Mansfield U3A Newsletter, May 2013

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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.
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  • 1. Mansfield and District U3ANewsletterChairmans Welcome: Page 2_____________________________Established 1999HMRC Charity Registration No.: XT30525May 2013Website: www.mansfield-u3a.org.ukNoticeboard: http://mansfieldu3a.blogspot.comPage 1 of 12
  • 2. Welcome from your chairmanREFLECTING on Anita Young’s excellent talk last month, I was drawn to the thought that we sorarely listen nowadays to a speaker together as a group or with any great concentration. For anhour we sat in the hall, listening to her selections from Dickens, Mrs Gaskell and George Eliot, readwith verve and enthusiasm, with drama and accent. The women came alive for that while and wewere drawn into their characters (or, rather, the characters that the writers had given them).But how often do we listen as a group or carefully? In the past, books were read aloud – JaneAusten talks of this happening after dinner – a piano played, then the reading of a book, improvingor not, while others listened or embroidered. Dickens went on lecture tours in England and Americawhen he read from his novels in sold-out halls to thousands of avid listeners. Politicians drew largeaudiences for their speeches; poets declaimed their works to a paying public.Before television, families sat round the radio together, listening to music, to comedians and even tothe ‘Brains Trust’ (whose popularity now seems difficult to understand). Television once did sharethat to some extent – families watching the early soaps and comics together, but now we have setsin different parts of the house, more channels than we know what to do with and the internet, socialmedia and programmes on stream to make individual viewing a certain choice.Of course we go to concerts – the excitement and tension of live music always seems moreworthwhile than the perfection of CDs. Theatres and cinemas draw crowds for a shared experiencethat cannot be matched on the radio or television.Yet we seem to have lost the art of gregarious and companionable listening to speech. Some poetryis read; literary festivals occur when writers talk and read their works, but all to a lesser extent thanonce happened.Perhaps U3As should revive the experience – creating a group prepared to read favourite piecesaloud, to act out episodes from novels, to dramatise poems to anyone who might want to listen. Ihope it would reach a wider audience, however, than just those confined in care homes, unable toescape!And, from a purely personal point of view, the provision of comfortable seats would be a necessity.Nothing so destroys pleasure as uncomfortable chairs; the discomfort of the classroom, of churchpews and seats, the strict rows of lecture rooms – all have contributed to our misery in the past.Perhaps it is just a dream, but I thank Anita Young for encouraging that dream!Mike Allen______________________________________________________________________________In this issuePage 2 Chairmans Welcome.Page 3 Holiday Updates. Book Table. Recent Events: Singing for Fun at MansfieldMusic FestivalPage 4 Groups News: Hikers faced with snow and ice.Pages 5 - 8 Groups Meeting Programme.Page 9 Groups News: Theatre Visits; Luncheon Club.Page 10 Groups News: Local History; Digital World. Reflections from theCommittee Table.Page 11 Thoresby 2014. Members Contribution: Philosophy.Page 12 Obituaries: June Haywood & Win Hewitt. Speakers Corner. Dates foryour diary. Notices.Page 2 of 12
  • 3. Holiday UpdatesAround Britain Cruise – 24th May - 3rd JuneLast minute reminders: remember to put your passports & e-tickets in your hand luggage and bringwith you your insurance details. At the time of writing this, not all of us have received informationabout the shore excursions, luggage labels or our cruise tickets. If they still have not come throughto you because you are sharing a cabin please ring me. I hope to see all of you at least 15 minutesbefore our departure time (7am) in Bay 1 at the new Mansfield Bus Station on the 24th June. I wishyou all an enjoyable and trouble-free holiday.Tenby – 1st - 5th JulyItineraries, luggage labels & coach plans will be ready to pick up from my table at the May meeting.Please read about the optional excursions available on your free day. Because I have to-pre booksome of them, I will need to know by the June meeting what you decide to do on that day. It will becheaper if there are enough people to call a group for each option, but remember these areoptional.If you decide to explore Tenby on that day, may I remind you to bring your National Trust cards ifyou are interested in a property called Tudor Merchants House.Thursford Christmas Spectacular – 4th, 5th & 6th DecemberThe balances, which have to be paid by the September meeting, are: singles £194pp & thosesharing £169pp. These prices include the drivers gratuity. If my knee replacement goes to plan I willnot be at the July meeting but Janet Harford has agreed to cover for me. Cheques payable toMansfield & District U3A. These cheques will not be handed over to the treasurer until the thirdweek in September, which is after the Mansfield meeting, so there should be no problem if youwould like to pay from June onwards. Do remember there is no meeting in August.Margaret Burlinson Details of all holidays are on the website ...________________________________________________________________________________________Book TableIF YOU still have last month’s Newsletter you will see we raised £41.41. I have to report a drop insales for April as we only received £41.40! The total for the first four months this year was £159.47.Thanks to all concerned, especially my helpers.Lilian Whitehead._______________________________________________________________________________________Recent EventsSinging for Fun at Mansfield Music FestivalA BIG thank you from Suzy to all choir members for working so hard before our public performanceon 29th April – learning your music & words by heart.She is pleased that we got 85 points & some very good comments from the Adjudicator. We did wellwith the John Rutter version of All Things Bright & Beautiful. I was thrilled that the Anthem fromChess turned out so well. Personally Id had great difficulty learning the words, & reaching thosevery high notes but apparently it came over very well.Suzy certainly stretches us & I know its good for our brains. Well done everybody, "keep singing".We have been asked to sing again at Kirkby in the Summer, date to be announced.Thank you for your help.June FellPS: Thanks too to Gordon Howlett, whose excellent photo of the choir is on the website.Page 3 of 12
  • 4. Groups News (Check the Interest Group web pages for updates)HikersAn Alternative WalkIT TAKES more than the coldest winter on record toput off our intrepid Hiking Group who walk twice amonth throughout the year.That said we were very pleased last Monday, the15th April, to have a bright sunny day with atemperature of 15°C for our local walk from AnnesleyChurch.However, this walk was not the intended walk on ourprogramme which had had to be changed due toconsiderable amounts of snow still lying in the PeakDistrict rendering the intended route with too high adegree of danger; after all we’ve nothing to prove asmost of us have previously taken on these challengesin our more headstrong days of youth!Starting from an area near to the Church weproceeded through Annesley Cutting turning leftpassing the old cottages and along the track towardsthe level-crossing gates of the Robin Hood line. This track took us into Kirkby Forest beforeemerging into a more open area having ponds and the occasional Industrial units and where wetook our first ‘drink’ stop. Unlike the peaks of Derbyshire this part of Nottinghamshire is very flat andso with a ‘spring in our step’ we eventually continued along a southerly path towards the village ofLinby.As we walk it has to be said that, apart from taking in the scenery and discussing the flora andfauna, the conversations between our hikers varies considerably, from the topics of the day tosubjects of a philosophical nature to sharing one another’s health problems to the price of fuel ... thesubjects are endless.Before reaching Linby we found a sunny spot by a pond that provided a very tranquil area to haveour ‘lunch’ stop. We are always well prepared for this as all our walks extend into the afternoon. Wequickly realised that we were not alone as it became evident that the area was an ideal habitat forthe young frogs that appeared all around us.Walking on through Linby we eventually turned north which took us back in the direction ofNewstead Abbey but first we had to negotiate a wood and a farm-yard before reaching the Abbeyroad that was originally created to transport the gentry from Newstead Abbey to the railway station.It wasn’t long before we joined the roadway back from Newstead village to Annesley and eventuallyto a welcome drink at the Badger Box.Covering a radius of approximately 40 miles around Mansfield, our U3A Hiking Group is so welllocated to take advantage of the hills of Derbyshire and Staffordshire, the flatter lands andsometimes rolling hills of Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire.Within our ‘territory’ and in May, we have a walk planned to the beautiful area of Bradgate Park andthe Charnwood Forest in Leicestershire – who said retirement was boring!Pete Thurkettle 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 letters of theday, 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 withVariable finish times.The main Mansfield and District U3Ameetings are on the 3rd Tuesday of each month (exceptAugustand December) at the Oakham Suite, 155 Nottingham Road, Mansfield from 10 am - 12.30 pm.Interest Group Meetings Meeting Places Leader/ContactArt We3, 10 -12 M Big Barn LaneMethodist Church,MansfieldLinda Spray01623 795176Next Meetings: June 19th; July 17thArt Appreciation Mo1, 2.00 - 4.00 M Baptist Church,Rosemary St.MansfieldPauline Boucher01623 644798Next Visit: Wed. 29th May – Walker Art Gallery LiverpoolBeginners Bridge(With Ashfield U3A)Mo, Various6.30 - 9.00Enviro Centre,Derby Rd College,MansfieldMaxine Rose/GlenisCarr01623 459081/627735Next Meetings: 3rd June; 17th June(Also Acol sessions at the Mechanics Institute – Th, 10 - 12.30 W)Board Games Mo F, 6.30 The Rushley Inn,Nottingham Road,MansfieldLinda Leivers01623 471963Next Meetings: 27th May; 10th & 24th JuneBowls Th, 1.30 - 3.30 W Mansfield BowlsClub,Chesterfield RoadDon Wright01623 628946Next Meetings: 23rd, 30th May & 6th June with coachingCaravan & MhomeRallyVarious TBA Terry Lammas01623 471963Inaugural Meeting: Fri. 31st May to 2nd June – Skellingthorpe, nr Doddington Hall, LincolnshireChat and Stitch Mo3, 2.00 - 4.00 M St Johns Centre,MansfieldDoreen Storer01623 407731Next Meetings: 20th May; 17th JuneAll members are invited to contact the relevant Group Leader if they would like to participate in anyinterest group or attend an event. NB: * indicates a waiting list.Page 5 of 12
  • 6. Interest Group Meetings Meeting Place Leader/ContactCurrent Affairs Tu2, 2.00 - 4.00 M St Johns Centre,MansfieldNorma Shillinglaw01623 466934Next Meetings: June 11th; July 10thDigital World Fri 2 & 4, 2.00 - 4.002/MStanton Hill BaptistChurch, SkegbyDavid Ling01623 822994Next Meetings: 24th May – Treasure Hunt at Vicar Water; 14th June – Review of Treasure HuntentriesFamily History Tu4, 10.00 - 12.00 M St Johns Centre,MansfieldMax Clarke01623 621744Next Meetings: 28th May – TBAFilm Studies * We1, 1.30 - V M Joys home Joy Crowe01623 645400Next Meetings: 5th June; 3rd JulyGarden Visits During the Summer Various Marion Thornton01623 651528Next Visits: 17th May – Burton Agnes Hall; 19th July – Trentham Gardens and Wollerton Old HallGardening Tu1, 10.00 - 12.00 M St Peters Centre,MansfieldAvril McGee01623 452688Next Meetings: 4th June – Outing to Doddington HallHeartstart Th3, 1.00 - 3.00 William Kaye Hall,Ladybrook LaneLinda Leivers01623 471963Next Meetings: 13th June*; 18th July*; 22nd August; 19th SeptemberHolidays(Home & Abroad)Various TBA Margaret Burlinson01623 632538Next holidays: 24th May - 3rd June – Around Britain Cruise; 1st - 5th July – Tenby;4th, 5th & 6th December – Thursford Christmas SpectacularKeep Fit (New) TBA TBA Linda Leivers01623 471963Inaugural Meeting: TBALocal History Fri1, 10.00 - 12.00 M Bridge Street *Methodist Church* NB New VenueBob & Sue Longden01623 486903Next Meetings: 7th June – Local Railways with Bob LongdenNext visit: 5th July – Severn Valley Railway (Joint trip with Sci-Tech)Luncheon Club Th after 3rd Tu,12.00 - 2.00 MVarious David Ling01623 822994Next Meetings: May 23rd – Countryman, Kirkby in Ash.; June 20th – refined at West Notts Coll.Page 6 of 12
  • 7. Interest Group Meetings Meeting Place Leader/ContactMusic GroupsClassical Music 1 * Th2, 2.00 - 4.00 M Members homes Alan & MarleneRadford01623 427934Next Meetings: 10th June – Delius with Marlene & Alan; 11th July – Your favourite musicClassical Music 2 Mo4, 2.00 - 4.00 M Members homes Peter Hart01623 620940Next Meetings: 20th May – Waltzes & Marches with Peter Crabbe; 24th June – OverturesConcert Visits (New)(With Southwell U3A)Various Royal Concert Hall,NottinghamDavid Ling01623 822994Next Meeting: TBAMusic 2 * Mo4, 2.00 - 4.30 M Members homes Eric Prescott01623 631160Next Meeting: TBAPopular MusicAppreciation *Tu4, 2.00 - 4.00 M St Johns School,MansfieldPeter Haynes01623 610886Next Meetings: May 28th; June 25th; July 23rdPudding Club * Tu1, 4.00 - 6.00 M Members homes Sylvia Slack01623 633981Next Meetings: June 25th at Sylvias; No meeting in JulyReading 1 * Th3, 2.00 - 4.00 M Peter Dawsons home Peter Dawson01623 882191Next Meetings: 20th June; 18th JulyReading 2 Tu3, 2.00 - 4.00 M Ravenshead Library Joan Hufton01623 557488Next Meetings: 18th June; 16th JulyScience & Technical Tu1, 1.30 - 3.30 M Stanton Hill BaptistChurch, SkegbyIan Boucher01623 644798Next Meetings: 7th July – Linux, with Dr David Marples (6pm at Mansfield Library)Next visits: 4th June – Pleasley Colliery Mus; 5th July – Severn Valley Rly (With Local History)Scrabble * Mo2, 2.00 - 4 .00 M Brenda ThurkettleshomeBrenda Thurkettle01623 628136Next Meetings: 10th June; 8th JulySinging for Fun Th V West Notts College,Derby Rd. MansfieldJune Fell01623 623547Next Meetings: May 30th; June 13th & 17thPage 7 of 12
  • 8. Interest Group Meetings Meeting Place Leader/ContactTai Chi Mo, 9.30 - 10.30 W St Johns Centre,MansfieldCliff Laycock01623 481985Next Meetings: 20th & 27th; June 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24thTheatre Visits Various Various Sheila Whalley01623 453908Wed. 15th May – The Mouse Trap. (Evening at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham.)Wed. 5th June – High Society. (Matinee at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham.)Tues./Wed. 11th/12th June – Billy Elliot. (Evening at the Victoria Palace Theatre, London.)Walking GroupsHikers(all-day, 6 - 8 miles)Th1 & Mo3, 9.30 - V2/MTesco car park, offOak Tree LanePeter Thurkettle01623 628136Next Meetings: Mon. 20th May – Bradgate & Charnwood: Thurs. 6th June – Kiveton Park;Mon.17th June – Taddington & the Dales; Thurs. 4th July – Hickling / Colston BassettShufflers(short & gentle)V Lunchtimes Various Sylvia Slack01623 633981Next Meeting: TBAStrollers(a leisurely 2 miles)We2, 10.30 - V M Various Barbara Massey /Marion Thornton01623 628357 /01623 651528Next Meetings: 12th June – Portland Pk. Kirkby; 10th July – Pleasley Pit TrailWalkers(an easy 4 - 5 miles)We4, 10.30 – V M Various Joy & Nick Crowe01623 645400Next Meetings: 22nd May – Vicar Water & Tall Pines; 26th June – Teversal GrangeWine Appreciation2*We3, 7.30 - V M Members homes Mike Allen01623 653345Next Meetings: June 19th – Macon-Blanc Villages with K/NSWine Appreciation3*Tu4, 7.30 - V M Members homes Graham Allin01623 473662Next Meetings: May 28th – Sauvignon Blanc with Colin; June 25th – New Countries with RonWriting for Pleasure * Mo2, 2.00 - 4.00 M The Stanhope Centre(Bridge St. MethodistChurch), Mansfield.Sue Ford / HilaryMiller 01623844286 / 620067Next Meetings: 13th May; 10th June; 8th JulyYoga We, 1.00 - 3.00 W Bridge StreetMethodist ChurchLinda Leivers01623 471963Next Meetings: May 15th, 22nd & 29th; June 5th, 12th, 19th & 26thPage 8 of 12
  • 9. Groups News (cont. from page 4)Theatre VisitsTHE LONDON MUSICAL – BILLY ELLIOT, 11TH & 12TH JUNEPlease be in Bay 1 at the new Mansfield bus station 15 minutes before our 9am departure, to allowthe driver time to load our luggage. For those going to see Billy Elliot, I shall be giving out yourtheatre tickets on the coach. Remember for those eating in Covent Garden, we shall be assemblingat 4.45pm at Porters restaurant so please dont get lost because we are due to eat at 5pm!Whatever youve chosen to do in London, I hope you have a wonderful time.Margaret Burlinson/Sheila Whalley (01623 453908)Luncheon ClubAPRIL at Mansfield Manor gave members a chance to see what changes the new owners havebrought to the Portland-Hotel-that-was and the progress they had made towards becoming anotherworthy addition to Mansfields fine-dining scene. The menu promised well and the service wasfaultless so the prospects look good, although members thought some dishes needed furtherdevelopment.May 23rd will see us exploring The Countryman at Kirkby in Ashfield, which has also had majorrefurbishment to bring a more modern feel to this traditional, family-owned country pub. SheilaWhalley has chosen an attractive menu with dishes priced individually from £9.00 for 2 courses(min) to £16.45 for three (max). Most tastes will be catered for with several vegetarian options.Garlic mushrooms, home-made pie and death by chocolate have caught my eye!Then, on 20th June, Mike Allen has arranged for us to have a foretaste of the future by visiting thenew West Notts College training restaurant refined, where students refine the cooking and serviceskills theyve been taught by contact with real customers. I gather from Mikes review that were infor a treat at a bargain price:refined reviewWest Notts College has had an excellent reputation over the years for producing good chefs /cooks and good food, and now has opened its new restaurant ‘refined’ (trendily lower-case) inthe just-completed extension – that oddly shaped building alongside the Nottingham Road.You can park under the building, though how many spaces will be available, I don’t know, andget a lift to the main floor. Or go through the main entrance and past the Beauty Salon, thecomputer rooms to the bar / reception where your ‘greeter’ passes you over to your waiter andyou enter the restaurant itself.The room is high, with jagged windows on the road side and a vast south-facing window. Thetables and chairs are conventional bistro-style; tables for 6 or 8, set reasonably well apart on thewood floor. All fine for lunch, but perhaps too bare and cold a design for dinner, although I believethat plants and couches are to be added to soften the décor.Don’t forget that this is a training restaurant, so the service may well be a bit erratic, although it isalways enthusiastic and polite. The food though was good when I went – a choice of three dishesper course, all freshly cooked – though not necessarily ‘fine dining’.The cost? £4.50 for just a main course, £5.95 for 2 courses or 3 for £7.50. The equivalent of apub meal, but freshly cooked, not microwaved, and with fresh ingredients, in pleasantsurroundings with eager, if stuttering, service.Mike AllenBookings are open today.David Ling Menus are on the website ...Page 9 of 12
  • 10. Local HistoryTHE GROUP met for the first time at Bridge Street Methodist Church in May. The room was good,with more space than the Rushley, and we had a lively meeting.• Graham Allin talked and showed pics of Skegby,• David Ling read out a very interesting email from a school History Club near Lincoln, NA,• Ian Boucher briefed us about Sci-Techs visit to Pleasley Colliery Museum on 4th June,• Carole Justice spoke about the Chartist troubles in Mansfield, and• Jean Kirk gave a potted history of Forest Town.It was a very interesting meeting so well done to our speakers who again showed that the localknowledge of our group is excellent!Bob LongdenDigital WorldSUBMISSIONS for our recent Sharp and The Suntopics showed real imagination, with muchdiscussion about the editing technique used to givethe appearance of a kitchen knife cutting a glassbottle. * (See below.)We have also had our first real looks at RAW imagefiles and processing them with Photoshop Elementsto give better quality results when conditions arechallenging, such as when trying to photograph thesun. Its a pity that many cameras dont allow accessto RAW files as most people whove tried using themwant to keep doing so.Our next meeting, on 24th May, will take the form of a photographic treasure hunt at Vicar Waterso please come along with your camera if you fancy looking for 12 subjects, photographing themand submitting them for discussion at Skegby on 14th June (2.00 - 4.00).David Ling * None; the knife is resting in a slot cut into the bottle with a tile saw._______________________________________________________________________________________Reflections from the Committee TableI JOINED our hard working Committee in September 2012.I volunteered my services as I could see what a great and necessary job they did and wanted tohelp in any way that I could.What I didnt know was how welcome I would be made to feel and the friendship offered has beenexceptional.Four of us started on the same day and we all came to easy decisions as to our individual jobroles; mine was as Speaker Finder.I have really enjoyed the task of finding a variety of speakers on a range of topics.I know I cant please everyone all the time and it is difficult to know how a speaker will "comeacross", but I hope there is something for everyone over the course of the year.I have been on a U3A training workshop for Speaker Finders that was very useful.It is true that the more you put in the more you get out. I have had a very enjoyable first 8 monthsand look forward to many more.Marilyn Dibble - Speaker Finder.Page 10 of 12
  • 11. STOP PRESSAnnual Mansfield U3A Holiday Warners Thoresby Hall, Mon. 27th - Fri. 31st Jan. 2014Warners are not able to give a price for upgrade rooms at the moment but I have reserved standardrooms for 180 guests. The price per person is £220. I have been allowed just 12 singles at a price of£265. First come first served but by announcing singles at the meeting last month not many are left.If you want to come I need a cheque for £50pp made payable to Mansfield & District U3A. Any‘profit’ will be distributed via prize draws.So please write your name, address and email on the back of your cheque and note if you mightwant an upgrade so that I can let you know how much it will be in due course. At that stage you candecide if you do in fact require the upgrade. I also need you to specify twin/double and anywheelchair or easy access. If you know which room number you want, put that down as well.I will have a new email address soon but Thoresby2013@yahoo.com will become redundant veryshortly.Terry Whitehead_______________________________________________________________________________________Philosophy – a members contribution.A PROFESSOR stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When theclass began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill itwith golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.The professor then picked up a box of gravel and poured some into the jar. He shook the jar lightly.The gravel rolled into the open spaces between the golf balls. He then asked the students again ifthe jar was full. They agreed it was.The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled upeverything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous‘yes.’The professor then produced two beers from under the table and poured the entire contents into thejar effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.‘Now,’ said the professor as the laughter subsided, ‘I want you to recognize that this jar representsyour life. The golf balls are the important things – your family, your children, your health, your friendsand your favourite passions – and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your lifewould still be full. The gravel is the other things that matter, like your job, your house and your car.The sand is everything else – the small stuff.‘If you put the sand into the jar first,’ he continued, ‘there is no room for the gravel or the golf balls.The same goes for life.If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things thatare important to you.Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit grandchildren. Take your spouseout to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and mow the lawn.Take care of the golf balls first – the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is justsand.One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the beer represented. The professor smiledand said, ‘I’m glad you asked. The beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem,there’s always room for a couple of beers with a friend.Page 11 of 12
  • 12. _______________________________________________________________________________________June Haywood: It is with deep regret that we record Junes passing after a long illness. Thecommittal at Mansfield Crematorium on Friday 26th April was followed by a service of thanksgivingfor her life at Bridge Street Methodist Church. Also: Win Hewitt, on 24th April and also after a longillness. Her committal was at Mansfield Crematorium on Friday 3rd May._____________________________________________________________________________Speakers CornerOUR SPEAKER today is Dr. David Amos, an ex-coal-miner and a now much-acclaimed academicwho spent 24 years at Annesley Colliery up to 2000 before exploring further his great love of history.He will be tracing the birth of railways and canals in the East Midlands and is sure to make thismorning very interesting with his accounts of the local sights and stories of the area aroundCromford Canal and the Erewash Valley.Marilyn Dibble______________________________________________________________________________Dates for your diary (Check the website for more information and updates.).Tues. 2nd July: U3A East Midlands Regional Conference at Northampton Holiday Inn. £10. Seenoticeboard.Sun. 28th July: OPEN GARDEN at Sheila Whalleys home in aid of Air Ambulance. 1.00 - 5.00.Details & tickets from Jean Hinds (414393)._________________________________________________________________________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 members announcements or any errors that may occur.______________________________________________________________________________Next IssuePLEASE SEND contributions for the June issue to mansfieldu3a@aol.com, or in typescript to theeditor, as soon as you can and by 1st June at the latest. Thanks!______________________________________________________________________________Editor: David Ling (01623 822994) Printed by: Portland Print (www.portlandprint.org.uk/)Page 12 of 12