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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 the Garden Visits group at RHS Harlow Carr and a …

Mansfield and District U3A's monthly newsletter shows what members have been doing recently and what's planned. This edition includes reports on the Garden Visits group at RHS Harlow Carr and a holiday at Hayling Island.

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  • 1. Mansfield and District U3A Newsletter Garden Visits Group at RHS Harlow Carr: Page 3 _____________________________ Established 1999 HMRC Charity Registration No.: XT30525 July 2014 Website: www.mansfield-u3a.org.uk Noticeboard: http://mansfieldu3a.blogspot.com Page 1 of 12
  • 2. Welcome GOOD MORNING Everybody! Again I am having to write my 'Welcome' early as I am off on holiday and will not return until the 8th July, so would miss the printing of this newsletter. Well, dare I mention the World Cup, including the great finale of the match with Costa Rica? All football fans had great hopes, supermarkets were loaded with beers, lagers and flags etc. – prob- ably now at reduced prices! Did you know that in 1966 – the year we won – the Jules Rimet Trophy that was being competed for went missing. A dog called Pickles eventually found it under a hedgerow. And so on to Wimbledon, of which I am a great fan, and Henley Regatta, which started on 2nd July but I am sorry to miss this year as I will be in Norfolk walking a few miles (about 50 in all). I was interested to read that a radio programme was asking people to suggest what sounds epitomise our country. Here are just a few: a manual lawn-mower; a steam engine; the dawn chorus; peal of church bells, different English accents and dialects; music of morris dancers and brass bands. I am pleased to tell you that Mansfield and District U3A has now completed and sent to the National Office our 'Seconder' form to nominate Barbara Lewis as National Chairman for a further term of office. She has asked me to thank our U3A for their support and I will be attending, along with Pauline Boucher, the National Conference in Cirencester on 10th September for the AGM, which is only two days prior to our own AGM. It is the time of year now when nominations are to be completed for new Committee Members and forms to do this can be obtained from any Committee Member. Your nomination can be to stand as a general Committee Member, or for a specific role; I.E. Treasurer, Membership Secretary, etc. Also at the AGM, any proposed changes to the constitution will be put forward for members’ approval before submission to the Third Age Trust. A copy of the constitution can still be found on the notice board and any further suggestions will need to be taken forward to the August committee meeting prior to the AGM. I will close now, as I am off to see the new film of 'Jersey Boys' with friends and see how it compares with the show still running in London. Many of us remember some of the songs of course. Those were the days! We don't have a meeting next month but I hope to see you all at our Annual Picnic at Queen Eliza- beth's Academy on Tuesday 19th August (12.00 – 3.00). It's free but bring some eats to share, your own drinks and glasses and relax at this highlight of our year. Or bring some garden games and join in the fun Karen Troop and the social committee always arranges so successfully. Glenis Carr ______________________________________________________________________________ In this issue Page 2 Welcome. Page 3 Annual Subscriptions. Holiday Updates. Recent Events. (Garden Visit to Harlow Carr, start.) Page 4 Recent Events Cont. (Garden Visit to Harlow Carr, end; Holiday Group at Hayling Island, start). Pages 5 - 8 Interest Groups meetings diary. Page 9 Recent Events Cont. (Hayling Island, end; Theatre Visit to Pajama Game) Page 10 Recent Events Cont. (Sci-Tech visit to JCB). Groups News. (Art; start) Page 11 Groups News (Art; end; Digital World, Art Appreciation & Sci-Tech). Page 12 Dates for your diary, Book Table and Notices. Page 2 of 12
  • 3. Annual Subscriptions 2014/2015: Reminder OUR financial year ends on 31st July and annual subscriptions are due at the September AGM. Due to the generosity of our members in supporting our social events and the tax we have reclaimed via the Gift Aid Scheme, we are yet again delighted to offer our members a refund of £2 on this year’s subscriptions. Existing members will therefore only pay £15 for this year. (Associate members £11.50). Subscrip- tions to Mansfield U3A remain at £17 for the forthcoming year for new members. Payment can be made any time between now and the September meeting so please let me have your cheque when convenient, payable to Mansfield U3A. (Post-date to September if you wish.) Please remind any friends who wish to renew their membership but are unable to attend the monthly meetings to contact the treasurer or any committee member. Online Banking For those members who use internet banking, why not pay your subscriptions ONLINE this year? Full details available from the treasurer. Thanks. Pauline Boucher (Treasurer) ______________________________________________________________________________ Holiday Updates THE ALGARVE, PORTUGAL (18th - 25th Sept.) Please remember the pre-holiday meeting at the Junction (Cardinal) in Sutton in Ashfield at 11am. on Saturday 30th August. You will have the chance to ask any questions that may arise after reading the information in your packs so please collect them today. I also need to divide you into groups for the airport. It may be an idea to buy your Euros now as they are at a good rate at the time of my writing this contribution. THURSFORD (3rd - 5th Dec.) Since cheques will not be cashed until the end of September deadline, you may like to pay the £160 balance before then, especially if you know you will be away for either the August or September meeting. Cheques to be made out to Mansfield & District U3A. Again if you are interested, please add your name to my holiday waiting lists in case of a cancella- tion. (There were unfortunately two cancellations at the last minute for Hayling Island due to illness so three off the waiting list were able to fill the places and the persons involved did not lose any money.) Margaret Burlinson – 01623 632538, marburl@lineone.net THORESBY (Mon. 2nd Feb. to Fri. 6th, 2015.) This holiday is now fully-booked with a waiting list so please contact me ASAP if you want to come. Terry Whitehead – 01623 626991, 2015@whiteheaduk.plus.com Updates about all holidays are on the website … ________________________________________________________________________________________ Recent Events Garden Visits Group at Harlow Carr HARLOW CARR, near Harrogate, is the most northerly of the RHS plant trial gardens and was the discerning choice of the Garden Visits organisers Karen Troop and Janet Whitlam and what a gem it proved to be. The gardens cannot fail to delight and offer a diverse range of plants, colours and innovative land- scaping; something for every taste and size of garden. The outstanding features include Page 3 of 12
  • 4. wild-flower and woodland gardens, an alpine house and limestone outcrop, stream-side garden and the intense blue of the Meccanopsis is a lasting memory. The guides, for the full complement of U3A members who gathered early on Thursday, were Sheila Vickers and Col. Grey whose knowledge of the development of the gardens by many former head gardeners, including TV favourite Geoffrey Smith, added a reflective note as well as humour. A great day made more sumptuous by the delicious offerings in the famous Betty's Tearooms. Many thanks Karen and Janet from all of us. Jackie Ling PS: I was curious about the scented garden at Harlow Carr, created in the memory of Joan Lambert and I wanted to know more about her. The guides did not know much but the excel- lent team at the Lindley Library were able to discover the following: "The scented garden was created 1995/96 at the request of Mr Robert Lambert as a memorial to his late wife Joan, and was funded by a donation of £5,000 from Mr Lambert. "Joan Lambert loved visiting the Harlow Carr garden and had a particular interest in scented plants. However that seems to be the extent of her horticultural connection. She was not associated with the NHS (Northern Horticultural Society) in any official capacity and wasn't a trustee or on any of the committees that were in existence at that time." What a lovely way to be remembered! Jackie Ling More photos on the website ... ______________________________________________________________________________ Holiday Group at Hayling Island – 23rd/27th June ONCE AGAIN, Margaret Burlinson arranged a wonderful holiday that was enjoyed by a joint group of Mansfield and Sherwood U3A members as we were also blessed with fine weather throughout the holiday. On our arrival at the Warner's Holiday Village after a lunchtime stop in Oxford, we were pleasantly surprised to find a spectacular display of flowers in the reception area, which appeared to be a good omen. However, it was a little disappointing to discover that the village was very spread out with lots of on- going building work, but at least we found the chalets were clean and the quality of food and service in the restaurant was good. Our second day was a delightful visit to Chichester and Arundel Castle, both places well worth seeing. The view of Chichester Cathedral from the Bishop’s garden was a delight. Wednesday was for many the highlight of the week with lots to see and do. Portsmouth Historical Dockyard with the 'Mary Rose' in its new pavilion was the first destination for most of us. Apart from the remains of the 'Mary Rose' herself, the thousands of artefacts that have been preserved from the wreck were almost too much to take in. We also had plenty of time … Continued 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 letters of the day, followed by numbers 1 - 5 to represent the week number. The final letter M (or F, W or V) indic- ates 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 U3Ameetings are on the 3rd Tuesday of each month (exceptAugust 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 Afternoon Teas V, 3.00 - V Various Sheila Whalley 01623 453908 Next Meetings: Sat. Aug. 5th – Timmerman's Gdn Ctr, Woodborough; Wed. 4th Sept. – Saville's Antiques and Collectables * Tu 2, 10.00 – 12.00 M Stanhope Centre, Bridge Street, Mansfield Pat Blackwell 01623 481745 Next Meetings: TBA Art We3, 10.00 – 12.00 M Big Barn Lane Methodist Church, Mansfield Linda Spray 01623 795176 Next Meetings: July 16th – Outdoor Visit; August 20th; September 17th Art Appreciation Mo1, 2.00 - 4.00 M Stanhope Centre, Bridge Street, Mansfield Pauline Boucher 01623 644798 Next meetings: Friday 1st August – Joint outing to Cambridge with Sci-Tech; 4th August – Summer Soirée at Pauline's 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: TBA (Also Acol sessions at the Mechanics Institute – Thurs 10 - 12.30 W) Bowls Th, 1.30 – 3.30 W Mansfield Bowls Club: QE Academy Don Wright 01623 628946 Next Meetings: Outdoors season continues every week. All welcome, including beginners, but flat / bowls shoes must be worn. Caravan & M'home Rally Various Various Terry Lammas 01623 471963 Next Meetings: July 18th - 20th – Swinethorpe, nr Lincoln. See web site for details Page 5 of 12
  • 6. Interest Group Meetings Meeting Place Leader/Contact Chat and Stitch Mo3, 2.00 - 4.00 M St John's Centre, Mansfield Doreen Storer 01623 407731 Next Meetings: No Meetings in July or August. Current Affairs Tu2, 2.00 - 4.00 M St John's Centre, Mansfield Norma Shillinglaw 01623 466934 Next Meetings: No Meeting in August; September 9th Digital World Fri 2 & 4, 2.00 - 4.00 2/M Stanton Hill Baptist Church, Albert St. Skegby David Ling 01623 822994 Next Meetings: July 11th – Review of 'Rufford'; September 12th – Review of 'Holidays' Family History Tu4, 10.00 - 12.00 M St John's Centre, Mansfield Max Clarke 01623 621744 Next Meetings: July 22nd Film Studies * We1, 1.30 - V M Joy's home Joy Crowe 01623 645400 Next Meetings: Aug 6th Garden Visits During the Summer Various Janet Whitlam 01623 635607 Next Visit: TBA Gardening Tu1, 10.00 - 12.00 M St Peter's Centre, Mansfield Avril McGee 01623 452688 Next Meetings: Aug. 5th – Visit to local Garden Centre; Sept. 2nd – Harvest-time & Quiz Heartstart Various William Kaye Hall, Ladybrook Lane Linda Leivers 01623 471963 Next Meetings: July: Fri. 25th, 1.00-3.00pm; Aug: Thurs. 21st,1.00-3.00pm History Th 2, 2.00 – 4.00 William Kaye Hall, Ladybrook Lane Linda Spray 01623 795176 Next Meetings: August 14th Holidays (Home & Abroad) Various TBA Margaret Burlinson 01623 632538 Next holidays: Sept. 18th - 25th – Portugal; Tues. Dec. 3rd - Thurs. 5th – Thursford Xmas Spect.; 2015: Mon. Feb. 2nd - Fri. 6th – Thoresby Local History Fri1, 10.00 - 12.00 M Bridge Street Methodist Church Bob & Sue Longden 01623 486903 Next Meetings: No meeting in August; Sept 5th: Famous Local People (Members' Choice) Page 6 of 12
  • 7. Interest Group Meetings Meeting Place Leader/Contact Luncheon Club Th after 3rd Tu, 12.00 - 2.00 M Various David Ling 01623 822994 Next Meetings: July 17th – Crown, Rolleston; No lunch in Aug; Sept. 18th – Cockcliffe Hotel Movement to Music W 10.30 - 11.30 W St John's Church Hall Linda Leivers 01623 471963 Next Meetings: Weekly on Wednesdays. Cost £4.00 per session Music Groups Classical Music 2 Mo4, 2.00 - 4.00 M Members' homes Peter Hart 01623 620940 Next Meetings: July 28th – Female Composers at Peter H's; September 22nd – TBA Music 2 * Mo4, 2.00 - 4.30 M Members' homes Eric Prescott 01623 631160 Next Meeting: July 28th – TBA Popular Music Appreciation * Tu4, 2.00 - 4.00 M St John's School, Mansfield Peter Haynes 01623 610886 Next Meetings: July 22nd – TBA Pudding Club * Tu1, 4.00 - 6.00 M Members' homes Sylvia Slack 01623 633981 Next Meetings: August 5th – Janet's house Reading 1 Th3, 2.00 - 4.00 M Peter Dawson's home Peter Dawson 01623 882191 Next Meetings: July 17th Reading 2 Tu3, 2.00 - 4.00 M Ravenshead Library Joan Hufton 01623 557488 Next Meetings: July 15th Science & Technical Tu1, 2.00 - 4.00 M Stanton Hill Baptist Church, Skegby Ian Boucher 01623 644798 Next Meetings: Aug 5th – Visit to Cambridge Science Museum with Art Appreciation; Sept 2nd – How Satellites rule the World with Ian Boucher Scrabble * Mo2, 2.00 - 4 .00 M Brenda Thurkettle's home Brenda Thurkettle 01623 628136 Next Meetings: August 11th Singing for Fun TuV, 5.45 - 7.15 St Alban's Church, Forest Town June Fell 01623 623547 Next Meetings: July 8th & 22nd; August 19th (Overflow parking opposite.) Page 7 of 12
  • 8. Interest Group Meetings Meeting Place Leader/Contact Tai Chi Mo, 9.30 - 10.30 W St John's Centre, Mansfield Cliff Laycock 01623 481985 Next Meetings: Weekly on Mondays Theatre Visits Various Various Sheila Whalley 01623 453908 Next Shows: Tues. 15th July – Taming of The Shrew (meet Odeon 5pm)*; Sat. 27th Sept – Shrek 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. 21st July – Ambergate / Heage Windmill; Thurs. 7th Aug. – Ashford in the Water; Mon. 18th Aug. – Tissington Parish Round; Thurs. 4th Sept. – Shilito Woods; Mon. 15th Sept. – Longshaw Shufflers (short & gentle) V Lunchtimes Various Sylvia Slack 01623 633981 Next Meetings:Wed. July 30th (1.00pm) – Newstead Abbey Gates Strollers (a leisurely 2 miles) We2, 10.30 - V M Various Barbara Massey / Marion Thornton 01623 628357 / 01623 651528 Next Meetings: Aug. 13th – Teversal (VC Car Park) Sept. 10th – Hardwick (Inn Overflow Car Park) Walkers (an easy 4 - 5 miles) We4, 10.30 – V M Various Joy & Nick Crowe 01623 645400 Next Meetings: July 23rd – Linby / Newstead / Papplewick (5.5 miles, but flat); Aug.27th – Vicar Water Wine Appreciation 2 * We3, 7.30 - V M Members' homes Mike Allen 01623 653345 Next Meetings: July 16th – Majestic Wine Tasting (Starts at 6pm) Wine Appreciation 3 * Tu4, 7.30 - V M Members' homes Graham Allin 01623 473662 Next Meetings: July 22nd – Graves at Ron's; Aug. 26th – Medoc at Barry & Lynne's Writing for Pleasure * Mo2, 2.00 - 4.00 M Stanhope Centre, Bridge Street, Mansfield Sue Ford / Hilary Miller 01623 844286 / 620067 Next Meetings: August 11th Q: How do you know you're old enough to retire? A: Instead of lying about your age, you start bragging about it. Page 8 of 12
  • 9. Holiday Group at Hayling Island continued from page 4. … to visit HMS 'Victory' and HMS 'Warrior' before visiting the 'Spinnaker' tower, which gives wonderful views over the harbour. A few brave souls walked over the glass floor, with nothing beneath them but a long drop to the ground. Although Thursday was a free day, Peter, the coach driver took a party of us to Southsea, where some of us enjoyed the biggest and richest pieces of cake ever for lunch at the 10th Hole café. It was a short drive to the 'Bidet' museum (Sheila’s bit of fun), which actually turned out to be the D-Day museum. This was devoted to the D-Day landings and had on display the Overlord Tapestry, a modern version of the Bayeux Tapestry. Our holiday ended on Friday, with a stop in Winchester, where some of us toured the cathedral. Then it was the long ride home, made more tiring because of the hold-ups in the Friday afternoon traffic. Another good and rewarding U3A holiday; “Well Done” and thanks to Margaret – and especially to Sheila who plied us with hot and cold drinks on the coach! Max Clarke More photos on the website … Theatre Visits Group trip to see The Pajama Game in London FORTY-THREE U3A members had a great time on a trip to London where we stayed for one night at a good hotel near the British Museum. After checking into the hotel, some of us went to different parts of London but later we joined the rest of the group in Covent Garden. The weather was perfect, just right for spending the afternoon outdoors. There was such a lot going on: you could watch African acrobats in the piazza; listen to a girl singing opera arias while having a drink or just stroll around the market. Later we all enjoyed a meal before going to see ‘The Pajama Game’, a musical set in the USA in the 50’s. It was an excellent performance and I loved the dresses the women were wearing. The story was about a ‘Pajama’ [American spelling] factory where the union was trying to get a pay rise. Next day, after a good breakfast, we made our way to Hampton Court Palace. It was my first visit and I was surprised at all there was to see. In the Tudor side of the palace we caught a glimpse of Henry Vlll strolling by with a lady. The Tudor kitchens, Henry’s chapel and apartments and his banqueting hall were amazing. It was also interesting to find out about William lll and his wife Mary and walk through their apartments. They had a new palace built, which joins onto the old Tudor palace. There are both Tudor and Georgian courtyards and the view of the palace from the formal gardens is Georgian. There is a large walled garden on the way to one of the cafés. It has hundreds of old-fashioned roses filling the air with wonderful scents. On behalf of the rest of the group I would like to thank the hard-working people who organised this trip. Joy Crowe More photos on the website … Page 9 of 12
  • 10. Sci-Tech visit to JCB SIXTEEN members of the Sci-Tech group visited the JCB factory at Rochester near Ashbourne on 3rd June. After welcome refreshments, the party was split into two groups and taken by guides for a personal tour of the 'Story of JCB' exhibition. They then moved on to the assembly line of the world famous backhoe loader machine (most drivers have followed one of these at some time!). Here they saw the manufacturing process from the delivery of the sheet steel to the laser cutting, painting, assembly and finally the finished product. The JCB story is one of innovation, ambition and sheer hard work. From small beginnings in 1945, making agricultural tipping trailers with just 5 employees, they now have a global workforce of over 11,500. The company is still privately-owned by the Bamford family and they have 22 plants on 4 continents and over 750 dealers around the world. All this in just 68 years. A most enjoyable day for members of this group. Ian Boucher _____________________________________________________________________________ Groups News Art TEN MEMBERS met on 18th June. The theme was Summer, and a variety of work was produced with the usual banter and joviality. We are hoping to venture out next time to Rufford Park armed with folding chairs, sketch pads, paints, etc. This is a lovely time of year with bright light, glistening water, fluffy clouds and pretty scenery, so we hope to do it all justice with our interpretations. Meet 9.45 am in the Methodist church car park, then in convoy to Rufford. Plan B, if it's a bad day, is to stay at the church and work indoors as normally. Page 10 of 12
  • 11. We still have a few places available, so if you wish to join us, please come along and you will be made very welcome. Linda Spray Digital World OUR JUNE photographic walkabout at Rufford Park helped us admire anew the beauty of the lake and the abundant bird-life, which were both popular subjects for discus- sion at Stanton Hill Baptist Church at 2.00 on 11th July. Some had found opportunities outside the park too! This was our last meeting before the August break, when we'll all be in holiday mood and hopefully collecting interesting material to discuss when we reconvene on 12th September. David Ling (01623 822994) Art Appreciation/Sci-Tech visit to Cambridge – 1st August WE SHALL visit the Fitzwilliam Art Gallery while Sci-Tech members divert to the Whipple Science and Technical Museum. The coach leaves from Redfern's garage, off Debdale Lane in Mansfield Woodhouse, at 9.00am and returns from Cambridge at 5.00pm so we should be back around 7.00pm. There's plenty of free car parking at Redfern's. Pauline and Ian Boucher Luncheon Club OUR JUNE lunch, on 19th June, was hosted by Margaret Burlinson and Sheila Whalley, at The White Horse at Woolley Moor, where the food and service matched the delightful setting. (The proprietor opened especially for us during a very hectic week of refurbishments that saw a services trench across the car park filled only hours before we arrived!) Our July lunch, on the 17th will be the last before our summer break and will be at The Crown, Rolleston, a favourite country pub of Karen and John Troop's close to Southwell Racecourse and riverside walks. They have arranged an attractive menu offering 2 courses for £12.95 and 3 courses for £15.50. We don't lunch in August but Pauline and Ian Boucher will be the hosts at Cockcliffe Hall Hotel in Burntstump Country Park on 18th September where their selected fine-dining menu will cost £12.95 for 2 courses or £16.95 for 3. Please pre-book for either or both at the Lunch Club table or by email to dlpruk@aol.com. David Ling More photos on the website ... Page 11 of 12
  • 12. ______________________________________________________________________________ Book Table Report: June Sale of books in June raised £43.10. New members may not realise but the sale of books means your annual U3A subscription is around £2 less than it would be if the stall were not there. So why not turn up and get your summer holiday read at a bargain price (ALL books 40p) and keep YOUR subs low? Lilian Whitehead. ______________________________________________________________________________ Speakers' Corner WEARE delighted to welcome Linda Davey and look forward to some Tantalising Tea Tales about the history of tea, its cultivation and processing, and a little about the impact that tea has made on our lives, our history and culture. She's involved with the UK Tea Council and will be bringing a small display of items relating to tea. She will also demonstrate one of the 'blooming teas'. ______________________________________________________________________________ Dates for your diary (Check the website for more information and updates.) Tues. 15th July: EAST MID'S REGIONAL U3A CONF. & AGM at Trent College, Long Eaton. Tues.19th Aug: ANNUAL PICNIC at Queen Elizabeth's Academy 12.00 – 3.00. Free. But bring some eats to share, your own drinks and glasses, and any garden games we could play. Details from Karen Troop (633404) _____________________________________________________________________________ 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 August online-only issue to mansfieldu3a@aol.com, or in typescript, to the editor as soon as you can and by 1st August at the latest. Thanks! Editor: David Ling (01623 822994) Printed by: Portland Print (www.portlandprint.org.uk) Page 12 of 12