The shortest month of the year, some have suggested that February was allocated 28 days so that it was over as quickly as possible. Far from a dismal time spent waiting for March, February is full of promise.
Lengthening days, appearance of snowdrops, sharp spears of daffodils and other early bulbs, all carry promises of spring. Although gardeners talk of “putting the garden to bed for winter”, gardens never really sleep. Gardeners too are active; taking stock of their plots, planning changes and choosing seeds and plants for the coming seasons.
So, it is with the Rotherham U3A gardening group, which meets on 16th February to discuss topical gardening matters. Contact Martin Ford on 01709 324672 if you would like to join them.
Meanwhile, the ‘Grow Your Own’ group are shining up their boots for a March start in Clifton Park walled garden. The promise of fresh air, exercise, fresh fruit and veg beckons. Call Marjorie Walkham on 01709 363562 for more details.
Following their sell-out Christmas concert, when they raised £1,300 for Mind, the U3A choir group are back in full voice every Wednesday morning learning new songs, doubtless with their summer concert in mind. New members are welcome. There’s a particular shortage of male singers, so come on all you tenors, baritones and bass and join this lively group. To find out more contact Cath Simpkins on 01909 567161.
Music lovers are also invited to try out the opera group for size. It meets on alternate Tuesday afternoons to enjoy DVDs of operas, performed by first class singers at the world’s best opera houses, projected onto a large screen and with surround sound. On 6th February you can enjoy Rossini’s ‘Barber of Seville’ followed on the 20th by Bizet’s ‘The Pearl Fishers’.
If you’re not a member of the U3A, you’re welcome to come to one or two sessions before making a decision to join. Once a member, you may attend as many groups as you choose, subject to places being available, for a subscription of £20.00, covering membership from January to August 2018.
Visit www.u3asites.org.uk/rotherham or contact Tricia Macredie on 01709 370899 for full details.