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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.

See Events for other meetings which are open to all members.


Future Meetings





18 March: Colin Aldred: Aerial Artwork (drone photography and film-making). Colin Aldred is a former college tutor of Art & Design from Barrow-in-Furness. He will be presenting work from the last four and a half years of operating his aerial film and photography business and producing his own aerial artwork.

15 April: Hilary Wade: 'My Life in Music ', including her time in Opera North. Hilary retired to Grange in 2014 after a career in music; she is Vice - Chairman of grange U3A.

20 May: to follow the AGM – A presentation of readings by members of the Poetry & Prose group.

26 September: Ambleside Oral History Archive: topic to be decided.

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

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

Previous Meetings

19 February: Carole Sutton: "Young people as offenders: risk and protective factors". Carole (SLU3A member) taught psychology to a range of professionals, social workers, probation officers and, in particular, health visitors; with research mainly in the field of young children's behaviour difficulties. Her PhD focused on supporting parents to manage and reduce troublesome behaviour.

15 January: Clive Darley: "Vintage Adventures" – treks undertaken by a couple in their 7th and 8th decades, focusing on the Spitzbergen section from his book, Timeless Treks. Copies will be available, at £15; proceeds to be donated to the charity Community Action Nepal.

20 November - Meet the Red Cross

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

16 October  - Bob Pickersgill (Bob the Sax) -The History of the Saxophone

Bob talked about the life of the inventor of the saxophone and the difference between 6 different saxes. He played some tunes and sang a few songs.

18 September: Rosie Camella (Calvert Trust)

Rosie talked 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.

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

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