|Saturday 11th November at
‘Theatr Clyde’ MOLD the
“The Ideal Husband” byCost £12.75 + £10.00 Coach
|Saturday 24th February 2007
At The Lowry Theatre
Birmingham Royal Ballet
“Cyrano”a classic tale with music by Carl Davis
Cost £27 + £6 Coach
|The edges and corners of the Bowling Green can become very slippy with prolonged use in the winter,
Please ensure that your footwear has adequate grip with a suitable sole to avoid any accidents whilst on the Green
have all been working hard to produce a varied selection of Christmas
Cards which will be on sale at reasonable prices
at the November general meeting.
For a picture showing all cards go to the Needlework page on the web site. They are excellent, click on link above - Editor
|After some interruptions during the
summer. We should now have a clear
run of meetings on Friday mornings
until Christmas, with the exception of
December 8th when most of the
female members of the group will be
enjoying the Christmas Market in
the use of plastic bags and providing your own Shopping Bag ??? Ireland
has introduced a Plastic Bag Tax — avoid it here.
YOU CAN DO YOUR BIT TO HELP
old folks are worth a fortune, with silver in their hair, Gold in their
teeth,, Stones in their Kidneys , lead in their feet and gas in their
I've become older since I saw you last and a few changes have come into my life. Frankly I have become a frivolous ‘OLD Gal - I’m seeing six Gentlemen every day.
As soon as I wake up WILL POWER gets me out of bed. Then I go to see JOHNNY LOOE. Next CHARLIE CRAMP comes along, he takes up a lot of my time and attention. When he leaves ARTHUR RITUS shows up and stays the rest of the day. He doesn’t stay in one place very long
|The SINGING GROUP will
FRIDAY 3rd NOVEMBER
and will meet WEEKLY
until Friday 8th December.
Meet as usual at
HIGH LANE VILLAGE HALL.
The meeting on the27th November will
be at the home of Tony & Margaret
On the last Wednesday in September Mike Snape and his wife led 15 of us along the grand series of 20 limestone wall stiles to cross Linen Dale ( a dry dale derived from “lime tree valley”)
and gradually descend to Eyam. This Village is famed for the villagers’ heroism in 1665, following the arrival of Plague bacillus amongst cloth from London. The Rector and inhabitants isolated themselves to prevent the spread of bubonic plague to outsiders, but at the loss of 260 villagers lives. Eyam was full of interest, and Mike pointed out several plaques on buildings, including the pigeon loft from where “pigeon post” took sales/ordering messages to Macclesfield from one of the local mills.
We returned past Dunlow farm along an easy walled track, and looped round on pleasant field paths by Silly Dale (another dry dale). Suddenly we re-entered the picturesque village of Foolow, complete with duck pond, stocks, Churches and most satisfying of all , a welcoming Bulls Head pub for a very pleasant pensioners meal. Thanks Mike and Margaret for an interesting walk.
November 29th Whiteley Green and Kerridge. Leaders Richard & Clark. Pub Lunch.
December 20th Wildboar Clough quiet Roads. Leader Walter Mason. Pub Lunch
January 31st Details to follow. Leaders Ruth and Dave Smith 01663 765 364
Would anyone who would like to lead a walk in 2007, please contact Walter Mason , with
suggested locations, walk and possible months, so that next years programme can be formulated.
|The subject for the next meeting on 8th November will be
“Saving and Investment Opportunities within the Building Societies” Our guest speaker will be the Area Sales Manager from The Cheshire Building Society.
Naturally any of our members will be welcome to attend.
Dig into your Piggy Banks Editor
We set off from High Lane- the Fair
Maids and a few Squires– on our journey to Kent. We stopped for
coffee at Wyevale Garden Centre on the outskirts of
Derby, with their newly modernised cafeteria. Later , we paused
for lunch in Warwick with time for a quick look round. On our journey
to the hotel in Tonbridge we hit the stop start of the M25 which
delayed an otherwise comfortable journey.
The accommodation in the hotel was satisfactory and comfortable and Tonbridge appeared to be a pleasant town but because of the full programme few of us had the opportunity for a good look round.
Our first outing was to the Royal Dockyard at Chatham, once the largest dockyard in the country, but now completely closed after at least four hundred years of service to the Royal Navy. Nowadays it is available as an open air Naval museum with splendid ship exhibits available to tour.
Part of the site was closed periodically in the afternoon as there was a film crew taking shots for including in a film The Golden Compass part of a fantasy trilogy thought to eventually replace Harry Potter.
Before lunch most of us visited some or all of a submarine, a destroyer and a sailing ship which were all available for inspection. Those visiting the submarine were required to employ some gymnastic ability and, to their credit demonstrated the old magic was still there when called upon. In the afternoon we had a choice of two slightly different guided tours by two enthusiastic and knowledgeable guides-- male and female– who gave us a comprehensive insight into the functions and history of the dockyard and particularly of the people who had worked there over the years.
Day two brought a visit to Canterbury complete with guided tours of the Cathedral. Once again we were taken round by enthusiastic and well informed guides who showed us parts of the Cathedral that we would probably have missed if left to wander round on our own. The guide for our group was a lady who had a sharp sense of humour and punctuated her narrative occasionally with some very amusing comments. The rest of the day was spent seeing the sights in the city and possibly spending some money in the bustling main street.
Leeds Castle was the destination for the third day. Rain was threatening and the day was a little chilly at first.
Most of us spent the morning walking in the nice well kept Castle grounds and visiting the maze and, when the rain eventually arrived about midday we went inside for lunch and a tour of the Castle in the afternoon.
An extra bonus was an Autumn Gold flower festival in progress in all the rooms and on many windowsills. The rooms were gloriously decorated in different ways. We were invited to vote on which display was the best, for some of us it was impossible to separate one from the other in terms of merit. Apart from the flower festival the Castle appeared to be an ancient building which had been adapted for contemporary use without effacing it's historical associations. A splendid Mott and Bailey Castle.
Our homeward journey began in rainy weather although the M25 was clear. Our lunch break in Marlow was marred by a little rain. Fortunately the sun came out for a drive through parts of the Cotswolds, which ended with afternoon tea just outside Broadway. We then set off for Birmingham and the inevitable Friday night traffic on the M6, but fortunately this turned out to be better than it can often be.
Our thanks for this interesting and enjoyable trip are due to Grace Shaw and Margaret McDermott , the main organisers, and to others who made their contribution to the smooth running of the trip,
Was it a success? Undoubtedly! Will we go on the trip next year? Of course,
A Visit to Kent2006 Heritage Group trip
To Kent we did a go
Four day visit to dockyard and ship
Going thro’ the Submarine so low
We all got through the hatch doors
This was just one of the brilliant tours
Day 2 took us to Canterbury Cathedral
Awesome in height, Gothic arches and spires
The murder of Beckett so bloody and brutal
A tomb of the Black Knight behind the Quires
Leeds Castle was our destination on day 3
Rain didn’t dampen the spirits of the U3A
As they navigated the Maze, Gardens and Aviary
Within the Castle there was much to see,
a bonus was the “Autumn Gold” flower display
Thank you to Margaret and Grace for organising the trip to Kent.
Where are we going for the next event??
There will not be a meal out in either November or December organised by this group.
We enjoyed our last meal for 2006 at The Little Mill Inn, Rowarth and are busy planning 2007.
Details of the JANUARY 2007 meal will be available at the December & January meetings.
|On the 21st September we embarked on a Bowling Bonanza to ‘Cheshire View’ at Christleton near
I can say without hesitation it was a “Purrfec” Day thanks to the efficient organisation, this together
with the lovely sunny weather resulted in the 30 strong group being in a fun mood all day.
The Cheshire View gave us excellent service with morning coffee, a buffet lunch, an afternoon ‘cuppa’ and in the evening a tasty well-cooked dinner.
In the Bowling competition Sheila Burke and Margaret Dodd were joint ‘Top Ladies’ and Dave Smith
was ‘Top Man’ and they and others received prizes.
After Dinner Margaret Meekley gave Ken & Edna a well deserved vote of thanks and then we were homeward bound, still lively enough to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to Sheila and Brian who I am sure will
remember their 2006 birthdays as a very delightful day.