Message from our Chair

I trust you have all now fully recovered from your Christmas and New Year’s celebration.
Quite a lot of coughs and bad chests doing the rounds at the moment, please ensure you wrap up warm both indoors and outdoors. The increased energy costs are not helping people’s heath at the moment, what with the many ‘cold snaps’ we are experiencing. Thankfully covid, although still present, seems to be on the wane, helped by both the jabs and natural immunity. As I have said, please try and keep warm.

A few of us went to the Chinese New Year Celebration meal at the Springwater Cantonese Restaurant in Calverton, organised by Terry Hardman of Sutton u3a for the Notts Network. It was a very good evening and the ‘eat as much as you want ‘ menu proved very popular. Ordering five selections from the menu for the table at a time, after a couple of rounds of starters and mains, we soon had to loosen our belts.

We were then entertained by a traditional Chinese dragon/lion dance with music accompaniment which had everyone reaching for their cameras. The evening ended with an outdoor firework display with all the normal oohhs and aahhs.

Well organised Terry, if repeated next year, I would strongly recommend it to you.

Our next monthly meeting will be a week later than normal on the third Wednesday of the month – Wednesday 15th February, 2023.
This later meeting is due to the John Godber Centre holding CAMRA’s Hucknall Beer and Cider Festival on 10th to the 12th of February and having to set up the main hall during the week beforehand. Again, this is a good event, well worth visiting as I am sure our Real Ale Group are aware.

After our successful individuals fund raising for Hucknall’s Food Bank (£320 plus much food) several folks have asked if they can still bring food to the monthly meeting, please do and we will make sure that it is delivered to the food bank.

As always, please book in at the desk on arrival and as importantly for Health and Safety, ensure you sign yourselves out if leaving early. Please try and wear your name badges and turn off or silence your mobiles during the meeting.

I have been asked by a couple of our members to relay a thanks to the organisers of the Singalong Group for a very enjoyable Tuesday meeting in January, well done Phil & Liz.

Look forward as always to meeting you all at February’s meeting.

Melvyn Francis, Chair

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