Paul Hudson, the Look North weatherman, knows a good photograph when he sees it. As regular fans know, each day he broadcasts two or three of the best photos sent to him by viewers. If you happened to be watching on 17th January, you’d have seen the amazing picture showing a ‘murmuration’ of starlings taken by U3A photography group member Diane Watson at Potteric Carr. If you missed it, visit the U3A website to see this and many other wonderful photographs taken by photography group members, collectively described as a “clique” of photographers.
On 17th May, the U3A’s gardening group, that is to say a ‘plantation’ of gardeners, will visit two fascinating and different Derbyshire gardens. Lea Gardens house a rare collection of rhododendrons, azaleas, kalmias, alpines and conifers, and is set in three and a half acres of beautiful woodland on the site of a mediaeval quarry. Cascade Gardens, Matlock, covers four acres and was created by horticulturist Alan Clements. It’s a peaceful, relaxing meditation garden in spectacular natural surroundings with woodland, cliffs, stream, pond and ruined corn mill.
Both gardens have seating areas offering wonderful views, a nursery selling plants, and the all-important tea room. Non-U3A garden lovers are welcome. The coach costs £15.00 (£17.00 for non-members), payable in advance. Entrance is £14.20, including a hot drink and cake, payable on the day. For more information contact Martin Ford on 01709 324672.
For more information about the 35 group activities available through Rotherham U3A, go to www.u3asites.org.uk/rotherham or contact Sylvia Duncan on 01709 374841. As for a collective name for each U3A group, may I suggest, a ‘warmth’?