Tradition Dancing Group
On Friday 2nd November, at the invitation of Brackley U3A Traditional Dance Group, about 65 U3A members gathered at Brackley Methodist Church for an afternoon of dancing, led by John Weaver. U3A groups represented were Buckingham, Daventry, Brixworth, Northampton and Towcester. The programme was a mixture of traditional country dances, Playford dances and one written by John himself, called â€œThe Brackley 6 Hand Reelâ€. Brixworth U3A Ceilidh group performed a demonstration of two dances, â€œSiege of Carrickâ€ and â€œSweets of Mayâ€. The Brackley group provided an excellent tea, and it was an enjoyable afternoon.
By Alison Simmonds
Sunday Outings Group September 2018
Our September outing started at The Old Crown in Ashton. Fourteen of us sat down in this very charming country pub and enjoyed a relaxed meal that everyone seemed to thoroughly enjoy. Some chose one of the roasts on offer, others had the fish pie, all very scrummy! One or two (well maybe nearly all) of us, tried one of their puddings. The star must have been the homemade plum crumble and custard .. absolutely delicious!
Lunch was followed by a very short drive to Stoke Bruerne where we strolled around the canal basin or walked a little further along the canal bank. We watched the barges navigating the locks which looked terrifying to those with their feet firmly on the ground!
Quite a few of the group visited the museum which gave an insight as to just how important the canal system was in days gone by.
One or two of us then ventured into the 'canal cafe' but found that they only served low calorie cakes/scones on Sundays .. weren't we lucky!
Our thanks to Margaret Hazel for organising .. she always manages to find something different!
by Terry Pigott
Poetry Group July 2018
16 July 2018: The Poetry Group visited Weston Hall to see the house where Mary Leapor, Brackley’s ‘Forgotten Poet’ worked as a cook’s maid in the mid-1730s. They were shown around the beautiful house by Susanna Sitwell, shown in the centre of the photograph on the Poetry Group page, which also gives more details.
A Northamptonshire Network 'first' took place on Friday afternoon 23rd March at The Methodist Church in Brackley.
The event was organised by John Weaver, our Traditional Dance Group Convenor, who is also a renowned Morris Man.
A gathering of 25 U3A members from Towcester, Daventry, Northampton, Rushden, Kettering and Buckingham teamed up with 30 U3A Brackley members for an afternoon of Traditional Dancing, with an interlude for delicious refreshments provided by Brackley members.
John supplied the music for a selection of traditional dances including Gathering Peascods, Queens Jig, Black Nag, Jenny Pluck Pears and Circassian Circle, and also 2 that were written by John - Half a Ton for Charlie and Brackley 6 Hand Reel.
A good time was had by all and hopes of a future repeat were overheard.
Our new Ukulele group is on hold until September. We will meet fortnightly on Thursdays at 2pm and our aim is to play Jingle Bells by Christmas. For further details see the Ukelele group page.
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