A look at King Tut’s treasures

The group setting out
The group setting out

MEMBERS of a community group will be getting out and about with a series of visits to places of interest this year.

Todmorden U3A’s Let’s Go group began a busy programme when 32 members visited the Tutankhamun exhibition at the Museum of Museums at the Trafford Centre, Manchester.

The U3A group is growing fast throughout the upper Calder Valley - more than a third of its current 210 membership are from Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd.

Anne Lee, the Let’s Go group’s spokesperson, said that although the objects on display were not originals, the quality of the workmanship was exceptional and the layout of the exhibition was to a very high standard.

The group organises day visits to places of interest throughout the year and Anne said numbers have grown in the three years the group has been running, with up to 40 members regularly enjoying these days out.

She said last year two of the most popular trips were to Chetham’s Music School in Manchester and the Blackwell Arts and Crafts House in the Lake District.

The group tries to combine enjoyment with an environment of learning, although the visits to Chester for Christmas shopping and the tour of Blackpool Illuminations combined with a visit to Salmesbury Hall were also very popular.

This year, trips are planned to The Lowry Centre (including a tour of the theatre and time to visit the Imperial War Museum North), Hoghton Hall near Preston and Holker Hall and Cartmel in Cumbria.

Details of trips are always publicised at members’ meetings and in regular emails and newsletters.

U3A’s monthly meetings, with a variety of guest speakers, take place at the Central Methodist Church hall, Bramsche Square, Todmorden, at 1.45pm on the third Thursday of each month.

Membership of U3A is open to anyone who is no longer in full time employment and the group is always happy to welcome new people to the monthly meetings, with no obligation to join, to find out whether U3A membership is for them.

Further details of U3A activities can be found on the U3A website, www.u3atod.org.uk or by phoning 01706 839176.

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