December Long Walk

Thanks to all the hardy souls who braved the mud and the rain for our latest walk, which was around the Felley Mill area.  It was a nice walk and we managed to miss most of the mud by sticking to Forestry roads.  It is a very picturesque walk in the right weather, with a good chance of seeing deer, but sadly it was showery and overcast. We had a shorter walk due to the conditions, 7.45 miles.

Thanks to everyone who went to the Nabb Inn for a pint after the walk, very enjoyable, by way of thanks to Emma who kindly lets us park in her car park whenever we are walking in that area. 

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Litter Picking Group

Some good news to report – firstly with regard to the missing litter bins which I mentioned in last month’s newsletter. Some of them have now been replaced.

The second piece of good news is that, for over a year now, we have been campaigning for a litter bin to be sited in the last layby on the left going down the bypass towards Bulwell and at last a nice new shiny litter bin has been positioned there. Hurray! Its an area that gathers a lot of litter so let’s hope that people use the new bin. I know that litter pickers will make good use of it.

Finally may I wish all Hucknall & District u3a members a very happy Christmas and a healthy and happy 2024.

Val Gant

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National Trust Visit to York

The National Trust group completed their visits for 2023 with a visit to the city of York on Tuesday, 28th November. Leaving behind the heavy rain of the previous day the group set out in beautiful bright sunshine. Leaving promptly at 8.30 am from Hucknall Market we arrived in York for 10.30 am.

The day’s programme choice was broad and made for a very busy day in York. Many members headed to visit the National Trust Treasurer’s House which was situated next to the famous York Minster.

Over the rest of the day members had the opportunity to visit many of the following attractions, The York Christmas Market, The Minster, The Jorvik Centre, The Shambles, The Clifford Tower, The Castle Museum and other attractions in York.

It was a busy day but one enjoyed by the group who returned under the night skies to arrive safely back in Hucknall by early evening.

The group visits for 2024 will resume in March and continue each month through to October. A planning meeting in the New Year will produce dates and venues which will be emailed out to the group members.                                                             


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Vegetarian Cookery group

 At November’s meeting we watched  Apple and Elderflower stars being made. When finished these are drizzled with elderflower icing. 

The main recipe was  a Vegetarian Wreath, which is both tasty and colourful as a Christmas dish.   Members also tasted mince pies with different toppings, as an alternative to the usual pastry topping.

 We have spaces in the group if anyone would like to join us, please contact me.

The next meeting will be on Monday, 22nd January 2024 , at 10.30 am at St Peter and St Paul’s church Hall on Ruffs Drive.

Anne Wilkinson

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Message from our Chair

“Christmas is coming the goose is getting fat….” too late for me, I’m afraid, already got there, will have to make sure I eat and drink sparingly over the festivities, those that know me, know the chances of that happening!

No  normal monthly meeting this month, however, our Christmas Meal Social on Monday , 4th December and our Special Eric Coates talk and Media Showcase event on Friday 8th are looking good with all tickets sold. Just turn up for the 8th, there is no charge, however, we will be bringing our collection tub should you wish to donate anything to Hucknall Food Bank.

Another year has almost gone and we are all another year older, wonder how many of us are any wiser? We have struggled with the recent inflation and seen costs rise dramatically due to soaring food and energy prices. However, when we look around the world we have so much to be thankful for that we live in a stable country. I cannot imagine the hardship that we are seeing in Gaza and Ukraine at the moment.

There are also currently civil wars happening in many other countries such as Afghanistan, CAR, Ethiopia, Libya, Mali, Somalia, South Sudan and Syria, it is little wonder that Europe is experiencing so many refugees and migrants, and no, I don’t have the answer, and don’t think our politicians do either, just pray that folk could live in together in peace.

Anyway, I trust that you are all planning your Christmases, busy buying and wrapping presents, hopefully most will be invited round for Christmas dinner by family or friends, or if like us, having the family come to join us. If you are on your own, or know someone who will be then please think if you can get invited or invite someone to join you for Christmas dinner. Having said that, I do know some folk enjoy being on their own and welcome a bit of peace and quiet.

Autumn is now well advanced and Winter on the horizon, will it be a white Christmas, it’s certainly getting cold enough!

Many thanks to all who have worked hard this year, the committee, social sub- committee, group leaders and every one for taking such an active part.   I just want to wish you all a VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND A WONDERFUL NEW YEAR.

God Bless

Melvyn Francis

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