Issue 17 NEWSLETTER Nov/Dec 2010
NEW MEMBERS Charity Stall
This year our chosen charity has members could consider
Anyone interested in joining the been Wigan Hospice and we will
U3A are allowed two visits as paying if they cannot
be presenting a cheque to them
‘Taster sessions’ at the second Christmas Party on attend. If any member
FOR INSURANCE the 17th December. decides to leave a group the
REASONS NO MORE THAN The Charity votes counted for leader should be informed
2 ATTENDANCES IN 2011:- ASAP.
TOTAL ARE PERMITTED Derian House 22 votes
PRIOR TO JOINING U3A. Books for the Blind 14 votes
Come along to the Coffee Mencap Wigan 3 votes
Afternoon and see what is Caring for Carers 10 votes
available. As a result our charity for 2011 Dorothea Mather
will be Derian House. This group is on hold for the
Associate Members time being.
We wish Dorothea well and
An Associate Member has INTEREST GROUPS hope she will be fully recovered
equal rights to all Activity soon.
groups, Theatre trips, Days When you put your name
out and any other events down on the list for Trips Creative Writing
organized by the U3A just and Theatre you will be
as a full member does, the asked for a non- Joan Skillicorn
only difference is they returnable deposit.
cannot come to the meeting 2.30 – 4.00 on the 1st Friday
held on the 1st Friday in the When our interest groups in the month.
month. The reason for this meet the subscription fee meeting room YMCA
is the seating capacity includes the cost of room
numbers in the meeting hire and sometimes the We now have a waiting list for
room is limited because of this group.
administration cost to the
Health and Safety. We leader of that group we do
would be in breach of our not aim to make a profit. Days Out – Places of
Insurance if we did not Therefore if members Interest
adhere to this. cannot attend a meeting
Can members please there can be a shortfall John Gostelow
show their registration resulting in the fee not
covering the costs. To 17th November - Chatsworth
card when they attend House. Meet at YMCA no later
each meeting. prevent this happening it
would be helpful if
Proposed visit to ‘Tutankhamen find websites which we could History
exhibition in Manchester. access free and Mel found the
January/February watch this marriage of his great
space!!! grandparents which he had been Madeline Hynes
looking for without success until
May be next year you would like now. Altogether a most 3rd Friday in the month
to join us for a trip to the enjoyable afternoon. 2.15pm-4pm
Edinburgh Tattoo. John is taking YMCA
names and deposits for this Gardening Group
event now. No meeting in December
See John if you are interested. This year we are studying
twentieth century topics
Forms and information sheets
including USA – Germany and
Family History about the 4 day mini holiday
Britain in the 1920’s and 1930’s.
which is planned for the 24th
Members are happy to discuss
Pat Grimshaw June 2011 are available on the
documents and give their
Garden Group table.
viewpoints on past events and
3rd Friday in the Month Winter meetings continue on the
their relevance for the present.
1pm – 2pm small meeting room last Friday of each month 1pm -
This is a well supported group.
YMCA 3pm in YMCA
Please see the Group Leader if
No meeting in December 26th November ‘Greenhouse
you want to come along.
On Friday the 15th October a No meeting in December
group of us from the Family Pilates
History group paid a visit to the Golf
Museum of Wigan Life Arthur Hemmings Debbie Leigh
(formerly The History Shop) in
Library Street. The members are enjoying 1.30pm Thursday at the YMCA
We were met by Christine regular games of golf at Haigh Anyone interested please come
Watts, one of the advisers in the Country Park. along and join the fun.
History section upstairs. We We meet to play golf on at least
were all impressed with the two occasions each month on the
renovations which have taken Reading Group
place there and the whole area immediately following every
was spacious and airy. Christine Joan Skillicorn
explained about all the records A brief gathering takes place at
which are kept there, Parish the end of every U3A meeting, 1.30pm 1st Monday in the
Registers, census returns, anybody interested in joining us month. Ashton Library
newspapers and much more will be made welcome. Well supported
which family historians could Come and have a go!!! See Joan for more details
She showed us some very old
maps of Wigan and we had fun
finding places which we
remember and many which had
Christine then took us to a
computer and showed us how to
Singing for pleasure about a dozen seats left so don’t
delay booking. Later in the year
40 of us are going to the
Joanne Lancaster premiere of a new musical Where & When days
‘Ghost’ at the Opera House. out
2nd Friday in the month. This should be both spooky but Vi France
YMCA 1pm – 3pm. also a tear jerking experience. If
you have any suggestions for Next year we look forward to
Come and join us and have some other visits later in the year more exciting trips out.
fun. please come and see me. Proposed trips to : Derbyshire,
Crich Tramway Museum, Fylde
See Theatre stand for more
Stitchcraft 1. details
coast and possible Kendal.
Watch this space for more info.
Barbara Carter Tai Chi
GROUP OF THE
Barbara is in hospital so this Gill Healey MONTH
group will be on hold for now.
Stitchcraft 2. Tuesday 11.45 -12.45
YMCA Where and when days out.
A calming and tranquil group.
Ann Aldred Please take time to look at the
display for group of the
We now have a second group month.
meeting at Leaders house on 3rd Walking Group The Groups take time to show
Tuesday in the month. you what they are about and
If anyone the 1st group would Pat Aspinall you may find you would like to
like to join Ann while Barbara is Diane Heaton join them.
away please let me know. 2nd Tuesday in the month
See Ann for details meeting 12 noon MONTH TO FOLLOW
walks 3 – 4 miles
Theatre Group Sturdy footwear is
recommended and Members January - History
walk at their own risk
Although Pat and Diane were
We are now eagerly looking
away on holiday the October
forward to the concert in November Entertainment
walk was very kindly led by
Liverpool on the 18th Dec. . By John Cannon
Frank White 15 members
Demand was so great that all
enjoyed a lovely walk from
tickets were sold quickly.
Beacon Country Park. Future Speakers
However for those of you who
enjoy classical music I have
Next Walk 9th November ‘The
arranged a visit to the 5th December ‘China’
Dream’. Sutton Manor.
Bridgewater Hall to hear The John Gostelow
Meet 12 noon at Smithy Manor
Halle Orchestra play Verdi
Pub. If anyone would like to
overture, a Mozart piano
follow a lead car we can meet on 3rd /17th December
concerto and an Elgar
the car park in Ashton at 11am. Christmas parties
Symphony. This is on Thursday
No Walk in December
24th February at 7.30pm. I have
OUR WEB SITE beautiful sunset, your own
8thJanuary John Francis garden, autumn leaves, winter
www.ashtoninmakerfie scenes – anything that captures
‘Ashton Linen and Woollen ldanddistrictu3a.co.uk your eye. Print out your photos
Stock Charity’ 7’x5’ and hand them in to any
member of the committee. Make
Origami If anyone would like to sure to add your name and the
have the Newsletter title of your photo. We would
sent by e’mail can you then, hopefully have enough
photographs to make a really
e’mail good display at a meeting in
No meeting for patgrimshaw@hotmail early spring. We could then
November/December .co.uk. repeat this for spring and
summer and build up a folder for
DATES FOR YOUR
Ashton through the year.
Wine appreciation DIARY Photographs do not have to be
‘Professional’ just a small digital
Friday 12th November Mary has Wine Tasting YMCA camera can give a good image.
organized ‘Professional Wine 12.30 – 3pm 12th November All Photographs would be
Tasters’ who do the group displayed Have a go and see
session at Upholland to do this Chatsworth House what you can come up with.
event for us. We will start at 17th November meet at the
12.30pm so please bring along a YMCA no later than 8.45am
packed lunch and ‘’ let’s have a
Picnic’. Tickets for this event The Spirit of Christmas
are on Sale at the Information 18th December Winnie Burns Chairman
Table. Meet at the YMCA no later Pat Grimshaw Vice Chairman
the 5.45pm. Freda Eaton Secretary
Betty Coldwell Treasurer
Gardening Group Mini Bob Pye Asst. Treasurer
Holiday Doreen Glover Publicity
Tickets for the Christmas parties 24th June 2011 Irene Hodges
are now on sale £2.00 the same Anne Clarke
as last year. We will have a Edinburgh Tattoo Terese Garland
party for the Main Meeting and August 2011 Ian Edwards
the Coffee Afternoon. Dorothy Scully
We don’t want to have to collect Photography Project Pat Aspinall Group Leader
monies on the day. Diane Heaton Group Leader
If you are out and about during John Gostelow Group Leader
GROUP LEADERS the next three or four months Dorothea Mather Group Leader
why not take a camera and take
a photograph, or two, or
The next Group Leader
three…of anything at all in and
meeting will be on Tuesday around Ashton.
15th February 2011 at It could be a building( Church-
1.30pm in YMCA. Library-Town Hall) the park, the
market, Three Sisters (ducks,
swans and other wildlife),a