Brackley & District

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A "Dear John" letter from Wellingborough U3A re our recent Tea Dance (Posted 10/04/2019)
Dear John,
I feel I am writing this 'thank you' very late, but because my U3A group only meet on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of a month yesterday was the first time I'd seen them for feedback on the Tea Dance.
6 of my group attended, and they all had a fantastic time. They were impressed by the organisation of the event, the size of the hall, having 'live' music, and the fantastic spread of food including 'proper' cups and saucers. They came back inspired by the dances you called, and I was asked straight away if we could dance The Queens Jigg.
Personally I would like to thank you for inviting us to the Tea Dance, I had a thoroughly good time meeting new people and 'old' faces.
So, a big thank you from Wellingborough U3A to Brackley U3A for inviting us and giving us such a good time.
Thank you
Wellingborough U3A

Brackley U3A Monthly Speaker Meetings 2019 programme, Call for U3A Member Speaker for November Meeting (Posted 08/04/2019)
We leave a space (in November) in our regular U3A Monthly Speaker Meetings programme for a U3A Member to present a topic close to them. If anyone has a topic they would like to present please contact Terry Pigott.

See LINKS Page to download a NOMINATION FORM to elect a Committee Member for 2019-20 (Posted 15/3/2019)

See Groups Page on right side for Proposed New Group for Off Shore Sailing (Posted 15/3/2019)

Advertisement of Lectures at Oxford University (Posted 6/3/2019)
Please look through this website address for information and bookings.

Network visit to Lamport Hall and Gardens (Posted 18/02/2019)
We are invited to a U3A Network visit to Lamport Hall and Gardens. Please follow (click on) the link for poster with details.

Walking Group - Change of Plan for February Walk (Posted 11/2/2019)
Lynda sends her apologies but due to a family commitment she is unable to lead the walk on Friday 15th February.
Margaret and I will do a walk that we had planned for next month BUT it will be on Wednesday 27th February. See the Walking Group Page for details.
Best wishes,

Traditional Dancing - Barn Dance Invite (Posted 29/01/2019)

We are invited to Barn Dance presented by Daventry U3A at Byfield Village Hall at 19:30 on Friday February 22nd. See details on the Tradition Dancing Group Page.

Also, please note that Traditional Dance session on Friday February 15th. will NOT be at St. Peter's Church Hall as there is a funeral that day. It is now confirmed that, on that date, we will meet in the Brackley Bowls Club.

ATAC - Afternoon Tea and Chat Group (Posted 03/01/2019)
As of February Terry Pigott will be handing over the role of Convenor to two members, Anna Coates and Pauline Cammidge, as Terry is hoping to extend the activities on offer to Brackley U3A members shortly. The programme for the new year will be posted in February with meetings at present being planned. The Committee would like to thank Terry for his enthusiasm in getting this group underway - a popular activity as witnessed by the photographs of members enjoying a cream tea at Limes Farm.

Spanish Group (Posted 03/01/2019)
Spanish Language sessions have now ceased as of January 2019. After three very successful years, meeting as a small group of Beginners in members' homes twice monthly, it was unanimously decided to maintain only social links between members into 2019 and to that end the group will be celebrating their final year of Spanish with a traditional Tapas evening in January.
Martin does not intend to continue with leading a Spanish language group in the coming year and there now remains a list of interested members who would like to either learn Spanish from scratch or refresh the Spanish they have.
If anyone is able to offer leadership to either of these prospective groups they should contact Jo Laybourn, Groups' Co-ordinator via the website.
Meantime the Committee would like to thank Martin particularly for his tremendous input and commitment to this group over the past three years and for his active support of Brackley U3A.

2018 Xmas Dinner (Posted 20/12/2018)
Excellent evening on 19th December at the bowls club. Good food, good venue, good entertainment, good value. Many thanks to Terry Pigott for organising it. The Magician was great too.

Seasons Greetings (Posted 20/12/2018)
The Committee would like to thank all the members for supporting Brackley & District U3A throughout the year and would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and look forward to seeing you all in 2019.

Programme Card (Posted 20/12/2018)
Your Committee have produced a programme card printed with all the dates and information about the forthcoming talks in 2019. You will be able to collect this when you come to your next monthly meeting. You will note that the meeting in November 2019 is headed “Open to U3A member”. If any member has anything they would like to give a talk on (to last 45 minutes) can they please contact the membership secretary.

Scrabble Group (Posted 16/12/2018)
The scrabble group is looking for members to join them.. As from January they will be meeting in members’ homes, why not come along and give it a try you may well surprise yourself. Please contact Wendy Manley or Jo Laybourn.

Battle's Over - A National Tribute (Posted 11/12/2018)
Brackley U3A committee have received a certificate from Brackley Town Council in recognition of our participation in the Battle's Over events on Sunday 11th November 2018. Karen Gees, Steve Gees and Ian Nixon joined the commemorative walk and Ian layed a wreath on U3A Brackley's behalf.

Quiz Group (Posted 23/11/2018)
Brackley U3A quiz group has now finished for the year, we will resume (weather permitting in February).We hope that all those members that have been to the quiz throughout the year have had a very enjoyable and fun afternoon and thank you all for supporting us and look forward to seeing you all next year. The quiz dates for 2019 are on the Quiz Group website.
Kind regards
Marie and Karen

Sunday Outings Group November 2018
We met at The Cartwright Arms in Aynho on Sunday 18th November. I think about 15 members sat down in 'Apricots', the private dining room that our convenor, Margaret Hazel, had organised for us. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their lunch from a choice of roast beef, (I can vouch that it really was delicious), beautifully cooked Hake or roast chicken.
Following the main course we all found room from a choice of the excellent scrummy puddings on offer. Some (me) had the 'sticky toffee pudding', which was very good, some had the 'lime pie', some had cheese, some had a little of someone else's .... did I mention John Rayment? A cup of coffee/tea with a dark chocolate rounded off the lunch.
Then the serious business of the afternoon began .... gambling!
Money was changing hands fast and furiously, bets were placed, howls of delight came from the members who won, sighs were heard from the frustrated losers (along with the odd expletive I might add!). Yes, a game of Newmarket can really get the adrenaline flowing.
'Securicor' was called in to assist the winners transport back home the vast amounts of money they had won.
I'm not too sure who won the most but Eunice had a huge smile on her face. She said she can now afford to buy 2 first class postage stamps!
I personally lost a fortune, losing 37p will take a little while to get over but I'm sure Avril will understand why I can't now afford to buy her anything for Christmas.
What a lovely afternoon, thank you Margaret.

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 "The Brackley 6 Hand Reel". Brixworth U3A Ceilidh group performed a demonstration of two dances, "Siege of Carrick" and "Sweets of Mayâ". The Brackley group provided an excellent tea, and it was an enjoyable afternoon.
By Alison Simmonds

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.

Ukulele Group
Normal service is resumed! We will meet fortnightly on Thursdays at 2pm.

Click on a picture below to see it full-size with more details.