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NEW WRITING GROUP - Write Your Memoirs

Come to this new writing group to record your life story or that of someone close, using memories of events, objects, people and places. Step by step help and support will be given by Group Leader Jo Austin and no previous experience is needed. Meetings are on the first and third Tuesdays of the month and are based at Stoke Library from 2pm till 4pm.

If you are interested in joining or require any further information, please contact Group Leader Jo Austin on 07854 077187.

Membership has increased again and now stands at 458 which is an increase of 11 since last month.

Once again we would like to offer a big welcome to all of our new members and we hope that you enjoy all that our U3A has to offer.

If you know anyone who is interested in joining, application forms can be printed from our website or obtained from Alan Stevenson on 01782 395760.

At our October Meeting we welcomed Shaun Farrelly, who gave a very interesting and enjoyable talk titled “Picking up the Threads”, which related to the history of the sewing machine.

The Monthly Meeting on 29th November will be the last one during 2018. We will provide a buffet lunch and musical entertainment from the Mel Baines Trio, which includes the two Johns who have proved very popular on previous occasions.

As this will be our “Christmas Buffet”, it would be great to see some members in seasonal attire although this is by no means compulsory. Santas, Rudolphs, Robins, etc., will be welcome!

At our first Monthly Meeting of 2019 on 31st January, we will welcome Kath Reynolds to present the talk "Goose Grease and Brown Paper."

There is still one vacancy on our committee and members are asked again to consider volunteering for this.
Over the next two years we are likely to need several new faces on the committee. This is essential if you wish to keep your local U3A! You would need to attend monthly committee meetings (Thursday afternoons) and to help committee colleagues with administrative tasks where possible. The present time is an ideal time to join and learn what you can from current members.
Please speak to an existing committee member if you would like further information or wish to come along to see how the committee works.

The Garden and Nature Lovers’ group will meet at 10.00am on Friday, 9th November at Northwood Nurseries, Clayton. We’ll also meet there at the same time on Friday, 14th December.

We can use the November meeting to discuss spring and summer flowering bulbs or indoor plants. The nurseries will probably be selling large, economically priced packs of bulbs, which some members may wish to share. We will decide on topics for the December meeting, which may include garden or nature related visits for next year.

Northwood Nurseries normally have a lovely display of Christmas items at this time of year, plus gifts and cards. There is also likely to be a selection of goodies for our feathered, furry or spiky friends for those of us who are interested in promoting wildlife in our gardens. If you are interested in joining this group, please contact Fay Howell on 01782 658659 or Chris Whitfield on 01782 960327.

No meal has been organised for November due to other commitments, but we will try to return to the Furama Palace in the new year. Fay will also make enquiries regarding suitable dates for our next visit to Baby Russets.

A Christmas Meal at The Tollgate has been booked for Friday, 14th December, at 7pm for 7.30pm and there are 30 places initially. Food will need to be pre-ordered and £5 deposit is required by 29th November. Menus are available from Fay. The normal price is £18.95 but there will be a lower price for our group and this will be negotiated shortly.

For bookings and enquiries about these meals, please contact Fay Howell on 01782 658659.

The Lunch Group’s next meeting will be on Tuesday 20th November at the Hem Heath, Trentham, commencing around 12.30pm. This will be the last meeting of the group for 2018 and will be the Christmas Fayre menu, for which Group Leader Rita Wright will require a food order and £5 deposit as soon as possible. Please note that Rita has recently moved, and her new phone number is 01782 489155.

The Tenpin Bowling evening is on Thursday 22nd November at Hanley Cinebowl on Festival Park and needs to be booked and paid in advance. The group meets at 6.30pm to start bowling at 7pm. It costs £11 including shoe hire, food, one drink and two games.

For bookings or queries please contact Michelle Tittle-Wang (01782 657564 or mob. 07753 264402).

IT GROUP (formerly Computer Group)
IT Group Leader, Joe Neilson is still doing computer classes but is also prepared to help members with tablets and mobile phones, since Information Technology (IT) is not exclusive to computers. New members would be welcome to join the group, which meets on alternate Monday mornings at Adderley Green Care Centre. For further information Joe can be contacted on 01782 852042.

The Dance group now meets fortnightly at 6pm on Thursday evenings at St Paul’s Church Hall, Longton Hall Road, Blurton.

New members are very welcome to come along and join the fun, which consists of ballroom, Latin and disco, plus any other party dances, etc. as suggested by members of the group. Existing members are still welcome, whether they wish to learn new dances, refresh their knowledge, or just continue to enjoy a pleasant, social evening with Group Leader Chris Whitfield, who can be contacted on 01782 960327 or mobile 07939 621499.

The new singing group has been suspended for now but may restart during Autumn or Winter months. For enquiries, please contact Chris Whitfield on 01782 960327 or 07939 621499.

Members of the Open Craft group have been learning a very diverse range of skills, such as knitting, jewellery making, glass painting, flower making and ribbon weaving to name just a few. They have recently been making bracelets and earrings using memory wire.

Group Leader Joan Crozier shows members the basics for whatever crafts they choose to try then if they wish, they can practice or improve their skills either at home or in future meetings.

Perhaps this would be a good time to try your hand at making individual Christmas gifts for friends or family. Meetings are from 11.30am to 1.30pm on the second and fourth Thursday of the month at the Redhouse Residents Association Community House, Longton, ST3 2LR. If you would like to join the group, Joan can be contacted on 01782 213459.

Joan also leads the Parchment group who meet at the same venue and same time on the first and third Thursday of the month and it’s fascinating to see some of the work produced.

The National Office produce monthly online newsletters and members can register to receive these by email. You can sign up to receive your copy at

The newsletter includes details of current research projects, study days, entertainment, etc. which may interest some of our U3A members. It is worth signing up if you haven't already done so.

There’s room for two or three more people in the Book Group which meets from 2pm to 4pm in Longton Library on the second Tuesday of the month. If you are interested in joining, please contact Group Leader Christine Voyle-Morgan on 01538 756155.

The 'Commemorating Conflict: The Potteries and War' exhibition at the Potteries Museum continues until 18th November. It includes the recently discovered World War I “For the Fallen” banner, commemorating fallen soldiers from the 5th Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment. This exhibition is the first time the banner has been on public display. Entry costs £5, or concessions £3 and it’s free to children under 16.

A free textile exhibition is still on at the Brampton museum in Newcastle until 13th November, using items from the museum to look at local textile industries, shops and fashions over the past 200 years.

If you would like to join the group, please contact Phil Rowley on 01782 330337.

The Crown Green Bowls season has finished, but we now have an Indoor Bowls group which meets weekly at 1.30pm on Wednesday afternoons at Berryhill Retirement Village, Arbourfield Drive, ST2 9RJ. If you are interested in joining this new group, please contact Dave Darby on 01782 317408.

The Metropolitan Police Service FALCON (Fraud and Linked Crime Online) have recently launched five Little Guide animations that aim to raise awareness and promote behavioural changes to help combat various types of fraud. These can be found online via the following links:
Money Mules
Payment Fraud
Computer Software Service Fraud
Romance/Dating Fraud
Online Shopping Fraud
All videos, and other resources created by FALCON can be found at

The next production at Barlaston Village Hall will be “Agatha Crusty and the Village Hall Murders” by Derek Webb, which will be performed from 5th to 8th December. Tickets cost £7 and are available by email to or by phoning Carol on 01785 243024. The play is said to be witty with a plot to tax the audience’s little grey cells!

There will be a charity quiz night at STING in Stone on 1st December, starting at 7pm. Teams of four are invited to take part at a cost of £5 per person and further details are available from Lindsey Paxton on 07802 812851.

A fundraising fashion show and shopping event is being held at Great Bridgford Village Hall, ST18 9PR at 2pm on Saturday, 1st December. All proceeds are in aid of the Chernobyl Childrens’ Project. Tickets cost £5 including light refreshments and can be purchased from Leslie Longstaff (01785 282582) or Mary Cresswell (01782 658002).

Please find attached link to Open Door Stoke on Trent who offer a free and friendly drop in service at Christ Church Fenton every Tuesday 9am-11:30am.
Everyone is welcome into a safe and non-judgemental environment. They offer the hand of friendship and work alongside other organisations to identify those who need further support and advice. Food and drink are also available.

“Changes” is a Mental Health Charity based in Stoke. It has introduced a new workshop called “Living Life to the Full”, which is aimed at the general public. The workshop will provide ways to manage the everyday situations which may cause worry, stress and low mood. In other words, help people tackle day-to-day issues whilst maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

If you want to know more, please visit
or telephone 01782 411433.

Items for publication in the next newsletter will need to reach Fay Howell by Friday, 23rd November 2018.
Tel: 01782 658659 or email: