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'Not So Grumpies'

March 15th saw the ‘Not So Grumpies’ in the news, with a fascinating visit to the BBC Nottingham studio. Our guides for the trip were studio managers Jo and Brooke, who explained the various operations prior to taking the group on a tour of the news room and studios.
They effectively tried to shield presenters from the NSGrumpies (although this didn’t prevent Vaughan from attempting to abduct sports presenter Natalie Jackson!).
After gate crashing Verity Cowley’s Drive Time show, we were taken into the studio control room (and swiftly ushered out again as a precaution in case anyone was tempted to play with the controls!).
Finally, we managed to meet weather presenter Anna Church in the ‘East Midlands Today’ studio, as shown in the attached photo, where she clearly told us which way the wind blew!
David Jackson

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NSGOM Veolia Visit

In February, the Not So Grumpies visited Veolia’s Materials Recovery Facility at Mansfield and were treated to a fascinating insight into the world of recycling. On arrival at the MRF we were welcomed by Lesley Taylor of Veolia, who provided us with refreshments and then gave us an overview of the materials recovery process and explained what could and could not be recycled. Following an induction and Health and Safety briefing, during which members eventually worked out which way round a hard hat was meant to be worn, we were taken on a tour of the Facility. She pointed out and explained the processes and stages of recovery, which eventually resulted in the various materials being baled up ready for collection. The attached photos show various old and used objects being lined up for sorting. Much better informed, and having significantly reduced Veolia’s stocks of tea and biscuits, we then made our way to Larch Farm to discuss what we had learned and to see what else we could recycle.
Fairly Grumpy David Jackson

Hi David
Thank you for the photographs and the report (which made me smile).
I am very pleased that you all enjoyed the morning; I had a lovely time and really enjoyed meeting you all. Thank you for arranging the visit and for your kind comments on your feedback form.
Keep up the good work!
Kind regards

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Not So Grumpies Visit Toyota Plant

16 NSGOMs had a very interesting visit to the Toyota plant at Burnaston on Tuesday 3rd October.
After coffee there was an initial briefing and introduction before we donned hard hat, safety spectacles and an earpiece connected to a receiver.
Boarding a ‘little train’ our party then proceeded to travel through the Press and Paint shops where the use of robotic machinery was an amazing sight. There was a commentary on what was happening and our final destination was the assembly plant where everything was fitted to the completed body shell by humans (known as members in Toyota speak) with impressive skill and speed. A question and answer session ended the visit after which we in true U3A style adjourned for lunch.
Many thanks to John Berrill for organising all aspects of this great day out, however the lack of grumpiness was somewhat disappointing…
The photographs are of the group in the reception area and Dave Insley with a light snack.

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NSGOM At the Races

In August, inspired by the Marx Brothers and Queen, the Not So Grumpies decided on a day at the races. On arrival at Nottingham Racecourse, we were welcomed by a course official and directed to the Centenary Bar (for its commanding view of the course!), where we began studying the form of the fine stallions and fillies lined up for us, prior to having our lunch of fish and chips. We then proceeded to the Paddock, where there was a collection of old nags and donkeys present, many of which are shown in this photograph.

In true Grumpy style, we searched high and low before deciding on the most appropriate bookmaker (also shown on the photo) with whom to make our fortunes. There followed a most enjoyable and increasingly merry afternoon, during which no-one lost their shirt (although given the various sartorial preferences on show, that might have been a blessing!). We then returned home via bus and tram, continuing our celebrations along the way.
Fairly Grumpy David Jackson

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Not So Grumpies Get Competitive!

On May 23rd, the Not So Grumpies continued the motor sport theme with a trip to Amen Corner to brave the chequered flag on the Go-kart track.
Prior to the 2 heats, members were given a safety briefing stating that individuals were only in competition with themselves. Little did the instructor realise the competitive and cutthroat nature of the participants!
From the start it was a hard fought and adrenalin-fuelled battle, with members forcing each other wide on corners, cutting each other off, and occasionally nudging other karts off course – just like they normally drive on the road!

The exultant winners of each heat (John Saunders aka Damien Hell, and Mark Jackson aka Tricky Louder) are shown below with 3rd placed David (where’s the clutch?) Insley .
Following the event, the race debrief was held at the White Hart, where suitable rehydrating medication was also administered to the exhausted participants.
Next Month: Tuesday June 27th Par 3 Pitch and Putt Golf at Selston

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