West Pennine Villages

December Newsletter

Merry Christmas Is Christmas really that close?
Oh Yes It Is! But we want you all to get into the festive spirit with the amazing WPVU3A Christmas Quiz.
It is being held on Wednesday, December 4, at Withnell Fold Sports and Social Club starting at 10.30.
Your quiz master will be Graham and Jane (they don’t take bribes). And as a one off members may invite one guest to come along and join in the fun. Don’t forget your Christmas jumpers – there’s extra points for the best ones!
Last month was busy with everything from crafting and theatre trips. This month we still have lots on offer- hence the bumper Newsletter!.
There are still places on the Manchester Christmas Market trip 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 so time for shopping, food and drink, before the concert. Concert tickets are approx. £20, and transport will be about £10. Contact Ann by this Sunday, December 1 at Chair
The Bridgewater Hall is the venue for another trip on Friday, January 10, when you will be able to go behind the scenes with a guided tour from 2pm to 3.30pm. There is an optional brunch at £19 per head at the Midland Hotel prior to the tour. The deadline is December 11 and you can sign up at the Drop-In session or go to the Events link on the website.
Our Groups have been going great guns - check them out on the calendar attached to the website. New groups up and running including Badminton - day and time on the calendar.
A new suggestion is a Sharing Adventures Travel Group with illustrated talks described as: "interactive informal discussions, lively, involving and memorable' where you can learn about new places and ways of travelling and share experiences.
Creative Writing has had some interest and anyone willing to be a co-Group Convenor with Brian to get it going in the New Year can contact the Groups Co-ordinator at the Wednesday drop-in or via the website.
Anyone interested in Model Railways? The Groups Co-ordinator wants to hear from you to get this group going.
If you need something to keep the brain going over the winter months, try the Indoor Games Group on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays. Scrabble and card games are proving to be most popular and some members are learning the rudiments of bridge. Want to learn a new card game or share a favourite board game? Contact Paul on Indoor Games on the website or drop in on the day.
Get Crafting with our popular workshops. Following the success of the Wet Felting - we are hoping to offer another next year - we are planning to offer Rag Rug Making and Beginners Patchwork workshops.
Craft wrok Fancy making your own Christmas card? Sign up for the Christmas Theme Make. Learn simple blackwork, crossstitch or paper piercing and produce a card or Christmas decoration. Sign up on website or at Wednesday drop-in
The Beginners Crochet group took place and amid much laughter everyone completed a small project. Another workshop is planned for January 7.
It has been suggested a craft Bring Your Unfinished Project group where someone may be able to help with your project or just give you some designated time , have a brew and some company. This group would initially be in members’ homes on a rotational basis or, if enough takers, to meet at Withnell Fold Sports Club. Interested? Contact the Craft and Chat convenor.
Basket weaving Hedgerow weaving workshops start on January 14th. In the first session you will learn how to make a shallow willow basket. Go to Hedge Row Weaving on the website Groups page for details and to sign up.
For the more energetic, some good news for Pilates enthusiasts – we have managed to arrange a group on a ‘pay as you go’ basis at £5 per session (provided there are enough takers) on Mondays from 3pm to 4pm at the Club, starting in the New Year. Go to the website and click on Pilates group link.
Over-exerted over the festive period? What about a Dancercise group (low impact dance moves) also coming in the New Year. Again, go to the website for more info.
So, we are looking forward to a great New Year with new groups to tempt you all. Chair, Ann said: “I’m very pleased with the positive response to all groups and I’m looking forward to some exciting new groups starting up in the New Year, all the details of which are on the website.”
If there’s nothing you fancy, why not suggest a group and we’ll see what we can do.
And as it is nearing the Big Day our last Drop-In session of 2019 will be December 11 as we know you will all be busy chasing turkeys and wrapping presents after that. But don’t despair we are back on January 8 for a chat and a cuppa from 10am at the Club.
A quick reminder: there are still some membership cards that need to be picked up. Call in at the drop-in session and also grab a copy of the Third Age magazine.
So, we may see you at the quiz but if not, the WPVU3A wishes you a Merry Christmas and thanks for all your support.
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.