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             Rainworth & District U3A              

NEWSLETTER

JULY 2019

website: www.rainworth-u3a.org.

 We meet on the second Wednesday of the month at 10.00a.m.-12.00 at Rainworth Village Hall

Next meeting--Wednesday August 14th 2019

Please welcome our guest speaker from the Air Ambulance

Chairmans message here

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?

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

 
WELFARE
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 

Book Group

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.

 Strollers

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.

Showtime

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.

Suggestion Box

We want to hear about your ideas on how we can improve your U3A.

Please put any suggestions in the box provided at main meetings.

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INTEREST GROUP MEETINGS

Group

Day

Leader

Contact

01623:

Email

Books - Reading

Group

3rd Fri

Diana Parker

406342

dianaparker76@googlemail.com

Breakfast

1st Tues

Peter Stacey

01623 796118

 

staceyp@sky.com

Ten Pin Bowling Club

 

3rd Thur

W. Dixon

07580385437

mattjen@hotmail.couk

Craft Group

1st and 3rd Mon.

Sue Groves

799078

sueandbobbyg@googlemail.com

Computer Group

2ndMonday

Gordon

Mary Bramwell

07925896004

gordonbrown66@ntlworld.com

Garden Visits

1stThurs.

Ann Mills

631714

ann_mills@me.com

Odeon Group

Various

Pam Berry

795473

randp33@hotmail.com

Pub Quiz group

3rdThursday

Gordon Brown

07925896004

gordonbrown66@ntlworld.com

History Local

4th Fri

A.Brettell

D.Hibbert

 

798459

 

795399

alwynandlynn@btinternet.com

diane.hibbert@btinternet.com

Indoor Games

3rd Wed

Andrew Goodison

438702

andrwgoodison@aol.com

Lunch Group

3rd Tues

Ann Mills

631714

ann_mills@me.com

Knit and Natter

4th Wed

Diana Parker

406342

dianaparker76@googlemail.com

National Trust

Various

Loraine

Sharp

792640

lorainesharp100@gmail.com

Singing Group

2nd Mon

Pam Haywood

406078

pamhaywood@hotmail.co.uk

Strollers

4th Mon

Carol Bennett

436805

Carol.bennett44@gmail.com

Trips & Visits

Various

Ann Brown

Jill Lowe

07982243462

01623230023

Annbrown051@gmail.com

jillylo@yahoo.co.uk

Wine Appreciation

 

3rdThursday

Jill Pullen

400545

jillandmalcp@gmail.com

 

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 erangecroft@gmail.com by  2nd of month or phone 01623 406346 mobile 07926560031

Our next meeting is on Wednesday 14th August

     Members’ Day and Interest Groups,

 

         Coffee and Cake

              Committee Members

 

Pam

 

Berry

 

Randp33@hotmail.com

 

01623 795473

 

 Chairman

 

Malcolm

 

Sanderson

Malcolm.owls71@gmail.com

 

01623 650583

 

Vice Chairman

Speaker Greeter

Val

Hill

Valhill1@ntlworld.com

 

01623 481811

 

 

Treasurer

Ann

Mills

ann_mills@me.com

 

01623 631714

Programme and speaker finder

Social Secretary

Lynden

Lowe

lyndenlowe@btinternet.com

 

01623 230023

 

Groups coordinator

Chris

Bentley

christopherbrianbentley@gmail.com

01623 483646

07752238045

Membership Secretary

 Mary

Bramwell

marybramwell@googlemail.com

 

01623 792349

Business secretary

Elaine

Rangecroft

erangecroft@gmail.com

07926560031

01623 406346

Newsletter editor

Andrew

Goodison

andrwgoodison@aol.com

 

01623 438702

Committee member

Loraine

Sharp

Loraine.sharp100@gmail.com

 

01623 792640

Committee member

Diane

Hibbert

Diane.hibbert@btinternet.com

01623 795399

Committee Member

Sheila

Stacey

staceyp@sky.com

01623 796118

Committee Member

 

 

CHAIRMAN’S REPORT 

Wednesday February 13th 2019 Please welcome our guest speaker Liz Weston-“Mansfield

 
 

                          

                                                      

 

 

 

 

    

             

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JUNE/JULY NEWSLETTER

JUNE/JULY NEWSLETTER

Meeting on the second Wednesday of each month

              website: www.rainworth-u3a.org.uk             

Our Chairmans message here

Forthcoming Social Events

Saturday 10th March Pie and Pea Supper

7pm to 10.30pm

Raffle, Sticky 13s, Bar,etc

Numbered Ticket for raffle prize…..£8.00 a ticket