Christmas comes but once a year?

by | 9 November 2017 | Education and Learning, Rotherham, U3A

Following the now—established practice of advertising summer holidays before we’ve digested Christmas dinner, Selfridges became the first department store in the world to open a dedicated Christmas department in July. The move horrified traditionalists and Christmas-phobics alike. Doubtless, it required a great deal of planning, but must it be unveiled before many had even taken their summer holidays?

Rotherham U3A groups are more circumspect. The choir planned and began rehearsing their Christmas concert in July. Unlike Selfridge’s Christmas event, it remains under wraps until a more seasonal date, namely 8th December. It’s a truly festive event, guaranteed to set your Christmas bells jingling. Tickets cost £6.50, including interval refreshments, and proceeds go to Mind. It’s usually a sell-out, so act now to avoid disappointment. Contact Esme Brook on 0114 2466 185.

The Gardening group will visit Brigg Garden Centre on 17th November for their display of Christmas products and decorations. One of the largest UK garden centres, Brigg showcases seasonal trends from around the world, and boasts a large collection of plants and gifts. It has both a coffee shop and restaurant to satisfy different appetites. The return coach fare is £15.00. Non-U3A members are welcome at an additional cost of £2.00 for insurance. Leaving the Tanyard at 9.45am, the coach will have four pick-up points en route to Corporation Street. Contact Martin Ford on 01709 324672 for more details.

The Out and About group’s Christmas outing to York on 30th November includes time to explore York’s many attractions before Christmas lunch at The Eagle and Child. The coach departs from the Tanyard at 9.45am and from town at 10.00am. The fare is £15.00 for members, £17.00 for non-members (plus cost of meal according to menu choices). Contact Barbara Riley on 01709 878430 or 07967 238103 before 12th November to book a place.

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