Forest Town & District


Denise researches and organises our social events and trips and does a wonderful job for us.
To contact Denise by email please use this link: Social Secretary

Denise would welcome your feedback on current events and ideas for future Social Events.


Forest Town & District U3A Christmas lunch 2019

Venue. The Hostess, Sookholme Rd, NG19 8LL

Date. Tuesday December 17th 2019

12 Noon at the table for lunch at 12.30 pm.

There is still time to put your name down for Christmas lunch.

Please do this soon as final numbers are required by the venue very soon.

Deposits of £2 will be collected from July at the main meetings.

However if you cannot attend meetings you can send your cheque

(made out to Forest Town and District U3A) to 2 Mansfield Road. Clipstone NG21 9EJ.

We have opted for a change from the usual venue and The Hostess has a good reputation.

They are including entertainment on the day for us.

Any questions - contact me by email or on 01623 646547.


Places will only be reserved for Holidays upon deposits being paid
All balances are due 8 weeks prior to travelling - (Cancellations acceptable if insurance in place).
Day Trips
Places can only be reserved upon full payment being paid - (Cancellations/refunds only available if place resold).
Please remember to bring your cash or cheque book with you to the meetings to pay for a trip or make a deposit and book your place, as I can only take names with the payment.
Don't forget your Diary too, we would hate you to miss a trip because you are uncertain of a date :)
Payment by cheque is preferred. (make your cheque payable to: Forest Town & District U3A)
Many thanks - Denise.


Dates for 2019 trips

16th November Thursford Christmas Spectacular 3day holiday staying at Caley Hall, Hunstanton

£285 pp. Includes: Bed, breakfast and evening meal.

Day one, afternoon show and evening at the hotel.

Day two, free time in Norwich.

Day three, depart calling at Holt on the way home.



9th. DECEMBER - Christmas spectacular at Potters

Price to be confirmed will be approx. £325 including accommodation, 4 meals a day,

full activity programme and spectacular shows.





27th April Visit to Litchfield and the Cathedral. Price - including a cream tea - will be £20 pp.

20th.May Visit to Liverpool, free time around the docks and Liverpool centre plus a live guide tour of Liverpool/Beatles
(we had the best guide last year) price £21 pp.

8th.June Potters resort 5 star resort with full daytime and evening entertainment (worthy of West End stage.
Full board in bungalow
Price approximately £340 pp depending on how many are going for free place share out.
Deposit £50 when booking - Please make cheques payable to Potters.

22nd.June National Arboretum, we arrive in time for the Daily Act of Remembrance.
Two course lunch private dining. Private Land train tour of the Arboretum. Price £40 pp.

15th.July Anderton boat lift and Chester. price, including boat lift £32 pp.

16th November Thursford Christmas spectacular (3 days)
Staying at Caley Hall Hunstanton - Bed, Breakfast and Evening meal
Day One - Afternoon show and Evening at the hotel
Day Two is spent in Norwich.
Day Three - We depart calling at Holt on the way home.
Price £285 pp - £50 deposit required when booking.



My Visit to NIDD HALL - Susan Howlett

Denise and Liz invited us all
To go on a trip to Nidd Hall.
Little did they know when this was said,
Just quite what an adventure lay ahead.
On the A1 the traffic was heavy
But it was no trouble as we were happy.
Near Castle Howard a small arch was found
So we had to turn round on very soft ground.
We did eventually arrive at the Castle
And soon had our tickets without any hastle.
The house decorations were bright and magical
Large trees, candles, baubles and presents all sparkled.
A magnificent sight for everyone’s eyes
And round each corner another surprise.
The journey to Nidd should have taken an hour,
But we didn’t appreciate what was in store.
We went through many a lane and village
And ended up faced by a very low bridge.
The only escape was to reverse,
But by then we were well off course.
Eventually we did arrive
To mulled wine and mince pies.
Allocating our seats in the Pavillion
Was another task which caused a problem.
We settled in and our rooms were fine
Until we found others had goodies and wine.

Denise was fraught and disappointed.
But with determination it all was sorted.
We celebrated Christmas Day and Night.
It’s hard to believe November is still in sight.
We had crackers and blowers and balloons that flew.
We really were a very happy crew.
There were quizzes and films to keep us busy,
And a nod in a chair could be your fussy.
Some travelled to Harrogate in a taxi
And a coffee in Bettys was their fancy.
If you ventured out around the grounds,
Exercise equipment and courts for many sports were found.
What I couldn’t quite believe Were the 2 swings for the O A P’s.
Carols in the church were fun and jolly.
The first service of Christmas to make us happy.
Some ventured further around the bye ways,
To the fine village of Ripley with its castle and café.
It rained and it poured but we were indoors and dry
Until the sun came out and then we walked by.
We went to the Pantomime and laughed out loud.
It’s so good to be with a happy crowd.
The New Year came in at half past ten.
No wonder we’re confused! So say Amen.
On the way home we will visit the Monks,
And in Helmsley town we will find some shops.
We must say a big thanks to Liz and Denise.
We’ve had a good time with great memories.




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Dates for your Diary
Tue Dec 17th

Forest Town & District U3A Christmas lunch 2019 - Venue. The Hostess, Sookholme Rd, NG19 8LL
12 Noon at the table, a table plan will be on display - Lunch at 12.30 pm.


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