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Aug 02, 2020




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    Newsletter May 2018

    Learn, laugh and live. Meet people, learn new skills and have fun.

    Registered Charity No: 515733


    Monthly Meeting: May 1st 2018

    Maria Chester: The Third Age Trust - International Work of the U3A

    In 2007, Maria became the National Subject Adviser in American Archaeology and was also Chairman of her local U3A (East Berwickshire) until 2010. She was then invited by the Third Age Trust to deliver Summer Schools at Harper Adams University in Telford and at the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester. The 2018 National Summer School at RAU will be about “British Art Between the Wars”.

    In 2015, she became a founding member of the International Committee to the Third Age Trust, which was created in order to support the work of the International Association of Universities of the Third Age and was elected Secretary General in May 2016. Maria is also tutoring Spring annual courses with the Berwick Educational Association.

    After studying Fine Arts, Maria decided to go deeper and studied Art History, becoming a Professor in Pre -Columbian Civilisations. She also developed an interest in Archaeology, which gave her a frame for her constant research. She is multilingual and enjoys travelling. She has taught in several South American universities as well as private institutions.

    She was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina but has travelled the world and lived for 20 years in Caracas, Venezuela where her daughter, Ines, was born in 1988. Since 2003, Maria has lived with her husband and beloved blind dog in the Scottish Borders.

    We meet at 2.00pm in the Great Hall at Hexham Abbey for registration and tea/coffee, followed by announcements at 2.15pm (note change of time) and the talk at 2.30pm.

    Northumberland Day

    Please come along and celebrate Northumberland Day with fellow members at the Beaumont, in Hexham, from 2 - 4 pm on Monday 21st May. We need you to join us to make the afternoon a fun occasion. There will be tea and

    cake and a social quiz on the theme of Northumberland.

    There is a charge of £4.50 and we need to collect the money in advance. Please send cheques made payable to Tynedale U3A to: Wendy Dale, 21 Hencotes, Hexham NE46 2EQ by May 14th or pay Wendy at the May monthly meeting.

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    Excellent Day on Energy

    In last November’s newsletter, Iain Moffat wrote a piece entitled “Look what you missed” about a regional event held at the Centre for Life in Newcastle about Microbes and Antibiotics and after reading it I was convinced he was right, I had missed an opportunity. Therefore, when the Energy Day was advertised at Durham University I decided I wasn’t going to miss this one. I wasn’t disappointed.

    The venue, a modern comfortable lecture theatre, was very welcoming and the day was planned well with short informative lectures from a variety of academic disciplines from the Durham Energy Institute. We heard from a Physicist, Economist, Biochemist, Geochemist, Geologist, Electrical Engineer, Geographer, Historian, Anthropologist and Social Scientist. There was something for everyone and I enjoyed it all and learned so much. The abstracts can be found on the regional website.

    Wendy Dale

    Barbara Honoured Our Membership Secretary, Barbara Herring, has given long and distinguished service to Tynedale U3A. In the north east region of U3A, Barbara has served as Chair for the past year, standing down at this year’s AGM. The Tynedale Committee thought it was timely to nominate Barbara for inclusion in the national U3A Roll of Honour and we were delighted when the Third Age Trust approved our nomination. To mark the occasion, Barbara was presented with a certificate, signed by the national Chair and presented to Barbara at our monthly meeting in April. The honour is richly deserved and for

    once, Barbara – who knew nothing about the nomination – was left speechless!

    Enquiry Matters

    Have you ever contemplated helping an organisation with their research? Below are details of two organisations looking for assistance:

    The National Leather Collection is looking for individual, or groups of, U3A members who are interested in researching people, places, articles, stories, or sporting memorabilia connected with our local leather industry for their developing UK museum. Email: for details and tell us if you decide to take part - others may join you!

    Any member interested in researching possible local women from the Chartist Land Company tables (1839 - 42) to see what happened to them, should contact a team at Royal Holloway College on A North London U3A member at is happy to talk to any U3A member interested in this housing initiative where subscribers raised £2.10 shillings to enter a lottery to buy a plot of land and escape from poverty.

    If you would like to develop your skills for doing research online there is a short (four hours over two weeks), free, online course on Future Learn researching Two of us have done it and found it useful and interesting but not too challenging!

    Compiled by members of the Tynedale U3A Research Support Group

    Janet Grime

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    Group News

    Fed up with eating the same old fodder? Want new food ideas and recipes? Would a cookery demonstration or class help? We’ve got all the right ingredients for a perfect solution. Lesley Theobald, a one-time Home Economics teacher, has offered to run a workshop that will address a range of culinary issues from food shopping to cooking to eating out and sharing. We are collecting names of those interested and then we can agree some dates. Whilst the session will primarily be aimed at cooking for one person, many of the difficulties can also apply to cooking for two so please don’t hesitate to get in touch and join our list. Please contact: Margaret, Groups Liaison Secretary, either by e-mail at or telephone 01434 689123.

    We have a number of suggestions for new groups that are waiting at the starting blocks for a few more members to join before they take off and run. These include: Photography, Latin Learners 2, Gaelic, Bird Watching 2, Wine Appreciation 2, Art Appreciation 3, Beginners’ Spanish, History, and Ex-Rock Climbers and Mountaineers. Also Sunday Lunch 2 has space for a few more people.

    If you’re interested in joining any of these subject groups, want more information or have further suggestions please contact Margaret, Group Liaison Secretary, by e-mail at or telephone 01434 689123. Thank you so much to Colin Argent for his past work as Convenor of the Geology Group, and welcome to Steve Rozario who has taken over from Colin.

    Create and Craft Group

    The Create and Craft group meets fortnightly in members’ homes. We undertake individual projects ranging from needlework and knitting to paper based crafts and we also attend events such as Woolfest in Cumbria for example. In January we attended a workshop led by Ann Shepherd about needle felting.

    None of us had tried this before but at the end of a half-day session, we had all learnt a new skill and had managed to produce a needle felted animal. Please contact our convenor Christine on 01434 - 600875 if you’d like to know more.

    Garden Party - Save the Date!

    We are hosting a Garden Party from 2pm – 4pm on Wednesday July 11th 2018 at the home of Barbara Herring.

    Afternoon tea will be provided, we hope to have music and there may be the possibility of undertaking a short, guided walk beforehand for those interested.

    There is provision for wet weather, should the need arise.

    The event is free but numbers will be limited and members will need a ticket to attend.

    Check out next month’s newsletter and the web site for more information.

    Needle felting workshop

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    Update from Elizabeth Porter, Regional Trustee, North East.

    As the winter reluctantly draws to a close, the North East region celebrates the creation of a new U3A: Cramlington and District. It was a real pleasure to attend the Inaugural Meeting of this new U3A and witness the eagerness with which the new Convenors recruited Interest group members. The new Committee will be supported throughout their first year by three of the Third Age Trust Volunteer team, who have guided them throughout the induction process.

    With a team of ten Third Age Trust Volunteers, we have a structure in place to advise and support U3As across the region. The team had already completed its training on CREATING