West Pennine Villages

March News

This newsletter is shorter than usual, for obvious reasons.
But to start, we hope that all are members are well, safe and continue to be so.
We are looking at this horrible virus as a blip and while all our activities are on hold, we will all be raring to go once it’s over.
Before we were rudely interrupted, here’s what had been happening and a taster of what you could soon be enjoying..……

The Crown Green Bowls group played in all conditions throughout the winter and were finally been rewarded with two glorious mornings! Maybe Spring is finally on the way. While past games have been played at Astley Park on Friday mornings, it is hoped when everything is back to normal, to move to Brinscall. Watch this space.

Similarly our Rusty Rackets group deserve medals for continuing to play in all but the most extreme conditions – weathering that wind that usually blows across our courts! Once games are back up and running we will probably all need some exercise. We cater for all abilities and even have a ball machine to keep you on your toes! We look forward to everyone enjoying Rusty Rackets on Withnell Fold courts in the not too distant future.

More sporty fun at Table Tennis - one of our U3A’s most popular groups with up to 24 attending. We have three tables however and there’s not much time for a rest in between games! Everyone has made fantastic progress and it is another group chomping at the bit to get going again on Wednesday afternoons at the clubhouse.

The Handbell group has been great fun with lots of laughter but progress was being made. Absolutely no music knowledge is needed – just the ability to count to 4 – and it’s so good for the brain cells! Hopefully the tinkle of the bells will be heard again soon at Withnell Fold clubhouse on Wednesday afternoons.

The Beginner’s Guitar groups are working well and making really good progress. The ‘advanced’ group are even singing along as they play! These groups are full at the moment but if you wish to add your name to a reserve list we will contact you as soon as a place becomes available – send a message via the guitar group on the website. In the meantime, keep practising!

When we all resume our everyday lives we will all be looking for something to get us back in trim. The new Folk Dancing group is the ideal past-time.
Great fun, very sociable and according to the media 'the best way to exercise both body and mind'. We have our favourites, 'The Bridge of Athlone' and 'Virginal Reel' and those requiring quick actions like 'Pat-A-Cake-Polka and' The Farmers Jig', but we need more members to really get that Ceilidh atmosphere. So get those trainers ready.

Tree planting

And before everything was brought to a grinding halt, some brave souls braved the elements to help plants trees in Brinscall – a welcome nod to everyone’s future.
While all groups and activities are suspended, please keep an eye on the website – we will try to update as and when we can. http://westpenninevillagesu3a.org.uk