University of Leeds

 Spring 2018


A flurry of snow and a blast of Arctic wind could not deter members from attending the Christmas Coffee Morning. It was a very friendly occasion, reminding me of just how much we all value the opportunity to socialise in agreeable surroundings.

We start the year on Wednesday 31st January with tea with the Lord Mayor, Councillor Jane Dowson, and her consort Mr Alan Bellhouse. This time it is our turn to visit the Civic Hall, where we look forward to a pleasant afternoon and the chance to present our contribution to the Lord Mayor’s charity Candlelighters, the Leeds-based children’s cancer charity.

Our chosen University School this year is the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies which only recently moved into refurbished premises, the former Grade II-listed Agricultural Sciences Building in University Road. On Wednesday 21st February we shall meet the Head of School, Professor Abigail Harrison Moore, and be shown around the workshops and studios. Those members not familiar with the location of the School can meet at 1030 in the Parkinson Building and be guided along University Road. The Committee thought that it would be good to round off the morning with lunch in the Refectory if those attending so wished. We are limited on this occasion to a maximum of 30.

The new Spring Carvery Lunch in 2017 was so well received that we have decided to repeat the occasion, this time on Sunday 18th March again in University House. We hope that you will patronise the event once more.

And we end the term on Monday 23rd April with a light-hearted talk by Chris Powell. Chris is the ‘Group Community Champion’ for Bettys & Taylors of Harrogate running its charity arm, the innovative Cone Exchange recycling scheme. Having recently heard him I think that you will find him an engaging speaker.

I am delighted to report that the second book group has taken off, thanks to the sterling efforts of Christine Roy, our Treasurer, and we wish it well.

May we please remind you that subs. - a bargain at £7.00 - were due in September. If you have not yet paid, Margaret Bradbury would love to hear from you.

Wishing you all a Happy New Year.

Gillian Roche