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           Rainworth & District U3A              

Wednesday 10th October

website: www.rainworth-u3a.org.uk

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

 
A message from our Chairman here
 
The National Trust Group had a second trip this month to Dunham Massey. It is an English country house in the parish of Dunham Massey in the district of Trafford, near Altringham, Greater Manchester. It is a Georgian House, a garden for all seasons and an ancient deer park. It also features an orangery, Pump House, Victorian Bark House and the remains of an Elizabethan Mount.
Loraine explained how beautiful the scenery is on the journey  to the Great Hall.
 
A reminder
Sheila Stacey and Diane Hibbert will be collecting items for the tombola as from today.
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 Sheila or Diane or alternatively you can deliver to Elaine at
84 Diamond Avenue.     Thank you
Local History Group
Woodhouse Walkabout.
Details for October meeting:
Meet at 9.30am on Friday 26 October at Village Hall car park if requiring a lift.
Otherwise, make your own way to Mansfield Woodhouse Library for 10am start.
Cost: £3. Includes tea/coffee and biscuits.
Leisurely walk but wear sturdy shoes.
Diane Hibbert
 
In September the Local History Group was fortunate with the weather for their visit to Bolsover Castle.  A sunny autumn day showed the Castle off to its best, with flowing fountain and far-reaching views.
The Castle was home to Bess of Hardwick’s son Charles Cavendish.  His son William, Duke of Newcastle, entertained, and hopefully impressed, King Charles1 and his entourage at Bolsover.  After it passed by marriage to the Dukes of Portland, parts of the Castle fell into disrepair.
In more recent times the buildings have seen use as a drill hall, theatre, Bowling Green and tennis courts, until English Heritage took over in 1984.  The Wall Walk, Venus Fountain and Gardens have been restored and you can watch dressage in the Riding House.
The many rooms of the Little Castle were intriguing to explore, with fine fireplaces, panelling and murals.  Even those who had been before found something new to discover, such as the music on one ceiling which, according to the guide, was a bawdy song about Robin Hood.
There are interactive audio guides available, plus a modern tearoom and shop.
Dianne Hibbert
 
 
We are supporting the Rotary Club of Nottingham celebrating 100 years of Service to the Community.
Escape to Italy!
The opening concert of Nottingham Philharmonic Orchestra’s new season celebrates the warmth and passion of Italy.  On Sunday 14th October at 3.0pm in the Albert Hall you can hear operatic arias from La Boheme by Puccini with a young cast of singers who studied at the Royal Northern College of Music, and the great Pines of Rome by Resphighi, a spectacular work which uses the full resources of the modern orchestra.  As well as these Italian works we have impressions of Italy by composers from Northern Europe; Elgar’s overture In the South inspired by his visit to Rome, and Tchaikovsky’s fantasy on Italian themes Capriccio Italien.
Tickets £18, £15, £5 students, £5 children (or one free per paying adult) are available on the door, online via ticketsource.co.uk and priorbooking.com and from the Royal Centre Box Office 0115 989 5555
 
On Friday 28th September, Mary and I attended an event about “Using Facebook for your U3A”. It was a practical demonstration and discussion that covered:
The benefits to members of using Facebook
How to take the ‘fear’ out of using Facebook
The benefits of having your own U3A Page
Setting up your own Page with a demonstration
The pros and cons of having a Facebook Group as well.
We need to find out how many use Facebook already and how many would like to use it or are interested in finding out more. If there is sufficient interest Mary and I will disseminate the information. We are going to share the file with Loraine as she is our communication officer. If anyone else is interested you are welcome. Let Elaine or Mary know.
Elaine
 
 
Birthday Celebrations at Rainworth and District U3A!!
On November 2nd members will be celebrating the birthday of our very own U3A. It will be five years old!
Please come and join us. Admission is £3 on the door. This includes refreshments and entertainment.
We will have a raffle and tombola.
 
National Trust Group
Our visit to Moseley Old Hall, the home that saved a king, was thrilling. Our bus journey to the Hall was an adventure in itself! We had not been warned of the narrow lanes approaching the site and the bus driver was very experienced and remained calm despite the concern for his precious coach and U3A cargo!. Fortunately no damage was done and we all applauded his attempts to get us as close as possible to the venue despite the holly bushes!
In September 1651, King Charles 11 is defeated at the Battle of Worcester and is on the run, trying to escape Parliamentary troops with a price on his head………
At Moseley we found out about his adventures, the people he met and we learned about daily life in 17th century and the many places a King could hide. We touched the same ACTUAL door that Charles 11 had pushed open with his own hands!
The guide was 90 years young and he was a brilliant storyteller. He enthused us all as he led us on a journey back in time.
Many thanks to go Loraine for organising the visit.
Elaine
 
Rainworth U3A Groups

Group

Day

Leader

Contact

01623:

Email

Am/Dram

2nd Fri

Jill Pullan

400545

jillandmalcp@gmail.com

GROUP  SUSPENDED DUE TO ILLNESS

OF GROUP LEADER

Baking / Recipes

4th Mon

Jim Phillips  

01623 641477

j.phillips34@btinternet.com

Books - Reading

3rd Fri

Diana Parker

406342

dianaparker76@googlemail.com

Breakfast

1st Tues

Peter Stacey

 

01623 796118

 

staceyp@sky.com

Ten Pin Bowling Group

3rd Thur

W. Dixon

01623 642439

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

Jill Pullan

400545

jillandmalcp@gmail.com

Pub Quiz group

3rdThursday

Gordon Brown

07925896004

gordonbrown66@ntlworld.com

History Local

4th Fri

Alwyn Brettell

798459

alwynandlynn@btinternet.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

Pam Berry

01623 795473

Thechairman@rainworth-u3a.org.uk


 Committee Members

 

Pam

 

Berry

 

Randp33@hotmail.com

 

 

01623 795473

 

 Chairman

Val

 

Hill

 

Valhill.1@ntlworld.com

 

 

01623 481811

 

Treasurer

Chris

Bentley

chris-bentley@ntlworld.com

 

01623 483646

07752238045

Membership Secretary

 Mary

Bramwell

marybramwell@googlemail.com

 

 

01623 792349

Business secretary

Elaine

Rangecroft

erangecroft@gmail.com

 

 

01623 406346

Newsletter editor

Andrew

Goodison

andrwgoodison@aol.com

 

 

01623438702

Committee member

Ann

Mills

ann_mills@me.com

 

 

01623 631714

Programme and speaker finder

Lynden

Lowe

lyndenlowe@btinternet.com

 

 

01623 230023

Groups coordinator

Loraine

Sharp

Loraine.sharp100@gmail.com

 

 

01623 792640

Committee member

Malcolm

Sanderson

Owls2m@aol.com

 

 

01623 650583

Committee member

Diane

Hibbert

Diane.hibbert@btinternet.com 01623 795399 Commettee member
Sheila 

Stacey

staceyp@sky.com 01623 796118 Committee member

 

 

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  .

 

 

 

 

 

                Rainworth & District U3A              

 

Wednesday 12th September
 
website: www.rainworth-u3a.org.uk
 
We meet on the second Wednesday of the month at 10.00a.m.-12.00 at Rainworth Village Hall
 
CHAIRMAN’S REPORT
Welcome to our September meeting and the start of autumn. I hope you all had a good summer break and if holidaying at home at least the weather was great. I think I am in the minority as I really loved the hot weather because I feel the cold so badly these days. However, I know many of you have been glad to return to our usual cooler climate.
Now is the time to get out and about with our Interest Groups and maybe try a new one? There is plenty going on over next few weeks. Our Social on Friday 5th October with The Mansfield Male Voice Choir is fast approaching and we have an exciting morning on Friday 2nd November when we celebrate our 5th Birthday/ Anniversary of starting up. Tickets are available so please join us.
Also on Friday 14th September we are having a stand at the Golden Generation 50+ Fair at Blidworth Miners Welfare from 10am-2pm and it is open to all with free tea and coffee!
Pam
 
Strollers
Twelve walkers had a comfortable stroll around Vicar Water Country Park in August and then back to the visitors centre for refreshments.
The next meeting is on Monday 24th September, 10 30am in car park at Rufford Abbey Country park.
Wine Tasting Group
In August we met at Pam's to taste Reisling wine from Alsace in North Eastern France. As usual we tried four different wines to compare including one brought back from its origin. Most of Alsace wines are white and by law are only produced in tall bottles called flutes. The region has a long cool growing season and average rainfall is one of the lowest in France, due to the influence of the mountains.  A beautiful area to visit with plenty of history and pretty villages along the Route Du Vin nestling in the foothills of the Vosges Mountains and bordering the River Rhine looking across to Germany.
 
Reisling is a dry wine with citrus flavours and hints of green apples but not easily found in the local supermarket. The three bought locally all came from Wine Merchants. The one brought back from the area came from vines over 40 years old called Vielles Vignes. This one scored last as the group not keen! There was a joint winner this time as two bottles scored similar. We had a fun, educational evening and finished with a French inspired supper. Our next meeting date has changed to Tuesday 18th September (not 20th which is the 3rd Thursday when we usually meet) at Jill's. Do come and join us, just have a word with Pam or Jill.
 
 
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Garden Visit
Our August outing was to the home of Lord & Lady Ralph Kerr. The gardens are mostly formal lawns, mature specimen trees and clipped hedges with lily ponds and fountains. The colour was provided by the Bog Garden with hydrangeas and herbaceous plants and the greenest lawns we had seen for some time, thanks to a meandering stream which was fed by the Pool next door (actually a small lake). It was tranquil and peaceful, enhanced by the fountains.
There followed a guided tour of the Hall, previously the seat of William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne who gave his name to Melbourne, Australia. This is a lived-in stately home, very comfortable with family photos and other day-to-day items in abundance.
Golden Generation Fair   50+
The Rainworth U3A Committee would like to support "Mark Spencer's Golden Generation Fair" event on Friday 14th September at Blidworth Miners Welfare.
 
 
Free Entry      Free Tea and Coffee
WHEN… Friday 14th September 10.00am to 2.00pm
WHERE...Blidworth Miners Welfare, Social Centre, Mansfield Road, Blidworth, NG21 0LR
 
Includes health and well-being, sport, community opportunities, group activities, lifelong learning, financial advice, IT, enhancing lifestyle, blood pressure checks and more!!!
For more information 0115 9681186
 
 
ODEON GROUP
Do come and join us when we go again to Mansfield Odeon. The ticket (price usually around £17) includes a Synopsis of the evening.  The interval allows time to nip out to the foyer for a coffee or stretch the legs.
The next ballets are
MAYERLING   Monday 15th October
LA BAYADERE  Tuesday 13th November
NUTCRACKER  Monday 3rd December
 
Birthday Celebrations at Rainworth and District U3A!!
On November 2nd members will be celebrating the birthday of our very own U3A. It will be five years old!
 
Please come and join us. Admission is £3 on the door. This includes
We will have a raffle and tombola.
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.
Thank you
Friday 5th October 6.30pm-10.30pm
There are still tickets left for the………………………….
Mansfield and District Male Voice Choir
Bring your own supper!
Bar and Raffle                                Tickets £7
 
Enquiries: Ann 01623 631714
 
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By attending a Friends against Scams awareness session or completing the online learning, anyone can learn about the different types of scams and how to spot and support a victim. With increased knowledge and awareness, people can make scams part of everyday conversations with their family, friends and neighbours, which enable them to protect themselves and others from scams.
Anyone can be a Friend against Scams and make a difference in their own way.
To learn more and become a friend today….
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                Rainworth & District U3A              

Wednesday11th July

website: www.rainworth-u3a.org.uk

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

Chairmans Message HERE
 
Local History Group
Recently we visited the Bilsthorpe Heritage Museum of mining and local life.  The museum is one of only three mining museums in the country and was begun by local residents who collected artefacts and memorabilia from the mine and village before it was lost in time.
We were warmly welcomed by the volunteers with refreshments before watching a DVD about the transformation to nationalisation and mechanisation in the coal industry.
Guides were on hand as we explored the two main rooms, one dedicated to mining and one to local life, with two special displays on marching bands and the St. John Ambulance Brigade.
A short stroll found us at the Mining Memorial Garden, where those who have lost their lives in the mine are commemorated.
The museum is open Sat. Sun. Mon. and Wed. 10am-4pm. and is free.
Diane Hibbert
 
GARDEN VISITS GROUP
 Smell the Roses and this is what we did at a visit to David Austin Roses in the West Midlands! What a lovely day we had in beautiful sunshine ( again! ). We started as usual with refreshments at the café and the tea came in matching chinaware complete with matching serviettes. Oh! so pretty. Then the gardens, all five of them, all in full bloom and exquisite perfume. Heaven! The gardens are Lion Garden, Pergola Garden, Renaissance Garden, Victorian Garden and Long Garden. Each contained masses of rose bushes all labelled so they could be bought if desired. Then there was the container rose garden and finally outdoor and indoor shops for plants and gifts etc.
We left there and went on to RAF Cosford Museum for lunch and a look round but really needed more time to do it justice. A fascinating place including a very educational exhibition on the Cold War. It was a grand day out and thanks to Ann for organising. Hopefully a repeat visit to David Austin next June?
 
Baking/Cookery Group
We met at Pam’s house on 28th May for the first of the New Improved Baking/Cookery Group. The Theme for the day was “Rhubarb”. We only had one problem, which was that the presented dishes looked so inviting we forgot to take photos first. By the time we remembered there wasn’t much left to photograph.
We had Baked Rhubarb with Orange, Rhubarb & ginger cake, Rhubarb, Date & oat Muffins, Rhubarb & Ginger Chutney, and Rhubarb & Pumpkin Scones all washed down by a Rhubarb Cordial which was OK but a sparkling Rhubarb wine would have been better.
Jim Phillips
 
Wine Tasting Group
There was no meeting in June (holidays) so the next one is on Thursday 19th July at 7.00pm at Carol’s. If you would like to join us for a fun evening learning more about wines see Pam or telephone
 
Odeon Group
This Group were absolutely blown away by the production of Swan Lake beamed live from the Royal Opera House with the Royal Ballet to Cinemas all over the country and abroad. The evening was introduced by Darcey Bussell and Ore Oduba who gave us an insight into the story and interviews with the designers, ballet stars, production members and more. To see the costumes up close with the intricate needlework was amazing
Garden Visits Group
 
We enjoyed a fabulous day to Breezy Knees Gardens in North Yorkshire, on what must have been the hottest day of the year. What a difference to our previous visit which was cold and windy (as the name indicates). This times the flowers, which are all perennials, were in full bloom and the gardens were magnificent, a real joy. 
Hope to show some photos in the next newsletter.
Ann
 
At our AGM……………
Pam expressed her thanks to all the people who contribute to the ongoing success of Rainworth & District U3A which shows an increase in membership numbers and a wider range of events and activities. It would not be possible to for the organisation to function without support from all the members who work tirelessly behind the scenes and those who offer their help to make and serve teas and organise raffles or work as meters and greeters. Membership numbers have risen to 130 and a social committee has been formed to arrange a programme of future social events.
 
Baking-Cookery
The Baking Group met at Maureen and Jim’s on 25th June. The weather was very appropriate for the “Picnic food” theme although a bit too hot to sit outside so we had an inside picnic which was fan cooled.  We had Salmon pates with assorted herb flavours, a delicious Spinach quiche, Sausage rolls and Flourless Cheese and Spinach muffins washed down with Tea and cold drinks. There was also some freshly picked Strawberry and Cream better than at Wimbledon and a week sooner.
So if would to join us and share your cookery ideas we have room for a few more members. You can sign up and get directions to the next venue at the table at the back near the bar.
Jim Phillips
Sequence Dancing
 
Beverly, our dance teacher, has agreed to run a six week Beginners Dance Course, which will be three one hour sessions, a break of one week, then three further one hour sessions. They will be held at Rainworth Village hall from 6.45pm to 7.45pm. Beverly will sort available dates as soon as possible. The price per person per session will be about £3.00 but until she knows the cost of the hall that is the best I can do. As soon as I know when the start date is I will let everyone know. There is a sign-up sheet available at the back of the hall so if you have not signed up yet you have another opportunity. You don’t have to aspire to be Fred or Ginger; keen to learn and have fun is all that’s needed.
Jim Phillips
 
We said a great big THANK YOU to Gordon Brown for his hard work and commitment to our Committee. He has decided to step down this year as he wants to travel. Don’t despair though!....He is still going to be our honorary website manager! Thanks Gordon!
Send articles and photos to…..gordonbrown66@ntlworld.com
 
  Our next meeting is on August 8th 
   Members Day With Ian Hibbert 
 
 

  Rainworth U3A Groups

Group

Day

Leader

Contact

01623:

Email

Am/Dram

2nd Fri

Jill Pullan

400545

jillandmalcp@gmail.com

GROUP  SUSPENDED DUE TO ILLNESS

OF GROUP LEADER

Baking / Recipes

4th Mon

Jim Phillips  

01623 641477

j.phillips34@btinternet.com

Books - Reading

3rd Fri

Diana Parker

406342

dianaparker76@googlemail.com

Breakfast

1st Tues

Alwyn Brettell;

G. Brown

01623 798459

 

alwynandlynn@btinternet.com

 

gordonbrown66@ntlworld.com

Ten Pin Bowling Group

3rd Thur

W. Dixon

01623 642439

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

Jill Pullan

400545

jillandmalcp@gmail.com

Pub Quiz group

3rdThursday

Gordon Brown

07925896004

gordonbrown66@ntlworld.com

History Local

4th Fri

Alwyn Brettell

798459

alwynandlynn@btinternet.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

Pam Berry

01623 795473

Thechairman@rainworth-u3a.org.uk

 

 Committee Members

 

Pam

 

Berry

 

Randp33@hotmail.com

 

 

01623 795473

 

 Chairman

Val

 

Hill

 

Valhill.1@ntlworld.com

 

 

01623 481811

 

Treasurer

Chris

Bentley

chris-bentley@ntlworld.com

 

01623 483646

07752238045

Membership Secretary

 Mary

Bramwell

marybramwell@googlemail.com

 

 

01623 792349

Business secretary

Elaine

Rangecroft

erangecroft@gmail.com

 

 

01623 406346

Newsletter editor

Andrew

Goodison

andrwgoodison@aol.com

 

 

01623438702

Committee member

Ann

Mills

ann_mills@me.com

 

 

01623 631714

Programme and speaker finder

Lynden

Lowe

lyndenlowe@btinternet.com

 

 

01623 230023

Groups coordinator

Loraine

Sharp

Loraine.sharp100@gmail.com

 

 

01623 792640

Committee member

Malcolm

Sanderson

Owls2m@aol.com

 

 

01623 650583

Committee member

 

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  .

 

JUNE/JULY 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

                                         Wednesday13th June

Annual General Meeting

website: www.rainworth-u3a.org.uk

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

CHAIRMANS  MESSAGE HERE

BREAKDOWN OF OUR SUBSCRIPTIONS
 Rainworth & District U3A subscription is currently set at £20 for Full Membership. This covers the following
Capitation Fee of £3.50 to National Office which pays for Insurance, TAM (The U3A Magazine) and Administration
Renting of Village Hall Rooms
Speakers Fees at main meetings
Refreshments at meetings
Newsletter
Administration
 Not included are fund raising tables e.g. Raffle, Book Sales and Socials which cover refreshments at other meetings e.g. Christmas
Local History Group
 The group visited Chesterfield for a tour of the famous Crooked Spire.
The climb up the tower, (154 narrow steps), was not for the faint- hearted, but those who made it were treated to an account of the history and building of the church.  The really brave then continued up for a closer look at the remarkable construction of the 228 foot high oak spire and its 9 feet 6 inches lean from the centre.  There are 32 tons of lead tiles holding the spire in place by its own weight, which along with the unseasoned timber was responsible for the twist.
The view from the top of the tower was of a very breezy and misty Derbyshire in the rain.  The nearby Spire Cafe was our next stop for refreshments.
Across the road is the museum, where the very knowledgeable guide gave a short talk on Chesterfield’s history and demonstrated the massive Medieval windlass (like a giant hamster wheel) which was used to construct the spire.  The museum has many interesting artefacts from days gone by.A busy, if rainy, day out in Derbyshire.
 

 

                   GARDEN GROUP VISIT TO HAREWOOD HOUSE
On a beautiful sunny day in May we visited Harewood House and Gardens, the home of the Lascelles family since 1767 and currently features a Chippendale Exhibition as much of the furniture was designed by him. A guide leaflet described the various pieces situated in 11 different rooms. It was an amazing collection, Chippendale's largest commission and worth in excess of £10,000 in 1797 which today would be £1 million.
The rooms were exquisite but what captured me was the memorabilia of Princess Mary daughter of King George V and Queen Mary who married the 6th Earl and came to live at Harewood in 1929. During WW1 she had made and sent to the troops abroad, tin boxes containing useful items e.g. cigarettes which were much appreciated and even saved the life of one soldier who was shot but the bullet hit the tin in his pocket. 
The Gardens surrounding the lake were lovely especially the Himalayan Garden which was laid out with waterfalls and stepping stones though we didn't try these preferring the longer walk round instead. They looked quite sturdy but the gap in between was more than worth trying! The walk continued to the Walled Garden run by volunteers who were very ready to answer our questions and had a long bed full of tulips in flower. Nearer the Courtyard ( which featured a café, a requisite of any visit! ) was also the Bird Garden and we were entranced by the array of birds including eagle owls though not easy to see as their plumage blended into the foliage. Not sure why they had a penguin enclosure here as well.
A great day out and thanks to Ann for organising. Next visit is to David Austin Roses in June.      
 
   Diary dates:-
Book Club      Friday  15 June 2018 10-12 at Blidworth Library
Knit & Natter  Wednesday 27 June 218 2-4pm at Blidworth Library come and knit for the hospital baby unit
 Diana Parker
 
Wine Tasting
In May our meeting was at Betty's and she had chosen Cabernet Sauvignon, one of the most popular grapes in the world because it is adaptable to different soil types and climates and produces high yields. It is a product of natural genetic crossing between key Bordeaux grape varieties and Sauvignon Blanc. Many countries produce this wine which is often blended with other grapes such as Merlot and Malbec. It is a full bodied red wine that has varied flavours but mostly of dark fruit.
On this basis we tasted 4 different wines( blind as usual) from different countries for a change. The countries were South Australia, Chile, South Africa and California. The results were fascinating as the most preferred country was California which was also the cheapest! The one we all disliked was the Chilean and the most expensive was the South Australian. This proves price is not always the deciding factor. The evening finished with a lovely supper from our host. Thank you Betty, it was a fun evening of learning and conviviality. 
There is no meeting in June so our next tasting is on 19th July at Carol's. Do come and join us, see Pam or Jill for information.    
 
STROLLERS
There were 7 strollers who enjoyed a short walk around Brierley Park at Huthwate on a quite pleasant day and then back to the visitors centre for light refreshments.
The next meeting of the strollers is on Monday 25th June, for a stroll just around Kings Mill reservoir. Meet in the visitors car park at 10.30am.
 
        Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting of Rainworth & District U3A will be held on Wednesday 13th June 2018 in Rainworth Village Hall, Kirklington Rd, Rainworth, Notts at 10.00am. The current Chairman of the Committee Pam Berry will be standing for re-election.
Accounts will be available.
ALL FULLY PAID UP MEMBERS are entitled to submit nominations, attend and vote at the meeting. 
For the year 2018/19 the annual subscription will remain at £20.
Yours sincerely,
Pam Berry
Chairman of the Committee          Date 11th April 2018
ELECTION OF EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 
OFFICERS AND MEMBERS
1   Chairman      PAM BERRY    2.  Vice Chairman       MALCOLM SANDERSON     3   Secretary    MARY BRAMWELL                                                    
4. Treasurer       VAL HILL   5.  Committee member   CHRIS BENTLEY    6.   Committee member     ANN MILLS
7   Committee member    LYNDEN LOWE   8. Committee member      ELAINE RANGECROFT    9    Committee member   LORAINE SHARP
        10.  Committee member       ANDREW GOODISON    11.Committee member     DIANE HIBBERT   12.  Committee Member   SHEILA STACEY
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
AGENDA
1. Chairman’s Opening Remarks
2. Apologies for Absence
3. To Receive and Adopt the Chairman’s Report
4. To Receive and Adopt the Statement of Accounts for   March 2017 to March 2018 inclusive.
5. To Appoint an Independent Examiner of Accounts
6. To Alter Constitution as per National Office
7. To Elect the Executive Committee and Officers
 
 
 

 

May-June 2018 Newsletter

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

 
We have been notified by National Office that all U3As need to change the wording of the Object Clause in their Constitution ( 3i ). This is to comply with the Charity Commission and will then include all social interest groups e.g. lunch and breakfast , theatre, trips and visits etc and covers more the insurance of such. At present the wording of our object clause states
"To advance and in particular the education of people not in full time gainful employment who are in their Third Age ( being the period of time after the first age of childhood dependence and the second age of full time employment and/or parental responsibility) residing in Rainworth and it's surrounding locality."
The proposed change is  
"The advancement of education and, in particular the education of older people and those who are retired from full time work by all means, including associated activities conducive to learning and personal development".
This will have to be voted on at our AGM in June but it is recommended from National Office that we vote in favour. A copy of our present Constitution is available on the registration desk to read if required.
 
General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

The new rules require members consent for holding data (name,address, email and telephone numbers) in a secure U3A network folder.

Also the committee  need permission for taking and using photographs of the members. Please inform any committee member or group interest leader, if you object to any of the above. Failing to object means that you give your consent.-----Thank you for your cooperation 

Chairmans message -here

 
 
Odeon Group
 We went to see the "live" broadcast from the Royal Opera House, London to Mansfield Odeon of Bizet's CARMEN. Having never seen this performed and always loved the music was really looking forward to a delightful evening. What a surprise we had and not a good one!
It had been over modernised and the entire stage was one enormous staircase with a black back drop and all the cast were in black costumes. One of our members who had seen this opera before missed all the colour. The only colour came at the very end with 4 or 5 matadors with coloured capes. There was narration and dancing which is not normally part of opera and when Carmen appeared at the top of the stairs in a gorilla costume I wondered if I had walked into the wrong set. She peeled this off whilst singing and working her way down these wretched stairs!
The singing and the music were brilliant and this production had included more of Bizet's original score so it was much longer. However the first half was 110 minutes which is a bit long for most of us! Interesting that at the bottom of the screen during the interval and at the end they put up the Tweets which are usually over enthusiastic about the performance but this time there was quite a dearth!! Hardly any appeared.
Our next visit is to Verdi's opera "Macbeth" which from the Trailer looks fantastic. Report next month.
The next ballet is "Swan Lake" on Tuesday 12th June. Do see Pam or Jill if you are interested in joining us and lifts can be arrangedIt is getting to the end of the season for these "live" evenings but the last one is a ballet, Swan Lake on 12th June. if you would like to come have a word with Pam. The new season starts again in October
 
 
Local History Group
Those who visited Kelham Hall will have seen the old home of Newark and Sherwood District Council.  April’s visit was to their new home, Castle House, and the difference could not have been more striking.
Castle House is a purpose-built construction at the approach to Newark town centre.  It is a flexible multi-space building with the facility to create large and small meeting and working areas via folding and unfolding walls.  No-one has a private office.  Hot desking is the order of the day.
As well as housing the District Council, Castle House is home to the CAB, Voluntary Services, DWP, Job Centre, Newark and Sherwood Homes and Probation Services, all under one roof.
After our tour we were treated to a delightful spread of refreshments, courtesy of U3A member, Councillor Linda Tift, Chairman of the District Council, who organised our visit.
We ended with a short tour of 900 year-old Newark Castle, guardian of the river crossing.  Warden Floss Newman gave an excellent resume of the castle’s history and we viewed the King John exhibition.
Despite the rain, we felt we had experienced the newest and oldest of Newark’s buildings.  Thanks again to Linda and her team.
 
Indoor Games Group
This group meets monthly to play Pool, Table Tennis, Cards, Dominoes, and Board Games. We meet on the 3rd Wednesday every month from 10.00-12.00 am at the treasury on Bolsove rStreet in Mansfield. For more information please contact Andrew Goodison on 01623 438702.
andrwgoodison@aol.com---pictures here
 
Baking-Group
The Baking Group met at Carol & John’s on 23rd April. We broadened our interests to include more cookery. We discussed making different soups and the use of different ingredients. We also sampled various scones with tea and coffee. Everyone agreed that although the May meeting clashed with the Bank Holiday it should still go ahead on 25th May at Pam’s. The ingredient of the month will be Rhubarb. This can include other ingredients as required to produce a sweet, or savoury dish (liquid is also okay i.e. Rhubarb wine)

So if anyone would like to join us and share cookery ideas, please sign up at the table at the back of the hall---pictures here

Pub Quiz Group
Pub Quiz at the White post where 12 members attended , 2 teams of six . One team being the winners!-----pictures here
 
GARDEN VISITS GROUP
 
April took us to Easton Walled Gardens just south of Grantham. We were so lucky with the weather as that day was the best of the week with brilliant sunshine which made the garden look lovely. Only problem was that with our prolonged Winter not as many flowers were in bloom. There were some Spring bulbs in flower but it was the immaculate lawns which amazed us especially as one of the gardeners on his motorised roller was making a check board pattern! Some members were watching these toy boys in action!! The gardens started to be reclaimed in 2001 and are now occupied by meadows, sweet peas, roses, vegetables, cutflowers and drifts of bulbs in a stunning parkland setting. There is also the source of the River Witham ( which runs through Lincoln) in the middle of the garden with a quaint bridge over to the orchards. Other times to go here are in February for the snowdrops, July for the sweet peas and of course when the roses are in bloom. 
Thanks to Ann for organising and we look forward to Harewood House in May and David Austin Roses in June.-----  pictures here 
Forthcoming garden visits here
 
STROLLERS GROUP
The next meeting will be on Monday 28th May at Brierley Park, Huthwate, NG17 2PL at 10.30am for a short walk. -------pictures of last months stroll here
 
TEN PIN BOWLING GROUP-
Lynden Lowe ten pin bowling winner of Highest Score and Gill Chambers  most strikes winner at our last meeting        Well done Lynden---pictures here
 
Wine Tasting Group
South African Sauvignon Blanc was the subject for our April meeting ( my favourite but I am biased as I visit that beautiful country rather a lot! ).As usual we taste four wines blind, (that is the wines are covered up so we can't read the label, not us that is blindfolded as one member thought! That would be interesting!) This country has only produced quality wines after 1994 when they re-emerged on to the International wine scene. Back in the 18th and 19th centuries the sweet wines in the Cape Colony were considered the world's best! Now they compete with the major wine producing countries of the world. They are also somewhat cheaper as well but that could be the exchange rate. Of the four tasted the first one came out on top which was also the more expensive but the fourth one came close. The second one but not the cheapest we found to be bland with no flavour or acidity or anything! Quite amazing how four wines all from the same grape variety came come out so different? We finished off the evening with a delightful supper provided by Sheila.
Our next tasting is on Thursday 17th May at 7.00pm at Betty's. If you are interested in joining our group please have a word with Pam or Jill. We have a lot of fun!! Learn lots as well. It is always on the third Thursday of the month.
 
 
   Rainworth & District U3A           
Wednesday11th April
 
Meeting on the second Wednesday of each month
              website: www.rainworth-u3a.org.uk             
 
This months speaker
 
 Christine Robinson
 
                                                     A Chatsworth Housekeepers tale                                        
 
Our Chairmans message here
 
CHANGE TO OUR CONSTITUTION
 
We have been notified by National Office that all U3As need to change the wording of the Object Clause in their Constitution ( 3i ). This is to comply with the Charity Commission and will then include all social interest groups e.g. lunch and breakfast , theatre, trips and visits etc and covers more the insurance of such. At present the wording of our object clause states
"To advance and in particular the education of people not in full time gainful employment who are in their Third Age ( being the period of time after the first age of childhood dependence and the second age of full time employment and/or parental responsibility) residing in Rainworth and it's surrounding locality."
The proposed change is  
"The advancement of education and, in particular the education of older people and those who are retired from full time work by all means, including associated activities conducive to learning and personal development".
This will have to be voted on at our AGM in June but it is recommended from National Office that we vote in favour. A copy of our present Constitution is available on the registration desk to read if required. 
Odeon Group
 
In March we went to see the "live" broadcast from the Royal Opera House, London to Mansfield Odeon of Bizet's CARMEN. Having never seen this performed and always loved the music was really looking forward to a delightful evening. What a surprise we had and not a good one!
It had been over modernised and the entire stage was one enormous staircase with a black back drop and all the cast were in black costumes. One of our members who had seen this opera before missed all the colour. The only colour came at the very end with 4 or 5 matadors with coloured capes. There was narration and dancing which is not normally part of opera and when Carmen appeared at the top of the stairs in a gorilla costume I wondered if I had walked into the wrong set. She peeled this off whilst singing and working her way down these wretched stairs!
The singing and the music were brilliant and this production had included more of Bizet's original score so it was much longer. However the first half was 110 minutes which is a bit long for most of us! Interesting that at the bottom of the screen during the interval and at the end they put up the Tweets which are usually over enthusiastic about the performance but this time there was quite a dearth!! Hardly any appeared.
Our next visit is to Verdi's opera "Macbeth" on 4th April which from the Trailer looks fantastic. Report next month. The next ballet is "Swan Lake" on Tuesday 12th June. Do see Pam or Jill if you are interested in joining us and lifts can be arranged.----------Pam.
Details of next events here
 
THEATRE GROUP
What a production! Several of us went to see "Warhorse" at the Concert Hall in Nottingham in March and were enthralled. The acting, singing and stage changes were remarkable but the main credit has to go to the horses. These were created by South Africa's Handspring Puppet Company and twelve puppeteers took it in turns to operate them. They were a work of art and so lifelike especially with their movements. The story kept to the original book by Michael Morpurgo and was still as emotional! Many thanks  to John and Carol for organising this event.
GARDEN VISITS GROUP
 
May 3 Our next visit is to Harewood House, Leeds
 
Forthcoming garden visits here
 
STROLLERS GROUP
The next meeting of the strollers is on Monday 23rd April, We will meet in the car park at the Jug and Glass Inn, Queens walk, Nether Langwith, Ng20 9ew at 10.30am.--pictures of last months stroll here
 
TEN PIN BOWLING GROUP-
Lynden Lowe Ten Pin Bowling Winner of Highest Score and Most Strikes at our last meeting        Well done Lynden---pictures here
 
Indoor Games Group
This group meets monthly to play Curling ,Pool, Table Tennis, Cards, Dominoes, and Board Games. For more information please contact Andrew Goodison on 01623 438702.--pictures here
 
Breakfast Group
 
Breakfast Group will be on the first Tuesday of every month 
The next meeting will be at the Widow Frost on the 1st May
23 members enjoyed a nice breakfast this month at Kings Miller  pictures here
Local History visit
 
We began with a visit to St. Wilfrid’s church, built in the grounds of Kelham Hall in the 11th century, extended in the 15th century and renovated by the Victorians.
 
There is something from all ages to see in this church.  The ancient door had 5 holes drilled into it for muskets to fire through to defend the church during the Civil War.  The Lexington Chapel has a huge marble monument to Robert Sutton, Lord Lexington, and his wife.  There is a war memorial kept by the monks of Kelham for those who fought in 2 world wars.
 
Many people are not aware that this is the church for Kelham village, although the village itself has moved to the opposite side of the Newark road, which no longer runs through the grounds.
 
After a coffee break in the Hall, our guide gave a recap. of the ground floor rooms for the benefit of new members and those who had missed the last visit.  We then were able to visit the upper parts of the Hall, 3 floors of corridors and bedrooms with fine views, which had been off limits on our previous visit. Our thanks to Franklin Bishop, our guide, for making this visit possible.Pictures here
 
WINE TASTING GROUP
The Group met in March at Linda's with a lovely supper provided by Chris, to taste Spanish RIOJA.  As usual we tasted four wines blind all bought from different places. Rioja is the home of the finest red wines in Spain grown halfway between Burgos and Madrid with the River Ebro flowing through the region. The Rioja was the district from which those French wine-growers bought and developed their wine during the phylloxera scourge of the 1880s and 1890s which practically wiped out the French vineyards. Again the best scored was also the most expensive but we all seemed to score in the same order!  Our next tasting is on Thursday 19th April at Sheila's when we will be sampling South African Sauvignon Blanc ( my favourite! ). Do come and join us to learn more about wine and enjoy a convivial evening. We meet on the third Thursday in the month, and lifts can be arranged
 
                       
 BAKING AND RECIPES GROUP.
 
This is a message from Jim Phillips to everyone with an interest in cooking. I am the new co-ordinator of the Baking Group and we are planning to broaden the interests of the group. To that end we plan to spend the April meeting tasting Scones drinking Tea/Coffee and planning an interesting and more cookery based future. 
We are a small sociable lot and have a few vacancies for new members. Meetings are held in the homes of members who volunteer to host (hosting is on a voluntary basis and there is no pressure on anyone to offer
So if you are interested in meeting like-minded people to talk about and taste food, and have a good time why not join us. 
For more information contact me.
Jim Phillips Phone 01623 641477  E-mail j.phillips34@btinternet.com  
 
U3A HOLIDAYS
 
FESTIVE BREAK TINSEL AND TURKEY 3/12/2018
 
Following the very popular and festive break at Scarborough recently, I am organising a similar break with ALFA at their 3star Anchor Head Hotel in Weston Super Mare.
4 Nights dinner, bed and breakfast plus 2 resort lunches 
Festive entertainment programme Local pick-ups Two Excursions
All rooms with private facilities. There are stairs from lift to some bedrooms. TV lounge, bar with dance floors. Sea views.
£209.00ppsharing twin room
£40.09 deposit cheque made to ALFA LTD secures your Festive Break
 
NEW YEAR BREAK 30/12/18
 
3Star AA ELIOT HOTEL NEWQUAY
4 days festive break including two half day excursions
New Year’s dinner and party
Fancy Dress on New Year’s Day
Games and Entertainment programme
Eliot Hotel on the sea front
All rooms with private facilities, including tea and coffee
Lounge areas, games room, bar and ballroom.
£279.00pp share twin or double
£40.00pp deposit secures your New Year break
Cheques made payable to ALFA LTD
Caroline Rhoades Tel.01623 721987
Email crhoades159@gmail.com
Meeting on the second Wednesday of each month

              website: www.rainworth-u3a.org.uk             

This months speaker

 Graham Keal

                                                     “Oprah Winfrey Touched My Elbow”                                         

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

Odeon Group

In February this Group thoroughly enjoyed Puccini's opera Tosca but unfortunately I was away and gather I shouldn't have missed it! We also braved the snow and freezing cold and went to see the "live" performance of the ballet "The Winter's Tale", an adaptation of the Shakespeare play. The agility of the dancers is always amazing and how they can interpret the story and bring it to life makes for a truly delectable evening. The costumes were so brightly coloured to make this dark tale enjoyable and for once it had a happy ending! The ballet was introduced by Darcey Bussell and as usual the intervals included back stage interviews with the Musical Director and others. This also gives us time to get a hot drink and stretch our legs!

Details of next events here

Our February coffee morning
 
What an enjoyable afternoon we had in February, as much as you could eat and lots of chat.
Ian Hibbert, the Singing Group’s Musical Director, devised a quiz on musicals old and new which he played on his clarinet. Not sure who really won, but a certificate was handed out. Many thanks Ian.
 
GARDEN VISITS GROUP
 
On Tuesday February 1st we visited the rhubarb triangle in Yorkshire. It was very different to previous visits when we wander around admiring plants. We listened to an interesting talk about the history of rhubarb and its place in history over several centuries.
This ‘vegetable’ is at last getting recognition as a nutritious and medicinal plant valuable in today’s world just as in Chinese culture centuries ago. We saw it being ‘forced’ in giant sheds in the dark except for a few candles lit for our benefit. There was a huge expanse of plants growing stalks for home and export. Odd as it may seem we all enjoyed an interesting and educational day.
Well done Ann Mills for the imagination to promote the trip!
Forthcoming garden visits here
 
STROLLERS GROUP
The next meeting of the strollers is Monday 26th March.
Meet in the car park at Forever Green, Ransome Wood Business Park, Southwell Road West, Rainworth, NG21 0H for a gentle walk & back to restaurant for refreshments.

TEN PIN BOWLING GROUP-

Susan Goodison, Rainworth U3A. Ten Pin Bowling Winner of Highest Score and Most Strikes at our last meeting        Well done Susan---pictures here

The National Trust Group

The National Trust Group next meets April 2018.

Breakfast Group
 
Breakfast Club will be on the first Tuesday of every month from now on.
The next meeting will be at the Kings Miller on the 3rd April.
25 members enjoyed a nice breakfast this month at Larch Farm  pictures here

LOCAL HISTORY GROUP

We began with a visit to St. Wilfrid’s church, built in the grounds of Kelham Hall in the 11th century, extended in the 15th century and renovated by the Victorians.

There is something from all ages to see in this church.  The ancient door had 5 holes drilled into it for muskets to fire through to defend the church during the Civil War.  The Lexington Chapel has a huge marble monument to Robert Sutton, Lord Lexington, and his wife.  There is a war memorial kept by the monks of Kelham for those who fought in 2 world wars.

Many people are not aware that this is the church for Kelham village, although the village itself has moved to the opposite side of the Newark road, which no longer runs through the grounds.

After a coffee break in the Hall, our guide gave a recap. of the ground floor rooms for the benefit of new members and those who had missed the last visit.  We then were able to visit the upper parts of the Hall, 3 floors of corridors and bedrooms with fine views, which had been off limits on our previous visit. Our thanks to Franklin Bishop, our guide, for making this visit possible.Pictures here

 
WINE TASTING GROUP
 
The subject of our last meeting was Australian Merlot and as usual we tried 4 different bottles from different stores. Tasting blind means we are not biased by variety or price. This wine should be medium-bodied, supple, and with soft ripe tannins. At least three of the four gave this opinion. Interestingly when we found out the names of the bottles we had scored the least expensive lowest and the most expensive best. After this we enjoyed a lovely supper courtesy of Linda.
Our next event is 15th March (hosted by Chris) with tasting of Spanish Rioja. (No meeting in February due to several members on holiday)
If you are interested in finding out more about wine and enjoy drinking it do come and join us, have a word with Jill or Pam. We meet on the 3rd Thursday evening in the month.pictures here  

Our next evening is on Thursday 15th March at Linda's when we will taste Spanish Rioja.

                       
 BAKING AND RECIPES GROUP.
 
This is a message from Jim Phillips to everyone with an interest in cooking. I am the new co-ordinator of the Baking Group and we are planning to broaden the interests of the group. To that end we plan to spend the April meeting tasting Scones drinking Tea/Coffee and planning an interesting and more cookery based future. 
We are a small sociable lot and have a few vacancies for new members. Meetings are held in the homes of members who volunteer to host (hosting is on a voluntary basis and there is no pressure on anyone to offer) 
So if you are interested in meeting like-minded people to talk about and taste food, and have a good time why not join us. 
For more information contact me.
Jim Phillips Phone 01623 641477  E-mail j.phillips34@btinternet.com  
 
U3A HOLIDAYS
 
FESTIVE BREAK TINSEL AND TURKEY 3/12/2018
 
Following the very popular and festive break at Scarborough recently, I am organising a similar break with ALFA at their 3star Anchor Head Hotel in Weston Super Mare.
4 Nights dinner, bed and breakfast plus 2 resort lunches
Festive entertainment programme Local pick-ups Two Excursions
All rooms with private facilities. There are stairs from lift to some bedrooms. TV lounge, bar with dance floors. Sea views.
£209.00ppsharing twin room
£40.09 deposit cheque made to ALFA LTD secures your Festive Break
 
NEW YEAR BREAK 30/12/18
 
3Star AA ELIOT HOTEL NEWQUAY
4 days festive break including two half day excursions
New Year’s dinner and party
Fancy Dress on New Year’s Day
Games and Entertainment programme
Eliot Hotel on the sea front
All rooms with private facilities, including tea and coffee
Lounge areas, games room, bar and ballroom.
£279.00pp share twin or double
£40.00pp deposit secures your New Year break
Cheques made payable to ALFA LTD
Caroline Rhoades Tel.01623 721987
Email crhoades159@gmail.com
Ashfield and Sutton in Ashfield U£A Holidays
 
Meeting on the second Wednesday of each month

              website: www.rainworth-u3a.org.uk             

This months speaker---Paul Newsham

                                              'Forensic Science '                                                        

Our Chairmans message here

Forthcoming Social Events

Monday February 12th     2pm-4-pm

Revised Agenda due to clash with Thoresby visit

 …… Tea and Cakes …..£2.50 a ticket

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

Odeon Group----Details of next events here

STROLLERS GROUP
In January 10 strollers enjoyed a pleasant walk from the Rushley Inn/Old Newark Road and Berry Hill Park and back for lunch.
The next walk is from the Sutton Reservoir and around the Timberland trail Meet at visitors car park on 26th February at 10.30 a.m. Access from Sherwood Way South (Marr Road) NG17 4PA
 
Odeon Group
In January several of us thoroughly enjoyed Verdi's RIGOLETTO at the Odeon Mansfield, but beamed live from the Royal Opera House, London. A story of debauchery (with scenes of nudity and risqué cavorting!), magnificent singing and brilliant portrayals from the key performers. However, as often with opera, it was not a happy ending. Still, the scenes with Rigoletto (a court jester) and his daughter were so poignant. It also featured that well known aria "la Donne e Mobile" which translates as the Flighty Woman!
The next live cinema
THE WINTER'S TALE Wednesday 28th February (a colourful ballet)
CARMEN Tuesday 8th March
Come and join us -see Jill or Pam (lifts can be arranged)
Pam's telephone number
01623795473
Some of

TEN PIN BOWLING GROUP-

Susan Goodison, Rainworth U3A. Ten Pin Bowling Winner of Highest Score and Most Strikes at January Meeting 2018
Well done Susan---pictures here

The National Trust Group

The National Trust Group next meets April 2018.

LOCAL HISTORY GROUP

The Local History Group visited Mansfield Museum to see the exhibition “The Life of a Coalminer”.
We were treated to an introductory talk by group leader Alwyn, who described the surprising number of skilled trades associated with mining, both above and below ground. The social and welfare side was not forgotten, remembering sports teams, brass and marching bands, first aiders, canteens and pit head baths.
A locally produced video compilation then brought back memories of the miners’ galas, with parades and bands marching through Mansfield to Berry Hill Park for fun, games and beauty queen contests. Finally, we browsed the individual colliery photo collections and the superb
 
WINE TASTING GROUP
 
The subject for January's meeting was Australian Merlot and as usual we tried 4 different bottles from different stores. Tasting blind means we are not biased by variety or price. This wine should be medium-bodied, supple, and with soft ripe tannins. At least three of the four gave this opinion. Interestingly when we found out the names of the bottles we had scored the least expensive lowest and the most expensive best. After this we enjoyed a lovely supper courtesy of Linda.
Our next event is 15th March (hosted by Chris) with tasting of Spanish Rioja. (No meeting in February due to several members on holiday)
If you are interested in finding out more about wine and enjoy drinking it do come and join us, have a word with Jill or Pam. We meet on the 3rd Thursday evening in the month.pictures here                            .
 

Rainworth U3A Membership

 

NEW MEMBERS of Rainworth U3A can pay their annual membership of £20.00 from January 2018. Exsisting membership fees are payable in March.

Wednesday10th January 2018

Welcome to Rainworth & District U3A 
Meeting on the second Wednesday of each month

              website: www.rainworth-u3a.org.uk             

This months speaker-----------David Bell

                                              “The Plague Doctor from Eyam”                                                         

Our Chairmans message here

Forthcoming Social Events

Monday February 12th     2pm-4-pm

Revised Agenda due to clash with Thoresby visit

 …… Tea and Cakes …..£2.50 a ticket

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

The Christmas meeting this year was excellent and enjoyed by many of our members.The superb buffet was organised by Ann Mills and the Ringtones performed Christmas Carols with audience participation also including a unique piece written and composed by our musical genius Ian Hibbett for this event.

Thanks also to Lynden for the amusing announcements and Ann for organising the exceptional raffle along with Lynn and Gill for selling a record number of tickets.

I would also like to thank Peter Dronfield for coming as Santa to help and the tea and coffee girls who coped with the larger than usual numbers so efficiently.

Thank you also to Winston Wall for playing the guitar and accompanying the Ringtones,

Odeon Group----Details of next events here

Lighting Up Our Community 6/12/17

This was a Christmas celebration and tree light switch on in Rainworth. The idea was to have a getting together of local groups/organisations who would also provide baubles for the tree. Lights were provided by Rainworth Parish Council. Our U3A baubles were made by our Craft Group Leader Sue Groves who designed and created 3 baubles in our colours with the letters of U3A, one on each. They were brilliant! --pictures here

TEN PINBOWLING GROUP

There were twelve members at the December meeting.

 Gill Chambers was the winner of overall top score and most strikes trophies--.pictures here

BAKING GROUP

Our next meeting is on Monday 22nd January at Jim and Maureen's where the theme is Biscuits. Do come and join us. Please see Jim Phillips for details---pictures here.

The National Trust Group

The National Trust Group is at rest until April 2018.

Rainworth U3A Membership

 

NEW MEMBERS of Rainworth U3A can pay their annual membership of £20.00 from January 2018. Exsisting membership fees are payable in March.

NEWSLETTERS ----2014 here

NEWSLETTERS ----2015/2016 here

 NEWSLETTERS ----2017 ----here