October 2019

Dear Members

Our speaker yesterday, Dr Rowena Edlin-White, talked about the life and works of Mary Ellen Shaw, a local lady (born in Nottingham in 1859) who is recorded as a “spinster of no occupation”. We heard however that that couldn’t be further from the truth – she was a governess, a teacher, a very busy social worker, assistant registrar and much, much more.

You may have read in the Third Age Matters magazine about the new U3A branding – a change from “University of the Third Age” (which may put people off joining) to simply “U3A” with a new strap line “Learn, Laugh, Live”. As a result of this change it is hoped that many more people will be encouraged to join.

As a result of my appeal at yesterday’s meeting six members have stepped forward to help set up and run our monthly meetings. If you would like to join the volunteers’ team please let me or one of the committee members know. I now make a special appeal to members who, with training, might like to act as technicians at our meetings and help set up the audio-visual equipment. Currently we have only men in this team and I would like a few women to join them and I am very pleased that one lady member came forward yesterday but I would like to see a few more, please. In any event we desperately need a few more technicians so if you would like to do this from time to time then please let me know. Training will be given.

I was advised yesterday that used polystyrene cups can be re-used by gardeners (for potting seeds etc). If you would like to take a bag of these cups (about 100) after a monthly meeting please let me know. Unfortunately, we are unable to wash them for you.

Please continue to send in your suggestions by emailing me or speaking to any committee member. All feedback is very helpful and will inform the planning process. If you would like to see improvements or changes then let’s hear about them from you.

If you attended the trip to the Black Country Living Museum on 15 August 2019 or to Cromford Mill on 19 September you are due a refund. Chris Dean will be available for one hour (10.30 to 11.30 a.m.) on Monday 21 October at Coffee & Conversation at the Centre. Please pop in at that time to collect your money.

If you still do not have your ticket, please collect it from Chris Dean at Coffee & Conversation on Monday 21 October.

Armchair Travellers – would you like to travel the world from the comfort of your armchair?
Swimming – are you a swimmer and would you like to get together with others?
New wine appreciation group – can you help start one?
Theatre and Cinema planning group – are you willing to help?
Skat – the national card game of Germany. Would you like to learn?
If you are interested in joining a new group or would like more information about these or any existing groups please contact Margaret Craddock, our Groups Co-ordinator.
Mobile 07540 305886
Email Margaret Craddock

RU3A CHRISTMAS LUNCH – Tuesday 17 December at Portland College
Tickets are now on sale - £16 per head – at monthly meetings and Coffee & Conversation. The next C & C is on Monday 21 October 10 a.m. until 12 noon. The menu is on our website under “Events” here: https://u3asites.org.uk/ravenshead/events

Kate Asquith is organising another boat cruise in Gloucestershire with English Holiday Cruises (ABTA registered).
Two date options:
31st March 1st April (2 night stay). Price £315.00 based on 2 people sharing a twin cabin (1 inclusive tour)
or 3rd 4th 5th April (3 night stay). Price £450.00 based on 2 people sharing a twin cabin (4 inclusive tours)
Suitable for people with reduced mobility who can still manage stairs unaided
Transport to be arranged (at extra cost) but if taking your own car, parking is £7 per night
All passengers MUST: Arrange their own insurance, and pay a substantial deposit when required
Optional extra is a short stay in a local hotel before (or after) your cruise for a good rate
Price includes:
On board WiFi
Bijou en-suite twin cabin with window and climate control
All meals - lunch and evening meal with wine or beer or soft drinks
Special diets catered for
Coffee and tea available at all times
Welcome drinks and cocktails before Friday and Captains Cocktail party Saturday evening meals
Entertainment on at least 1 night
Entrance ticket to Slimbridge Bird Sanctuary
Visit to Purton Barge Graveyard
01623 456047
Email Kate Asquith

Ashfield U3A Holiday to Ireland
This is a holiday organised by Caroline Rhoades of Ashfield U3A.
Outward journey overnight stop off in Dublin, dinner bed and breakfast Plaza Hotel Tallaght
6 nights bed breakfast and evening meal at Westport Woods Hotel and Spa. All rooms with private facilities, tea and coffee making etc. evening entertainment, indoor swimming pool and spa. The hotel is set in its own woodlands. The quayside is a short walk or taxi ride away, train station is a 400-yard walk
Included excursions:
Connemara including fjord cruise and visit to Kylemore Abbey and Gardens
Guided tour Achill Islands
En route excursion to Galway
Free time in Westport to relax and enjoy the area
Return overnight stop off in Dublin dinner bed and breakfast Hamlet Court Hotel Meath and then on to the ferry for home
Coach will pick up from Kirkby, Sutton and Mansfield, NO INTERCHANGE, WE WILL HEAD STRAIGHT UP TO THE FERRY
£ 819.00 pp sharing twin or double room
£ 190. 00 single supplement
We will be travelling with ALFA Tours who are ABTA registered for your protection and peace of mind. Please note you will need a passport and travel insurance
£50.00 deposit - secures your place - cheques made to ALFA Ltd
Contact Caroline Rhoades
07724 210563 or 01623 721987

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Best wishes and I look forward to hearing from you
Maria Gabrielczyk