Short Walks Group

Short Walk Thursday August 27th 2020

Our first official U3A short walk started from the Hucknall tram stop car park (plenty of space currently).
15 members walked in 2 smaller groups with a 30/40m gap between them.

Our route took us through a short section of the Papplewick Green estate before taking the ‘yellow brick’ bridleway alongside the Leen Valley golf course before branching off to the footpath alongside the River Leen which emerges on Papplewick Lane.

The next 2 sections were Moor Pond Wood and Papplewick Dam Wood where we stopped for a group photograph. From 1782 to 1828 the power of the river was harnessed for cotton spinning at Castle Mill .Cutting edge technology in its day. A meander up a gentle slope took us into Papplewick Church for a look around and a drinks stop.
The final section was through Linby village and across to The Ranges, the former Linby Colliery spoil heap, now redeveloped as country/recreational park. At the top there are expansive views in all directions.

Next Walk: Thursday, September 17th, 2020 – details later.

The photograph background is the waterfall at Top Upper Dam. The group are standing apart or in households.

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Monthly Meeting via Zoom September 2020

The online Zoom Monthly Meeting – 10.00 am, September 9th, 2020.

Agenda: Part 1

1. Welcome to the meeting – David Rose

2. Introducing the 2020 to 2022 committee members and their roles – Committee

3. An update on Covid-19 guidance and the impact on U3As – David Rose

4. Information about Group activity during lockdown – Siobhan Lee

5. Looking ahead in a changing environment – David Rose

Part 2

We are pleased to have member Bob Gow who will be taking us a walk through:

‘A short history of Bestwood from Royal Hunting Grounds to a Hive of Industry and Commerce’

Bob, as some of you will know, is heavily involved with the restoration and upkeep of the
Bestwood Engine Winding House which is the last remaining part of a vanished colliery and a relic of Victorian industrial engineering. Before all this came Nell Gwynne and Bob, much like Nell, will be revealing all.


This is a Zoom event however if you do not have Zoom, do not like Zoom or have Zoom fatigue then the meeting can be accessed by phone. It is your normal call rate (they are not premium numbers) It allows you to join in and listen to the meeting.

How to access

If you do not have an internet connection you can join the meeting by telephone.
Dial any one of the standard rate numbers below:
0203 901 7895
0131 460 1196
0203 051 2874
0203 481 5237
0203 481 5240
When prompted enter the meeting ID, which is 718 4497 8566, followed by #
When prompted for Participant ID, press #
When prompted for the meeting password, enter 136162, followed by #.
You will then be in the meeting.
To mute / unmute yourself during the meeting press *6

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Written in haste, as I lost track of the date for some strange reason. A quick ‘Hello’ to choir members, I hope everyone is well, and keeping up with their singing, we don’t want to be croaky when we finally get together again. Things are looking up, if you’re brave or foolhardy enough (depending on your point of view) to join in things as they resume. I was sad to see that grandmothers can’t expect to get any hugs this Christmas, but I think that may be a rule that will be broken! Enjoy what you feel able to do, and see you when we can meet, and perhaps we’ll have a group hug… or not. Take care.

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Movement to Music Group Closure

Group Update

Unfortunately I am no longer able to continue as Group Leader for the Movement to Music group, so (unless another U3A member is willing to take over*) it won’t be re-opening when other U3A activities resume at the John Godber Centre.

This has been a very lively, sociable and enjoyable group to teach – so I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have taken part since our first short course started in September 2017, for their interest (and willingness to share my enthusiasm for Dance!) Keep Moving!

Sue Saunders.

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September Scam News

September Scam News

What to do if you’re the victim of a bank transfer scam (APP)
An APP is an ‘authorised push payment’ scam, also known as a bank transfer scam. It occurs when you –knowingly or unknowingly –transfer money from your own bank account to one belonging to a scammer.

For example, a scammer pretends to be from your bank’s fraud team and warns you that you need to move your money to a safe account but it’s actually an account the fraudster controls. If you have been tricked into transferring money to the account of someone you don’t know, you might have been the victim of what is known as authorised push payment (APP) fraud.

Take action:
Contact your bank immediately

If you think you’ve been scammed, you should call your bank or card provider immediately. Tell the bank what happened, and let them know the bank account number your money was sent to. Your bank might be able to either stop the transaction from going ahead or recover your money from the fraudster’s account. But speed is of the essence for this, so it’s important to let your bank know as soon as it happens.

Also: Contact the bank where your money was sent
You should also contact the bank where your money was sent and let it know the account number as it may be able to halt the money and get it back for you.

A current local Council Tax Phone Scam –an example of an APP
Local residents have been warned after reports that fraudsters have been targeting people with a council tax phone scam. People living in the area have reported receiving a phone call purporting to be from Ashfield or Gedling Council claiming they were due a council tax rebate. The fraudsters then attempt to get bank details from the victim, saying the information is needed to pay the rebate.

Following increasing reports, the councils have issued a warning to residents. They said: “We’ve been made aware of a council tax phone scam taking place, including recently in the local area. We’re asking residents to take care if anyone contacts you to discuss your council tax, especially if they are offering a substantial refund and asking for bank details. Our officers may occasionally contact residents directly to discuss their accounts and offer refunds, but if you have any doubt, about who you are speaking to, take their name and call our switchboard number
Gedling Council: 0115 901 3901 Ashfield Council : 01623 450 000
and speak to the council tax department.”

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