The University of Leeds Ladies' Club

Autumn 2021

 

 

Dates for your diary

Dear Ladies,
As we are unable to hold our usual Christmas Coffee Morning at Devonshire Hall this year the committee has arranged instead to hold a Christmas Lunch.  This will take place at The Headingley Golf Club on Wednesday 8th December 2021 at 12.30pm for 1.00pm. 
For those members who are not familiar with the Golf Club, although the Club is called the Headingley Golf Club it is not in Headingley itself.  The Club is situated in Back Church Lane which is off Church Lane, Adel and is behind Adel Church (St.John the Baptist, Adel). The entrance is on Back Church Lane and is opposite that of ‘The Old Stables’.  Back Church Lane leads ultimately to York Gate Gardens.
We have arranged for a two course lunch followed by Coffee or Tea and Mince Pies at a cost of £17.00 per person.  There is a choice of menu which is detailed on the attached booking form.  For catering purposes all bookings must be made and paid for in advance and we ask that you send your completed booking form together with full payment  by no later than Thursday 2nd December.   Unfortunately we are not able to offer any refunds for cancellation, or non-attendance, after numbers have been given to the Golf Club as we understand that the Ladies’ Club will be charged for any shortfall after numbers have been confirmed. 
We hope that as many members as possible will be able to attend and guests are very welcome.  This is a new venture for the Ladies’ Club and we hope that it will prove to be a most enjoyable start to the Festive season.
With all good wishes,
Carole Tabbron

 

       

The University Of Leeds Ladies’ Club

Invites all members, family and friends to mark the Festive season with a

Christmas Lunch

To be held at

The Headingley Golf Club, Back Church Lane, Adel, Leeds. LS16 8DW

golf club

Wednesday 8th December 2021 at 12.30pm for 1.00pm

                                                                                           

£17.00 per person payable in advance

For details regarding payment please consult your email of 15th November.

 

Menu

xmas lunch

 

 

 

 

  1. Roast Turkey with all the Trimmings 

  1. Roast Topside of Beef with Yorkshire Pudding 

C. Mediterranean Vegetable Parcel with White Wine Sauce 

all served with Seasonal Vegetables and Rosemary Roast Potatoes  

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  1. Christmas Pudding with Brandy Sauce

  1. Belgian Chocolate and Raspberry Torte 

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Coffee or Tea and Mince Pies

Bookings should be sent, together with menu choices and full payment in advance, to the Ladies’ Club Secretary, as detailed on the attached booking form. 

(Please note that for catering purposes, attendance must be booked and paid for no later than Thursday 2nd December 2021)

 

Monthly Newsletter     -   November 2021

 

Welcome to the November edition of the monthly newsletter which I hope you will enjoy reading.  

 

Christmas Lunch

                                                                                                                                                                                                           

 

Final numbers attending have to be given to the Golf Club on Friday 3rd December so, if you are planning to attend and to avoid any possible disappointment, please send your completed booking form and cheque to Gillian Roche to arrive no later than Thursday 2nd December.  Gillian’s details are on the Flyer attached to your email.

 

In view of the current situation concerning the newly emerging Omicron variant of Covid 19 and in light of the new government regulations regarding the wearing of face masks in public places, the committee asks all members attending the lunch to please wear a facemask whilst moving around in the Golf Club and unless seated at the table.  There will be a number of separate tables in the dining room to allow for good social distancing and the premises are well-ventilated.

Although we may assume that all our members have been fully vaccinated we cannot be certain that this is the case. Therefore we suggest that the wearing of a face mask is not just a courtesy to those around you but is also for your protection and for the protection of others.

In addition, we would encourage you to self-test if you are able to do so, perhaps the day before, and if you have any symptoms, we would ask you to not attend.

We look forward to seeing you all on the 8th.

 

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Subscription

 

Just another gentle reminder that, if you have not yet paid your subscription, Margaret Bradbury, the Membership Secretary, would be pleased to receive your cheque.  If you prefer you may pay by bank transfer, BACS, to the Ladies’ Club account at Lloyds Bank  in the name of ‘The University of Leeds Ladies’ Club’.

 

It would be very helpful if you could let Margaret Bradbury know if you have paid by BACS.

 

If you prefer to pay by cheque, please make your cheque payable to 

‘The University of Leeds Ladies’ Club’ and send it to the Membership Secretary, 

You will find addresses and telephone numbers in your email box

 

 

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Lawnswood Coffee Morning

 

As a number of members are not able to attend the Christmas Lunch on Wednesday 8th December we thought that it would be a good idea to hold another ‘Drop-In’ coffee morning at the Lawnswood Arms on the Otley Road in Adel.  This will give those members unable to attend the lunch the chance to catch up with friends before the Christmas break and, of course, you are very welcome to attend both events. 

 

This December coffee morning will be on Wednesday 14th December at the usual time of 10.30am. As before, we have arranged for a section of the restaurant to be reserved for our exclusive use for as long as we wish to stay.   Coffee/Tea and other drinks are available to purchase at own cost and for those who wish to stay on and have lunch afterwards this also can be purchased, again at own cost. 

There are no steps to this section of the restaurant and it can be accessed through the main doors at either end of the building. There is plenty of free parking with a number of blue badge spaces and for those travelling on public transport, the Numbers 8 and X84 buses stop outside.

As this is a ‘drop-in’ session there is no need to book in advance but I hope as many members as possible will be able to attend and enter into the festive spirit at our last get-together of the year.  I and other members of the committee will be there to welcome you all.  If you would like more details please don’t hesitate to get in touch, my contact details are at the end of the newsletter.

 

 

 
Past Events this Autumn Term

As we have not met for some time we  decided that the first get-together of the new session should be a very informal one, so that friends can meet up again, socialise and catch up with all the news  missed over the last sixteen months.  

Owing to a rescheduled operation,  the Garden Party had to be cancelled. Please refer to your email copy of the newsletter .

 

Tuesday 7th September at 11am at the Lawnswood Arms, Otley Road, Adel.

As we are unable, as yet, to book any University accommodation we have arranged for a very informal ‘Drop-In Coffee Morning’ to take place at the Lawnswood Arms on the Otley Road in Adel at 11am on Tuesday 7th September.  

This will be a ‘drop-in’ session for which there is no charge.  Coffee/Tea and other drinks are available to purchase and for those who wish to stay on and have lunch afterwards this also can be purchased, again at own cost.  

For those who do not know the Lawnswood it is a very friendly and welcoming Pub/Restaurant and we will have sole use of one section of the dining room, or the outside terrace if weather permits. There are no steps to these. There is also plenty of parking with a number of blue badge spaces. 

I hope as many members as possible will be able to attend this first meeting of the Club and I and the other members of the committee will be there to welcome you all.  If you would like more details please don’t hesitate to get in touch, my contact details are at the end of the newsletter you will receive.

 

Wednesday 22nd September at 2pm.

 

Zoom talk on research into Artificial Intelligence.

 

 

This talk has been arranged by Dr. Margaret Wilkinson and we are grateful to her for all her efforts in organising the event.  She has sent the following information.

 

A Zoom talk has been arranged on Wednesday 22nd September 2021 at 2pm of a National initiative based at the University of Leeds that will speed up the diagnosis of diseases. It will collaborate to establish the biggest database of pathology images to accelerate the development of artificial intelligence in medicine. 

 

By 2022 the Northern Pathology Imaging Co-operative (NPIC) will have made digital pathology widely available in hospitals throughout the north of England and will be developing automated image analysis to improve the efficiency and reliability of diagnosis, especially for cancers.

 

Report of Zoom Talk on Wednesday 22nd September at 2pm.

A Zoom talk on research into Artificial Intelligence at the University took place on 22nd September. The talk was organised by Dr. Margaret Wilkinson and we are grateful to her for all her efforts in arranging the event.  She has sent the following report.

 

The meeting went very well.  15 members joined in the talk.  There were three speakers, all of whom were very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about how the use of Digital Pathology and AI can be used to improve Diagnosis and Research into diseases in the future.  

 

People were fascinated by the talk, borne out by the number of questions, and although the Zoom session ended at 3.30pm it was obvious that discussions could have gone on much longer.

 

The Presenters indicated that might be able to visit their facilities when Covid Restrictions are lifted and I am sure that more people would be interested to see the work they do.  The National Pathology Imaging Co-operative (NPIC) do have a facility for a group visit (at St James hospital) once all Covid restrictions are lifted and they have the capacity to receive us.

We will pursue this idea in the Spring term and see what we can arrange.

 

Our thanks go once again to Margaret Wilkinson for organising such an interesting talk and also to Gillie Andrews for facilitating the Zoom and giving her time so generously

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Tuesday 12th October at 10.30am onwards at the Lawnswood Pub/Restaurant, Otley Road, Adel.

Our first get-together of the new session was deemed to have been great success, with 27 members attending for coffee and 9 staying on for lunch.  We were blessed with beautiful weather and were able to eat outside in the sunshine, a real treat, and it was so good to catch up with friends in an informal way.

The feedback afterwards was very positive with many members asking if we could repeat the event.  Therefore we have arranged for another ‘Drop-In Coffee Morning’ to be held at the Lawnswood Arms on the Otley Road in Adel on Tuesday 12th October from 10.30am onwards.   

I can’t think we will be quite so lucky with the weather this time so we have arranged for a section of the restaurant to be reserved for our exclusive use for as long as we wish to stay. For those who do not know the Lawnswood it is a very friendly and welcoming Pub/Restaurant and we will have sole use of one, private, section of the dining room. There are no steps to this section of the restaurant and it can be accessed through the main doors at either end of the building. There is plenty of free parking with a number of blue badge spaces. 

Coffee/Tea and other drinks are available to purchase at own cost at the bar and for those who wish to stay on and have lunch afterwards this also can be purchased, again at own cost. As this is a ‘drop-in’ session there is no need to book in advance but I hope as many members as possible will be able to attend.  I and other members of the committee will be there to welcome you all.  If you would like more details please don’t hesitate to get in touch, my contact details are at the end of the newsletter.

 

 

 

 

News of Groups

 

A meeting of the Garden Group took place in the summer and Heather Harrison sent the following message

 

No Garden Group meetings during the lockdowns, when we kept in touch to some extent by email and telephone.   However, we managed an outdoor Garden Group meeting on 13 Sept 21 at my home. All but three members attended, very happy to be together again, although at a safe distance! The weather was in our favour, but looking ahead another outdoor meeting like this in the near future seems unlikely. No plans for an indoor meeting at present. 

Best wishes

H

October Newsletter

 

As we advised in the September newsletter it was decided at a recent meeting of the committee that the subscription for the coming year, 2021/22 should be levied at £5.00 only.  The committee felt that it was necessary to impose some form of subscription this year, after not levying a charge at all last year. This is in order to pay for the necessary administrative expenses of the club.  Postage has gone up, as has the cost of office supplies and we have to cover the cost of visiting speakers, either on Zoom or in person. 

 

The committee felt therefore that a cost of £5 would not be excessive as this is a reduction of 50% on the normal subscription level (of £10) and reflects the fact that, whilst we are resuming our programme as best we can, we are not yet fully back to our normal, face to face, programme of events.  

 

This note is, therefore, a gentle reminder that, if you have not yet paid your subscription, Margaret Bradbury, the Membership Secretary, would be pleased to receive your cheque.  If you prefer you may pay by bank transfer, BACS, to the Ladies’ Club account at Lloyds Bank as follows – 

 

It would be very helpful if you could let Margaret Bradbury know if you have paid by BACS.

 

 

If you prefer to pay by cheque, please make your cheque payable to 

‘The University of Leeds Ladies’ Club’ and send it to the Membership Secretary, 

 

 

For more details please refer your email.

 

 

Forthcoming Events

Tuesday 9th November at 10.30am onwards at the Lawnswood Pub/Restaurant, Otley Road, Adel.

Our second get-together of the new session was deemed to have been a great success, with 30 attending for morning coffee and 12 staying on for lunch. By request therefore, we have arranged for another ‘Drop-In Coffee Morning’ to be held at the Lawnswood Arms on the Otley Road in Adel on Tuesday 9th November from 10.30am onwards.   

As before, we have arranged for a section of the restaurant to be reserved for our exclusive use for as long as we wish to stay.   Coffee/Tea and other drinks are available to purchase at own cost and for those who wish to stay on and have lunch afterwards this also can be purchased, again at own cost. 

For those who do not know the Lawnswood it is a very friendly and welcoming Pub/Restaurant and we will have sole use of one, private, section of the dining room. There are no steps to this section of the restaurant and it can be accessed through the main doors at either end of the building. There is plenty of free parking with a number of blue badge spaces and for those travelling on public transport, the Numbers 8 and X84 buses stop outside.

As this is a ‘drop-in’ session there is no need to book in advance but I hope as many members as possible will be able to attend.  I and other members of the committee will be there to welcome you all.  If you would like more details please don’t hesitate to get in touch, my contact details are at the end of the newsletter.

 

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News of Groups

 

I have not received any news from other groups about any meetings they have held but I have received the following report from Christine Roy, the convenor of Book Group II.

 

 

Book Group II (meeting held on Thursday 28th October)

 

Another lively meeting was held and many thanks to Tina for hosting us.  It was a shame that Val and Carole were unable to join us but it was thoughtful of them to send us their comments which provided a good starting point for our discussion.

The book was “Days Without End” by Sebastian Barry.  Candy gave us a great introduction and the discussion showed how much we had all enjoyed the book, perhaps for different reasons.  We all agreed that this is a brilliantly written book, where the lyrical language is sometimes in strong contrast to the brutal subject matter.  Some counted that at first they had worried that the “voice” of the narrator would be a barrier but then were pleased to realise it enabled them to “hear” his voice throughout.  We discussed how the subject matter contrasted the peacefulness and happiness of those parts of their lives in the theatres, and at the farm, with the sheer butchery of the massacre scenes.  We also enjoyed the contrasting landscapes which emphasised the vastness of America and the changes that were taking place at that time.  It was noteworthy that no characters were shown as completely good or bad and that all were capable of acts of great kindness and also of great brutality.  One person had abandoned the book, finding it too brutal in parts but was pleased that she had gone back to it as the ending had redeemed it.

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Words of the Month

 

The Words of the Month item has proved very popular so here are a few more ‘new’ words for your delectation and delight!

 

Afflatus    Inspiration  (a divine creative impulse or inspiration, stimulus, motivation)

 

Hebetude Mental lethargy

 

Opsimath Someone who learns late in life

 

Schussboomer   A skier skilled at direct downhill runs

 

Esurient Very hungry or greedy

 

And Finally….

 

I hope you have enjoyed reading this newsletter. The next newsletter will be sent out on 30th November.  If you have any items for inclusion please could you let me have them by no later than 28th November.  

Take care and keep safe 

Carole