Mansfield U3A Newsletter: April 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. …

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 U3A Newsletter Theatre Visit report: Page 4 _____________________________ Established 1999 HMRC Charity Registration No.: XT30525 April 2013 Website: www.mansfield-u3a.org.uk Noticeboard: http://mansfieldu3a.blogspot.com Page 1 of 12
  • 2. Welcome from your chairmanI DON’T THINK that there is much doubt that U3A has taken over from the virtually-defunct AdultEducation sector in the local colleges and LEAs as the leading provider of education (in its widestsense) for adults.It’s true that the colleges still run courses, but they seem to be increasingly ‘functional’, geared tosubjects that will help the students with a career. Moreover, most are decorated by a range ofqualifications – not something most retired people want any more to do with. In addition, there is acost, an ever-increasing cost, to each course as Government funding for education is cut.In the nooks and crannies of the colleges and in the WEA classes, there are still islands of the widereducation that people want. We want further education, we want to keep our minds and bodiesactive, we want more to do as our lives lengthen. We are the first generation (and, perhaps, the last)to have the time and, usually, sufficient money to allow us to develop new interests and diversions,to create ‘pastimes’ that do not merely pass the time, but enhance it.We need this wider education, need it to help prevent that ever-so-easy slide into doleful old age. Imust admit that, at times, I get annoyed with the emphasis placed on ‘activity’ in old age – thebungee-jumping great-grandmother and the desert-trekking eighty-year-old. All well and fine forthem, but I do like the warmth of my house and I do have too many unread books piled up on thetable to envy them their excitement.The point is, though, we all need the spur of achieving something to give us fulfilment in our lives,whether the achievement is physical, intellectual or social. And this is where U3A succeeds. Ourneeds are met in one organisation, not many; they are met with one cost (the subscription), notmany; there are no exams, merely pride in achieving something better each time we practice; thereis a social dimension to every group. The best U3As will satisfy the needs of their members,spurring them on.There is a risk – complacency, the feeling that we have achieved what we want. Not only a personalcomplacency that will prevent us from seeking new interests, but a group complacency that willprevent a U3A from changing and developing itself.I have idly looked at the websites of some of the East Midlands U3As today, and have admired thebreadth of their ‘education’ – the groups that cover all possible (and some impossible) subjects. Itwould do us all good to look at those sites in order to disabuse ourselves of the idea that we have‘got it cracked’. We haven’t, and although we have done many good things, there are still manyothers to do.Mike Allen______________________________________________________________________________In this issue Page 2 Chairmans Welcome. Page 3 Coffee Morning. U3A on TV. Holiday Updates. Book Table. Members Contribution: Loneliness ... Page 4 ... Loneliness. Recent Events: Backstage at The Palace Pages 5 - 8 Groups Meeting Programme. Page 9 Groups News: Popular Music Appreciation; Art; Bowls; Digital World. Page 10 Groups News: Theatre Visits; Yoga; Luncheon Club ... Page 11 Groups News: ... Luncheon Club; Heart Start. Members Contribution: Keep Safe. Page 12 Speakers Corner. Dates for your diary. Notices. Page 2 of 12
  • 3. Coffee MorningJUST another reminder about this annual event: • Most important of all is the change of date from last year – 10th MAY. • It is upstairs at the Towers from 10am - 12noon and the tickets are £2, which includes a cup of coffee. (Lift available.) • This is our main fund-raising event of the year and we all have a good time. • Whilst having a cuppa and chat with friends, you can also visit the many stalls, which will include tombola, raffle, a fun game, cake and plant stalls. • DONATIONS for the tombola and raffle are needed and can be given to any Social Committee member. On the day, bring any plants and cakes that can also be sold.REMEMBER: ALL the proceeds go into funds and help keep our low subscriptions. Tickets will beon sale at the April meeting or pay on the door.Karen Troop.______________________________________________________________________________U3A on TVMEMBERS who have looked at the home page of the national website will know that they areadvertising a programme about U3A called Life in the Third Age, to be broadcast on theCommunity Channel on 13th April at 8.30pm and 18th April at 11pm. (Sky 539, Virgin Media 233,Freeview 87 and BBC iPlayer.)David Ling______________________________________________________________________________Holiday UpdatesAround Britain Cruise – 24th May - 3rd JuneAnother reminder about the meeting on the 4th May at the Junction restaurant in Sutton in Ashfieldwhen questions can be asked and hopefully answered. I shall be able to tell you the time ofdeparture from Mansfield and the time we will be expected home.Tenby – 1st - 5th JulyYou can collect your itineraries and luggage labels from me at the May meeting. I think you willagree It will be too late waiting until June.Thursford Christmas Spectacular – 4th, 5th & 6th DecemberAll deposits should be in by the April meeting please. There are just 5 of you left to pay the £10.Cheques to be paid to Mansfield & District U3A.Margaret Burlinson Details of all holidays are on the website ...________________________________________________________________________________________Book TableMarch was not as good as February but better than January. We raised £41.41 making the total forthe first three months this year £118.07.Carry on buying please, it keeps YOUR annual subs down.Lilian Whitehead._______________________________________________________________________________________Socialising keeps you youngLONELINESS can increase the risk of dementia but those who live alone are not more at risk if theyhave an active social life, according to a study published in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgeryand Psychiatry that suggests that loneliness may affect cognition and memory as a result of loss ofregular use, or that loneliness could itself be a sign of emerging dementia – perhaps as abehavioural reaction to impaired cognition. Page 3 of 12
  • 4. Dutch researchers tracked the long-term health of more than 2,000 elderly people with no signs ofdementia who were living independently for three years. Around one in 10 had developed dementiaafter three years compared with one in 20 who lived with others. When it came to those who saidthey felt lonely, more than twice as many had developed dementia after three years compared withthose who did not.The authors of the report said: "The fact that feeling lonely rather than being alone was associatedwith dementia onset suggests that it is not the objective situation, but, rather, the perceived absenceof social attachments that increases the risk of cognitative decline".So U3A membership may be doing you good as well as providing opportunities for fun andcontinued learning!A members contribution_______________________________________________________________________________________Recent EventsBackstage at the PalaceMEMBERS enjoyed a backstage visit to the Palace Theatre on 20th March, organised by SheilaWhalley.We were shown behind the scenes by Education manager Chris Neale and our tour includedrehearsal rooms, dressing rooms and a look behind the wings backstage. We were also able towatch the technical staff, lighting and sound engineers, preparing the theatre for a performance thatevening.Later, over coffee, Chris gave us a history of the theatre and one member found a photograph of hisgrandmother who once worked there. Chris also gave an update on some future productions,including two he will be directing.Thanks to Sheila for organising an unusual and interesting afternoon.Ian Boucher More photos here ... 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 U3A meetings are on the 3rd Tuesday of each month (except Augustand 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 Lane Linda Spray Methodist Church, 01623 795176 MansfieldNext Meetings: April 17th; May 15th; June 19thArt Appreciation Mo1, 2.00 - 4.00 M Baptist Church, Pauline Boucher Rosemary St. 01623 644798 MansfieldNext Meeting: 29th April – Tea & talk at ThoresbyNext Visit: Wed. 29th May – Walker Art Gallery LiverpoolBeginners Bridge Mo, Various Enviro Centre, Maxine Rose/Glenis(With Ashfield U3A) 6.30 - 9.00 Derby Rd College, Carr Mansfield 01623 459081/627735Next Meetings: 22nd April; 13th May(Also Acol sessions at the Mechanics Institute – Th, 10 - 12.30 W)Board Games Mo F, 6.30 The Rushley Inn, Linda Leivers Nottingham Road, 01623 471963 MansfieldNext Meetings: 15th & 29th April; 13th & 27th MayBowls Th, 1.30 - 3.30 W Mansfield Bowls Don Wright Club, 01623 628946 Chesterfield RoadNext Meetings: 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th May & 6th June with coachingCaravan & Mhome Various TBA Terry LammasRally 01623 471963Inaugural Meeting: Fri. 31st May to 2nd June – Skellingthorpe, nr Doddington Hall, LincolnshireChat and Stitch Mo3, 2.00 - 4.00 M St Johns Centre, Doreen Storer Mansfield 01623 407731Next Meetings: 15th April; 20th MayAll 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 Place Leader/ContactCurrent Affairs Tu2, 2.00 - 4.00 M St Johns Centre, Norma Shillinglaw Mansfield 01623 466934Next Meetings: April 9th; May 14th; June 10thDigital World Fri 2 & 4, 2.00 - 4.00 Stanton Hill Baptist David Ling 2/M Church, Skegby 01623 822994Next Meetings: 12th April – Review of Sharp submissions & intro. to RAW; 26th April – Simple RAWprocessing; 10th May – Review of The Sun submissions; 24th May – Treasure Hunt at Vicar WaterFamily History Tu4, 10.00 - 12.00 M St Johns Centre, Max Clarke Mansfield 01623 621744Next Meetings: 23rd April – Birth Certificates; 28th May – TBAFilm Studies * We1, 1.30 - V M Joys home Joy Crowe 01623 645400Next Meetings: 1st May; 5th JuneGarden Visits During the Summer Various Marion Thornton 01623 651528Next Visits: 17th May – Burton Agnes Hall; 19th July – Trentham Gardens and Wollerton Old HallGardening Tu1, 10.00 - 12.00 M St Peters Centre, Avril McGee Mansfield 01623 452688Next Meetings: 7th May – Janette Merilion: Birds, Butterflies & Bees; 4th June – Outing toDoddington HallHeartstart Th3, 1.00 - 3.00 William Kaye Hall, Linda Leivers Ladybrook Lane 01623 471963Next Meetings: 18th April*; 18th May*; 13th June*; 18th July*; 22nd August; 19th SeptemberHolidays Various TBA Margaret Burlinson(Home & Abroad) 01623 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 Leivers 01623 471963Inaugural Meeting: TBALocal History Fri1, 10.00 - 12.00 M The Rushley Inn, Bob & Sue Longden Nottingham Road 01623 486903Next Meetings: 3rd May – Members Meeting; 7th June – Local Railways with Bob LongdenNext visit: 5th July – Severn Valley Railway (Joint trip with Sci-Tech)Luncheon Club Th after 3rd Tu, Various David Ling 12.00 - 2.00 M 01623 822994Next Meetings: April 18th – Mansfield Manor; May 23rd – The Countryman, Kirkby in Ashfield Page 6 of 12
  • 7. Interest Group Meetings Meeting Place Leader/Contact Music GroupsClassical Music 1 * Th2, 2.00 - 4.00 M Members homes Alan & Marlene Radford 01623 427934Next Meetings: 11th April – Berlioz with Marlene & Alan; 9th May – Tchaikovsky with RuthClassical Music 2 Mo4, 2.00 - 4.00 M Members homes Peter Hart 01623 620940Next Meetings: 22nd April – Free choice with Mary; 20th May – Waltzes & Marches with PeterCrabbeConcert Visits (New) Various Royal Concert Hall, David Ling(With Southwell U3A) Nottingham 01623 822994Inaugural Meeting: 2nd May - 7:30pm – The Hallé (Rachmaninov and Berlioz)Music 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: April 23rd; May 28th; June 25thPudding Club * Tu1, 4.00 - 6.00 M Members homes Sylvia Slack 01623 633981Next Meetings: May 7th at Sylvias; June 25th at Sylvias; No meeting in JulyReading 1 * Th3, 2.00 - 4.00 M Peter Dawsons home Peter Dawson 01623 882191Next Meetings: 21st March; 18th April; 16th May; 20th JuneReading 2 Tu3, 2.00 - 4.00 M Ravenshead Library Joan Hufton 01623 557488Next Meetings: 21st May; 18th JuneScience & Technical Tu1, 1.30 - 3.30 M Stanton Hill Baptist Ian Boucher Church, Albert St. 01623 644798 SkegbyNext Meetings: 7th May – Origins of Weather Forecasting with Graham Allin; 7th July – Linux, adeeper understanding with Dr David Marples, 6pm at Mansfield Library.Next visits: 4th June – Pleasley Colliery Museum; 5th July – Severn Valley Railway (Joint trip withLocal History)Scrabble * Mo2, 2.00 - 4 .00 M Brenda Thurkettles Brenda Thurkettle home 01623 628136Next Meetings: 13th May; 10th June Page 7 of 12
  • 8. Interest Group Meetings Meeting Place Leader/ContactSinging for Fun Th V West Notts College, June Fell Derby Rd. Mansfield 01623 623547Next Meetings: Tues April 16th & Thurs April 25th; May 2nd,16th & 30thNext Concert: Monday 29th April – Mansfield Musical Festival, 7.00pmTai Chi Mo, 9.30 - 10.30 W St Johns Centre, Cliff Laycock Mansfield 01623 481985Next Meetings: April15th, 22nd & 29th; May 6th, 13th 20th & 27thTheatre Visits Various Various Sheila Whalley 01623 453908Wed. 17th April – Blood Brothers. (Matinee at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham.)Sat. 11th May – Birmingham Royal Ballet. (Matinee at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham.)Wed. 15th May – The Mouse Trap. (Evening at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham.) 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. 15th April – Ilam / Manifold / Wetton; Thurs. 2nd May – Tissington / FennyBentley; Mon. 20th May – Bradgate & Charnwood: Thurs. 6th June – Kiveton ParkStrollers We2, 10.30 - V M Various Barbara Massey /(a leisurely 2 miles) Marion Thornton 01623 628357 / 01623 651528Next Meetings: 10th April – Vicar Water; 8th May – Rufford Abbey; 12th June – Portland Pk. KirkbyWalkers We4, 10.30 – V M Various Joy & Nick Crowe(an easy 4 - 5 miles) 01623 645400Next Meetings: 24th April – Sansom Woods &Papplewick; 22nd May – Vicar Water & Tall PinesWine Appreciation We3, 7.30 - V M Members homes Mike Allen2* 01623 653345Next Meetings: April 17th – Macon-Villages with K/NS; May 15th – Shiraz with J/MFWine Appreciation Tu4, 7.30 - V M Members homes Graham Allin3* 01623 473662Next Meetings: Apr 23 – Port with Jill; May 28 – Sauvignon Blanc with ColinWriting for Pleasure * Mo2, 2.00 - 4.00 M The Stanhope Centre Sue Ford / Hilary (Bridge St. Methodist Miller 01623 Church), Mansfield. 844286 / 620067Next Meetings: 13th May; 10th June; 8th JulyYoga We, 1.00 - 3.00 W Bridge Street Linda Leivers Methodist Church 01623 471963Next Meetings: April10th, 17th & 24th; May 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th; June 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th Page 8 of 12
  • 9. Groups News (Check the Interest Group web pages for updates)Popular Music AppreciationWE HAD our musical lunch at the Carnarvon Arms on Tuesday March 26th. It was enjoyedvery much by everyone. Good food, very good company.The musical quiz was won by Brenda Cartledge and Sandra Evans.Peter HaynesBowlsOUTDOOR Bowls commence Thursday May 9th, 1.30pm to 3.30pm, and every Thursday untilclosing of the Green, at the Mansfield Bowling Club, Chesterfield Road, Mansfield.I suggest members arrive 1.00pm to 1.15pm to register, collect bowls (if required) and meetthe coaches.Please contact me if you have any questions or for further information.Don Wright (01623 628946)ArtOUR NEW Art group, tutored by member Michael Morton, a retired, professional illustrator whopresented some of his art work to the members meeting in January, met for the first time onWednesday 20th of March at the Big Barn Lane, Methodist Church Hall.There were 16 attendees, so space for several more. If you havent already signed up,please join us and have fun with sketch pads and pencils. Can you draw a pen-and-inkbrassica or insect?Thats our homework for next month, when youll need a kitchen or workshop tool to draw too.Linda LeiversDigital WorldARCTIC weather in Skegby forced a late change of venue for our 22nd March meeting to TheRushley, where we welcomed several new members, including some from Hucknall U3A, anddiscussed topics some members wanted to explore in the next few months, in addition tohelping everyone to take better snaps on holiday. Specifically: 1. Several new members offered to help us to learn more about enhancements with our recently-acquired Photoshop Elements 11 than weve been able to so far. 2. Several shoot in RAW in order to have greater editing flexibility than is possible working with JPGs and offered to explain why this format has advantages in difficult lighting conditions and when the need for heavy cropping can be foreseen. 3. There was enthusiasm too for restoration of our monthly themes, which hadnt attracted many entries recently, and for the idea of some photographic treasure hunts during the summer. We agreed that Sharp would be the theme for entries wed discuss on 12th April. (The next theme will be The Sun, to be submitted as email attachments to me by 5th May please, for discussion on the 10th.) 4. We will hold our first treasure hunt at Vicar Water Country Park at 2pm on 24th May and will welcome anyone whod like to find and photograph 12 subjects and submit their efforts by email to me by 2nd June so that we can discuss them on the 14th.Do come along to Stanton Hill Baptist Church at 2.00 on any 2nd or 4th Friday if youd like to joinin and share tips about making the most of your camera, however simple or complex it is, or learnhow simple photo editing anyone can do can turn snaps into something to be proud of.David Ling Page 9 of 12
  • 10. Theatre VisitsTHE LONDON MUSICAL – BILLY ELLIOTT, 11TH & 12TH JUNEMargaret Burlinson has taken over the organisation of this break to help me out and asks me toremind the 38 going on this break that the company would be grateful to receive your balances by17th April. Please remember to bring your cheque books as she will need to post them after theApril meeting on the 16th. Cheques to be paid to Mansfield & District U3A.She has added £1 for the drivers gratuity, so the complicated balances are as follows: • 6 singles inc. supplement = £155. • 4 singles inc. supplement minus musical = £125.50. • 1 couple minus musical = £90.50. • The rest - 26 people = £120. (You should know who you are, but ring Margaret if you are confused.)Those 30 people who will be eating at Porters in Covent garden can add the £5 deposit to yourcheque. Margaret has already paid this deposit because we could not risk tables being taken.We have to pre-order so I shall show you a menu in May from which you can choose your 2courses. You can then also collect from me: your itinerary, coach plan & your luggage labels, whichMargaret will have prepared by then.Sheila Whalley (01623 453908)YOGAOUR NEW yoga group got off to a deferred start on 27thof March with a good crowd of enthusiastic members whonow meet every week to learn from Sarah Hollis, whohas been qualified and teaching yoga for over 6years.She is very understanding and can modify her lessontime to suit those who may be more comfortable onchairs.It is not too late to join, so contact me, if you missedthe list at the last meeting, although we are limited toa maximum of 20 for safety reasons. The cost is£4.00 to cover rent and Sarahs fee.Linda Leivers/Jackie Ling (01623 822994)Luncheon ClubMARCH at Ania in Sherwood, Nottingham, introduced members to Polish cuisine and we nowunderstand why its had rave reviews. Well done and thanks to Maisie Hammond for finding it andfor making arrangements, and to Ania and her son for opening specially and making us sowelcome. Several diners told me how pleasantly surprised they were to find that Polish cuisine isactually lightly spiced and more-delicate than theyd anticipated.On April 18th, well try another new venue, the extensively refurbished Mansfield Manor, to seewhat changes the new owners have brought to the Portland-Hotel-that-was of infamy. Recentreviews have been excellent and Reg and Barbara Dixon are confident that this will be anotherworthy addition to Mansfields dining scene. The menu theyve chosen certainly looks excellent andhas something to suit everyone, priced at just £10 for two courses or £13 for three. Page 10 of 12
  • 11. And for our third exploration in a row, Sheila Whalley will be taking us to The Countryman at Kirkbyin Ashfield, which has also had major refurbishment to bring a more modern feel to this traditional,family-owned country pub, which is establishing a fine reputation for food, service and ambience.Dishes will be priced individually from £9.00 for 2 courses (min) to £16.45 for three (max).Bookings are open today.David Ling Menus are on the website ...HeartstartTHE TREMENDOUS and very welcome support for this first-aid training programme, organised andfunded by the British Heart Foundation, has meant that the first four courses at William Kaye Hall,Ladybrook Lane, are now fully booked.We still have vacancies for Thursday 22nd August (1.00 - 3.00) and Thursday 19th September(10.00 - 12.00) though so let me know if youd like to take part.Linda Leivers_______________________________________________________________________________________Keep SafeAS WE progress into 2013, I want to thank you for your educational e-mails over the past year. I amtotally screwed-up now and have little chance of recovery. I can no longer open a bathroom door without using a paper towel, nor let the waitress put lemon slices in my ice water without worrying about the bacteria on the lemon peel. I cant sit down on a hotel bedspread because I can only imagine what has happened on it since it was last washed. I have trouble shaking hands with someone who has been driving because the number one pastime while driving alone is picking ones nose. Eating a little snack sends me on a guilt trip because I can only imagine how many gallons of trans fats I have consumed over the years. I cant touch any womans handbag for fear she has placed it on the floor of a public toilet. I must send my special thanks for the email about rat poo in the glue on envelopes because I now have to use a wet sponge with every envelope that needs sealing. ALSO, now I have to scrub the top of every can I open for the same reason. I cant have a drink in a bar because I fear Ill wake up in a bathtub full of ice with my kidneys gone. I cant eat food from a take-away because their chickens are actually horrible mutant freaks with no eyes, feet or feathers. I cant use cancer-causing deodorants even though I smell like a water buffalo on a hot day. Thanks to you I have learned that my prayers only get answered if I forward an e-mail to seven of my friends and make a wish within five minutes. Because of your concern I no longer drink Coca Cola because it can remove toilet stains. I no longer buy fuel without taking someone along to watch the car, so a serial killer doesnt crawl in my back seat when Im filling up. I no longer use Cling Wrap in the microwave because it causes seven different types of cancer. And thanks for letting me know I cant boil a cup of water in the microwave any more because it will blow up in my face, disfiguring me for life. I dont go to the cinema because I could sit on a needle infected with AIDS. I dont go to shopping centres because someone will drug me with a perfume sample and rob me.And I no longer answer the phone because someone will ask me to dial a number for which I will geta huge phone bill with calls to Jamaica, Uganda, Singapore and Uzbekistan.A members contribution Page 11 of 12
  • 12. _______________________________________________________________________________________Speakers CornerOUR SPEAKER today is Anita Young who will talk about Ladies in History, The Dickens Fellowship.Anita will appear in splendid period costume to entertain us with the portrayal of several Dickenscharacters.She will take us back in time with amusing stories of Mrs. Gaskill and readings of George Elliott.Marilyn Dibble_______________________________________________________________________________________Dates for your diary (Check the website for more information and updates.)Fri. 10th May: ANNUAL COFFEE MORNING at The Towers, 10.00 - 12.00. £2 inc coffee. See p.3.Details & tickets from Jean Hinds (414393) or Karen Troop (633404).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 May issue to mansfieldu3a@aol.com, or in typescript to theeditor, as soon as you can and by 1st May at the latest. Thanks!______________________________________________________________________________Editor: David Ling (01623 822994) Printed by: Portland Print (www.portlandprint.org.uk/) Page 12 of 12