Whickham & District

Reconnecting

An extract from the Spring Newsletter 2021. This Newsletter is 10 pages long has a vast amount of information including information from Whickham and District u3a as well as National and Regional news.

In January 2021 Ian Campbell, Chair of the Newcastle Beekeepers Association presented a fascinating talk about bees, concentrating on honey bees.

Did you know:

There are 250 types of bee in the UK.
The bees perform a ‘waggle dance’ to inform the fellow bees where the food is to be located.
On average there are 60,000 bees in a colony. 98% of those are female workers, 2% male drones and 1 queen.
Each bee makes only one twelfth of a teaspoon of honey in its life span of 6 weeks.
Oct-Feb the bees don’t venture outside the hive.

http://newcastlebeekeepers.co.uk

Much more information can be found on the latest SPRING NEWSLETTER 2021. PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK AND IT WILL TAKE YOU DIRECTLY TO THE SPRING NEWSLETTER 2021

Some of our members have been knitting woolly hats and mittens for the friends of the People's Kitchen, Newcastle after a talk given by Tom Baker MBE on the history, founder and work that volunteers carry out for the homeless of Newcastle at our Zoom main meeting in September.
The articles were presented to Tom Baker MBE by the Chair Arthur Coulson in December 2020.

PLEASE SEE THE AUTUMN NEWSLETTER 2020 AND THE WINTER NEWSLETTER 20/21 FOR MORE INFORMATION.

Both Newsletters are 8 pages long and have valuable information as to how Whickham and District u3a have been reconnecting and are still connecting with members.

Please click on the link Autumn 2020 Newsletter and Winter Newsletter 2020/2021 it will take you directly to the pages.

An extract from the Winter Newsletter 20/21

Anxiously, together, glancing at celestial heavens above
Clouds are seen, as canopies of oak trees sway in the breeze,
Orange, brown, yellow, golden curled leaves lie as a carpet of love,
Rustled noisily by small boots, shuffling as they please,
Nuts gathered by squirrels; a winter pantry full of fallen acorns.

This is called an acrostic poem. First letter of each line spells a word, in this case ACORN.

Photo and poem by CMC

A walk around Bolam Lake near Ponteland Creative Writing

The Sight and Sound Group have been meeting via Zoom every week.

Now You See It, Now You Don’t#

A few members of Whickham and District’s Sight and Sound Group had an eventful day in July 2020 at the Causey Arch near Stanley, Co. Durham, whilst filming for a project exploring the history of the area. Filming was being done using a drone, which was operated by our guest for the day and potential new member John.

Things were going quite well until suddenly John said,
“Oh dear, we’ve lost the pictures. I think the drone has hit a tree!”

The drone has a tracking system, so we had a rough idea where it had landed.
Unfortunately, the undergrowth around the Causey Arch was quite dense, so a search was proving difficult. After about an hour the drone was spotted down a very steep embankment leading down to the river. Arthur Coulson volunteered to climb down the steep slope and attempt to recover the drone. After a rather “exciting” climb down the embankment the drone was recovered and returned apparently undamaged, apart from missing one of its legs.