Also, as John lives in Carnforth, I think we can anticipate some reference to the film “Brief Encounter” as the station buffet scene was filmed at Carnforth Station.

27 Jun 2014: Yorkshire Agricultural Society & Fodder - Heather Parry

Heather is the Managing Director of Fodder, Harrogate. It all started with a simple idea to make it as easy as possible for consumers to access amazing local food and then along came the café as well.

Fodder now supports over 310 farmers and small producers and has a growing number of very loyal customers.