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High Lane U3A Newsletter
March 2007                  .uk

Can I take this opportunity to thank everyone for the kind gift of book tokens presented to me at the February AGM to mark my retirement as Chairman.
I can assure you that I will use them well the next time I visit my favourite Bookshop.

Jim Summers.

Spring is here again and we have a new committee ready to manage our U3A through another year.  The U3A enables us to share and develop our interests and make new friends.  We are a successful, friendly group, thanks to the enthusiasm of the volunteers: committee; group leaders; and many others who help in different ways.  We have a dynamic web site, lively newsletter and interesting speakers at the monthly meetings.  Now, thanks to lottery funding, we have access to good audio visual facilities.

A healthy organization needs to continue to be responsive to its members needs.  We should always be looking to the future.  Initially your new committee will be examining how it supports and provides assistance to group leaders.  They are the backbone of our U3A.  We will also be considering how we engage with new members.
Please get in touch with a committee member, or group leader, if you have any suggestions which you think would help to develop our activities.  Many new interest groups can easily be formed with five or six people.
Each year our organization has evolved.  This year, for the first time, the walking group is going on a ‘residential weekend’ in Northumberland, and in October we are hosting a Pennine Link conference on the environment.
I am looking forward to next spring, when I hope to be able to report other new developments.  Thank you for your support in electing me as Chairman.
Best wishes,
John McCartney

From the membership forms received so far, 36 people have offered to help.  At General Meetings help is required with catering and putting out chairs. Our new committee member, John Speakman, has volunteered to co-ordinate this and will be contacting the volunteers shortly.

Margaret Mc Dermott


1.  A number of burglaries have been reported.  In many instances, these burglaries were as a result of insecure doors and windows.  The offenders are believed to be a number of young males riding pedal cycles.  If you see or hear anything suspicious, please contact the police on 0161 872 5050 or 999 in an emergency   
2.  A burglar gained entry posing as a Waterboard official and saying he was checking water pressure in the area.  Please remind your members that United Utilities never make unscheduled visits to check water for any reason, visits to households are always by appointment.  Any without an appointment should be refused entry.
To check the authenticity of doorstep callers, please note the following numbers:-
BRITISH GAS                      0800 300 100
BT                                       0800 321 999
POWERGEN                        0800 056 6278
SCOTTISH POWER             0845 270 0700
TRANSCO                           0845 605 6677
UNITED UTILITIES              0845 746 2200
Glenys Paterson/Jenn Booth 766787
Remember to report anything suspicious to the police and/or your Home Watch Coordinator.

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Dancing Improvers
This takes place fortnightly during the winter months in the High Lane Village Hall.  There is only one Slow Foxtrot session on the 23rd March before the summer break.
Both the ballroom dancing at High Lane and the Latin class, which is held fortnightly in the Scout Hut in Marple will recommence in September.  Further information will be available nearer then.
Kath Taylor
The Finance group continues to meet every other month after the general meeting in the village hall.  Unfortunately there will be no meeting on the 14th March. The topic "Investing in wine" and a wine tasting have been re-arranged for our next meeting on 9th May.
If anyone wishes to receive further information, then please do not hesitate to contact me.
Derek Hill

Crown Green Bowls
If you would like to join the bowling group and learn to play then contact Ken Bentley.  The best time to start is in May.
The group will be going out for lunch after bowling on April 4th.


A planning meeting to restart the group will be held at High Lane village hall on Friday, 16th March at 9.45am.  All welcome.  Margaret & Tony Glynn have agreed to lead the group

First Aid
Are you are interested in 
an Emergency First Aid Course? The next course will start on Friday 4th May 2007 and part two will follow on Friday 11th May 2007.
Both sessions start at 10am and last two hours.  The course takes place at Marple Methodist Church, Church Lane , Marple. (Next to the Carver Theatre).
For further details or to enrol please ring Doreen Scotte
   Marple Bridge and Mellor
   (Open*) Gardening Club

    * Open to any U3A member in the                   Pennine Link.

Future Programme

April 11th.            A video on The Kirstenboch Gardens
                           in Cape Town.
May 2nd.          A visit to Jodrel Bank Arboretum with
                         Jack Swan as our guide.   Cost - £2.
                         Transport - cars by arrangement.
                         Meet at Jodrel Bank at 10.30 am.
June 13th.         A members forum.Please bring your
                         photos and tell us about your garden
July 11th.           A talk on Fuchsia by Bill Finlay
August 1st.         A visit to Fletcher Moss with
                          John Steadman as our guide.
                          Cost - £1
                          Transport - cars by arrangement.
                          Meet at Fletcher Moss at 10.30 am.
September 12th. Dunge Gardens (TBA).
October     10th.  AGM and Garden Quiz with prizes.
November  14th. Lyme Hall Gardens Over The Years
                           by Garry Rainford.
December  12th Christmas Decorations incorporating
                         garden produce/cuttings
                         and " A Beetle Drive"!!!

All welcome, at Marple Methodist Church,Church Lane 9.45am coffee, meeting at 10.00am.
Doreen Scotte
Needlework Group
We continue to meet about twice a month on a Thursday morning at 42 Bowfell Drive. In recent weeks we have been working on producing a selection of greetings cards and bookmarks which will be on sale at the March meeting.
A few months ago, a member of the U3A who works at the Cancer Research shop in Marple brought us a bag containing several pieces of material, many embroidery silks and an unfinished kitchen sampler which had been handed into the shop and which they had been unable to sell. Margaret McDermott offered to finish the piece ( without a pattern) and we then decided to get it framed and raffle it at the general meeting in March, all proceeds going to Cancer Research. We would very much appreciate your support on March 14th.
Please contact me if you would like to join us.
Marlene Brookes

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Walking Group

Walk Report – December 2006

The walking group saw off 2006, with a picturesque walk in Wildboarclough (pronounced “Wilbercluff” by the locals). The valley was pleasantly quiet and misty, and we observed the contrast between the gentle bubbling stream, and the scene seventeen years ago. Then a cloudburst caused the destruction of 3 bridges by 18 foot deep flash floods, and the death by drowning of a car driver, commemorated in a plaque on one of the rebuilt bridges over Clough Brook. Later in the walk, a local farmer described how his outbuildings had been washed away by the torrent, and how a cow had been swept downstream – only to recover and stagger back!

The walk was a mere 3 miles, but we saw the grand building which used to house the largest sub post office in England. We passed the attractive St. Saviour’s Church, the imposing Crag Hall (country seat of the Earls of Derby), and some lovely scenery; all this within a scattered country parish of only 200 odd people.
The 18 of us had a friendly welcome at the Crag Inn (formerly Bottom o’ th’ Bank Farm), and there were definite thoughts of returning in the summer of 2007, with a longer walk to tackle Shutlingsloe or Three Shires Head. Watch this space!

Walk Report – January 2007

Ruth and Dave Smith took 22 of us on a 4 mile walk from Moor End Road, New Mills. The walk started with glimpses through the mist of the lingering patches of snow on Kinderscout, and it was quite a pull up to Woodhouse Home with its strange castle –like ornamentation. Then we used a number of bridle ways, with the tall towers of central Manchester visible on the skyline, before surprisingly descending to the cross at Cobden edge - the cross is below the summit! A succession of minor roads and field paths led us to Moorend, and the old Sunday School building. Shiloh Road saw the gradual onset of a misty drizzle, but by now we were well on the way back, and going down Primrose Lane and along to our welcome meal at the Pack Horse. It had been a grey day for our first walk in 2007, and the bridle ways held frequent wet patches, possible a relic from the previous week’s thawing snow and ice. But the heavy rain held off, and the overwhelming consensus was that it had been a very pleasant start to our walking year, for which many thanks to Ruth and Dav

Future Walks

March 28th. Meet 10am. Leader Brian Allerton. The walk will be about 6 miles and mostly flat, and will take in the perimeter of the second Manchester Airport runway and the river Bollin tunnel. Bring packed lunch.
April 25th. Details provisional. Meet 9.30am. Leader Don Heap. Grindleford/Longshaw area. The walk will include some climbing.  Bring packed lunch.

May 30th. Meet 10am. Leader Walter Mason. The walk will be about 4/5 miles, but with two fair climbs, and one short stretch will be rough and stony.  From Dane Bridge, Wincle, the route goes to Castle Rocks, Lud’s Church, the Hanging Stone, and near Swythamley Cross.  Bring packed lunch.

Jun 29th – July 1st, 2 Nights Walking Break, Hadrian’s
    Wall Area, Contact - Steve Reynolds.

July 25th John/Barbara McCartney, Shutlings Low.

Any offers for November and December?
Walter Mason
German Group
We were very sad to lose one of the most long-standing members of the group, John Gorie, who had been with us since we started in 2001. John passed away on 21st January after a long illness, borne with great fortitude. We remember him with great affection and will miss his good humour, interesting contributions and wealth of experience. To my German friends he epitomised the best of Britishness. He will be much missed.

On Dec 4th 2006 a group of ten ladies travelled with Air Berlin to Nuremberg. Arriving late in the evening we took the Underground to the very comfortable Hotel Fackelmann situated just outside the city walls.  Our first full day was spent in the Old Town which, although very badly damaged at the end of WWII, has been beautifully restored in the old mediaeval style. We were particularly impressed with the Marriage Carousel (a fountain depicting the joys and pains of married life), the Castle towering above the city and the beautiful golden fountain in the Market Square. We managed to pause for a rest in the Impressive Gothic churches of St. Sebaldus and St. Lorenz. Shopping was strictly "verboten" until we had sampled the local speciality sausages during our lunch break. The Nuremberg Market is the oldest in Germany and attracts about two
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million visitors each year. Its origins can be traced back to a custom, introduced by Martin Luther, of giving presents to children at Christmas. The Market is opened on the Friday before the first Sunday in Advent by the Christkind who is actually a young girl dressed as an angel. She makes many more appearances in front of the Frauenkirche during the three weeks of the Market. There are about 150 stalls, including one from Glasgow, selling for example, Christmas decorations, dolls made from prunes, spiced fruit bread and wooden figures as well as hot Nuremberg sausages and Gluhwein. Our day in the town ended with wonderful "Kaffee und Kuchen" in a cafe overlooking the square.

The next day saw us going our separate ways to pursue our own special interests. Five of us decided to travel to Bad Staffelstein to enjoy the waters of this fairly new spa - a real treat for aching bones.  This was followed by a visit to the Kaiser porcelain factory where we bought some Christmas bargains.  Others stayed in Nuremberg and visited the fantastic Toy Museum. Eventually we all travelled to Forchheim, the small town which some of us had visited last summer. There we were met by some of our German friends who took us to their market, a much more small-scale affair, but very picturesque with the illuminated mediaeval Town Hall as a backgroound. It was St. Nicholas' Day so, dressed as a bishop, he paid a visit with presents for the children. Later that evening we were invited for "refreshments" to the Adult Education Centre. Our hosts of the summer laid on an Advent party for us, complete with Advent wreath, music, singing and presents. It was a lovely surprise and a totally unexpected pleasure for all of us, especially for those new to the area. Our last full day was gloriously sunny and once again we went our separate ways. Fortunately there was always at least one competent German speaker in each group. Some of us visited Nuremberg Zoo described as the most beautifully landscaped in Europe and which contains approximately 2000 animals. We went on to the Dokumentation Zentrum situated in the Party Rally Grounds on the outskirts of the city where there
  is an exhibition called "Fascination and Terror". This chronicles Hitler's incredible rise to power and the causes and consequencies of the Nazi rule of terror.  Three of our group went by train to Bamberg, a gem of a city, a world heritage site, quite close to Nuremberg but totally different in character and architecture. The rest visited the Germanische Museum and attended an organ recital in one of the churches.  We were impressed by the integrated, clean and punctual transport system which enabled us to travel all over the city and beyond at very reasonable cost. What better way could there be to start the Christmas festivities with interesting things to see, good food, good wine and more importantly, good company.
June Gibbs
Marlene Brookes
Margaret Mc Dermott 
The German group continues to meet most Fridays at Marlene's house. We read and discuss articles about life in the German-speaking countries. At the moment we are finding out a little about life in Austria and already members are expressing a desire for practical experience in that country, especially sampling the cakes
Our next trip, however, is to Cologne for 5 days starting 25th April. While there we hope to go on a Rhine trip, visit the cathedral and sample the delights of the Chocolate Museum.
Marlene Brookes
Heritage Group
Proposed future visits
2nd May            (Change of date)    Rourkes Forge &
                         Townley Hall, Nr Burnley.  £22.00
                         Buffet lunch and tour at the hall.
                         Tea and biscuits at the forge.
20th June          Brodsworth Hall and Gardens,
                         Nr. Doncaster.  £15.00
Details of the 2007 holiday will be announced soon.
Margaret Dodd
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Editors:  Edna & Ken Bentley                                                     Information for the May newsletter
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