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           Rainworth & District U3A             

NEWSLETTER

APRIL 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 April 10th 2019

Please welcome our guest speaker Phil Cooper “A Trip of a Lifetime” 

Chairmans message here

NEWSTEAD BRASS BAND

 ST.GEORGE’S DAY CELEBRATIONS 

                    at Rainworth Village Hall Kirklington Road, Rainworth 
                             on Friday 26th April 2019 6:30pm – 10:30pm 
                            Doors open at 6:15pm   Refreshments, Bar, Raffle   
 Get your tickets today 
 With Newstead Brass Band !
They are selling fast! 
£10 including refreshments
Friday april 26th 6.30 – 10.30
 
Notification of Annual General Meeting
The  Annual  General Meeting of Rainworth & District U3A will be held on Wednesday 12th June 2019 at Rainworth Village Hall, Kirklington Rd, Rainworth, Notts at 10.00am. The Accounts will be available.
ALL FULLY PAID UP MEMBERS are entitled to submit nominations, attend and vote at the meeting. Nomination forms are available from the Secretary to the Committee, Mary Bramwell. They must be returned to the Secretary by 31st March 2019.  NO LATE NOMINATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.
Yours sincerely,
Pam Berry  Chairman of the Committee          Date 10th April 2019
ELECTION OF EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 
OFFICERS AND MEMBERS
A list of members nominated for election will be distributed at the meeting. 
 
1  Chairman                      2.   Vice Chairman                             3.     Secretary                                                        
4. Treasurer                      5.   Committee member                     6.    Committee member
7. Committee  member     8. Committee member                       9    Committee member
        10. Committee member     11. Committee member                    12.   Committee member
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AGENDA
1. Opening Remarks
2. Apologies for Absence 
3. Minutes of the last AGM 
4. Chairman`s Report
5. To receive and Adopt the Chairman’s Report
6. To receive and Adopt the Statement of Accounts for  March 2018  to March 2019  inclusive.
7. To appoint an Independent Examiner of Accounts
8. To elect the Executive Committee and Officers
 
Odeon Events Group
February saw us entertained by the Royal Ballet with a Carlos Acosta production of "Don Quixote". As published in the National Press as a RomCom it staged magnificent dancing to the music of Ludwig Minkus. The story had been adapted from the original and seemed to concentrate more on the young lovers than Don Quixote himself but humorous as well! The colourful costumes of the Spanish matadors, gypsies and main characters made up for the production of "Carmen" last year which was very drab. As usual the back stage interviews gave the evening a learning and understanding of what went into the production.
Next Bookings    
Tuesday 30th April  Faust ( opera by Verdi )
Tuesday 11th June  Romeo and Juliet ( ballet )
Saturday 27th July   Andre Rieu ( concert )
See Pam or telephone to be added to the list.  
 
Book Club
Friday  12th April at 10.am at Blidworth Library Please note this is a week early due to Easter
 
Local History Group
 Who knew that Mansfield has its own Fire Museum?  The Local History Group went on a visit to find out. The museum is situated behind the present-day fire station on Rosemary Street.  It portrays the history of firefighting from early days (1666- the Great Fire of London) to current times. Nottinghamshire has 23 fire stations.  The earliest one in Tuxford dates from the 1500s and is still in use today. Guides, Paul and Marlene, showed us round in two groups, enabling us to see the memorabilia, uniforms, helmets and equipment in the British and overseas rooms before bringing us back together in the main area containing the fire engines.  And what engines they were, mostly horse-drawn and human-powered, including the private fire engines from the Welbeck, Thoresby and Hardwick estates, and all a shiny red! As we ended our visit with refreshments, it was hard to believe that this hidden gem is run by just four volunteers. They have a free Open Day on Sunday 28th April in conjunction with Radio Nottingham’s Big Day Out.  A treat for all ages 
 
Strollers
Eleven strollers had a nice walk around Brierley Park on a fine, but slightly chilly  day,then enjoyed refreshments in the visitors centre. The next meeting is on Monday 22nd April at Pleasley Pit car park, Pit Lane, Pleasley,G19 7PH 
 
 The National Trust Group
The National Trust’s Group met for the first time this year on April 1st.We had a most enjoyable day at Gunby Hall in Lincolnshire.  The weather was favoured us with a warm spring day so we were able to appreciate a lovely home and very pleasant grounds which included lots of flowers and the promise of bountiful fruits. The next visit is on May 17th to Goddards House in York. This was the previous home of Terry’s Chocolate Family.   
 

March 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 March 13th 2019

The speaker at our March meeting Is Ian Morgan whose talk is “Footpads, Kings and Highwaymen'

Chairmans message here

Strollers

In February 11 walkers, on a lovely spring day had a pleasant stroll around the lake at Rufford Country park & back to the visitors centre for refreshments outside in the sunshine.
The next meeting is on Monday 25th March at 10.30.am at Brierley Forest park, Skegby Road, Huthwaite NG17 2pl.
 
Get your tickets today for “St. George’s Day Celebrations”
 With Newstead Brass Band !
They are selling fast! See Ann today!
£10 including refreshments
Friday april 26th 6.30 – 10.30
 
 Book Club 15th March 2019 10am - 12 noon at Blidworth Library
 
Knit & Natter 27 March 2019 2-4pm at Blidworth Library
 
Wine Tasting Group
Our meeting in February was such fun as we tasted "Fizz" ( i.e. sparkling wine) and not only did we have to score the 4 different bottles but we also had to decide which was which!! This was because we had Champagne, Piper Heidsieck, Cava and Prosecco. They all differed in amount of fizziness and taste but all had very little aroma. They all differed in price too! The results were fascinating  as we tasted them blind as usual and the number one turned out to be the Cava, a Spanish wine and the cheapest. We were pleased that the one that came second was the Piper Heidsieck which was normally very expensive but this time obtained on offer at a reduced price. Interesting that half those present scored this as number one. The Champagne was third and last the Prosecco. We finished the evening with a delectable supper provided by our host Sheila.
Next wine tasting evening is on Thursday 21st March at 7.00pm at Betty's and please note change to date for April to Wednesday 17th April at Tony's. See Jill for more information. 
 
         Local History Group
 
Mansfield Museum is holding an exhibition to celebrate the Centenary of the Old Mansfield Society, so 21 members of Rainworth U3A Local Hstory Group went along to have a look.
We were hosted by several members of the Society.  Secretary Allan welcomed us, then treasurer Annie gave an introductory speech, and they, along with president Pauline, were on hand to answer our questions and point out items of interest.
We were introduced to Society co-founders Albert Sorby Buxton, the local artist, solicitor John Harrop White, and Alderman Daniel Maltby.  They had the foresight to preserve records of change in the town and promote the study of the history of Mansfield.
A clever representation of Mansfield’s viaduct displays in its arches photos and artefacts relating to local sport, transport and cycles, complete with an actual penny-farthing bicycle which was found buried upright in a garden!
The time-line shown in the photo, covering the 100 years, ties in local happenings to world-wide events.There are also maps, models and a video showing Mansfield in times past.
The exhibition is on until 1st June and is well worth a visit.
 
Garden Visit
Our first garden visit of the year to an NGS Garden at Chatsworth Way in Repton, Derbys. A rainy morning for our guided tour of the one acre spring flower garden by the enthusiastic owners, Robert and Pauline Little which followed coffee and home made cakes. We then moved on to Little Eaton Garden Centre for plant purchases and, needless to say, a bite of lunch.
 
Notification of Annual General Meeting
The  Annual  General Meeting of Rainworth & District U3A will be held on Wednesday 12th June 2019 at Rainworth Village Hall, Kirklington Rd, Rainworth, Notts at 10.00am. The Accounts will be available.
ALL FULLY PAID UP MEMBERS are entitled to submit nominations, attend and vote at the meeting. Nomination forms are available from the Secretary to the Committee, Mary Bramwell. They must be returned to the Secretary by 31st March 2019.  NO LATE NOMINATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.
Yours sincerely,
Pam Berry  Chairman of the Committee          Date 10th April 2019
ELECTION OF EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 
OFFICERS AND MEMBERS
A list of members nominated for election will be distributed at the meeting. 
 
1  Chairman                      2.   Vice Chairman                             3.     Secretary                                                        
4. Treasurer                      5.   Committee member                     6.    Committee member
7. Committee  member     8. Committee member                       9    Committee member
        10. Committee member     11. Committee member                    12.   Committee member
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AGENDA
1. Opening Remarks
2. Apologies for Absence 
3. Minutes of the last AGM 
4. Chairman`s Report
5. To receive and Adopt the Chairman’s Report
6. To receive and Adopt the Statement of Accounts for  March 2018  to March 2019  inclusive.
7. To appoint an Independent Examiner of Accounts
8. To elect the Executive Committee and Officers
 
Odeon Events Group
February saw us entertained by the Royal Ballet with a Carlos Acosta production of "Don Quixote". As published in the National Press as a RomCom it staged magnificent dancing to the music of Ludwig Minkus. The story had been adapted from the original and seemed to concentrate more on the young lovers than Don Quixote himself but humorous as well! The colourful costumes of the Spanish matadors, gypsies and main characters made up for the production of "Carmen" last year which was very drab. As usual the back stage interviews gave the evening a learning and understanding of what went into the production.
Next Bookings    
Tuesday 30th April  Faust ( opera by Verdi )
Tuesday 11th June  Romeo and Juliet ( ballet )
Saturday 27th July   Andre Rieu ( concert )
See Pam or telephone to be added to the list.  
 
As a timely reminder we would like to inform you that the membership subscription year for Rainworth & District U3A runs from 1st April until March 31st of the following year and consequently annual fees are due!
The Committee has adopted a policy which allows new members to pay their annual subscription at the January, February or March meeting to cover ongoing membership until 31st March of the following year.
Subscriptions for 2019/2020
Members and aspiring members are reminded that annual fees are as follows:-
Full Membership    £20
Associate Membership (anyone with full membership of another U3A £16.50 )
 
 Dates for diaries!
26th April 6.30 pm-10.30pm
“St. George’s Day Celebrations” with Newstead Brass Band
Refreshments/Bar/Raffle
£10 per person Tickets on sale

Dress Code:  red and white (optional )

February -March 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 February 13th 2019

The speaker at our March meeting Is Ian Morgan whose talk is “Footpads, Kings and Highwaymen

The speaker at our next meeting has changed and Is now Ian Morgan whose talk is “Footpads, KingsCHAIRMAN’S REPORT here

Strollers Group

Seven walkers on a cold but very pleasant day, enjoyed a walk around Vicar Water Country Park in January.
The next meeting is on Monday 25th February at Rufford Country Park.NG22 9DF
Meet in the visitor’s car park at 10. 30am
 
Get your tickets today for “St. George’s Day Celebrations”
With Newstead Brass Band !
They are selling fast! See Ann today!
£10 including refreshments
Friday april 26th 6.30 – 10.30
 
WINE TASTING GROUP
In January we tasted South African Chenin Blanc, a delightful white grape grown mostly round the Cape area where it gains from the coastal influence. This keeps it’s natural acidity high. All four wines were good though one had bubbles which meant it had been bottled too early and had to be marked down. This was also the most expensive! All came from local supermarkets and were worth purchasing. The evening finished with a delicious supper put on by our host Chris. Our next evening is at Carol’s on 21st February at 7.00pm. For details please see Jill or Pam.
 
Dates for diaries!
15th February 10.00am -12-00 noon
“Winter Warmer” Kurling and Cobs tea coffee and Raffle and Ringtones
£3.00 to pay on the door.
 
26th April 6.30 pm-10.30pm
“St. George’s Day Celebrations” with Newstead Brass Band
Refreshments/Bar/Raffle
£10 per person Tickets on sale
Dress Code: red and white (optional)
 
Do you enjoy Classical Music?
If you would like to know more about classical concerts and are interested in joining a classical music group and visiting the Royal Centre, please see Loraine Sharp.
 
Book Club
 
A full turnout for our January meeting of the Book Club held at Blidworth Library on the third Friday of each month. Contact Diana Parker for more information
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Interest Groups
 
Is there something you would like to do but there isn’t an interest group available? Please put your idea in the suggestion box.
 
Local History Group
 
Twenty three U3A members met at the Village Hall for the January meeting of the Local History Group. Our subject was Pleasley Vale.
Group leader Alwyn opened proceedings with an interesting resume of the history of Pleasley and Pleasley Vale, from the earliest times, via the Romans, the Medieval era, through to the mills of the C17 industrial revolution. Apparently, industry started in Pleasley Vale before the more famous Ironbridge.
We then watched two presentations about the Vale, filmed by Mansfield Woodhouse Historical Society. We were lucky to have with us two erstwhile Pleasley residents who were able to add to the “tales of the Vale” and tell us more about life in Pleasley.
In times past, Pleasley Vale was a self-contained community built around 3 cotton mills, with workers’ houses in the Rows, a church, school, library, baths, Co-op shops and a cricket club, all provided by the mill-owners, the Hollins family. They lived at the grand Pleasley Vale House, whichin the film looked derelict, but has since been converted to apartments. The three mills have been given over to offices and light industry, so the tradition of the Vale continues.
Thanks to Alwyn for researching the information and sourcing the films.
 
Minutes of Committee Meetings
Minutes are available on request or at the reception desk. If you would like to see them please ask a committee member.
WE NEED NEW COMMITTEE MEMBERS FOR 2019!!
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, OFFER YOUR SKILLS AND EXPERTISE TO OUR COMMITTEE………. WE NEED YOU!
 
Odeon Events Group
 
January saw us at three events which kept us entertained in a gloomy month. The first was "Andre Rieu, a Christmas celebration from Sydney" with wonderful music and backdrops. Several members attended this one to a packed screen / sell out and we were enthralled with the programme which included plenty of well known pieces from classical to popular and of course Christmas music. We came away on a high and just a great finale to the season. The next Andre Rieu concert is from Maastricht on Saturday 27th July and can be booked from this month.
Then just a few of us saw the "Queen of Spades", an opera from Tchaikovsky ( the cinema could be likened to the Marie Celeste! ) which was somewhat dark and ethereal ( it's meant to be ghostly) and weird but the singing was excellent and the orchestra conducted by Antonio Pappano who was interviewed as usual and gave a flamboyant performance.
The third visit was my favourite, Verdi's "La Traviata" and it gave us the best evening ever! Guess I'm biased but many of our members thought the same. The singing as usual was magnificent and unknown to us the part of an older gentleman was played / sung by Placido Domingo who was also interviewed in the back stage talks ( all part of the Odeon event) and who now sings baritone. What an evening! Only marred by the lack of heating in the cinema which was compensated by free teas and coffees.
Our next event is a ballet "Don Quixote" on Tuesday 19th February and will also be booking for the next opera on 2nd April "La Forza Del Destino" ( The Force of Destiny) by Verdi. Do join us, transport arranged. See me for details.
 
Our next meeting is on 13th March
 
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  .
 

 

 

                Rainworth & District U3A              

Newsletter

Wednesday December 12th 2018

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

 Rainworth and Disrtict U3A

CHAIRMAN’S REPORT

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

Pam

Strollers Group

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.

Pam

 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.

Diane Hibbert.

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                     

                      

Group

Day

Leader

Contact

01623:

Email

Books - Reading

3rd Fri

Diana Parker

406342

dianaparker76@googlemail.com

Breakfast

1st Tues

Peter Stacey

01623 796118

 

staceyp@sky.com

Bowling Club

 

3rd Thur

W. Dixon

07580385437

mattjen@hotmail.couk

Craft Group

1st and 3rd Mon.

Sue Groves

799078

sueandbobbyg@googlemail.com

Classical music

 

Michael Allen

Contact Mansfield

U3A

446@gmail.com

Computer Group

2ndMonday

Gordon

Mary Bramwell

07925896004

gordonbrown66@ntlworld.com

Garden Visits

1st Thurs.

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

Theatre

Various

John and Carol Curtis

475590

john.curtis6@sky.com

Trips & Visits

Various

Ann Brown

Jill Lowe

07982243462

01623230023

Annbrown051@gmail.com

jillylo@yahoo.co.uk

Wine Circle

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 Wednesday 2nd January or phone 01623 406346 mobile 07926560031

                          

                                                    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

                                                      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

NEWSLETTERS ----2015/2016 here

 NEWSLETTERS ----2017 ----here

NEWSLETTERS----2018 ----here