Rotherham

Events

*** GETTING TO KNOW YOUR U3A ***

There will be a get together over tea/coffee on 8 November from 10 am – 12 noon at the Unity Centre for any member who wishes to find out more about the U3A and Rotherham U3A in particular. Please note this is NOT just for new members - but for any members who are interested in knowing more. COME AND JOIN US - ALL ARE WELCOME.

LUNCHEON CLUB - Co-ordinator Margaret McHugh

You will find details of forthcoming Luncheon Club meetings in the table below and also on the Calendar at the bottom of the Groups page.

Please note that booking is essential for all Luncheon Club meetings and, if the meal is pre-paid and you have to cancel at short notice, you will still have to pay.

Contact Co-ordinator Margaret McHugh on 01709 922 668 or Deputy Co-ordinator Margaret Spencer on 01709 367 973
or email %Margaret McHugh% for information or to book/cancel.

OUT AND ABOUT - Co-ordinator Barbara Riley

We had 4 very successful outings this year. Below are details of our last event of the year - our Christmas Lunch at Harewood House on 28 November. Full information is also on the Calendar at the bottom of the Groups page.

Coach pick ups for all trips: Garage, Wickersley Library, Tanyard (9:45 am), Brecks, Stag, Leisure Centre and Wilco Town (10 am)

Barbara Riley, Co-ordinator (tel 01709 878430)
To contact Barbara Riley via email please follow this link.

GARDENING GROUP VISITS 2019 - Co-ordinator Martin Ford

During the winter months we meet at Winthrop Park from 10.30 am - 12.30 pm for talks on various aspects of gardening; during the summer months (April to September) we have visits to a variety of gardens. All events are listed below and also on the Gardening group page.

Coach trips start at the Tanyard, Wickersley and pick up at The Brecks, The Stag, Wickersley Road opposite Middle Lane, Broom Valley and the Town Centre (Corporation Street outside Wilkos). We will drop off in the same order starting with Bramley then Wickersley.

When booking, please complete a booking form (obtainable from the Co-ordinator or printed from the Gardening group page) with a cheque for the coach only (except Harrogate Spring Show) payable to Rotherham U3A (Social) with the name of the visit on the back and post or give to Martin Ford. Admission to the gardens to be paid in cash on the day. Please book one month before the visit.

Family and friends that are non-members are welcome with a £2 surcharge on the coach cost. To contact Martin Ford via email, please click this link.

See the OUT AND ABOUT and GARDENING pages for reports on recent visits and the STROLLERS page for reports on recent walks. Also check out the Photography and Art group pages for photos of their wonderful work.

STROLLERS - Co-ordinator Margaret Tupling

The Strollers walk every alternate Saturday, mostly in and around Rotherham with the occasional venture into parts of Barnsley, Sheffield and even the Peak District. It never ceases to amaze us that we have such lovely countryside and parkland on our doorstep with pretty villages such as Whiston, Laughton and Wentworth, woodland in Wickersley, Treeton and Scholes, waterside walks at Old Moor Wetlands, Ulley and Rother Valley Country Park, even a swannery and boatyard near the town centre. Generally we use buses to the start and return from each walk. Please see the Events listed below and the Strollers group page for more information.

It has been good to welcome several new members to the Strollers in recent weeks, most of whom are already U3A members. We had a record number on our recent canal-side walk which was easy, level and included a first ride for many on the Tram Train! The downside is that I now feel obliged to to re-open the waiting list. Could members unable to join the walks please let me know so I can offer their places to someone else. Please ring on 01709 371949, with thanks Margaret Tupling.

Margaret Tupling, Co-ordinator (tel 01709 371 949)

OPERA GROUP - Acting Co-ordinator Gordon Fyffe (tel 07816 118 194)
We welcome you to our Opera season to be held at the Unity Centre, St Leonards Road from 1.30 pm - 4.30 pm (approximately). Full details of our programme are as below. Please see the Opera Group page for further information. NEW MEMBERS ARE VERY WELCOME.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Date for your Diary: The next Annual General Meeting of Rotherham U3A will take place at the Unity Centre, St Leonard’s Road, Rotherham S65 1PD at 12.00 noon on Monday 21 September 2020. ALL ROTHERHAM U3A MEMBERS ARE WELCOME.


Dates for your Diary
October 2019
Fri Oct 18thGARDENINGWinter meeting at Winthrop Park Gardens 10.30 am - 12.30 pm: - talk by Sue Clifton from the RSPB on Garden Birds
Friday 18th October

Plant swap – bring any spare plants and swap with others
Sat Oct 19thSTROLLERSWickersley (3 Horseshoes) to Shrogswood Road (nr Sitwell Golf Club) Leader Margaret
Walk via Wickersley Gorse and fields. Uneven, up and down hill.
Bus X1 (Maltby) departs Rotherham Interchange 9.54 am, Stand A9.
Tue Oct 22ndOPERAManon Lescaut by Puccini is today's opera. We meet at the Unity Centre, St Leonards Road, Rotherham from 1.30 - 4.30 pm.
Tue Oct 29thOtherOctober is Older People's Month and Rotherham U3A will be taking part in the following event organised by Rotherham Age UK and Rotherham Older People's Forum. The theme is "Creativity in Later Years".

The Conference is about creativity in later life and will be held in The John Smith Room at the Town Hall on 29 October, from 10 am to 4 pm. The U3A will have an information stall which volunteers will staff throughout the day. If you would like to help, or would like to come along to publicise your group and its activities, please let Tricia Macredie know (tel 01709 370 899). You can attend for part of or the whole of the day, as you wish. Light refreshments will be provided. Tickets are free. See the link on this page for full details.
November 2019
Mon Nov 4thLUNCHEON CLUBOn 4 November, the Luncheon Club will meet at 12 noon at the Droppingwell pub, 162 Upper Wortley Road, Kimberworth, Rotherham S61 2AB. Final booking/cancellation please no later than Wednesday 30 October 2019 to Margaret McHugh (01709 922 668) or Margaret Spencer (01709 367 973)
Tue Nov 5thOPERAFidelio by Beethoven will be shown today. We meet at the Unity Centre, St Leonards Road, Rotherham from 1.30 - 4.30 pm.
Fri Nov 8thMeetingGETTING TO KNOW YOUR U3A
There will be a get together over tea/coffee on 8 November from 10 am – 12 noon at the Unity Centre for any member who wishes to find out more about the U3A and Rotherham U3A in particular. Please note this is NOT just for new members - any members who are interested in knowing more are invited to join us.
Fri Nov 15thGARDENINGVisit to Blue Diamond Garden Centre, East Bridgford, Nottinghamshire. This is a new flagship Garden Centre and the largest in the group.

It will have all their Christmas stock on display. Their café and restaurant provide a range of meals.

Depart Tanyard at 9.45 am picking up in the usual places to Rotherham Town centre.
Return to the Tanyard by 5.30 pm. Coach £15 for members £17 for non members, payable by 15 October at the latest. Admission to the Garden Centre is free.
Tue Nov 19thOPERAMozart's The Magic Flute is today's opera. We meet at the Unity Centre, St Leonards Road, Rotherham from 1.30 - 4.30 pm.
Thu Nov 28thOUT AND ABOUTThe Out and About group will hold their Christmas Lunch at Harewood House this year. The cost is £15 coach (+£2 if non-U3A member), £13 entry to the House + £21.75 for a 2-course lunch (Total = £49.75, £51.75 non-U3A members).
Bookings and cheques made payable to Rotherham U3A (Social) must be paid to Barbara Riley at least 1 month before the date.
December 2019
Mon Dec 2ndLUNCHEON CLUBWe meet as usual at the Sitwell Park Golf Club for our Christmas Lunch. Please arrive at 12 for 12.30 pm. £17.50 for 3 courses, plus tea/coffee and mince pies, including tip.

Final booking/cancellation by 4th November, please, to Margaret McHugh (tel 01709 922 668).

Payment by CHEQUE only, please, made out to "Rotherham U3A (Social)" with Christmas Lunch written on the back.
Tue Dec 3rdOPERAThe final opera before the Christmas break will be The Barber of Seville by Rossini. We meet at the Unity Centre, St Leonards Road, Rotherham from 1.30 - 4.30 pm.
Wed Dec 4thSocialRotherham U3A CHRISTMAS PARTY to be held from 1-4.30 pm at Silverwood Miners Welfare, Doncaster Road, Dalton, Rotherham S65 3ES. There are now only 20 tickets remaining. Please contact Lesley White if you wish to purchase one (£7.50)- tel 01709 518 248
Fri Dec 6thCHOIROur Christmas Concert will be held on Friday 6 December at 7.30 pm in Herringthorpe United Reform Church. Tickets price £7, can be obtained from Esme Brooke tel 01142 466185. Please do join us if you can.
January 2020
Tue Jan 14thOPERAWatch The Pearl Fishers by Bizet.
Opera starts at 1.30 pm till 4.30 pm (approx) at the Unity Centre, St Leonards Road, Rotherham
Fri Jan 17thMeetingCo-ordinators' Meeting at the Unity Centre, St Leonards Road, Rotherham S65 1PD from 2-3.30 pm
Fri Jan 17thGARDENINGWinter meeting at Winthrop Park Gardens, 10.30 am - 12.30 pm.
Topic: Gardening in a changing climate
Tue Jan 28thOPERAThe opera today will be Turandot by Puccini at the Unity Centre, St Leonards Road, Rotherham from 1.30 - 4.30 pm.
February 2020
Tue Feb 11thOPERACome and enjoy Rigoletto by Verdi at the Unity Centre, St Leonards Road, Rotherham from 1.30 - 3.30 pm.
Fri Feb 21stGARDENINGWinter meeting at Winthrop Park Gardens, 10.30 am - 12.30 pm.

Topic: Pruning when, where and how, trees, shrubs and fruit
Discussion on Proposed Summer Visits
Tue Feb 25thOPERAThe Flying Dutchman by Wagner will be shown at the Unity Centre, St Leonards Road, Rotherham from 1.30 - 4.30 pm.
March 2020
Tue Mar 10thOPERAToday's opera is I Puritani by Bellini. We meet at the Unity Centre, St Leonards Road, Rotherham from 1.30 - 5.00 pm.
Fri Mar 20thGARDENINGWinter meeting at Winthrop Park Gardens, 10.30 am - 12.30 pm.

Topic: Preparing the soil for planting and sowing
Programme of summer visits to be distributed
Tue Mar 24thOPERAMadam Butterfly by Puccini is our choice of opera today. We meet at the Unity Centre, St Leonards Road, Rotherham from 1.30 pm till 4.30 pm.
April 2020
Fri Apr 3rdMeetingCo-ordinators' Meeting at the Unity Centre, St Leonards Road, Rotherham S65 1PD from 2 - 3.30 pm.
Tue Apr 7thOPERAI Capuleti e I Montecchi by Bellini should make enjoyable viewing today. We meet at the Unity Centre, St Leonards Road, Rotherham from 1.30 - 4.30 pm.
Tue Apr 21stOPERAThe Summer term begins with Il Trovatore by Verdi. We meet at the Unity Centre, St Leonards Road, Rotherham from 1.30 - 4.30 pm.
May 2020
Tue May 5thOPERAWe meet at the Unity Centre, St Leonards Road, Rotherham from 1.30 - 4.30 pm:
(Opera to be announced)
Tue May 19thOPERAWe meet at the Unity Centre, St Leonards Road, Rotherham from 1.30 - 4.30 pm:
(Opera to be announced)
June 2020
Tue Jun 2ndOPERAWe meet at the Unity Centre, St Leonards Road, Rotherham from 1.30 - 4.30 pm:
(Opera to be announced)
Fri Jun 12thMeetingCo-ordinators' Meeting at the Unity Centre, St Leonards Road, Rotherham S65 1PD from 2 - 3.30 pm
Tue Jun 16thOPERAWe meet at the Unity Centre, St Leonards Road, Rotherham from 1.30 - 4.30 pm:
(Opera to be announced)
September 2020
Mon Sep 21stMeetingANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of Rotherham U3A
This will be held on Monday 21 September 2020 at 12 noon at the Unity Centre, St Leonard's Road, Rotherham. ALL ARE WELCOME.