NEWS ITEMS AND COMMENTS ON EVENTS
Drop-In Coffee Morning
If you would like to meet other U3A members in an informal relaxed environment, why not "drop-in" to The Barley in town every first Friday of the month
If you're not a member of U3A come along and chat to our members and find out what the U3A is all about.
A message from Shrewsbury and Newport Canal Trust
At last it is here and you can now buy your tickets in the Telford and Wrekin Lottery (Twincl) with a chance to win £25,000 and other great prizes. And of course most importantly for every pound you spend you are contributing towards the restoration of our historic canals.
Click on the following link https://www.twincl.co.uk/support/shrewsbury-and-newport-canals-trust and it will take you directly to our own webpage from where it is a simple task to choose your numbers (remember it is a sequence of 0-9 numbers) £1 per line per week, choose as many lines as you wish, then give your own details and sign for either credit card or direct debit. It's all explained clearly on the webpage.
If you have any problems just email me at email@example.com and I will do all I can to help.
Thank you one and all on behalf of Shrewsbury and Newport Canals Trust, we look forward to a bright future with your support.
Whilst writing to you can I also remind you about Easyfundraising, a very easy to use online fund raiser which allows you to raise money for your favourite charity (us!) while you shop online through a very large number of the online outlets that you are probably using already - and at absolutely no cost to yourself.
It is very easy to setup and use and you will find all the details at:
You will see that we now have 79 supporters who have so far raised £1781. Just think, if we could get all of our 1400 members to join that figure could be raised to over £40,000 - and at no cost to any of us!
So, if you haven't yet got around to joining, or you haven't been remembering to use Easyfundraising when making online purchases please check out the link above.
Again, if you have any queries about this please do email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
And, at the moment they are running a special promotion where they are paying £4 in donations for each new person joining, that's £2 for your cause and £2 for theirs. Just follow this link:
and choose "Invite New Supporters" from the scrolling panel at the top.
Many thanks for any support you are able to give.
Trustee, Shrewsbury and Newport Canals Trust
On Tuesday 29th August, members of Newport Shropshire U3A (Vicky, Cris, Pat, Sue and George), organised a Mini-Petanque morning for 39 members of Bath and Weston Turville U3A, who were staying at the Ramada Hotel and were competing in the Ironbridge Coracle Events on the Bank Holiday Monday.
The day may have been dull, but the U3A visitors waiting for us were far from that - a lively, cheery band of people keen to sample the delights of Petanque (drizzle or not!). They all gathered on the balcony overlooking the mini-terrain after breakfast and Vicky gave a short briefing on safety aspects, e.g. try not to drop a heavy metal boule on a competitors toe! and explaining a few basic techniques and rules of the competition.
It was clear that this adventurous group were competitive, having taken several challenges during their weekend away in Shropshire. Whoops, gasps and claps at the skill displayed by their friends ensued and the morning flew by with much good humour and fun. Which is exactly what our Newport U3A Petanque players get from standing out in all weathers throwing boules at the small jack every week!
The Visitors thanked us for organising the event and many were keen to set up Petanque Groups in their own U3As and perhaps invite members of Newport Shropshire Petanque Group to visit them next year.
YOUR HELP IS NEEDED
We have been asked by a student at Sheffield University to help him with his research. The U3A have helped him with this in the past. He needs our help again.
Click on the link ("Sheffield University Research") on the right hand side of the page to see a poster explaining what it's all about.
We held an open day in The Navy Club on March 11th in an attempt to promote and advertise what the U3A is all about.
You can read a full report on the day by clicking the link on the right of this page.
Needless to say the day was a success.
RECIPROCAL AGREEMENTS WITH OTHER U3A'S
We have managed to secure reciprocal arrangements with another U3A group. This being Market Drayton. This means you are allowed to join 1 of their groups without actually becoming a member of that particular U3A. This is only if there is space in the group and one of their own members does not miss out.
Official Opening of Newport to Stafford Cycle/Footpath
The cycle/footpath which follows the route of the old disused railway line was officially opened on the 25th January. The path is now part of the number 55 cycle route where walkers and cyclists can go the 14 mile journey through lovely countryside, via Haughton and Gnosall.
Members of the Newport/Edgmond walking group attended the opening and walked to Gnosall to mark the occasion.
U3A in Shropshire Study Day
I was lucky enough to attend the Study Day, held at The Gateway Centre in Shrewsbury on Saturday 6th September 2014. There was a wide range of topics from which members could select – a choice of five for each of the morning and afternoon sessions.
As I have had an interest in Garden History for a number of years, I opted for a morning investigating Garden History looking at pictorial evidence in paintings and prints, and an afternoon on the same topic, this time through evidence from maps and plans. Both sessions were full of information, all interesting and challenging in an informal and friendly environment, with an excellent tutor.
Judging from the comments made during the closing session, all sessions were well received, the range of topics on offer including art, geology and history.
Hopefully the organisers will be willing to provide another Study Day in a couple of years time – if so, I will certainly be among the first to apply. Watch the notice board in 2016 and give it a thought!
One very impressed Newport U3A member
Click on a picture below to see it full-size with more details.