Whickham & District

Before March 2020

Here you will find information about recent events that have happened in Whickham and District U3A

Please note as events over the past 16 months have been few and far between this is a flavour of events before Lockdown.

Patricia Hodgson OBE gave a very entertaining performance on March 11th 2020 as one of our monthly speakers. It was entitled Melodic Travel. She played the keyboard, some lovely classical pieces eg The Blue Danube, but it was interspersed with her normal funny stories about her travels at home and abroad. The last song was a song she had written about travelling on a 'no frills airline'. The music was a sort of an Irish song so two members were persuaded to come to the front and do some 'Irish Dancing'. She is such a character and there were lots of positive comments saying that they had a great afternoon.
Sad to say this was our last face to face meeting before the lockdown.

However Zoom meetings are continuing and speakers are presenting PowerPoint presentations. Please go to the Welcome page for a list of speakers until March 2021.

Christmas meal at the Gibside Hotel, Whickham

For some members that weren't able to attend a Christmas meal before the festivities Colette our newly appointed Groups Convenor Coordinator arranged a delicious 3 course meal at the Gibside Hotel. 25 people enjoyed the afternoon and caught up with friends.

Our Annual Christmas Party

What great comments were received about the annual Christmas Party held at St. Mary's Centre, Whickham on Wednesday 11th December 2019. It was a great atmosphere, very friendly and all enjoying ourselves. Food and drinks provided were excellent. The entertainer, Jessica Irving sang a melody of Christmas songs, interspersed with songs from the musicals, Tina Turner, Abba, The Beatles, and so much more. I've never seen so many people up dancing...they were even dancing at the back of the hall as the dance area was so full. Just wish to thank all those members that attended and made it a memorable afternoon.

Project Officers from Beamish Museum

On Wednesday November 27th 2019 it was the last monthly coffee morning. To mark this occasion Project Officers from Beamish Museum new 1950's theme came to have an informal chat with some of the members about their memories of the 1950's. Toys from that era were brought along to jog people's memories.

Stitches in Time Tour Discovery Museum

Members of Whickham and District U3A in 2 separate visits, one in October and one in November, visited the Discovery Museum to go behind the scenes looking at fashion through the ages. The curator lead us through a maze of doors into the staff area of the museum. No more than 10 members were allowed per visit so the gowns etc would not be brushed against. Fashion from the Georgian period right up to the present day were explained, as was the strict care of all the items in the store eg items that were lent out to other museums would be sealed in plastic containers on return and placed in an industrial freezer for a week to kill off any bugs. The curator's knowledge was excellent and some of the fashions, midi, mini, maxi skirts brought back memories for some of the members.

Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead

On Wednesday 6th November 2019, 14 members were given a guided tour by a curator of the main gallery of the Shipley Art Gallery. There was so much to see. The curator explained a good proportion of the works of art bought by Joseph Shipley. The gallery also features 16th and 17th century Dutch and Flemish Painters. There are also collections of textiles, ceramics, furniture and much more.

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