Our very own Elaine Price, also a member of Blidworth Bards, has been seriously ill with a heart condition. She spent three weeks in King’s Mill Hospital recovering. During her convalescence she composed this poem.
Who Knew there were angels out there?
Kind nurses, family and friends.
Who knew,how much skill,love and care was on offer when life turned a bend.
In the road well worn and familiar,
When misfortune struck a hard blow.
Angels appeared and ministered.
Who knew? Well, now I know.
Best wishes to Elaine from Rainworth and District U3A
The welfare of our members is of paramount importance!
If you are aware of a member who has not been to a meeting recently, please let a committee member know so that arrangements can be made to keep in touch.
We have our own Welfare Officer, Diana ParkerIf you would like to make her aware of any issues please do not hesitate to contact her on 01623 406342
Local History Group
The hottest day of the year (so far) was the perfect setting for the well dressings and open gardens of Elmton Village.
Fourteen group members made their way to this small Derbyshire village and were not disappointed by what they discovered.
The wells were nicely dressed, one by junior school children showing Creswell Crags, and one depicting the Beauty of the Earth. At one garden, you could have a go at decorating a clay panel with petals and seeds.
The old schoolroom was open for cream teas and the unusual Georgian church next door hosted an interesting local exhibition, including Jedediah Buxton, an illiterate mathematical genius who walked from Elmton to London to display his talent.
There were five gardens to view, some giving away free plants, the restored pinfold and wildflower meadow, a display of classic cars, and entertainment from Shirebrook Brass Band. The main garden at Elm Tree Farm was amazing - three acres with different areas for flowers, fruit and vegetables, wildlife, ponds, and mature trees including a walnut and a foxglove tree which was magnificent, even though we were too late too see it in blossom.
A lot of effort had gone into making these gardens and thanks are due to all involved.
The next Local History Group visit will be to Cromford Mills on Friday 26th July.
Meet at the Village Hall at 9.30am.
See Alwyn if you need to arrange a
Our previous book group read was an Inspector Lindley Detective thriller by Elizabeth George. Overall it was considered to be a rather long drawn out story with many twists and turns throughout the storyline but otherwise a good choice. The discussions surrounding the content and pace of the storytelling highlighted the considerable differences between the original written material and the way a story is presented to a visual audience.
Our walker's had a good walk around Ransome Woods despite a threat of thunder storms, which we managed to avoid. Had light refreshments at Forever Green afterwards.The next stroll is on Monday 22nd July around Hardwick Lakes. Meet in the overflow car park at The Hardwick Inn at 10.30am.
The National Trust Group
The National Trust Group had an enjoyable day out at Goddards the former home of the Terry chocolate family. An obviously well loved home and garden with history of a united family over several generations.
Garden Visit Group
In June members of the Garden Group visited Coton Manor Garden in peaceful Northamptonshire countryside.
The ten acre garden, originally laid out in 1925 by the grandparents of the present owner, encloses a series of smaller gardens providing interest and variety throughout.Luxuriant borders delighted the plant enthusiasts whilst everyone enjoyed the charm and special atmosphere of the garden.Features included, flamingos fed on a special diet to retain their colour, a magical five acre bluebell wood a nd a wildflower meadow. Over a thousand varieties of plants can be seen in the garden and they are propagated in the nursery. Many of the plants are unusual and not easily found elsewhere.An enjoyable lunch in the Stableyard Café provided a perfect end to a perfect visit. Thank you to Ann for organising.
If you were not at our Social on Friday 14th June you missed a very special evening.The theme was “showtime” and “showtime” it certainly was! The Ringtones, conducted by Ian, gave songs from the shows and we all joined in. The “vibe” in the hall was very specially themed silver and black. These colours were highlighted everywhere from personal dress to table and hall décor. Our entertainments committee always strive to make these events special and it was again an evening to remember. Well done to all concerned.
Wine Appreciation Group Outing
Back in the gloomy days of last November the group thought it would make a change to go on a Vineyard tour in the Summer. This is what we organised for June and went to Hanwell Vineyards near Melton Mowbray. We were so lucky with the weather as after the wettest few weeks it was a lovely sunny evening. It started with a welcome glass of wine ( their own ) on the Terrace and a talk about how the owners started the vineyard from scratch! Then we wandered down to the sloping field where they had planted 8000 vines and heard about the trials and tribulations of a year in wine growing. Then it was back to the barn where we tasted two still white wines, two sparkling wines, cherry wine and mead. This was followed by supper and purchases of course. Most of the English wines are sparkling which uses three grapes, Chardonnay, Pinot noir, and Pinot meunier.
All in all a lovely evening.
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INTEREST GROUP MEETINGS
Our next meeting is on Wednesday 14th August
Members’ Day and Interest Groups,
Coffee and Cake