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.

John Tedstone

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