Mansfield and District U3A     Newsletter          Quiz Night report: Page 4        _____________________________         ...
Welcome from your chairmanI’M SITTING in the sunshine at the beginning of March writing this ‘letter’ – admittedly behind ...
Gift Aid SchemeTHANK YOU to all members who have signed-up for the Gift Aid scheme. Forms will again beavailable at the Ma...
Book TableYOU MAY remember January was a relative disaster and we only raised £25.40.February was rather better and we rai...
Key to Meetings details:THIS TABLE SHOWS THE DAY of the month, time and frequency using the first two letters of theday, f...
Interest Group             Meetings                    Meeting Place          Leader/ContactCurrent Affairs            Tu2...
Interest Group           Meetings                    Meeting Place          Leader/Contact                                ...
Interest Group           Meetings                  Meeting Place            Leader/ContactSinging for Fun          Th V   ...
New Members MeetingA BIG thank you to all those who attendedthe new members coffee morning – newmembers, group leaders and...
BowlsTHE 2012/2013 indoor bowls sessions ended on the 14th March and outdoor bowling willcommence at the Mansfield Bowling...
Theatre Visits     •    Wed 15th May PM: The Mouse Trap – Theatre Royal, Nottingham.     • Tues/Wed 11th/12th June: London...
_______________________________________________________________________________________Speakers CornerOUR SPEAKER today is...
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  1. 1. Mansfield and District U3A Newsletter Quiz Night report: Page 4 _____________________________ Established 1999 HMRC Charity Registration No.: XT30525 March 2013 Website: www.mansfield-u3a.org.uk Noticeboard: http://mansfieldu3a.blogspot.com Page 1 of 12
  2. 2. Welcome from your chairmanI’M SITTING in the sunshine at the beginning of March writing this ‘letter’ – admittedly behind glassas it’s still freezing outside, but at least I can see the early signs of Spring. How much we depend onthese early signs – the bulbs, birds bickering, a different ‘taste’ in the air – to keep our spirits upduring the last few weeks of winter.Another sign of a new year is the increasing activity in U3A. The New Members’ meeting was asuccess (thanks to Avril McGee, our Membership Secretary). I hope that I will meet even more ofthe new members as time goes on. We would like you to fill-in the questionnaire just so that weknow if we, the committee, are doing things right. (Or otherwise!) These forms will be available atthe next meeting.Thanks also to Pauline and Ian Boucher for the annual Quiz Night. The time they spend on devisingthe questions, recording the music, printing the papers and setting up the equipment is beyondbelief, and we can only thank them. And we add thanks to the Social Committee under Jean Hinds,all of whom worked hard to provide the buffet for over 100 people. They found willing donors ofraffle prizes too, and ladies to sell tickets.Volunteers all. And more volunteers are what we need.Last September, three new Committee Members were elected, and their new enthusiasm and drivehas pushed our U3A forward. Bob Longden and Jennie Roberts work hard behind the scenes;Linda Leivers works in full light developing new groups. We all benefit.As we do when new groups are tutored and coordinated by new or recently joined members andother new members have come forward with ideas for groups and for speakers. It all shows a U3Athat is alive and thriving.I would like to think that there will be more volunteers to join the committee in September and tohelp with new or old groups. We can only build for the future if we are driven forward by themembers who will take over our roles.There is another group of volunteers I would like to recruit. Next year is the 15th anniversary of thefoundation of Mansfield U3A. We have been offered the opportunity to fill a gallery at the Museumwith a display of the work that our U3A does.But it needs organising – perhaps an anniversary lunch, perhaps inviting other U3As to join us. CanI ask people interested in the idea to meet me after today’s meeting, or to phone me if they areunable to attend. I think the time has come for us to show Mansfield what we are.Mike Allen______________________________________________________________________________In this issue Page 2 Chairmans Welcome. Page 3 Gift Aid. Coffee Morning. Holiday updates. Page 4 Book Table. Recent Events: Quiz Night. Pages 5 - 8 Groups Meeting Programme. Page 9 Recent Events: New members Coffee Morning. New Groups (Heartstart, Art, Caravan & Motorhome Rally, Board Games, Yoga & Keep Fit) Page 10 Groups News: Art; Bowls; Garden Visits; Digital World. Page 11 Groups News: Theatre Visits; Gardening; Luncheon Club; Art Appreciation; Popular Music Appreciation. Page 12 Speakers Corner. Dates for your diary. Notices. Page 2 of 12
  3. 3. Gift Aid SchemeTHANK YOU to all members who have signed-up for the Gift Aid scheme. Forms will again beavailable at the March meeting for those who have not yet had the opportunity to sign.Mansfield U3A are now registered with the Inland Revenue for the Gift Aid Scheme.This means that if you pay tax to the U.K. Government we can reclaim the tax you paid on yoursubscription to Mansfield U3A.In order to reclaim this money we have to keep records to satisfy the Inland Revenue. We have asimple Gift Aid declaration that needs to be signed by you and returned to me or any Committeemember. This will need doing only once and we can then reclaim tax on your subscriptions for thepast 4 years and on all future subscriptions.We would encourage everyone who pays tax to sign up for the scheme as it will cost you nothingand will give us an additional source of income for our U3A.If you have any questions please contact me or any Committee member.Pauline Boucher, Treasurer (01623 644798; paulineboucher15@yahoo.co.uk)Coffee MorningJUST A few words about this annual event: • Most important of all is the change of date – 10th MAY. • It is upstairs at the Towers from 10am - 12noon and the tickets are £2, which includes a cup of coffee. • 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 March meeting.Karen Troop.Holiday UpdatesAround Britain Cruise – 24th May - 3rd JuneBy the time you read this all balance payment receipts will have arrived and hopefully our personalcruise books with shore tour information. Since these will be sent to the lead passenger only, I havebeen advised to ask for additional copies to be sent to those sharing a cabin, apart from themarried couples. Let me know if you have not received this information. The electronic tickets will besent by the end of April so I hope you can all come to a meeting on Saturday morning 4th May at11am - 12noon at the Junction pub in Sutton in Ashfield (was the Cardinal). You may like to stay fora meal afterwards.Tenby – 1st - 5th JulyThe March meeting is the deadline for your balances for this holiday. £268 (sharing) £280 (singleroom). Cheques to be paid to Mansfield & District U3A.Thursford Christmas Spectacular – 4th, 5th & 6th DecemberApril is the deadline for £10 deposits. Add on £10 if you choose the companys insurance. Chequespayable to Mansfield & District U3A. Seventeen people have already chosen their seats so if youare particular as to where you would like to sit then see me ASAP.Margaret Burlinson Details of all holidays are on the website ... Page 3 of 12
  4. 4. Book TableYOU MAY remember January was a relative disaster and we only raised £25.40.February was rather better and we raised £51.26. Just in case anyone wonders why we hadan odd amount of change, one person (at least) opened her purse and deposited lots ofchange in the cash box (they had already paid for the books they had purchased). So thisFebruary we received £2 more than last year.Carry on.Lilian Whitehead._______________________________________________________________________________________Recent EventsQuiz NightTHE QUIZ Night on Saturday 23rd February at Queen Elizabeth Academy was a huge success.106 U3A members packed into the hall, found their tables, unpacked their drinks, read theinformation and question sheets on their tables, took a deep breath and settled in for a night of fun.For some it was a mere dip into the fount ofknowledge just beneath the surface of theirmemories; for the rest of us it required deepthought, earnest discussion and torturedmind-wrestling.Question topics ranged from generalknowledge to music, singers, animals,mothers of famous people, and many more.It was interesting to see how manymembers struggled with the spelling ofhaemorrhoids, for which some teamscould find at least 12 versions.Comfort came in the delicious platters offood prepared by the expert hands of theladies of the Social Committee (Jean Hinds,Jackie Ling, Karen Troop, Marilyn Stubbsand Janet Whitlam). Then it was back tomore questions and playful banter. Judgingby the happy faces everyone thoroughlyenjoyed themselves.The winning team was from SherwoodU3A, well-named the FRAUD SQUAD,who all won a fiver.The raffle, run by Elizabeth Ellis and Sheila Townsend, raised £140.00 that will be donated to Helpfor Heroes.On behalf of all those attending, the Chairman thanked Pauline and Ian Boucher for setting thequestions and asking them and for organising and operating the technology, the ladies of the SocialCommittee for all their hard work preparing platters of delicious eats, running the raffle (andeveryone who donated prizes). They all combined to give us such an enjoyable evening that madea profit of £295 after all expenses; a welcome contribution to Mansfield U3A funds.Jennie Roberts There are more photos on the website ... Page 4 of 12
  5. 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 (New) We3, 10 -12 M Big Barn Lane Linda Spray Methodist Church, 01623 795176 MansfieldInaugural Meeting: March 20th; then: April 17th; May 15thArt 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: 18th March; 8th & 22nd April; 13th May(Also Acol sessions at the Mechanics Institute – Th, 10 - 12.30 W)Board Games (New) Mo F, 6.30 The Rushley Inn, Linda Leivers Nottingham Road, 01623 471963 MansfieldNext Meetings: 18th March, 1st & 15th AprilBowls Th, 1.30 - 3.30 W Lammas Don Wright Centre/Mansfield 01623 628946 Bowls ClubNext Meetings: March 14th (End of Season at Lammas); 22nd March (11.00am) pre-seasonmeeting at Bowls Club Pavilion; 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th May & 6th June with coachingCaravan & Mhome TBA Various Terry LammasRally (New) 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: 18th March; 15th AprilAll 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. 6. Interest Group Meetings Meeting Place Leader/ContactCurrent Affairs Tu2, 2.00 - 4.00 M St Johns Centre, Norma Shillinglaw St Johns Street, 01623 466934 MansfieldNext Meetings: March 12th; April 9thDigital World Fri 2 & 4, 2.00 - 4.00 Stanton Hill Baptist David Ling 2/M Church, Albert St.. 01623 822994 SkegbyNext Meetings: 22nd March – Art of Seeing Pt2 & PhotoShop Clone Stamp Tool Pt 2Family History Tu4, 10.00 - 12.00 M St Johns Centre, Max Clarke Mansfield 01623 621744Next Meeting: TBAFilm Studies * We1, 1.30 - V M Joys home Joy Crowe 01623 645400Next Meetings: 1st AprilGarden 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: 2nd April – Chris Cox: Clematis; 7th May –Janette Merilion: Birds, Butterflies & BeesHeartstart (New) Th3, 1.00 - 3.00 William Kaye Hall, Linda Leivers Ladybrook Lane 01623 471963Next Meetings: 18th April; 13th JuneHolidays Various TBA Margaret Burlinson(Home & Abroad) 01623 632538Next holidays: 24th May - 3rd June – Around Britain Cruise; 1st - 5th July – Tenby; 4th, 5th & 6thDecember – 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: 5th April – Mansfield Brewery with Ian BoucherNext 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: March 21st – Ania, Sherwood; April 18th – Mansfield Manor Page 6 of 12
  7. 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: 14th February – Chopin with Peter; 14th March – Donizetti with TBAClassical Music 2 Mo4, 2.00 - 4.00 M Members homes Peter Hart 01623 620940Next Meetings: 25th February – Borodin & Mussorsky with Sheila; 25th March – Saint Saens &Fauré with MarieConcert Visits (New) Various Royal Concert Hall, David Ling(With Southwell U3A) Nottingham 01623 822994Inaugural Meeting: TBAMusic 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 Meeting: 26th March at the Carnarvon Arms, Teversal at 1.00pmPudding Club * Tu1, 4.00 - 6.00 M Members homes Sylvia Slack 01623 633981Next Meetings: April 2nd at Janets; May 7th at SylviasReading 1 * Th3, 2.00 - 4.00 M Peter Dawsons home Peter Dawson 01623 882191Next Meetings: 21st March; 18th April; 16th MayReading 2 Tu3, 2.00 - 4.00 M Ravenshead Library Joan Hufton 01623 557488Next Meetings: 19th March; 16th April; 21st MayScience & Technical Tu1, 1.30 - 3.30 M Stanton Hill Baptist Ian Boucher Church, Albert St. 01623 644798 SkegbyNext Meetings: 2nd April – Sounds and Vibrations with Peter Thurkettle; 7th May – Origins ofWeather Forecasting with Graham AllinNext 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: 11th March; 8th April; 13th May; 10th May Page 7 of 12
  8. 8. Interest Group Meetings Meeting Place Leader/ContactSinging for Fun Th V West Notts College, June Fell Derby Rd. Mansfield 01623 623547Next Meetings: March 21st, April TBATai Chi Mo, 9.30 - 10.30 W St Johns Centre, Cliff Laycock Mansfield 01623 481985Next Meetings: March 11th, 18th & 25th; April 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29thTheatre Visits Various Various Sheila Whalley 01623 453908Sun. 10th March – Me and My Girl. (Matinee at the Palace Theatre, Mansfield).Wed. 17th April – Blood Brothers. (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. 18 March – Ockbrook & Dale Abbey; Thurs. 4th April – Normanton &Keyworth; Mon. 15 April – Ilam / Manifold / WettonStrollers We2, 10.30 - V M Various Barbara Massey /(a leisurely 2 miles) Marion Thornton 01623 628357 / 01623 651528Next Meetings: 13th March – Sherwood Forest; 10th April – Vicar Water; 8th May – Rufford AbbeyWalkers We4, 10.30 – V M Various Joy & Nick Crowe(an easy 4 - 5 miles) 01623 645400Next Meetings: 27th March – Spa Ponds; 24th April – Sansom Woods and PapplewickWine Appreciation We3, 7.30 - V M Members homes Mike Allen2* 01623 653345Next Meetings: March 20th – Reds, own choice, with RB; April 17th – Macon-Villages with K/NSWine Appreciation Tu4, 7.30 - V M Members homes Graham Allin3* 01623 473662Next Meetings: March 26th – Wide price range reds with Barrie & Lynne; Apr 23 – Port with JillWriting for Pleasure * Mo2, 2.00 - 4.00 M The Stanhope Centre Sue Ford / Hilary (Bridge St. Methodist Miller 01623 Church), Mansfield. 844286 / 620067Next Meetings: 11th March; 8th April; 13th May; 10th JuneYoga We, 1.00 - 3.00 W Bridge Street Linda Leivers Methodist Church, 01623 471963 MansfieldInaugural Meeting: 27th March Page 8 of 12
  9. 9. New Members MeetingA BIG thank you to all those who attendedthe new members coffee morning – newmembers, group leaders and committeemembers alike. A particular thanks to JeanHinds for the refreshments muchappreciated by all.Avril McGee There are more photos on the website ...______________________________________________________________________________Groups News (Check the Interest Group web pages for updates)New GroupsTHE PAST MONTH has seen us launch a number of new groups and projects: • Heartstart, where there are still training vacancies. See the Notice Boards and website for dates and further information. • Art, which commences on the 20th March. Please see below and contact Linda Spray to ensure you have a place. • Caravan & Motorhome Rally. The first rally will be on 31st May, 1st & 2nd June at Skellingthorpe nr. Lincoln. Please see website or notice Boards for more information. • Board Games had its first meeting on the 4th March, played Yahtzee and learnt Canasta, which were greatly enjoyed. The group will now meet bi-weekly starting on 18th March so please contact me if you would like to join in the fun. • Yoga was due to commence on the 6th of March but has been delayed to the 27th due to our teacher, Sarah Hollis suffering bereavement. There are a few places left on this course, please contact me for details. • Keep Fit is still in the planning stages but a large number have expressed an interest and well be able to launch this group as soon as I can locate a teacher.Keep your ideas coming in, either to me or via the suggestions box. I don’t think we can dounderwater basket weaving, but we could try.Linda Leivers, Groups Co-ordinatorArtTHE NEW Art Group starts the day after the March meeting i.e. 20th, 10 - 12 at Big Barn LaneMethodist Church.Michael Morton, a U3A member and former illustrator, has agreed to give some tutoring to those ofus who feel there is room for improvement. This group is for hands-on painting or drawing and isnot to be confused with that other excellent interest group Art Appreciation.Come along and dispel the myth that you have no aptitude. Refreshments will be provided and youwill be given a warm welcome. For the first session just some soft B pencils and a sketch pad are allthat is required.Linda Spray Page 9 of 12
  10. 10. BowlsTHE 2012/2013 indoor bowls sessions ended on the 14th March and outdoor bowling willcommence at the Mansfield Bowling Club, Chesterfield Road, Mansfield on Thursday 9th May1.30pm to 3.30pm and every Thursday through to the closing of the green on 28th September.The first five Thursdays, qualified coaches, Mike Lake and Mel. Savidge will be in attendance.Members new to bowling are very welcome to come along and have a go. Bowls will be provided,but flat-soled shoes must be worn. The cost per session will be £2. Whether you are a Beginner,Novice, or an experience Player, all will be made very welcome.There will be a pre-season meeting to meet the coaches and discuss the activities of the BowlsGroup on Friday 22nd March 11.00am at The Pavilion, Mansfield Bowling Club, ChesterfieldRoad, Mansfield.Please contact me if you have any questions or for further information.Don Wright (01623 628946)Garden Visits 2013We have planned two visits this summer: FRIDAY 17TH MAY. Burton Agnes Hall is an Elizabethan Manor House in the village of Burton Agnes in East Yorkshire. It was built by Sir Henry Griffin in the early 17th Century to a design by Robert Smythson. The Hall is surrounded by award-winning gardens that include a Garden gallery, a Walled garden and stunning herbaceous borders. Cost £22.50. Coach departs from the Odeon Complex Mansfield 8 am. FRIDAY 19TH JULY. Trentham Gardens and Wollerton Old Hall Garden. After some retail therapy and/or garden exploration at Trentham, we travel on to Wollerton Old Hall Gardens in the afternoon. Designed by Lesley Jenkins, they are reputed to be one of the most beautiful gardens created in the past 25 years. A garden for the plant enthusiast and lots of design ideas. There are wonderful collections of clematis, salvias, phlox and roses. Cost £19.50. Coach departs from the Odeon Complex Mansfield 8 am.To book a place, come and see us at the monthly meeting or ring me on 651528.Marion ThorntonLocal HistoryTHE MARCH meeting of the Local History group was given a talk by Linda Mallett and StuartReddish entitled According To Local Custom.Spanning over a thousand years of the history of Sherwood Forest from the Vikings to thePlantagenet Kings to the Dukeries and on to the second world war. A very interesting two hours.Excellent, as everyone present showed through the warmth of their applause to Linda and Stuart!Bob & Sue LongdenDigital WorldCONGRATULATIONS Eric Hall (Sherwood U3A) who took first place in the People Relaxing atThoresby photographic competition, ahead of our own Sylvia Atkinson and Jackie Ling in secondand third places. Pam Farrell (Hucknall U3A) was Highly Commended. All the winners interpretedrelaxing by showing walkers in snow fields so the judges gave particular credit to exposuresettings that compensated for the glare. They are all on the website.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 or learn about simple photo editing.David Ling Page 10 of 12
  11. 11. Theatre Visits • Wed 15th May PM: The Mouse Trap – Theatre Royal, Nottingham. • Tues/Wed 11th/12th June: London Theatre Visit. Cost £149 or £119.50 (£35 single supplement) £149 includes coach, B & B in St Giles Hotel near the Victoria Palace, stall tickets to Billy Elliot and entrance to Kensington Palace and Gardens on the way home. (£119.50: own choice of show.) I shall need a deposit of £30 at the March meeting – although the company has extended the deadline, cheques have to be posted by the 21st March to arrive in time. (Or drop them off at my or Margaret Burlinsons house.) It will cost £12.50 for optional two-course meal at Porters in Covent Garden more for three courses. We have to reserve places so will need a £5 deposit later if you choose to eat there. Cash is welcome but cheques must be payable to Mansfield & District U3A. We need only 6 more passengers for the trip to go ahead at the price quoted & if 13 more sign up the price will come down!For your information, the ODEON cinema does live satellite transmissions of opera etc. Contact thecinema for further details.Sheila Whalley (01623 453908)Luncheon ClubFEBRUARYS lunch at Lambs at the Market sold-out within hours of opening for bookings butthey coped very well, despite the numbers and everyone enjoyed themselves as usual.We will be exploring new ground on March 21st when Margaret Burlinson and Maisie Hammondwill be sharing their enthusiasm for Ania in Sherwood, Nottingham, a Polish-owned and runrestaurant that has collected rave reviews on Trip Advisor and from other U3As.They are offering a special menu priced at £10 for two courses and £15 for three that will showcasethe national cuisine. Im told that their Sledzie Z Salatka Jarzynowa (a herring dish) and Filet PiersiKurczaka W Sosie ze Śmietana (chicken) are especially notable!Then, on April 18th, well try another new venue, the extensively refurbished Mansfield Manor, tosee what 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.Bookings are open today.David Ling Menus are on the website ...Art AppreciationMEMBERS of the Art Appreciation group enjoyed a meeting with a difference in March when groupmember Molly Pollitt gave a most interesting and enjoyable presentation on the art and illustration ofchildrens literature. Members were shown examples of work by illustrators including Quintin Blake,Helen Oxenbury and Dick Bruna and learned the background to the artwork for publications thatincluded Miffy, the Hungry Caterpillar and The Gruffalo.Thanks to Molly for a most enlightening afternoon.Pauline BoucherPopular Music AppreciationTHE NEXT meeting will be on Tuesday 26th March at the Carnarvon Arms, Teversal at 1.00pm.Look forward to seeing you all.Peter Haynes Page 11 of 12
  12. 12. _______________________________________________________________________________________Speakers CornerOUR SPEAKER today is Maggie Falconer who will be talking about the charity When You WishUpon A Star.For the past 21 years, When You Wish Upon a Star has been granting wishes of children acrossthe UK, all of whom have a life-threatening illness.Maggie explains that "each wish" brings a child something special, to forget about their often painfultreatment and to create treasured memories for all the family.One of the highlights of the talk is a film of over 100 children on a trip to Lapland to see FatherChristmas.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).______________________________________________________________________________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 April issue to mansfieldu3a@aol.com, or in typescript to theeditor, as soon as you can and by 1st April at the latest. Thanks!______________________________________________________________________________Editor: David Ling (01623 822994) Printed by: Portland Print (www.portlandprint.org.uk/) Page 12 of 12

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