West Pennine Villages

November Newsletter


It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Christmas Quiztime Oh yes it is!
WPVU3A is planning an early start – with a quiz extravaganza on December 1.
As we missed out on celebrations last year, we’re making up for it in 2021.
So, get those Christmas jumpers out, and dust off those brain cells for some festive fun.
It’s teams of four – sort your own teams out or join one on the day.
There will be prizes galore! For the winners with booby prizes for the losers - and of course, one for best festive outfit.
The fun starts at 10am and refreshments will be served – with the compulsory mince pies.
Look forward to seeing you all at Withnell Fold Sports and Social Club.


We just keep getting bigger.
As of November, we now have an amazing 163 members.
Welcome to all those joining us, we hope you enjoy your U3A as much as we all do.


What started as a suggestion has blossomed into a fully-fledged new group.
MOTO - members on their own – had humble beginnings with a small meeting for coffee.
The most recent get together attracted 13 members who enjoyed a delicious Sunday lunch at the Boars Head in Hoghton.


Car enthusiasts from the Classic Vehicle Appreciation group had a grand day out at the British Commercial Vehicle museum in Leyland, on November 9.
There was a world record turnout (for the group) of six members. Motor Museum visit Amongst many other things they saw was the world's first diesel engine, the Popemobile and an old Fredericks ice cream van.
The photo shows some of the members admiring the ice cream van, sadly it was not serving.
The Popemobile was one of two identical ones made by Leyland Vehicles. The one that was used is on display and the spare one was kept by Leyland vehicles and used for truck racing!
Group co-ordinator Geoff said: "When I think of that I can't get Monty Python out of my mind!"


Anyone for golf? On the green Member Doreen Jolly is hoping to set up a golf Group which would entail playing nine holes each week - weather permitting. Doreen has approached the Oak Royal where there is availability on Tuesdays or Thursdays, either late morning or early afternoon, or on Friday afternoons from 1pm.
The green fees are £12 for nine holes and in winter this includes hire of a trolley with winter wheels.
There are other courses available locally, which are cheaper, at Highfield and Wheelton but these are a bit hilly, or Charnock Richard which is often closed during winter.
Anyone interested should get in touch with Doreen via wpvu3agroupscoordinator@gmail.com

It has been decided to put Folk Dancing on hold for the time being along with Cycling and Birdwatching - the latter two probably until the summer.
However, Indoor Games has restarted and is going well and is sharing the venue with Bookshare.
Contact Paul at wpvu3aindoorgames@gmail.com

Family History continues on an individual basis.


We send two of our members get well wishes. To Kay Aldred, our super member, involved in everything from handbells to badminton, and to Jeanette Bailey whose had a mishap at table tennis.
We hope you are both recovering and will be back with us soon.


Things have certainly changed over the past 16 months.
With that in mind, we need your help to make sure we are aware of any changes in circumstances among our members. It might be a change of telephone number or a new address.
Or your personal circumstances may have changed. Information is treated in strictest confidence. If you want to get in touch please contact Geoff Tittensor at membership@westpenninevillagesu3a.org.uk


Do you read the national U3A magazine?
Can you please let Geoff know if you still want a copy.
Otherwise there will be copies at the clubhouse to read.
Please let Geoff know at the above address.


{Still looking for anyone interested in.....


Check Mate
If anyone is interested in playing chess (from absolute beginner to master) the indoor games group would encourage you use Chess.com. This is free and not only provides on-line lessons but allows you to play in real time with friends. If you are interested please let Paul know at the indoor games group, or challenge Geoff Tittensor to a game. Geoff's username at Chess.com is ScimitarGTE


If anyone has any book/TV reviews and would like to share them with other members, please send them to Lynn at publicity@westpenninevillagesu3a.org.uk


......the weekly drop-in at Withnell Fold Sports and Social Club for a cuppa and a chat from 11 to noon on Wednesdays. (Please note new time)
However, December 1 will be replaced by the Christmas Quiz at 10am