Forest Town & District


Denise and Hazel research and organise our social events and trips and do a wonderful job for us.
To contact Denise or Hazel by email please use the links below.

To contact Denise please use this link: %Joint Social Secretary-Denise%
To contact Hazel please use this link: %Joint Social Secretary-Hazel%

Denise and Hazel 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

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.


Hi all

Dates for 2019 trips


TUESDAY 17th. SEPTEMBER 2019 - Bletchley Park

£36 pp. Once the secret home of World War Two codebreakers,

Bletchley Park is now a vibrant heritage attraction.


OCTOBER 13th & 14th. Whitby/Pickering - 2 day break staying at Raven Hall hotel, Ravenscar

£129 pp. including - Travel, Bed and Breakfast, Evening meal and Train ticket,

Day One - Enroute stopping at Goatland and then on to Whitby

Day Two - Steam train from Whitby to Pickering, full day in Pickering for Weekend re-enactment and celebrating the 1940's.

Please note - for this one trip only - Please make cheques payable to National Holidays


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.


Any other ideas gratefully received,



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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