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Zoom Film Matinee Days

As we would appear to be going into another stage of the covid virus/lockdown, we have decided to show a series of films via Zoom.

You don’t need to download the zoom app, just click in the link that will be sent a day or so before. There will be a short introduction to the films and then a chat after, if you wish.

Please find out how to ‘mute’ yourselves on zoom to prevent unintentional interuptions.

The first film will be THE GOOD DIE YOUNG on Weds 28th October at 1.30pm.

The second film will be DEAD END on Weds 25th November, again at 1.30pm.

The December film will be a seasonal one, yet to be decided.

If proven popular, 2021 will bring on a monthly basis – SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON – MY WEEK WITH MARILYN – THE HISTORY BOYS and CAPTAIN PHILLIPS.

Please see attached poster for full film details.

Film Shows via Zoom Oct and Nov 2020

No action required by your goodselves, just click on the link (which will be sent a day or so before) a couple of minutes before the time on the day.

Best regards, take care and keep safe

Melvyn Francis
Vice Chairman

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Fun with Languages

Greetings everyone! We hope this finds you well and in as good a heart as possible as we all cope with these challenging Covid 19 days. Our good wishes go out to all those who are struggling with anxiety or other health issues.

We had the last of our Italian sessions for this set on 8th October via Zoom link. It was a more pleasing turn out than last time so well done! And those who have not been on, we miss you. We had a quiz on Italy kindly led by Liz; and then we looked at the Finding your way vocab sheet and wordsearch; then finished in style with a smile as the screen share worked and we enjoyed the Gypsy Queens rendition of L’Italiano, by courtesy of Phil. Thank you to all who took part and for technical help from Mark and Ian.

Oue next meeting will be on Thursday, 12th November, 2020 when we shall begin a continuation of our French. So all you Zoomers see you then!

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Online Zoom Monthly Meeting

The online Zoom Monthly Meeting will be held on October 14th at 2.00pm

Part 1

1. Welcome to the meeting
2. Update on activity

Part 2
‘It’s a long way up’ Trekking to Everest Base Camp and beyond. Terry Hill and I have both completed this trek and we will describe and show you the area and its peoples as we talk through the journey from start to finish. You will discover Terry’s affinity with Yaks, how balaclavas can be used to check the outside temperature and much more.

David Rose

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The New Local ARC Cinema

Here is the latest information to enable you to visit the new local cinema, The ARC, (previously Byron Cinema).

For those of you who are not aware that the ARC is now open, complete with upholstered seats, etc, a full programme of what is on offer can be obtained by visiting its website

The website shows the films on offer and which one of the 3 screens being used. Parking can be obtained either on the Tram Park ‘n’ Ride (free), Piggins Croft and also the Market Place. Prices for Seniors are £7.75 Most films are shown 2 or 3 times per day. Tickets can be bought either by visiting the Foyer (ticket Machine for cards),at reception or on line or on phone.

Good luck to this new experience in Hucknall and solving the problem of our Byron building here in Hucknall.

For full regular information on dates and times of all films and concerts in and around Nottingham contact Alan Snape, via the form below, to have your e mail address added to his circulation list.

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History Group

The History Group always welcomes all U3A members. Our indoor meetings are held at Central Methodist Church on the 3rd Wednesday of the month commencing at 2.00 pm. Money paid for the trip to Richard lll will be safe in the U3A bank until we can re-arrange later on. At present I am not sure when meetings will restart – but – watch this space! I look forward to seeing everyone but in the meantime please take care and stay safe.

No-one came back to me with information about the football teams or all the goal scorers from last time. I thought that maybe a couple of readers would recognise sport playing family members.

I have acquired some of the books written by Eric Horriben “Hucknall: Of Lowly Birth and Iron Fortune”. If you would like one you can email me through the Hucknall U3A website form below and we will arrange a socially distanced handover for £3. The cost if you would like one by post will be £5.

Eric was born in Hucknall in 1917 on Lambert Hill beside Spring Street School and was the son and grandson of coal miners. He was educated at Spring Street and Beardall Street Schools before going on to higher education with a scholarship to Henry Mellish School in Bulwell. In 1940 he married Kathleen Parr and the couple made their home on Winchester Street, Sherwood. Most local people knew him as Rates Officer in the local council offices for Hucknall UDC on Watnall Road. More than six years war service in the Devonshire Regiment fostered his interest in local history and maybe the idea of a book was probably born in a Toc H Canteen in India when the author was told of ‘a little place near Nottingham’. Later he decided to do a Local History course at Nottingham University and his lovely book came eventually from the thesis for the course. Other interests included walking, youth work, being a local preacher and part-time lecturing for the WEA. Eric became chairman of Hucknall Heritage Society when it began in 1984 and continued for many years. He died some years ago now but we should be grateful that much of his work remains for us to enjoy today. I remember him especially for his kindness and encouragement to beginners like myself as I began looking seriously at Hucknall’s history.


(A query during lockdown)

This tale is about two bottles one found on a walk and another in a garden. The question was could I help with any information?

The first one looked like a pint sized bottle for milk with a white circle on the outside – inside which was printed G. Walters, Dairyman, Hucknall. I had never heard of a Walters in this trade but looked through directory copies dating back 150 years and eventually found a listing. The directories of 1925, 1928 and 1941 note G. Walters, Dairyman, at No.2, Carlingford Road. This residential street seemed an unusual place for a dairy. Surprisingly I found nothing else so if you know any more about this business or are related to the family I would like to know.

The second bottle, also pint sized, had Wyatt & Co., Brewers, Hucknall, Notts. embossed on the glass. Directories first mentioned this business in 1910 giving W. Whyatt & Co., Botanic Beer Manufacturers, 51, Co-operative Avenue. The census for 1911 tells us that William Whyatt with wife Millicent, sons Sydney and Percy and daughter Kate were all born Hucknall Torkard and lived at 51, Co-op. Avenue. By 1925 Percy and Sydney were running the business as herbal brewers and this carries on up to a directory mention in 1941. I was interested enough to search for this family in earlier years discovering that William Whyatt was a butcher in 1891 living with his family on Watnall Road. By 1901 William was a brewer living on Woollaton Street.

Do any readers remember drinking these botanical beers? I did enjoy the Dandelion & Burdock but didn’t like the Horehound which was known in Hucknall lingo as ‘orahnd’. It did seem quite a change for the family from butchering to brewing. Can you tell readers more about the family? Do you have any of these, or any other, Hucknall bottles?

SOURCES:- Kelly’s and White’s Directories and census returns from ‘findmypast’ online.

Shall I say ‘Ask Me Another?’ If you have any questions I am happy to try helping by searching my own archive of memorabilia, photographs or records of Hucknall.

T.T.F.N. Maureen

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