St. Helens

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Quick dates Dates for the diary, see Group Pages or Newsletter for more info
Tuesday, 14th May Interesting Buildings Walton Walk
Wednesday, 22nd May Drop-in . Jill Ollerton from Healthy Living will be attending.
Tuesday, 28th May Plant sale at United Reformed Church, 10.00a.m. – 12 noon
Sunday, 9th June Garden trip – Stretton Old Hall
Friday, 28th June Social group – Afternoon Tea at Willowbrook
Wednesday, 3rd July Membership Renewals 10.00 – 2p.m. Venue t.b.c.
Monday, 8th July Mixed and Men’s Choir concert. 2p.m. Toll Bar
Friday, 19th July Interesting Buildings – Chester, Themed Treasure Trail
Saturday, 27th July Annual Bowling Competition
Monday, 16th September York Holiday (3days)


Please note MAY NEWSLETTER has WRONG DATE for the Drop-In Meeting ... should be MAY 22nd NOT May 29th. Sorry.

Photography for Fun
Everyone please note we are now meeting at the United Reformed Church, Ormskirk Street. The times are unchanged (2.00 - 4.00 p.m.) and there is limited car parking in the Church car park. The procedure requires members to sign in as they enter and leave the premises together with their car registration number.

Kyrchian is now back in Ballet Group after recent surgery! So, if anyone is thinking of giving it a go, now is the time!
The Group meets at the Debbie Lister Studio on Hardshaw Street 1.15 p.m. - 2.45 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Just go to the back of the building through the Iron gates and walk in the black door or knock if it happens to be locked by mistake! Thursday is a smaller class which would be better for beginners.

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The Computer Confidence Group had their last meeting at Derbyshire Hill Family Centre in March.
The Group has started again on Tuesday, 16th April at:

2 Dunedin Street Thatto Heath
St Helens
The group time will change to 1p.m. - 3p.m. and future group meetings will be twice a month on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month. So why not come along?

Upcoming Garden Trips
Sunday, 5th May - (Bank Holiday weekend) RHS Harlow Carr £10 (RHS Members) £11 (Non-RHS Members)
Sunday, 9th June Stretton Old Hall Malpas (NGS) & Tilston Garden Trail - £18
Tuesday, 25th June Sizergh & Kendal – Joint trip with Interesting Buildings
The cost for National Trust Members will be £11.00 for coach travel. The cost for non-National Trust Members will be £22.50 for coach and castle entrance
Entertainment Group
We now have a full acting cast for ‘The Jack and the Beanstalk’, a pantomime to be performed at the Wesley Methodist Church in St. Helens Town Centre, on Friday, 21st and Saturday, 22nd February 2020.
But we cannot do this on our own as we have in previous years, because everyone has a part, which will need all their energy. Therefore, we need the volunteers for: -
Special effects
Ticket and programme sellers
Wardrobe Scenery Refreshments

Can you help? Well, if we can't get the help we need from a membership of nearly 800, where will we get it from? This is not a demand for a weekly commitment; we will only be doing scenery, for example, in January 2020. Likewise, the other roles will only need to be filled as and when needed.
If you can assist, please see either Beryl or Thelma or any member of the Entertainment Group at either the General Meeting or Drop-in.
Oh – and we also need help with our Beanstalk!
Theatre Trips
Wednesday, 22nd May Oldham Coliseum. Matinee. HANDBAGGED. A humorous satire of meetings between the Queen and Margaret Thatcher.
Ticket and coach £28 leaving Birchley Street at 12.30 p. m.
Only a few tickets left. Please book soon.

Thursday, 6th June Liverpool Playhouse. Matinee.COOPED by SPYMONKEY.
(Remember A Christmas Carol? Well, it's them.) Think Hitchcock's Rebecca and meets The Pink Panther. A rip roaring farce.
Tickets £17. Matinee starts at1.30 p.m. Tickets will be given out in the foyer at 12.45 p.m.

Wednesday, 18th September The Lowry. Matinee. A TASTE OF HONEY.
£40 for ticket and coach. Leaving Birchley Street. 12.30 p.m.

Get in touch with Theatre Group if interested in any of above.
Social Group
Afternoon Tea at the Willowbrook Living Well. Friday, 28th June Tickets will be on sale at the April General Meeting and from then until the General Meeting in June. The cost is £7.50 per person and tea will be served at 2 o’clock.

Trip to Skipton Market and Afternoon Tea on a Barge.
We have asked for this to be arranged on Friday, 9th August and we are waiting for confirmation from Ogdens Coaches. We are hoping to sell tickets for this from May.