Report on the December Monthly Meeting
The December Wycliffe U3A meeting is always a bit different and this year was no exception. The Leicestershire Speakers Guild came along for a true or false series of short stories. Once all the members were sitting in teams. The stories were told and each table had to guess ‘true or false’.
After cleaning a gravestone with Mr Muscle, the gravestone glowed pink afterwards. TRUE
Trying to cook a large turkey that was dropped, burnt the cook, slipped on the floor with toes in the sausage meat. The family thought this the best turkey yet. TRUE
Speakers brother had too many trees growing near his house on a severe slope so attacked them with a chain saw but little protective clothing. One tree was facing the front porch of their neighbours house. The tree is not there anymore. FALSE
In 1970’s cold war on an RAF base in Germany, a wedding was arranged and everything was going to plan until the alarm went off. The only people at the service were the bride and groom, best man and the vicar, all dressed in olive green with gas masks. TRUE
In 1969 at the Spillers headquarters in London, several different staff dining rooms for different levels of staff. At one special luncheon near the kitchen, a major catastrophe when an 8 gallon saucepan broke all the china on the tea trolley with the injured party being rushed off to Bart’s hospital. TRUE
On a Scottish holiday in the late 1950’s, friends father was a fisherman and the local undertaker. He had arrange to take the two girls out but a death overnight put paid to these plans to see the seals and dolphins. Not to be outdone, the girls ‘borrowed’ a rowing boat and found the seals in a cave. Well when the tide came in they only just managed to escape but in the mean time, nobody had missed them. FALSE
ON a cold November break in Cambridge 2 bright orange hats were seen, but the husband would not wear one. After some time shopping by herself, she saw someone in front with a bright orange hat on. After she had taken it off, she apologised by saying ‘I thought you were my husband’ who came up and said ‘come along dear, time for your tablets’ FALSE
Some answers from children’s GCSE papers :-
Geography Name 4 seasons - salt, mustard, pepper
Biology Caesarean section - an area in Rome
English Benign – it’s what you are after to bineight TRUE
Well three tables got 7 out of 8 correct, so received prizes as did the table that only guessed 1 correctly.
Several Groups did not meet in December, but should all be back to normal in January
February Topic : Should council tenants with 3 or more bedrooms be forced to move to smaller premises when they reach 65?
For our Christmas meeting we played Call my Bluff. Some may
remember that it was a BBC TV panel game hosted by Robert
Robinson. Panel members included Frank Muir, Dennis Norden,
Arthur Marshall and Marghanita Lasky. The teams gave 3 differing
definitions of unusual words and the opposing team had to guess which was correct. So can you give definitions for the following words?
Answers on a postcard please…………………….
14 December 2011
Four of us met for a very enjoyable conversation, mainly concerning jobs and how we came to speak German.
The next meeting will be at Jane Clark’s house on Wednesday, 25 January 2012 when we plan to discuss Christmas, among other things
THEATRE AND TRIPS Co-ordinator
Eddie Hemsley 01455 554564
“Me and My Girl” at Kilworth House
on Sunday the 10th June (2.30pm).
Please let Eddie know a.s.a.p. if you would like to attend this show. The cost per ticket will be around £22.
Our most recent choices had the group reading " To Kill a Mocking Bird " by Harper Lee and " Of Mice and Men " by John Steinbeck . Both titles were read with relish and universally appreciated. For our forth coming read each group member will choose a title that they consider to be a favourite and are revisiting or a book that they have always promised themselves to read but never did. We will
discuss our choices at our next meeting and also how best to keep our group going in light of changes being wrought to our library
Stuart & Angela Rhodes
There was no meeting in December as it was too near to Christmas.
The January meeting will be at Sylvia Wilson’s house 1 Manor Farm Close, Broughton Astley, and the topic will be weather.
The February meeting will be back at Stuart and Angela Rhodes house, 18 Alfrey Way, Lutterworth and the topic will be Ted Hughes after the commemoration in Poet’s corner in Westminster Abbey.
Starting to learn a new craft, skill or language can be exciting but sometimes daunting. The joy of watercolour painting is its
accessibility, reasonable cost at the outset for materials and ease of clearing away. Simple techniques can be mastered within each session, but regular practice is the key to progress. Each of us needs to find our métier- from landscape to still life studies to portraiture. Above all, whether working from photos, or from life studies, we all have to take time to look.-That’s all it takes.
TUESDAY WALKING GROUP Co-ordinator
Gordon Jones (Lutterworth U3A)
Date of walk: Tuesday 17th January 2012.
Walk Organiser: Dave and Sue Beaumont, 01455 553341
Meeting Point: Coventry Road recreation ground Car Park.
Meeting Time: Meet by 9.25 to leave at 9.30.
Route and distance: Starting from the Bull’s Head pub at Wolvey, about 6 miles of mainly field tracks and paths.
Directions to the Starting Point: Lutterworth to the Magna Park island and take the third exit, Coalpit Lane. Drive to the island at the Axe and Compass pub and follow the signs for Wolvey. The Bulls Head is in the village on the right.
Lunch: At the Bull’s Head
Return Journey from Lutterworth Mileage: 18
1st WEDNESDAY WALKING GROUP Co-ordinators:
Roger Watmore, Lutterworth U3A
Julian Hargreaves, Wycliffe U3A
1st February 2012
Walk Organiser: Julian Hargreaves - Tel: 01455 557704
Meeting Point and:-Lutterworth Recreation Ground, Coventry Road Car Park.
Time:-9.25am to leave at 9.30 am.
Directions to the start:- Go south down the A5 from the Gibbet roundabout and take the first right hand turn to Newton. Park at the Stag and Pheasant pub in the village.
Some of you will remember it was good but there was not enough of it! I am talking about the hot pot so this time we will try and make sure there is plenty to eat.
Route and Distance :- The walk is varied including going through a pipe! We also cross the A5 twice which will need a bit of care. We go through Shawell making it about 5.5 miles altogether.
Well, didn’t he do well! Peter deserves a big round of applause to thank him for organising such a splendid day. The walk was almost incidental but it worked up an appetite for the 40+ walkers to
enjoy a fabulous meal together with a few more who joined us at the Golf Club making a total of 52 sitting down to eat. Apart from it being tremendous value there was plenty of it, particularly the vegetables and it was served very efficiently and with attention to detail by Charisma Catering – so well done to them also. There is a rumour that we might be going back there again next year so we look forward to that with gusto. Thanks again Peter. Isn’t the U3A great!
4th WEDNESDAY WALKING GROUP IMPORTANT MESSAGE
We are looking for volunteers to organise walks next year. We have promises for March and July. If anyone would like to organise a walk for any of the other months then please can you contact us asap
Sue & Peter Creeden
Sue and Peter Creeden (Wycliffe U3A)
WEDNESDAY 25 January 2012
Sue and Peter Creeden: Tel: 01455 557888
Meeting Point and Time:
Lutterworth Recreation Ground Car Park at 9:15am to leave at 9:25am. The walk will start from the Red Lion at Crick at 9:45am.
Directions to the Start
Take the M1 south to Junction 18. Then turn left onto the A428. Go straight across the first roundabout and take the Crick bypass to the next roundabout. Turn right into Crick. The Red Lion is then about half a mile on the left. The entrance is through an archway just before the pub.
The walk is a relatively easy 7 miles along lanes, paths, towpaths and across fields. The route passes through Yelvertoft and Winwick. Lunch is at the Red Lion.
A small group of only 8 set off from Walcote to walk off some of the Christmas excesses. We passed Misterton Marshes, which is a
registered Site of Special Scientific Interest, and were able to see the work done so far to return the area back to marshland to encourage growth of the flora and fauna. The break was at the very old
churchyard at Kimcote. We then walked along Poultney Lane and over the hill to Walcote with a strong cutting wind blowing into our faces. The whole group stayed to enjoy a convivial and excellent lunch at The Tavern Inn.
PRELIMINARY NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
On THURSDAY 8TH MARCH 2012
At the AGM we need to elect a new committee.
The committee will consist of a maximum of 10 members of which 6 will be Honorary Officers as follows:
Chairman Vice Chairman
Secretary (vacant) Treasurer
Membership Secretary Interest Group Liaison
Written nominations for the committee shall be proposed and
seconded on the form below, which should be delivered to the
Chairman at the address at the bottom of this notice by 29th
February 2012. Consent of the Nominee MUST be obtained in
advance of submission of this form.
In the event of excess nominations a vote will be taken.
If insufficient written nominations are received, the members
present will be asked for nominations from the floor. A vote will be taken on all nominations.
At the time of going to press it is uncertain which officers of the
Committee are willing to stand again. More information in the next
Chairman: Mr. Eddie Hemsley, 4, Shelley Close, Lutterworth.
Email: email@example.com January 2012
We wish to nominate (full name)…………………………………………………
Agreement of Nominee (Signed)……………………………………………….
Date and Time of Receipt by Chairman: Date…………….Time…….