University of Leeds

 Autumn 2017




When do the seasons begin and end? We seem to have barely moved into summer - especially this year - before autumn is upon us. But at least that means a new programme for the Club and the opportunity for members to meet up again.

We commence as usual with our traditional Harvest Lunch on Thursday 21st September, when we can enjoy good food and company in the attractive setting of University House.

As the University of Leeds Ladies’ Club we can take pride in our fine city as it marshals its forces to bid to become European Capital of Culture 2023 and so we welcome Dr Rachael Unsworth who will tell us about the Leeds: Cradle of Innovation book and exhibition project. Dr Unsworth has lectured in the School of Geography at the University but now describes herself as a ‘geographer at large’ with a strong interest in sustainability. On Thursday 12th October she will elaborate on the project which tells the unfolding story of the city’s curiosity, creativity and enterprise.

Keeping the connection with the University we welcome Ben Oldham, the Manager of its Footsteps Fund, on Wednesday 15th November. Mr Oldham will talk about the work of the Fund, which aims to support students at the University by providing scholarships and other financial support, regardless of their background or financial circumstances. He will be accompanied by two students who have been Footsteps Fund recipients.

We end the term with the Christmas Coffee morning on Friday 8th December, when we encourage you to stock up with books and items from the produce and bring and buy stalls, whilst partaking of delicious festive food and giving us the opportunity to support the Lord Mayor’s Appeal. The Lord Mayor this year is Councillor Jane Dowson and her Appeal is Candlelighters, the children’s cancer charity based in Leeds.

We have an interesting and varied programme and I would like to think that no member is prevented from attending by a lack of transport. And so may I repeat what we have said before that if you would like to attend meetings but need a lift just contact any of the officers whose details are in this programme.

Those of you who attended the AGM will recall that it was agreed that a second Book Group might be started to accommodate those who have been unable to join the Group started over 50 years ago - and still being run - by Mrs Joy Thody. If you are interested in setting up or hosting a group please contact me in the first instance.

Enjoy the rest of the summer and I look forward to seeing you at our meetings.

Gillian M Roche August 2017