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Our monthly newsletter shows what members of Mansfield and District U3A in north Nottinghamshire have been doing recently and what's planned. ...

Our monthly newsletter shows what members of Mansfield and District U3A in north Nottinghamshire have been doing recently and what's planned.
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You'll see how we share interests in art appreciation, bridge, crafts, singing, needlework, music, history, literature, wine tasting, scrabble, photography, technology, writing for pleasure and genealogy. How we keep fit joining-in with physical ones such as walking, bowls and Tai Chi. How we socialise on theatre, concert and garden visits, lunches and group holidays.

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  • 1. Mansfield and District U3A Newsletter Joyeux Noel report: Page 3 _____________________________ Established 1999 HMRC Charity Registration No.: XT30525 January 2013 Website: www.mansfield-u3a.org.uk Noticeboard: http://mansfieldu3a.blogspot.com Page 1 of 12
  • 2. Welcome from your chairmanI DO HOPE that you and your families had a very good Christmas and New Year. For all theconcerns of the last year – the financial chaos of the banks, the increase in the cost of energy, thehike in food prices, the weather, Paul McCartney singing ‘Hey Jude’ at the Olympics, to name buta few – I believe that the good outweighed the bad, with the Diamond Jubilee and the Olympicsstill able to bring a smile and a tear to us.So how do I review 2012? Certainly not in national or international terms: too long and arduous atask, added to which I can’t remember most of what went on as my selective amnesia (or ‘seniormemory loss’) has cut in. Anyway, the papers and TV are full of lists of the best / worst / funniest /nastiest events / people / take-aways of the year. So I’ll give that a rest.What about a Mansfield U3A review? Not really – I’ll do that in September at the end of my stint. I’dhate to forecast things that never occurred or were redundant by September!However, it is the New Year ... that time of good resolutions that are made but never carried out.I’ve never been a great believer in ‘Good Resolutions’ since any I’ve made have tended to havebeen under duress – drink, nagging, guilty conscience; you know, the normal, everyday reasonswe make promises. But I have made some resolutions this year that will be easy to carry out.I resolve ... 1. Not to pay heed to the great panjandrums of health telling me that older people should eat, drink, make love far less as any of these activities will take ten years off their lives. I should worry. I’d just like to be able to. 2. Not to pay heed to the same lot (who always seem to be younger) who then tell me that I’m living too long and costing the economy too much. I’m going to see how much I can cost them just to be a real grouch! 3. Not to listen to the Government wanting me to spend, spend, spend on consumer goods. It’s their blooming fault that manufacturing has disappeared and I was brought up to only buy ‘stuff’ when it was necessary. Food and drink – yes, but ‘fashionwear’ and the latest technology? Tomorrow, perhaps – and that’s being polite. Perhaps we can start up a ‘hand-me-down’ service where the latest-but-one phones / techno gadgets / clothes are passed on down the families like coats and shoes used to be?But that’s enough for now. Three is the magic number of things I can remember at any one timeand anyway, I have to pour a drink, sit in front of the TV and snarl at the weather forecast yetagain. Happy New Year!Mike Allen______________________________________________________________________________In this issue Page 2 Chairmans Welcome. Page 3 Quiz night. Suggestion box. Holiday updates. Page 4 Recent Events: Joyeux Noel; Singing for Fun. Groups News (Start): Art Appreciation Pages 5 - 8 (Pt) Groups Meeting Programme Page 8 (Pt) Book table. New members meeting Page 9 Groups News (Cont.): Digital World; Theatre Visits; Wine Appreciation 2; Family History Page 10 Groups News (Cont.): Luncheon Club; Robin Hood at Thoresby Page 11 Help with PIN cards. On-line U3A courses. Page 12 Members Contribution: Save old Specs. Dates for your diary. Notices. Page 2 of 12
  • 3. Annual Fun Quiz NightSATURDAY 23RD FEBRUARY AT QUEEN ELIZABETH’S ACADEMY. 7pm.Join us at Queen Elizabeths Academy on the 23rd February for our annual Quiz Night.Pauline and Ian have been working hard to test our brains and your Social Committee will beproviding your supper (platters of sandwiches, nibbles and cakes).Organise yourself a team of 8 or join a table on the night; bring your own drinks and glasses andhave a great night with friends. Tickets on sale today £6.50.Karen TroopSuggestionsFIRST of all I would like to wish everyone a belated Happy New Year 2013 – lets hope it turns outto be a very good one for us all!At the November meeting, I told you that the Committee had decided to re-introduce a SuggestionBox in order that members could put forward any ideas they had, whatever they may be, so that theCommittee could consider them and, where possible, introduce them into the programme.I am very pleased to say that initially we have had four suggestions: two for new classes, i.e. Yogaand an Art Class. (Linda Leivers, the Group Co-ordinator, will be putting out sheets at the meetingfor people, if interested, to sign up for these and providing there are enough signatures then we willbe able to move forward with them.)A further suggestion was that congestion may be saved by the signing-in sheets being split at thestart of the meeting to both sides of the room. This is being looked at to see the feasibility of it.Lastly, there was the suggestion that "We should get a new Mike!". For a moment there, my mindraced at the thought of a new Mike Allen! Finally, I realised that it was for a new microphone and Iwill ask the Chairman to see what can be done to negotiate this – Good Luck!I hope, therefore, that you will all continue to give your thoughts and ideas. The Suggestion Box willbe on the back table with pen and writing paper for you to use. In this way we can move forwardand look at areas that perhaps had not been thought about before.Thank you for your assistance.Glenis CarrHoliday UpdatesAround Britain Cruise – 24th May - 3rd JuneBalances, the amounts of which can be found on the first page of your Invoice Guest copies, mustbe sent to Fred Olsen by 23rd February. (A few of you still have not sent passport or insurancedetails, nor the names of your next of kin, but travel tickets cannot be issued unless allthese details are sent by that date.) Contact information is on the same page as your balances.Tenby – 1st - 5th July 2013Please make a note in your diaries of the following dates and the amounts of the balances owing.These must be paid no later than the March meeting. Final costs are:- £268 for those sharing and£280 for singles. These prices include the drivers gratuity. Cheques this time payable to Mansfield& District U3A.Thursford Christmas Spectacular – 4th, 5th & 6th DecemberThose going to Thursford have paid a £1 registration fees, which the company has received, but Iwill need your deposits of £10 no later than the April meeting at which time I will advise you of whenyour balance is due. Cheques are also to be paid to Mansfield & District U3A. The company isoffering a £10 insurance premium should you wish to take it out for these three days away. You willneed to add on this amount to your deposit amount – so £20 in total)Margaret Burlinson Details of all holidays are on the website ... Page 3 of 12
  • 4. Recent EventsJoyeux NoelIT WAS a lucky 13th of December when the Luncheon Cluband guests from Worksop U3A got ready for Christmas in theFrench style at Launays in Edwinstowe for what has becomethe clubs traditional fine-dining highlight of the year.Alain Launay and his kitchen team got us in the mood withplatters of fresh oysters for the adventurous, mussels, pigeonbreasts, pâté and soup with braised beef, guinea fowl, pork,sea bass and root vegetable pudding to follow.But again it was the desserts that stole the show for manyand I heard nothing but rave reviews for the poachedmeringue, apple tart or a chocolate creation served in a realplant pot!Alison and her front-of-house team of servers were on topform too and everyone fully deserved the warm applause thatshowed diners appreciation.Well be returning on December 12th so please make a notein your diaries!David Ling More photos on the website ...Christmas ConcertsTHE U3A Choir had three Concerts in Dec. 2012. On Fri the 7th, at Kirkby Library, for switching onof their lights. Everyone was so welcoming & applauded for encores. "Can you come againplease?"Next on Fri 14th Dec, came the visit to the John Eastwood Hospice in torrential rain. Suzy & herMum were soaked bringing in the keyboard, which miraculously still worked! Again we werewelcomed in & we sang under the Christmas Tree. Everyone joined in with the Carols at the end.Finally on Sun 16th Dec, at St Joseph the Worker RC Church in Sutton, both U3A & BellissimaLadies Choir brought the house down. Suzy sang the "Dormouses Carol" & "The Little Road toBethleham" & our pianist played "Sleigh Ride" & "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" With theaudience putting everything into 3 carols & enjoyed mulled wine & minced pies afterwardsAll the rehearsals paid off! So well done everyone and thank you very much to Suzy & John Sellers.Stuart FellGroups News (Check the Interest Group web pages for updates)¶ indicates an item that was in the December on-line issue but is reprinted for the convenience of members whomay not have seen it.Art Appreciation ¶Members of the Art Appreciation Group enjoyed a selection of seasonal poetry and prose at theirDecember soirée. We shared readings from a range of poets and authors that included JohnBetjeman, T.S. Elliott, U.A. Fanthorpe and Pam Ayres.Contributions were both festive and funny and as the soirée was held on the same day as the U3AChristmas lunch some members had double helpings of festive cheer and goodwill!The Christmas lunch and soirée is now a favourite way for this group to launch the festive season.Pauline Boucher Groups News continues on page 9 ... Page 4 of 12
  • 5. Key to Meetings details:THIS TABLE SHOWS THE DAY of the month, time and frequency using the first two lettersof the day, followed by numbers 1 - 5 to represent the week number. The final letter M (or F, Wor 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 butwith Variable finish times.The main Mansfield and District U3A meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month(except for August and December) at the Oakham Suite, 155 Nottingham Road, Mansfield from 10am - 12.30 pm.Interest Group Meetings Meeting Places Leader/ContactArt Appreciation Mo1, 2.00 - 4.00 M Baptist Church, Pauline Boucher Rosemary St. 01623 644798Next Meetings: 4th Feb. – Later in the 15th century & Peter Paul Rubens; 4th March – Into the1500s & Children Picture Books with Molly PollittNext Visit: 29th April – Tea & talk at ThoresbyBeginners Bridge Mo, Various Enviro Centre, Derby Maxine Rose/Glenis(With Ashfield U3A) 6.30 - 9.00 Rd College, Carr Mansfield 01623 459081/627735Next Meetings: 21st January; 4th February; 4th &18th March(Also Acol sessions at the Mechanics Institute – Th, 10 - 12.30 W)Bowls Th, 1.30 - 3.30 W Lammas Centre, Don Wright Sutton-in-Ashfield 01623 628946Next Meetings: January 10th, 17th, 24th & 31st; February 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th; March 7thChat and Stitch Mo3, 2.00 - 4.00 M St Johns Centre, Doreen Storer Mansfield 01623 407731Next Meetings: 21st January; 18th February; 18th March; 15th AprilCurrent Affairs Tu2, 2.00 - 4.00 M § St Johns Centre, Norma Shillinglaw St Johns Street, 01623 466934§ NB New venue MansfieldNext Meetings: February 12th; March 12th; April 9thDigital World Fri 2 & 4, 2.00 - 4.00 Stanton Hill Baptist David Ling 2/M Church, Albert Street, 01623 822994 SkegbyNext Meetings: 11th January – Refreshing basic settings; 25th January – Thoresby photo compFamily History Tu4, 10.00 - 12.00 M St Johns Centre, Max Clarke Mansfield 01623 621744Next Meeting: TBAAll 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. Page 5 of 12
  • 6. Interest Group Meetings Meeting Places Leader/ContactFilm Studies* We1, 1.30 - V M Joys home Joy Crowe 01623 645400Next Meetings: 6th February; 4th March; 1st AprilGarden Visits During the Summer Various Marion Thornton 01623 651528Next Visit: TBAGardening Tu1, 10.00 - 12.00 M St Peters Centre, Avril McGee Mansfield 01623 452688Next Meeting: 5th March 2013 – Don Witton: Ten Top GardensHolidays Various TBA Margaret Burlinson(Home & Abroad) 01623 632538Next holidays: 21st - 25th Jan. – Thoresby (See Terry Whitehead); 24th May - 3rd June – AroundBritain CruiseIntroduction to Various Stanton Hill Baptist Terry WhiteheadInternet use Church, Street, 01623 626991 SkegbyNext Meeting: Contact TerryLine Dancing Th2, 2.00 - 4.00 M St Lawrence Church Carole Justice Hall, Pecks Hill, 01623 491809 MansfieldNext meetings: January 10th. No meeting in February. March 14thLocal History Fri1, 10.00 - 12.00 M The Rushley Inn, Bob & Sue Longden Nottingham Road 01623 486903 MansfieldNext Meetings: No meeting in January. February 1st – Jennie Roberts: Myths & LegendsLuncheon Club Th after 3rd Tu, Various David Ling 12.00 - 2.00 M 01623 822994Next Meetings: January 17th – 281, Mansfield; February 21st – Lambs at the Market, Mansfield;March 21st – TBA Music GroupsClassical Music 1* Th2, 2.00 - 4.00 M Members homes Alan & Marlene Radford 01623 427934Next Meetings: 14th February – Chopin with Peter; 14th March – Donizetti with TBAClassical Music 2 Mo4, 2.00 - 4.00 M Members homes Peter Hart 01623 620940Next Meetings: 18th January – Violin and Cello with Peter Hart; 25th February – Borodin &Mussorsky with Sheila; 25th March – Saint Saens & Fauré with Marie Page 6 of 12
  • 7. Interest Group Meetings Meeting Places Leader/ContactMusic 2* Mo4, 2.00 - 4.30 M Members homes Eric Prescott 01623 631160Next Meeting: TBAPopular Music Tu4, 2.00 - 4.00 M St Johns School, Peter HaynesAppreciation Mansfield 01623 610886Next Meetings: January 22nd; February 26th; March 26thPudding Club* Tu1, 4.00 - 6.00 M Members homes Sylvia Slack 01623 633981Next Meetings: February 5th at Janets; March 5th at Sylvias; April 2nd at JanetsReading 1* Th3, 2.00 - 4.00 M Peter Dawsons home Peter Dawson 01623 882191Next Meetings: 17th January; 21st February; 21st MarchReading 2 Tu3, 2.00 - 4.00 M Ravenshead Library Joan Hufton 01623 557448Next Meetings: 15th January; 19th February; 19th MarchScience & Technical Tu1, 1.30 - 3.30 M Stanton Hill Baptist Ian Boucher Church, Albert St. 01623 644798 SkegbyNext Meeting: 5th January – Satellite Communications with Ian Boucher; March 5th – EmbeddedSystems with Dr. David MarplesNext visit: TBAScrabble Mo2, 2.00 - 4 .00 M Brenda Thurkettles Brenda Thurkettle home 01623 628136Next Meetings: 14th January; 11th February; 11th MarchSinging for Fun Th V West Notts College, June Fell Derby Rd. Mansfield 01623 623547Next Meetings: January 10th & 24th; February 7th & 21st; March 7th & 21stNext Concerts: TBATai Chi Mo, 9.30 - 10.30 W St Johns Centre, Cliff Laycock Mansfield 01623 481985Next Meetings: Jan. 14th, 21st & 28th; Feb. 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th; March 4th, 11th, 18th & 25thTheatre Visits Various Various Sheila Whalley 01623 453908Next Visits: Wed.17th April – Blood Brothers. (Matinee at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham.)Sun. 10th March – Me and My Girl. (Matinee at the Palace Theatre, Mansfield) ATTORNEY: "Is your appearance here this morning pursuant to a deposition notice I sent?" WITNESS: "No, this is how I dress when I go to work". Page 7 of 12
  • 8. Interest Group Meetings Meeting Places Leader/Contact Walking GroupsHikers Th1 & Mo3, 9.30 - V Tesco car park, off Peter Thurkettle(all-day, 6 - 8 miles) 2/M Oak Tree Lane 01623 628136Next Meetings: Mon. 21st Jan. – Glapwell / Hills Town; Thurs. 7th Feb. – Whaley & UpperLangwith Valleys; Mon. 18th Feb. – Lathkill Dale; Thurs. 7th March – Roche AbbeyStrollers We2, 10.30 - V M Various Barbara Massey /(a leisurely 2 miles) Marion Thornton 01623 628357 / 01623 651528Next Meetings: 13th February – Brierley Forest Park; 13th March – Sherwood ForestWalkers We4, 10.30 – V M Various Joy & Nick Crowe(an easy 4 - 5 miles) 01623 645400Next Meetings: 23rd January – Linby and Papplewick; 27th March – Teversal to Brierley ForestWine Appreciation We3, 7.30 - V M Members homes Mike Allen2* 01623 653345Next Meetings: Jan. 23rd – Taste of France Dinner; Feb. 20th – Gewurztraminers from 4 countriesWine Appreciation Tu4, 7.30 - V M Members homes Graham Allin3* 01623 473662Next Meetings: Jan. 29th – N.Z Red with Ian & Pauline; Feb. 26th – Chardonnay with Graham &EileenWriting for Pleasure* Mo2, 2.00 - 4.00 M The Stanhope Centre Sue Ford / Hilary (Bridge St. Methodist Miller 01623 Church), Mansfield. 844286 / 620067Next Meetings: 14th January; 11th FebruaryBook TableTHE FINAL book stall of the year (no book stall in December) collected a reasonable amount forfunds: £45.10.I have kept a check on the amounts raised and for 2012 we managed to raise £458.75 that didntneed to come from subscriptions. Now, as each book is STILL ONLY 40p, buy 5 books with yourshare of the money you have just saved.Looking forward to another enjoyable reading experience.Lilian Whitehead.______________________________________________________________________________New Members’ Follow-up MeetingTHE NEW members’ follow-up meeting will be held on Friday February 22nd at TheRushley, Nottingham Road from 10.30 am until 12.00 noon. A warm welcome isextended to all new members who have joined Mansfield U3A since September 2012 tomeet committee members and group leaders informally, and for you to comment aboutyour membership. Refreshments will be provided, so please join us if you can.Avril McGee (01623 452688) Page 8 of 12
  • 9. Groups News (Cont. from page 4)Digital World ¶OUR last meeting of the year, on 23rd November, proved to be one of the most successful, withseveral new members coming along for the first time. Informality ruled, as usual, with a fascinatinglook at a new members close-ups a highlight.We re-start after Christmas on 11th January with a review of camera settings and basic editing withPicasa so that newcomers to the group dont feel lost and will be reviewing entries to the ThoresbyHoliday photo competition on the 25th. Do come along to Stanton Hill Baptist Church at 2.00 on any2nd or 4th Friday if youd like to join in and share tips about making the most of your camera.David LingTheatre Visits ¶ • Sun. 10th March: Me and My Girl – Palace Theatre, matinee, £9 tickets to be paid for at the February meeting. (A 5-hour parking ticket is available from the theatre for £2.) • Wed. 20th March at 2.30: FREE talk and tour of the Palace Theatre Mansfield; limited numbers; put your name on the list. • Wed. 17th April: Blood Brothers – Theatre Royal, Nottingham, matinee, £24 payment no later than the 1st of February. • Wed 15th May PM: The Mouse Trap – Theatre Royal, Nottingham, £24.30 payment no later than 19th February.For your information, the ODEON cinema does live satellite transmissions of opera etc. (LaBoheme Tues. 15th January.) Contact the cinema for further details.(Mothering Sunday is on Sunday the 10th of March the same day as the Palace show.)Sheila Whalley (01623 453908)Wine Appreciation 2 ¶AS THE YEAR comes to an end, the Wine Group tasted four Spanish white wines. Spain is wellknown for its red wines, especially Rioja, and sparkling Cava, but the white wine is far less-known orappreciated. Much of it has been poor in the past – local wine not drunk outside the locality.But in Rioja and the North West of Spain, white wines have begun to make a mark. They arefresh and fruity, to be drunk now rather than laid down. In addition, they are affordable.Our choice was from Asda, reduced from £6.68 to £5.00. Very affordable. ‘Tierras de la Reina’ isfrom the high plateau of Rueda, along the upper reaches of the Douro River and embodies the bestof the Verdejo grape. It was zesty, quite tart but the after taste was pleasant. A good wine to takeaway the richness of Christmas without being too acidic.Mike AllenFamily History Group ¶ITS ALMOST unique to find a report from the Family History Group in the newsletter – after all, a listof the baptisms in Mansfield Parish Church between the years 1790 and 1800 makes rather boringreading for most people.However, our last meeting held on November the 27th was a bit different. Instead ofmeeting at our usual venue, St. Johns Centre, we met at the Mansfield Library.Ralph Lloyd-Jones, the librarian in charge of the Local and Family History section of the library, wasthere to familiarise us with the many and varied collections, which are there for all to use. Hisenthusiasm in explaining the many books, maps, documents, micro-films and micro-fichesenthralled us for two hours ! Page 9 of 12
  • 10. He patiently explained how to use the computers to access our ancestry, and also how to use andprint the filmed material. Everyone, from the beginners to the experienced family historians, had avery useful morning.As one of our more experienced members said, "I can quite happily spend a week there now".Thanks to Mr. Lloyd-Jones for giving his time and experience with such enthusiasm.Max ClarkeLuncheon ClubWE ARE looking forward to welcoming the New Year on 17th January at 281 on Nottingham Rd,which many will remember as the Pine Lodge, although its been extensively refurbished by thenew owners and is already establishing an excellent reputation for its modern British cuisine andservice.Brian Harvey has negotiated a special menu costing £10 for two courses or £14.95 for three that willinclude pigeon & bacon salad, sea trout, vegetarian choices and desserts. (Some places stillavailable.)Then, on February 21st, Norma Shillinglaw is arranging a return to Lambs at the Market, one ofthe great successes of 2012, for a varied menu that will be priced at £10 for two courses and £15for three. Space is limited so get your name down soon or you may miss out.We hope to explore East European cuisine on March 21st so look out for details soon.David Ling Menus are on the website ...Robin Hood’ at Thoresby Riding SchoolFOURTEEN sane, cultured, intelligent members of Mansfield U3A went to the lovely little theatre inthe Thoresby Riding School on Friday December 7th at 7.30pm to see ‘Robin Hood’ performed byOddsocks. By 7.40, the group had changed into a cheering, jeering, laughing, booing, wavingrabble, along with the rest of the audience (all apparently as aged, intelligent, etc. as we were).We had to cheer the fresh-faced Robin Hood, jeer and hiss at the evil Sheriff (who demanded a ‘re-boo’ if the booing was not loud enough), wave at Friar Tuck, empathise with Maid Marion (especiallywhen her dress became undone), laugh at Little John on stilts (sometimes disguised ‘unnoticed’ asa female on stilts), warn the players of the Bear Behind Them and growl as convincingly andthreateningly, with appropriate paw-claw movements.And this was only the first set of ‘disguises’ the 5-strong group of actors assumed – Mitch the dim-witted miller, the slow soldiers (Norman by name), the nasty Bishop, the chained prisoner, the dozywife of the Sheriff, and so on. And they all sang and danced as well as declaimed, orated,hyperventilated, sneered and romanced.As for the story? Well, it mattered little, and I’m not sure that I understood what that little was all thetime. Suffice to say that it followed the ‘real Mansfield’ version of the legend (i.e. daft) with Robinhelping the slow-witted outlaws to regain their taxes (got a feeling there was a villain called‘Murdoch’ somewhere), rescue Maid M from the groping clutches of the Sheriff and overcome evil inall its forms (‘bashing the bishop’ was something they suggested doing).You know what I mean – a legend played to all the pantomimic possibilities, with all the additionallaughs caused by damage to players, props, scenery, words and polite sensibilities.Once again, Oddsocks provided superb entertainment to a packed and thoroughly appreciativehouse. This time, it wasn’t Shakespeare who suffered but a local legend. Why don’t you join the‘regulars’ for this treat to see who they will demolish next year?Mike Allen Page 10 of 12
  • 11. Help if you are unable to use a PIN card ¶ (Abbreviated; full article in December issue.)THE FACILITY to make card payments is such an integral part of daily life that most of us hardlyeven give it a conscious thought. “Insert your card please, and enter your PIN.” Yet many peopleare unable to use a PIN because they have issues with their mobility, dexterity, memory or sight.Chip and signature cards exist as the alternative for people who are unable to use a PIN – the cardsdon’t look any different to chip and PIN cards, but when inserted into a card terminal a signature isautomatically requested.Unfortunately, not everyone who would benefit from a chip and signature card is aware that theyexist.Feedback from consumer groups to the Payments Council’s Consumer Forum exposed concern atthe relatively low awareness of chip and signature cards and problems with acceptance. To addressthese concerns, the Payments Council has been working on a National Payments Plan projectthroughout 2012 to raise awareness of the cards among bank staff, retailers and consumers whomight benefit from them.The project found a widespread knowledge gap over how the cards work; for example, only threeout of nine user groups had heard of ‘chip and signature’, while only one attendee of the focusgroups knew about the card. Many shoppers described themselves as feeling embarrassed oranxious, often due to hold-ups caused by the retailer not being aware of how the card worked.What’s more, although all banks offer these cards and all retailers are obliged to accept them,nearly two thirds (63%) of the people that said they currently struggle with chip and PIN didn’t evenknow that an alternative existed.If you think you would benefit from a chip and signature card, or know someone who would, moreinformation on chip and signature is available in the form of a free advice guide. To order one, emailcommunique@paymentscouncil.org.uk or call the Payments Council’s public enquiries line on 0203217 8259U3A launches on-line courses ¶THE UNIVERSITY OF THE THIRD AGE is to launch a new programme of tutored online courses inJanuary with three history courses, on the Vikings, the decade before Queen Victoria and the FirstWorld War.They are designed for members who cannot easily travel to learning groups; and for those whowish to study at times of their own choosing rather than attend meetings at set times.The writers and on-line tutors are volunteers from among the U3As 293,733 members. Early thisyear U3A chairman Ian Searle called for volunteers to write and tutor courses; he now leads a groupof 24 well-qualified and committed people who are working on ideas for on-line courses, which areat various stages of development. Many have long experience of teaching or creating learningmaterials.U3A members wanting to study the courses will pay a small fee to cover administrative costs.Students will be given a password that will enable them to download the required course in eightweekly instruments. The first three courses will be launched in January, and are all on historysubjects. They will be: • Four Viking Women, written and taught by Val Bannister of Bridgwater U3A. • Just Before Victoria, by David Hopper of Thanet U3A. • The Great War, by Verne Hardingham of Rugby U3A.They will be followed as soon as possible by an economics course and a guide to researchmethods.For more details, log on to the U3A national website. Page 11 of 12
  • 12. Save old Specs.OVER the years Mansfield U3A members have collected many old spectacles and mobile phonesthat have been passed on to former Mansfield U3A member Richard White. These are collected byHucknall Rotary Club as part of their recycling project to help the needy in Africa.The spectacle frames are stripped down and cleaned by prisoners at one of Her Majesty’sestablishments and the lens are cleaned and graded by professional opticians – all on voluntarybasis.Any donated mobile phones are sold to raise funds for transport etc.This is a very worthwhile cause so start the New Year right. When you are doing your springcleaning and are turning out your drawers – please gather up unwanted spectacles and mobilesand hand them over to me.I promise you they will go a good home!Rita Turner_______________________________________________________________________________________Speakers CornerTHE JANUARY meeting is traditionally when members share their interests with us all and show-offtheir skills so we welcome this years volunteers: • Michael Morton: A life with a paintbrush • Mary Lewis: Florence Nightingale and Statistics • Sheila Whalley: Costumes • John Gilding: Piano and sing-along_______________________________________________________________________________________Dates for your diary (Check the website for more information and updates.)Fri. 22nd Feb.: NEW MEMBERS MEETING at the Rushley, 10.00 amSat. 23rd Feb.: ANNUAL QUIZ NIGHT at Queen Elizabeth’s Academy. (See page 3)______________________________________________________________________________Event and Visit PaymentsMEMBERS are reminded that deposits and payments for events and visits organised by MansfieldU3A 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 youve changed youraddress, phone number or email since joining Mansfield U3A so that she can update our records.______________________________________________________________________________DisclaimerTHE VIEWS expressed here are those of the contributors, only, and do not necessarily reflect thoseof the editor, the committee of Mansfield U3A or the Third Age Trust. Nor can any responsibility beaccepted for errors that may occur.______________________________________________________________________________Next IssuePLEASE SEND contributions for the February issue to mansfieldu3a@aol.com, or in typescript tothe editor, as soon as you can and by 1st February at the latest. Thanks!______________________________________________________________________________Editor: David Ling (01623 822994) Printed by: Portland Print (www.portlandprint.org.uk/) Page 12 of 12