Wednesday 20th November 10am until 12. Noon
OPEN COFFEE MORNING £3 a ticket
Ringtones singing and dancing, Tombola, Raffle, Coffee and Cake. Bring friends and family. All welcome!
Hello everyone and welcome to this month’s meeting. Sorry I was not with you last month but the meeting was left in the very professional hands of Diane, our Business Secretary. Thank you Diane for stepping in and doing such a wonderful job!
This month we look forward to our Coffee Morning with cake, (lots of it), on the 20th November 10.00 am till 12.00 noon. This event is open to all of our friends and anyone wishing to see what we do, spread the word!
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 November 15th Meeting at Blidworth Library 10. 00am to 12 noon
Knit & Natter
November 27th Meeting at Blidworth Library 2.00pm to 4.00pm
Local History Group
We visited the newly reopened Portland Collection at the Harley Gallery at Welbeck. This collection has been closed since November 2018 following an audacious smash and grab raid in which the famous Portland Diamond Tiara was stolen. Despite the security system, thieves broke in, cut through the armoured plate glass and took the tiara. This was all captured on CCTV, but the police and security team arrived minutes too late. A poignant reminder was the rectangle cut out of the plate glass by a chainsaw, and a picture of the tiara as it would have been.
However, we saw many more of the Portland family treasures and fine art, including full-length portraits by Van Dyck and Singer Sargent, a Rembrandt and a Michelangelo drawing. Artefacts relating to Charles 1 included his communion cup, toothpick and a pearl earring taken from his beheaded head!
We all admired the porcelain, one set depicting the earliest known map of America. A 178- piece silver dessert service was encrusted with bees, bugs and beetles and the silver wine coolers were big enough to bath a baby in!
On a more domestic note, some of us studied the Portland recipe book, with the first known recipe in the country for curry (2 chickens, lots of spices,1/2lbutter and 2 lemons). The Triffle (trifle) recipe was very like a modern-day one.
This new Men, Women and Things exhibition is well worth a look, is open daily and is free.
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
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
Odeon Events Programme ( Opera and Ballet)
Coppelia Tuesday 10th December. already booked
Andre Rieu Concert. Saturday 4th January 2020. already booked
Sleeping Beauty Thursday 16th January 2020 booking December meeting
La Boheme. Wednesday 29th January 2020. booking December meeting
Fidelio Tuesday 17th March 2020 booking January meeting
Swan Lake Wednesday 1st April 2020 booking early as could be very popular
Cavalleria Rusticana/ Pagliacci. Tuesday 21st April 2020 booking March meeting
Dante Project ( ballet) Thursday 28th May 2020 booking TBA
Elektra (opera) Thursday 18th June 2020 booking TBA
Please see me to book---Pam
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.
The next meeting is on Monday 25th November at Vicars Water Country park, Clipstone, Ng21 9As. Meet in the visitors car park at 10.30am.
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
A lovely drive through North Notts brought us to the Meditation Centre and Japanese Garden at North Clifton. Though we gave the meditation a miss, we took great delight in looking at the peaceful gardens, the amazing topiary and koi carp pond. I don’t know if any of our members experienced “enlightenment”, but we certainly felt happy and refreshed at the end of our visit (or was that Maitreya’s “secret” ingredient in his scones?)
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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