The canal gardens, Roundhay
General meetings are held on alternate Tuesdays at Moor Allerton Sports and Social Centre, Leeds LS17 6EL (opposite the fire station on Stonegate Road).
Meetings start at 2 p.m., doors open from 1.30.
We hope to restart the programme of fortnightly meetings as soon as Covid restrictions allow.
Meeting on 21 January 2020
Peter Bull gave a talk on "The Art of the Medieval Minstrel", demonstrating a whole range of replica medieval musical instruments. These included a hurdy-gurdy, two recorders, two lutes, a hammered dulcimer, a flute, a gittern and the bagpipes.
Of especial interest is the hurdy-gurdy, a kind of wheel fiddle, and this particular example was based on The Garden of Earthly Delights, a 15th century painting by Hieronymous Bosch. Of the other instruments, the gittern is an early predecessor of the guitar, while the hammered dulcimer resembles half a piano; it has metal strings, which are struck with two small sticks, more properly known as hammers. Peter performed medieval music on all these instruments, and talked about their origins and history; he also sang two groups of songs, accompanying himself on the lute.
Peter concluded by taking questions from the audience, which were many and various! This was a really enjoyable talk with over 100 U3A members present.
Meeting on 4 February 2020
Captain Robin McArthur and Sergeant Randy Quow from the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst came to speak at our meeting in February. They gave a brilliant presentation illustrated with photographs and videos showing The Army at work. Very relevant to U3A members as our grandchildren will be approaching an age where they might consider a career in the Army.
All aspects of army life were covered ranging from initial training at Sandhurst to the fighting soldiers on duty. Some of the specialist careers were quite surprising. To support the general fighting force were telecommunications officers, doctors, psychiatrists and nurses together with an array of logistics staff. Very professional. Very informative and entertaining.