Ashbourne & District


Our next Zoom presentation will be held on Friday 4th December 2020 at 2.30pm

The Zoom presentation will be by Kevin Little recounting antics with animals on his smallholding plus tales of his 54 years as a fishmonger!

Do join us.

Sheila Allen
7th November 2020

Dates for your Diary
December 2020
Thu Dec 3rdPhotographyTheme.... Trees
Fri Dec 4thMeetingMonthly Meeting - 2.30pm - to be arranged
Mon Dec 7thFrenchImprovers French on Zoom 2.30 to 4.30pm
Mon Dec 7thOnLine DancingZoom Beginners Class 7.30-9.00
Tue Dec 8thGermanIntermediate German at 11am. via Zoom.
Wed Dec 9thWalkingBefore booking on this walk, click on Walks during Covid to read the Advice about participating in walks arranged by Ashbourne U3A during the pandemic.

This walk is a total of 4.8 miles. It will start from the Narlow Lane car park in Thorpe. Please go to Future walks - Details for more information.

There will be 3 groups walking each separated by 30 minutes. If you wish to go, please check the time of starting and book in by emailing any of the Walk Leaders. There will be a limit of 6 in each group.

9.30am Early Bird Walk Gordon Lees
10.00am Middle Walk Tony Walden
10.30am Leisurely Walk Peter Marston

Watch this website for further information.
Thu Dec 10thCurrent AffairsIn this uniquely horrible time for the world what are we looking forward to most?

To lift us out of the gloom of this rotten pandemic, to help us look beyond a miserable December and an unfestive Christmas, we will share our plans for celebrating the eventual lifting of all these bloomin restrictions.

Visiting favourite places, meeting friends, hugging family - or just not wearing masks. 5 minutes from each of us to put a smile on the faces of all of us.
Fri Dec 11thGerman ConversationZoom meeting at 2 pm
Mon Dec 14thFrenchAdvanced French on Zoom 2.30 to 4.30 pm
Mon Dec 14thStrollersPossible walk from Carsington Visitor Centre. Details to follow.
Fri Dec 18thLandscape & Heritage10:15am
Zoom talk with Tony Waldron
"Ho Ho Who? – The Search for the Real Father Christmas"
This talk looks at the myth of Father Christmas across the ages from its pre-Christian pagan roots to the Coca Cola inspired imagery of today's Santa Claus.
Thu Dec 31stScience and EngineeringNo meeting
January 2021
Tue Jan 5thHikingTo be confirmed (please note this walk is out of sequence)
Thu Jan 7thPhotographyTheme.... Enhancements (before and after)
Mon Jan 11thStrollersSnelston

Circular walk from the church along quiet lanes. 3 miles. There is a gradual climb at the beginning of the walk then level or down hill.
Fri Jan 15thLandscape & HeritageThe professional photographer Ashley Franklin will present "My Derbyshire" at 10:15am via Zoom.
Mon Jan 25thStrollersIlam

Circular walk from National Trust car park. Walk out of Ilam Park along the road and turn towards Castern returning to Ilam along the river bank.
Tue Jan 26thHikingTo be confirmed
Thu Jan 28thScience and EngineeringZoom meeting at 09.30 when John Barnett will give a presentation titled "The Wonder of Wood"
February 2021
Thu Feb 4thPhotographyTheme.... A colour
Mon Feb 8thStrollersJCB Lake

Circular walk from Denstone Farm Shop round JCB lake.
Fri Feb 19thLandscape & HeritageAt 10:15 via Zoom, Julia Hickey will present "A Derbyshire Church ABCDery" An A-Z of quirky and interesting facts about some of Derbyshire’s churches and the historical snippets that they contain. From archery to weather vanes via tombstones, chocolates and tympanums take a journey through British and Derbyshire history.
Mon Feb 22ndStrollersMinninglow

Circular walk from Minninglow car park near Parwich.
Tue Feb 23rdHikingTo be confirmed
Thu Feb 25thScience and EngineeringHopefully a face to face meeting when Peter Marston will give a presentation titled “Sand to Silicon”
March 2021
Thu Mar 4thPhotographyTheme.... Glass
Mon Mar 8thStrollersMapleton

Circular walk via Mapleton from Waterside.
Fri Mar 19thLandscape & HeritageAt 10:15 on Zoom, Cliff Lea will present “The Riddings, Derbyshire, oil refinery of 1848 – Britain’s first refinery”
Mon Mar 22ndStrollersEllastone

"Adam Bede" circular walk from Ellastone church.
Tue Mar 23rdHikingTo be confirmed
Thu Mar 25thTheatre VisitsProvisional trip to Curve Theatre, Leicester to see the evening performance of Dial M for Murder starring Tom Chambers & Samantha Womack
Thu Mar 25thScience and EngineeringPresentation given by Bob Ruffles titled "From Operation Backfire to the Space Station and Beyond"
April 2021
Thu Apr 1stPhotographyTheme.... Wood
Mon Apr 5thStrollersEaster
Mon Apr 19thStrollersTBA
Tue Apr 20thHikingTo be confirmed
May 2021
Mon May 3rdStrollersTBA
Thu May 6thPhotographyTheme.... Doors
Mon May 17thStrollersTBA
Tue May 18thHikingWalk to see cowslips and orchids in the Dove Valley, postponed from 2020
Mon May 31stStrollersTBA
June 2021
Thu Jun 3rdPhotographyTheme.... Steel
Mon Jun 14thStrollersTBA
Tue Jun 15thHikingTo be confirmed
Mon Jun 28thStrollersTBA
July 2021
Thu Jul 1stPhotographyTheme.... Isolation
Mon Jul 12thStrollersTBA
Tue Jul 13thHikingTo be confirmed
Mon Jul 26thStrollersTBA
August 2021
Thu Aug 5thPhotographyTheme.... Wirksworth
Mon Aug 9thStrollersTBA
Tue Aug 10thHikingTo be confirmed
Mon Aug 23rdStrollersTBA
September 2021
Thu Sep 2ndPhotographyTheme.... Movement
Mon Sep 6thStrollersTBA
Tue Sep 7thHikingTo be confirmed
Mon Sep 20thStrollersTBA
October 2021
Mon Oct 4thStrollersTBA
Tue Oct 5thHikingTo be confirmed
Thu Oct 7thPhotographyTheme.... Canals and waterways
Mon Oct 18thStrollersTBA
November 2021
Mon Nov 1stStrollersTBA
Tue Nov 2ndHikingTo be confirmed
Thu Nov 4thPhotographyTheme.... Historic buildings
Mon Nov 15thStrollersTBA
Mon Nov 29thStrollersTBA
Tue Nov 30thHikingTo be confirmed
December 2021
Thu Dec 2ndPhotographyTheme.... Shadows
Mon Dec 13thStrollersTBA
January 2022
Tue Jan 4thHikingWalk, followed by post Christmas lunch