ASHTON-in-MAKERFIELD and DISTRICT U3A




      NEWSLETTER No 114                                                    September 2019






The numbers in attendance at Captain’s Lane.


We are required by law to limit the numbers at U3A Events as follows:-


SPEAKER MEETINGS - Seating cinema style the maximum number is 100. This number includes Committee Members, Volunteers, Visitors and Speakers.


We understand that the Trustees of Captains Lane have a legal limit of 120 people in the room, however the Committee of Ashton In Makerfield U3A do not feel comfortable with this number.


From time to time at the rear of the room, we have the Book Trolley, Jigsaw Table, Raffles, Tombolas and members displaying goods and at every meeting we need to have access to Refreshments and the Ladies toilets.


At the front of the room, we may have Display Screens, Projector, Laptop, Screen, Sound Equipment, Speaker Table, Secretary Table and Welcome Table.


COFFEE MEETINGS -  Seating around the tables, the maximum number is 90. This includes Committee Members, Volunteers, and Visitors


Members are asked not to move chairs or tables as this my cause an obstruction to the Fire Exits.



ANY EVENT where hot food will be served at tables, the maximum number is 80.  This includes Committee Members, Volunteers and Visitors


Again members are asked not to move any furniture, also do not leave coats or handbags on the floor. This could cause a tripping hazard.


Your committee members have debated these numbers at several meetings and agreed upon them, will you please understand that we may need to sell or issue tickets for special events, in order that we can control the numbers in the room to comply with our legal requirements and to ensure that we look after your safety.

 

July 2019



ARE YOU HARD OF HEARING?


At our Speaker meeting we always leave seats at the front free to make it easier for you to hear


WE WILL TRY TO HELP IN ANYWAY


Please come forward and use the seats



Clarification of the Charity Commission Regulations and U3A money Raising Guidelines


AS A CHARITY WE ARE NOT ALLOWED UNDER THE CHARITY COMMISSION REGULATIONS OR U3A GUIDELINES TO RAISE MONEY FOR ANOTHER CHARITY.  ANY MONEY RAISED CANNOT PASS THROUGH OUR U3A BANK ACCOUNTS.


If members, friends, family etc, wish to raise money for a charity, then this donation must be passed directly to the Charity and any advertising MUST NOT mention our U3A and MUST say Donations received will be sent directly to the Charity.



SUGGESTIONS for NEW GROUPS


There is a BLUE BOOK on the Information Table, at the front of the room, in which we would like you to put any Suggestions for New Groups.


We cannot promise that they will all get off the ground but we will explore all your suggestions and support anyone who wants to give it a try.


The groups are very important to the welfare of the U3A. They provide a range of activities that would not be available if it was not for the input from the membership. If anyone wishes to talk through a suggestion for a new group they would like to attend or, if they would like to lead a new group, please see John Gostelow or Anne Doyle for more details.



ANNUAL TOMBOLA


The Annual Tombola will be on at the September meetings – gift donations would be very welcome.

Members donations will be given directly to Wigan and Leigh Hospice. Thank you for your support.

 

CHARITY SALE


A sale of Woodturning items and Cards will be on sale at the October coffee afternoon. Members and friends donations will be given directly to Wigan and Leigh Hospice. Thank you once again for all your support.


2019 SPEAKERS.


6th Sept -  Clement D’Hollande - Angers Representative to Wigan - 'Landscapes and Nature of Western France, including the Loire Valley'


4th October - Peter Turner - Through the Eyes of the Magician.



UKULELE GROUP POLO SHIRT BUY BACK


Would any of those who have left the ukulele group and have a polo shirt that they no longer want, please consider selling them back to the group for £10 each.

We’d like to have some in stock to supply new members. You can send them in with current Ukulele group members and we’ll get the money to you soonest. Or contact Stephen on 07981 976 904



CHRISTMAS IS COMING


Anyone interested in an 8/10 week Christmas Craft Course? One morning or one afternoon per week, starting end of September. Approx cost £3 per session. Hopefully this would cover all the bits and bobs.


We hope that there will be lots of laughter, glitter, glue, Christmas nibbles and Christmas tipples. The intention is to have fun, make decorations, presents, learn new skills and to pass your skills on to others.


If you are interested please put your name and contact details in the Groups Book which is kept on the table at the front of the room or see Bernie or Pam at the Friday meetings.


If the group is popular it may lead to a permanent CRAFT GROUP starting up in the New Year.


INTEREST GROUPS


INTERMEDIATE GERMAN GROUP

 

The Intermediate German group, now in its 6th year, is currently full. 

If you would like any further information please contact Bill, by phone or email, (contact details and times are on the back page). 



CARD AND PAPER CRAFT GROUP


The Card and Paper Craft Group meet on the last Thursday of the month in Ashton Library. The next meeting is on Thursday 26th September at 1.30pm. 



INTERMEDIATE GERMAN GROUP

 

The Intermediate German group, now in its 6th year, is currently full. 

If you would like any further information please contact Bill, by phone or email, (contact details and times are on the back page). 




THEATRE GROUP


All tickets for ‘The King and I’ next March have now been sold.

We still have one ticket available for the pantomime ‘Aladdin’ on the 2nd January 2020, at the St. Helens Theatre Royal. This is a matinee performance the tickets are £14 and there is a free Coach provided. Come and see us If you wish to purchase the ticket. The coach will leave Hilton Street at 1pm.


Carol Heaton & Ann Heaton.



PHOTOGRAPHY


After our summer break we restart our meetings at Haydock library on Thursday 19th September at 10.00 am.


If any of our U3A members wish to learn more about photography or can offer any expertise, please come along and join us.


Michael.


DRAMA GROUP 


The next two meetings for the Drama Group are Thursday 5th September and Thursday 3rd October in the library meeting room at 12 noon to 1.30pm when we will be rehearsing items for the Christmas Party!



CROWN GREEN BOWLING GROUP PC1


Bowling Group PC1 on the 4th and LAST MEETING on the 18th September.. 



CROWN GREEN BOWLING GROUP RP1


Bowling Group RP1 on the 11th and LAST MEETING on the 25th September.


Thanks to all Members who have attended the 2 Bowling Groups this year to make it another very successful and enjoyable season.

Ray Potter and Phil Carter.


POETRY APPRECIATION


The poetry group continues to meet in Ashton Library on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 12 noon.  We have room for 2 more members at the moment; if anyone is interested in joining the group, please contact Elinor Bentley or Madeline Hynes.


FRENCH GROUP


The group recommences its meetings on Wednesday 11th September at 11.00am in Ashton Library.


For the speaker on Friday 6th September: Clement d'Hollande, the Ambassador from Angers will speak on 'The landscapes and nature in Western France'


LINE DANCING GROUP


Next Line Dancing Classes are on Monday 2nd September and Monday the 7th October 2019 at 1.00 pm - 3.00 pm Captains Lane Community Centre.


KNITTING GROUP


The Knitting Group meets on the second Thursday each month in the alcove at Ashton Library at 1.30pm.


Our next meeting will be on September 12th and if anyone is interested in joining us, they'd be most welcome to pop in, or just phone Anne or Hazel for further details.



SINGING FOR PLEASURE GROUP


9th August 2019.


This was a very good sing-along afternoon; everyone had a most enjoyable time.


Our Group is formed from a very nice lot of people.  If they are not music lovers when they join, they soon become so.  Everyone gets on very well and it is my pleasure to guide them in song.  


Another good thing is that they all gel together when getting ‘organized’,   the chairs and tables are set up and put away with ‘lightning speed’.  Volunteers for refreshments are most appreciated by everyone, especially after all that lusty singing.


Our Friday singing did its usual magic trick of turning awful rainy weather into sunshine as we left the building.  


Next singing on Friday, 13th September when we will be looking at our Christmas singing programme.



WALKING GROUP


Next walk is on Tuesday 10th September Crooke Village – Appley Bridge – Crooke Village. Approx 5 miles. Duration 2 to 2.5 hours. Start is at 10am from outside Crooke Hall Inn. WN6 8LR. Street parking is available just past the Inn.


The walk takes us from Crooke on a path beside the Southport train line to Gathurst where we join the Leeds Liverpool canal. At Appley Bridge we leave the canal and make our way over Gathurst Golf Course over the M6 and back to Crooke.

The walk may be muddy in places, has some ups and downs, some stiles, some inclines and steep steps on the motorway bridge. No cafe or toilets before or during the walk Tel Gil if more information is required.


Please ensure you wear appropriate clothing and footwear whilst walking. If you have not been before please have with you on the day your next of kin details and let me know of any potential health issues that might occur whilst walking.

If you want to be on the Walking Group emailing list please email Gil Breden and if you no longer want to be on the mailing list again, please let me know.


THE BOOKWORMS


Reading Group 1.


Amor Towles was a new author for us. For our August meeting we read his highly acclaimed 2016 novel, “A Gentleman in Moscow”  

The misattribution of the authorship of a poem supporting revolution results in a Bolshevik tribunal merely sentencing Count Alexander Rostov, as an unreformed aristocrat, to indefinite house-arrest in the Metropol Hotel close to the Kremlin. Though confined to the hotel, sleeping in a tiny attic room and deprived of almost all his remaining possessions, Rostov’s indomitable spirit, erudition and capacity for love allow him to lead a full life through the Stalinist era and beyond, during which he makes deep and lasting friendships and has an onerous responsibility unexpectedly thrust upon him.  Initially a slow-burner, the many seemingly disparate and unconnected threads are brought together with increasing pace to a nerve-jangling denouement.  The story, told with a mixture of humour and philosophical reflection, gained our unanimous approval; we heartily recommend it.   



Reading Group 2.


Pompeii - Richard Harris. Date - August 22nd 79 AD.  A young engineer Marcus Attilus Aviola is sent from Rome to investigate the breakdown of the Aqueduct around the Bay of Naples. What follows over the next two days is devastating for Pompeii and Herculaneum. Recommend -Yes.

Venetian Dagger - Candida Martinelli.
Set in the city of Venice. Katie and Arthur Thompson wanted to spend some of their retirement time in Venice but things do not turn out as planned for them. Dark forces are about. Recommend - An easy read with good descriptions of Venice.


PUDDING CLUB


The Pudding Club meets once a month on a Wednesday afternoon in a member’s home.  We are a small group of amateur bakers who enjoy trying new recipes over a friendly chat and a cup of tea.

For more information speak to Anne Doyle at one of the monthly meetings.



LOCAL HISTORY


The next Local History Group meeting is at 1.30pm on Monday, 9th September 2019 at St James’ Parish Centre, Church Road, Haydock, WA11 0NJ.  Pat Grimshaw will talk to us about the history of Haydock Park Racecourse and Haydock Lodge.



PROPOSED TRIPS FOR 2019.


Trip to Chester


Thursday 26th September 2019


Afternoon Tea around about 12.00 at the Grosvenor Hotel PULFORD, which is about Twenty minutes from Chester then on to Chester  for the rest of the afternoon Cost £32.00.

Please see Mary or Maureen for more details


Christmas Meal 


Christmas Lunch Party at the DW Stadium

Thursday 12th December

 12-00pm to 4-00pm

Cost of meal £16-50

Names and a Deposit of £5-00 are now being taken to secure our booking. There will be an option of self-drive or provided transport. Cost of transport will be given later.





CREATIVE WRITING


The September meeting will be on the 20th at my home following the coffee meeting.. If you want to give us a try then please contact the group leader, Mavis Fairhurst,  for further details.


GOLF GROUP


The venues (on our Web page) may change slightly in which case I will possibly advance the start time to 10.00am instead of 09.30 because of the problems with the traffic that we encounted last year but any changes will appear in the monthly newsletter.

Also, when there is a three week gap in a couple of the monthly dates, if possible, an extra game will be arranged nearer the time.

Jim Conboy, Group Leader.


UKULELE


Ashton-in-Makerfield Ukulele Group (AIMUG)


We had a great couple of meetings recently at Bryn and at Captain’s Lane. Our group has had an upsurge in enthusiasm and numbers of attendees has been good, there were twenty three of us, despite the hot weather. This means that sessions are more enjoyable and that there are far more smiles than grimaces.


We’re hoping that group members can make a set list, which we would then use as a basis for our Captain’s Lane meetings. Be interesting to see the uptake of volunteers.


I’m hoping to put together a further 30 or so songs, so that we have a larger repertoire to go at and don’t end up playing the same old stuff every time. A few people have suggested songs, so it’s a work in progress.


Next meeting is at Bryn Labour club on Wednesday 11th September from 3 to 5pm After that it’s at the White Horse on Thursday 26th September from 2 to 4pm and then Captain’s Lane on Friday 27th September from 1 to 3pm


If anyone has a ukulele that they no longer use our group would like to buy it from you, using our group kitty, to add to our resources. Just speak to me by phone or at coffee mornings.


Beginner’s welcome, Contact Stephen in the first instance.