This year, summer cast its sunny shadows into late October. We became outdoor people, luxuriating in balmy days and evenings. November, and now December chills, send us scurrying inside at the earliest opportunity, turning up the heating and settling down on the sofa.
Inactivity apparently peaks during Christmas week. According to a 2017 survey by ‘The Independent’, we each spent an average 40 hours slumped in front of the television. The most common pastimes were nodding off, or watching a James Bond film for the umpteenth time. 40% of respondents said they were less active than normal.
An excellent antidote is to wrap up, step outside and walk. Walking costs nothing, keeps you fit and lifts your mood. Having company adds to the enjoyment. Rotherham U3A Strollers meet on alternate Saturdays, whatever the season. Fortunately this once-industrial town is set in beautiful countryside, dotted with inviting, easy-to-reach villages and places of historical and architectural interest.
Generally members use buses to the start and return from each walk. The routes are easy walking and no more than two or three miles. On 15th December it’s the picturesque Wentworth to Harley round-walk, whilst on the 29th, they’ll be walking off the mince pies and Christmas pudding with the Whiston Village History Walk, hopefully including the church and a viewing of the restored Waterloo Well. To join the Strollers, contact Margaret Tupling on 01709 371949.
Get details of all U3A activities from www.u3asites.org/rotherham or call Sylvia Duncan on 01709 374841.