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After The Last Walk

                                    Heritage Group Conducted at the
                                    BRIDGEWATER HALL
On Tuesday the 14th March, 19 members enjoyed a conducted tour of Manchester's Bridgewater Hall.
Seated on springs to eliminate  street vibration, the Hall was completed 11 years ago, on time, within budget, and it now continues to operate without a Taxpayers subsidy.
The tour incorporated the public amenity areas, the dressing rooms and of course the magnificent auditorium.
The Hall is home to the 4 Manchester orchestras' and has one of the finest
acoustic   designs   which makes  it  favoured  by  the many  visiting  musicians.
Our   excellent   guide, Glynn,  also  pointed   out the  several  superb  Pianos sited  in the various foyers to  tie  in  with  the  Piano 2006   Festival.  Manchester is fortunate to have such a truly splendid concert hall.

Following lunch 11  members continued with a tour of Manchester Cathedral..  Mostly built in the 15th century it did not achieve Cathedral status until 1847.  A splendid stained glass
window in the Regimental Chapel commemorates the 2nd World War Blitz , where a section of the building was destroyed.
Our enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide, Ethel, pointed out many intriguing features, particularly the canopied Choir Stalls with their wonderful set of misericords (tip up seats).
Magnificent carvings including Lions, Unicorns, Monsters and a Pig playing the bagpipes.  Permanent scriptures were enhanced by a series of unusual modern sculptures with a boat motif.  A most interesting visit.          Mike Snape
           Chester Hosts U3A AGM  Can you Help?

The British U3A are holding their ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING in Chester this year and are looking for volunteers to assist them in various ways, stewarding, general assistant etc. Are you able to help? If so please ring:-         Mr Barnes.
           Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
  ………..do they really??

The theatre Matinee Group are visiting the
Bolton Octagon on
Wednesday 21st June at 2.00pm To see Blonde Bombshells of 1943 by Alan Plater.  Last date for booking is the 10th May.
There will be Pick up points at  Rose Hill, Hazel Grove,
High Lane, Marple and
If you want details of this or any other theatre Matinee outing please contact
Pat Whinnerah

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