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.
INTEREST GROUP MEETINGS