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Monthly Meetings

Our monthly meetings are based around a talk given by a guest speaker, followed by questions and answers. These meetings are also an opportunity for committee members and group coordinators to pass on notices and announcements.

They are held in the Castle Street Centre, on 3rd Wednesday in the Month starting at 10.30 am, with coffee available from 9.45 am, and last about one and a half hours.


Future Meetings

There are no meetings in June, July and August

18 September: Rosie Camella (Calvert Trust)

Rosie will talk about the background of the Lake District Calvert Trust which is on the outskirts of Keswick and detailing the work they do to change the lives of people living with disabilities. A DVD will highlight the difference they make.

16 October Kerry Threadgill (British Red Cross)

Kerry is the Senior Community Fundraiser for the British Red Cross in Cumbria, Cheshire and Merseyside. She manages all the community fundraising activity across this area including activity for local, national and international appeals.

20 November Bob Pickersgill (Bob the Sax)

Bob will talk about the life of the inventor of the saxophone and the difference between 6 different saxes. He will play some tunes and sing a few songs.


January 15th: Clive Darley: Vintage Adventures – treks undertaken by a couple in their 7th and 8th decades.

19 February: Carole Sutton: the experiences which young people have as they move into becoming offenders.

18th March: Colin Aldred: Aerial Artwork (drone photography and film-making)

April 15th: Hilary Wade: 'My Life in Music ', including her time in Opera North.

May 20th: to follow the AGM – TBA. (See below)

September 16th: Ambleside Oral History Archive: topic to be decided.

October 21st: Martin Douglas: ‘The impact of globalisation‘ both positive and negative.

November 18th: Helen Clark: Deputy Station Officer at Morecambe Bay Search and Rescue.

For May 20th we require someone (normally an SLU3A member) or a group to give a talk/presentation. This will be about 30 minutes if the AGM doesn’t overrun its usual length. If anyone is willing to do this, or can recommend someone, please contact Mark Miller on 01539634639.

Previous Meetings

15 May AGM - Bob Wells

Working for the British Antarctic Survey


17 April - Rev. Professor Ian James

Weather, chaos and Isaac Newton

20 March - Norman Harris

Macchu Picchu – the Hard Way! Trekking the High Andes

20 February - Marianne Birkby

Nuclear development and the Moorside proposal

16 January 2019 - ‘Diplomacy with Dictators – from Milosevic to Mugabe’ - Sir Brian Donnelly

We are lucky to have Sir Brian Donnelly to speak to us as he describes this talk as his ‘swan song’ having decided to retire from the talks business. He retired in 2005 having served as Ambassador when he dealt with Slobodan Milosevic of Serbia over Kosovo and Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe.

The transcript of Sir Brian’s fascinating oral biography can be found at

There was no Meeting in December

21 November - 'Barrow to Baghdad and back' - Philip Caine

Philip Caine is the author of the Jack Castle series of adventure novels.

He was born in Barrow and began his working life in the hotel business. His career developed in the oil business and the next 30 years were spent in such places as the North Sea, Algeria, Nigeria, Kazakstan and Russia. From 2003 he spent 7 years in post war Baghdad working with the American coalition, and a further 3 years running oil service companies in Dubai and Iraq before retiring in 2015.


17 October - ‘Childhood under Occupation’ - Liesbeth Langford

Liesbeth was born just before WW11. She has exciting and moving stories. Her father was in the Resistance Movement and her parents hid a Jewish girl. Liesbeth would love questions.

19 September - ‘It Should have been Stopped’ - Maurice Steele

Maurice is a retired sheep farmer with a passion for photography going back over 60 years. His audio-visual show has a little humour and a lot of ‘tongue in cheek’. The question asked is ‘What kind of Lake District would we have today if ever since the cavemen, there had always been pressure groups saying NO to every development? Thought provoking.

There were no Meetings in June, July and August

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