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Theatre Royal
Band of Gold on Wednesday 15th January 2020 at 2.00 pm Tickets £30.50
Matthews Bourne’s The Red Shoes on Thursday 16th April 2020 at 2.00 pm Tickets £40.50

Royal Concert Hall
Strictly Come Dancing The Professionals on Wednesday 13th May 2020 at 2.30 pm Tickets £52.00

‘Live at Lunch’ free concerts Friday 29th November 2019 Royal Northern College of Music.
Christmas carols and Festive songs Monday 9th December 2019 from NTU Chamber Choir
Both these concerts start at 1.00 pm but will be popular so plan to arrive early.

If you are interested in the history of the theatre you can go to www.ourtheatreroyal.org for much more information.

Many thanks, Barbara.

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History Group

Wow! What a day we had at Royal Armouries. Everything seemed to work out perfectly. The re-enactments/talks were great and very well done and the handling sessions were just am-a-zing. Café/snack bars were good, lifts to what seemed like many floors were brilliant, there was even an indoor picnic area and plenty of loos.


Even the views outside of the Leeds and Liverpool canal were great. It was so good, with so much to see, that I would like to go again to catch all I missed on one marvellous day.

On Wednesday November 20th Stephen Walker is coming to talk to us on “From Gedling to Ashfield”. He will explain the structure of his recent book about Gedling Borough, looking at the evidence, history and heritage of the area then suggest how we can apply that to Hucknall and Hucknall Heritage Societies idea for an exciting new project. The meeting is at Central Methodist Church commencing with the presentation at 2.00 pm sharp

No meeting in December – too near Xmas.

Stephen Flinders will be coming in January with his box of curiosities. Starting again with the presentation at 2.00 pm sharp. More details later. I will need a few early helpers for this meeting on 15th January 2020 as Stephen would like the room set out differently.

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Committee Corner

The Membership Secretary took the Committee through the membership renewal forms for 2020. The possible use of Pay Pal to pay for membership was discussed.

The Short Course organiser outlined future films and short courses which had been planned.

The accounts for October were examined and approved.

The 2019 budget was discussed and the proposed 2020 budget was also discussed and approved.

Details of next month’s Speaker were given.

The Equipment Manager gave information regarding PAT Testing of U3A electrical equipment.

The Groups’ Coordinator reported that someone had now come forward to take over the National Trust group.

Details were given about next month’s Showcase.

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Message from the Chair

October has been a long month with the changing of the clocks and the resultant long dark nights now with us. Halloween has come and gone and by the time you read this Bonfire night will also have come and gone.

Over the month some of our members, including myself, spent a Saturday at Nottingham University attending a Conference called “Ageing Well”. It proved to be an excellent day organised by the University and the Nottinghamshire U3A. We attended two lectures over the day and also two workshops of our choice on topics such as Sleeping Well, Dementia Friendly Homes and Memory. The day finishing with a leisure activity of our choice. It was excellent to see so many members from Hucknall attending, as there were only a hundred places for all thirty three U3A’s in the County. A special thank you should go to Siobhan Lee who played a major part in organising the day.

I also attended a meeting of the Nottinghamshire U3A’s held in Ravenshead. The major topic discussed here was the plan for each GP surgery to have a person trained to liaise with local organisations like the U3A to help support patients where appropriate.

Finally, may I thank the Interest Group leaders and members who have volunteered to perform at the Showcase in December. Enjoy this months activities

Barrie Saunders

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Short Walk – Thursday, 21st November 2019

Short Walk details as follows, meeting at Cotgrave Country Park car park on Hollygate Lane at 9.45 am for a 10.00 am start.

Turning off the A46 Cotgrave on to Stragglethorpe Road then left onto Hollygate Lane. The car park is on the right after the mini-roundabout for the new housing estate.

The walk is 4 miles along the Grantham Canal then across fields and through Cotgrave – all flat in general. Afterwards just down the road is the Rose and Crown in Cotgrave for drinks and/or food.

This is a relatively new country park and a new area for us.

Walk Leader: Greg Umney

(Car share recommended: please contact Greg or myself on the form below if a lift is required)

David Rose

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