Mansfield U3A Newsletter - December 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 reports on Mansfield U3A's Christmas Lunch and a holiday break at the Thursford Christmas Spectacular.

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Mansfield U3A Newsletter - December 2013

  1. 1. Mansfield and District U3A Newsletter Christmas Lunch: Pages 3 and 4 _____________________________ Established 1999 HMRC Charity Registration No.: XT30525 December 2013 Website: Noticeboard: Page 1 of 12
  2. 2. Welcome from your chairman SO HERE IT IS – no doubt we are all rushing about shopping and organising our Christmas Festivities, only to say “I am not going to do this next year”, but nevertheless we do! We had a very successful Christmas Lunch on Monday, 2 December, when nearly 100 members attended, and our thanks go to Norma Shillinglaw for her work in yet again organising this for us. John Sellers entertained us with Christmas Carols and popular, seasonal songs – thank you John – it does make an enjoyable finale to the lunch. (See pages 3 & 4). A party of members then left for the Thursford Show on Wednesday, 4 December, and, as usual, all were thrilled by this spectacular event – not to be missed at least once in a lifetime. (See page 9). Margaret Burlinson works hard to ensure that this is a successful 3-day break, filling the days with other interesting places and pictures are available on the website. 2014 sees Mansfield U3A’s Fifteenth Anniversary Year and we have the Anniversary Ball scheduled for 20 May 2014 at the John Fretwell Centre. Final details will be announced later, but tickets should be on sale at the 21 January meeting. If you have not already done so, remember to put your name down. To add to the Members’ Meeting on 20 May 2014, we also have Barbara Lewis, the National Chairman of the U3A, who will be our speaker. A Picnic in the Park is also being arranged, following last year’s successful one – watch for further details later. Next year also sees the 100th Anniversary of 'The Great War' – the First World War -- and our Speaker Finder, Marilyn Dibble, has arranged for Danny Wells to speak to us in April regarding “Shattered Illusions” and relate some works of the First World War soldier poets. We have a full programme for most of the year, with very interesting speakers! I do not know where she finds them – but very well done! Finally, the Committee wish you all a Very Happy Christmas and, most importantly, a Healthy and Prosperous New Year. Glenis Carr A VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR 2014 FROM THE COMMITTEE THE FOUR STAGES OF LIFE: YOU BELIEVE IN SANTA CLAUS YOU DON’T BELIEVE IN SANTA CLAUS YOU BECOME SANTA CLAUS YOU LOOK LIKE SANTA Page 2 of 12
  3. 3. In this issue Page 2 Welcome. Page 3 Quiz Night. Book Table. Holiday Updates. Recent Events (Christmas Lunch) Page 4 Christmas Lunch Photo-spread. Page 5 - 8 Interest Groups meetings diary. Page 8 Recent Events (Singing for Fun Christmas Concert). Page 9 Groups News (Holiday in Thursford). Page 10 Groups News (Luncheon Club and Digital World). Page 11 Member's Contribution ('I Remember The Cheese Of My Childhood'). Page 12 Dates for your diary and Notices. ______________________________________________________________________________ Annual Fun Quiz Night Saturday 22nd February 2014 at Queen Elizabeth’s Academy, 6.30 pm. Come along to our annual fun quiz night and you may win a cash prize! Organise yourself a team, (maximum 8 players per team) or just come along and join a team on the night. Cost £7.00 to include buffet supper, but bring your own drinks and glasses. Pauline Boucher – 01623 644798, ______________________________________________________________________________ Book table SALE of books in November raised £44.00 exactly. Thanks to all helpers and customers. Remember, any unwanted books you get for Christmas can be recycled in January to help keep your subs low! Lilian Whitehead. ______________________________________________________________________________ Holiday updates WARNER'S THORESBY, 4 nights (Jan 27th to Jan 31st 2014). Singles: £233: sharing: £193pp. Please contact me via telephone (626991) to join the 'no obligation' waiting list. Terry Whitehead LAKESIDE HOLIDAY VILLAGE, Hayling Island (23rd - 27th June 2014) £299, no S. Supplement. (This holiday is now fully booked.) THE ALGARVE, PORTUGAL, 18th - 25th Sept. 2014, H. board. This holiday is now full but a waiting list is open. We will now be flying with Monarch at a new cost of £819, inc. 3 ½ days excursions, since Jet 2 increased their price to an unacceptable amount. (Deposits have now been paid and the price is now fixed.) Margaret Burlinson More details here ... ______________________________________________________________________________ Recent Events Christmas Lunch NORMA Shillinglaw and all the Oakham Suite staff well-deserved the thanks and applause they received after lunch on 2nd December. The main hall was packed with members, old and new, who quickly got into the Christmas spirit, beers, wines or whatever took their fancy before highly professional service of a well-chosen festive menu. Presentation and service were first class. David Ling Photos overleaf with more here ... Page 3 of 12
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  5. 5. Key to Meetings details: THIS TABLE SHOWS THE DAY of the month, time and frequency using the first two letters of the day, followed by numbers 1 - 5 to represent the week number. The final letter M (or F, W or V) indicates that the group meets monthly, fortnightly 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 U3A meetings are on the 3rd Tuesday of each month (except August 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 Tu 2, 10 - 12 M Stanhope Centre, Bridge Street, Mansfield Pat Blackwell 01623 481745 Next Meetings: Next Meetings: Jan 14th – Treen (small wooden items); Feb11th – TBA Art We3, 10 - 12 M Big Barn Lane Methodist Church, Mansfield Linda Spray 01623 795176 Next Meetings: Dec 18th – Working with landscapes; Jan 21st; Art Appreciation Mo1, 2.00 - 4.00 M Baptist Church, Rosemary St. Mansfield Pauline Boucher 01623 644798 Enviro Centre, Derby Rd College, Mansfield Maxine Rose/Glenis Carr 01623 459081/627735 Next Meeting: Dec Jan 6th – TBA Beginners' Bridge (With Ashfield U3A) Mo, Various 6.30 - 9.00 Next Meetings: Jan 20th; Feb 3rd; Feb 17th; March 3rd (Also Acol sessions at the Mechanics Institute – Th, 10 - 12.30 W) Bowls Tu, 2.30 - 4.00 W Lammas Sports Centre, Sutton Don Wright 01623 628946 Next Meetings: Jan 7th, then weekly until March 15th Caravan & M'home Rally Various Various Terry Lammas 01623 471963 Next Meetings: June 1st to 29th – France. See web page for more details. Chat and Stitch Mo3, 2.00 - 4.00 M St John's Centre, Mansfield Next Meeting: Jan 20th; Feb 17th Page 5 of 12 Doreen Storer 01623 407731
  6. 6. 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: Dec – No Meeting; Jan 14th; Feb 11th; March 11th Digital World Fri 2 & 4, 2.00 - 4.00 2/M Stanton Hill Baptist Church, Albert St. Skegby David Ling 01623 822994 Tu4, 10.00 - 12.00 M St John's Centre, Mansfield Max Clarke 01623 621744 We1, 1.30 - V M Joy's home Joy Crowe 01623 645400 During the Summer Various Janet Whitlam 01623 635607 Next Meetings: January 10th & 24th Family History Next Meetings: Jan 28th Film Studies * Next Meetings: TBA Garden Visits Next Visits: February 24th – Hodsock Priory – Coach / private tour / snack for £26. Book early; June 12th – Harlow Carr Gardening Tu1, 10.00 - 12.00 M St Peter's Centre, Mansfield Avril McGee 01623 452688 William Kaye Hall, Ladybrook Lane Linda Leivers 01623 471963 Next Meetings: Winter break till March 2014 Heartstart Mo4, 1.00 – 3.00 * * NB change Next Meetings: January 27th; February 24th; March 24th Holidays (Home & Abroad) Various TBA Margaret Burlinson 01623 632538 Next holidays: Monday 27th to Friday 31st January – Warner's Thoresby Hall (Contact Terry Whitehead on 01623 626991); June – Warner's, Hayling Island *; Sept 18th - 25th – Portugal Local History Fri1, 10.00 - 12.00 M Bridge Street Methodist Church Bob & Sue Longden 01623 486903 Next Meetings: No meeting in Jan; Feb 7th – Archaeology of Sherwood Forest with Andy Gaunt Luncheon Club Th after 3rd Tu, 12.00 - 2.00 M Various David Ling 01623 822994 Next Meetings: Jan. 23rd – 281, Nottingham Road Mansfield. Movement to Music W, 10.30 - 11.30 W (New) St Peter's Church Hall Linda Leivers 01623 471963 Next Meetings: Weekly on Wednesdays from Jan 8th. Page 6 of 12
  7. 7. 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: Jan 27th – Vaughan-Williams with Peter Crabbe; 24th Feb – Sonatas with Sheila Music 2 * Mo4, 2.00 - 4.30 M Members' homes Eric Prescott 01623 631160 St John's School, Mansfield Peter Haynes 01623 610886 Tu1, 4.00 - 6.00 M Members' homes Sylvia Slack 01623 633981 Th3, 2.00 - 4.00 M Peter Dawson's home Peter Dawson 01623 882191 Next Meeting: Jan 27th; Feb 24th Popular Music Appreciation * Tu4, 2.00 - 4.00 M Next Meetings: Jan 28th; Feb 25th Pudding Club * Next Meetings: TBA Reading 1 Next Meetings: Jan 23rd; Feb 20th Reading 2 Tu3, 2.00 - 4.00 M Ravenshead Library Joan Hufton 01623 557488 Next Meetings: Dec 18th (Fuddle, 12.00); Jan 21st; Feb 18th Science & Technical Tu1, 1.30 - 3.30 M Stanton Hill Baptist Church, Skegby Ian Boucher 01623 644798 Brenda Thurkettle's home Brenda Thurkettle 01623 628136 Next Meetings: Jan 7th - TBA Scrabble * Mo2, 2.00 - 4 .00 M Next Meetings: TBA Singing for Fun Thur2 & 4, 6.30 – 8.30 Methodist Church, Chesterfield Road June Fell 01623 623547 Next Meeting: Jan 9th – fortnightly from then on. Bring ideas and music you'd like to sing. The church is just up from QE Academy on the other side of the road. Plenty of parking on side road. Tai Chi Mo, 9.30 - 10.30 W St John's Centre, Mansfield Cliff Laycock 01623 481985 Various Sheila Whalley 01623 453908 Next Meetings: Weekly from Monday Jan 6th Theatre Visits Various Next Meetings: Wed Jan 8th – Jack and the Beanstalk (N'ham Playhouse) at 2.30 Wed Feb 12th – Singing in The Rain (Theatre Royal) matinee. Page 7 of 12
  8. 8. Interest Group Meetings Meeting Place Leader/Contact 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: Jan 3rd – Chatsworth; Jan 20th – Glapwell & Hills Town; Feb 7th –Whaley & Upper Langwith Valleys; Feb 18th – Roche Abbey Shufflers (short & gentle) V Lunchtimes Various Sylvia Slack 01623 633981 We2, 10.30 - V M Various Barbara Massey / Marion Thornton 01623 628357 / 01623 651528 Next Meeting: TBA Strollers (a leisurely 2 miles) Next Meetings: Jan 8th – King's Mill Res. (park in Morrison's); Feb 12th - Burnt Stump Park Walkers (an easy 4 - 5 miles) We4, 10.30 – V M Various Joy & Nick Crowe 01623 645400 Next Meetings: Jan 22nd – Strawberry Hill Woods and Rainworth; Feb 26th – Thieves Wood Wine Appreciation 2* We3, 7.30 - V M Members' homes Mike Allen 01623 653345 Next Meetings: Jan 15th – South African Reds with Bob & Sue; Feb 19th – Spanish Whites (Mike's) Wine Appreciation 3* Tu4, 7.30 - V M Members' homes Graham Allin 01623 473662 Next Meetings: Jan 21st – Entre-Deux-Mers with Ian & Pauline; Feb 25th – Italian Reds with Graham & Eileen Writing for Pleasure * Mo2, 2.00 - 4.00 M The Stanhope Centre Mansfield. Sue Ford / Hilary Miller 01623 844286 / 620067 Next Meetings: Jan 13th ; Feb 10th Recent Events (Cont. from page 3) Singing for fun THE MANSFIELD U3A Singing for Fun Choir, together with Ladies' choir, Bellisima, entertained a large audience at St Lawrence’s Church on Sunday December 8th. In turn, each choir sang carols and Christmas songs under the direction of Suzy Fell, who also sang a solo and a duet with her friend Grace. John Sellers accompanied the choirs on piano and played a solo himself. Our U3A choir, has developed really well since it started – practice has led to greater confidence and to a cleaner and tighter sound. More difficult music was performed and the choir compared well with the more experienced Bellisima whose complex harmonies were a joy. It was noticeable that the men sang with greater vigour and tone, although it would help if there were more of them! Suzy’s solo (by Reger) and duet (Franck) were most professional and together with John’s glittering solo, provided variety. Page 8 of 12
  9. 9. The concert was enthusiastically received by the large audience, who joined in for a song and a carol. At the end, mince pies and a drink were served – gratefully received by all. In spite of the defunct heating, everyone enjoyed the concert, and our best wishes go to Suzy who will now go on ‘leave of absence’ awaiting her new child. Ann Irons (of Cantamus) has stepped in and both choirs will rehearse together for the time being. Another concert and another success for the choir. Mike Allen ______________________________________________________________________________ Groups News Holidays THE THURSFORD Christmas Spectacular from December 4th to 6th was our first venture on holiday with Margaret and it fully lived-up our every expectation. Well organised but with flexibility. Our coach collected us all from Walkden Street for our journey to Norwich with the able assistance of Peter our very helpful and entertaining driver from Johnson's Tours. How can you not be impressed by a driver who not only provides hot drinks, but adds a little festive toddy to warm the heart? We were met with pre-ordered lunch to fortify us for evening entertainment in Thursford. To call it a Spectacular is an understatement, but beyond that is hard to describe it to anyone who wasn't there. The grounds are full of mature trees all lit in white and red and the air is filled with carols. The show was a true Christmas treat and tribute to Christmas in every sense. At times the stage and auditorium held over 100 dancers, musicians, including pipers and a choir. It celebrated the season from carols to Broadway. Page 9 of 12
  10. 10. The next day took us to a Christmas Tree Festival in Fakenham, on the days the worst sea surge and storms shook the country and Norfolk especially. Almost one hundred trees had been decorated for individual charities in the parish church. It was a stunning sight that regularly raises muchneeded funds for the local community. We left the church at the moment the wind and tide was at its highest, nearly getting blown over by the force of it. The weather didn’t deter us from going to Holt for some festive shopping in a store much like Aladdin’s cave. I don’t think anyone came out empty handed. On our final day we stopped-off for a few hours in the historic and picturesque town of Stamford for lunch in any one of the many splendid restaurants. A lot was crammed into just a few day's break, but you could not fail to be in festive mood by the end of it. My thanks to Margaret and her helpers for arranging such a wonderful break; we will be sure to look carefully at her next ventures and would recommend them to anyone. Linda Leivers More photos here ... Luncheon Club WE brought the 2013 season to a close in traditional French manner at Launay's in Edwinstowe, where Alain Launay and his expert kitchen team reinforced their reputation as one of the best for miles around. Five courses of French classics were on offer to cater equally for the indulgent for whom the Christmas season cannot begin without oysters and those who preferred a lighter lunch of simpler fare cooked beautifully and served immaculately by Alison and her front of house team. (One couple relaxed so much that they got half way home before they saved their blushes -- and everyone else's – by returning to settle their bill!) Roll-on next year for a repeat. Our New Year lunch will see a return to 281 on Nottingham Rd on January 23rd, where Brian and Barbara Harvey are sure to repeat their success of 2013. Bookings will close at the January meeting for an attractive menu priced at £10.95 for 2 courses and £14.95 for 3, including coffee. (Please pre-book by email to if you can to avoid the queue). David Ling Photos here ... Digital World OUR first meeting of the New Year will be on 10th January when we look forward to welcoming members who'd like to make better use of their cameras. New members will be especially welcome as we'll start the season by trying to show how the right choice of settings and simple editing can make all the difference between a picture and a simple snap. Please bring your camera and any photos you'd like to show us or want help with – and your cheque book, as we're following other interest groups by switching to quarterly subscriptions. (£12 per 6 sessions; cheques payable to Mansfield and District U3A.) Members of any local U3A are welcome but please bring your membership card to your first meeting so that we can check that you are covered by U3A insurance. It doesn't matter if you just use a simple point-and-shoot or a complex DSLR, we'll try to help. So please come along to Stanton Hill Baptist Church at 2.00 on any 2nd or 4th Friday. David Ling (01623 822994) Page 10 of 12
  11. 11. I REMEMBER THE CHEESE OF MY CHILDHOOD And the bread that we cut with a knife, When the children helped with the housework, And the men went to work not the wife. The cheese never needed a fridge, And the bread was so crusty and hot, The children were seldom unhappy And the wife was content with her lot. I remember the milk from the bottle, With the yummy cream on the top, Our dinner came hot from the oven, And not from the fridge in the shop. The kids were a lot more contented, They didn't need money for kicks, Just a game with their mates in the road, And sometimes the Saturday flicks. I remember the shop on the corner, Where a pen'orth of sweets was sold Do you think I'm a bit too nostalgic? Or is it . . . . I'm just getting old? I remember the 'loo' was the lav, And the bogy man came in the night, It wasn't the least bit funny Going 'out back' with no light. The interesting items we perused, From the newspapers cut into squares, And hung on a peg in the loo, It took little to keep us amused. The clothes were boiled in the copper, With plenty of rich foamy suds But the ironing seemed never ending As Mum pressed everyone's 'duds'. I remember the slap on my backside, And the taste of soap if I swore Anorexia and diets weren't heard of And we hadn't much choice what we wore. Do you think that bruised our ego? Or our initiative was destroyed? We ate what was put on the table And I think life was better enjoyed. A member's contribution Page 11 of 12
  12. 12. _____________________________________________________________________________ Carole Justice: It is with deep regret that we have learned that Carole passed-away on 4th December after a short illness. She served as Secretary, Minutes Secretary and on behalf of several interest groups. Service at 11am on Thursday 19 December in the Thoresby Chapel of Mansfield Crematorium. Family flowers only. A collection will be taken by the funeral directors for Cancer Research. Refreshments afterwards at The Rushley. ______________________________________________________________________________ Speakers' Corner THERE will be no speaker in January as our meeting on the 21st is our annual Members' Day, when members entertain the meeting in various ways. ______________________________________________________________________________ Minutes Secretary Due to unforeseen circumstances, a vacancy has arisen on the Committee for a Minutes Secretary so please contact the Chairman if you could help. There's a description of the duties on the noticeboard. ______________________________________________________________________________ Dates for your diary (Check the website for more information and updates.) Sat. 22nd Feb. 2014: FUN QUIZ NIGHT at Queen Elizabeth's Academy. 6.30. Tickets (£7.00 inc. refreshments but bring your own drinks and glasses) on sale at the November meeting. _________________________________________________________________________ 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 January issue to, or in typescript, to the editor as soon as you can and by 1st January at the latest. Thanks! ______________________________________________________________________________ Editor: David Ling (01623 822994) Page 12 of 12