Ravenshead

News

11 December 2019

Dear Members

Our speaker on Tuesday was Paddy Tipping who spoke about his work and the issues that face him as Police and Crime Commissioner. If you would like to learn more about the role and what Paddy and the Police are dealing with please go to:
https://www.nottinghamshire.pcc.police.uk/Home.aspx
Paddy produces a newsletter “The Beat” several times a year and you can read all copies if you follow the link to it on the home page.

COMMUNICATIONS
We are communicating with members regularly by email sent via Beacon. Please ensure your email address is correctly recorded on Beacon.
Did you know that you can check and amend your personal details (including email address) using the members portal?
Please scroll to the bottom of the Beacon page on our website where you can log in and make changes to your profile.
Please check your emails regularly (including your junk/spam box) in order not to miss any news and opportunities for trips and events.

CHRISTMAS LUNCH REMINDER : Tuesday 17 December at Portland College
Please arrive at 12.30 p.m. for 1 p.m.

NEW INTEREST GROUPS
Would you like to swim regularly but do not want to go alone?
Are you interested in Armchair Travelling?
Are you a budding sommelier?
Some members have been meeting regularly to learn SKAT, a card game, whilst the Cinema and Theatre group have many planned outings – for cinema outings please see separate notice.
If you would like to join one of these new groups or want more information please contact Margaret Craddock, our Groups Co-ordinator.
Mobile 07540 305886
Email macraddock49@gmail.com

The new CINEMA & THEATRE GROUP – Group Leader Gilly Hagen
VENUE - BONNINGTON THEATRE ARNOLD
1. Cinema:
“Cats” - Wednesday 15th January at 2.30 p.m. - cost £4.70
2. Royal Opera House live streaming:
“Sleeping Beauty” - Saturday 18th January at 3.00 p.m. - cost £12.50
“La Bohème” - Encore Screening - Sunday 2nd February at 2 p.m. - cost £12.50
3. Theatre live screening:
`Kinky Boots’, Sunday February 9th at 3.00 p.m. - cost £10.
NOTE – Next planning meeting for the group is on Friday 10th January at the Centre – 2 to 3 p.m. For more information please contact Gilly Hagen at gillyflower50@hotmail.com or on 07816933429

NATIONAL BREWERY CENTRE, BURTON ON TRENT ON THURSDAY 19 March 2020
This trip is now full.
Those who have paid their deposit of £5 are requested to pay the balance of £12 at Coffee & Conversation on Monday 16 December or the monthly meeting or C & C in January. Thank you.

SAMUEL JOHNSON Birthplace Museum in Lichfield – Monday 20 April 2020
This trip is now full.
Those who have paid their deposit of £5 are requested to pay the balance of £8 at Coffee & Conversation on Monday 16 December or the monthly meeting or C & C in January. Thank you.

VISIT TO SPEEDWELL CAVERNS, CASTLETON - Wednesday 13 MAY 2020
This trip is now full.
Those who have paid their deposit of £5 are requested to pay the balance of £15 at Coffee & Conversation on Monday 16 December or the monthly meeting or C & C in January. Thank you.

KYNREN AN EPIC TALE OF ENGLAND - SATURDAY 8TH August 2020
£129 per person sharing a room
Beginning as the sun sets and ending under a canopy of stars, this 90 minute extravaganza is an open air theatre experience taking you from the beginning of the British Isles right through to the industrial era.
Next day we travel to the ancient city of Durham to explore its streets and enjoy the modern facilities that make it such a popular stay.
Coach travel with reserved seating throughout
One night dinner, bed and breakfast at our select hotel
Admission to Kynren at Flatts Farm, Bishop Auckland –
a mesmerising live action extravaganza taking you on a whistle stop tour of 2000 years of history, myth & legend.
Visit to historic Durham
DEPOSIT £40. Cheques (no cash) payable to NATIONAL HOLIDAYS TOURS LTD will be collected at Coffee & Conversation on Monday 16 December or during the break at the January meeting.

MESSAGE FROM OUR TRIPS CO-ORDINATOR
For 2020 I am looking into the possibility of 2-day visits to the coast and other areas, including, where appropriate, a tour of local places of interest, and to Cities including shows or exhibitions, The general basis would be Coach travel with reserved seating throughout, one night dinner bed and breakfast at a selected hotel, all bedrooms with en suite. Some hotels have evening entertainment.
This is a preliminary enquiry and does not commit members to anything. Please let me know if this would be of interest. Those members who reply that they would be interested will be contacted with suggested venues and dates.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Chris Dean
RU3A Trips Co-ordinator

RENEWALS
Renewal notices will go out at the end of this month. Please print and complete the form and return at one of the monthly meetings or Coffee & Conversation in December, January or February. If you wish to pay by BACS please set up that transfer to be paid AFTER 1 January 2020 as it is difficult to manage earlier payments in our accounts.

MEMBERS’ FEEDBACK
Attached to this email you will find a two-sided questionnaire. Please take a few minutes to complete and return this to us. Your views are extremely important and help inform the way your U3A develops in the next few years.
If you complete and return your questionnaire your name will go into a prize draw.
If you are unable to print a copy of this questionnaire there will be paper copies at monthly meetings and Coffee & Conversation. We would be pleased to receive all completed questionnaires by the end of February 2020.

ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS
IF EXCEPTIONALLY ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE LIKELY TO SEVERELY IMPACT ATTENDANCE AND A MEETING HAS TO BE CANCELLED WE WILL EMAIL YOU AND ALSO PLACE A NOTICE ON THE WEBSITE.
PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAILS AND THE WEBSITE BEFORE VENTURING OUT

OUR NEXT MONTHLY MEETING will take place on Tuesday 14 January 2020 and the speaker will be Paul Barlow who will talk about the Work of the Derby Mountain Rescue Team. Paul has been a member of the team for nearly 40 years!

OUR NEXT COFFEE & CONVERSATION will take place on Monday 16 December 10 a.m. to 12 noon in Room 3 at the Centre.

On behalf of your committee I wish all members a Merry Christmas and a Happy & Healthy 2020

Maria Gabrielczyk
Chairman