|Saturday 11th November at
‘Theatr Clyde’ MOLD the
“The Ideal Husband” byCost £12.75 + £10.00 Coach
Last Booking 4th October
| 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 first meeting for the
Music Appreciation group
for the new season will be on
TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 19th
at 2.30pm in HIGH
The composer we will
listen to, by request, will
After this we will continue
to meet on alternate
Suggestions and requests
from group members
will always be welcome.
|Dancing takes place
fortnightly in the High Lane Village Hall from
2pm until 4pm during the winter months.
The first hour is spent working on a ballroom dance — until Christmas this will be the Waltz.
The second hour is spent doing a mixture of dances. There are two qualified dance instructors, teaching and helping during the
|session. The dates for the sessions until Christmas are
Sept 15th & 29th
Oct. 13th & 27th
Nov 10th & 24th
The cost will be £4.00
recently returned from an exchange visit to the beautiful region of
Franconia in Southern Germany, I have nothing but praise for the
organizers in both countries. for making our trip so memorable and
Unlike a package holiday, with an exchange trip you are given the opportunity of meeting a whole variety of local people in their own homes and to sample their very generous hospitality. You are able to enjoy
authentically cooked local food provided by the host families, rather than the type of meals a restaurant might serve up, especially for tourists.
Because our German hosts are familiar with their own region, we are able to visit lesser known places of interest that might not be available to us had we been on an organized tour. In particular I am thinking of our visit to the monastery at Plankstetten where a sprightly 84 year old Mark gave us a very interesting and amusing tour. We enjoyed a tastily prepared “ecological lunch” made entirely from produce famed by the monks in the grounds surrounding the monastery. This was followed by a tranquil walk along the canal and a short boat trip to a very [pretty village, which included more walking with a local guide. The day was rounded off by a huge meal in a local hostelry and back to base by coach.
Our days were very busy and reasonably energetic, and I am delighted to say that despite eating copious amounts of food and drink, I came home 2lb lighter in weight.
On the whole the weather was superb, apart from the first day or two when we experienced one or two heavy showers, one of which, naturally, occurred during our visit to an open air concert of classical music. In true English fashion we all remained seated uncomplainingly, but one has to say, so did the Germans. So we are not the only stoics.
My overwhelming impression of the local people is their friendliness. Any effort to communicate in German is enthusiastically appreciated.
However, I am not sure that I did much for Anglo-German relations, when, in my halting German, I said to one lady on the train, who was carrying a rather frail but cute-looking dog.” Are you old?” rather than “is it old?” Fortunately she understood what I meant and was not offended.
My wish for the future is that exchange trips could be extended to other countries, in particular France and Spain, and although my knowledge of both languages is minimal I am willing to assist anybody who wishes to accept the challenge.
Rona White See Website for Pictures
Monday 4th September Ann and I attended the AGM of the Third Age Trust
at the University of Chester. The whole conference actually lasts
3 days but we were just there for the day.
The meeting itself is a fairly formal affair attended by around 300 U3A members from various parts of the UK. There was a ballot for the position of National Council Chairman between Jean Goodeve of Pembrokeshire and Stanley Miller from Evesham and District. Not knowing either of the candidates we decided to share our 2 votes for High Lane U3A.. Jean Goodeve was duly elected.
The Treasurer, Terry Hardier from Cirencester then presented the Annual Accounts to the meeting. It was quite interesting for me to see how the capitation fees that we send to headquarters are spent. It probably comes down to three main issues
Support for learning in the 600 or so U3A’s
Developing the U3A movement, including the formation of new U3A’s
Acting as a National voice for the U3A
The meeting concluded with what is planned for next year’s AGM. This will be something a bit special in the 25th anniversary of the movement. There will be a three day cruise from Falmouth taking in Le Havre (including a trip to Monet's Water Garden) the Scilly Isles with a trip to Tresco Abbey Garden and then back to Falmouth for the AGM. Prices for cabins start at £129 per person which seems to be fantastic value, so I think it is bound to be popular. The cruise will take place on 15th to 18th September2007.
Away from the AGM there were a number of displays, exhibitions and presentations, discussion groups etc. all showing the work and achievements that occur within the Third Age Trust
All in all a very interesting and enjoyable day.
Not one entry for the Quiz last month. What a pity, anyway I will have to drink the wine myself.
Here are the answers.
1. To look more different from his team mates
2. For fielding overage players in the international youth tournament
3. 1998 Zindan Zindane
4. He forgot about the time
8. He dropped and broke a bottle of Chloroform on the pitch
9. 7 England players left their Identity Cards at the Hotel
10. They needed to save the shirts for the next match
The first meeting of the History Group this winter was on 6th September on the subject of‘The Glorious Revolution’ Further dates were discussed at this meeting and will be advised in future
next meal on September 26th is arranged for the Waltzing Weasel
in Birch Vale. This is a 3 course meal costing £18.00 and we meet
at 7.00 for 7.30pm.
Our last meal for 2006 is on October 19th— a lunchtime meal at The Little Mill Inn in Rowarth.
We are not arranging a meal for November because the U3A Annual Christmas Dinner is in early December.
Thank you to all those who have supported this group in 2006. Dates for 2007 will be arranged in the coming weeks and will be published as soon as possible.
This is a very friendly group and anyone wishing to join us at any time is very welcome. Edna Bentley
The next meeting of the Maths Group will be on Wednesday 27th September at
2.15pm in High Lane Village Hall
The subject will be “the technique of using differences to solve mathematical problems
The accommodation has been changed by BEST WESTERN
DONNINGTON MANOR Sevenoaks
THE ROSE AND CROWN HOTEL High Street Tonbridge
WE UNDERSTAND THAT BY WAY OF COMPENSATION AND PERHAPS
CONSOLATION we will be offered coffee or tea on arrival,, a
glass of wine one evening and a box of fudge..
I wonder if that was because six of the oaks blew down??!!
German group met last Friday, where the topic of discussion was no
doubt their recent visit to Hamburg (31st August to 4th
September.) We last met at the Crown at Hawk Green where we
enjoyed a lovely lunch before taking our summer break.
On 17th July we returned from 10 very enjoyable days in the mediaeval town of Forchheim in Franconia.10 members of High Lane U3A together with 5 members of Cheadle Hume U3Aand 4 others took part.
During our stay we visited many of the beautiful towns in the area including Bamberg, Bayreuth, Munich and Nuremberg, sampled the local specialities including the wine and beer and enjoyed the hospitality of the local people. Because of the enthusiasm for the beautiful city of Nuremberg 10 of us are going back in December to experience the Christmas Market, the oldest in Germany.
You may wonder why we are doing so much travelling now . The simple reason is that there are so many more cheap flights from Manchester which makes it more affordable.
Membership Secretary ` General Committee
Marlene Brookes, Ida Butler, Grace Shaw
Mike Snape, Ken Bentley