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Grumpy Old Men Group

We visited the Museum of Timekeeping at Upton for our latest monthly outing, and fittingly for the U3A, we were all early as usual. We had a very interesting guided tour from the manager of the museum, hearing about some of the rare and unusual clocks on display, as well as the history of the building. The oldest clock pre-dated ‘railway time’ and was adjustable to give longer or shorter hours, very useful if you were an unscrupulous employer!

The Museum closes for the winter period, apart from pre-booked tours, and we were shown an area where the displays are in the process of being updated, with less text explanations and more ‘hands-on’ exhibits. The building also houses the British Horological Institute, where courses are run for all aspects of clock and watch repairs.

We rounded off the morning with lunch at the Bridge Inn at Oxton, and no causes for grumpiness, remembering our founding Grumpy, John Ellis.

If you are a sufficiently Grumpy Old Man, and would like to join us, just use the email contact box below. We take it in turns to organize monthly visits and other activities – coming up in the next few months are visits to Nottingham Council House, an Amazon fulfillment centre near Doncaster and the Nottingham Tram control centre at Wilkinson Street. We usually retire for lunch after each activity at a nearby pub or similar.

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History Group

For the benefit of new members, all meeting are on the 3rd Wednesday of the month except July, August & December. Indoor meetings are held at the Central Methodist Church at 2.00pm prompt.

Our January meeting was with Stephen Flinders and his Old Curiosity Box. It started a bit chaotically since Stephen lost his way round the new road system and we waited to see how he wanted the room setting out – however it was a great meeting with us trying to guess what his artefacts were. There was lots of pondering, talking and laughter – a super afternoon.

The next meeting on 19th February, 2020 is a Members’ Meeting – History Books. Tell other members about a ‘history’ book you have read, be it fiction or non-fiction; why it captured your imagination and why you think they should enjoy the read.

18th March, 2020 is the visit to the Richard lll Centre and Leicester Cathedral. Leave Hucknall 10.30am; Leave Leicester at 4.00pm. Return to Hucknall at 5.30pm (ish). Cost £18. The coach is fully booked and we have a reserve list. If it happens that you are unable to make it, please let myself, Kath or Kathy know as soon as possible. Thank you.

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Kurling

Thank you all for the great turn out at Broomhill for our after Christmas meal which we all enjoyed. The staff would like to thank you all for your custom.

I will see you all in February.

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Mid-length Walking group

Twenty people came along on Sunday 12th January for our 6 mile walk along the canal. We had a lovely day, which included a coffee/tea in the Heritage Centre cafe at Beeston Lock and then a meal in Wetherspoons at the end!

Our next walk will be on Monday 17th February, 2020. We’ll be getting the first tram after 9:30 am so that we are ready for a 10:15 am start. This is a Nottingham City/Quiz walk and we’ll be working in teams for this.

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Fun with Languages

It was great to meet up again after Christmas. We are looking forward to our meal out at French Living on 7th February and Liz has all the arrangements.

Our January meeting continued with French and our course Ma France. We watched and discussed two videos on shopping in the market and the supermarket and talked about the advantages and disadvantages with these two types of places. We completed some games and began to write short role plays on shopping.

The role plays will be completed and performed at the next meeting on Thursday, 13th February, 2020 at the John Godber Centre at 10.30 am. This will be our last French session for a few months and March we shall pick up the sessions on Spanish.

New members are welcome and help provided. To anyone who has been ill or who still is I hope you have a speedy recovery and we look forward to seeing you next session.

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