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Mansfield  U3A Newsletter - February 2014
Mansfield  U3A Newsletter - February 2014
Mansfield  U3A Newsletter - February 2014
Mansfield  U3A Newsletter - February 2014
Mansfield  U3A Newsletter - February 2014
Mansfield  U3A Newsletter - February 2014
Mansfield  U3A Newsletter - February 2014
Mansfield  U3A Newsletter - February 2014
Mansfield  U3A Newsletter - February 2014
Mansfield  U3A Newsletter - February 2014
Mansfield  U3A Newsletter - February 2014
Mansfield  U3A Newsletter - February 2014
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Mansfield U3A Newsletter - February 2014

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Mansfield and District U3A's monthly newsletter shows what members have been doing recently and what's planned. This edition includes reports on Mansfield U3A's Members' Day and the Holidays Groups' …

Mansfield and District U3A's monthly newsletter shows what members have been doing recently and what's planned. This edition includes reports on Mansfield U3A's Members' Day and the Holidays Groups' break at Thoresby.

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  • 1. Mansfield and District U3A Newsletter Members' Day: Page 4 _____________________________ Established 1999 HMRC Charity Registration No.: XT30525 February 2014 Website: www.mansfield-u3a.org.uk Noticeboard: http://mansfieldu3a.blogspot.com Page 1 of 12
  • 2. Welcome from your chairman GOOD MORNING EVERYBODY. Here we are already heading towards the end of February 2014 – where has that gone? While we may be getting a touch of the 'Winter Blues', we know that Spring is not far behind! In fact, I saw a bunch of snowdrops blooming in my garden this week and bulbs shooting up through the earth. How lucky we are living in an area that has not been desolated by the floods once more – I can think of nothing worse than seeing one’s home destroyed. This month we have our Annual Quiz Night to look forward to on Saturday, 22 February, as usual organised by Pauline and Ian Boucher, who do a sterling job. Also, as Pauline announced at January’s meeting, the Quiz itself will actually start at 6.30 pm, so we all need to be at our tables before then – which are tables of 8 people. I don’t know how long it takes them to find the questions to all of the categories, but I wish I had all the answers. For those members who have not been before, please remember to bring your own drinks (these can be alcoholic ones – but not too much!) At the break there will be a platter of sandwiches and cakes provided by members of the Social Committee, who work hard doing this. Our thanks, therefore, must go out to everyone involved in making this such an enjoyable evening. In addition, I would remind everyone, new and long-standing members, that we are seeking new committee members to ensure continuity of the committee, without which there would be no Mansfield and District U3A. As our president, Rita, said in January: “Your U3A needs you!”. Please speak to me or any member of the committee if you are interested and would like to be invited to a meeting to see it in action. The above always reminds me of work, when we learnt that Winston Churchill said: “Always tell people what you are going to tell them; tell them; and tell them what you have told them!” Having just returned from a break that let me catch-up on all of the magazines and papers I had accumulated over Christmas, the New Year and throughout January (and what a pile that was!) I had always assumed, wrongly, that once retired everything would be so easy with much time to have everything in order and in its place. But not so, like so many more people, I find there is less time to complete all of our daily tasks and relax and I wonder why this should be the case and how we had time to work? Anyway, I read much about our intake of sugar and fat – which seems to be the topic of recent television programmes too – and the healthy lifestyle we should all be pursuing. Obviously this is a very disciplined way of life which has to be followed endlessly. So, jolly good luck to you all and carpe diem! Glenis Carr ______________________________________________________________________________ In this issue Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 - 8 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Welcome. Social Events (Quiz Night, Coffee Morning & Anniversary Ball.) Book Table. Holiday Updates. Recent Events (Members' Day & Thoresby Holiday Break – start). Interest Groups meetings diary. Recent Events (Thoresby Holiday Break – cont.). Recent Events (Thoresby Holiday Break – end). Groups News (New Groups & Garden Visits.) Groups News (Art, Theatre Visits & Luncheon Club – start.) Groups News (Luncheon Club – end). Stop Press. Dates for your diary and Notices. Page 2 of 12
  • 3. SOCIAL EVENTS (See website for updates) Quiz Night –Saturday 22nd February. 6.30 at Queen Elizabeth’s Academy. Come along to our annual fun quiz night and you may win a cash prize! Organise yourself a team, (maximum 8 players per team) or just come along and join a team on the night. Cost £7.00 to include buffet supper, but bring your own drinks and glasses. Sold out but a few returns may be available at the February meeting. Pauline Boucher – 01623 644798, pauline12boucher@yahoo.co.uk Coffee Morning – Friday 9th May at The Towers Tickets will be on sale at the February meeting: £2 each and at the Towers as usual. We will be having a garden and plant stall, raffle, tombola and cake stalls. Come and join us for a chat and cuppa with friends. Crystal Celebration Ball – Tuesday 20th May at The John Fretwell Centre Join us for a fantastic evening to celebrate our 15 years of Mansfield U3A at the John Fretwell Centre from 7pm 'till late. Tickets are £20 each, including an excellent choice of food and entertainment. See Karen or other social committee members for more details. Tickets on sale at the February meeting. Karen Troop – 01623 633404, karentroop@hotmail.com. ______________________________________________________________________________ Book table SALE OF BOOKS in January raised £50.60, which was a very good sum, although not a record as September 2012 raised £56.15, but the best January ever. Remember, Mansfield U3A is cheaper than most charity shops and YOUR purchases keep YOUR subs down by around £2 per member over the year. Anyone willing to take the job on is welcome to volunteer. If you would like to help behind the counter, come along any month and let one of the ‘regular’ volunteers look at the notice boards some time. Lilian Whitehead. ______________________________________________________________________________ Holiday updates LAKESIDE HOLIDAY VILLAGE, Hayling Island (23rd - 27th June.) Balances of £273, £283 or £293 according to upgrades, must be paid by the March meeting. (Cheques to Mansfield & District U3A.) THE ALGARVE, PORTUGAL (18th - 25th Sept.) H. board. Cost £819 (£90 single supplement) This balance to be announced later, must be paid no later than the May meeting. THURSFORD CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR (December 3rd, 4th & 5th.) Cost £170 (no single supplement.) At the time of writing this, I have 2 twin rooms left for this three-day break. £1 registration fee please to secure theatre ticket and then a deposit of £10 to be paid at the February meeting please. (If you choose to take the £10 optional insurance then you must come for a form which I have to send off with your deposit.) If you are interested, please remember to put your names on my waiting lists for all these holidays. (Because of our age group there are always two or three cancellations, so having a waiting list is invaluable.) Margaret Burlinson – 01623 632538, marburl@lineone.net Page 3 of 12
  • 4. Recent Events Members' Day WE HAVE such an amazing abundance of talent within our U3A. This was evident at our Members' Day in January. The theme for the member speakers session was poetry and reading; the response was fantastic. Our Chair, Glenis Carr, started before the tea break with a witty little poem that made all the ladies laugh (and perhaps a few men)! Sheila Whalley wrote a brilliant, epic poem about all the groups within our U3A; everyone was waiting what she was going to say about their favourite group! I am sure we should record this piece and offer it to all new members as a humorous guide to activities. Many people were reminded of their school days by the two lovely pieces read by Molly Pollitt. The Writing for Pleasure group put together an array of their own work, ranging from War Days to thoughts about U3A. What a talented group they are. One of our new members, Steve Robinson, delighted us all with his two pieces, his own poem about Granddad and an enthralling monologue by Marriott Edgar. This interactive number kept us all in suspense wondering what was going to happen to the baby elephant. Ahhhhhh! U3A was again the topic of the next, great poem by Fred Brown; it is great to hear an alternate male view on the subject. Ophelia Clutterbucket was one of two entertaining pieces by Jenny Roberts; this was a short story of a young, pretty girl who dreamed of a wonderful life and, like us all, grew older and wiser. (It was an abridged version cleverly adapted to fit into a tight time-scale.) John Gilding treated us to a medley of popular tunes on the piano. Thank you John for the great entertainment. Glenis finally added a lovely poem about the beauty of our countryside, which was a fitting end to a fantastic morning. Marilyn Dibble More photos here ... Thoresby holiday break THE MORNING of 27th January was once again the beginning of our U3A five-day visit to Thoresby Hall. We arrived in the morning and greeted friends old and new. There were 204 members of U3As from around six areas from as far afield as Leicestershire’s Soar Valley. The weather was dry and bright but cold so a few members took advantage of this and walked around the grounds and woods. On the Tuesday, Linda and Sue welcomed us to the games room where there were various card and board games for all to learn and play. Scrabble, Rummicub and Uno to name a few. One I had not heard of was Mexican train – a version of Dominoes I believe. This was all a great success and due to be repeated next year. Ashfield led a walk from Whaley Thorns for those who were feeling energetic; for those who weren’t there was plenty to do. Continued on page 8 … Page 4 of 12
  • 5. Key to Meetings details: THIS TABLE SHOWS THE DAY of the month, time and frequency using the first two letters of the day, followed by numbers 1 - 5 to represent the week number. The final letter M (or F, W or V) indicates that the group meets monthly, fortnightly, weekly or at variable intervals. So 'Tu2, 2.30 - V M' would mean a group meeting on the 2nd Tuesday at 2.30pm Monthly but with Variable finish times. The main Mansfield and District U3A meetings are on the 3rd Tuesday of each month (except August and December) at the Oakham Suite, 155 Nottingham Road, Mansfield from 10 am - 12.30 pm. All members are invited to contact the relevant Group Leader if they would like to participate in any interest group or attend an event. NB: * indicates a waiting list. Interest Group Meetings Meeting Places Leader/Contact Antiques & Collectables Tu 2, 10 - 12 M Stanhope Centre, Bridge Street, Mansfield Pat Blackwell 01623 481745 Big Barn Lane Methodist Church, Mansfield Linda Spray 01623 795176 Next Meetings: March 11th – Textiles Art We3, 10 - 12 M Next Meetings: Feb 19th – a Pair of Boots; March 19th; April 16th Art Appreciation Mo1, 2.00 - 4.00 M Stanhope Centre, Bridge Street, Mansfield (NB Change) Pauline Boucher 01623 644798 Next Meeting: March 3rd – War Artists & Poets; April 7th – Religious Art Beginners' Bridge (With Ashfield U3A) Mo, Various 6.30 - 9.00 Enviro Centre, Derby Rd College, Mansfield Maxine Rose/Glenis Carr 01623 459081/627735 Next Meetings Feb 17th; March 3rd; March 17th; April 7th (Also Acol sessions at the Mechanics Institute – Th, 10 - 12.30 W) Bowls Tu, 2.30 - 4.00 W Lammas Sports Centre, Sutton Don Wright 01623 628946 Next Meetings: Weekly on Tuesdays at stated time until March 15th Caravan & M'home Rally Various Various Terry Lammas 01623 471963 Next Meetings: June 1st to 29th – France. See web page for more details. Chat and Stitch Mo3, 2.00 - 4.00 M St John's Centre, Mansfield Next Meeting: Feb 17th; March 17th; April 21st Page 5 of 12 Doreen Storer 01623 407731
  • 6. Interest Group Meetings Meeting Place Leader/Contact Current Affairs Tu2, 2.00 - 4.00 M St John's Centre, Mansfield Norma Shillinglaw 01623 466934 Stanton Hill Baptist Church, Skegby David Ling 01623 822994 St John's Centre, Mansfield Max Clarke 01623 621744 Next Meetings: March 11th; April 8th Digital World Fri 2 & 4, 2.00 - 4.00 2/M Next Meetings: 14th & 28th Feb; 14th & 28th March Family History Tu4, 10.00 - 12.00 M Next Meetings: Feb 25th; March 25th; April 22nd Film Studies * We1, 1.30 - V M Joy's home Joy Crowe 01623 645400 Various Janet Whitlam 01623 635607 Next Meetings: 5th March; 2nd April Garden Visits During the Summer Next Visits: February 24th – Hodsock Priory – Coach / private tour / snack for £26. Book early; June 12th – Harlow Carr Gardening Tu1, 10.00 - 12.00 M St Peter's Centre, Mansfield Avril McGee 01623 452688 Next Meetings: March 4th – The Scented Garden, with Janette Merilion; April 1st – A Vision of Roses with Stuart Dixon Heartstart Check Day below 1.00 - 3.00 William Kaye Hall, Ladybrook Lane Linda Leivers 01623 471963 Next Meetings: Monday Feb 24th & Monday March 24th. More dates later Holidays (Home & Abroad) Various TBA Margaret Burlinson 01623 632538 Next holidays: June 23rd - 27th – Warner's, Hayling Island*; Sept 18th - 25th – Portugal Local History Fri1, 10.00 - 12.00 M Bridge Street Methodist Church Bob & Sue Longden 01623 486903 Next Meetings: March 7th – Mansfield Soft Drinks with Ian Boucher; April 4th – 200 Years of Dissent in Mansfield with John O'Neill Luncheon Club Th after 3rd Tu, 12.00 - 2.00 M Various David Ling 01623 822994 Next Meetings: Feb 20th – The Maypole at Wellow; March 20th – Woodborough Hall Movement to Music W, 10.30 - 11.30 W (New) St Peter's Church Hall Linda Leivers 01623 471963 Next Meetings: Feb 12th 19th & 26th; March 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th Page 6 of 12
  • 7. Interest Group Meetings Meeting Place Leader/Contact Music Groups Classical Music 2 Mo4, 2.00 - 4.00 M Members' homes Peter Hart 01623 620940 Next Meetings: 24th Feb – Sonatas with Sheila; March 24th – Mozart with Mike Music 2 * Mo4, 2.00 - 4.30 M Members' homes Eric Prescott 01623 631160 St John's School, Mansfield Peter Haynes 01623 610886 Tu1, 4.00 - 6.00 M Members' homes Sylvia Slack 01623 633981 Th3, 2.00 - 4.00 M Peter Dawson's home Peter Dawson 01623 882191 Next Meeting: Feb 24th; March 24th; April 28th Popular Music Appreciation * Tu4, 2.00 - 4.00 M Next Meetings: Feb 25th; March 25th; April 22nd Pudding Club * Next Meetings: TBA Reading 1 Next Meetings: Feb 20th; March 20th; April 17th; May15th Reading 2 Tu3, 2.00 - 4.00 M Ravenshead Library Joan Hufton 01623 557488 Next Meetings: Feb 18th; March 18th; April 15th; May 20th Science & Technical Tu1, 1.30 - 3.30 M Stanton Hill Baptist Church, Skegby Ian Boucher 01623 644798 Next Meetings: March 4th – Weights & Measures with Graham; April 1st – Volcanoes with Peter Scrabble * Mo2, 2.00 - 4 .00 M Brenda Thurkettle's home Brenda Thurkettle 01623 628136 Next Meetings: TBA Singing for Fun Thur2 & 4, 6.30 – 8.30 Methodist Church, Chesterfield Road June Fell 01623 623547 Next Meeting: Jan 9th – fortnightly from then on. Bring ideas and music you'd like to sing. The church is just up from QE Academy on the other side of the road. Plenty of parking on side road. Tai Chi Mo, 9.30 - 10.30 W St John's Centre, Mansfield Cliff Laycock 01623 481985 Various Sheila Whalley 01623 453908 Next Meetings: Weekly from Monday Jan 6th Theatre Visits Various Next Meetings: Wed 5th March – Brassed Off; Thurs 6th March – Richard & Adam. (Both sold out.) Wed 16th April – Cats; Thurs 8th May – Paul Hollywood. (See Web page for future trips) Page 7 of 12
  • 8. Interest Group Meetings Meeting Place Leader/Contact Walking Groups Hikers (all-day, 6 - 8 miles) Th1 & Mo3, 9.30 - V 2/M Tesco car park, off Oak Tree Lane Peter Thurkettle 01623 628136 Next Meetings: Mon. Feb 17th – Blythe & Hodsock; Thurs. March 6th – High Peak Junction; Mon. March 17th – Ogston Res. & Brackenfield; Thurs. April 3rd – Chatsworth; Mon. 21st April – Hope / Edale End Shufflers (short & gentle) V Lunchtimes Various Sylvia Slack 01623 633981 Next Meeting: Thurs. March 27th – Mansfield Manor Hotel (3pm for tea); Wed. April 23rd – Rumbles Café, Sutton Lawn (1pm) Strollers (a leisurely 2 miles) We2, 10.30 - V M Various Barbara Massey / Marion Thornton 01623 628357 / 01623 651528 Next Meetings: March 12th – Brierley Park Huthwaite; April 9th – Cresswell Crags Walkers (an easy 4 - 5 miles) We4, 10.30 – V M Various Joy & Nick Crowe 01623 645400 Next Meetings: Feb 26th – Thieves Wood; March 26th – Mansfield Woodhouse to Pleasley Vale Wine Appreciation 2* We3, 7.30 - V M Members' homes Mike Allen 01623 653345 Next Meetings: Feb 19th – Spanish Whites with Mike; March 19th – Cotes du Rhone with Norma Wine Appreciation 3* Tu4, 7.30 - V M Members' homes Graham Allin 01623 473662 Next Meetings: Feb 25th – Italian Reds with Graham & Eileen; March 25th – Sauternes & Barsac with Barrie and Lynne Writing for Pleasure * Mo2, 2.00 - 4.00 M Stanhope Centre, Bridge Street, Mansfield Sue Ford / Hilary Miller 01623 844286 / 620067 Next Meetings: March 10th; April 14th Recent Events (cont. from p4) … Don and Graham went to the Spa, where Karen surprised them in the Jacuzzi. Later John and Karen went to the wine tasting session; between you and me they did more than just taste it! (Four bottles between 5 people, hmm!) The evening bought us excellent entertainment; the theme was musicals, scenes from Blood Brothers, Chicago and Les Miserables to name a few of the most enjoyable. Wednesday saw yet another walk this time led by Ian to Clumber Park. A muddy time was had by all. (Ian wished he had smelly vision, a yard, cow’s, wet, need I say more?) Page 8 of 12
  • 9. The rest of us had loads to choose from: swimming to short mat-bowls, where Don, Len, Graham and John won a very exciting match after they beat me and team in the semis. Thursday for me was a great day as I went on the Hawk Experience. Sue from Sherwood U3A and I took out two of the birds. Sue choose Louise, a Barn Owl and I choose Curly, a European Eagle Owl, although he was the largest and heaviest. Curly was gorgeous, wish he fitted in my bag! That evening bought us again great entertainment – a 50s night – and very professional. There was so much happening every day: Terry’s 5 o'clock quizzes, dancing lessons … (too much for me to mention here), also evening entertainment. Something for all or just sit quietly in the Great Hall or library. Every evening bought us fine entertainment from the Entertainment Team. Friday came all-too-soon as we checked out and said our farewells. Once again it was a brilliant holiday. Our thanks go to Terry and Lilian for all their hard work in making it a great success. Looking forward to 2015 Terry! Pat Gunter There are more photos, from Don Wright, Sheila Whalley and Pat Gunter, here ... ______________________________________________________________________________ Groups News New Groups SPRING is the time for new beginnings! We would welcome any ideas for new groups, please be sure to put suggestions in the box at the monthly meeting. There are a few places remaining in the Movement to Music Group, meeting every week at St John's Church Hall. 10-30 to 11-30; cost £4-00 to cover venue and tutor. Car parking is limited so please car share if you can. The Heartstart training dates for 2014 are now available, the next two being the 24th February, 24th March and 28th April from 13-00 to 15-00 at the William Kaye Hall on Ladybrook Lane. Lots of free car parking. The is a free session funded by the British Heart Foundation and a donation to the charity is requested. If you would like to be included in either of these, please contact me on 01623471963 or at the next monthly meeting. Linda Leivers Garden Visits HODSOCK PRIORY – 24th February There are still a few seats left for this outing. Coach fare, hot drink on arrival, guided tour of the gardens, hot lunch and then time to browse either around the gardens or nursery all for £26. Sounds like a good day out that leaves the Odeon car park at 9-30am. HARLOW CARR – 12th June More details later but for now I have booked a guided tour of the gardens and the coach is booked. Prices vary because of recently introduced bargain rates for U3A and RHS members so see Janet for details. Karen and Janet Page 9 of 12
  • 10. Art WE HAD an interesting session on 15th January, which was attended by 11 eager members. Michael Morton provided our life model as we sketched him sitting down, then lying down. Some more pictures are on the website. Obviously, this gave us all a certain amount of amusement and each of us produced something different as we all saw our model from different perspectives. An enjoyable morning. We are all at different levels of expertise, but the joy of creating an artwork of some kind is the key factor in our group. Our next meeting will be on 19th February when our subject matter will be a pair of boots! So come along and join us, as we have a few places available. Linda Spray Theatre Visits WE WERE transported to The Playhouse Nottingham on 8th January in a comfortable minibus to see the Pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk. On arrival we enjoyed a pre-show lunch in the adjacent restaurant. The scenery and costumes being very colourful. Four coach-loads of children filled the seats at the front and there was a lot of enthusiastic audience participation shouting "It's behind YOU" etc.– including the adults. I hope we can do it again this year. Thanks to Margaret for organising the bus. Sheila Whalley LONDON MUSICAL – THE PAJAMA GAME 10th - 11th June cost £155 (single supplement £35) This is very good value for money & covers coach fare, B&B, theatre tickets with excellent seats & visit to Hampton Court Palace on the return journey. £14 for two courses at Porters in Covent Garden, which is optional. Deduct £29.50p if you choose not to see The Pajama Game & do your own thing. Please come and sign up at the February meeting with a cheque or cash for £29.50 as a deposit to secure your theatre ticket or £10 if no Pajama Game. Optional insurance of £10 is available as usual. Cheques payable to Mansfield & District U3A. Will collect £5 deposits from those who choose to eat at Porters. We must pay for theatre tickets before 28th February or prices will increase. Sheila Whalley and Margaret Burlinson Luncheon Club THE COUNTRYMAN at Kirkby, The Lion at Farnsfield and Bestwood Lodge at Arnold all got hundred percent approval at 281, on Nottingham Road Mansfield, on 23rd January, when we reviewed our 2013 programme and planned our next events. We'll be returning. Page 10 of 12
  • 11. And 281 will probably feature next time as Brian and Barbara Harvey again organised a superb New Year lunch. Photos here ... February 20th will be our first visit to The Maypole at Wellow, where new local owners have transformed the old and run-down Durham Ox into a very stylish bar/restaurant offering quality homecooked food and immaculate service. Our special menu will offer 2 courses at £13.95 and 3 at £18.95. Then, on March 20th, Alan Miller has arranged for us to visit Woodborough Hall, near Calverton for the first time. This is one of the most beautiful country estate hotels in Nottinghamshire and home to one of the county's top restaurant teams so this lunch is sure to be popular. The varied menu Alan has chosen will be priced at just £13.50 for 2 courses and £16.50 for 3, including canapé pre-starters, coffee/tea and petits fours. Please pre-book for these at the Lunch Club table or by email to dlpruk@aol.com. And please keep checking our web page as Sheila Whalley and Karen Troop hope to announce details of lunches at The Chesterfield Arms near Gunthorpe and the new Fothergill's (Lamb's at The Market as was) in Mansfield town centre shortly. (The Chesterfield Arms is gaining fame as one of the first community-run pubs in the county after villagers resisted the brewer's closure plans and Fothergill's aims to build on the owners' success at the Best Side at The Redgate in premises large enough to cope with the Luncheon Club.) David Ling ______________________________________________________________________________ Stop Press Thoresby 2015 NEGOTIATIONS are ongoing but the info I have at the moment is that Thoresby 2015 will be Monday 2nd February to Friday 6th February 2015. The price I have at the moment is £208 pp sharing in standard rooms. Singles are £248 but not a lot are available and we will have to put them into a draw as I anticipate I will have more wanting singles than we have been allocated. If you are on email the NEW address is 2015@whiteheaduk.plus.com. I hope to get full information on the Mansfield U3A website soon, probably by the time you are reading this. Terry Whitehead _________________________________________________________________________ Page 11 of 12
  • 12. Sheila Townsend. It is with deep regret that we have learned that Sheila died suddenly on 7th January. Her funeral at the Methodist Chapel in Rainworth on Thursday, 30th January was followed by burial at the Tithe Green Cemetery near Calverton. ______________________________________________________________________________ Speakers' Corner OUR speaker today is Angela Plumb, who will present an illustrated talk detailing a fabulous trip to see the wildlife of the Falkland Islands, especially the penguins. The war memorials and a warplane wreck are also included in the photos. (Last year Angela entertained us all with her amazing stories of the polar bears in the Arctic.) Angela is trying to raise £900 for charity to send a child to Lapland with 'When You Wish Upon A Star' charity. She has also produced some original prints of her photos as notelets that she is selling in packs of 3 for £2.50. All the money is going to the charity. ______________________________________________________________________________ Committee Vacancies DUE TO unforeseen circumstances, some vacancies have arisen on the Committee for members who would like to be co-opted to help run our U3A until the AGM in September. Please contact the Chairman or Vice Chairman if you might be interested. ______________________________________________________________________________ Dates for your diary (Check the website for more information and updates.) Sat. 22nd Feb. 2014: FUN QUIZ NIGHT at Queen Elizabeth's Academy. 6.30. Tickets £7.00 inc. refreshments but bring your own drinks and glasses. Fri. 9th May: COFFEE MORNING at The Towers. 11.00. Tickets £2.00. Tues. 20th May: CRYSTAL CELEBRATION BALL at The John Fretwell Centre. Tickets £20 inc. food and entertainment. Tickets for all on sale at the February meeting. _____________________________________________________________________________ Event and Visit Payments MEMBERS are reminded that deposits and payments for events and visits organised by Mansfield U3A and its interest groups are non-refundable, but places so reserved may be offered to others. ______________________________________________________________________________ Changes of address, etc. PLEASE contact the membership secretary, Avril McGee (01623 452688), if you've changed your address, phone number or email since joining Mansfield U3A so that she can update our records. ______________________________________________________________________________ Disclaimer THE VIEWS expressed here are those of the contributors, only, and do not necessarily reflect those of the editor, the committee of Mansfield U3A or the Third Age Trust. Nor can any responsibility be accepted for members' announcements or any errors that may occur. ______________________________________________________________________________ Next Issue PLEASE SEND contributions for the March issue to mansfieldu3a@aol.com, or in typescript, to the editor as soon as you can and by 1st March at the latest. Thanks! ______________________________________________________________________________ Editor: David Ling (01623 822994) Printed by: Portland Print (www.portlandprint.org.uk/) Page 12 of 12

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