Mansfield and District U3ANewsletterCoffee Morning: Pages 3 & 4_____________________________Established 1999HMRC Charity R...
Welcome from your chairmanIT SEEMS as if 2013 has been a far ‘emptier’ year than 2012 – no Jubilee, no Olympics, nothingre...
New Business SecretaryIF YOU came to the May meeting, youll know that I had to announce that the committee has veryrelucta...
OVER 100 members attended the annual coffee morning at The Towers that raised the magnificentsum of £596 towards our funds...
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, 2.00 - 4.00 M St Johns Centre,MansfieldNorma Shil...
Interest Group Meetings Meeting Place Leader/ContactMusic GroupsClassical Music 1 * Th2, 2.00 - 4.00 M Members homes Alan ...
Interest Group Meetings Meeting Place Leader/ContactTai Chi Mo, 9.30 - 10.30 W St Johns Centre,MansfieldCliff Laycock01623...
Groups News (cont. from page 4)Theatre VisitsTHE LONDON MUSICAL – BILLY ELLIOT, 11TH & 12TH JUNEJUST a reminder that the p...
Lawns surround the house and the award-winning gardens contain a maze, a potager, giant gamessuch as chess and snakes and ...
There were often shouts of "where is a camera?"; you knew then another one had been caught.That evening we got together in...
______________________________________________________________________________Speakers CornerOUR SPEAKER today is Jane Bar...
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  1. 1. Mansfield and District U3ANewsletterCoffee Morning: Pages 3 & 4_____________________________Established 1999HMRC Charity Registration No.: XT30525June 2013Website: www.mansfield-u3a.org.ukNoticeboard: http://mansfieldu3a.blogspot.comPage 1 of 12
  2. 2. Welcome from your chairmanIT SEEMS as if 2013 has been a far ‘emptier’ year than 2012 – no Jubilee, no Olympics, nothingreally to grab the imagination; a year of consolidation, of clearing-up. It’s as if the long drawn-outwinter and spring have delayed the start of everything, and the world is only just waking up.Perhaps the dull feeling is because there is little to celebrate.Last year, we were subjects of a Queen of Britain, of a Commonwealth – envied by others, not justfor the photo opportunities of processions, but because we were part of a larger whole and couldfeel that we had been part of it for much of our lives. How can nations that elect their leaders feelthis continuity?Deep inside me, there is a republican voice, but I have to acknowledge that there is sense in anunelected ‘ruler’, someone outside the political merry-go-round, who just ‘is’. And while many dislikesport and the emphasis placed on national pride, the Olympics at least enabled us to bask inreflected glory, and, astonishingly for such an insular nation, to enjoy the exploits of other nations aswell.We were part of a global nation for a time.This year has been different – economic crises, weather tragedies, political farces, horrible deaths,all with no easy solution and little compensating happiness. It seems to have induced in us a rose-tinted view of the past. Last year, the present was rose-tinted; this year, we have once moreinvented a past that was never really there, when everything was more certain, more clear.Nostalgia is quite fun, it’s pleasant to believe we once had the answers to all the problems(forgetting that if we’d had the answers then, we wouldn’t have the problems now!). But it won’t helpus to live. We have to re-invent every few years the ‘glues’ that hold us together.Glues like work – when jobs were there for the most part, when it wasn’t 24/7 on duty, whenchanging jobs was a serious decision, not a necessity. Like our social and sporting lives – groups ofpeople who became friends through long association, not ‘speed-dating’ in haste just to get to knowothers.I suppose what I’m trying to say is that we have in U3A a new type of ‘glue’ that could work well; anew social grouping that gives community, but respects individuality. It is up to us to make it work sothat nostalgia remains that pleasant, half remembered view of a hazy past and not an excuse fornot looking forward and living.Mike Allen______________________________________________________________________________In this issuePage 2 Chairmans Welcome.Page 3 New Business Secretary. Holiday Updates. Book Table.Recent Events: Coffee Morning (Start)Page 4 Recent Events: Coffee Morning (End). Groups News: ShufflersPages 5 - 8 Groups Meeting Programme.Page 9 Groups News: Theatre Visits, Holidays, Luncheon Club, Garden VisitsPage 10 Groups News: Art Appreciation, Digital World, Caravan and MotorhomeRally (start)Page 11 Groups News: Caravan and Motorhome Rally (end). Bowls.Reflections from the Committee TablePage 12 Speakers Corner. Dates for your diary. Notices.Page 2 of 12
  3. 3. New Business SecretaryIF YOU came to the May meeting, youll know that I had to announce that the committee has veryreluctantly accepted Jean Daltons resignation from the position of Business Secretary for healthreasons. She made an invaluable contribution to the management of Mansfield U3A and we allwish her a speedy recovery.Linda Spray has volunteered to be co-opted to this important role until theAGM in September and we hope she will then stand for election to serve until2015. Shes introduced herself on the website, where she wrote:"Linda joined the U3A in October 2012 after a diverse career insecretarial, training and other roles within Nottinghamshire CountyCouncil. She retired in 2011. Looking for ‘retirement pastimes’ led her tothe U3A, which she now enjoys and participates in fully. She is now co-ordinator of the new Art Interest group and is a regular Stroller."Thank you and welcome Linda.Mike Allen_______________________________________________________________________________________Holiday UpdatesTenby – 1st - 5th JulyThere is still time to see me or ring if you are interested in those optional excursions that you will findin your Tenby packs. If there is enough interest I will try to get a group booking, but it must be donebefore we go. Do remember that these are optional and that you are free to do your own thing.Another reminder that we shall be picked up at Walkden Street instead of the new bus station.Departure time 9am but be there 15 minutes before.Thursford Christmas Spectacular – 4th, 5th & 6th DecemberThe balances of £194 for singles and £168 pp for those sharing must be paid no later than theSeptember meeting. These prices include the drivers gratuity. Since cheques will not be casheduntil the last week in September you can start paying now especially if you know you may beabsent at any of the meetings before then. Cheques payable to Mansfield & District U3A.Margaret Burlinson Details of all holidays are on the website ..._______________________________________________________________________________________Book TableSALE OF BOOKS in May raised £43.85 bringing the total for this year (5 months) to £203.32.Anyone with a holiday planned get your reading matter at considerable discount to airport shopsand remember, you can leave them behind if you buy so much on holiday you may be in danger ofgoing over your baggage weight limit.Thank you to all concerned, especially my helpers.Lilian Whitehead._______________________________________________________________________________________Recent EventsGOOD MORNING; Karen here on behalf of the Social Committee to say a HUGE thanks toeveryone who supported our recent Coffee Morning. As you know this is a fund raising event but isalso a great time for a chat with friends and a cuppa. Thanks to everyone who donated raffle andtombola prizes; cakes and plants for the stalls; those who turned up on the day and spenttheir money and everyone who helped on the day. WELL DONE TO YOU ALL.Karen Troop.Page 3 of 12
  4. 4. OVER 100 members attended the annual coffee morning at The Towers that raised the magnificentsum of £596 towards our funds.The Coffee Morning has become a highlight in Mansfield U3A’s calendar and is a welcomeopportunity for members to meet and relax.Our Social Committee had organised raffle and tombola prizes. Our green-fingered GardeningGroup sold plants and seeds to members who hoped for an improvement in the weather to enablethem to get out in the garden. Members of the Pudding Club had their usual tempting array of cakesand goodies. One member successfully sold unwanted toys!Last year’s coffee morning raised a record sum – this year’s was £5 short of that figure – a fantasticachievement.Our thanks to everyone who helped to make this event such a success, the Social Committee whoorganised the event, the stallholders who stood and sold the merchandise, everyone who donatedprizes, plants, cakes, etc. and in particular to our members who turned up on the day and gave sogenerously and made the event so enjoyable and successful.The accounts are on the website.Pauline Boucherp.s. There will be biscuits next year! Photos on the website ...______________________________________________________________________________Groups News (Check the Interest Group web pages for updates)A Shufflers’ ExpeditionON FRIDAY 31st May, after days of rain and general misery, fortune favoured the righteous and thesun shone on the Shufflers. No short trip this time, but a major expedition to Nottingham’s WollatonHall, organised by the Senior Shuffler, Sylvia Slack.As the Community bus swept up the drive to park right outside the Hall in the sunshine, many of usrealised we had not been there since the last time we could stagger without aid. Wollaton has beenrestored; it now looks like Hardwick Hall on steroids (or acid), rather too ornate for my taste, eventhough built earlier and by the same master mason.As Nottingham’s ‘lung’, the park was crowded with families on half-term, yet the area is so large thatwe did not feel hemmed-in by children or noise. A quick trip round the interior, much lighter andbetter arranged that I recollect from the past, showed us the 19th Century alterations, although onlythe Salon has any period furniture.By now, the group of 16 had split up, to come together only when we returned to the bus at 3.00pm.Some went to the café in the Courtyard, some walked the grounds to the Lake, some wandered therather beautiful gardens (though even these showed a lack to care associated with the cuts). I satlooking out over the golf course eating the picnic lunch we had been told to bring.Only too soon, we had to leave. A beautiful day in beautiful surroundings with no duties or jobs to do– what could be better?Our thanks to Sylvia for organising this.Mike Allen Groups News continues on page 9 ...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 U3Ameetings are on the 3rd Tuesday of each month (exceptAugustand December) at the Oakham Suite, 155 Nottingham Road, Mansfield from 10 am - 12.30 pm.Interest Group Meetings Meeting Places Leader/ContactArt We3, 10 -12 M Big Barn LaneMethodist Church,MansfieldLinda Spray01623 795176Next Meetings: June 19th; July 17thArt Appreciation Mo1, 2.00 - 4.00 M Baptist Church,Rosemary St.MansfieldPauline Boucher01623 644798Next Meeting: 1st July – Renaissance timeline plus members gallery reports. 5th Aug (6.00pm)– Summer Soiree at Paulines. (Poetry and prose with a summer theme)Beginners Bridge(With Ashfield U3A)Mo, Various6.30 - 9.00Enviro Centre,Derby Rd College,MansfieldMaxine Rose/GlenisCarr01623 459081/627735Next Meetings: 17th June(Also Acol sessions at the Mechanics Institute – Th, 10 - 12.30 W)Board Games Mo F, 6.30 TBA Linda Leivers01623 471963Next Meetings: SuspendedBowls Th, 1.30 - 3.30 W Mansfield BowlsClub,Chesterfield RoadDon Wright01623 628946Next Meetings: June 13th, 20th & 27th; July 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th; Aug. 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29thCaravan & MhomeRallyVarious TBA Terry Lammas01623 471963Next Meeting: 26th & 27th July – Swinethorpe, nr. LincolnChat and Stitch Mo3, 2.00 - 4.00 M St Johns Centre,MansfieldDoreen Storer01623 407731Next Meetings: 17th June; no meeting in July or Aug; 16th SeptAll members are invited to contact the relevant Group Leader if they would like to participate in anyinterest group or attend an event. NB: * indicates a waiting list.Page 5 of 12
  6. 6. Interest Group Meetings Meeting Place Leader/ContactCurrent Affairs Tu2, 2.00 - 4.00 M St Johns Centre,MansfieldNorma Shillinglaw01623 466934Next Meetings: June 11th; July 10thDigital World Fri 2 & 4, 2.00 - 4.002/MStanton Hill BaptistChurch, SkegbyDavid Ling01623 822994Next Meetings: June 14th & 28th; July 12th & 26th. No meeting inAugustFamily History Tu4, 10.00 - 12.00 M St Johns Centre,MansfieldMax Clarke01623 621744Next Meetings: TBAFilm Studies * We1, 1.30 - V M Joys home Joy Crowe01623 645400Next Meetings: 3rd JulyGarden Visits During the Summer Various Marion Thornton01623 651528Next Visits: 19th July – Trentham Gardens and Wollerton Old HallGardening Tu1, 10.00 - 12.00 M St Peters Centre,MansfieldAvril McGee01623 452688Next Meetings: 2nd July – Garden Foliage/Flower Arranging with Jill Bewick; 6thAug. – Visit toFelley PrioryHeartstart Th3, 1.00 - 3.00 William Kaye Hall,Ladybrook LaneLinda Leivers01623 471963Next Meetings: 13th June*; 18th July*; 22nd Aug.*; 19th Sept. (10.00 - 12.00); 17th Oct.Holidays(Home & Abroad)Various TBA Margaret Burlinson01623 632538Next holidays: 1st - 5th July – Tenby;4th, 5th & 6th December – Thursford Christmas SpectacularKeep Fit (New) TBA TBA Linda Leivers01623 471963Inaugural Meeting: TBALocal History Fri1, 10.00 - 12.00 M Bridge Street *Methodist Church* NB New VenueBob & Sue Longden01623 486903Next Meetings: No meeting in Aug. Sept. 6th – Clipstone Camp with John DanburyNext visit: 5th July – Severn Valley Railway (Joint trip with Sci-Tech)Luncheon Club Th after 3rd Tu,12.00 - 2.00 MVarious David Ling01623 822994Next Meetings: June 20th – refined at West Notts Coll. July 18th – The Lion at FarnsfieldPage 6 of 12
  7. 7. Interest Group Meetings Meeting Place Leader/ContactMusic GroupsClassical Music 1 * Th2, 2.00 - 4.00 M Members homes Alan & MarleneRadford01623 427934Next Meetings: 10th June – Delius with Marlene & Alan; 11th July – Your favourite musicClassical Music 2 Mo4, 2.00 - 4.00 M Members homes Peter Hart01623 620940Next Meetings: 24th June – Overtures. No meeting in AugConcert Visits (New)(With Southwell U3A)Various Royal Concert Hall,NottinghamDavid Ling01623 822994Next Meeting: Fri. 28th June – CBSO, Mendelssohn Sym. No. 4 & Beethoven Sym. No. 9Music 2 * Mo4, 2.00 - 4.30 M Members homes Eric Prescott01623 631160Next Meeting: TBAPopular MusicAppreciation *Tu4, 2.00 - 4.00 M St Johns School,MansfieldPeter Haynes01623 610886Next Meetings: TBA (Subs are due at the next meeting. PH)Pudding Club * Tu1, 4.00 - 6.00 M Members homes Sylvia Slack01623 633981Next Meetings: June 25th at Sylvias; No meeting in July; Aug. 6th at Janet sReading 1 * Th3, 2.00 - 4.00 M Peter Dawsons home Peter Dawson01623 882191Next Meetings: 20th June; 18th JulyReading 2 Tu3, 2.00 - 4.00 M Ravenshead Library Joan Hufton01623 557488Next Meetings: 18th June; 16th JulyScience & Technical Tu1, 1.30 - 3.30 M Stanton Hill BaptistChurch, SkegbyIan Boucher01623 644798Next Meetings: TBANext visits: 5th July – Severn Valley Rly (With Local History)Scrabble * Mo2, 2.00 - 4 .00 M Brenda ThurkettleshomeBrenda Thurkettle01623 628136Next Meetings: 10th June; 8th JulySinging for Fun Th V West Notts College,Derby Rd. MansfieldJune Fell01623 623547Next Meetings: June 13th & 17th; July 11th; Aug. 8th; Sept. 5th & 19thPage 7 of 12
  8. 8. Interest Group Meetings Meeting Place Leader/ContactTai Chi Mo, 9.30 - 10.30 W St Johns Centre,MansfieldCliff Laycock01623 481985Next Meetings: June 10th, 17th & 24thTheatre Visits Various Various Sheila Whalley01623 453908Tues./Wed. 11th/12th June – Billy Elliot. (Evening at the Victoria Palace Theatre, London.)Wed. 21st Aug – Ghost The Musical. (Matinee at the Royal Concert Hall, NottinghamWalking GroupsHikers(all-day, 6 - 8 miles)Th1 & Mo3, 9.30 - V2/MTesco car park, offOak Tree LanePeter Thurkettle01623 628136Next Meetings: Mon.17th June – Taddington & the Dales; Thurs. 4th July – Hickling / ColstonBassettShufflers(short & gentle)V Lunchtimes Various Sylvia Slack01623 633981Next Meeting: TBAStrollers(a leisurely 2 miles)We2, 10.30 - V M Various Barbara Massey /Marion Thornton01623 628357 /01623 651528Next Meetings: 12th June – Portland Pk. Kirkby; 10th July – Pleasley Pit TrailWalkers(an easy 4 - 5 miles)We4, 10.30 – V M Various Joy & Nick Crowe01623 645400Next Meetings: 26th June – Teversal GrangeWine Appreciation2*We3, 7.30 - V M Members homes Mike Allen01623 653345Next Meetings: June 19th – Macon-Blanc Villages with K/NS; July 17th – Australian Reds with MRAWine Appreciation3*Tu4, 7.30 - V M Members homes Graham Allin01623 473662Next Meetings: June 25th – New Countries with Ron; July 23rd – New Zealand White with Ian &PaulineWriting for Pleasure * Mo2, 2.00 - 4.00 M The Stanhope Centre(Bridge St. MethodistChurch), Mansfield.Sue Ford / HilaryMiller 01623844286 / 620067Next Meetings: 10th June; 8th JulyYoga (In abeyance) We, 1.00 - 3.00 W Bridge StreetMethodist ChurchLinda Leivers01623 471963Next Meetings: TBAPage 8 of 12
  9. 9. Groups News (cont. from page 4)Theatre VisitsTHE LONDON MUSICAL – BILLY ELLIOT, 11TH & 12TH JUNEJUST a reminder that the pick-up place has now changed from the new bus station to WalkdenStreet outside Iceland. Departure time is 9am but please be there no later than 8.45am to allowthe driver time to load your luggage.The tickets for those going to Billy Elliot will be given out on the coach. If you have chosen to eat atPorters Restaurant in Covent Garden please make sure you are outside the building at 4.45pmready to eat at 5pm.Whatever youve chosen to do in London, I hope you have a wonderful time.Margaret Burlinson/Sheila Whalley (01623 453908)HolidaysROUND BRITAIN CRUISEWe arrived home on Monday 3rd June after our cruise round Britain. The weather was very kind tous; better than we had dared to expect. Margarets organisational skills ensured that everythingwent very smoothly. A good time was had by all. Full report next month.Norma ShillinglawLuncheon ClubAPRIL saw us exploring The Countryman at Kirkby in Ashfield, which has had a make-over tobring a more modern feel to this traditional, family-owned country pub. Sheila Whalley chose anattractive menu with dishes priced individually from £9.00 for 2 courses. Most reports I heardcomplemented the food and excellent, friendly service but portion sizes werent outstanding.Next, on 20th June, Mike Allen has arranged for us to have a foretaste of the future by visiting thenew West Notts College training restaurant refined, where students refine the cooking andservice skills theyve been taught by contact with real customers. By all accounts, were in for atreat at a bargain price at just £4.50 for a main course, £5.95 for 2 courses or 3 for £7.50.Over 40 places have been reserved already but its a large room so you can still join the list if youwant. IF I know before the end of the June meeting.Then, on 18th July well complete the season by returning to our Pub of the Year for 2011, TheLion at Farnsfield, where John And Karen Troop have negotiated a good discount from theirnormal prices for an attractive menu with dishes priced individually from £9.90 for two courses.Bookings for all of these are open today.Well explore new ground on 19th September, after the holiday break, when Pauline and IanBoucher are taking us to Bestwood Lodge Hotel, a Victorian Hunting Lodge just north ofNottingham.David Ling Menus are on the website ...Garden VisitsON 17TH MAY, we visited beautiful Burton Agnes, built by Sir Henry Griffin in the early 17thcentury and designed by Robert Smythson. He also designed Hardwick Hall and Wollaton Hall.We had a guided tour of this exquisite Elizabethan Manor house that is filled with many treasuresincluding paintings, porcelain and furniture collected by the family over five generations.Simon Cunliffe Lister and his family live in the Old Vicarage, next to the church and the originalNorman Manor house that was built in 1173.Page 9 of 12
  10. 10. Lawns surround the house and the award-winning gardens contain a maze, a potager, giant gamessuch as chess and snakes and ladders, a jungle garden, and more than four thousand plantspecies. In the courtyard, there is a gift shop, a farm shop, plant sales, a café and an ice creamparlour. There is also a gallery for local artists to exhibit their work.The weather was kind – not a lot of sunshine but no rain!Marion Thornton Photos on the website ...Art AppreciationFIFTEEN members of the Art Appreciation Group enjoyed their visit to the Walker Art Gallery inLiverpool on 15th May. What a treat – Rubens, Gainsborough, Rembrandt and many, many morewonderful works of art.After a non-stop drive across the M62 we enjoyed coffee and cakes in the gallery before being metby a curator who gave us a history of the building and its contents. This is particularly relevant to usat present as we are just commencing a project on Art Galleries of the world.The curator then took us on a tour of selected paintings,explaining their significance to the gallery in particular and tothe Art World in general. Our tour ended with a visit to thecontemporary gallery that houses the winning exhibits of theprestigious John Moores contemporary annual exhibition.A short taxi drive took us to the Albert Docks where membershad a choice of museums, galleries and shops. The favourite– the wonderful bronze life-size statue of Billy Fury on thedockside. Some members came over all nostalgic for the1960’s.The only thing missing from our great day was the wonderfulMerseybeat sound.Pauline Boucher More photos on the website ...Digital WorldTHE WEATHER wasnt quite as ordered for on 24th May for a photographic treasure hunt at VicarWater but members still enjoyed looking for 12 subjects, photographing them and submitting themfor us to discuss at Skegby on 14th June. They were all easy to find and it was interesting tocompare interpretations and editing techniques.Do come along to Stanton Hill Baptist Church at Skegby on any 2nd or 4th Friday (2.00 - 4.00) ifyou have a digital camera of any kind and would like help to make better use of it.David LingCaravan and Motorhome RallyWHAT GLORIOUS weather we had for the first Caravan and Motorhome Rally, at Swinethorpe justoutside of Lincoln on the weekend of May 31st to 3rd June. There were members of Mansfield,Ashfield and Sherwood U3As, plus some friends.We all introduced ourselves and then had a wonderful greeting by the Red Arrows. They gave us afly past. Twice.As there is a fishing lake there, the men soon got out their fishing rods etc. Dave, my husband, hadnot fished for at least 40 years but soon got the hang of it. Linda fashioned him a hat! (Out of ahankie as he had forgotten his.) We girls lazed in the sun and left them to it.Page 10 of 12
  11. 11. There were often shouts of "where is a camera?"; you knew then another one had been caught.That evening we got together in the room that had been provided for us and discussed what we allwould like to do for the weekend, with a drink or two; well maybe three or four!Saturday dawned yet even more lovely weather; the menstarted fishing; some went walking; so 4 of us ladies wentshopping. (Dont take Avril to a garden centre!). Linda and Ibought shoes. That evening we went to Lincoln to go on aGhost walk when many a tale was told by our guide. (Youcan believe or not, but it was very eerie and he gave us all asticker to put by our beds to protect us.)Sunday morning and we returned to Lincoln to do a treasuretrail to find William Conquerors murderer. We had a list ofweapons and suspects, with clues around Lincoln. We splitinto ladies v. men and needless to say we ladies won. Or wewill think we did.We collected our cars and drove to the pub nearby forsandwiches and a drink. Needless to say when we got backthe men fished and we ladies read and sunbathed. Thatevening we BBQed but we hadnt got ours so Peter and Avrilshared theirs with us. Later that evening we played UNO.Monday morning dawned as it was time to start packing to leave one by one, leaving just 3 vansand there in the sky we got yet another fly past by the Red Arrows. I would like to think they tippedtheir wings to us to say goodbye.We all look forward to the next one and thank you Terry and Linda for organising it.Patricia Gunter More photos on the website ...BowlsOUR BOWLS group continues to meet every Thursday, 1.30pm to 3.30pm, until the closing of thegreen in September. Coaching is available for those who feel it will help them improve their game soplease come along.Don Wright_____________________________________________________________________________Reflections from the Committee TableON BEING A GROUPS CO-ORDINATORI had been a U3A member for a few years and appreciated how much work is required by thecommittee to keep it running smoothly – well more or less.In September 2012 I thought it was time I tried to help with the task. I chose to be the Group Co-ordinator, taking over from Glenis Carr, a hard act to follow.We all have some life skills to offer to the U3A and mine was organising and following thingsthrough, by sometimes devious means.We have added some new groups since earlier this year. All these have been a challenge, but theend results are usually very satisfying.I would recommend to anyone that they become a committee member. I have met more peoplemore quickly than I ever did as a member in the audience. The committee keeps your mind activeand gives additional purpose to the few hours a week I have to spare.Linda LeiversPage 11 of 12
  12. 12. ______________________________________________________________________________Speakers CornerOUR SPEAKER today is Jane Barnes who will be telling Tales from a Farmers Wife.Jane lives on a 220-acre grassland farm near Melton Mowbray. She will tell anecdotes and talesabout their herd of 125 Ayrshire cows and two bulls – Diesel and Ferdinande! Her talk will alsoexplain the challenges faced by farmers in the 21st century and their diversification.All the milk from their farm goes to the Long Clawson Dairies where its made into world famousBlue Stilton cheese. Jane will be bringing some samples to try at the end of her talk!Jane has also appeared on East Midlands Today talking about Lady Shamrock so we may alsolearn more about her today.Marilyn Dibble______________________________________________________________________________Dates for your diary (Check the website for more information and updates.).Tues. 2nd July: U3A East Midlands Regional Conference at Northampton Holiday Inn. £10. Seenoticeboard.Sun. 28th July: OPEN GARDEN at Sheila Whalleys home in aid of Air Ambulance. 1.00 - 5.00. £2.Tickets on sale at the June meeting.Tues: 20th Aug: SUMMER PICNIC at Queen Elizabeths Academy. 12.00 to 3pm, with gardengames. FOC, but bring food to share and your own drinks. Details 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 July issue to mansfieldu3a@aol.com, or in typescript to theeditor, 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

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