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Newsletter (December 2022)

December 2022

Season’s Greetings

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year…..

Hope everyone has written all their cards, done all their present shopping and remembered the turkey!

It’s been a busy year and we are all looking forward to a better 2023.

Here’s a message from the chair, Ann:

“I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a Healthy and Happy New Year and to thank you for making our u3a what it is – a friendly vibrant group of folk who learn, laugh and live together – and from what I’ve seen, mostly laugh!

“Stay connected by frequently checking out our website – new groups are forming or you may wish to join an existing one. January is a good time to begin a new adventure!

“Remember also we are always here if you just need a friendly voice!”

Festive Quiz

What better way to get in the festive mood than with our annual quiz. There was a grand turn out with lots of Christmas jumpers.

Thanks as always to Graham our quizmaster and Jayne for posing some blinking hard questions – the front covers of the TV and Radio Times really were testing.

Of course there was a winner and it was a team made up of Norma, Sheila, Kay, Geoff and Maria. The wooden spoon team consisted of Erica, Jane and Lynne and it was a double whammy because Erica won the best Christmas outfit, to her delight.

The victors

We reckon the winners won because Maria got the very difficult Croquet question right!

Here are the wooden spoon winners and of course the best Christmas outfit winner.

Jane and Lynne with their Santas – no wooden spoons this year
Erica – love the glasses!

Thanks to everyone who turned out and here’s to the 2023 quiz (I’m already lining up a big box of chocolates for Jayne to see if I can get an early look at the questions!)

Chimes for Christmas

Continuing the festive theme – well it is Christmas – the Chimes group made its debut at the Withnell Fold village carol service at the sports club.

After weeks of rehearsals the chimers gave renditions of favourite carols and the audience could actually name that tune – which was a relief to the chimers. A huge thank to our musical maestro Kay who is an extremely patient teacher and hopefully all her hard work paid off. There were actually some compliments on the night, so Britain’s Got talent watch out! For those who didn’t get to the carols, here are the chimers in action.

The chimers make their musical debut

Ukulele success

We do like a theme in the u3a so to continue the musical one – the new Ukulele group held its first meeting.

If Ann’s neighbours wondered what what was going on – it was the group making music at her home as the track to the Social club we too icy that week. Judging by the photo, a good time was had by all.

The Ukulele Group’s first get together

Anyone wanting to join, or who has a spare ukulele can find the group on the website.

Let’s get social…..

It never takes much for a social occasion in our u3a.

The MOTO group has its Christmas lunch outing at the Ley inn..

Festive jumpers and paper hats…..

The walking group also took time out from trekking the highways and byways for a get together.

A chance to swap walking tales

The group has a new convenor. The baton – or should we say the walking pole – has been taken up by Nick after Jackie stepped down recently. He will now be the first point of contact for all future walks. He says arrangement will be much the same as usual and walks will be posted on the website. He is also looking for any members to leads walks.

Looking to 2023

One of the first dates for your calendars is Wednesday, January 4 for the first speaker meeting of the New Year.

Author and raconteur Phillip Caine will be taking us from Barrow to Baghdad and back again. His work has taken him to many countries around the world and he spent his last ten years in the Middle East. Since his retirement he has become and author and speaker.

The talk starts at 10.30am but come along for a cuppa and a biscuit from 10am. admission £2.

IT Troubleshooting Group

Do you have trouble getting your phone, tablet or computer to do what you want? Or do you have some great ideas on how to use IT? The IT Troubleshooting Group is the place to be!

If you are interested please leave a message using the form at the bottom of the group page. Don’t forget to mention any issues you’d like the group to consider.  Possible topics could include: “What is a web browser and what is an app?”, “How can I avoid forgetting my passwords?”.

National u3a news

Don’t forget your can get all the national u3a news as well as lots of info about different courses etc at the national u3a website.

Don’t struggle

We can reserve a parking spot right next to the clubhouse for those finding it difficult to walk up. Just let us know.

We hope you have enjoyed the new-look newsletter. If you have any contributions please contact Lynn using the form below.

So signing off for 2022, let’s hope next year is a better one. Enjoy the turkey and the crackers and see you all in 2023!

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