Brixworth & District

Events organised by Brixworth U3A

The details of those events and activities that take place on a regular basis can be found on the Groups & Activities page of this website. For details of the subjects and speakers for the monthly meetings, see the table below.

The following is a list of the guest speakers for the Monthly Open Meetings during 2018 which take place on the first Wednesday of each month. The doors open at 1.30 for a 2 o'clock start, giving some free time before and after the speaker for members to book onto the various activity groups. And it's all over by 4.00 pm, so why not come along for a cup of tea or coffee and a biscuit. There is also a raffle with super prizes. Non-members are welcome to come along to see what is on offer, with a view to joining.

MEETING DATES AND SPEAKERS FOR YOUR 2018 DIARY

Wed Feb 7thBEHIND THE CALL OF DUTY

An insight into the work of a Police Superintendent by Bob Thorogood

Wed Mar 7thREGISTRATION DAY

A chance to renew your membership and to view a display by interest group leaders

Wed Apr 4thSURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST

A talk by Ms Warner on the subject of child-rearing in earlier times

Wed May 2ndIT'S MAGIC

My early days and getting into magic by a magic club member

Wed Jun 6thANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

further details to be announced

Wed Jul 4thTHE BERMUDA TRIANGLE

One of the mysteries of the world

Wed Aug 1stANNUAL DAY OUT AT THE SAILING CLUB

From midday until 4 o'clock, including lunch and tea

Wed Sep 5thDIAMOND TESTING AND GEM FOLKLORE

including practical activities

Wed Oct 3rddetails to be confirmed

still under consideration

Wed Nov 7thTHE ART OF CHRISTMAS CARDS

post early for Christmas

Wed Dec 5thUKULELE SENSATION

Musical entertainment

REPORTS FROM THE PAST YEARS

Christmas 2016
An excellent one-man show by James Hornsby entertained us at our last meeting of the year with his superb interpretation of Dickens' Great Expectation - see photograph (right) taken by member Ian Topham who captured the performance.

Christmas Lunch 2016 - see photos on the right
Was held on Wednesday 14th December at Northampton Golf Club in Harlestone and was attended by 60 members. The excellent three course lunch provided by the golf club included tea/coffee and mince pies, and was so good, the same venue has been booked for our Christmas Lunch 2017.

Grand Union Canal Day Out 14-09-2016 - see photographic record of the day arranged by Judy Smith, with photos taken by Judith Beaudoin.

Report by Ivy Kirkland on the Annual Day out at Northampton Sailing Club 2016

The sun shone; it always does seem to on Brixworth U3A meeting days. It is our August annual day out at Pitsford Sailing Club. Quite by chance the friend I had made at the same venue was there entering the premises. A good start, for we could be together catching up on past times. Annie was there to welcome everyone with a broad smile and a kind word. In fact for me, there was kindness all around, preferential treatment, I was later informed by another member. Delight does not dim even on this tenth year we have attended.

The setting is as always picturesque, a backdrop of patchwork fields, whilst in the foreground an expanse of shimmering water. The waves very choppy but, undeterred, the would be sailors sallied forth. Wind tousled hair, wet even to the underwear, raucous laughter could be heard. Spirits were high, due most likely to G&Ts before even ‘over the yard arm’ time.

The meal was as delectable as ever. The galley staff doing us proud, one was spoilt for choice, even seconds for those who cared to indulge. Indoors one could not view the scenery for a rail of life, jackets obscured the view. Undeterred, my friends and I sat out under the canopy in the summer sunshine. A lone gull, a solitary wagtail, pecked amongst the green algae, sail boats flew, but the wind was far from cold.

Indoors a card school was in progress. I would have enjoyed a good game of whist. All too soon it was cake and tea time, thankful of plumpousness, time to head for home. Fresh air and fun, a life on the ocean wave and funds of in the region of £300 raised to help Sailability.

Report on the Visit to Waddesdon Manor - Friday 20th November 2015

We left the village hall at 11 a.m. on a lovely clear day. It was bright and cold on arrival at the Manor, and the drive through the estate took us through beautiful wooded landscaped grounds. The Manor House at first sight is reminiscent of a French chateau but closer inspection shows it to be asymmetric, with turrets and spires giving a fairytale appearance, with each elevation being different. Two trees at the head of the drive were in fact structures carrying empty wine bottles (Chateau Laffite Rothschild 2014) threaded neck first on to wooden pegs. All the statuary was wrapped for frost protection, but many trees and shrubs were illuminated, as were some Christmas trees, to give a lovely Festive feel all around the grounds. The Christmas theme was in all the rooms we were able to view in the house. A small room with a large bath tub filled to form a landscape had Peter Pan characters flying above it, while another room became Narnia, complete with the Lion. The billiards room table was covered with jewels, gold, frankincense and myrrh, but Simon Wale (general manager) couldn’t tell us which one was the frankincense! Although crowded in the house, lots of children made for a happy atmosphere. Outdoors there were many cafes etc, serving hot snacks & drinks, and several stalls selling seasonal gifts and food. As dusk fell the illuminations took effect and the light show on the building facade synchronised with music was very impressive. An art installation in the grounds consisting of a chain of two-man white tents linked together were meant to have intermittent lights with fragmented music playing to represent the chaos in today’s world, became chaotic itself when the computer controls failed. All in all another very enjoyable day, cold but dry, with smooth travel thanks to our excellent driver Steve, and once again successfully organised by Elaine.

John Southwell

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