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Newsletter (November 2022)

November 2022

Christmas Quiz

Dig out those festive jumpers and get that grey matter into gear – it’s time for the Christmas Quiz!

Don’t forget your festive jumpers!

Our quizmaster will be Graham with questions posed by Jayne, and there will be prizes for the winning team, a booby prize for the bottom team – and of course an award for the best Christmas outfit.

Doors open at the Sports and Social Club at 10am on December 7 for a cuppa and a mince pie, followed by the quiz at 10.30am. Admission is £2.

Another date for your festive calendar – there will be carol singing around Withnell Fold village on Wednesday, December 21 starting at 6.30pm. After a procession through the village, everyone is invited back to the Sports and Social Club for refreshments, and after several weeks in intense rehearsals, it will be a debut for our new Chimes players who will entertain with some festive tunes. Your support would be appreciated!

Our new choir….move over Gareth Malone!

The new Singing for Pleasure group had its first meeting and was enjoyed by all. Tuition was via YouTube and the singers are looking forward to their next session. While there were several lady singers, it would be good to see more men lending their voices.

In fine voice

Anyone wanting to join can find details under Activities.

Ukulele tunes

Keeping to a musical them…….. We can’t guarantee any leaning on lampposts, but is anyone is interested in a ukulele group?

Some neighbouring u3as have successful groups and there has been an enquiry about one for our u3a. Anyone wanting to know more, or who has a spare ukulele, or one of their own, can contact groups co-ordinator Maria.

Sheet music!

A shout out from our musical maestro Kay for any spare or used sheets of A4 paper.

Kay painstakingly prepares all the music for the handbells and chimes group but goes through paper as if it is going out of fashion. And always with an eye on recycling, she is is looking for A4 sheets which may have been used but are blank on the back. Anyone who can help can contact Kay through the Handbells group.

Festive fun starts early….

The Social Outings group has started the festive season early. Several members joined Mawdelsey u3a for a coach trip to the Christmas market at Chatsworth in Derbyshire. Despite a long day, it was declared a huge success and here’s the proof.

After Chatsworth it was Abba time at the Dunkenhalgh Hotel, Accrington, when a group of us donned our party gear for a festive lunch and a session on the dance floor.

It turned out to be a great event, starting with a few Abba numbers – who would have thought we would have been Dancing Queens at 11.30 in the morning! There was carol singing, a quiz and a a delicious lunch followed by…..more dancing.

A good time was had by all of us, if some of us were a little stiff the next day!

These boots were made for walking…

The walking group is always popular and visit some beautiful parts of our area. Dean always takes some amazing photographs so here are a few from two recents walks around Pleasington and the River Brock.

An unusual landmark on the River Brock walk
What a view

Welcome to our new committee member

We have a new committee member to introduce to you. Welcome to Jane Watson who is taking on a new role examining new links with UCLAN and other organisations.

Website news…..

Our technical wizard Clive has spent a lot of time making sure our new website is easy to find, navigate and is accessible.

Here, he sums up what you can expect from the website.

“We’ve managed to make good progress and feedback from members has been positive and it is now easier to find the site using internet search engines.

“One of the objectives when establishing the website was to make it accessible. As well as making the site informative and easy to navigate it is important to make it available to the whole range of devices used to access it (eg computers, tablets and smartphones) and ensuring it responds to the various accessibility features available on most modern devices.

“Accessibility features allows users to change the website presentation – for example by changing colour contrast, size of the text font – and even converting the content to audio. I suspect many people are unaware that such features are available. The way to access them varies between different types and versions of device.

“Fortunately it is possible to access device specific advice using a service provided by the charity AbilityNet which can be found at https://mcmw.abilitynet.org.uk/.”

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

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