Having nicely settled into 2024, Dukeries u3a groups resumed their activities after the festivities.
At the January members’ meeting Vince Eager, pop star of the 1950s and 60s, kept his audience well entertained with recollections from his television days on Six Five Special, Dreamboats and Oh Boy, as well as working with Billy Fury, Cliff Richard, Adam Faith and Jo Brown to name but a few.
February’s speaker will be Jerry Jarvis, who will give a light-hearted talk on his career entitled ‘The Nuclear Deterrent and My Part in Your Survival’. As well as working in the defence industry, Jerry worked in education transforming the UK exam system. His most recent achievement is joining u3a.
The New Year Beetle Drive was well attended with all the tickets sold. Members and guests enjoyed the evening and generously donated prizes for a raffle in aid of Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance. This was organised by the new Events Team, who have announced upcoming day trips to Bletchley Park, Veolia Waste Recycling Centre and the Great British Car Journey.
A new Banjolele group called the Cheeky Blinders is to start on 13th February at Ollerton House, at 11.30am. All are welcome! Visit www.u3asites.org.uk/dukeries/home for further details.
Group of the month for February is the Bridge Club. If you enjoy playing cards and social interaction, this may be the group for you. They have a wide range of abilities playing, and there is always much help on offer for the less experienced players, from the more talented ones, who are very kind and encouraging. It is not necessary to have a partner as they all rotate in a friendly fashion, enjoying a social chat with everyone.
This group meets at the Jubilee Hall, Wellow Road, Ollerton NG22 9AP, on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, 1.00pm to 4.00pm. The cost is £3.00 per session to cover the rent. For further information either turn up on the day or contact Georgina Batty on 07772 649281.
Do you have an interest you would like to learn more about or share your knowledge with others? Or perhaps you would like to make new friends and socialise. Dukeries u3a is open to all adults irrespective of employment status.
Meetings are held on the third Monday each month at the Jubilee Hall, Wellow Road, Ollerton NG22 9AP. Doors open at 12.30pm. For further information visit www.u3asites.org.uk/dukeries/home or call 07756 436177.