Tate and the V and A...well, nearly!

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The Tate and The Victoria and Albert come to Todmorden...well, not quite!

U3A Todmorden (University of the Third Age) Practical Art and Craft Groups are mounting their first joint exhibition in the Information Centre throughout August.

These are just two of the many groups run by the U3A for people over 50. The craft and practical art groups meet alternate fortnights, the latter’s members ranging from professional artists to complete beginners, all willing to share their varied experience and skills.

Their range of media – watercolour, acrylic, pastel etc. is reflected in the exhibition. The newly formed craft group showcases new and old crafts, specialising in traditional skills, which are in danger of being forgotten. Their talented members have demonstrated macramé, knitting, quilting, felting and rag rug making to name a few.

A U3A spokesman said: “Todmorden U3A provides not only for those interested in a wide range of educational, leisure and recreational interests including science, philosophy, world affairs, creative writing and languages but also social activities including a lunch club and the Let’s Go group which arranges visits to places of interest.

“U3A Todmorden goes from strength to strength and now has over 250 members.”

Anyone interested in joining U3A Todmorden and its special interest groups, can get more information by calling 01706 814623, emailing enquiries@u3atod.org.uk or by visiting the website www.u3atod.org.uk

The exhibition runs until the end of August and can be viewed during Todmorden Information Centre’s opening hours, Monday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm, and Sundays 10.45am to 2.30pm.