.Garden Visits Group
“The Garden Visits Group latest trip was to Sandringham House and Gardens on a glorious summers day, greatly enjoyed by us all. Sandringham is in Norfolk and the Christmas residence of the Royal Family. The gardens were fabulous and the walks suited to a variety of differing abilities whilst the house gave us a fascinatingly, intimate glimpse into the private life of the royal family.
The gardens were in transition from spring to summer; rhododendrons were past their best but the enormous hydrangeas were bursting into colour and fat buds on the agapanthus and fuchsias were developing their high summer potential.
It was my first garden trip and was spent with a welcoming and friendly group of people and I look forward to many more in the future.”
Local History Group
The Local History Group was taken on a journey from sleepy valley to hive of industry when theywhen they visited Cromford Mills.
Our knowledgeable guide Philip first gave an excellent presentation of Richard Arkwright’s rise from uneducated apprentice to the richest commoner in Britain. A self-made and driven man, he changed cotton spinning from a small but skilled cottage industry to a large-scale production line requiring little or no skill at all. The employees were mainly women and children, who worked 12 hour shifts, day and night, 6 days a week.
We then toured the UNESCO World Heritage Site - the world’s first water-powered cotton spinning mill, the birthplace of the modern factory system. The site is still being restored by the Arkwright Society, and we ended our tour in the immersive Arkwright Experience, with a holographic Sir Richard speaking to us inside the unrestored first mill building.
Sir Richard Arkwright and his Mills were brought vividly to life by our excellent guide. Quirky shops, a lovely cafe and good weather all added to a rewarding day out.
National Trust Visit to Speke Hall
Beyond the black & white is a Tudor house with a Victorian personality
Speke Hall is a rare Tudor timber-framed manor house in a most unusual setting on the banks of the River Mersey. Restored and brought back to life in the 19th century, it is a unique and beautiful mixture of Tudor simplicity and Victorian Arts and Crafts' aesthetics.
Built by the devout Catholic Norris family - keen to impress visitors with the grandeur of their home and in particular the magnificent Great Hall - this beautiful building has witnessed more than 400 years of turbulent history. From the Tudor period when a secret priest hole was an essential feature, to years of neglect and decay in the 18th and 19th centuries (including a spell when it was used as a cow shed) and then being dragged into the Victorian era of improvement and technology, the Hall has seen it all.
In the 21st century, Speke Hall and its surrounding estate now provide a real oasis from the hurly burly of modern life. As you come through the gates, relax, take a breath and enjoy all that this wonderful place has to offer. The Hall is surrounded by beautiful restored gardens and protected by a collar of woodland.
SWINGTIME with STARDUST BIG BAND
(family and friends are welcome)
At Rainworth Village Hall
On Saturday 14th September 2019
Pizza Supper,Bar,Raffle, Quiz
Enquiries- Ann (tel 631714)
Last month the Strollers met in the car park at the Hardwick Inn and had a pleasant walk around 3 lakes on a lovely day, then back to the Inn for liquid refreshments outside in the sunshine.
The next walk is on 26th August 2019 at Kings Mill Reservoir & part of the Timberland trail. Meet in the visitors car park at the reservoir at 10.30am.
Knit and Natter
Blidworth Library 23rd August 2pm -4pm
Please find below a thank you letter from Fiona Leatherland for the knitted baby hats.
I am writing on behalf of the trustees of the Sherwood Forest Hospitals charity to sincerely thank you and the members of Rainworth and District U3A for your donation of beautifully knitted baby hats.
Your donation will be appreciated by our Maternity and Neonatal services. Any items not required will be sold by our volunteer fundraising team here at King’s Mill Hospital.
Our fantastic team of volunteers are a motivated and active voluntary group working for the hospital and are committed to raising funds to enhance patient care and treatment at King’s Mill Hospital.
Thank you for your support of King’s Mill Hospital services.
PRE-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.
INTEREST GROUP MEETINGS