We meet on the second Wednesday of the month at 10.00a.m.-12.00 at Rainworth Village Hall
Rainworth and Disrtict U3A
Welcome to our December Christmas Meeting which is a reward for all our members with a buffet supplied out of profits from fund raising activities. It is also the end of another successful year for our U3A and 2019 is looking good with plenty of events planned.
We now have a Suggestion Box available at monthly meetings so do use it but please be constructive. Our next Social is a Coffee Morning on Friday 15th February which will be a Winter Warmer. Put in your diaries and please support it.
Next June is our AGM and we need new committee members so think seriously if you can give an afternoon a month for a meeting and contribute your talents ( we all have some! ). Come to a committee meeting and see what we do but let me know to expect you. They are always on the 1st Wednesday in the month from 2.00-4.00pm so the next meeting is 2nd January 2019.
Wishing you and your families a very Happy Christmas and a Healthy and Prosperous New Year
Thirteen strollers enjoyed a leisurely walk around Thoresby and Perlthorpe and a short walk around the gardens of Thoresby Hall on a lovely autumn day, then back to the courtyard for refreshments.
There will be no walk in December as it falls on Christmas Eve. The January walk is to be decided at the January meeting.
Table Top GamesGroup
The table top indoor games group will not be meeting in December.
If you are interested in joining the group in the New Year please contact Lyndon.
WINE TASTING GROUP
The wine in November to be tasted was Australian Shiraz. As usual 4 wines, same grape, varying prices and amazing how they all differed in taste! Two of them tasted very much of tannin. The first one a delightful drink to perhaps have with a meal and the third one quite light and more of a social drink to sup on its own. This latter one came second in popularity but first went to an unusual one in the fact it is no longer available! Our evening concluded with a very tasty supper from Linda.
The next wine tasting is on Thursday 17th January 2019 at Chris’s. Come and join us for a fun evening and learn about and appreciate wines.
A Christmas Joke!
WHO SAYS MEN DON’T REMEMBER?
A couple were Christmas shopping. The shopping centre was very busy and the wife was upset to discover that she had lost her husband. He was nowhere to be seen!
She was quite upset because they had a lot to do, and hence she was so worried that she rang him on her mobile phone to ask him where he was.
In a quiet voice he said “ Do you remember the jewellers we went into about five years ago where you fell in love with that diamond necklace that we couldn’t afford? I promised you that I would buy it for you one day.”
The wife choked up and started to cry. “Yes. I do remember that shop “ she sobbed…… He replied:
“Well, Im in the pub next door!
Local History Group
The Local History Group met in-house at the village hall on 23rd. November for their end-of-year fuddle.
We were entertained with a film made by the Mansfield Woodhouse Heritage Group about Mansfield Woodhouse in times past. It was interesting to recognise shops and traders, some long-gone, some still present, and to see how modern development is progressing. Also, the number of historic buildings was surprising for the size of the town.
Hopefully our Woodhouse Walkabout will materialise next year and we can see for real what the film showed us.
There will be no meeting in December. Our next meeting is Friday 25th January at 10am in the Regent Room of the Village Hall when there will be a film about Pleasley Mills.
Trips and Visits
On Saturday 1st December members set off to Thursford in Norfolk to begin their Festive Celebrations. Where better to experience every aspect of Christmas than Thursford Christmas Spectacular. Spectacular it was! We saw every genre of dance, tap, ballet, irish and even can can dancers! A real cabaret with opera, poetry and a choir that reduced us to tears. There was a very funny comedian who successfully compered during the numerous changes of costume and stunning scenery. The barn housed 3,000 spectators, a full sized working merry- go- round and a carousel. We enjoyed mulled wine and a mince pie during the interval. After the show, it was a treat to venture outside to observe the reindeer and trees lit up delighting adults and children alike.
We spent the night at Great Yarmouth in a friendly hotel on the sea front. For those of you watching “Im a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here,”the meal felt a little bit like a bush tucker trial! However, we all got four stars and made it to the entertaiment, a male singer who managed to get everyone dancing.
After a good nights sleep and a hearty breakfast, we set off to Sheringham for some retail therapy and coffee and cake in a lovely tea room.
Next it was time to head to Cromer for fish and chips on the sea front before the end of season Christmas show on the Pier. This did not disapoint us. It was very entertaining featurin
Thank you to Ann and Jill for organising and to all members who participated
Interest Group Meetings Members wishing to join any interest group activities are advised to contact the group leader especially where it is necessary to arrange transport. Group leaders’/Co-ordinator’s names and contact details are in the newsletter and also on the web-site. If you would like to include any information in the next newsletter, please e-mail email@example.com by Wednesday 2nd January or phone 01623 406346 mobile 07926560031
Odeon Events Group
Last month we went to the ballet "La Bayadere" not one I knew but it was enthralling. It was the story of an Indian Prince in love with a temple dancer but he was betrothed to another. His despondency and hallucinations from smoking opium were interesting! The highlight of this ballet must be the 24 ballerinas who came on separately in white tutus and formed a snake across the stage performing the same steps 34 times. With a dark backdrop and the spotlight on the dancers it was just so magical. We came away spell bound (without the opium!).
By the time you read this we will have seen "The Nutcracker" and "A Christmas Carol" in December. We have Andre Rieu in January (reports next month).
Future Events for which I will be booking (before next meeting)
Tuesday 22nd January 2019 "Queen of Spades” opera from Tchaikovsky
Wednesday 30th January 2019 “La Traviata" opera from Verdi
Let me know if you would like to come
URGENT IMPORTANT NOTICE!!!
We are looking for new committee members. A new treasurer, business secretary and a new chair person. Please speak to a committee member if you are interested.
National Trust Group
The National Trust Group 2018 has had a very entertaining year. We covered history from many angles, large opulent houses, smaller houses and family histories including Royalty! Our trips were well attended and if there is still interest in 2019 we will start again in the spring.
A Happy New Year to everyone!
Our next meeting is on 9th January
Sheringham in Norfolk en route to the end of Season Pier Show at Cromer
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