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The Choir

I hope members enjoyed their Summer break. We met at 1.30pm on 4th September, when £5 subs. were required from all members.

From September we shall be adopting the funding system that has proved successful with other groups, where there is a requirement that all members pay into a ‘kitty’ from which expenses are taken, until the funds are depleted and members make a further contribution. With our current membership, subs. of £5 should cover approximately four meetings, which will be the next four consecutive choir meetings.

Unfortunately there cannot be any credit for absences, but the system does reduce the cost of meetings yet again. New members only may opt to pay either the £5, or the current £2 per meeting, until the next subs. are due from all members.

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October Lunch Group Menu

The October Lunch on 23rd at Cooper’s Brook will be changing their menu on October 22nd which obviously does not give us time to do a pre-order so they will accept orders from the existing menu if they receive it early enough. Therefore could you please make your choices from the following and let me know as soon as possible please.

Thanks, Sandra.

Add a starter or dessert to any lunch classic main for just £2.50 each

Soup of the day (v) With sliced bloomer bread and butter
Prawn cocktail† With baby gem lettuce, tomato, cocktail sauce, brown bloomer bread & butter
Chicken goujons† With BBQ sauce
Garlic mushrooms (v) With mayonnaise

Breaded plaice† £5.29 With seasoned chips and your choice of peas or mushy peas
Char-grilled gammon £5.29 With seasoned chips, peas and a fried egg
Classic beef burger £4.99 With burger sauce, iceberg lettuce and skin-on fries
Smoky bean chilli (ve) £5.29 With rice
Grilled salmon fillet† £6.29 With buttered baby potatoes and peas
Cauliflower cheese tart (v) £5.29 With seasoned chips and peas
Mini roast of the day £4.99 Ask your server for details
Mini grill £6.99 Gammon steak, char-grilled chicken breast and a pork sausage, with seasoned chips, peas and a fried egg
Macaroni cheese (v) £4.99 With garlic ciabatta and a dressed salad
Beef chilli £5.29 With rice and sour cream
Add home-made tortilla chips for £1 (v)
Classic chicken breast burger £5.29 With mayonnaise, iceberg lettuce and skin-on fries
Bearfields of London ham £4.99 With a dressed house salad and coleslaw
Vegan burger (ve) £4.99 In a poppy seed bun, with skin-on fries

Chocolate fudge cake (v) With clotted cream ice cream, cream or custard
Bakewell tart (v) (n) (Vegan option also available) With clotted cream ice cream
Bramley apple pie (v) (Vegan option also available) With clotted cream ice cream, cream or custard
Ice cream (v) Two scoops of clotted cream ice cream, with your choice of chocolate or strawberry sauce

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Mid-length Walking Group

With the sun breaking through and shining on the group, a very pleasant walk was had across the river from Belper. Starting in the village of Milford, twenty two members climbed out of the village onto the ridge of North Lane, an old Roman road, which offered admiring views. This being Strutt country, the route had several historical facts on the way. We crossed fields and a ford to the road into Belper and then the West Mill and Riverside Gardens.

We had lunch by the river and then tracked the river back to Milford.

Just before entering the village was the 1840 tunnel entrance built by Stephenson and son and still in use. Then it was back to the cars and off to the Hurt Arms pub for refreshments.

Thank you to Greg Umney and David Jackson for providing us with this lovely walk.

Next walk – Monday October 21st – The Nutbrook Trail (West Hallam).

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New U3A in Bulwell

The U3A is coming to Bulwell on Wednesday, October 2nd at 2.00 pm at Bulwell Methodist Church, Ravensworth Road, Bulwell, NG6 8FN.

This is an informal meeting, with tea, coffee and biscuits being served. All Hucknall U3A members will be most welcome to attend along with any non-U3A members.

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Kynren, Bishop Auckland Visit

Visit to Kynren, Bishop Auckland – 23rd – 25th August 2019

On Friday morning 49 excited members boarded the Skills coach for an historical tour of the north east taking in two cities with their various places of interest.

Our first stop was: –

Castle Howard a 300 year old historic house & garden near York. The weather was fine so we were able to enjoy the beautiful gardens, farm shop, gift shops, garden centre and of course the cafés. Then onwards to: –

Durham City – Bill Bryson (a well known author) called it ‘a perfect little city’ and Condé Nast’s Traveller magazine readers voted it the ‘Best city in the UK’. A captivating city with winding cobbled streets and a prominent peninsula crowned with the dramatic Durham Cathedral. We wandered around the City soaking up the almost carnival atmosphere and again sampling the delights of the City. A very warm but thoroughly enjoyable day.

Satuday evening was the main event and the reason for our visit:-

Kynren – An Epic Tale of England

We saw legends come to life in a thrilling tale told on an epic scale – 2,000 years in the making. The outdoor theatre spectacular set in the grounds of Auckland Castle took us on a spellbinding voyage through history as seen through the eyes of Arthur, the son of a mining family.

Boudicca’s courageous but doomed uprising against the Romans and the clash of Viking and Anglo Saxon leaders at the battle of Stamford Bridge was a spellbinding experience as was the excitement of daring jousting knights on horseback charging at full speed.

We witnessed the future King Arthur’s magical encounter with the Lady of the lake and watched Queen Elizabeth I’s royal barge as she invited Shakespeare to introduce some of his most famous characters. There was also a re-enactment of the outcome of England’s Civil War, Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee and the battlefields of the continent during both World Wars. The show ended with a magnificent firework display.

On our final day and on our way home we stopped off at:-

York – As you would expect York was buzzing with tourists; it being a Bank Holiday. Again the weather played its part – very hot. The ice creams went down well. A visit to York is like stepping back into the middle ages, the overhanging timber-framed houses and traditional shopfronts of The Shambles. And you can’t miss York Minster, one of the largest cathedrals in Northern Europe.

Finally our thanks must go to Rose Ridley who organised the visit and made sure we were well looked after. Once again thanks Rose.

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