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SPEAKER

Linda King gave the members an extremely interesting talk on "Victorian Customs and Superstitions".

The Victorians believed that if a robin flew into a house a death would occur soon after and should a pigeon alight on a house roof the same fate would befall someone in that abode.

After a death various rituals were observed including covering mirrors, stopping clocks, drawing curtains in daylight and attaching black crepe for an adult, or white crepe for a child, to the door knocker.

Many families also had photographs taken of the departed, with the corpse propped up in such a way to look lifelike.
The photographer would sometimes draw eyes on the body's closed lids to give the impression they were alive.

Such was the chasm between rich and poor that the well off were despatched in glass sided hearses drawn by plume bearing horses and accompanied by professional mourners whilst the poor were buried ignominiously in paupers graves.

Some of the superstitions of Victorian time survive today - witness not standing on cracks in the pavement, or opening an umbrella indoors.

We also have inherited some of the rhymes of those times. "One for sorrow, two for joy" (magpies) being an example.

After her presentation Chairman Brian Green thanked Linda and the members showed their appreciation in the usual manner.

Forthcoming Speakers

2018

February 5thU3A Drama ClubComedy Show.
March 5thBernard HopeJohn George Lambton & Penshaw Monument.
April 9thSharon VincentBody Snatchers and Anatomists.
May 14thPeter BarronLife of a Newspaper Hack.
June 4thNorman KirklamDead Bodies and Dark Places.
July 2ndPhil CurtisLife in the 1950's.
August 6thRichard F. StevensonMad History Bloke.
September 3rdColin BourdiecGeorge Formby.
October 1st TO BE CONFIRMED.
November 5thWalter CarrQueen Victoria.
December 3rdPantomime?

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IMPORTANT NOTICE

Due to an increase in the price of Hall Hire and in the cost of tea and coffee it has been decided that members will no longer be supplied with free beverages at the monthly Coffee Mornings.

Members will be able to purchase tea and/or coffee from the counter outside the hall.

The Coffee Morning entrance fee of £1:00 per head remains unchanged.

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SUGGESTIONS, PLEASE

The ladies of the Committee are currently planning ahead for outings/trips for the 2018 season. Please give any suggestions to Auriel Brown or Pauline Robinson or indeed to any Committee member. Remember, it is YOUR U3A and your input is welcome.

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REQUEST FOR RAFFLE PRIZES

An appeal has been made by our Chairman, Brian Green, for the members to consider donating suitable items as prizes for upcoming raffles.

If you can help all donations will be gratefully received. Thank you in advance.

PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE IT ALL TO COMMITTEE MEMBERS.

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GENERAL INFORMATION

OUR CHOSEN CHARITY.

Our Chosen Charity for 2018 "DAFT AS A BRUSH", as chosen by the members at the meeting of 2nd October, can unfortunately no longer be supported by Bede of Jarrow U3A due to a pronouncement from the Charity Commissioners via U3A National Headquarters. Our Chairman, Brian Green, will clarify the ruling at an Extraordinary General Meeting called for 5th February

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DRAMA GROUP

THE NEXT MEETING OF THE DRAMA GROUP IS ON THURSDAY 18th JANUARY AT 12;00 noon AT PRIMROSE COMMUNITY CENTRE.

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OUR ALMONER NEEDS YOUR ASSISTANCE

Do you know of any member of our U3A who is ill, in hospital or recovering from an operation?

lf so, please let Ann Risebrough, Almoner, 0191 483 4348 know in order that she may take steps to contact them.

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THIS IS YOUR U3A!

If you have any suggestions to make that you feel would enhance our U3A, perhaps YOU have an idea for a new group or for an outing to a special place?

There is a Suggestion Box on the table at the rear of the hall.

Please feel free to use it.