Hello everybody and welcome to this meeting, I hope you are all well. Unfortunately I won't be with you this month so your ears can have a rest.
What a marvellous night SWINGTIME was, especially as Ann Mills had to find another venue at very short notice!!
Well done Ann and a big thank you for your organisation.
Our next event is our November Coffee Morning when all are welcome, members or not. I look forward to seeing you all at this event and at the next meeting.
Our latest books have been very interesting. “The house by the lake” by Thomas Harding gave us an insight into the two wars through history of a house occupied in turn by five different families. It was a true tale and very eye opening to tragic circumstances. It was quite a message for future generations.
The second book was “The Caalkman” by C.S.Tudor. This was a genre we have not read before. It was quite creepy and unpredictable. A thought that we never really know our fellows! Both books were excellent reads and causes of in depth discussions.
Next meeting is 18th October 2019 10-12 noon at Blidworth Library
Knit & Natter
The next meeting will be on 23rd October 2019 2-4 pm at Blidworth Library
Local History Group
A change of date saw the Local History Group take advantage of the free events for Heritage Week.
Mansfield Museum was showing a locally made film entitled ‘Mills, Machines and Memories’ which celebrated the contribution of Mansfield to the textile industry.
Past employees gave personal accounts of their working lives in local hosiery and textile mills such as Viyella, Crystal Knitwear, I&R Morley and the Hosiery Mills.
This combined with a school project to inform pupils about the past heritage of the town. The results of the project - socks decorated with mementoes of life and work in the textile trade - were on display in the museum.
Many of the group had a connection with the textile industry and were pleased to see ordinary people explaining their considerable skills and abilities on film.
To the members of the Rainworth and District U3A
I just wanted to thank you for attending my mum Gillian Chambers’ funeral on Monday 16th September.
Since being introduced to the group by Lynn and Alwyn, my mum developed a new lease of life. She thoroughly enjoyed the meetings, sub-groups, trips and social events and in particular the new friendships she made.
Having so many of you on Monday, I think she would have been both astounded and humbled that you held her in such regard.
Thank you all for making this part of her life so happy.
Adrian and family.
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 information.
Open coffee morning
Wednesday 20th November 10.am until 12.00
Coffee and Cake, Tombola, Raffle, Ringtones singing and dancing.
Open to everyone, members, friends and family.
Pay £3 at the door.
WE look forward to seeing you there!
Red Cross First Aid Course
Several members, including group leaders, attended a first aid course presented by a representative of the Red Cross. Advice was given on simple skills which would give confidence to help in an emergency.
Those who attended found it very informative and hopefully useful. If anyone else thinks they would benefit from this course please let Ann Mills or Lynden know and we will arrange another one.
Donated Tombola Prizes
We will be collecting items for the tombola as from today. We are having a raffle and tombola at our November Social event.
If you are able to donate TOMBOLA prizes we would be very grateful. Please ensure that all donated prizes are unopened, new and in date. If you have any items to donate please see any person on the Social Committee or alternatively you can simply bring them to the October and November meetings. Thank you
The Swingtime evening provided us with a full-on big band experience. The fifteen piece swing band took us on a vocal and instrumental journey through well-loved swingband standards from the golden age of big band music. Glen Miller, Count Basie and Duke Ellington tunes were featured, with classic arrangements of Sinatra favourites which had everyone’s toes tapping. Lots of virtuosity was on show as each band member got a chance to shine by taking a solo. There was even dancing for those with the energy left after the tasty pizza and doughnut buffet, arranged by Ann Mills and her team. Host for the evening Alwyn Brettell rounded things off with a raffle, and we all went home whistling a tune, tired but happy.
After the Summer break these have started up once again so if you like opera or ballet come and join us at Mansfield Odeon for live performances on screen from London. Lifts to the cinema can be arranged.
Am now booking
Thursday 24th October 7.30pm Don Pasquale ( opera by Donizetti )
Tuesday 10th December 7.15pm Coppelia ( ballet )
Saturday 4th January 2020 7.00pm André Rieu Concert
ORDER YOUR DIARIES FOR 2020
If you would like to pre-order a 2020 U3A diary please see Diana Hibbert today on the desk at the back of the hall.
TRIPS and VISITS
We had a very exciting and entertaining evening at the greyhound racing on September 27th. A very good three course meal followed by choosing which dog would win us some cash! £1 per bet for most of us over fifteen races. It was great fun with no dire losses. Another outing we hope will be repeated, perhaps horses next time!
Thanks to Ann Brown for a well organised outing.
The CRAFT GROUP
We are ready to start again after our summer break. We have quite a list of handiwork in mind for the first and third Mondays of the month starting in October.
If you are interested please see Sue Groves
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.
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