Mansfield U3A Newsletter: September 2013


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Our monthly newsletter shows what members of Mansfield and District U3A in north Nottinghamshire have been doing recently and what's planned. This edition includes the AGM agenda and officer reports for 2012/13.

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Mansfield U3A Newsletter: September 2013

  1. 1. Mansfield and District U3A Newsletter Summer Picnic. (See Recent Events: Page 12) _____________________________ Established 1999 HMRC Charity Registration No.: XT30525 September 2013 – AGM Edition Website: Noticeboard: Page 1 of 16
  2. 2. Welcome from your chairman THIS LETTER, I promise, is the last that you will have to read from me – a merciful release for both you and me! One point that I would like to labour – the Exhibition of Mansfield U3A activities and works at the Museum in May-June 2014. It could be a wonderful celebration of your membership and enthusiasm over the years. The Museum authorities are excited by the idea and will help in any way that they can. I would ask Group Leaders and members to start thinking how best their activities can be presented. Perhaps less of a picture-framed, hung-on-walls exhibition than something more dynamic – videos projected, photos on continuous loop, maps covering a wall, Interest Groups busy in the Museum to show how we approach our leisure time. With the permission of the Groups Coordinator, I would like to gauge your thoughts at the November meeting of Interest Group Leaders and then we can plan from there. Meanwhile, I will slide into a reflective mode. Last summer's AGM Newsletter contained my thoughts on the Olympics, and recently, the papers and TV have been full of rather gloomy retrospectives. Did the Olympics make any difference to us in the longer term? No doubt, some sports, many sportsmen and women, and most volunteers and workers would say that they have gained from the Games and that a lasting legacy has been created. But for the nation? Perhaps the major gain was, and is, the sense of pride that we, the British, could create such a joyously successful occasion, one which the whole country could embrace – an experience that was not purely selfish and personal, but which covered most of us. Perhaps we can bring this into our time in U3A – not just pleasure in personal enjoyment, but a sense of pride that we are creating an organisation in which many can find find something valuable and enjoyable, something that we share and work together towards. Let's go forward thinking this, and then we will have done something good. Adieu! Mike Allen ______________________________________________________________________________ In this issue Page 2 Welcome Page 3 AGM Agenda. Chairman's Report. (Start) Page 4 Chairman's Report. (End); Treasurer's Report. Page 5 Subscriptions Reminder. Groups Report (Start) Page 6 Groups Report (End). Membership Secretary's Report. Newsletter Report. Website Report. Page 7 Nominations for Committee. Introducing New Committee Members. Pages 8 - 11 Interest Groups meetings diary. Page 11 Holiday Updates. (Start) Page 12 Holiday Updates. (End). Recent Events: Summer Picnic; Visit to Sheila Whalley's Garden Page 13 Groups News: Theatre Visits; Digital World; Holidays (Start) Page 14 Groups News: Holidays (End); Luncheon Club; Bowls Page 15 Groups News: Reading1; Strollers; Writing for Pleasure Page 16 Dates for your diary and Notices. Page 2 of 16
  3. 3. AGM Agenda 1. Welcome by Chairman at 11.15am after monthly meeting and coffee. 2. Approval of the Minutes of the 2012 AGM. 3. Chairman's Report. 4. Treasurer's Report (inc. approval of the Accounts and re-election of the Auditor). 5. Nominations for committee. 6. Election of new committee. 7. A.O.B. Date of next AGM: Tuesday 16th September 2014. ______________________________________________________________________________ Chairman's Report 2013 THE ANNUAL Report provides us all with the opportunity to reflect on how well Mansfield U3A is fulfilling the Objects of its own Constitution that require us to ‘advance the education of its Members in the spirit of the Third Age Trust’ and to ‘provide the facilities for leisure time and recreational activities’. With 35 active Interest Groups, Mansfield U3A provides a wide range of activities for its 275 members. Education is advanced, not just by talks and lectures, though some groups do bring in most interesting speakers (the Gardening Group and Local History for instance), but also by visits (Sci-Tech and Art Appreciation) and, above all, through our activities. We learn through doing - in Digital Photography, Art, Writing for Pleasure, Current Affairs, Family History, Scrabble and so many more. Even in those groups that seem less educational on the surface, such as the Walking Groups, the Pudding Club, Chat and Stitch and Tai-Chi, members are learning new skills and encountering new ideas. Theatre Visits do this dramatically, of course (intentional pun!) while the odd corners left are filled by the Luncheon Club! Education does not have to be ‘book learning’ to be valuable; it is about introducing new ideas and enriching the lives of members. The Singing for Pleasure Group not only enriches the lives of our members, but also those of the audiences. The monthly meeting reinforces the idea of education sliding in under the radar – each different speaker opens up new avenues for us. Just remember the lady from the Dickens Society, the farmer’s wife, Capt. Dyer and the film stars – we learnt a lot from them. I believe that we fulfil the educational objective, and by doing so, we provide the ‘facilities’ (the Interest Groups) for leisure and recreation for our members. New groups are formed (Antiques and Collectibles is the latest), although some gently fade or do not appeal to enough people. If there are members of Mansfield U3A who do not take advantage of the range of Interest Groups, both to continue their own education and to enhance their own enjoyment of life, they are missing one of the main points of U3A membership.. Let us reflect on another point – that Members undertake themselves, without payment, the many and varied tasks necessary to run their U3A. I would like to think that we do this, willingly and happily, although I have some worries. Will an Interest Group survive without the founder leader? How long should a leader carry the burden and are others ready to pick it up? Have we got new members joining who are prepared to become leaders of groups? Page 3 of 16
  4. 4. The Quiz Night, the August Picnic, the Coffee Morning have done us proud for years, but isn’t there a need for other social ventures to be supported by the members? Mansfield U3A succeeds. It succeeds because of its members. Let us ensure that it does not survive in spite of its members. Mike Allen Treasurer's Report, Financial Year 1st August 2012 – 31 July 2013 WE ARE PLEASED to report another successful year for Mansfield U3A and a healthy financial situation at the year end on 31st July. We have received a further tax refund on subscriptions via the Gift Aid Scheme. This has enabled us to make a refund to members of £2 each via a reduction in the subscription charge for the coming year. We have made a one-off purchase of a new P.A. system that will improve the quality of sound for our members at the monthly meetings. Members’ continued support for the book sales, coffee morning and quiz night have made an important contribution to our finances and the proceeds from these social events are now kept separate from our general running costs. The committee thank you all once again for your support over the year. Below is a brief summary of our accounts for the year. A full detailed financial report will be given at the AGM and copies of the full accounts are available from the treasurer on request. Pauline Boucher, Treasurer Page 4 of 16
  5. 5. Annual Subscriptions 2013/2014 – Reminder OUR financial year ended on 31st July and annual subscriptions are now due: £17.00 for new members; £15.00 if you're renewing and £11.50 for associates. 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. And please contact me if you'd like to use on-line banking. Pauline Boucher ______________________________________________________________________________ Groups Report WE CLOSE the Mansfield U3A year noting that 3 of the 4 new groups that emerged in 2011-12 continue to flourish, thanks to the support of members and the dedication of their leaders: • Local History Group Leaders: Bob and Sue Longden • Bowls Group Leader: Don Wright • Writing for Pleasure Group Leaders: Hilary Miller and Sue Ford (Unfortunately Line Dancing proved short-lived, despite Carole Justice's stalwart efforts, as income from members' attendance subs fell short of that needed to cover the tutor's fees and hall costs, despite a start-up grant from the Committee.) New this year were: • Heart Start Group Leader: Linda Leivers Supported by the British Heart Foundation, this initiative teaches people simple Emergency Life Support skills to help them know what to do in a life-threatening emergency. It has proved so popular with members that training sessions are fully-booked until December and more are being planned. • Concert Visits Contact; David Ling This initiative by Southwell U3A to provide discounted group concert tickets at the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, and coach travel from local pick-up points didn't prove sufficiently popular with local U3As to justify a route through Mansfield. Hopefully the North Notts Neighbourhood Group of U3As will be able to gain enough support from their wider catchment area for it to continue for another year. • Art Group Leader: Linda Spray Helped by member Michael Morton, a former professional illustrator, this group is now well-established with members tackling a wide range of projects together. • Yoga Group Leaders: Linda Leivers & Pauline Boucher Initial enthusiasm tailed off as the cost of the weekly sessions took their toll but our yoga enthusiasts have been welcomed by Ravenshead U3A. • Caravan & Motorhome Rally Group Leader: Terry Lammas This group held its inaugural meeting in June and continues to meet at well-equipped sites so that members can enjoy breaks together and share experiences. Its first overseas trip will be to France in June 2014. • Antiques and Collectables Group Leader: Pat Blackwell This new group will have its first meeting at 10.00 on Tuesday 8th October, at the Stanhope Centre, Bridge Street, Mansfield. The hope is that people will share their own interests and knowledge with others. The subjects and objects need not be of great value and can range from medieval to mid-sixties. Page 5 of 16
  6. 6. • Movement to Music Contact: Linda Leivers This new group hopes to start in the Autumn, subject to being able to find a teacher who can help us keep fit in a suitably U3A manner, and a group leader, Our thanks go to these new Group Leaders for the hard work and interest they are giving in ensuring that their groups are successful. There will be updates after the Group Leaders' next meeting on Friday, 8th November, so please contact Linda Leivers if you have any ideas. Membership Secretary’s Report IT WILL BE of no surprise to all of you that, as in previous years, our waiting list for membership continues to grow. This is despite our decision to increase the membership for 2012/2013 by 25 to 275. We had hoped that this move would absorb the majority of the waiting list but I can report that we currently have in excess of 30 people still waiting for membership. It is definitely a sign of our continued success and popularity, and possibly the launch of the new Rainworth U3A later this year will absorb some of our waiting list, at least temporarily. Following the AGM and when all the fees have been collected we can start the process of taking on new members. As always, I know that you will all give a warm welcome to this year’s new members. Avril McGee, Membership Secretary Newsletter Report I'M DELIGHTED to be able to report again that we published 12-page issues every month last year – apart from this special AGM edition that has to be 16 pages in order to include all the necessary formalities. (The August issue was only published on-line as we don't meet that month and it's better use of members' funds for those with on-line access to download their own copies and print copies for friends that lack them.) Earlier availability, bigger text and full-colour photos are other advantages of on-line publication of every edition that around 100 members have enjoyed too, from around the 10th of every month. Publication is always announced on the website home page and you could sign-up there to be told by email when each new issue is available. I'm sure all members will join me in thanking the many contributors whose news of events, future interest group plans and humorous/helpful/cautionary tales make this newsletter what it is. David Ling, Editor Website Report THREE website managers are now helping to maintain our website, which has 56 active interest group and general pages at the moment and offers over 100 printable reference documents. We currently attract around 2000 visitors every month, seeking information quickly and saving money. Terry Whitehead, Linda Leivers and Bob Longden have already taken-on several maintenance tasks, helping group leaders to maintain their pages so that every interest group page is kept up to date. Last year's change to a Content Management System seems to have been completed seamlessly and most Group Leaders are getting confident in updating their own pages, willingly helped by the Managers whenever asked. David Ling, Webmaster Page 6 of 16
  7. 7. Nominations for the committee THE FOLLOWING are seeking election to the Committee for a period of two years: Bob Longden (Vice Chairman) Linda Spray (Business Secretary) John Troop (Asst. Treasurer) Sheila Whalley (Committee Member) The following are seeking re-election to the Committee for a period of two years: Pauline Boucher (Treasurer) Avril McGee (Membership Secretary) Jean Hinds (Social Events) The following were elected at the 2012 AGM for a period of two years: Glenis Carr (Chairperson) Jennie Roberts (Minutes Secretary) Linda Leivers (Groups Coordinator) Marilyn Dibble (Speaker Finder). Introducing the new Committee Nominees Bob Longden – Vice Chairman (01623 486903) Bob joined Mansfield U3A a few years ago, looking for some ways to better enjoy his free time. He found the choices appealing and his first group adventure was Sci-Tech. Having thoroughly enjoyed this, he and Sue became involved in setting- up and running the Local History Group in December 2012 and he became group leader. Linda Spray – Secretary (Business) (01623 795176) Linda joined Mansfield U3A in October 2012 after a diverse career within Nottinghamshire County Council. She retired in 2011. Looking for ‘retirement pastimes’ led her to Mansfield U3A, which she enjoys and participates in fully. She is now co-ordinator of the newArt Interest group and is a regular Stroller. John Troop – Asst. Treasurer (01623 633404) John joined the family business selling fruit and veg on Mansfield Market before he and Karen bought a Post Office and Store. He joined Mansfield U3A in 2007 and previously served on the committee from 2008 to 2011. He is a member of the Luncheon Club, Family History, Garden Visits and Gardening Groups. Sheila Whalley – Committee Member (01623 453908) Sheila joined Mansfield U3A 7 years ago. She used to run her own business designing and making children's dresses and fancy dress costumes. She now does voluntary work for the Air Ambulance and opens her garden to raise money for the NGS, etc. She's on the Gardening group committee and is group leader for Theatre Visits. She also enjoys baking, U3A holidays and outings. Page 7 of 16
  8. 8. 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) 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 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 Antiques & Collectables (New) Tu 2, 10 - 12 M Stanhope Centre, Bridge Street Pat Blackwell 01623 481745 Inaugural Meeting: October 8th Art We3, 10 - 12 M Big Barn Lane Methodist Church, Mansfield Linda Spray 01623 795176 Next Meetings: September 18th – Animals; 16th October – TBA Art Appreciation Mo1, 2.00 - 4.00 M Baptist Church, Rosemary St. Mansfield Pauline Boucher 01623 644798 Next Visit: 7th October – Visit to Nottingham Art Gallery and Museum. 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: Sept. 16th & 30th; Oct. 14th & 28th; Nov.11th & 25th; Dec. 9th (Also Acol sessions at the Mechanics Institute – Th, 10 - 12.30 W) Bowls Th, 1.30 - 3.30 W Mansfield Bowls Club, Chesterfield Road Don Wright 01623 628946 Next Meetings: Sept. 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th. (End of season.) Then, from 15th Oct., indoors at Lammas Sports Centre, Sutton: 2.30 - 4.00 Caravan & M'home Rally Various TBA Terry Lammas 01623 471963 Next Meetings: 1st & 2nd Nov. – at Swinethorpe, nr. Lincoln, with hog roast, entertainment and firework display; 1st to 29th June 2014 – France Chat and Stitch Mo3, 2.00 - 4.00 M St John's Centre, Mansfield Doreen Storer 01623 407731 Next Meetings: 16th September; 21st October; 18th November. Page 8 of 16
  9. 9. Interest Group Meetings Meeting Place Leader/Contact Current Affairs Tu2, 2.00 - 4.00 M St John's Centre, Mansfield Norma Shillinglaw 01623 466934 Next Meetings: September 10th; October 8th; November 12th Digital World Fri 2 & 4, 2.00 - 4.00 2/M Stanton Hill Baptist Church, Skegby David Ling 01623 822994 Next Meetings: September 13th – Back to Basics & 27th – Treasure Hunt; October 11th & 25th Summer Theme: TheAlphabet in Pictures Family History Tu4, 10.00 - 12.00 M St John's Centre, Mansfield Max Clarke 01623 621744 Next Meetings: 24th Sept. – How computers aid research Film Studies * We1, 1.30 - V M Joy's home Joy Crowe 01623 645400 Next Meetings: TBA Garden Visits During the Summer Various Janet Whitlam 01623 635607 Next Visits: TBA Gardening Tu1, 10.00 - 12.00 M St Peter's Centre, Mansfield Avril McGee 01623 452688 Next Meetings: 1st Oct. – Native Trees of Britain with Phil Holmes; 5th Nov. – Willow Wreath Making Heartstart Th3, 1.00 - 3.00 William Kaye Hall, Ladybrook Lane Linda Leivers 01623 471963 Next Meetings: 19th Sept. (10.00 - 12.00); 17th Oct. (1.00 - 3.00) Holidays (Home & Abroad) Various TBA Margaret Burlinson 01623 632538 Next holidays: 4th, 5th & 6th December – Thursford Christmas Spectacular; Monday 27th to Friday 31st January 2014 – Warner's Thoresby Hall (Contact Terry Whitehead on 01623 626991) Local History Fri1, 10.00 - 12.00 M Bridge Street Methodist Church Bob & Sue Longden 01623 486903 Next Meetings: Oct. 4th – The Workhouse with Pat Blackwell; Nov. 1st – Lost Houses of Notts. with Sue Longden Luncheon Club Th after 3rd Tu, 12.00 - 2.00 M Various David Ling 01623 822994 Next Meetings: September 19th – Bestwood Lodge,Arnold; Oct. 17th – Greendale Oak, Cuckney Movement to Music (New) TBA TBA Linda Leivers 01623 471963 Inaugural Meeting: TBA Page 9 of 16
  10. 10. Interest Group Meetings Meeting Place Leader/Contact Music Groups Classical Music 2 Mo4, 2.00 - 4.00 M Members' homes Peter Hart 01623 620940 Next Meetings: 23rd Sept. – Scandinavians with Peter Hart; 28th Oct. – Piano with Peter Crabbe Concert Visits (With Southwell U3A) Various Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham David Ling 01623 822994 Next Meeting: TBA Music 2 * Mo4, 2.00 - 4.30 M Members' homes Eric Prescott 01623 631160 Next Meeting: TBA Popular Music Appreciation * Tu4, 2.00 - 4.00 M St John's School, Mansfield Peter Haynes 01623 610886 Next Meetings: TBA Pudding Club * Tu1, 4.00 - 6.00 M Members' homes Sylvia Slack 01623 633981 Next Meetings: No meeting in September. October 1st – with Sylvia Reading 1 Th3, 2.00 - 4.00 M Peter Dawson's home Peter Dawson 01623 882191 Next Meetings: 19th September; 17th October Reading 2 Tu3, 2.00 - 4.00 M Ravenshead Library Joan Hufton 01623 557488 Next Meetings: 17th September; 15th October Science & Technical Tu1, 1.30 - 3.30 M Stanton Hill Baptist Church, Skegby Ian Boucher 01623 644798 Next Meetings: 1st Oct. – DNA with Jill Pullan; 8th Nov. – TBA Scrabble * Mo2, 2.00 - 4 .00 M Brenda Thurkettle's home Brenda Thurkettle 01623 628136 Next Meetings: TBA Singing for Fun Th V West Notts College, Derby Rd. Mansfield June Fell 01623 623547 Next Meetings: Sept. 19th; Oct 3rd, 17th & 31st, Nov. 14th & Tues. Nov 26th Next Concerts: Fri. Dec. 6th – Kirkby Library; Sun. Dec. 8th – In Church (TBA) Tai Chi Mo, 9.30 - 10.30 W St John's Centre, Mansfield Cliff Laycock 01623 481985 Next Meetings: Sept. 16th, 23rd & 30th; Oct. 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th Page 10 of 16
  11. 11. Interest Group Meetings Meeting Place Leader/Contact Theatre Visits Various Various Sheila Whalley 01623 453908 Next Meetings: Wed. 18th Sept. – Fiddler on the Roof; Sat. 12th Oct. – Our House; Wed. 16th Oct. – To Sir With Love; 30th Oct. – Chin Chin. (Matinees at the RCH, Nottingham) 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. 16th Sept. – Tithby / Cropwell Bishop; Thurs. 3rd Oct. – High Peak Junction; Mon. 21st Oct. – Kniveton / Bradbourne Shufflers (short & gentle) V Lunchtimes Various Sylvia Slack 01623 633981 Next Meeting: Fri. 20th Sept. – Sutton Reservoir, 11.00am; Thurs. Oct 24th, – The Lion, Farnsfield, Noon Strollers (a leisurely 2 miles) We2, 10.30 - V M Various Barbara Massey / Marion Thornton 01623 628357 / 01623 651528 Next Meetings: 9th Oct . – The Lawns, Sutton in Ashfield; 13th Nov. – Berry Hill Park Walkers (an easy 4 - 5 miles) We4, 10.30 – V M Various Joy & Nick Crowe 01623 645400 Next Meetings: 25th Sept. – Calverton; 23rd Oct. – Farnsfield Wine Appreciation 2* We3, 7.30 - V M Members' homes Mike Allen 01623 653345 Next Meetings: Sept.18th – Whites with John & Margaret; Oct 16th – Macon-Villages with NS Wine Appreciation 3* Tu4, 7.30 - V M Members' homes Graham Allin 01623 473662 Next Meetings: Sept. 24th – Wide price range White with Ron Writing for Pleasure * Mo2, 2.00 - 4.00 M The Stanhope Centre Mansfield. Sue Ford / Hilary Miller 01623 844286 / 620067 Next Meetings: Oct. 14th; Nov. 11th Holiday Updates Warner’s Thoresby Hall, Mon. 27th to Fri. 31st Jan. 2014 (Update for those not on the internet.) YEAR 9 OF THE ANNUAL U3ATHORESBY HOLIDAY. 4 nights bed breakfast and evening meal. Price per person: £193. There are no singles left, because I initially asked for standard rooms for 180 guests and some people have upgraded. But several twin/double rooms are still available. Page 11 of 16
  12. 12. I will require paying by the October meeting; date your cheque for 15th October 2013 and make it payable to Mansfield & District U3A. If you want to come, phone 01623 626991 to discuss T&Cs. Terry Whitehead (01623 626991) Thursford Christmas Spectacular 4th, 5th & 6th December 2013 All balances must be paid at the September meeting as I have to send off the money before the end of September. Cheques to be paid to Mansfield & District U3A; £194 single room, £169 pp sharing. Margaret Burlinson (01623 632538; email: ______________________________________________________________________________ Recent Events Summer picnic I HOPED for good weather for our picnic on 20th August, and it was. Everyone started to arrive early with arms and baskets full of food. We had so much we needed extra tables and wow what a picture they looked. Sandwiches, paté, cooked meats, salads, fruit kebabs, cakes and scones ... the list could go on and on. Well done everyone who contributed to another marvellous U3A picnic. The rest of the afternoon was spent chatting with friends and playing games. I even had a lesson on how to play “shove ha'penny”. Thanks Gordon. Thank you to Elizabeth and Jean for selling raffle tickets and thank you all for buying them; we took £109. Thanks too to Janet, Jackie, Linda, Sheila, Mike, John, Pete, Bob & David for their help and everyone who came and made it such a lovely afternoon. Karen Troop, Social Committee. Photos on the website ... Visit to Sheila Whalley's garden I'D LIKE to thank Sheila Whalley for her generosity in opening her wonderful garden to us on 28th July. It was a real life Secret Garden as each garden ‘room’ opened into yet another hidden garden room, filled with plants and statues and comfortable places to sit. The hard work and dedication she has shown astonishes me and I can only thank her. Thanks also to the hard working Social Committee members who spent Sunday (and other days beforehand) ‘on duty’ organising a raffle and providing us with tea and delicious cakes. We spent enough to give Air Ambulance nearly £200. Her efforts over two weekends raised £500 for the National Garden Scheme and a total of £443.90 for the Air Ambulance. Thanks to those who attended. Mike Allen More photos on the website ... Page 12 of 16
  13. 13. Groups News Theatre Visits I will book for the Panto at the Playhouse Nottingham Nov/Dec. It is Jack and the Beanstalk this year. As parking is sparse in that area I will organise a bus if enough people want one or a taxi from the Theatre Royal tram stop would be feasible. Wednesday matinee, stall seats £22, seniors £20. Registered disabled £11. PROGRAMME FOR 2014 • Singing in the Rain: Wed. 12th February matinee £40 (if 10 go, £36) Pay by 12th December. • Brassed Off: Wed 5th March matinee £21 (if 10 go, £18.90) Pay 5th January. Sheila Whalley (01623 453908) Digital World OUR EXPLORATION of the alphabet in commonplace subjects produced some interesting examples at our last meeting at Stanton Hill Baptist Church before the holidays and we'll revisit the subject on 13th September. We'll also have another back-to-basics session then to help less- experienced members with the camera settings and menus that may seem daunting until they're explained. Everyone welcome! Then we're hoping to hold another treasure hunt on 27th September, weather permitting, when members will be tasked to find and photograph a list of subjects that we'll discuss on 11th October. This will obviously be weather-dependent so please let me know if you'd like to be updated in due course. David Ling (01623 822994) Holidays ANOTHER HUGE THANK-YOU for the beautiful flowers that were presented to me at the June meeting by Norma Shillinglaw on behalf of those who went on the 'Around Britain Cruise'. It was a wonderful & unexpected surprise. I couldn't believe how long they lasted too! I would also like to thank all those who went to Tenby for the most unusual orchid, the bottles of booze, the chocolates and the lovely basket of fruit that Brian and Pat Gaunt brought me after my replacement knee operation. I also appreciated the visits, the cards and phone calls wishing me a speedy recovery. I had a few setbacks but I'm pleased to say I am now making steady progress. New Holidays for 2014 WARNER'S LAKESIDE HOLIDAY VILLAGE, HAYLING ISLAND. Mon. 23rd - Fri. 27th June 2014 Cost £299, no single supplement. Deposit £25 by October meeting + £10 optional travel insurance (no upper age limit). Cheques to Mansfield & District U3A This price includes 3 excursions to include Portsmouth, Chichester, Arundel Castle, Bognor Regis and probably Brighton. Entrance fees to places of interest in Portsmouth e.g. Historic Docks, Mary Rose, HMS Victory and the Spinnaker Tower will be optional as some people may have already been. To give you an idea, a combined group ticket (15 people) to all these will today cost £21.45p. Booking for these will be discussed at a later date. (Will all those people who went to Tenby and showed an interest in the Hayling Island holiday please come to see me to confirm if you still want to go.) Page 13 of 16
  14. 14. 8 DAYS IN THE ALGARVE PORTUGAL SEPTEMBER 18TH - 25TH 2014. Cost including 5 excursions approximately £800 (£90 single supplement) Flying from East Midlands to Faro with Jet 2 airline. Staying in 3* hotel Dom Jose in Quarteira, 5kms from Vilamoura. Situated across from the beach so area very flat. Deposit £50 to be paid no later than the November meeting + optional £56 no-upper-age-limit insurance. (The earlier the better because we have to watch potential airline increases that will have to be passed on!) Cheques payable to Mansfield & District U3A. Margaret Burlinson Luncheon Club I'M SURE we all lost weight during the holidays (not!) so I hope you're getting in the mood to enjoy the start of our Autumn lunch season at the Bestwood Lodge in Arnold, which will be a new venture for us (thanks Pauline and Ian!). I keep hearing rave reviews about this venue from members who've ventured South free-lance so please check that your name is on the booking sheet – with the choice of dishes you want. Bookings are now open for our October lunch at the Greendale Oak, Cuckney, too which has had a major make-over since our last visit some years ago and has passed tests by organiser Linda Spray and did Jackie and I proud when we dropped in for a snack. Joyeux Noel: That time's fast approaching so bookings for our now-traditional Christmas fine- dining lunch in the French manner at Launay's, Edwinstowe, are also open today. It will be earlier in December than usual – on 12th December – so that we avoid at least some of the seasonal festivities elsewhere. Cost: from £15.95 for 2 courses, £23.50 for 3 and £30 for 4. (Plus optional oysters pre-starter @ £8 per 1/2 doz.) Pre-book by the November meeting AT THE LATEST with £10 deposit by cheque payable to Mansfield U3A. David Ling Bowls THE VERY successful and enjoyable outdoor bowling season ends on 28th September. The weather compared to last year has been extremely good with many red faces due to the sun rather than the wrong bias being played. Many members of the U3A Group wanting to play more than the weekly two hours have become members of Mansfield Bowling Club, fully participating in activities. The highlight of the season was U3A member Pat Kendall winning the Mansfield Bowling Club's Ladies Single Champion Competition, so congratulations to Pat. Well done! (She's pictured here receiving the trophy from President Eleanor Lake.) The U3A Bowls Group will be moving indoors commencing Tuesday 15th October (2.30 to 4.00pm) weekly until 15th March 2014 at the Lammas Sport and Leisure Centre, Sutton. New members are very welcome so come along and have a go; coaching and equipment (bowls) is available. Bowling indoors is an ideal way to discover whether it’s for you. Give me a ring on 01623 628946 if you'd like to know more. Don Wright Page 14 of 16
  15. 15. Reading Group 1 SINCE the first meeting of Reading Group 1 in April 2001, when we read Alice in Wonderland. we have read over 160 books, both classic and modern; all of them interesting and most of them enjoyable. We have read several biographies but most of the books we read are fiction. We now have a couple of vacancies in this group so if anyone is interested in joining us please give your name and phone number to Joy Crowe or Sylvia Slack at the September AGM. We meet once a month on the third Thursday, 2pm - 4pm, usually in Farnsfield but sometimes at other members' homes. The books are provided by Farnsfield Library. At our friendly meetings, we have tea or coffee and then we discuss the book we have read the previous month; we are then given the book we will read in time for the next meeting. If you can’t make the meeting, our numbers are: Joy, 645400 and Sylvia, 633981. Joy Crowe Strollers APPROXIMATELY 19 eager strollers met at the Teversal Trail Visitors Centre on Wednesday 14 August. The day was fine and the walk took us along the Phoenix Greenways. This is a network of trails linking the five pits, Silverhill and Pleasley – the Teversal Trails. These easy-access routes and quiet lanes are amidst local countryside, which are being preserved by means of country parks and wildlife reserves. Like Phoenix rising from the ashes, nature flourishes with our care. We tramped through a very large field, which had obviously been the domain of our bovine friends, if the cow-pats were anything to go by. We trod precariously amongst them and finally reached a moderately challenging style. Helping hands were there to assist those of us who were not so nimble and a five-minute breather was enjoyed on the other side. A few members wanted to look in the pretty church, but the door was locked, so on we went towards the Coal Garden. This was a memorial to the pits and machinery, etc. which has been excellently maintained by various bodies who are part of the Phoenix Greenways Partnership. Then it was time for a cuppa in the Visitor Centre café. Thanks to Barbara and Marion who always try these walks out before taking us, to ensure we go the right distance and the whole experience is a pleasurable stroll. Linda Spray More photos on the website ... Writing for Pleasure WRITING FOR PLEASURE has been just that, a real pleasure over the past year. We celebrated our first birthday in July with most of our original members, all of whom make the afternoon really enjoyable for us too (two). The two-hour sessions pass very quickly, as there is much laughter and frivolity as well as more serious creativity. We have covered a wide range of topics, such as Poetry, Short Stories, Lonely Hearts Ads and Travel Articles, to name just a few. We just wanted to let everyone know that we are so happy that we decided to start a new group! Hilary and Sue Page 15 of 16
  16. 16. ______________________________________________________________________________ Speakers' Corner OUR speaker next month will be KayAdlington. ______________________________________________________________________________ Dates for your diary (Check the website for more information and updates.) Tues. 27th Sept: INVITATION: Ashfield U3A invite you to "Antiques Road Show" at the Ashwood Centre, Kirkby in Ashfield. Details from Kathleen Jones (550740) or Gill Knight (01773 778115) Fri. 8th Nov.: Group Leaders’ Meeting at the Stanhope Centre. 10.00 am. Apologies and Items for Agenda to Chairman Glenis Carr (627735) by Saturday October 27th. Mon. 2nd Dec: CHRISTMAS LUNCH at the Oakham Suite. 12.30 for 1.00. Details from Norma Shillinglaw (466934). Sat. 22nd Feb. 2014: FUN QUIZ NIGHT. More details soon _________________________________________________________________________ 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 October issue to, or in typescript, to the editor as soon as you can and by 1st October at the latest. Thanks! ______________________________________________________________________________ Editor: David Ling (01623 822994) Printed by: Portland Print ( Page 16 of 16