Ashton-in-Makerfield and District Issue 30 NEWSLETTER February 2012 CREATIVE WRITING GARDENING GROUP NEW MEMBERS Joan Skillicorn Winifred Beesley Anyone interested in joining the U3A is allowed two visits as ‘Taster sessions’ 2.30 to 4.00 1st Friday in the No further Gardening Group FOR INSURANCE month, meeting room YMCA meetings will be held until REASONS NO MORE We now have a waiting list for February 24th. THAN 2 ATTENDANCES this group. IN TOTAL ARE BBC Gardeners’ World PERMITTED PRIOR TO and Good Food Show. JOINING THE U3A. DAYS OUT – PLACES OF Members who are going to INTEREST the above on Wednesday June 13th at Birmingham NEC are When you book to go on a John Gostelow asked to ensure that they have trip with any group would paid the full sum of £33 by you please always show February 17th, the U3A coffee your current membership A visit to Port Sunlight, on afternoon. Booking has card.. the Wirrall the model village already been in progress at on the built by Lord the NEC for some months. Leverhulme for his workers, We have booked a 33 seater INTEREST GROUPS is being planned. Please see coach so we still have three When you put your name John for details. seats left if you want to join down on the list for Trips us. and Theatre you will be FAMILY HISTORY The Garden meeting is on asked for a non-refundable February 24th and we will deposit. Pat Grimshaw have a DVD of Sandringham House, the Queen’s Norfolk ART GROUP home. This should be of 3rd Friday in the month particular interest to those 1 p.m to 2 p.m. in the small Marian Hulmes who will visit the House on meeting room YMCA. 01925 837124 Who Do You Think You our Norfolk weekend. Are? Or rather, Who Do You The March Garden meeting is Meetings every Friday from Think Your Ancestors Were? on the 30th when the speaker 10 a.m to 12 noon at the Come along to our meeting will be Phil Dunnett. This Salvation Army (behind and we will try to help you time his talk will be on Spring Aldi) find those elusive ancestors – colour and he will again have where they lived, what they plants for sale. did for a living, what secrets did they have? !!! Ness Botanic Gardens Meeting at Louvain’s house – PUDDING CLUB ask Louvain for details. A visit is planned to Ness Anne Doyle Botanic Gardens on the Kaluki is a card game, a form Wirrall for Wednesday May of rummy, played with two Pam Potter 16th. The cost for coach and packs of cards where the aim entry will be approximately is to get rid of all your cards £17. before your opponents, by The Pudding Club meets Non-returnable deposits of putting together ‘sets’ or every month. £10 will be taken at the ‘runs. We welcome everyone to the February meetings. The members who attend this Pudding Club, regardless of meeting thoroughly enjoy the experience, all you need is an GOLF game – sounds like fun! interest in baking or creating a dessert. If you would like to Arthur Hemmings know more please contact PHOTOGRAPHY Anne or Pam. Jim Conboy Stewart Drummond READING GROUP 1 There will be no more meetings until we resume in March 1.30 to 3.00 p.m. in the YMCA Joan Skillicorn although there may be a possibility of playing on the odd Please note that meetings will occasion if the weather allows start at 1.30 to 3.00 p.m. (an extra half hour) 1.30 p.m. 1st Monday in the us. See Arthur or Jim for This will allow members to month. Ashton library. details. have more time to exhibit their Well supported. photographs and discuss their HISTORY problems with the assignments. Any other U3A READING GROUP 2 members who would like to Madeleine Hynes join the group, please come Joanne Lancaster along on the 16th February and bring in some Pam Potter We are looking at Russian photographs and your camera History from 1900 and are now to our regular teach-ins. looking at the Cold War. Our December book (reviewed Members enjoy discussing So, if you are a beginner, have in January) was A WEEK IN source materials and giving their some experience or are DECEMBER by Sebastian views on past events. experienced, there is Faulks (the author of Birdsong The group continues to be well something for everyone to and Charlotte Gray) supported and there is now a learn. A coming together of a diverse waiting list. Please contact group of 21st century characters. Madeleine if you wish to be This month’s ‘homework’ – An insight into the lives sof a placed on the waiting list. pictures of frost, ice and snow Barrister, a Hedgefund Manager, – in the event of cold weather a Train Driver, an Author and a KALUKI not arriving, pictures of sky. self made Asian Businessman and his son. Not quite what we Louvain Grimshaw expected from this author but very readable. On 7th February there will be a April 10th Ray Miranda brought in a light party of members going to see a Newton-le-Willows/Sankey hearted book of prose Bard stage production of Oliver. Canal From A Pub in Wigan by David On 22nd February we travel to Meet at the car park on Wharf Hawkins. A collection of very Liverpool FACT Entertainment Road witty prose with a taste of Wigan complex to watch a live humour. performance of Romeo and Juliet which we will watch on WHEN AND WHERE Large Screen Cinema, our first DAYS OUt visit to this type of performance. Vi France SINGING FOR This sort of performance was PLEASURE checked out first and found to be Brenda Wilson a wonderful experience. Please Joanne Lancaster see Kath or Irene for any available seats. Ask Vi or Brenda for details. Josie Bretherton WALKING GROUP FUTURE SPEAKERS Pat Aspinall 2nd Friday in the month This month YMCA 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Diane Heaton Marjorie Holt – Have You Been The emphasis with the Served Singing for Pleasure group is March on that last word – pleasure. Norman Harris – Coast to Coast 2nd Tuesday in the month, by Harley Davison meeting at 12 noon. Come and join us for a couple Sturdy footwear is of hours of enjoyment – we recommended and members guarantee you’ll come away walk at their own risk. GROUP OF THE MONTH feeling on top of the world! Next walk on February 14th This Month STITCHCRAFT Birchwood Park, Risley. Days Out to Place of Interest From the roundabout at the Ann Aldred Greyhound on the East Lancs The next group leaders Road turn right and go past meeting will be on Tuesday Bent’s garden centre. Carry on 21st February at 12.30 at the Meets in the leader’s home on through Culcheth, past Risley YMCA. the 1st and 3rd Tuesday in the prison. At the first roundabout month. go left on to Daten Avenue. Deadline for items to go Follow the brown signs for This group is still going strong into the newsletter – and enjoying their love of Risley Moss passing several needlecraft. roundabouts. The entrance to Birchwood Park is on your right March newsletter - 21st just before the entrance to Risley February THEATRE GROUP Moss. March 13th Harrow Inn/Dover We are always being asked if Kath Sweeney Lock. new groups are being started – Meet at the Harrow Inn off ballroom dancing, local history, Irene Augustine bowling - to name just a few. Golborne Road. Well, if you are interested in starting a group in a subject in which you are interested why not give it a go! A group can Our web site YOUR COMMITTEE consist of just two or three MEMBERS people or more. All it takes is www.ashtoninmakerfield an interest which others can anddistrictu3a Pat Grimshaw – Chair share. We will give any help to start up, just ask and we will be only to happy to help. If anyone would like to have Irene Augustine – Vice the newsletter sent by email chair can you email Thank you also to those members who help with tea email@example.com Freda Eaton – Secretary and coffee, putting out chairs If you know of any of our and tables (and putting them Winnie Burns – Treasurer members who are ill, can away!) you let us know so that we Help is also appreciated in John Lyon – Membership can send them a message of secretary various roles to assist your support. Also if you can committee and we welcome take a newsletter for them enquiries in this respect. Frieda Lyon so they know what is So, please offer, if you can happening at U3A. help in any way. Don’t hide Betty Coldwell your light under a bushel! Bob Pye PILATES Many thanks to John Gostelow, our Days Out to Ian Edwards Sadly, our Pilates Group has Places of Interest group had to finish, due to lack of leader for his talk and Doreen Glover funding. Thanks to Debbie presentation in January on Leigh for running it for so India and Jordan. Stunning John Gostelow long, I think all the members photographs of beautiful who attended enjoyed the places and interesting facts Pat Aspinall sessions and benefited from about them. them. John waived his fee for Diane Heaton doing this and asked that it SW LANCS NETWORK be put into our charity for Irene Hodges this year. Ashton-in-Makerfield & Thank you, John, this will be Teresa Garland District U3A is one of a a welcome start to our fund group of 10 member U3As raising. Dorothy Scully which form the SW Lancs Network. If you would like Anne Clarke CHARITY OF THE YEAR to see what activities are offered by the other groups, If you have any questions or Thank you to those members please look at this new who suggested charities concerns about our U3A website please do not hesitate to which we could choose for www.sw-lancs-u3a- this year. As it is our policy speak to any member of the network.webeden.co.uk committee and we will do our to choose a local charity we will let you know in the near best to answer your queries future which charity had the and help in any other way. most nominations.
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