Mansfield U3A Newsletter - June 2014

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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 visit of the U3A National Chairman to our 15th …

Mansfield and District U3A's monthly newsletter shows what members have been doing recently and what's planned. This edition includes reports on the visit of the U3A National Chairman to our 15th Anniversary meeting and our Crystal Ball, and on the Picnic in the Park organised by the North Notts Neighbourhood Group of U3As.

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  • 1. Mansfield and District U3A Newsletter Fifteenth Anniversary meeting welcomes Barbara Lewis, U3A National Chairman: Page 2 _____________________________ Established 1999 HMRC Charity Registration No.: XT30525 June 2014 Website: www.mansfield-u3a.org.uk Noticeboard: http://mansfieldu3a.blogspot.com Page 1 of 12
  • 2. Welcome WHAT CAN I say about our 15th Anniversary Celebrations? Only that it was an extremely enjoy- able day from start to finish – past midnight! And no, our carriages did not turn into pumpkins and there was no Prince Charming the next day, except our husbands of course. Barbara Lewis and her husband arrived early for the Members’ meeting and were introduced to as many members as possible, especially our President, Rita Turner, together with founding and long- standing members. Her speech was enlightening for us all and a congratulatory card from the National Executive Committee was opened by Rita and then taken to the Ball for all to see. (It's now on the Notice Board for those members who were not able to be present in the evening.) After the meeting several members of the Committee had a buffet lunch at Il Rosso with Barbara and her husband before taking a rest to prepare for the evening celebrations. Karen Troop has written a report in detail about the Crystal Ball on page 3. The finale of the Ball, however, was a highlight as the singer sang “New York, New York”, which I had requested earlier as it is one of my husband’s favourites. I didn't know at the time that Barbara did, in fact, hail from Rochester in New York State, and so with a long line of us swinging our legs, she then proceeded to conduct us all! On taking her back to the hotel that evening, she told me how much she had enjoyed the day and the Ball and intended to write to me when she returned from her river cruise in the Bordeaux area (must be wine tasting!). The Tale of Two Cities came to mind: “We met as friends and if we never meet again, I will consider myself well met!” Hopefully, we will meet again – what a charming lady and a 'Mover and Shaker' too. I mustn't close these notes without thanking everyone, committee and others, for everything they did to help make the day so successful for Mansfield U3A and so enjoyable for our guest. Moving on, I was very sorry to have missed the Picnic in the Park, which I hear was a great success. David and Rita have written more about it on page 11. Being the 17th June 2014 already, the Summer Solstice is only 4 days away – being officially Midsummer and the longest day. I read that 'Solstice' actually means 'a stopping or standing still of the Sun' and has been celebrated for thousands of years. I hope some (or all) of the gentlemen enjoyed Father’s Day and that England are still in the World Cup. Of course, it is the start of 'The Season', with Ascot, Wimbledon, Henley Regatta (one not to be missed – the English at their very best) and other events throughout the country. Let’s hope for some hot summer days with those balmy evenings! And no more rain! Glenis Carr ______________________________________________________________________________ In this issue Page 2 Welcome. Page 3 Recent Events. (Fifteen Anniversary & Crystal Celebration Ball, start). Page 4 Recent Events. (Crystal Ball, end); Holiday Updates (Hayling Island; The Algarve; Thursford; Thoresby 2015). Pages 5 - 8 Interest Groups meetings diary. Page 9 Social Events (Coffee Morning); Groups News (Garden Visits; Theatre Visits). Page 10 Groups News (Digital World; Art; Lunch Club). Member's Contribution ('Bess'). Page 11 North Notts Neighbourhood Group (Picnic in the Park). Page 12 Dates for your diary, Book Table and Notices. Page 2 of 12
  • 3. Recent Events Fifteenth Anniversary Meeting BARBARA Lewis, National Chairman of The University of the Third Age, congratulated members and past chairmen of Mans- field and District U3A when she spoke at our 15th Anniversary Meeting on 20th May. "Today's members stand on your shoulders," she said, "and so do members of many other Nottinghamshire U3As who owe a debt to Mansfield for helping U3As to become established in Ashfield, Mansfield Woodhouse, Hucknall and Rainworth," she added. She's shown above applauding, l to r: Max Clarke (Chairman, 2010/11), Mike Allen (2011/13), current Chairman Glenis Carr, Rita Turner (Honorary President & Chairman of the North Nottinghamshire Neighbourhood Group of U3As) and Norma Shillinglaw (2005/6). She also presented Glenis with a congratulations card on behalf of the U3A National Executive Committee and accepted a bottle of Cham- pagne from her on behalf of our committee in thanks for her support. There are now 24 U3As in the Nottinghamshire U3A County Network, since the launch of Eastwood U3A on 4th June. "This record of helping retired people to enjoy the pleasures of their Third Age by learning new things, sharing interests and making new friends is something many other U3As around the country would do well to emulate", Barbara said, "and I hope many will learn more by visiting Mans- field and District U3A's superb website." David Ling More photos on the website ... ______________________________________________________________________________ Crystal Celebration Ball WOW, where do I begin? Well it all started a while back when we realised that May 2014 was Mansfield U3A’s fifteenth year and we 'orta 'ave a bitova do'. So we did. This idea grew into the idea of us of organising a Ball and inviting Ashfield, Hucknall and Sherwood to join us. Page 3 of 12
  • 4. I could tell you about all the committee meetings, phone calls, e-mails and even sleepless nights to achieve this event but I won’t! Instead I’d like to share some of the highlights that for me made the evening so memorable: The room wasn't ready when we looked in to 'dress the tables' etc, (in fact some tablecloths hadn't even arrived!) but it looked a picture when everyone started to arrive at 6pm. The flowers, balloons, raffle, favours, film show, singer, buffet, dresses, suits ... That first gin and tonic to settle the nerves! John in a dinner suit; didn’t he look handsome if I say so myself? The art of filling up our plates without spilling any is not dead! Watching Ray watching the film show. Sylvia and Colin having a dance; in fact the dance floor was often full. Mike dancing with a chair! Oh yes he did. Pauline and Pete 'strutting their stuff'. Barbara Lewis, our national chairman and guest 'conducting' us all whilst we kicked up our legs to Frank Sinatra’s New York, New York; she's from New York State by the way. Barbara thanking me for a fabulous evening and reserving tickets for the next one! And finally her saying that they both go away with some lasting memories and would be telling everyone of the great welcome they had at Mansfield U3A. I can’t do it all justice but we were all 'Cinderellas' and 'Prince Charmings'. And we did go to The Ball. Karen Troop More photos on the website ... ______________________________________________________________________________ Holiday Updates LAKESIDE HOLIDAY VILLAGE, Hayling Island (23rd - 27th June.) Only a few days to go before we'll be on our way to the South coast for 5 days. As usual, please remember to bring your packs with coach plans, itineraries and maps of various places. See you all at Walkden Street no later than 8.15am. (I still have a waiting list in case of cancellation should any one fancy a holiday down south. Depending on whose place you would be taking the cost would be £273 for no upgrade, £283 with upgrade twin or double room and £293 single upgrade.) THE ALGARVE, PORTUGAL (18th - 25th Sept.) All cheques and passport forms have been received by the travel firm. 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 which may arise after reading the information in your packs. These will be given out no later than the July meeting. It may be an idea to buy your Euros now as they are of good value at the moment. Remember pensioners can get a good discount at Ilkeston Coop Travel. HIC card (automated service 0300 330 1350). Have your card with you if you are renewing – you can use the same number if you have never had an EHIC card. 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 the September meeting. Cheques to be made out to Mansfield & District U3A. Again if you are interested, please add your name to the waiting list in case of a cancellation. Margaret Burlinson – 01623 632538, marburl@lineone.net THORESBY (Mon. 2nd Feb. to Fri. 6th February 2015.) Some spaces left at £208 pp. Contact me if you want to come. Terry Whitehead – 01623 626991, 2015@whiteheaduk.plus.com Updates about all holidays are on the website … 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 (NEW) TBA TBA Sheila Whalley 01623 453908 Next Meetings: TBA Antiques & Collect- ables * Tu 2, 10 - 12 M Stanhope Centre, Bridge Street, Mansfield Pat Blackwell 01623 481745 Next Meetings: July 8th – Advertising; & TBA Art We3, 10 - 12 M Big Barn Lane Methodist Church, Mansfield Linda Spray 01623 795176 Next Meetings: June 18th – Theme: Summer Holiday; July 16th – Outdoor Visit Art Appreciation Mo1, 2.00 - 4.00 M Stanhope Centre, Bridge Street, Mansfield Pauline Boucher 01623 644798 Next meetings: July 7th – Female artists; 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: TBA 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: June 17th; 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: July 8th;August break; September 9th Digital World Fri 2 & 4, 2.00 - 4.00 2/M Stanton Hill Baptist Church, Skegby David Ling 01623 822994 Next Meetings: June 13th; June 27th – Walkabout (TBA); July 11th; July 25th – Walkabout (TBA) Family History Tu4, 10.00 - 12.00 M St John's Centre, Mansfield Max Clarke 01623 621744 Next Meetings: June 24th – TBA Film Studies * We1, 1.30 - V M Joy's home Joy Crowe 01623 645400 Next Meetings: July 2nd; Garden Visits During the Summer Various Janet Whitlam 01623 635607 Next Visit: June 12th – RHS Harlow Carr Gardening Tu1, 10.00 - 12.00 M St Peter's Centre, Mansfield Avril McGee 01623 452688 Next Meetings: July 1st – Visit/Tour to Easton Walled Garden; Aug. 5th – Visit to a local Garden Centre Heartstart NB Change Various William Kaye Hall, Ladybrook Lane Linda Leivers 01623 471963 Next Meetings: No meeting in June. July: Wed. 9th, 6.00-8.00pm & Fri. 26th, 1.00-3.00pm History Th 2, 2.00 – 4.00 William Kaye Hall, Ladybrook Lane Linda Spray 01623 795176 Next Meetings: June 12th (10.00 - 12.00); July 10th; August 14th Holidays (Home & Abroad) Various TBA Margaret Burlinson 01623 632538 Next holidays: June 23rd - 27th – Warner's, Hayling Island *; 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: July 4th – World War One: Members' contribution. No meeting inAugust. September 5th – Famous local people 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: June 19th – White Horse, Woolley Moor; July 17th – The Crown, Rolleston 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: June 23rd – Mandolin Music at Kath's; July 28th - Female Composers at Peter H's Music 2 * Mo4, 2.00 - 4.30 M Members' homes Eric Prescott 01623 631160 Next Meeting: June 23rd; – TBA ; July 28th – TBA Popular Music Appreciation * Tu4, 2.00 - 4.00 M St John's School, Mansfield Peter Haynes 01623 610886 Next Meetings: May 27th; June 24th; July 22nd Pudding Club * Tu1, 4.00 - 6.00 M Members' homes Sylvia Slack 01623 633981 Next Meetings: July 1st – Sylvia; August 5th – Janet Reading 1 Th3, 2.00 - 4.00 M Peter Dawson's home Peter Dawson 01623 882191 Next Meetings: June 19th; July 17th Reading 2 Tu3, 2.00 - 4.00 M Ravenshead Library Joan Hufton 01623 557488 Next Meetings: June 17th; July 15th Science & Technical Tu1, 2.00 - 4.00 M Stanton Hill Baptist Church, Albert St. Skegby Ian Boucher 01623 644798 Next Meetings: July 1st – Thunder & Lightning (video) with Terry Whitehead; Aug 5th – Visit to Cambridge Science Museum with Art Appreciation Scrabble * Mo2, 2.00 - 4 .00 M Brenda Thurkettle's home Brenda Thurkettle 01623 628136 Next Meetings: July 14th Singing for Fun TuV, 5.45 - 7.15 St Alban's Ch. Forest Town June Fell 01623 623547 Next Meetings: June 10th & 24th; July 8th & 22nd. (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/Wed June 10/11 – Pajama Game * trip to London; Tues. 15th July – Taming of The Shrew *; 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.16 June – Youlgreave / Middleton; Thurs. July 3rd – Halam; Mon. 21st July – Ambergate / Heage Windmill; Thurs. 7th Aug. – Ashford in the Water; Mon. 18th Aug. – Tissington Parish Round Shufflers (short & gentle) V Lunchtimes Various Sylvia Slack 01623 633981 Next Meetings: Mon. June 30th (12.30 pm) – Sutton Reservoir Car Park; Wed. July 30th – Newstead Abbey Gates (1.00 pm) Strollers (a leisurely 2 miles) We2, 10.30 - V M Various Barbara Massey / Marion Thornton 01623 628357 / 01623 651528 Next Meetings: June 11th – Sherwood Pines; July 9th – Pleasley Pit Trail (Pit Lane); Aug. 13th – Teversal Trail (VC Car Park) Walkers (an easy 4 - 5 miles) We4, 10.30 – V M Various Joy & Nick Crowe 01623 645400 Next Meetings: June 25th – River Maun & Sherwood Forest; 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: June 18th – 'Supermarket Sweep' Whites with John & Margaret; July 16th – Fudddle with 4 Australian Whites with Bob & Sue 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: July 14th; Aug 11th Page 8 of 12
  • 9. Coffee Morning OUR ANNUAL coffee morning on 9th May was held once again at The Towers on Botany Avenue and over 100 members attended. They took the opportunity to relax and chat with fellow members and at the same time managed to raise almost £600 towards our funds! (£592 to be exact). A wonderful result in the month in which we celebrate our 15th anniversary. Successful events like this don’t just happen! Our thanks to everyone who worked so hard and gave their time so cheerfully on the day. Cakes and pies from the Pudding Club sold like hot cakes, seeds and plants from the Gardening Group were carried away by members eager to get out in the fresh air. The Social Committee had organised the raffle and the tombola stalls with an amazing array of prizes. Thank-you to everyone concerned – those members who baked pies and cakes, grew and potted plants and stood and sold tickets, and to all members who kindly donated prizes and gifts. Special thanks to the Social Committee for organising the whole thing and making sure we had biscuits with the coffee. Finally thanks to all those members who came along and made the whole event so enjoyable, and gave so generously. Pauline Boucher Photos on the website ... ________________________________________________________________________________________ Groups News Art Twelve members met on 21st May with everyone working on their own project and will tackle 'Summer' on 18th June – probably with much of our usual banter. We still have a few places available, so if you wish to join our happy band of artists and dabblers, please come along and join us; you will be made very welcome. Linda Spray Garden Visits WE ARE leaving at 8.30am from the Odeon car park on 12th June for our outing to Harlow Carr. (RHS members will need to show membership cards or you will have to pay admission charges!) Karen Troop and Janet Whitlam Theatre Visits STAMFORD THEATRE TRIP TO ‘TAMING OF THE SHREW’. The tickets have arrived, the bus has been booked, the weather will be fine. So...5.00pm at the Odeon Car Park on Tuesday July 15th. Bring your supper, your chair, your waterproofs and sweaters; it will be fun! Mike Allen VISIT TO THEATRE ROYAL TO SEE SISTER ACT ON 29TH MAY. Wow, it was Fantastic! It was performed by the Carlton Operatic Society. A large cast with fabulous costumes, wonderful scenery, brilliant acting & dancing & so amusing. The main lead was easily as good as Whoopi Goldberg! The audience stood for around 20mins at the end just applauding them so you know how excellent it was! What a shame if you missed it! Next year perhaps? Sylvia Atkinson PS: Carlton Operatic are doing 'Legally Blonde' in May 2015 Page 9 of 12
  • 10. Digital World OUR PHOTOGRAPHIC walkabout on the Pleasley Trail on 23rd May presented many opportun- ities. Some members' explorations were wide-ranging in the neighbouring parkland; others concen- trated on the inside of the poorly-lit museum and shared tips about the use of flash. We'll discuss the results at Stanton Hill Baptist Church at 2.00 on 13th June and also decide where members want to go on 27th June. You'll be very welcome to join us on any trip, when you could follow your instincts or accompany an experienced member if you'd like tips. (It doesn't matter if you just use a simple point-and-shoot or a complex DSLR.) David Ling (01623 822994) Luncheon Club OUR MAY 15th Anniversary Lunch, arranged by Norma Shillinglaw at The Hostess at Sook- holme brought back many memories when Norma spoke of our early days under Edith Senior's leadership, the steps forward that Hillary Hamilton-Ross introduced and welcomed the way members are now taking it in turns to help run the group by arranging lunches. Our next lunch, on 19th June, will be hosted by Margaret Burlinson and Sheila Whalley, who have combined to arrange for us to visit a delightful Derbyshire pub, The White Horse at Woolley Moor, on 19th June. But only two spaces remained at the time of writing. (First come …!) Two courses will be offered at £13 and three for £16. 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. Please pre-book for either or both at the Lunch Club table or by email to dlpruk@aol.com. David Ling Photos on the website … _________________________________________________________________________ Bess Her spirit stalks the Hall; no fearful foot Falls on the wide stairs, through the highest rooms. She passes with no turned head, nor eyes half shut Nor veiled face, but head held high; one assumes Proud of power achieved, her family raised. Tapestries hang, stags rampant on the walls, Heights undreamt of in her earlier days. That frieze in the Chamber with its hunters’ calls Vision of her wealth, symbol of her might. From two paintings on the gallery wall, Near-hidden now from the high windows’ light, A woman coolly stares. We feel the call Across the years of her strength and will Embodied in this house that astonishes us still. Michael Allen Page 10 of 12
  • 11. North Notts Neighbourhood Group Picnic in the Park … NOBODY said we could only picnic in blazing sunshine and a heatwave so we didn't let a cold drizzle spoil another triumph for Rita Turner and the North Notts Neighbourhood Group of U3As at Rufford Park. "If you've got friends and neighbours then the world is a happier place", goes the song, and the NNNG's fourth Picnic in the Park proved it. This year all the entertainment was provided by U3A members. Ten U3As took part and sang, dined and danced in the Rufford marquee as the rain came down outside Highlights for me were the display by Retford U3A's photographic group (memo to self, "must try harder") and Ashfield U3A's interpretation of 'picnic' to mean a full-scale buffet, complete with tables, chairs, wine and too many gastronomic delights to mention. 'De Luxe' seems inadequate. Our display was masterminded by Mike Allen, with the help of Group Leaders who dredged through old photo albums to find historic shots that I could digitise and upload to our photo albums so that he could get professional prints on-line. Well done everybody. David Ling More photos on the website ... ____________ … And something about the North Notts Neighbourhood Group OUR WONDERFUL Mansfield U3A birthday celebration has set me thinking. The NNNGroup 2014 Picnic in the Park actually celebrates this group’s 7th birthday. It began in 2007 with a local one-off celebration of the 25th birthday of the arrival of the U3A movement in the UK from its birthplace in France. Our first event was a very experimental picnic in Rufford Country Park and was a great success. It was thought to be a good idea so we stayed in touch and the number of neigh- bours has gradually increased to nine. We are a relatively informal group but one of our main aims has always been to share interest groups wherever there are spaces. This works well and helps with minority interest groups and also with our choir, holidays and outings that are only possible when we co-operate. During our seven years we have organised a summer lunch, a summer celebration evening, four picnics in the park and, two years ago, our ‘famous’ Jubilee Jamboree at the John Fretwell Sports Centre. (I can say 'famous' because it had a write-up in the U3A national magazine and David’s photograph has also appeared again in a more recent article and features on the front of the national promotional leaflet.) Not bad for a few neighbours getting together to enjoy life! Rita Turner, Chairman, NNNGroup Page 11 of 12
  • 12. ______________________________________________________________________________ Malcolm Pullan. It is with deep regret that we have learned that Malcolm passed-away on 26th May after a long illness. His funeral was on June 9th. Malcolm Osborne. It is with deep regret that we have learned that Malcolm, our founder secretary, passed-away on 12th May after a long illness. His funeral was on 28th May. Our thoughts are with Jill and Diana at this sad time. ______________________________________________________________________________ Book Table Report: June 2014. SALE of books in May raised £45.70. Most of the sales occur before the meeting is called to order at 10ish. Books are handed in when people arrive and so if you have had a look round before the meeting, there may be books on the stall which you have not seen by the time you get your coffee. If you come straight to the Book Stall before collecting your coffee the queue for coffee will probably be shorter and you get first pick of the biscuits! Lilian Whitehead. ______________________________________________________________________________ Speakers' Corner WE ARE very pleased to welcome ex-showbiz journalist Graham Keal, who has been interviewing TV celebrities for over 30 years, Oprah Winfrey included. His interviews and columns have been published everywhere from The Daily Telegraph to My Weekly; from TV Times to The Sun; from The Guardian to The Daily Record. ______________________________________________________________________________ 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 July issue to mansfieldu3a@aol.com, or in typescript, to the editor as soon as you can and by 1st July at the latest. Thanks! Editor: David Ling (01623 822994) Printed by: Portland Print (www.portlandprint.org.uk) Page 12 of 12