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Interest Groups

High Lane U3A
March 2006

Your Committee
Vice Chairman
Membership Secretary

Committee Members
Jim Summers
 John McCartney
 Doreen Scotte
 Steve Reynolds
 Margaret McDermott

Marleen Brookes, Ida Butler,
Grace Shaw, Mike Snape, Ken Bentley
Your Committee is here to listen to your needs.
if you have any suggestions or problems please see one of them.

General Meetings
Picture MARCH 8th
APRIL 12th
MAY 11 th
JUNE 14th
Mr J McKeown
Mr Eddie Barton
Mrs Janet Allan
Mr Jack Glenn
`Property protection and Inheritance Tax'
'Elizabeth Gaskill'
`A Lighthearted Look at Public Speaking'
Editors Edna & Ken Bentley
(This edition - Richard Clark)

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Business News for 2006

U3A / Royal Institute
Friends.Meeting House, London
4th April,   13.30 -17.00
  Baroness Susan Greenfield ............................. "The brain in sickness and in health"
      Prof. Tony Ryan.............................................. "Will nanotechnology change the world
                                 Prof. Marcus du Santoy...................................."The music of the primes"

The North-West Conference

 and Study Day

University of Central Lancashire, Preston
 April 20th, 10.30 -15.30
One Day courses £13  Two Day courses £20
Internet / e-mail
Research Skills through the Internet
Digital Photography
Contemporary Political Issues
Gift wrapping / Basic Floristry

Healthy Living & Complementary Therapies
Progression in Computing
Desktop Publishing
Basic Computing History of Art

The National Conference and AGM
Manchester University   13th to 15th August

                           National Office is looking for stewards/volunteers for this three day event.

                            The range of `jobs' include:
                                            Directing parking
                                            Answer questions and give directions.
                                            Act as guides and help people to their rooms
                                            Moving hand-held microphones around during debates
                                            Vote counters

                                            Serve in the shop   .

                            Anyone interested in any of the above please contact Doreen Scotte on 0161 427 4334.
                            This must be ASAP
as far as the AGM is concerned.

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Local News
Pennine Link
        High lane hosted the second meeting of Pennine Link on 18 January 2006. Representatives from Marple, Marple Bridge & Mellor,Romiley,New MiIIs,Glossop & Buxton U3A'S attended along with Jim Summers, Doreen Scotte and Steve Reynolds from High Lane, and Mike Long (Regional Development Officer from the 3rd Age Trust).
        Speaker lists were exchanged and joint participation in Interest Groups was discussed at length. This can be a difficult area: whilst Link initiatives should be encouraged open bookwe also want High Lane's own Interest Groups to thrive & expand.

The organising of a joint event was thought to be a good idea for 2007. This year it was felt that local U3A's should concentrate their efforts on the 2006 National AGM to be held at Manchester University, 13 - 16 August. 
        Some of the other U3A's are publicising in their own areas the National Awareness Month which takes place in March. There must be many people living in High Lane and its surrounds who would make excellent members. Please pass the word around your friends, acquaintances and neighbours about the benefits of U3A membership.

        Buxton will host the next meeting to take place on Tuesday June 27th.

Steve Reynolds

Trades Directory        Mr Fix It
 When any member has received good service from any tradesman or other service provider would he or she please pass on a recommendation to Mavis Lewis who is compiling a comprehensive list which will be available to all U3A members
Similarly., if you are looking for a recommended tradesman then Mavis may be able to help.
Contact her.
First Aid
        If you are interested in a four-hour Emergency First Aid Course (2 lots of 2 hours in the day time) let Doreen BriefcaseScotte have your name. When six  people are interested she will run the course on the best day for everyone.

Pennine Link
Gardening Group

       watering can An excellent meeting was held in February where Sheila and Dennis Morton shared their vast knowledge and variety of stories on orchids. They brought various plants and books and held a wonderful slide show.
        The next meeting is on April 12th. "Parks and how they have changed, with particular reference to the Marple area". ALL welcome, £1.20 including coffee and biscuits. 
Doreen Scotte

Chess and Table Tennis at Marple

        Marple U3A has two groups, chess and table tennis, which could do with more tennis, which could do with more support.
Chess        The chess is held every Monday, 2p.m. to 4p.m, at the home of Mr. D C Wilkinson.
Table tennis bat Table tennis is held at Brabyns Park every Wednesday, 1.15pm to 3.15pm.


If anyone is interested they should contact
Mr Wilkinson on   

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High Lane Group News
New Literature Group
Novels Hello, there!
I'm Sue Dintinger and I hope to carry on with the Literature Group as soon as a meeting can be arranged.
        I've called it the Literature Group, rather than English Literature because I thought we might want to read books by foreign authors too.

        I live in High Lane and hope we can have our meetings at my house. Up to ten people could be accommodated fairly comfortably.
Best wishes
Sue Dintinger.

Dancing Improvers
        This takes place fortnightly during the winter months in the High Lane Village Hall. The two sessions before the summer break are on the 17th and 31st March.
        The purpose is not only to learn new steps but to understand some of the techniques of dancing, e.g. how to lead for the man and how to follow for the lady.
Anyone for Salsa?I like my students to look good when they dance but, also, to know how to appreciate some of the subtleties of "Strictly Come Dancing".

The classes last 2 hours. The first hour is spent on a ballroom dance - at present, this is the Quickstep. We then stop for a break and continue with a mixture of other dances, some of which are new to everyone, e.g. Salsa, Jive, some Line Dances, etc. Although there is serious learning, the atmosphere is relaxed and includes a lot of fun.
        Unfortunately, the room is expensive to hire so there is a charge of £3 per person each session. I am a qualified dance teacher and am lucky enough to have the help of another qualified teacher. Beginners are welcome. Don't worry if you or your partner have two. left feet - we specialise in performing miracles!
Kath Taylor
Walking Group
Back packOn January 25th David Lloyd led 15 of
us on a lovely 5 mile walk from Mellor war memorial, going round by Brookbottom, Birchinough, Snape Hey, and Bottoms Hall farms. On the way, we passed historic folds and buildings, traversed a fascinating stream valley, skirted the beacon edge of Cobden, and descended Linnet Clough. A short climb from Bottoms Hall completed a fine walk, with all round views ranging from Kinderscout, to the new tall tower in Manchester, and to the Clwydian Hills. The sun shone warmly as we picnicked near Hilltop farm, and we had a really good start to 2006, thanks to David.
Walter Mason
        On February 22nd fifteen of our members turned out for our walk in conditions which were less than ideal. On one part of the car journey to Wormhill we encountered snow covered roads where traction control was a distinct advantage.
        The path at the start of the walk leading from Wormhill sharply downhill to the River Wye was very muddy and slippery but everyone descended safely.
        The remainder of the walk, which in total was five miles, was in clear weather with spectacular scenery along Chee Dale, the old Millers Dale Railway Line, returning along the river through Millers Dale.
        Everyone enjoyed a thoroughly good walk.
Roy & Jennifer Dagnall

Future walks:-
29th March - Easy 5 miles Brabyns/Etherow (cafe) . Steve/Ann Reynolds 0161 427 3709
26th April - 5 miles Hay Dale (packed lunch)
Ray/Rae Ogden 0161 439 6303
24th May - Easy 5 miles Mobberley/5 pubs (pub lunch) Sonia Brown 
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High Lane Group News 2
Money and Finance Group

The Last Penny        The next meeting will be held at 3.45 on 8 March immediately following the normal General Meeting in the Village Hall. The outside speaker will be from the Money Maze team in Stockport. They intend covering a wide range of items concerning help and assistance that is available for anything relating to state or local government problems. They will hope to respond to any query raised by members - be it how to complete tax returns / could I get help with nursing costs if a family member becomes incapacitated? etc. The range of items covered will be down to the questions asked by our members.
Derek Hill

Needlework Group
Cotton & needlesAt last the calendar tapestry is complete! We are grateful to Amy Summers who had the unenviable task of sewing all the pieces together. We now have to decide what to do with it.
In recent weeks members of the group have been engaged in producing greetings cards which should be on sale in March and April at a very reasonable cost.We are also able to produce greetings cards to order eg.Golden Wedding, Birth of a Baby, Wedding etc, personalised if required. Please give at least 2 weeks' notice.
From the profits made from the sale of Christmas cards we were able to buy more materials at a Handicraft Exhibition at GMEX on 3rd February, 6 of us travelled into Manchester and were inspired by what we saw.
We meet every other Thursday at various houses. Please contact me if you would like to join us.
Marlene Brookes

Heritage Group

Provisional programme of visits for 2006
April 25th
May 23rd
June 27th
July 25th
August 22nd
Oakwell Hall
Crich Tramway Village Hoghton Tower
Ripley Castle and Harrogate
5 day visit to Kent
The Heritage Committee
German Group

        The German group continues to meet at 42 Bowfell Drive most Friday mornings at 9.30 Following our successful trip to Berlin in May of last year, we have decided to take advantage of the cheap flights now on offer by booking a trip to Hamburg. Hamburg
10 of us (6 members of the group + 4 spouses) will spend 4 nights there starting August 31 st. Many thanks to Margaret McDermott for booking the flights. .
        Members of the group will have another opportunity to try out their skills at a social evening on the 27th March when they will be able to meet my friend Franziska from Munich and some other German guests.
        Every two years I take a group from Stockport to Forchheim in Franconia (Northern Bavaria) on an exchange trip. At present 14 are coming ( some for the 4th time)' but our hosts would like there to be more as so many people over there would like to offer accommodation. The trip is from 6th July - 17th July and the cost should be under £200 including all excursions and entrance fees. If you are interested, please see me at the next meeting.
Marlene Brookes

Singing Group

        Would you like to sing in a happy and relaxed atmosphere, with friendly folk? Try our group. We meet once a fortnight on Friday mornings (9.45) at High Lane village hall. We are quite a new group but what we lack in experience we make up for in enthusiasm. You don't need a wonderful voice or Song Bookbe able to read music either.
        At the moment we are singing Ave verum corpus (Mozart). This may seem a little ambitious (and it is!) but we thought we should sing something to celebrate his 250th anniversary. We are also learning Go Down Moses to lighten the load.
        Our next meetings are from 24th March.
Sue Dintinger
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Interest Groups (Easter disrupts some meeting arrangements)
Bridge (Improvers) Woodside Tennis Club Thursday - 13.30 - 16.30 Chris Gibson
Bridge (Intermediate)   Woodside Tennis Club   Monday 13.30 - 16.30   John McCartney 
Steve Reynolds
Crown Green Bowls Torkington Park   Thursday 10.00 - 12.00 Ken Bentley 
Dancing High Lane Village Hall Alternate Fridays 14.00 - 16.00 Kath Taylor 
Dining (Luncheon) Various Venues Various Days Edna Bentley
Finance High Lane Village Hall   Odd Months After General Meeting Derek Hill 
First Aid TBA TBA Doreen Scotte 
(High Lane)
Various Venues 3rd Monday 14.00 Frank Singleton 
Gardening (Pennine Link) Marple Methodist Church 2nd Wednesday 9.45-11.45 Joan Nield 
German Usually Marlene's House Friday 9.30-12.00 Marlene Brookes 
Heritage Various Venues Various
Margaret Dodd 
History Various Venues Wednesday Evenings Wilf Gannicliffe 
Literature Sue's House TBA Sue Dintinger 
Mathematics High Lane Village Hall Usually Thursday p.m. Barrie Milnes 
Music Appreciation High Lane Library Alt. Tuesdays 14.30 - 16.30 Allan Leach 
Needlework  Various Venues Thursdays Marlene Brookes   
Singing High Lane Village Hall Alternate Fridays 9.45-11.15 Sue Dintinger 
Theatre Matinee Various Theatres Wednesdays & Saturdays Pat Whinnerah 
Meet at High
Lane Village Hall
Last Wednesday
Each Month 10.00
Walter Mason
Website Development John's House As Required Peter Kress
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