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Mansfield U3A Newsletter - May 2014 (15th Anniversary Edition)


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Mansfield and District U3A's monthly newsletter shows what members have been doing recently and what's planned. This edition celebrates the 15th anniversary of this U3A with a look back to May 1999. Reports include ones on the art of WW1 and a visit to Hemswell Antiques Centre.

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Mansfield U3A Newsletter - May 2014 (15th Anniversary Edition)

  1. 1. Mansfield and District U3A Newsletter Our first Group Event: a visit to London in September 1999 _____________________________ Established 1999 HMRC Charity Registration No.: XT30525 May 2014 Website: Noticeboard: Page 1 of 12
  2. 2. Welcome to Mansfield & District U3A’s 15th Anniversary day THE DAY has finally arrived and we welcome as guest speaker today, Barbara Lewis, our National Chairman, who along with her husband Stewart, will also be joining us at the Crystal Ball this evening. The topic of her speech is “The U3A and Me and the U3A and You” and, having read her Chairman’s Column in the latest 'Third Age Matters' – page 35 – I know we are in for a treat. I was particularly interested in Barbara’s penultimate paragraph, which echoes Peter Fletcher's poem read by Norma Shillinglaw at the last members’ meeting and printed on p.11 of this issue. In case some members may have missed what Barbara wrote, I quote it below: “… We know that the motto is: 'Those who learn, also teach; and those who teach, also learn'. But, equally, it could be: 'Those who contribute also benefit; and those who benefit also contribute' ”. So, with our committee vacancies in mind, please consider what has been said by both Barbara and Peter and come forward to help, support and enable growth within our U3A. I would also like to mention Ray Reader’s article on page 3 about the beginnings of Mansfield U3A and to mention the young trio on the front of this newsletter! How Tempus Fugits! Mansfield U3A's launch meeting was held on 18th May 1999 – before the Millennium, and it seems only yesterday we were waiting anxiously for this after being told all computers would crash, which they did not, of course Now, full to capacity with 275 members, we have to thank and remember our founding and long- serving members who have worked hard to make Mansfield and District U3A what it is today – highly successful and with people clamouring to join. Just when we think the waiting list has shrunk as we continue to help new U3As to form locally, up it goes again. Significantly. Many of you will be looking forward to the Crystal Ball tonight – donning our best finery and 'scrub- bing up well'. Have we all practised our dance steps? The Social Committee has worked hard to ensure all arrangements are in place for what, I am sure, will be one super evening and we must thank them for their time and efforts. I wonder how much has changed in 15 years – and I just have to mention Prince George – isn’t he just gorgeous? What a successful tour of New Zealand and Australia. But do we remember things that have gone missing? I read that dressing tables, for example, are now the prerogative of the over-70s; with hostess trolleys, telephone tables and airing cupboards all fading from view. But enough of reminiscing! Sit back and enjoy the day! Happy 15th Anniversary everyone. Glenis Carr ______________________________________________________________________________ In this issue Page 2 Welcome. Page 3 Member's Contribution ('How did we begin?'). Social Events. (Anniversary Ball; NNNG Picnic in The Park). Pages 3 - 4 Holiday Updates. (The London Musical; Hayling Island; The Algarve). Groups News (History; Garden Visits; Theatre Visits, start). Pages 5 - 8 Interest Groups meetings diary. Page 8 Book Table. Page 9 Groups News (Theatre Visits, end; Art Appreciation; Digital World, start). Page 10 Groups News (Digital World, end; Art; Antiques & Collect's; Luncheon Club). Page 11 Name Badges; Committee Vacancies; Member's Contribution ('Apathy'). Page 12 Dates for your diary and Notices. Page 2 of 12
  3. 3. Mansfield U3A, how did we begin? ATA MEETING of an Interest Group of Dukeries U3A called Pot Luck at the house of Edith Senior, someone posed the question, “would there be enough people interested to form a U3A in Mans- field?” Those present decided it would be worthwhile to find out. The members present were Edith Senior, Peggy Thomas, Marjorie Smith, Gwen Harry, Reg Harry, June Reader and Ray Reader. What to do next? Letters were sent to the local newspapers, advertisements were displayed in Post Offices, Libraries, shops, etc. and Ray Reader did an interview on Radio Nottingham, all inviting people to attend an Open Meeting at The Friends Meeting House on Rosemary Street in the after- noon of 18th May 1999. We thought if 20 people attended, we would be in business. Actually 65 people turned up, so we felt that a Mansfield U3A could be started. Edith Senior gave a presentation about the U3A, those present resolved to establish a new one. Edith Senior was elected Chairman, with Ray Reader as Vice Chairman, Malcolm Osborne as Secretary, Edith Humphries as Treasurer (shortly afterwards replaced byAlan Radford). Meetings would be held on a monthly basis. A draft Constitution offered by the U3A national office would be used on an interim basis. Various Interest Groups were proposed and agreed. Methods of funding, including annual subscriptions were discussed and how to develop these. And that is how it all began! Ray Reader, founder member. ______________________________________________________________________________ SOCIAL EVENTS CRYSTAL CELEBRATION BALL: 20th May at the John Fretwell Centre from 7pm. SOLD OUT Suit has been pressed and the LBD (Little Black Dress!) got out and shoes polished. Bar opens at 6-30pm. See you all there for a great night out! Karen Troop – 01623 633404, Check for updates on the website. _______________________________ IT’S PICNIC TIME AGAIN! The North Notts Neighbourhood Group will be holding its fourth Picnic in the Park on Wednesday 4th June 2014. This will take place in and around the marquee at the beautiful Rufford Country Park and is a free event between 10 am and 4 pm. There will be singing by massed U3A choirs in the morning and afternoon entertainment provided by Worksop U3A Swing Band who wowed us at our 2012 Jubilee Jamboree. There will be the usual outdoor games for the fitter members! Nine local U3As are involved so come along and meet the neighbours. Just bring a picnic and a chair and enjoy! Rita Turner, Chairman NNNGroup – 01623 660003, ______________________________________________________________________________ Holiday updates LONDON MUSICAL: Pajama Game (10th - 11th June) Those who are getting on the coach first at the Johnsons'/Redfern's coach depot in Mansfield Woodhouse; please make sure you are there no later than 8.30am. We shall all be leaving Walkden Street hopefully at 9am prompt. Page 3 of 12
  4. 4. LAKESIDE HOLIDAY VILLAGE, Hayling Island (23rd - 27th June.) Individual packs with itineraries, luggage labels etc. are now ready to pick up from my table. Remember to bring your insurance details with you on holiday. 29 members who have taken the Company's insurance should have copies at home. They were given out at the end of last year. THE ALGARVE, PORTUGAL (18th - 25th Sept.) 1. Balances of £850 (singles) £760 (twins & doubles) to be paid at the May meeting please. 2. All completed passport sheets with insurance details on the reverse, should be handed back to me at the May meeting so I can send the details to the airline. And please check the date on your passport has 6 months left after the 18th September. (If not, please renew it now!) 3. The same goes for your EHIC card (automated service 0300 330 1350). Have your card with you if you are renewing – you can use the same number if you have never had an EHIC card. 4. As usual I shall be organising a meeting at the Junction, Sutton in Ashfield at 11am on Saturday 30th August, when we can discuss any questions that may arise after reading through your individual packs. 11am. on Monday 1st September is an alternative date. I shall need to know by the July meeting which date you prefer. The Saturday is better for me so please try to make that date if at all possible. (I chose 11am so that we can stay for lunch if you like.) Margaret Burlinson – 01623 632538, Updates about all holidays are on the website … _______________________________________________________________________________________ Groups News History THIS NEW group held its first meeting on 8th May to study 'History with a difference'; not as we all learnt at school, but to look in depth at Great Leaders, Major Inventions, Invasions, Battles, Clothes, Customs, Politics, Romance, Scandal and Skulguggery. You'd be very welcome if you think that sounds interesting and we'll certainly try to make it so! Linda Spray Garden Visits WE ARE leaving at 8.30am from the Odeon car park on 12th June for our outing to Harlow Carr. (RHS members will need to show membership cards or you will have to pay admission charges!) Karen Troop and Janet Whitlam Theatre Visits SIX MEMBERS of the Theatre Visits group went to the Royal Concert Hall on 16th April to see Cats. No one seemed to know the storyline except for the fact that it had something to do with TS Eliot's 'Old Possom's Book of Practical Cats.' We could see that the stage was set as a larger-than-life junk yard and when the show started the costumes made an impression. The singing was superb, especially the familiar and unforgettable 'Memory' and 'Midnight.' At the interval however I still found it confusing and the names of the characters were difficult to understand so Sheila very kindly offered to fetch us a couple of ice-creams and bring back a programme. This had a synopsis that I quickly skimmed through before the second half. I immedi- ately began to understand the emotion portrayed in the dancing and the purpose of the main characters became more clear. I was overwhelmed with the tremendous energy, the creativity and the way that each of the twenty- eight members of the cast emulated, with remarkable accuracy, the variety of movements that must be familiar to cat owners. Continued 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 the day, followed by numbers 1 - 5 to represent the week number. The final letter M (or F, W or V) indic- ates that the group meets monthly, fortnightly, weekly or at variable intervals. So 'Tu2, 2.30 - V M' would mean a group meeting on the 2nd Tuesday at 2.30pm Monthly but with Variable finish times. The main Mansfield and District U3Ameetings are on the 3rd Tuesday of each month (exceptAugust and December) at the Oakham Suite, 155 Nottingham Road, Mansfield from 10 am - 12.30 pm. All members are invited to contact the relevant Group Leader if they would like to participate in any interest group or attend an event. NB: * indicates a waiting list. Interest Group Meetings Meeting Places Leader/Contact Antiques & Collect- ables * Tu 2, 10 - 12 M Stanhope Centre, Bridge Street, Mansfield Pat Blackwell 01623 481745 Next Meetings: June 10th; July 8th Art We3, 10 - 12 M Big Barn Lane Methodist Church, Mansfield Linda Spray 01623 795176 Next Meetings: May 21st; June 18th; July 16th Art Appreciation Mo1, 2.00 - 4.00 M Stanhope Centre, Bridge Street, Mansfield Pauline Boucher 01623 644798 Next Meetings: June 2nd; July 7th 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: June 2nd & 16th (Also Acol sessions at the Mechanics Institute – Thurs 10 - 12.30 W) Bowls Th, 1.30 – 3.30 W Mansfield Bowls Club: QE Academy Don Wright 01623 628946 Next Meetings: Outdoors season and Coaching began on May 1st and continues every week. All welcome, including beginners, but flat / bowls shoes must be worn. Caravan & M'home Rally Various Various Terry Lammas 01623 471963 Next Meetings: 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 Doreen Storer 01623 407731 Next Meeting: May 20th; June 17th; No Meetings in July or August. Page 5 of 12
  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: June 10th; July 8th Digital World Fri 2 & 4, 2.00 - 4.00 2/M Stanton Hill Baptist Church, Skegby David Ling 01623 822994 Next Meetings: May 23rd – Visit to Pleasley Pit Trail; June 13th; June 27th – TBA Family History Tu4, 10.00 - 12.00 M St John's Centre, Mansfield Max Clarke 01623 621744 Next Meetings: May 22nd – Wills & What they Reveal; June 26th – TBA Film Studies * We1, 1.30 - V M Joy's home Joy Crowe 01623 645400 Next Meetings: June 4th; July 2nd; Garden Visits During the Summer Various Janet Whitlam 01623 635607 Next Visit: June 12th – RHS Harlow Carr. (See page 4.) Gardening Tu1, 10.00 - 12.00 M St Peter's Centre, Mansfield Avril McGee 01623 452688 Next Meetings: June 3rd – Plants in Literature by Patsy Rayner; July 1st – Visit/Tour to Easton Walled Garden Heartstart Mondays 1.00 - 3.00 William Kaye Hall, Ladybrook Lane Linda Leivers 01623 471963 Next Meetings: Mondays: May 19th; June 23rd; July 28th; August 25th History (NEW) Th 2, 2.00 – 4.00 Stanhope Centre, Rock Valley Linda Spray 01623 795176 Next Meetings: June 12th; July 10th Holidays (Home & Abroad) Various TBA Margaret Burlinson 01623 632538 Next holidays: June 23rd - 27th – Warner's, Hayling Island*; Sept. 18th - 25th – Portugal; Tues. Dec. 3rd - Thurs. 5th – Thursford Xmas Spect.; 2015: Mon. Feb. 2nd - Fri. 6th – Thoresby Local History Fri1, 10.00 - 12.00 M Bridge Street Methodist Church Bob & Sue Longden 01623 486903 Next Meetings: June 6th – Early Non-Conformists, Why Mansfield? With Rev. D. Smith; July 4th – World War One: Members' contributions Luncheon Club Th after 3rd Tu, 12.00 - 2.00 M Various David Ling 01623 822994 Next Meetings: May 22nd – The Hostess, Sookolme; June 19th – White Horse, Woolley Moor Page 6 of 12
  7. 7. Interest Group Meetings Meeting Place Leader/Contact Movement to Music W 10.30 - 11.30 W St John's Church Hall Linda Leivers 01623 471963 Next Meetings: Weekly on Wednesdays. Cost £4.00 per session Music Groups Classical Music 2 Mo4, 2.00 - 4.00 M Members' homes Peter Hart 01623 620940 Next Meetings: May 19th – Italian opera at Alan's. NB Date change; June 23rd – Mandolin Music Music 2 * Mo4, 2.00 - 4.30 M Members' homes Eric Prescott 01623 631160 Next Meeting: 26th May – Something in the Air with Elisabeth Ellis; June 23rd Popular Music Appreciation * Tu4, 2.00 - 4.00 M St John's School, Mansfield Peter Haynes 01623 610886 Next Meetings: May 27th; June 24th; July 22nd Pudding Club * Tu1, 4.00 - 6.00 M Members' homes Sylvia Slack 01623 633981 Next Meetings: June 3rd – Janet; July 1st – Sylvia; August 5th – Janet Reading 1 Th3, 2.00 - 4.00 M Peter Dawson's home Peter Dawson 01623 882191 Next Meetings: May 15th; June 19th; July 17th Reading 2 Tu3, 2.00 - 4.00 M Ravenshead Library Joan Hufton 01623 557488 Next Meetings: May 20th; June 17th; July 15th Science & Technical Tu1, 2.00 - 4.00 M (NB Change) Stanton Hill Baptist Church, Albert St. Skegby Ian Boucher 01623 644798 Next Meetings: June 3rd – Visit to JCB Factory; July 1st – TBA Scrabble * Mo2, 2.00 - 4 .00 M Brenda Thurkettle's home Brenda Thurkettle 01623 628136 Next Meetings: June 10th; July 8th Singing for Fun NB Changes TuV, 5.45 - 7.15 St Alban's Ch. Clipstone Rd. West, Forest Town June Fell 01623 623547 Next Meetings: Tues. May 13th & 27th; June 10th & 24th. (Overflow parking opposite.) Tai Chi Mo, 9.30 - 10.30 W St John's Centre, Mansfield Cliff Laycock 01623 481985 Next Meetings: Weekly on Mondays Page 7 of 12
  8. 8. Interest Group Meetings Meeting Place Leader/Contact Theatre Visits Various Various Sheila Whalley 01623 453908 Next Meetings: Thurs. 29th May – Sister Act. Mon. June 2nd – Lady Boys of Bangkok; Tues/Wed June 10/11 – Pajama Game: trip to London (See web page for venue, time, cost and future trips) 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. May 19th – Everton Mattersey; Thurs. June 5th – Cromford; Mon. June 16th – Youlgreave & Middleton; Thurs. July 3rd – Halam Shufflers (short & gentle) V Lunchtimes Various Sylvia Slack 01623 633981 Next Meeting: Fri. May 30th – Hardwick Park Visitors Centre; Mon. June 30th (12.30 pm) – Sutton Reservoir Car Park; Wed. July 30th – Newstead Abbey Gates Strollers (a leisurely 2 miles) We2, 10.30 - V M Various Barbara Massey / Marion Thornton 01623 628357 / 01623 651528 Next Meetings: June 11th – Sherwood Pines; July 9th – Pleasley Pit Trail Walkers (an easy 4 - 5 miles) We4, 10.30 – V M Various Joy & Nick Crowe 01623 645400 Next Meetings: May 28th – Rowthorne Trail; June 25th – River Maun & Sherwood Forest Wine Appreciation 2* We3, 7.30 - V M Members' homes Mike Allen 01623 653345 Next Meetings: May 21st – Rosé with George & Mavis; June 18th – 'Supermarket Sweep' Whites with John & Margaret Wine Appreciation 3* Tu4, 7.30 - V M Members' homes Graham Allin 01623 473662 Next Meetings: May 27th – Pomerol with Graham & Eileen; Mon. June 16th – Premier Cotes de Bordeaux with Jill Writing for Pleasure * Mo2, 2.00 - 4.00 M Stanhope Centre, Bridge Street, Mansfield Sue Ford / Hilary Miller 01623 844286 / 620067 Next Meetings: June 9th; July 14th Book table SALE OF BOOKS in April raised £33.70, down some from previous occasions. This could have been due to less time in the interval for people to browse for books or fewer attendees due to child-minding duties. Lilian Whitehead Page 8 of 12
  9. 9. … Groups News:Theatre Visits, continued from page 4 The synchronisation of couples and groups working together was brilliant. In fact I came to the conclusion that it really didn't matter about the storyline after all, for the movements on the stage throughout were mesmerising. It was interesting to read that Andrew Lloyd Webber composed his music to already existing lyrics in their original form and that he showed his gratitude to TS Eliot's widow Valerie, who gave him access to some unpublished material of her late husband. Apparently, without her help the produc- tion of Cats would not have been possible and surprisingly it became the longest-running musical in the history of British musicals. Thanks Sheila for making this visit possible. Keep up the good work! Margaret Burlinson _______________________ THE GROUP visited the Palace Theatre, Mansfield, on 27th April to see Monty Don. It was a very good evening; Monty Don talked about his family life, his set-backs and triumphs. We saw pictures of the derelict farmhouse he moved to with 3 children and virtually no money; there was a lot of humour he was very laid-back. He had photographs on the big screen of gardens from around the world. The theatre was full for a very enjoyable, relaxing evening. Sheila Whalley PS: If anyone is interested in going out for afternoon tea on a Saturday afternoon please see me on the Theatre table at the next meeting. Sheila Art Appreciation FIRST WORLD WARANNIVERSARY At their March meeting the Art Appreciation Group studied paintings and photography of WW1 and also shared readings from the First World War by poets including Wilfred Owen, Rupert Brooke and Siegfred Sassoon. A favourite painting was by John Singer Sargent entitled 'Gassed', which showed a scene in the aftermath of a mustard gas attack on the Western Front. Group member Pat Kendall writes: “In this painting Sargent depicts soldiers who are displaying heroic dignity – is the sun setting on the sort of society that allows its 'gilded' youth to be wasted in a cruel war?” An interesting meeting that marked the anniversary of the Great War. Pauline Boucher Photos on the website ... Family History MEMBERS enjoyed a most interesting and enjoyable visit to Hodsock Priory on April 22nd as guests of owner George Buchanan, our excellent speaker last November. Highlights included seeing a betrothal chest that had been in the family for about four hundred years, a family ledger detailing the family accounts for the past nine generations and his family tree, going back many generations, with beautifully-painted heraldry. Max Clarke Photos on the website ... Digital World RAIN PUT paid to our photographic walkabout at at Hardwick on 25th April so some members took advantage of free car parking at the Hardwick Food Festival the following weekend and others responded to a brief to photograph 'something wooden'. So we had an interesting mixed bag to discuss at Stanton Hill on 9th May. Page 9 of 12
  10. 10. Our next walkabout, weather permitting, will be on the Pleasley Trail and we'll meet at the café by the pit head at 2.00 on 23rd May so do come along if you fancy a walk with camera in hand. It doesn't matter if you just use a simple point-and-shoot or a complex DSLR; you'll be very welcome and you'll be free to follow your instincts or accompany an experienced member if you'd like tips. We'll discuss the results at Stanton Hill Baptist Church at 2.00 on 13th June. David Ling (01623 822994) Art THERE WERE 11 members at the April meeting, which proved to be very busy as everyone took pieces of their art work that they had completed during the year. Gordon Howlett very kindly under- took the job as photographer, setting out the paintings/sketches for a photo shoot (assisted by Mike Allen). We intend to offer these pictures to the U3A exhibition at the Picnic in the Park this summer. I also hope to obtain some of them for our web page. After the coffee break we tried to settle down to tackle the subject of buildings and looking particularly at perspective. Our next meeting will be on 21st May when all members can bring along any work they wish to finish, or even to start something new. If you fancy a bit of painting or drawing and enjoy the company of like-minded people, please come along and join us; you will be made very welcome. Linda Spray Antiques and Collectables A FULL coach-load of bargain hunters set off in fine weather on 8th April to tour the many galleries at Hemswell Antiques Centre near Gainsborough on the group's first outing. And, judging by the number of bags and larger items that were loaded for the return, most found at least something. Successes I've heard about so far include a rare 78 record that's about to be digitised, some books, a watering can, some brass-ware and one of the first Dartington Glass decanters, designed in 1968. The very good and economically-priced restaurants added to the pleasure of the day so thanks Pat! David Ling More photos on the website ... Luncheon Club OUR APRIL LUNCH at The Chesterfield Arms near Gunthorpe, showed everyone why a community-run pub can beat a big brewery into a cocked hat when it comes to value for money and service so many thanks to Sheila Whalley for recommending it and making the arrangements. Next, on 22nd May, our 15th Anniversary Lunch is being arranged by Norma Shillinglaw at The Hostess at Sookholme that was a favourite of the Luncheon Club's first leader, the late Edith Senior, who was also Mansfield U3A's first chairman. Their full carvery will cost just £7.50 or choose their 2-course special menu for £10.95. Order on the day. Margaret Burlinson and Sheila Whalley have combined to arrange for us to visit a delightful Derby- shire pub, The White Horse at Woolley Moor, on 19th June. But they warn that space is limited so you'll need to get your name down promptly. Two courses will be offered at £13 and three for £16. Please pre-book at the Lunch Club table or by email to David Ling Photos on the website ... Page 10 of 12
  11. 11. Name Badges THE NON-WEARING of badges has raised it’s head once again! Please remember that wearing name badges is a simple way to show that you'd welcome a “hello” from a new friend you haven't met yet. It's a courtesy we ask you to show to others that is even more important now that our membership has grown to the point that it's impossible for everyone to know everyone else. How can new members feel welcome if they can't easily introduce them- selves? Committee members try to lead on this by always wearing their red badges to show that they welcome questions from anyone, new members and old, but please do your bit too! (If you've lost or forgotten the one our hard-working membership secretary gave you, please buy another at her table by the entrance (50p!) and write your name on it.) PLEASE OBSERVE THIS REQUEST! Many thanks. Glenis Carr, Chairman. ______________________________________________________________________________ Mansfield U3A Committee Vacancies THE COMMITTEE is seeking members who would be willing to join the committee and undertake various roles to be agreed. It is essential that proposed new committee members come forward to ensure the continuity of Mansfield and District U3A, without which there would be no U3A. Any member could be co-opted onto the committee until the AGM in September, when new committee members are voted in. As discussed previously, we seek a Minute Secretary who would like to join us and help organise and run our U3A. If you have an interest in other roles and feel you would help, please speak to any member of the committee. Many thanks. Glenis Carr; Chairman ______________________________________________________________________________ Ode to the Apathetic Are you an active member, the kind who would be missed? Or are you just contented that your name is on the list? Do you take an active part to help the work along? Or are you simply satisfied to merely just belong? Do you assist at meetings and help to make them tick? Or leave the work to just a few then talk about the clique? Think about it member, think both hard and long, Are you an active member, or do you just belong? Peter Fletcher (30.3.36 to 13.4.14) Page 11 of 12
  12. 12. ______________________________________________________________________________ Peter Fletcher. It is with deep regret that we have learned that Peter passed-away peacefully at home on 13th April after a long illness. The funeral was at Mansfield Crematorium on 25th April. Our thoughts are with Lynette at this sad time. ______________________________________________________________________________ Found LILIAN Whitehead has found a CD inside a book donated some time ago. It contains personal data and she'll return it if anyone phones her on 626991 and can describe it. ______________________________________________________________________________ Speakers' Corner WE ARE very pleased and honoured to welcome Barbara Lewis, National chairman of the University of the Third Age, to help us celebrate our 15th anniversary. She says: “At a time when organisations across the country are struggling to arrest decline and trying desperately to make their offering attractive, U3A continues to grow precisely because of what we are. People have heard that the U3A experience is stimulating, instructive, life-en- hancing, and fun. We are developing in ways that enrich our members’ experience.” ______________________________________________________________________________ Dates for your diary (Check the website for more information and updates.) Tues. 20th May: CRYSTAL CELEBRATION BALL at The John Fretwell Centre. Tickets £20 inc. food and entertainment. SOLD OUT. Wed. 4th June: PICNIC IN THE PARK at Rufford. 10.00 - 4.00. Free but bring your own picnic and chairs/tables. See p3. Tues. 15th July: EAST MIDLANDS REGIONAL U3A CONFERENCE AND AGM at Trent College, Long Eaton. _____________________________________________________________________________ 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 June issue to, or in typescript, to the editor as soon as you can and by 1st June at the latest. Thanks! Editor: David Ling (01623 822994) Printed by: Portland Print ( Page 12 of 12