At their monthly meeting in November, Dukeries u3a members were interested to hear from Ellen Slater of Age UK about their Digital Inclusion programme, which provides support to those who are less technologically proficient.
Afterwards, Helen Hall and Sharon Pinkett gave members an update on the work of their chosen charity, the Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance. It is hoped that the members’ target of raising £3,000 is reached before the end of the year.
Crichton Miller, Knight Commander of the Order of The Fleur De Lys, visited the History group in November to give a fascinating talk on the Order through the ages. Speakers for the members’ meetings in 2023 are now booked with varied topics including health, travel, local history, sporting legends and humour; please visit www.u3asites.org.uk/dukeries/welcome for further details of monthly meetings and events.
The Ramblers have been lucky with fine weather, appreciating walks at Gedling Country Park, Gunthorpe and East Bridgford. For those not able to walk at length, there is the opportunity to keep active with the Whatsapp Walking Group, who walk for around three miles locally, or the Soft Tennis group which meets indoors.
Additionally, there is the Bowls group – which has moved indoors for the winter season, in collaboration with Mansfield u3a.
For those who like to stretch their brain cells there are a number of groups, such as the Bridge group and the Mahjong group. Last month the Creative Writing group looked at the theme of ‘Autumn’ and were set the task of producing poems in the Japanese haiku style on this theme ready for the next meeting.
Dukeries u3a is pleased to be joining with other local u3a groups to provide more opportunities for members. Two new groups starting on Zoom and hosted by Carlton and Gedling u3a are for opera and film appreciation, and Forest Town u3a and Worksop u3a have invited Dukeries u3a members to their monthly music group gatherings. Plans are being made for future collaborations next year for trips and holidays which will help to keep costs down.
Recent November social events were the Quiz Night and Supper, with the bottle raffle adding to the £3,000 Air Ambulance target, and a coffee morning especially for new members held at Ambleside Centre so they could find out more about what Dukeries u3a can offer. The Tuesday and Sunday Lunch Clubs enjoyed delightful meals at The Carpenters at Walesby, The Hostess at Sookholme and The West Retford Hotel.
Look out for the Dukeries u3a Christmas Tree, which will be part of the Christmas Tree Festivals in Edwinstowe and Ollerton. The tree will be at St Mary’s, Edwinstowe from 24th to 27th November, then at St Paulinus Church, Ollerton on 3rd and 4th December. After that it will take pride of place at the Christmas party on 19th December, a members-only celebration.
Dukeries u3a is one of the smaller u3a groups in Nottinghamshire boasting around 140 members drawn from Ollerton, Edwinstowe and the surrounding villages. During the month there is a varied calendar of activity and interest groups ranging from rambling to Rummikub. Members also meet every month to hear a guest speaker on a matter of interest and to socialise.