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Wednesday12th November 2014

Welcome to Rainworth & District U3A 
Meeting on the second Wednesday of each month
 
 
 
 Interest Group News
 
Several interest groups are running, and others will be started shortly
Interest Group News
The Book Group – Rainworth Readers
The Bridge Club meets at Stuart Avenue, Forest Town 1.30pm till 4.00pm . £2 per person
which includes tea and biscuits
Local History group – Rainworth Village Hall – 4th Friday
   Family History - First meeting was Monday October 13th 
Luncheon group - monthly meeting – various venues
Play reading / Am-Dram.  Meeting the second Friday of the month at 10.00am.
Strollers group –Various venues
Theatre visits – details announced at meetings and online
Trips & Visits group – details announced at meetings
Wine Tasting – second Wednesday each month
 
 
Computer Tutorials by Alan Paul
Alan Paul, who is a member of Ashfield and Ravenshead U3As, has very kindly written an on-line tutorial on WORD 2010.  
We thank Alan wholeheartedly for the time and effort he has put into this web-site, - have a look, it could be just what you are looking for.
Alan is arranging to run a series of computer training sessions which focus on specific areas of interest to include saving photographs from your camera, attaching photographs to e-mails, how to save and file documents and photographs and creating tables and columns in Word
 
Wine Circle
This group will hold its first meeting on October 15th at Jill`s house  details here
 
Joint  Trips and Visits with Ravenshead U3A 
Hampton Court Flower Show – July 2015
Cost £115.00 per person £18.00 Single supplement to include all travel costs and entrance fees.Plans are being made for a visit July 1/2nd 2015.Travelling down on Wednesday 1st visiting Eltham Palace and Gardens. An overnight stay at Park Inn Harlow with dinner, bed and breakfast. On Thursday 2nd plan to arrive at Hampton at approx 10.30 and leave at a time agreed to travel home. Intend to stop for a non motorway evening meal break on the way back – this not included in the price. Please see Jim for more details if interested at next members meeting
Good Food Show –November 27th
Tickets are available for the Good Food Show on November 27th - see Jim if you are interested at next members meeting                        
Nit and Natter alias Pins and Needles
This group meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month at Blidworth Library. Some group members are knitting items to donate to the premature baby unit while others are working on ongoing knitting and sewing projects. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday 22nd October at 2pm. New members are very welcome.,
The Book Group – Rainworth Readers
We meet on 3rd Friday of the month at Blidworth Library at 10am
Each month group members attending are supplied with a copy of the chosen book to read which they then discuss at the following meeting.
Books read so far have included:-  Naked in Death by A J Robb; Kingmakers` Daughter by Phillippa Gregory, The GI Bride by Iris Jones Simantel , Montana Man by Barbara Delinsky followed by  an autobiography by  Rob Brydon –Small Man in a Book .  Later we read Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson and Trouble at the Little Village School by Gervase Phinn. In August we discussed The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller and this months` book is All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot the story of a newly qualified young vet starting his first job in rural Yorkshire. The next meeting of the Book group will be Friday 3rd October .
Family History
An introduction to researching family history will be held at Blidworth Library on Monday October 13th at 10.30am.The 6 available places have been claimed but if more are interested then another date can be arranged Those attending will be given information about the various resources both book based and web based which are available to enable them to continue with their own research. A family history specialist will be delivering the training and those attending should bring along a copy of a document birth/marriage or death certificate or documents relating to service in the forces depending on the line of enquiry they wish to follow. See Mary for more details.
TRIPS AND VISITS
A great time was had by all the15 members who recently took part in a Day trip to Whitby.
Details and pictures of this trip and previous trips here
Planned Trips and Visits
Tuesday 14 October - Visit to Gainsborough Hall followed by shopping nearby
Saturday December 6th - Coach to Treak Cliff Cavern for Carols by Candlelight to put everyone in a festive mood. Limited number (afternoon visit)
Own transport used for local journeys – lifts can be arranged.
Interested !!!!  Put you name down on the lists provided at the next meeting
Book Stall
.Please bring along any books you have read and enjoyed, to our book stall and exchange them for the modest sum of 40p per book. DVDs of films etc will also be accepted. When you have read/watched it, return it and buy another.  
The proceeds go to your U3A and help with the purchase of biscuits etc., at the break
Local History Group
The next  meeting of the Local History group will be at 10am at Mansfield Library on Friday October 24th
The Theatre Group
The Theatre Group will be visiting the Theatre Royal Nottingham for next year`s production of Barnum on Wednesday 11th February at 2.00pm.
The show follows the life of the legendary American showman Phineas T  Barnum who teamed up with J A Bailey to create the Barnum and Bailey`s Circus – the Greatest Show on Earth. Next year`s production stars Brian Conley and the show has been described as Big, Sharp, Witty, Breathtaking and Emotional.
Only a few tickets remaining at a cost of £38.25 but we will try to obtain more if there is additional interest. Please let us know as soon as possible if you are interested in going to see this production or see us at the monthly meeting. Tickets have to be reserved at this time and payment made in November. See John and Carole Curtis for more detail
Luncheon Group
The next meeting of the lunch group will be on Tuesday 21st October and the venue will be The Elm Tree at Heath. Please see Ann to book your place and pay your deposit at the next meeting. The Christmas Lunch at the Hostess on December 2nd is now fully booked and the balance of £15 is due to be paid at this months meeting or at the latest at the meeting on November 12th
Christmas Party  - Wednesday December 10th
We will be holding our Christmas Party on Wednesday December 10th from 10am until 2.00pm
With the Buffet and Bar from 11.30am until 2.00pm 
During the occasion there will be play reading from the Am Dram group, singing - courtesy of a visiting choir, a buffet, table quizzes and a Christmas Raffle. 
Please indicate that you would like to come by placing a tick at the side of your name on the members signing in sheet. Visitors will be charged £4.00 per person
Refreshments
The committee and members would like to express heartfelt thanks to the members who prepare and serve the tea and coffee during the break at monthly meetings . A function that  is vital to all attending
and much appreciated 
 
INTEREST GROUPS ACTIVITIES DATES HERE
 

 Day

1st  in the month

2nd in the month

3rd in the month

4th in the month

M

O

N

D

A

Y

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Strollers         10.30

T

U

E

S

D

A

Y

 

 

 

Lunch group12.30

 

W

E

D

N

E

S

D

A

Y

 

 

 

  Rainworth monthly meeting          10.00am               

 

Trips and Visits

(as required)

Times vary

 

 

 

 

 Pins and Needles 2pm

T

H

U

R

S

D

A

Y

 

Gardening  9.30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

F

R

I

D

A

Y

 

 

Am/Dram

 

Book group      10.00

 

Local History 10.00

S

A

T

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest Group Leaders contact details

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Am/Dram (play reading)

2nd Fri

Jill Pullan

 

400545

Jill.pullan@ntlworld.com

Books -Reading

3rd Fri

Diana Parker

406342

dianaparker76@googlemail.com

Computers

3rd Thurs

John Morton

 07791 

 521148          

john.moreton5@live.co.uk

Gardening

1st Thur

Jan Newbury;

Ann Mills

400835

631714

ann_mills@me.com

History Local

4th Fri

Richard White

Alwyn Brettell

491351

megrick@virginmedia.com

alwynandlynn@btinternet.com

Lunch Group

3rd Tues

Ann Mills

Marie Timmons

631714

793403

ann_mills@me.com

 

Pins and Needles

4th Wed

 

Diana Parker

 

dianaparker76@googlemail.com

Strollers

4th Mon

Nora Parkinson

799156

derekandnora@hotmail.co.uk

Theatre

Various

 

 

 

Trips & Visits

Various

 

Diana Parker

 

406342

 

 dianaparker76@googlemail.com

Wine Circle

TBA

Jill Pullan

400545

Jill.pullan@ntlworld.com

 

Subscriptions for 2014/2015
Members and aspiring members are reminded that annual fees are as follows:-
 
 Full Membership         £20.00                                                                                                          Associate Membership (anyone with full membership of another U3A)         £16.50          
 
Full membership includes a 'Capitation Fee' of £3.50 which is payable to the Third Age Trust, which is our umbrella organisation.  This Capitation Fee covers our insurance.
Subscriptions cover the costs of:-
         5 issues per annum of Third Age Matters (The U3A Magazine)
         The cost of Renting the Village Hall for meetings and Speakers' Fees 
         Administration and Insurance costs.
 
Please make payment by cheque, where possible, made payable to' Rainworth and District U3A'.   
We are always pleased to welcome visitors but would like to remind them that after two trial visits membership fees become payable Membership is confirmed by the issuing of a membership card. Please be prepared to show these to the leader of any group or activity you wish to take part in or join. 
 
RAINWORTH AND DISTRICT U3A COMMITTEE MEMBERS

 

Name

 

Email

 

Tel no:

 

Committee Role

 

Jennie Roberts

 

Jennieroberts4u3a@btinternet.com

 

01623 792097

 

Chairman

Pam Berry

Randp33@hotmail.com

01623 795473

Vice Chair &Programme Secretary

Elaine Price

elaine.price161@btineternet.com

01623 797877

Business Secretary

Anne Bentley

Ann_e_bentley@hotmail.com

01623473592

Treasurer

Linda Tift

Tifty2@msn.com

01623 796336

Social Secretary

Jim Phillips

j.phillips34@btinternet.com

01623 641477

Groups Coordinator

Janet Newbury

jan_newbury@yahoo.co.uk 

01623 400835

Membership Secretary

Mary Bramwell

marybramwell@googlemail.com

01623 792349

Newsletter Editor

John Curtis

John.curtis6@sky.com

01623 475590

Meetings Coordinator

Gordon Brown

gordonbrown66@ntlworld.com

01157 468970

Website Administrator

Diana Parker

dianaparker76@googlemail.com

01623 406342

Committee Member

Ann Mills

ann_mills@me.com

01623 631714

Committee Member

 
 
 
Next months` speaker will be James Pinder on the subject of 'Vision Aid Overseas'
 
Members attending this talk are asked to look out unwantted spectacles and bring them along where they can be donated to this charity which travels abroad doing eye tests and setting up eye clinics
                                                                                            
 
 
 

 

     August/September Newsletter

  Wednesday 13th August 2014

 
Welcome to Rainworth & District U3A 
Meeting on the second Wednesday of each month at 10am at 
Rainworth Village Hall  
 
Todays` meeting is about Members and Interest Group Achievements
                                                                                                                                                                 
Interest Group News
 
Several interest groups are running, and others will be started shortly
Books – Rainworth Readers
Computer group for beginners and improvers meets on the 3rd Thurs of the month at the Village Hall
Local History group – Rainworth Village Hall – 4th Friday
Introduction to   Family History - First  meeting  - Monday October 13th numbers limited  
Luncheon group - monthly meeting – various venues
Play reading / Am-Dram.  Meeting the second Friday of the month at 10.00am.
Strollers group –Various venues
Theatre visits – details announced at  meetings  and online
Trips & Visits group – details announced at meetings
Wine Tasting -To be announced
 
 
U3A Annual Holiday at Warners Thoresby Hall
Held from Mon 2nd February 2015 until Friday 6th February inclusive
The majority of the places have already been taken but anyone still wishing to go could apply to be added to the Waiting List.
 
TRIPS AND VISITS
A great time was had by all the15 members who recently took part in a Day trip to Whitby.
Details and pictures of this trip and previous trips here
 
Planned Trips and Visits
Friday 29th August – Trip to Chatsworth Show
Friday 12th September  - Visit to the newly renovated Bolsover Castle
Tuesday 14 October - Visit to Gainsborough Hall followed by shopping nearby
Saturday December 6th - Coach to Treak Cliff Cavern for Carols by Candlelight to put everyone in a festive mood. Limited number (afternoon visit)
Own transport used for local journeys – lifts can be arranged.
Interested !!!!  Put you name down on the lists provided at the next main meeting
 
Nit and Natter alias Pins and Needles
This group meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month at Blidworth Library. 
Contacts working within the premature baby unit confirmed that small knitted hats, bootees and blankets are in short supply and would be very welcome. 
Those wishing to sew decided to continue with ongoing projects or try their hand at making hand embroidered cards. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday 27th August at 2pm. New members are very welcome.
 
The Book Group – Rainworth Readers
We meet on 3rd Friday of the month at Blidworth Library at 10am
Each month group members attending are supplied with a copy of the chosen book to read which they then discuss at the following meeting.
Books read so far have included:-  Naked in Death by A J Robb; Kingmakers` Daughter by Phillippa Gregory, The GI Bride by Iris Jones Simantel , Montana Man by Barbara Delinsky followed by  an autobiography by  Rob Brydon –Small Man in a Book – How I very slowly became an overnight success. The book for June - by Kate Atkinson:- Behind the Scenes at the Museum provoked mixed reactions when  discussed at the meeting on Friday 20th June. This was followed by Trouble at the Little Village School by Gervase Phinn – and most recently the current book is The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller which is  described as` Sexy, dangerous and mystical` and offers a fresh take on the Trojan War and its Heroes. 
 
Family History 
It is proposed to hold the first meeting of a new group at Blidworth Library on Monday October 13th at 10.30am. Due to limited computer access the group size has to be limited to 6. However those attending will be given information to enable them to continue with their own research and if more people would like to join the group it will be possible to arrange further sessions. A family history specialist will be delivering the training and those attending should bring along a copy of a document birth/marriage or death certificate or documents relating to service in the forces depending on the line of enquiry they wish to follow. See Mary the group leader for more details.
 
Book Stall
.Please bring along any books you have read and enjoyed, to our book stall and exchange them for the modest sum of 40p per book. DVDs of films etc will also be accepted. When you have read/watched it, return it and buy another.  
The proceeds go to your U3A and help with the purchase of biscuits etc., at the break
 
Local History Group
The next  meeting of the Local History group will take place on Friday August 29th when the group will meet at 10am at Mansfield Library to view the exhibition` Trent  to Trenches` All members are very welcome .
 
Computer Tutorials by Alan Paul
Alan Paul, who is a member of Ashfield and Ravenshead U3As, has very kindly written an on-line tutorial on WORD 2010. The link to it is below:  
We thank Alan wholeheartedly for the time and effort he has put into this tutorial - have a look, it could be just what you are looking for.
 
Rainworth and District U3A Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting will take place on Wednesday October 8th 2014 at 10.00am
 
The Theatre Group
The Theatre Group will be visiting the Theatre Royal Nottingham for next year`s production of Barnum on Wednesday 11th February at 2.00pm.
The show follows the life of the legendary American showman Phineas T  Barnum who teamed up with J A Bailey to create the Barnum and Bailey`s Circus – the Greatest Show on Earth. Next year`s production stars Brian Conley and the show has been described as Big, Sharp, Witty, Breathtaking and Emotional.
Only a few tickets remaining at a cost of £38.25 but we will try to obtain more if there is additional interest. Please let us know as soon as possible if you are interested in going to see this production or see us at the monthly meeting. Tickets have to be reserved at this time and payment made in November. See John and Carole Curtis for more details
 
 
INTEREST GROUPS DATES

 Day

1st  in the month

2nd in the month

3rd in the month

4th in the month

M

O

N

D

A

Y

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Strollers         10.30

T

U

E

S

D

A

Y

 

 

 

Lunch group12.30

 

W

E

D

N

E

S

D

A

Y

 

 

 

  Rainworth monthly meeting          10.00am               

 

Trips and Visits

(as required)

Times vary

 

 

 

 

 Pins and Needles 2pm

T

H

U

R

S

D

A

Y

 

Gardening  9.30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

F

R

I

D

A

Y

 

 

Am/Dram

 

Book group      10.00

 

Local History 10.00

S

A

T

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest Group Leaders contact details

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Am/Dram (play reading)

2nd Fri

Jill Pullan

 

400545

Jill.pullan@ntlworld.com

Books -Reading

3rd Fri

Diana Parker

406342

dianaparker76@googlemail.com

Computers

3rd Thurs

John Morton

   07791 

 521148          

john.moreton5@live.co.uk

Gardening

1st Thur

Jan Newbury;

Ann Mills

400835

631714

ann_mills@me.com

History Local

4th Fri

Richard White

Alwyn Brettell

491351

megrick@virginmedia.com

alwynandlynn@btinternet.com

Lunch Group

3rd Tues

Ann Mills

Marie Timmons

631714

793403

ann_mills@me.com

 

Pins and Needles

4th Wed

pm

Diana Parker

 

dianaparker76@googlemail.com

Strollers

4th Mon

Nora Parkinson

  799156

derekandnora@hotmail.co.uk

Theatre

Various

 

 

 

Trips & Visits

Various

 

Diana Parker

 

406342

 

 dianaparker76@googlemail.com

Wine Circle

TBA

Jill Pullan

400545

Jill.pullan@ntlworld.com

 

Subscriptions for 2014/2015
Members and aspiring members are reminded that annual fees are as follows:-
 
 Full Membership         £20.00                                                                                                          Associate Membership (anyone with full membership of another U3A)         £16.50          
 
Full membership includes a 'Capitation Fee' of £3.50 which is payable to the Third Age Trust, which is our umbrella organisation.  This Capitation Fee covers our insurance.
Subscriptions cover the costs of:-
         5 issues per annum of Third Age Matters (The U3A Magazine)
         The cost of Renting the Village Hall for meetings and Speakers' Fees 
         Administration and Insurance costs.
 
Please make payment by cheque, where possible, made payable to' Rainworth and District U3A'.   
We are always pleased to welcome visitors but would like to remind them that after two trial visits membership fees become payable Membership is confirmed by the issuing of a membership card. Please be prepared to show these to the leader of any group or activity you wish to take part in or join. 
Lunch Group.
The next meeting of the lunch group will be on Tuesday August 19th and the venue will be `Il  Rosso` on Nottingham Road in Mansfield. Please see Ann to book your place and pay your deposit. Names are also being taken for those wishing to book their place for the Christmas Lunch planned for Tuesday December 2nd at The Hostess. The Christmas meal will cost in the region of £17.50 per head though drinks and transport costs if needed may increase the final amount.
 
Use it or we may Lose it!
That seems to be the message regarding the library service in Rainworth. Some people in the village may not be aware that we still have a library service in the village next to Rainworth Health Centre. It is currently open Tuesday mornings and Friday afternoons. As always it is Free to join, allows access to large print and audio books also free e-books and magazines. It also offers free computer use and access to the Internet.

 

      July/August Newsletter                                    

website: www.rainworth-u3a.org.uk
Wednesday 9th July 2014
 
Welcome to Rainworth & District U3A 
Meeting on the second Wednesday of each month at 10am at 
Rainworth Village Hall  
Your speaker today is
Jill Pullan
On the subject of
 
The History of Rainworth
                                                                                                                                                                 
Interest Group News
 
Several interest groups are running, and others will be started shortly
Books – Rainworth Readers
Computer group for beginners and improvers meets on the 3rd Thurs of the month at the Village Hall
Local History group – Rainworth Village Hall – 4th Friday
Interest has been shown in Family History group – but we need someone to act as leader/ co-ordinator.
Luncheon group - monthly meeting – various venues
Play reading / Am-Dram.  Meeting the second Friday of the month at 10.00am.
Strollers group –
Theatre visits
Trips & Visits group – details announced at meetings
Wine Tasting 
 
Rainworth & District U3A
 
Gardening Group
 
This month the gardening group visited Timmermans Nursery 
 Lowdham Lane, Woodborough, Nottingham
 
 
Nit and Natter alias Pins and Needles
 
This group held their first meeting on Wednesday 23rd April at Blidworth Library. Members had made enquiries about various specialists delivering training in sewing crafts but this proved too costly. Some members wanted to learn quilting techniques and others wanted to make stuffed toys. Contacts with the premature baby unit confirmed that small knitted hats, bootees and blankets are in short supply and would be useful. 
Those wishing to sew decided to try their hand at making hand embroidered cards. The meeting scheduled for June 25th was cancelled because of access problems due to road closure. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday 23rd July at 2pm. New members are welcome
 
The Book Group – Rainworth Readers
 
We meet on 3rd Friday of the month at Blidworth Library at 10am
Each month group members attending are supplied with a copy of the chosen book to read which they then discuss at the following meeting.
Books read so far have included:-  Naked in Death by A J Robb; Kingmakers` Daughter by Phillippa Gregory, The GI Bride by Iris Jones Simantel , Montana Man by Barbara Delinsky followed by  an autobiography by  Rob Brydon –Small Man in a Book – How I very slowly became an overnight success. The book for June - by Kate Atkinson:- Behind the Scenes at the Museum provoked mixed reactions when  discussed at the meeting on Friday 20th June. The current book is Trouble at the Little Village School by Gervase Phinn – a school inspector draws on his experience with children and school life to paint a picture of life and characters set against the backdrop of a small village.
 
Book Stall
 
.Please bring along any books you have read and enjoyed, to our book stall and exchange them for the modest sum of 40p per book. DVDs of films etc will also be accepted. When you have read/watched it, return it and buy another.  
The proceeds go to your U3A and help with the purchase of biscuits etc., at the break
 
Local History Group
 
The next meeting of the Local History group will take place on Friday July 25th 
 
 
Computer Tutorials by Alan Paul
 
Alan Paul, who is a member of Ashfield and Ravenshead U3As, has very kindly written an on-line tutorial on WORD 2010.  
http://u3asitec.org.uk/live/code/u3asite.php?site=389&page=14813
We thank Alan wholeheartedly for the time and effort he has put into this web-site, - have a look, it could be just what you are looking for.
 
Rainworth and District U3A Annual General Meeting
 
The Annual General Meeting will take place on Wednesday October 8th 2014 at 10.00am
 
The Theatre Group
 
The Theatre Group will be visiting the Theatre Royal Nottingham for next year`s production of Barnum on Wednesday 11th February at 2.00pm.
The show follows the life of the legendary American showman Phineas T  Barnum who teamed up with J A Bailey to create the Barnum and Bailey`s Circus – the Greatest Show on Earth. Next year`s production stars Brain Conley and the show has been described as Big, Sharp, Wiity, Breathtaking and Emotional.
There are only five tickets remaining at a cost of £38.25 but we will try to obtain more if there is additional interest. Please let us know as soon as possible if you are interested in going to see this production or see us at the monthly meeting. Tickets have to be reserved at this time and payment made in November
 

 Day

1st  in the month

2nd in the month

3rd in the month

4th in the month

M

O

N

D

A

Y

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Strollers         10.30

T

U

E

S

D

A

Y

 

 

 

Lunch group12.30

 

W

E

D

N

E

S

D

A

Y

 

 

 

  Rainworth

  Main meeting           

       10.00am               

 

Trips and Visits

(as required)

Times vary

 

 

 

 

 Pins and Needles 2pm

T

H

U

R

S

D

A

Y

 

Gardening      9.30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

F

R

I

D

A

Y

 

 

Am/Dram

 

Book group      10.00

 

Local History 10.00

S

A

T

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest Group Leaders contact details

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

01623:

 

Am/Dram (play reading)

2nd Fri

Jill Pullan

 

400545

Jill.pullan@ntlworld.com

Books -Reading

3rd Fri

Diana Parker

406342

dianaparker76@googlemail.com

Computers

3rd Thurs

John Morton

   07791 

 521148          

 

Gardening

1st Thur

Jan Newbury;

Ann Mills

400835

631714

ann_mills@me.com

History Local

4th Fri

Richard White

Alwyn Brettell

491351

megrick@virginmedia.com

alwynandlynn@btinternet.com

Lunch Group

3rd Tues

Ann Mills

Marie Timmons

631714

793403

ann_mills@me.com

 

Pins and Needles

4th Wed

pm

Diana Parker

 

dianaparker76@googlemail.com

Strollers

4th Mon

Nora Parkinson

  799156

derekandnora@hotmail.co.uk

Theatre

Various

 

 

 

Trips & Visits

Various

 

Diana Parker

 

406342

 

 dianaparker76@googlemail.com

Wine Circle

TBA

Jill Pullan

400545

Jill.pullan@ntlworld.com

 

 

 

Interest Group Meetings:-  If you wish to join any interest group, please telephone the group leader first to ensure there is a vacancy in that group.  All relevant details can be obtained from the group leader/co-ordinator, - including where the walking group intend to meet and which walk they will do, or which book the reading group is reading, which garden the horticulture group is visiting etc. Group leaders’/Co-ordinator’s names and contact details are in the newsletter

 

June/July Newsletter     

 
website: www.rainworth-u3a.org.uk
        Wednesday 11th June 2014
 
       Welcome to Rainworth & District U3A.
 
Your speaker today is
 Don Sharpe 
on the subject of
`Hearing Dogs Change Lives`
 
                                                                                                                                                                 
Interest Group News
 
Several interest groups  are running, and others will be started shortly
Books – Rainworth Readers
Computer group for beginners and improvers meets on the 3rd Thurs of the month at the Village Hall
Local History group – Rainworth Village Hall – 4th Friday
Interest has been shown in Family History group – but we need someone to act as leader/ co-ordinator.
Luncheon group - monthly meeting – various venues
Play reading / Am-Dram.  Meeting the second Friday of the month at 10.00am.
Strollers group –
Theatre visits
Trips & Visits group – details announced at meetings
Wine Tasting 
 
 
 
Gardening Group
Having chosen the worst weather day of the week 8 members of the Gardening Interest group ventured to Lea Gardens near Matlock. We drove through rain, mist and dark skies and arrived at a kaleidoscope of colour. What a beautiful morning! We started as usual with tea and cake in their coffee shop and then out to explore. The paths are narrow and the bushes close to with colour that encompasses you so what a treat.
The rhododendrons were all out in reds, pinks, lilacs, blues, apricots and white( which looked so wedding like ) and gave us a lot of cheer on this miserable day. ~ Pam Berry~
 
 
Nit and Natter alias Pins and Needles
 
This group held their first meeting on Wednesday 23rd April at Blidworth Library. Members had made enquiries about various specialists delivering training in sewing crafts but this proved too costly. Some members wanted to learn quilting techniques and others to knit. We have learned that the premature baby unit needs small hats, bootees and blankets  In response some have begun making these.Those wishing to sew decided to try their hand at making hand embroidered cards. Next meeting to be held on Wednesday 25th June at 2pm. Would like to appeal to any U3A members who have craft skills who may be prepared to share their knowledge.
 
 
The Book Group – Rainworth Readers
 
We meet on 3rd Friday of the month at Blidworth Library at 10am
Each month group members attending are supplied with a copy of the chosen book to read which they then discuss at the following meeting.
Books read so far have included:-  Naked in Death by A J Robb; Kingmakers` Daughter by Phillippa Gregory, The GI Bride by Iris Jones Simantel , Montana Man by Barbara Delinsky. and most recently. - an autobiography by  Rob Brydon –Small Man in a Book – How I very slowly became an overnight success. An account of Rob`s memories of early life growing up in South Wales. The feedback indicated that most people had not enjoyed this. Finding it an disappointing read  with some not even wanting to finish it. Group members were given their next book - by Kate Atkinson:- Behind the Scenes at the Museum. This will be discussed at the next meeting on Friday 20th June
 
 
 
Book Stall
.
Please bring along any books you have read and enjoyed, to our book stall and exchange them for the modest sum of 40p per book. DVDs of films etc will also be accepted. When you have read/watched it, return it and buy another.  
The proceeds go to your U3A and help with the purchase of biscuits etc., at the break
 
Local History Group
The next meeting of the Local History group will take place on Friday June 27th 
 
 
Computer Tutorials by Alan Paul
 
Alan Paul, who is a member of Ashfield and Ravenshead U3As, has very kindly written an on-line tutorial on WORD 2010.  
http://u3asitec.org.uk/live/code/u3asite.php?site=389&page=14813
We thank Alan wholeheartedly for the time and effort he has put into this web-site, - have a look, it could be just what you are looking for.
 
Rainworth and District U3A Annual General Meeting
 
The Annual General Meeting will take place on Wednesday October 8th 2014 at 10.00am
 
 
Theatre Group
 
There are twenty tickets available to see Barnham at 2pm matinee performance at the Theatre Royal on Wednesday 11th February 2015.Tickets will cost no more than £38.25. People wishing to go should give their names to John or Carol Curtis at the next Rainworth U3A meeting. Tickets have been booked now because they are already selling out quickly but they will not need to be paid for until October.  Please contact me at the next meeting if you wish to secure a ticket or ring on 01623 475590 if you cannot attend the June meeting.
 
Group Events Diary
                      
 

Day

1st  in the month

2nd in the month

3rd in the month

4th in the month

M

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Strollers         10.30

T

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Lunch group12.30

 

W

E

D

N

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S

D

A

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  Rainworth

  Main meeting           

       10.00am               

 

Trips and Visits

(as required)

Times vary

 

 

 

 

 Pins and Needles 2pm

T

H

U

R

S

D

A

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Gardening      9.30

 

 

 

 

 

 

Computers 14.00

 

 

 

 

F

R

I

D

A

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Am/Dram

 

Book group      10.00

 

Local History 10.00

S

A

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01623:

 

Am/Dram (play reading)

2nd Fri

Jill Pullan

 

400545

Jill.pullan@ntlworld.com

Books -Reading

3rd Fri

Diana Parker

406342

dianaparker76@googlemail.com

Computers

3rd Thurs

John Morton

   07791 

 521148          

 

Gardening

1st Thur

Jan Newbury;

Ann Mills

400835

631714

ann_mills@me.com

History Local

4th Fri

Richard White

Alwyn Brettell

491351

megrick@virginmedia.com

alwynandlynn@btinternet.com

Lunch Group

3rd Tues

Ann Mills

Marie Timmons

631714

793403

ann_mills@me.com

 

Pins and Needles

4th Wed

pm

Diana Parker

 

dianaparker76@googlemail.com

Strollers

4th Mon

Nora Parkinson

  799156

derekandnora@hotmail.co.uk

Theatre

Various

 

 

 

Trips & Visits

Various

 

Diana Parker

 

406342

 

 dianaparker76@googlemail.com

Wine Circle

TBA

Jill Pullan

400545

Jill.pullan@ntlworld.com

 

 

 

Interest Group Meetings:-  If you wish to join any interest group, please telephone the group leader first to ensure there is a vacancy in that group.  All relevant details can be obtained from the group leader/co-ordinator, - including where the walking group intend to meet and which walk they will do, or which book the reading group is reading, which garden the horticulture group is visiting etc. Group leaders’/Co-ordinator’s names and contact details are in the newsletter, and also on the web-site. 

 
 
U3A Annual holiday at Warners Thoresby Hall
 
In January we had our annual break at Thoresby Hall, (Warners) a venue which has been enjoyed for the past 9 years. This year over 200 U3A members from nine local U3As combined to enjoy the holiday organised by Terry Whitehead of Mansfield.
In addition to the usual activities which Warners provides for its guests U3A organises additional features which include a daily quiz and the sole use of a room dedicated to board and card games. U3A was well represented in all the activities, winning the Warners own quizzes most nights, as well as the curling, skittles, short-mat bowls, archery, rifle shooting etc.
The “Show-time” evening entertainment is consistently first class – excellent singers, dancers and costumes.
If you have never been to Warners and in particularly Thoresby Hall with your fellow U3A members, it is an experience not to be missed.
Next year’s holiday will take place from Monday 2nd to Friday 6th February, 2015.  I will be taking the names of interested parties in the next couple of months.  Do consider coming along, - you will love it!
                                                                                                 ~Jill Pullan~
 
Planned Trips and Visits
 
Monday July 14th – a Day out at Whitby. 
Coach to Pickering then steam train to Whitby. Fish and Chip dinner, a stroll or a paddle in the sea then coach back home.  Limited number price to be arranged
 
Friday 29th August – Trip to  Chatsworth Show
 
Friday 12th  September  - Visit to the newly renovated Bolsover Castle
 
Tuesday 14 October - Visit to Gainsborough Hall followed by shopping nearby
 
Monday 10th November – Visit to Newark Show
 
Saturday December 6th - Coach to Treak Cliff Cavern for Carols by Candlelight to put everyone in a festive mood .Limited number (afternoon visit)
 
Own transport used for local journeys – lifts can be arranged.
Interested !!!!  Put you name down on the lists provided at the next main meeting.
 
 
 
Subscriptions for 2014/2015
 
Members are reminded that annual are due on 1st April 2014 and will be as follows:-
 
    Full Membership         £20.00                                                                                                                                                         
    Associate Membership (anyone with full membership of another U3As)        £16.50          
 
Full membership includes a 'Capitation Fee' of £3.50 which is payable to the Third Age Trust, which is our umbrella organisation.  This Capitation Fee covers our insurance.
 
Subscriptions cover the costs of:-
 
         5 issues per annum of Third Age Matters (The U3A Magazine)
 
         The cost of Renting the Village Hall for meetings and Speakers' Fees 
 
         Administration and Insurance costs.
 
Please make payment by cheque, where possible, made payable to' Rainworth and District U3A'.   
 
We are always pleased to welcome visitors but would like to remind them that after two trial visits membership fees become payable.
 
Lunch Group.
 
The next meeting of the lunch group will be on Tuesday June 17th and the venue will be The Dovecote in Laxton. Please see Ann to book your place and pay your deposit.
 
Use it or we may Lose it!
 
That seems to be the message regarding the library service in Rainworth. Some people in the village may not be aware that we still have a library service in the village next to Rainworth Health Centre. It is currently open Tuesday mornings and Friday afternoons. As always it is Free to join, allows access to large print and audio books also free e-books and magazines. It also offers free computer use and access to the Internet.
 
Your committee
 
Jennie Roberts 01623 792097 Chairman
Anne Bentley 01623 473592 Treasurer/WebsiteSecretary
Janet Newbury 01623 400835 Membership Secretary
Pam Berry 01623 795473 Speaker Finder / Programme Secretary
Jill Pullan 01623 400545 Newsletter editor / Vice Chair
Mary Bramwell 01623 792349 Assistant Newsletter editor/Website
Gordon Brown 01157 468970  Web-site master
Jim Phillips 01623 641477  Group Co-Ordinator
John Curtis 01623 475590  Meet & greet co-ordinator
Anne Brown 01157468970   Publicity/Social-Secretary
Linda  Tift 01623 796336 Assistant Publicity
Jane Pavier 01158 401902 Mentor to the Steering Committee
Michaela Moody 01526 352239 East Midlands Regional Trustee
Liz Wilson 01623 640835 Regional Education and Development
 
The theme for next months` meeting will be Local History
 

          May/June Newsletter  

 

Wednesday May 14th  2014

Website: www.rainworth-u3a.org.uk 
 
Welcome to Rainworth & District U3A
.
Your speaker today is Lucinda Kitchin on the subject of
 
`Travels in Thailand`

 

Interest Group News
 
We already have several interest groups running, and others will be started shortly
 
Books – Rainworth Readers
Bridge is for beginners and improvers and they meet at West -Notts College, Derby Road, on 1st and 3rd Monday of the month, at 6.30pm.
Canasta is for beginners/improvers and is an established Ashfield U3A group
Computer group for beginners and improvers meets on the 3rd Thurs of the month at the Village Hall
Local History group – Rainworth Village Hall – 4th Friday.
Luncheon group - monthly meeting – various venues
Play reading / Am-Dram. Meeting the second Friday of the month at 10.00am.
Strollers group – various meeting points
Theatre visits – as announced
Trips & Visits group – details announced at meetings
Wine Tasting - details will be posted on the web page shortly
 
Interest has been shown in Family History group – but we need someone to act as leader/ co-ordinator.

 

Gardening Group
 
Having chosen the worst weather day of the week 8 members of the Gardening Interest group ventured to Lea Gardens near Matlock. We drove through rain, mist and dark skies and arrived at a kaleidoscope of colour. What a beautiful morning! We started as usual with tea and cake in their coffee shop and then out to explore. The paths are narrow and the bushes close to with colour that encompasses you so what a treat.
The rhododendrons were all out in reds, pinks, lilacs, blues, apricots and white( which looked so wedding like ) and gave us a lot of cheer on this miserable day. ~ Pam Berry~
 
Knit and Natter alias Pins and Needles
 
This group held their first meeting on Wednesday 23rd April at Blidworth Library. Members had made enquiries about various specialists delivering training in sewing crafts but this proved too costly. Some members wanted to learn quilting techniques and others wanted to make stuffed toys. Decided to research the appropriate/safe fillings for toys and enquire about the need for tiny clothes for premature baby units. Those wishing to sew decided to try their hand at making hand embroidered cards. Next meeting to be held on Wednesday 28th May at 2pm. Would like to appeal to any U3A members who have craft skills who may be prepared to help us to try out any new skills.
 
The Book Group – Rainworth Readers
 
We meet on 3rd Friday of the month at Blidworth Library at 10am
Each month group members attending are supplied with a copy of the chosen book to read which they then discuss at the following meeting.
Books read so far have included:- Naked in Death by A J Robb; Kingmakers` Daughter by Phillippa Gregory, The GI Bride by Iris Jones Simantel and most recently - Montana Man by Barbara Delinsky. This latest book describes the journey undertaken by a young mother to escape with her baby from an abusive husband. Her journey takes her into challenging conditions in snowy terrain. A fortunate encounter with another stranded motorist results in them taking refuge in a deserted cabin. The group opinion of the story was that it was `predictable` The current book is a total change - an autobiography Rob Brydon –Small Man in a Book – How I very slowly became an overnight success.
Next meeting of the book group will be Friday May 30th at 10am our next book is one by Kate Atkinson :- Behind the Scenes at the Museum.
 
 
Book Stall
 
.Please bring along any books you have read and enjoyed, to Margaret Brooks on our book stall and exchange them for the modest sum of 40p per book. DVDs of films etc will also be accepted. When you have read/watched it, return it and buy another.
The proceeds go to your U3A and help with the purchase of biscuits etc., at the break
 
Local History GroupLocal History Group
 
The next meeting of the Local History group which would normally take place on Friday 23rd May has been rearranged for Sunday 1st June. Those interested should meet at the museum at 10am in order to follow the Heritage Trail around Mansfield.
 
Computer Tutorials by Alan Paul
 
Alan Paul, who is a member of Ashfield and Ravenshead U3As, has very kindly written an on-line tutorial on WORD 2010.
http://u3asitec.org.uk/live/code/u3asite.php?site=389&page=14813
We thank Alan wholeheartedly for the time and effort he has put into this web-site, - have a look, it could be just what you are looking for.
 
Computer Group
 
At the meeting held on Thursday 17th April the group looked at downloading and installing, and features of Windows Explorer, Using Picasa to edit photos also adding labels and text. We also had a general introduction to using Open Office for drawing and presentations
 
Theatre Group
 
There are twenty tickets available to see Barnham at 2pm matinee performance at the Theatre Royal on Wednesday 11th February 2015.Tickets will cost no more than £38.25. People wishing to go should give their names to John or Carol Curtis at the next Rainworth U3A meeting. Tickets have been booked now because they are already selling out quickly but they will not need to be paid for until October. Please contact me at the next meeting if you wish to secure a ticket or ring on 01623 475590 if you cannot attend May meeting.
 
 

For Group Leaders’ phone numbers, see page 5 of the Newsletter

 

Day

1st  in the month

2nd in the month

3rd in the month

4th in the month

M

O

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 Strollers         

  10.30

T

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 Lunch group  12.30

 

W

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N

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S

D

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 Rainworth

Main meeting   10.00am               

 

 Trips and  Visits

( as required)

 Times vary

 

 

 

 

 Pins and    Needles 2pm

T

H

U

R

S

D

A

Y

 

 Gardening       9.30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Computers  14.00

 

 

 

 

F

R

I

D

A

Y

 

 

   Am/Dram

 

 Book  group        10.00

 

  Local History   10.00

S

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01623:

 

Am/Dram (play reading)

2nd Fri

Jill Pullan

 

400545

Jill.pullan@ntlworld.com

Books -Reading

3rd Fri

Diana Parker

406342

dianaparker76@googlemail.com

Bridge

1st & 3rdMon

Maxine Rose

459081

maxineadams55@hotmail.com

Canasta

3rd Sat

Geoff Cree

794485

 geoffcree@btinternet.com

Computers

3rd Thurs

John Morton

07791 

521148          

 

Gardening

1st Thur

Jan Newbury;

Ann Mills

400835

631714

ann_mills@me.com

History Local

4th Fri

Richard White

Alwyn Brettell

491351

megrick@virginmedia.com

alwynandlynn@btinternet.com

Lunch Group

3rd Tues

Ann Mills

Marie Timmons

631714

793403

ann_mills@me.com

 

Pins and Needles

4th Wed

pm

 

 

 

Strollers

4th Mon

Nora Parkinson

  799156

derekandnora@hotmail.co.uk

Theatre

Various

 

 

 

Trips & Visits

Various

 

Diana Parker

 

406342

 

 dianaparker76@googlemail.com

Wine Circle

TBA

Jill Pullan

400545

Jill.pullan@ntlworld.com

 

 

 

Interest Group Meetings:-  If you wish to join any interest group, please telephone the group leader first to ensure there is a vacancy in that group.  All relevant details can be obtained from the group leader/co-ordinator, - including where the walking group intend to meet and which walk they will do, or which book the reading group is reading, which garden the horticulture group is visiting etc. Group leaders’/Co-ordinator’s names and contact details are in the newsletter

April/May Newsletter

 

                                                 Website: www.rainworthu3a.org.uk

        Wednesday  9th April  2014

 Welcome to Rainworth & District U3A.

 

 Steve Arnold on the subject of

`ASTRONOMY`

 

                                                                                                                                           

We already have several interest groups running, and others will be started shortly

Books – Rainworth Readers

Bridge is for beginners and improvers and they meet at West -Notts College, Derby Road, on 1st and 3rd Monday of the month, at 6.30pm.

Canasta is for beginners/improvers and is an established Ashfield U3A group

Computer group for beginners and improvers meets on the 3rd Thurs of the month at the Village Hall

Local History group – Rainworth Village Hall – 4th Friday

Interest has been shown in Family History group – but we need someone to act as leader/ co-ordinator.

Luncheon group - monthly meeting – various venues

Play reading / Am-Dram.  Meeting the second Friday of the month at 10.00am.

Strollers group –

Theatre visits

Trips & Visits group – details announced at meeting

Wine Tasting

 

 

 

On Tuesday 25th March the Trips and Visits group enjoyed an interesting day out to the Galleries of Justice and the Nottingham Caves. A guide dressed as a court usher welcomed us to The Galleries. He proceeded to point out the iron gibbet hanging from the ceiling in the entrance hall and to explain that the gallows were sited on the stairs where we had just entered the courthouse!  Taking us into the courtroom, the guide involved us all in a re-enactment of a trial, with members of the group acting as prisoner, judge, jury and witnesses. We were then taken to the cells and dungeons beneath the courthouse. The accounts of the brutality and injustice handed out to people in the past were truly shocking and an overpowering atmosphere of cruelty and oppression could be felt in most areas.

At the caves, accessed through the Broadmarsh Centre, a charming young lady guided us through a maze of twists, turns, low ceilings and awkward stairways.  We were amazed to learn that some of the caves had housed a tannery. The great vats carved into the floor for the tanning process were still in their original form and it is said that conditions were so bad that the rats would not go there and so the workers did not catch the plague!  Families also inhabited certain caves that were used as basements to the buildings above ground. Other uses included a gambling den beneath a pub and a WW2 air-raid shelter (complete with artefacts and air-raid sirens).

Feeling the ground tremble, and hearing the sound of a bell as trams passed overhead, highlighted how close the caves are to ground level.

 

We all enjoyed ourselves and are looking forward to our next trip.            ~Jennie~

 

 

 

We meet on 3rd Friday of the month at Blidworth Library at 10am

Each month group members attending are supplied with a copy of the chosen book to read which they then discuss at the following meeting.

Books read so far have included:-  Naked in Death by A J Robb; Kingmakers  Daughter By Phillippa Gregory .At the March meeting members discussed The GI Bride by Iris Jones Simantel -  a story of Second World War Romance. The book read like an autobiography describing the challenges which faced  a Gi Bride returning to America with her husband after the war and the lifestyle adjustments needed to build a life in post war America. Living with in-laws, dealing with shortages while at the same time pining for family and the familiarity of their homeland were the reality of day to day life.. The account of challenges faced was far from the idealised view of brides being whisked away to live a life of luxury in the land of plenty. Overall the feeling among members was that they had not enjoyed it as much as the two previous books Time to polish up the specs in readiness for the next book handed out - Montana Man by Barbara Delinsky a very different story (described as STEAMY)

 

Margaret Brooks has offered to run our book stall.

Please bring along any books you have read and enjoyed, and buy another for the very modest sum of 40p per book.  She will also accept DVDs of films etc.

When you have read/watched it, return it and buy another. 

The proceed go to your U3A and help with the purchase of biscuits etc., at the break

 

 

This group began by discussing the circumstances which had resulted in the group members living in Rainworth and the links and associations with neighbouring villages through local industries including Mining, Metal Box, quarrying hosiery and many more.

The Group held its 3rd meeting on Friday 28th MarchMembers attending were asked to bring in photos of past events in Rainworth one of those photos showed the Coal Queen procession. If you would like to share your own memories and knowledge with us we would be very pleased to see you at our next meeting on Friday 25th April

 

 

Members have expressed an interest in forming new groups namely Pins and Needles, and Wine Appreciation and following the success of the Lunch group, a Lunch group 2. If any or all of these appeal to you please add your name to the appropriate list which will be available at the next main meeting on April 9th

 

 

 

Alan Paul, who is a member of Ashfield and Ravenshead U3As, has very kindly written an on-line tutorial on WORD 2010. 

http://u3asitec.org.uk/live/code/u3asite.php?site=389&page=14813

We thank Alan wholeheartedly for the time and effort he has put into this web-site, - have a look, it could be just what you are looking for.

 

 

 

 

The next planned outing of the Theatre Group is to see 'Cats' at the Royal Theatre Nottingham on April 16th 2014, for a matinee performance."

Anne

Please inform the editor, Jill Pullan on 400545 of any changes to your normal programme in the near future no later than the Thursday before the main meeting.     This will be of great help to members of your various groups – this includes changes of content, dates and venues – For Group Leaders’ phone numbers, see page 5 of the Newsletter

 

                                    INTEREST GROUPS CALENDER

 

 

Day

1st  in the month

2nd in the month

3rd in the month

4th in the month

M

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Bridge        18.30

 

 

Bridge              18.30

 

Strollers         10.30

T

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Lunch group12.30

 

W

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N

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S

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A

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Rainworth

Main meeting       10.00               

 

Trips and Visits

(as required)

Times vary

 

 

 

 

 Pins and Needles 2pm

T

H

U

R

S

D

A

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Gardening      9.30

 

 

 

Card Craft    10am

 

History           14.00

 

Computers 14.00

 

 

 

 

F

R

I

D

A

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Am/Dram

 

Book group      10.00

 

Local History 10.00

S

A

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Canasta         19.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

01623:

 

Am/Dram (play reading)

2nd Fri

Jill Pullan

 

400545

Jill.pullan@ntlworld.com

Books -Reading

3rd Fri

Dianna Parker

406342

dianaparker76@googlemail.com

Bridge

1st & 3rdMon

Maxine Rose

459081

maxineadams55@hotmail.com

Canasta

3rd Sat

Geoff Cree

794485

 geoffcree@btinternet.com

Computers

3rd Thurs

John Morton

   07791 

 521148          

 

Gardening

1st Thur

Jan Newbury;

Ann Mills

400835

631714

ann_mills@me.com

History Local

4th Fri

Richard White

Alwyn Brettell

492351

mrgrick@virginmedia.com

alwynandlynn@btinternet.com

Lunch Group

3rd Tues

Ann Mills

Marie Timmons

631714

793403

ann_mills@me.com

 

Pins and Needles

4th Wed

pm

 

 

 

Strollers

4th Mon

Nora Parkinson

  799156

derekandnora@hotmail.co.uk

Theatre

Various

 

 

 

Trips & Visits

Various

 

Diane Brown

Kath Hanson

Diana Parker

794545

794656

406342

 

 

dianaparker76@googlemail.com

Wine Circle

TBA

Jill Pullan

400545

Jill.pullan@ntlworld.com

 

 

 

In January we had our annual break at Thoresby Hall, (Warners).  This holiday has been enjoyed annually for the past 9 years.  There were over 200 U3A members, from nine local U3As.  Terry Whitehead of Mansfield U3A organises this holiday and does a splendid job.

We have been for the past 8 years, and wouldn’t miss it for the world.  As well as the usual activities that Warners  provide for its guests, U3A had a daily quiz, and the sole use of a room for board and card games .  U3A was well represented in all the activities, winning the Warners own quizzes most nights, as well as the curling, skittles, short-mat bowls, archery, rifle shooting etc.

The “Show-time” entertainment each evening was first class – excellent singers, dancers and costumes.

If you have never been to Warners and in particularly Thoresby Hall with your fellow U3A members, you are missing a treat.

Next year’s holiday will take place from Monday 2nd to Friday 6th February, 2015.  I will be taking the names of interested parties in the next couple of months.  Do consider coming along, - you will love it!

Jill Pullan

 

 

The Steering committee would like to acknowledge the help and support given by Trevor Stevens of DoctorRemote-Taghosting for his generous gift of creating and provision of ongoing support in the management of the Rainworth and District U3A website, the normal charge for this service would be in the region of £150.00.
 

It is with great delight that we are able to announce that the bid for funding submitted to the Lindhurst Wind Farm Community Fund has been successful. This fund has been approved to allow the purchase of necessary items of equipment, identified by the committee, to advance the development of our U3A. The total amount of funding is £970.00. and is to be used for the purchase of a digital projector, screen, speakers, notice boards banners and printed publicity material. Many thanks to Nottinghamshire Community Foundation, the organisation that administers the fund.

 

 

 

Members are reminded that annual are due on 1st April 2014 and will be as follows:-

 

    Full Membership                                                                                                 £20.00                                                                                                                                                        

    Associate Membership (anyone with full membership of other U3As)        £16.50         

 

Full membership includes a 'Capitation Fee' of £3.50 which is payable to the Third Age Trust, which is our umbrella organisation.  This Capitation Fee covers our insurance.

 

Subscriptions cover the costs of:-

 

         5 issues per annum of Third Age Matters (The U3A Magazine)

 

         The cost of Renting the Village Hall for meetings and Speakers' Fees

 

         Administration and Insurance costs.

Please make payment by cheque, where possible, made payable to' Rainworth and District U3A'.  

 

We are always pleased to welcome visitors but would like to remind them that after two trial visits membership fees become payable.

 

Arrangements were made to go to the Lion at Farnsfield on Tuesday 18th March. The numbers wishing to take part made it necessary for a deposit to be paid. Without exception all those who attended enjoyed their meals only one or two had room left for a dessert. The next meal venue will be The Countryman at Kirkby on Tuesday 15th April.

Members  suggested possible future venues. With over twenty people wishing to book it is likely that it will be necessary to limit numbers as it is difficult to find restaurants which serve lunches and can accommodate a larger group..

 

NNNG Picnic in the Park

The North Notts Neighbourhood Group will be holding their ‘Picnic in the Park’ event in Rufford Country Park on Wednesday 4thJune.

This is a bi-annual event, and is a lot of fun.  Time to break out the picnic table and chairs add your picnic food together with wine/beer soft drinks etc.,  and enjoy the entertainment laid on A chance to enjoy the out-door games (weather permitting) and park facilities.  We hire the large Marquee for this event, so some cover is provided. 

There will be a massed choir to entertain us in the morning, and a band in the afternoon.

Outdoor games will be organised by Hucknall U3A.  It should be a great day!

Rufford is a beautiful country park run by NCC.,  and has a large lake, ruined abbey lots of wild-life and woodland walks, so if you have never been, this will be an opportunity to appreciate this local facility.

Annual subscriptions for the period April 2014 until March 2015 are now due.

         Later this year a permanent committee will be voted in for the period of two years.

 

Jennie

Roberts

01623 792097

Chairman

Anne

Bentley

01623 473592

Treasurer/Website

Jackie

Cleverley

01623 883867

Secretary

John

Cleverley

01623 883767

Combined Membership Secretaries

 

Janet

Newbury

01623 400835

Pam

Berry

01623 795473

Speaker Finder / Programme Secretary

Jill

Pullan

01623 400545

Newsletter editor / Vice Chair

Mary

Bramwell

01623 792349

Assistant Newsletter editor/Website

Gordon

Brown

01157 468970

Web-site master

 

 

 

 

Jim

Phillips

01623 641477

 Group Co-Ordinator

John

Curtis

01623 475590

 Meet & greet co-ordinator

Anne

Brown

01157 468970

 Publicity/Social-Secretary/Assistant Treasurer

Linda

Tift

01623 796336

Assistant Publicity

 

 

 

 

Jane

Pavier

01158 401902

Mentor to the Steering Committee

Michaela

Moody

01526 352239

East Midlands Regional Trustee

Liz

Wilson

01623 640835

Regional Education and Development

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March /April Newsletter

Website: www.rainworthu3a.org.uk

Welcome to Rainworth & District U3A.

Wednesday 12th March 2014.

 

Your Speaker today is Dr Ian Campbell on the  subject of

“You are what you eat” (A practical guide to healthy nutrition)

 

                                                                 

We already have several interest groups running, and others will be started shortly

Books – Rainworth Readers

Bridge is for beginners and improvers and they meet at West -Notts College, Derby Road, on 1st and 3rd Monday of the month, at 6.30pm.

Canasta is for beginners/improvers and is an established Ashfield U3A group

Cold Porcelain – 3 Wednesday workshops --£6.50 plus £1.50 for the room

Computer group meets on the 3rd Thurs of the month at the Village Hall

Card Craft – Three workshops have been arranged - see inside for details

History Group - we would love to start a Family H