Railway Exploration – October

The October meeting will look at the Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway and continue with some more of John Betjeman’s railwayana after our recent viewing of his journey from Kings Lynn to Hunstanton.  We also have our ongoing presentation of the artist’s work that portrayed our local railway in its steam days before closure. We  […]

Melanie Nash in Barcelona

Great opportunity to attend international conference Since retiring at 60 and joining the U3A just over a year ago I really enjoy reading Third Age Matters. I worked for many years in early years education so was very interested to read a call in the February 2018 edition of TAM for a U3A members to […]

Drawing and Painting for Pleasure – October

Although we did not meet in July and August, a group of 12 of us went to Thornby Hall, the new Buddhist Centre, on an outdoor painting day in mid July. The weather was idyllic, and the house and grounds provided us with inspiration for some really lovely work. The lunch and afternoon tea completed […]

Cycling – October

  Ten members cycled a slightly shorter but slightly hillier route than usual in September.  It was very enjoyable nevertheless.  Thanks to Sue for organising this.  The next cycle ride will take place on Friday 2 November and will be organised by Terry, John and Graham.  We meet at The Pug and Greyhound in Great […]

Strollers – October

On Friday 14th September 19 of us enjoyed a varied walk in and around Cottingham and Middleton. The weather was once again kind to us. Christmas lunch is at the Bulls Head,  Clipston  on December 14th, menus will be available at our next stroll ( Kilworth Springs Golf  Club) prices are 2 courses £17.95, 3 […]

Deene Park

Local History – October

We had a most enjoyable visit to Deene, the home of the Brudenell family for over 500 years.  It was the seat of the Earls of Cardigan, of whom the most notable was the 7th Earl who led the Charge of the Light Brigade at Balaklava.  Our guides were very informative and certainly brought history […]

Helen Salisbury

From the Chair – October

‘Mutuality’ (the sharing of a feeling, action or relationship between two or more parties) and reminding ourselves of The Three Guiding Principles of the U3A, were the key messages which   several Committee members, including myself, brought back last month from a Volunteer Recruitment Workshop organised by the Leicestershire & Rutland Network of U3As.   These thoughts […]

Bird Watching

September Outing Report

Intermittent rain put a bit of a dampener on our walk over the Pitsford Water dam and back from Brixworth Country Park but spirits were soon revived after a hot drink in the café! Birdwise a couple of waders were the highlights, namely a greenshank (pictured) and a ringed plover. Dotted amongst the hundreds of […]

New Experiences – October

In September Jutta, Stuart, Toni, Mike and Kevin enjoyed our 2nd visit to Draycote water for a 2 hour introduction to dingy sailing.  Helen Salisbury very kindly offered to take us out on the water and was very patient with us as we got to grips with all the ropes and steering. It was a […]

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Creative Writing – October

At our August meeting we said a big “thank you” to Chris Mosley, who has led the group for several years. Very best wishes, Chris, for a happy future with your family in Dorset. We are a friendly and welcoming group of mixed writing experience, meeting on the last Friday of every month at 2pm. […]