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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 a caravan and motorhome holiday in France and visits......

Mansfield and District U3A's monthly newsletter shows what members have been doing recently and what's planned. This edition includes reports on a caravan and motorhome holiday in France and visits to Easton Walled Garden and to see The Taming of the Shrew.

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  • 1. Mansfield and District U3A Newsletter Caravans and Motorhomes in France: Page 3 _____________________________ Established 1999 HMRC Charity Registration No.: XT30525 August 2014 Website: www.mansfield-u3a.org.uk Noticeboard: http://mansfieldu3a.blogspot.com Page 1 of 13
  • 2. Welcome HELLO EVERYBODY. As most of you know, apart from a very new members, there is no paper newsletter in August due to the picnic, which is on Tuesday, 19 August, commencing at 12 noon until around 3.00pm. Always a very enjoyable afternoon, especially if the sun is shining! Haven’t we had super weather in the last weeks too! It is lovely to sit on the patio in the balmy even- ings watching the sun sink slowly in the west. Having said that, can any of you remember when you had time to do nothing? We know the year is cracking on when the BBC Proms begin, which they have of course. There have also been successes in the Commonwealth Games and not forgetting Prince George’s 1st birthday – 3 lovely, natural photographs with the butterflies! I was very surprised, however, to see Christmas cards in the shops already! Many of us will have had at least one summer holiday, hopefully with more to come. If in England, we have to prepare for any type of weather and ensure jumpers and raincoats are somewhere in the packing! What a glut of lovely summer fruits this year – health giving and beneficial. But I was reading about the cherry. Apparently it is uncertain when the cultivated cherry arrived in England. It is thought the Romans introduced it in around 46 AD and planted it near their settlements. The term 'Cherry Ripe' was first used in a poem by Robert Herrick in the 17th Century – “Cherry ripe, ripe, ripe, I cry. Full and fair ones. Come and Buy”. The popular cherry has featured for picture postcards, part of a design on plates, dishes and in baskets. I read that two postcards had a light-hearted theme with cherries in the border. “If your face wants to Smile, LET IT! If it doesn’t, MAKE IT!” “If a body write a body, Getting no reply, May a body ask a body, Who the *, What the *, Why? Anyway, I think that is enough about Cherries! My last meeting as Chairman on Tuesday, 16th September, is the AGM. In addition this year changes to our constitution will be considered and members’ agreement to those changes will be sought. Have a fabulous picnic everyone and enjoy the rest of the Summer. Glenis Carr ______________________________________________________________________________ In this issue Page 2 Welcome. Page 3 Annual Subscriptions. Holiday Updates. Recent Events. (Caravans and Motorhomes in France, start.) Page 4 Recent Events Cont. (Caravans and Motorhomes in France, end; Art Appreciation and Sci-Tech visit to Cambridge.) Pages 5 - 8 Interest Groups meetings diary. Page 9 Recent Events Cont. (Theatre Visit to Taming of the Shrew.) Page 10 Recent Events Cont. (Gardening at Easton Walled Garden. Groups News. (ArtApprecia- tion; start.) Page 11 Groups News. (ArtAppreciation, end; Lunch Club,Afternoon Teas & Wine Group 3, start.) Page 12 Groups News. (Wine Group 3, end.) Member's Contribution. (Futurelearn & Openlearn.) Page 13 Dates for your diary and Notices. Page 2 of 13
  • 3. Annual Subscriptions 2014/2015: Reminder OUR financial year ended 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 so nobody lost 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 here ________________________________________________________________________________________ Recent Events Caravans and Motorhomes in France IT OCCURRED to me that whilst away for the month the group of us have touched many aspects relating to groups already existing in Mansfield U3A. As you would imagine we walked, hiked, strolled and shuffled along many glorious beaches, old fortifications and market squares; on our visits to the Loire Valley we covered Antiques and Collect- Page 3 of 13
  • 4. ables, Art and Art Appreciation; just to see the Tapestry of the Apocalypse in Angers Château that covers all of those. There were many other instances, the paintings of Leonardo da Vinci in Amboise displayed on voile and hung in the trees to catch the sunlight, was yet another. Science and Technology would have been proud of us we played with and climbed on the working recreations of da Vinci’s inventions in the Clos D’Luce. Garden visits and gardening merged on many occasions. Luncheon club would be astonished by the number of times we ate 'fruit de mer.' Pudding club could have gathered recipes from our restaurant menus and the many patisseries we sampled. Wine Appreciation got a great deal of attention from our enthusiastic if undiscerning palates. The most significant event brought Family History, History and Current Affairs together on the same day when we were at the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings in Normandy . We saw all nationalities celebrating together, old veterans proudly wearing medals, pipe bands, and brass bands. The RAF memorial flight overhead, paratroopers landing just yards away. Floral trib- utes and fireworks side by side. Needless to say we will be going again in 2015. Linda Leivers More photos here ________________________________________________________________________________________ Art Appreciation and Sci-Tech Groups visit to Cambridge BRILLIANT summer sunshine greeted our explorers of Cambridge on 1st August and stayed with us throughout the day – up to the moment we disembarked from the coach on our return to Mans- field, when the heavens opened. The arty types were in heaven as the Fitzwilliam Art Gallery has a world-class collection; the teccies had a guided tour of the intimate Whipple Museum of the History of Science, where many memories were rekindled by displays of slide rules and 'early' calculators that many remembered from their school days; others explored this beautiful city on foot or or a sightseeing bus. Ian and Pauline Boucher had arranged another 'Grand Day Out' and fully deserved the warm applause of their grateful charges. David Ling Photo here Page 4 of 13
  • 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: Wed. 4th Sept. – Saville Restaurant (Rufford Park) - £15 for 2. Must book at table Antiques and Collectables * Tu 2, 10.00 – 12.00 M Stanhope Centre, Bridge Street, Mansfield Pat Blackwell 01623 481745 Next Meetings: Sept 9th - Bowls – any type or material Art We3, 10.00 – 12.00 M Big Barn Lane Methodist Church, Mansfield Linda Spray 01623 795176 Next Meetings: August 20th; September 17th; October 15th Art Appreciation Mo1, 2.00 - 4.00 M Stanhope Centre, Bridge Street, Mansfield Pauline Boucher 01623 644798 Next meetings: September 1st – British Artists (cont.) on DVD 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: TBA Page 5 of 13
  • 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: September 16th; October 21st; November 18th Current Affairs Tu2, 2.00 - 4.00 M St John's Centre, Mansfield Norma Shillinglaw 01623 466934 Next Meetings: September 9th; October 14th; November 11th Digital World Fri 2 & 4, 2.00 - 4.00 2/M Stanton Hill Baptist Church, Albert St. Skegby David Ling 01623 822994 Next Meetings: September 12th – Review of 'Holidays' Family History Tu4, 10.00 - 12.00 M St John's Centre, Mansfield Max Clarke 01623 621744 Next Meetings: September 23rd Film Studies * We1, 1.30 - V M Joy's home Joy Crowe 01623 645400 Next Meetings: September 3rd 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: Sept. 2nd – Harvest-time & Quiz; Oct. 7th – Gail & John Summerfield Heartstart Various William Kaye Hall, Ladybrook Lane Linda Leivers 01623 471963 Next Meetings: TBA History Th 2, 2.00 – 4.00 William Kaye Hall, Ladybrook Lane Linda Spray 01623 795176 Next Meetings: September 11th Holidays (Home & Abroad) Various TBA Margaret Burlinson 01623 632538 Next holidays: Sept. 18th - 25th – Portugal (Meet Sat 3oth Aug at The Junction 11-12 am; 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: Sept 5th: Famous Local People (Members' Choice) Page 6 of 13
  • 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: Sept. 18th – Cockcliffe Hotel; Oct. 23rd – Denby Lodge, Denby Village 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: Sept. 22nd – Preludes and Introductions with Marie; Oct. 27th – Brahms & Liszt with Sheila Music 2 * Mo4, 2.00 - 4.30 M Members' homes Eric Prescott 01623 631160 Next Meeting: Sept 22nd – TBA Popular Music Appreciation * Tu4, 2.00 - 4.00 M St John's School, Mansfield Peter Haynes 01623 610886 Next Meetings: Sept 23rd – TBA Pudding Club * Tu1, 4.00 - 6.00 M Members' homes Sylvia Slack 01623 633981 Next Meetings: September – No Meeting; Oct 7th – Sylvia's; Nov 4th - Janet's Reading 1 Th3, 2.00 - 4.00 M Peter Dawson's home Peter Dawson 01623 882191 Next Meetings: Sept 18th Reading 2 Tu3, 2.00 - 4.00 M Ravenshead Library Joan Hufton 01623 557488 Next Meetings: Sept 16th Science & Technical Tu1, 2.00 - 4.00 M Stanton Hill Baptist Church, Skegby Ian Boucher 01623 644798 Next Meetings: 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: Sept 8th; Oct 13th Singing for Fun TuV, 5.45 - 7.15 St Alban's Church, Forest Town June Fell 01623 623547 Next Meetings: Aug. 19th; Sept 2nd, 16th & 28th – Concert at St Alban's (pm) Page 7 of 13
  • 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: Sat. 27th Sept. – Shrek; Thurs. 2nd & Sat. 4th Oct. – The Great Gatsby Ballet; Wed. 8th Oct. – Calamity Jane; Sun. 25th Oct. – Festival of Remembrance 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. 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: TBA Strollers (a leisurely 2 miles) We2, 10.30 - V M Various Barbara Massey / Marion Thornton 01623 628357 / 01623 651528 Next Meetings: Sept. 10th – Hardwick (Inn Overflow Car Park); Oct 8th – Thoresby Park Walkers (an easy 4 - 5 miles) We4, 10.30 – V M Various Joy & Nick Crowe 01623 645400 Next Meetings: Aug 27th – Vicar Water (car park); Sept 24th – The Carrs Wine Appreciation 2 * We3, 7.30 - V M Members' homes Mike Allen 01623 653345 Next Meetings: Aug 20th – Chianti at John & Margaret's; Sept 10th – French Red (Mike's) Wine Appreciation 3 * Tu4, 7.30 - V M Members' homes Graham Allin 01623 473662 Next Meetings: Aug. 26th – Médoc at Barry & Lynne's; Sept 24th - Chardonnay 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 – Letter to the Unknown Soldier; Sept 8th; Oct. 13th Three seniors are out for a stroll. One of them remarks, “It’s windy.” Another replies, “No way. It’s Thursday.” The last one says, “Me too. Let’s have a cup of tea.” Page 8 of 13
  • 9. Theatre Visit to see Taming of the Shrew at Tolethorpe ONCE again, the sun shone on the righteous U3A members on their visit to the annual Stamford Shakespeare Company production (this year 'The Taming of the Shrew'). After eating their meals on the lawn in the warm sunshine, the audience was transported to 1950s Italy, to the town square in Padua. The updating by director Ken Walsh worked superbly and we watched with fascination as the young characters drove in and out on Vespas and motor bikes, dressed in the latest 1950s fashions, while the old men looked like Mafia Godfathers. A live band played 'Italian' pop songs of the period as characters moved round the square, and in and out of the café. The play is more misogynistic than I recollected and the taming of lively, waspish Kate, well acted by Natasha Andrew, into an obedient wife offends us now, but was part of life in Elizabethan England and 1950s Italy. James Rushton, as Petruchio, not only acted convincingly, but mastered Shakespeare’s language as so few do nowadays. Though one or two of the minor characters were rather stolid, the main ones acted well and the liveliness and humour of the play did come across to a responsive audi- ence which joined in with the songs. It was a good production, successful in its setting and acting; even the cutting of Shakespeare's introduction in exchange for the gender violence of a Punch and Judy show worked. Add in the beautiful weather and our evening was a success. Mike Allen More photos here Page 9 of 13
  • 10. Gardening group at Easton Walled Garden EASTON Walled Garden, a sleeping beauty caught for decades of misfortune and wars, in the grip of brambles, self-sown weed trees and fallen masonry, demolition and decay, has been redis- covered and revived by the current members of the Cholmeley family whose ancestors have owned this estate for over 400 years. After 12 years' of hard endeavour that revealed the 'bones' the structure – old stone walls, bridges and flights of stairs – we see the garden as it is today. Along with the debris, also gone are the formal plantings, neat rigid borders and containment of times past. In place, a new modern style has been introduced with ever- popular wild flower meadows and woodland walks. The river Witham water garden is given structure by the use of fenced banks that prevent erosion while allowing the water to flow freely; also simple planting of Reed Mace and Meadowsweet help to keep the banks secure. A contrast is the more formal 80-metre long border; the simplicity of the colour-scheme with yellow, white and blue and the choice of just a few plants repeated often is a softer touch than many grand borders and I cannot finish without mentioning the charming Sweetpea garden, which is a delight in every respect. This whole garden is work in progress; I look forward to the next 12 years. Thanks from all the Gardening Group members who were able to join this inspired visit go to Karen Troop and Janet Whitlam Jackie Ling More photos here ______________________________________________________________________________ Groups News Art Appreciation THE ART APPRECIATION Group enjoyed a very lively session in July during which members discussed female artists – very often forgotten when discussing Art. Women were frequently either discouraged or ignored in the artistic world of the High Renaissance and Baroque periods but persistence pays and gradually women began to make their mark. Today female artists are both popular and prolific. Members brought along their own contributions and subjects differed widely and included the female Impressionists Mary Cassatt and Berthe Morisot, artist/gardener Gertrude Jekyll and popular Beryl Cooke. Also discussed were Nottinghamshire-born artists Dame Laura Knight and Anna Mary Howitt. Two lesser-known artists, Lucy Madox Brown and Isabel Bishop provided more unusual pictures for discussion and perusal. An item on Mexican artist Frida Kahlo completed a very lively and inform- ative session. Pauline Boucher Page 10 of 13
  • 11. Luncheon Club OUR JULY lunch at The Crown, Rolleston, showed us all just why it's a favourite of Karen and John Troop's who were thanked warmly for arranging an attractive menu, as were the kitchen and front-of-house teams for very prompt service of excellent 'pub grub'. 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. Then we'll be able to do some pre-Christmas shopping in October as Gordon and Sue Howlett have arranged a very economically-priced menu at the recently-refurbished Denby Lodge at Ripley, which is very handy for Christmas shopping at the Denby Pottery factory outlet. Two courses from £7.50 and three from £9.50. Please pre-book for either or both at the Lunch Club table or by email to dlpruk@aol.com. Regrettably, following a couple of no-shows, all lunchers will now be held responsible for the cost of the meals booked on their behalf unless cancelled 24 hours beforehand. David Ling Photos here Afternoon Teas SATURDAY 5 July was the second meeting of the Afternoon Tea group. Sadly Sylvia and Colin Slack were unable to be with us as Sylvia was under the weather and Pauline Boucher was on holiday. We all met at Sheila's house on Berry Hill Lane and made our way by various routes to the Old School Tea Rooms at Carburton. All the drivers had their own route to follow but thankfully all arrived safely and on time. We were greeted by the staff who made us very welcome and our tables were all prepared and waiting. The food was excellent with various sand- wiches, an assortment of cakes and cream scones, all home-made and very delicious. ln fact some of the left over cakes found their way back to members homes, with the approval of the staff. A very pleasant time was enjoyed by all present and all too quickly it was time to make our various ways back home. Thank you Sheila for all you effort. It was much appreciated by all present. Brian Gaunt Photos here Wine Group 2 THE GROUP and guests decamped from their usual territory to the new Majestic Wine Warehouse in Arnold for a two-hour lesson in wine tasting run by young and enthusiastic staff. Round a circular table, 11 of us perched dangerously on high bar stools with 6 part-filled glasses in front of us, 3 of white wine, 3 of red. Clarity, colour, nose and taste were all covered, as we do in our own sessions, but the surprise came with the nose and the taste of the wines. One white lacked 'steel', another had the nose of decaying vegetables, while the third was accept- able to most of us. The first red surprised some – an American Pinot Noir that even the most doubtful enjoyed, while the third red was the pick of the six (Aussie Shiraz, but not 'gung-ho'). Page 11 of 13
  • 12. Then came the second surprise – the addition of food to the tasting. We eat after we have judged the wines, but now we were asked to eat cheese, tomatoes, paté, chocolate brownies and salty tortillas and try the respective wine to taste the changes that the snack made. The time and wine flowed on and the noise grew as we discussed and argued the merits of the wines. I seemed to be surrounded by glasses at the end – and had some difficulty getting down safely from the stool. Then came the final action – buying wine for ourselves and we did this with great abandon. The evening ended with a meal at 'The Old Spot' pub next door and everyone agreed it had been a successful and enjoyable addition to our programme. Mike Allen ________________________________________________________________________________________ Futurelearn, Openlearn and MOOCs! BARBARA LEWIS, the National Chairman was right to enthuse about the endless possibilities of the internet in learning at the May meeting. In fact, the possibilities are too endless – it’s like entering a supermarket covering square miles and filled with a never-ending variety of information, misin- formation, courses and discourses. Most of us have looked up items in Wikipedia or other online encyclopaedias, but what if we want further depth – the depth that only a course could give? Try Futurelearn – a set of FREE online courses run by a number of British Universities. I have. I took one on King Richard lll – a moderately detailed course giving the historical background his reign and to his discovery in the Leicester car park – even including the food as well as the battles! Finishing that, I progressed to Climate Change. I found this course complex – not having a background in the sciences, I got rather lost in the physics and my learning slowed to a crawl. Yet I did gain from the course. So how do you study? The material comes up weekly, you read, and hopefully absorb it in the time allocated (say 3 hours a week). You read other students’ comments, mostly inconsequential, but a few add links or footnotes that are fascinating, adding a lot more time to the work as you travel the byways of knowledge. Was it worth it? Emphatically Yes! Books are fine, but videos, pictures, lecturers live, music all add to the learning experience. I am enthusiastic enough to have begun a new course in June – ‘Liter- ature of the English Country House’ – linking literature with the great houses of Yorkshire and Derbyshire. Is anyone else interested? Google Futurelearn and join the course (you can do so even if it has started) – it’s as simple as that. And then perhaps we can form an Interest Group for the 8 weeks of the course and visit Bolsover, Haddon Hall, etc. to bring the course to life! If not that course, then try one on Oceanography or Ecosystems or Business or Medicine. Or google Openlearn, the OU’s set of free courses – including Latin and other languages. But beware of googling MOOCs. That way lies the madness of overstocked supermarket shelves of knowledge as every free course round the world is listed! Mike Allen Page 12 of 13
  • 13. _________________________________________________________________________ Margaret Davis. It is with deep regret that we have learned that Margaret passed away on 7th August. Her funeral will be at Mansfield Crematorium on Thursday 21st August, 1.15pm. Our thoughts are with Geoff at this sad time. ______________________________________________________________________________ Dates for your diary (Check the website for more information and updates.) 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) Tues. 16th Sept: AGM at Oakham Suite, 155 Nottingham Road. 11.00 _____________________________________________________________________________ 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 September issue to mansfieldu3a@aol.com, or in typescript, to the editor as soon as you can and by 1st September at the latest. Thanks! ______________________________________________________________________________ Editor: David Ling (01623 822994) Page 13 of 13