West Pennine Villages


West Pennine Villages U3A Newsletter - November 2019

So, what’s been going on at your West Pennine U3A?
100th member So much we can hardly keep up!
We reached our first milestone – 100 members. And that was soon overtaken, we are now at 106 members.
Our chair, Ann Furlong is delighted with the progress.
She said: “As you may know we have now passed our 100th member mark! This is something we hoped for in the first six months of our being and no one expected it to occur within the first SIX WEEKS! I would like to thank everyone involved especially the committee who have worked tirelessly since March, when we first thought about establishing a U3A in the area, and all the members who are supporting us.
“All our groups are now up and running and we have received so much positive feedback. A good way to see what’s on offer is to come to one of the weekly ‘drop-in’ sessions on a Wednesday morning (10am until noon) at Withnell Fold Sports and Social Club where there is always time for a chat over tea/coffee.
“We can arrange transport if you like or reserve a parking spot close to the club house if this would help – just let us know your requirements.
“I have renewed acquaintances from over 40 years ago, when my children were tiny and now made so many new friends, so I hope our U3A can be just as positive for you. Did I mention I was bored last winter and needed a new venture? I’m definitely not bored now!”
And don’t forget if you think we are missing a trick and you want to suggest a new group, mention it at the weekly drop-in sessions.
One of the new groups, the theatre group kicked off with an outing to Chorley Little Theatre to watch Woman in Mind and another outing to Darwen Library Theatre is planned – getting members in the festive mood with A Christmas Carol.
(Interested in Theatre trips, check out the group on the website.)
And talking of Christmas, chair Ann is hoping to organise a trip to the Manchester Christmas markets on Monday, December 9, followed by an evening at Bridgewater Hall to hear the Hospital Choir - two of our members will be singing! The plan is to leave by minibus at about 3pm giving everyone a couple of hours to shop, followed by an hour or so for food and drink before heading to Bridgewater Hall. Concert tickets are approx. £20, and transport will be about to £10 (if we fill the minibus). You will also need to budget for food and drink – and of course any shopping.
Before going ahead Ann needs to establish if there is sufficient interest, so please send a message to wpvu3achair@gmail.com if you fancy a pre-Christmas outing. There are 16 places are available.
As the weather turns chilly, find out what it’s like in the Antarctic, especially for the penguins, when Neil Stevenson, former chair of the North west regional U3A, will be our second speaker on Wednesday – November 6. His Antarctic Adventure talk starts at 11am, after the drop-in session which starts at 10am at Withnell Fold Sports and Social Club.
So, pop along for a chat and a cuppa. You can also see all the groups that are available to join – or even suggest a new one.
And an advance notice for December, get your grey matter into gear for our great Christmas Quiz on Wednesday, December 4.
The U3A ethos is one of fun learning. There's no one judging you, there are no tests, but there's lots of fascinating things to do and some great people to meet.
Keep an eye on the website at http://westpenninevillagesu3a.org.uk for all the latest news, groups and meetings – or perhaps to send a message.