March 2020 Newsletter
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We meet on the second Wednesday of the month, 10am-12.00 at the Rainworth Village Hall
Our speaker today is Martin Bush on the
“Work of the Mercy Ships”
“Mercy Ships is a faith-based international development organisation that
deploys hospital ships to some of the poorest countries in the world,
delivering vital, free healthcare to people in desperate need.”
OUR NEW NEWSLETTER EDITOR --MARY HOWARTH
A warm welcome to all members & visitors.
This is my first newsletter as editor, taking over from Elaine who will
be a hard act to follow, apologies for any errors now and in the future!
Our sincere thanks must go to Elaine who has produced our
newsletter for four years, her commitment to the role has been willing
and dedicated. Please keep the articles coming.
Hope you have remembered to bring your mugs, to save using
cardboard cups, in the interest of our environment, and please ensure
mobile phones are set to silent.
If you have any comments or ideas regarding our activities, please
use the suggestion box, it can be an anonymous contribution.
If you are aware of a member who is unable to attend the meeting
but would welcome a newsletter, and/or a telephone call, please let
our Welfare Officer, Diana Parker, know.
Do have a look at the U3A National website, www.u3a.org.uk where
you can sign up to receive their monthly newsletter via email, as
well as automatically receiving the Third Age Matters magazine by
post. Both publications are full of information, ideas, policies and
feedback on the organisation and other branches’ activities.
We are a member of the North Notts Neighbourhood Group of U3A’s
Hello to you all and a very warm welcome to those who are new to
us or just visiting.
We hope you enjoy your time with us and make new friendships.
Last month, we had a very successful Valentine’s coffee morning,
thanks to Ann and her team.
The AGM preparations are well under way and I remind you that
committee nominations must be in to Diane Hibbert before the end
of this month.
Our meeting on Wednesday 13th May is our
Members’ Day & VE Day Celebration
Interest groups have the chance to showcase their activities, and
encourage new members if space available, even set up new ones!!!
The Ringtones will be singing wartime songs.
The meeting includes an extra hour i.e.10am-1pm to include refreshments
Garden Party Grant
Although Rainworth and District U3A will not be celebrating National
U3A Day this year, we shall be holding a Garden Party on a similar theme.
We have been lucky enough to secure a sum of £190 from the Third Age
Trust towards the cost of this. Our thanks go to them for this grant.
8 intrepid strollers braved the
inclement weather for a walk
around Brierley Park then back
to the Visitors’ Centre for a hot
drink & snack.
The next meeting is on Monday
23rd March for a stroll from
Southwell around Norwood Park
& back to the Refectory for
Meet in the car park opposite the
Minster at 10.30am.
Meetings Programme 2020
Please note the changes to the printed programme
8th Apr Colin Bower “The Humour That Surrounds Us”
13th May Members’ Day & VE Day Celebration, with The Ringtones & refreshments until 1pm
10th Jun AGM & Tony Brewer “The Photo Quiz”
8th Jul Chris & Janet Smith “Restricted Growth Assn”
12th Aug Steve Allen “My Musical History Show”
9th Sep Lily Ann Dawes “Dead Men Talking”
14th Oct Katerina Roberts “Canine Partners”
11th Nov Mike Storr “Masters of Mirth-The Sequel”
9th Dec Members’ Christmas Party with The Ringtones &
Mark Walsh, Entertainer & Comedian
Future Events 2020
Fri 20th Mar St Patrick’s Celebrations with the
O’Dwyer Academy of Irish Dance &
The Gentlemen Choir 6.30-10.30pm
Fri 5th Jun Ploughman’s Supper with
Gary Haynes, singer & guitarist 6.30-10.30pm
Fri 14th Aug Garden Party, Cream Tea with the Worksop U3A “Steelpantastic” Band at the Rainworth Methodist Hall 1.30-3.30pm
Fri 18th Sep “Flower Power” with The Ringtones 6.30-10.30pm
Tue 10th Nov Coffee Morning 10-12pm
Tickets will be on sale at the monthly meetings except for coffee mornings when it is “pay on the door.”
As a timely reminder we would like to inform you that the membership subscription year for Rainworth & District U3A runs from 1st April until March 31st of the following year and consequently annual fees are due this month.
The Committee has adopted a policy which allows new members to pay their annual subscription at the January, February or March meeting to cover ongoing membership until 31st March of the following year.
Subscriptions for 2020/2021
Members and aspiring members are reminded that annual fees are as follows: -
Full Membership £20.00
(anyone with full membership of another U3A £16.50
Full membership includes a 'Capitation Fee' of £3.50 which is payable to the Third Age Trust, which is our umbrella organisation. This Capitation Fee covers our insurance.
Subscriptions cover the costs of-
5 issues per annum of Third Age Matters (The U3A Magazine)
The cost of renting the Village Hall for meetings and Speakers' Fees
Administration and Insurance costs.
Please make payment by cash or cheque, made payable to ‘ Rainworth and District U3A'.
We are always pleased to welcome visitors but would like to remind them that after two trial visits to the main meeting, membership fees become payable. However if you are a member of the North Notts Neighbourhood Group of U3A’s, you may attend an interest group providing there is space. Membership is confirmed by the issuing of a membership card. Please be prepared to show these to the leader of any group or activity you wish to take part in or join.
Garden Visits-2020 - Thursdays
2nd Apr Walker’s Nursery, Blaxton, Doncaster
7th May Dorothy Clive’s Garden, Market Drayton
4th Jun Martin Fish’s Garden, Thirsk
2nd Jul Sledmere House, Driffield, York
6th Aug Newby Hall, Ripon
3rd Sep Kelmarsh Hall, Northampton
1st Oct National Memorial Arboretum, Burton-on-Trent
5th Nov Hollybeck Garden Centre, planning meeting
3rd Dec Doddington Hall, Lincoln
National Trust Outings-2020
Mon 6th Apr Rufford Old Hall Ormskirk Lancs
Thur 21st May Gawthorpe Hall Padium Lancs
Thur 25th Jun Dudmaston Quatt Shropshire
Fri 17th Jul Whitwick Manor Wolverhampton
Fri 11th Sep Anglesy Abbey Cambridge
Tues 21st Apr Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci
booking closes March meeting
Thurs 28th May Dante Project (Ballet)
booking details TBA
Thurs 18th Jun Elektra (Opera)
booking details TBA
Valentine’s Coffee Morning
60 members attended this event and enjoyed delicious pastries, listened to the Ringtones” performing love themed songs and watched the “Ringlettes” accompany them to “Amarillo”, very entertaining!
The raffle raised £ 65, the bottle tombola £75 and entrance monies £180. A total of £320 less outgoings.
This was a good fundraising event with the profit ultimately benefitting all our members.
Thank you to everyone who donated raffle prizes, bottles and bags and the volunteers who made it happen!!!
Trips & Visits
Following a very successful talk at our U3A in January 2019 by Lesley Taylor, two groups have now visited the Veolia Recycling Plant, the MRF (Materials Recovery Fa-cility) at Forest Town.
The tour began with Lesley, who is the Recycling and Education Officer giving us an introduction of how the plant works and a reminder of which of our rubbish is recyclable and those “grey” areas that often confuse us.
Next, dressing up in safety gear: hi-vis jacket and safety helmets, we set off to the enormous factory. Our tour was at high level, looking down on the sorting machines and watching the procedure, from delivery of household recycling waste to baling and dispatch to steel and aluminium and plastic recycling plants and paper mills. The leftovers go to an ERF (Energy Recovery Facility), which generates electricity for the National Grid. So nothing is wasted.
Lesley is so enthusiastic and was able to answer all our questions, it made such an interesting morning.
Thanks to Ann Brown for arranging.
“It’s never too late to rock & roll!”
The speaker for the February meeting was Vince Eager who gave us a glimpse into the lives of the stars dur-ing the early days of rock and roll.
Vince's career started alongside household names such as Cliff Rich-ard, Marty Wilde, Joe Brown and Billy Fury.
The time allocated for his talk just flew by and left me hoping for more at a later date.
Pub Quiz Night
13 members attended the quiznight
at Larch Farm - they didn’t
win, but still enjoyed an
evening of fun and food!
Local History Group visit to Hexgreave Hall
Next time you tuck in to a packet of Walkers crisps, consider that the
potatoes were most likely grown by the hosts for our visit, Tony & Helen
Strawson. On a very rainy day, we visited Hexgreave Hall, headquarters
of the Hexgreave Estate, which grows vegetables for Sainsbury’s &
Morrisons, & is the main supplier of potatoes for Walkers Crisps.
We began by drying out in the coffee shop, then progressed to the Hall,
where Helen Strawson showed us around the beautifully restored ground
floor rooms. The Hall was built in the 1750s, but the estate was a deer
park for the Archbishop of York from 1255. Owners have included steel
magnate Sir Stuart Goodwin & Sir John Eastwood of poultry fame. Old
maps & photos of earlier times decorate the impressive entrance hall.
Tony Strawson told us about his farming background & how he came to
acquire the estate. He was more than happy to answer all of our questions.
The Hall has now been converted into offices & several live/work
properties have been built in the grounds. The estate grows its own biofuel
& has solar panels to provide heat & electricity. It was too wet to walk in
the grounds, although we saw the herd of red deer at a distance. Maybe one for the Strollers in better weather?
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Thank you. Mary Howarth, Editor
FEBRUARY 2020 NEWSLETTER
Hello to you all and I hope you are well.
Last month's speaker was very informative about Wills and Equity Release.
I hope people found the advice helpful.
Dont forget to get your tickets for the St Patrick's Celebrations on 20th March. Tickets are £10 each to include a pie and chip supper plus entertainment.
As a reminder don't forget that nominations are invited for people to join the committee.
St. PATRICKS DAY
O’Dwyer Academy of Irish Dance
and The Gentlemen Choir
At Rainworth Village Hall, Kirklington Road, Rainworth
On Friday 20th March 2020 from 6:30pm to 10:30pm
Pie & Chips Supper, Bar, Raffle. Tickets £10
Enquiries - Ann (tel. 631714)
In January nine strollers had a pleasant walk around Vicar Water at Clipstone on a very nice sunny day, then back to Rumbles visitors centre for refreshments.
The next meeting is on 24th February at Brierley Forest Park, Skegby Road Huthwaite NG 17 2PL.
U3A DAY 3RD JUNE 2020
U3A Day, 3 June 2020, is set to celebrate the new experiences that come from being in your third age (no longer in full-time employment or bringing up children.) The annual event, which will take place on the first Wednesday in June, will show the amazing and diverse things that our members get up to and challenge preconceptions of what being an older adult means.
The very first national U3A Day-celebrating the learning, activity and fun that happens every day in U3As across the country. Each U3A is invited to mark the day by showcasing what they do from flashmobs or performances, displays, parades or performances. The day will show all the learning activities and fun that make the movement so amazing.
If you are interested look on the Facebook Page.
LOCAL HISTORY GROUP
There was a full turn-out of local historians for the January meeting at the Village Hall.
We all managed to squeeze in, and after drinks and chocolate biscuits, courtesy of Maureen and Judy, group leader Alwyn gave a resume of the past year’s activities. He went on to outline ideas and assess interest for this year’s plans.
Jenny suggested a visit to Hexgreave Hall and Diane made a provisional booking for the Hucknall Flight Test Museum, both in our locality.
We then settled down to watch a DVD of life in the 60s - a time relevant to many of us leaving school and starting work.
The various themes such as fashion, transport, popular culture and world events were interspersed with adverts of the time. Anyone remember Amami setting lotion or M&B beer with Beryl Reid’s Marlene?The various themes such as fashion, transport, popular culture and world events were interspersed with adverts of the time. Anyone remember Amami setting lotion or M&B beer with Beryl Reid’s Marlene?
Things we take for granted nowadays were just in their infancy - the novelty of a microwave oven, for example. Also interesting were ideas which never caught on. What about a transparent blow-up sofa, motorised roller skates or even a pogo stick for your daily commute?
So many landmark events seem to have happened in that decade - the Berlin Wall, Cuban missile crisis, assassinations of JFK and Martin Luther King, the Aberfan disaster and the first men on the moon. A full and interesting time, remembered by all.
Thanks to Alwyn for organising.
The University of Leicester would like to invite our members to a free evening of neuroscience talks and demonstrations on Wednesday, 18th March 2020.
Brain Awareness Week (BAW) is the global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research. The University of Leicester are delighted to partner with the DANA Foundation to celebrate Brain Awareness Week. Please see our website for further details - https://www.le.ac.uk/baw
This free event is open to anyone who wants to know more about how the brain works and ongoing research into neuroscience, biology, genetics, health sciences, medicine and psychology.
Along with presentations there will be live demonstrations on many aspects of neuroscience research, including vision, taste, attention and movement, and the opportunity to meet junior and senior researchers.you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact
Mrs Michelle Bingham
College Research and Enterprise Office (Biobater, 1st Floor, Adrian Building)
College of Life Sciences
University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RH, UK
t: +44 (0)116 2297160
CHINESE NEW YEAR
January ended on a high when nineteen members celebrated the Chinese New Year at Springwater Cantonese Restaurant in Calverton. The food was delicious, the service excellent and the fireworks display the cherry on the cake. The tickets were very limited this year as we were invited to join other U3A groups in our area. Perhaps we could consider doing it again next year.
FUTURE NATIONAL TRUST VISITS
April- Monday 6th Rufford Old Hall Ormskirk Lancs
May –Thursday 21st Gawthorpe Hall Padium Lancs
June –Thursday 25th Dudmaston Quatt Shropshire
July- Friday 17th Whitwick Manor Wolverhampton
September-Friday 11th Anglesy Abbey Cambridge
Welcome everyone and firstly may I wish you all a very Happy New Year.
What a wonderful time was had at our December meeting, a rousing end to the years activities!
As you are aware our first social function this year is on Tuesday 11th February. it is a coffee morning with a bottle Tombola. Hope you can all attend and bring your friends!! Make sure that you get a Newsletter for notification of further social activities along with normal monthly group meetings.
June's AGM may seem a long way off but if you are interested in joining the committee and helping this U3A, please feel free to mention it to either Diane our Business Secretary or myself.
Library staff were also included in this gathering as a way to show our appreciation for their ongoing help and support.
The next book to be read is Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan. It is a courtroom drama which explores the justice system and its treatment of both defendants and accusers.
Local History Group
Our next meeting will be on Friday 24thJanuary at 10.00am in the Regent Room, Rainworth Village Hall.
We shall be watching a film about life in the 60s.
Please bring a mug for refreshments.
The next meeting of the strollers is on Monday 27th January 2020 at Vicars Water ,
Clipstone. Same venue as November but a different walk. Meet in the visitors car park at 10.30am.
This is an easy walk in pleasant surroundings then back to the visitors centre for refreshments.
Everyone is very welcome to come.
Friday 17th January 2020 Book Group 10-12 at Blidworth Library
Wednesday 22nd January 2020 Knit & natter 2-4 at Blidworth Library
Tuesday 11th February- 10am-12 midday
“Valentine’s Coffee Morning”
Bring your friends and neighbours!
Garden Visits Group
In December we visited Tissington Hall near Ashbourne in Derbyshire that most people know for the well dressings in the summer. Although there wasn't an interesting garden to visit at this time of year, we did have a short look around the lovely old village (it was so cold) and St Mary's Church, built around 1100, before heading to the Hall for a warm by the blazing log fire. Sir Richard FitzHerbert welcomed our group, before crowning Loraine as Duchess and Sheila her handmaiden for the day and then our guided tour began. The celebration of Christmas music through the ages entitled "Star of Wonder" accompanied floral and seasonal decorations in many rooms. The designer brought us up to date with a winter scene from a battleground of WW1 and finished with "Frozen". The planning takes a whole year and about 10 days to prepare and erect. Next year's display, "Mary Poppins", is already being planned.
As usual, our trips end with a bite to eat, but on this occasion it was a visit to Herbert's Restaurant for a delicious Turkey lunch, followed by mince pie and clotted cream, tea and coffee. We even managed to force down a glass of wine!
Bottle bags appeal
If you have been lucky enough to receive a bottle (or two) for Christmas, please don’t throw away your bottle bags. We could use them for our next Tombola which will be a bottle Tombola.
You can bring them along to the general meeting or hand them to any member of the committee or social committee
This is the time of year when we give thanks for favours and kindness and on behalf of the Social Committee I would like to thank you, members and friends of our U3A, for supporting us during 2019.
If you have picked up our programme for this year you will see that we have planned some exciting events, a couple of coffee mornings, St Patrick's Day Celebration (wear green!), a Tramps Supper, VE Day Celebrations, Garden Party (something new for us), Flower Power with the Ringtones and finishing with our Christmas Party. And this all comes with food! Lots to look forward to. Our programmes are wallet/purse size, keep them with you, then you won't miss out when other occasions tend to crop up.
The Social Committee works hard to arrange a variety of social events to keep you entertained. It is so rewarding to see a full audience and everyone making friends and enjoying themselves.
So, on behalf of Sandy, Alwyn, Lynn, Mary, Maureen, Lynden and me, a big thank you and If you have any new ideas please let us know, because we are already planning 2021.
Andrew won both games as he achieved the most strikes and the highest score, but as we were in Christmas jumpers we all had our photo taken…. what the heck!
Third Age Trust Survey
Thanks to all fifteen people who completed the U3A random survey which Rainworth was selected for in November. Hopefully it did not prove too much of a problem or take up too much of your time.
Mansfield Odeon Events
As I am away for the February meeting, I will be booking for the following this month.
Fidelio ( opera from Beethoven ) Tuesday 17th March 7.15pm
Swan Lake (ballet) Wednesday 1st April 7.15pm
There is also an evening with Jonas Kaufmann (star tenor) “My Vienna” on Tuesday 24th March 7.00pm. Potential for booking.
See me or telephone 01623 795473
If you enjoy the curling and would like to participate regularly you can get involved in our indoor games club at the Treasury. Please see Andrew for more informatio
NATIONAL TRUST GROUP
Our last outing of the year was to Attingham Park and was a worthy finale. A huge park made accessible and welcoming to all comers with meadow lawns for picnics, beautiful borders and lovely walled garden with fruit trees, flowers and vegetables. The interior décor was very beautiful with the only set of lovely Italian furniture in the country which has been passed down through one family over several centuries. It was obviously a well loved mansion with a lot of history.
We are now at rest until Spring