Lunch Group

When the Lunch Group was first set up in 2009, it was meant to be an opportunity to try restaurants we may not have been to before, especially for single members who might be reluctant to visit such places on their own. We can visit the “pub” style lunches anytime but it is nice occasionally to lunch somewhere a bit different. However since Covid many of these venues have increased their prices vastly and as our members often belong to many other groups which might involve costs, it can all add up greatly.

In future I hope to book venues with more reasonable prices and also within an eight mile or so radius of Hucknall to also take account of the increased petrol prices. I should be grateful for your recommendations please.

On Wednesday, 22nd June we went to an old favourite, The Thorn Tree at Woodlinkin (a “George’s” fish restaurant). And, yes, the price of fish has gone up indeed!

On 27th July we are going to The Royal Oak at Westwood; unfortunately I had booked it before their new menu was printed and yes, again the prices have increased significantly. I shall need a £5 deposit please along with your menu choices.

On 24th August at a member’s request we are going to Mr Man’s Chinese at Wollaton Park for which I shall also need a £5 deposit.

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Mid-length Walking Group

In June, the Mid-Length Walking Group enjoyed a pleasant walk at Holme Pierrepont National Water Sports Centre. Passing the White-Water Rapids, we followed the rowing course by the River Trent to the Water Skiing Centre where we had our elevenses.

After a stroll through Skylarks Nature Reserve, we came across the Skylarks Experimental Saxon Village. Unfortunately, it has been severely vandalised and the two volunteers who happened to be there gave us an interesting talk about its history and what they hope to eventually achieve.

Dinner was eaten overlooking the Rowing Course then back via the Yacht Club to the car park. All in all, a lovely walk on a lovely day.

Those who are interested can view details of the Saxon Village on Facebook- “Skylarks Experimental Archaeology”.

Our thanks go to Philip and Liz Attenborough.

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NSGOM – Hatchet Harry’s

On the day after mid-summer’s day, a group of Not So Grumpy Old Men decided to venture into the big city of Nottingham, looking to see where they could explore their Inner Viking.

They came across Hatchet Harry’s on Lister Gate and honed their skills in Axe Throwing.

After a bit of practise, they were divided into two teams. The A Team and the Axe- edentz.

It was a close encounter with the victorious Axe-edentz winning by 25 points to the ATeam’s miserable 23.5

Fortunately no injuries were sustained and it proved to be a most enjoyable and social evening.

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Message from the Chair

Our next monthly meeting is on Wednesday, 10th July, and I look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible.
Please ensure that you enter the building from the car park rear entrance.

The good weather is among us, nice to see the sunshine after the cold winter and wet spring. A time for getting out and, if you are able, getting away on your holidays, short breaks or days out. Really hoping that the current airport delays and flight cancellations – more to come – do not affect any of us.

Don’t forget there are plenty of wonderful places in the UK to visit, I personally love the Scottish Highland, Snowdonia in Wales and love a long weekend close to home in the Peak District, we really are blessed with a wonderful choice.

Our guest speaker this month is a gentleman known as Andy McKinnon, who will be giving us a talk on the First World War, a topic that is no longer within living memory unless you are over 104 years old.

Following on from our coffee / tea break we will be hearing from Home-Start a charity that supports families with young children, run by local trained volunteers.

Looking forward to the both of the talks, and a big thankyou as always to Dianne our Speakers Secretary for arranging everything.

Our Treasurer will be back among us in the near future and the bank mandate resolved, so financial activity will soon be back to normal, thanks for your patience during this handover period from our ex-Treasurer Christine to our new Treasurer, Gary.

On our website, www.hucknallu3a.org.uk under the heading ‘Announcements’ there is a list of all of the groups that have vacancies and are looking for new members. However, should you want to join a group that is full, please speak to the group’s co-ordinator and/or Sue Tedstone who will be only too glad to give help and encouragement in helping you to start a new group. Hopefully when our current group leaders tell us what it is they do, it will encourage more of us to take a more active part.

Please approach any of the committee or indeed anyone, who will gladly lead you in the right direction.

As always, thanks to Steve for preparing and editing our newsletter, we are very lucky, not many u3as have monthly newsletters.

Melvyn Francis, Chair

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Monthly Meeting – 13th July 2022

Safety
As always, Covid is still amongst us with the latest ‘Omicron’ variants and quite a few among us are still catching it. If you have any of the symptoms, high temperature, persistent cough, loss of sense of taste and smell, sore throat or cold-like symptoms, please do not attend the monthly meetings or indeed any group meetings / activities.
We will be keeping all of the windows open, so please dress accordingly. If you feel more comfortable wearing a mask, please do so.

As always, please use the rear doors off the car park for access and ensure that you register yourself as attending. If leaving before the end of the meeting, it is important for health and safety reasons that you sign yourselves out.

Our meeting will start as normal at 2.00 pm, with a few announcements, followed by our guest speaker, Andy McKinnon, talking to us about the 1st World War.

After our coffee / tea break, we will be reconvening to hear a short talk from ‘Home-Start’.
Home-Start is a local community network of trained volunteers and expert support helping families with young children through their challenging times. They are there for parents when they need them the most because childhood can’t wait.

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