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Editors:Ken & Edna Bentley kenedna@aol.com
General Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month at the High Lane Village Hall.  The meetings start at 2.00pm and there is a charge of £1.00 to cover refreshments and the room hire.

September 2006

Was it Sirloin on the Heritage Group Outing??

On the 25th July, a bright sunny morning, The Heritage Group headed north to Lancashire.
First stop was a guided tour of Houghton Tower, a 16th century fortified hilltop manor house, home of the de Houghton family since the Norman Conquest.  In the panelled banqueting hall is the Tudor table where. In 1617 King James1 dined on
home -reared loin of beef.  In appreciation of it’s wonderful flavour he ‘Knighted’ it Sir loin.
Our lasting memories are
of the dramatic mile-long drive - ‘Did we remember to lock the front door, or should we just go back and check?’...magnificent views of Lancashire.
Cumbria and the Hills of 

North Wales and a warm, welcoming
family atmosphere.
After lunch at Oswaldtwistle Mill , we toured Pendle Witch
country with a Blue Badge guide, who shared
his knowledge of the local area.  We admired the impressive home of
Alice Nutter, a lady of position and means who was one of the nine local people hung for witchcraft at Lancaster in 1612.
After returning to Oswaldtwistle Mill for a welcome cup of tea, there was time for retail therapy, and judging from the number of bags brought back to the coach, this opportunity was readily seized upon by many.

Thanks to the organizers for all their hard work, and Ron the coach driver with his very up market vehicle, complete with satellite navigation visible to all passengers.
A superb day out enjoyed by all.  We recommend an early visit to this area.
Margaret Moakley  and
 Judith Ridgeway

Pendlebury witch?
Bowling Away Day
The Bowling Group are
visiting a Bowling Club
at Christleton.
They will leave High
Lane and Hazel Grove
at 9.00am on the
21st September.
We will bowl from
11.00am (approx) with
a break for lunch and
then have a Bowls Drive
in the afternoon
After the Bowls Drive
we will adjourn to the
restaurant for an
evening meal.
The day is open to bowlers
only as there is little
alternative entertainment
in the locality.
The cost will be £23.00
Including the coach

Play Away

Theatre Matinee Future Visits                                           Page2
Saturday 11th November at
‘Theatr Clyde’ MOLD the
“The Ideal Husband”  by
Oscar Wilde
Cost  £12.75  + £10.00 Coach

Last Booking 4th October

Pat Whinnerah

 Saturday  24th February 2007
At The Lowry Theatre
Birmingham Royal Ballet
a classic tale with music by Carl Davis
Cost £27 + £6  Coach

Pat Whinnerah
  Music Appreciation

The first meeting for the
 Music Appreciation group
 for the new season will be on
 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.

Allan Leach
  Dancing GROUP
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

Kath Taylor 

German Group Visit                                                                Page3
Having 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 hugely successful.

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.
Bierkeller Waitress with Steins for All!
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

  U3A Third Age Trust Annual General Meeting                   Page 4
On 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.
Steve Reynolds
Walking Group
At the end of August,
after days of heavy
downpours, 22  very
apprehensive walkers
met for Brian and
 Alison’s barbeque walk.
5 hours later, in
brilliant sunshine, 22
happy and contented
walkers departed
It had been a very
pleasant day.
the interesting paths
around Whaley Bridge,
Seeing the ancient
Roosdyche, the more
recent artifacts of the
canal and old railway
ages, and admiring the
the sweeping views
from the green low
level field paths.

Then there had been
the highlight of a well
organized barbeque,
with wine and beer to
send us happily on our

A big thank you to
Alison and Brian.

Walter Mason   barbeque     
Forthcoming Walks

Wed. 27th September.

Mike & Margaret Snape
Walk from Foolow
Meet 9.30am Village
Hall.   Pub Lunch

Wed. 25th October.

Don Heap 4-5miles
Disley, Bowstones and
Lyme Park

Meet 10.00am Village
Hall    Packed Lunch

Wed. 29th November.

Richard & Susan Clark
4-5mile walk Whiteley
Green and Kerridge

Meet 10.00am  Pub Lunch

Walking the Dog!!

  Oh Dear Oh Dear Oh Dear!!!                                                Page 5 
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
5. Luxembourg
6. 1954
7. 1-0
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


  History Group
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
Wilf Gannicliffe
  Dining Group
The 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  

Chef's Hat
mathsMaths Group
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
Barrie Milnes

  Heritage Outing to Kent 2nd-6th October Special Notice     Page 6
The accommodation has been changed by BEST WESTERN
THE ROSE AND CROWN  HOTEL High Street Tonbridge

Change of Hotel
CONSOLATION  we will be offered coffee or tea on arrival,, a 
glass of wine one evening and a box of fudge..
Margaret McDermott

I wonder if that was because six of the oaks blew down??!!

   German  Group
The 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.
Marlene Brookes

               Your Committee
Vice Chairman                 
Membership Secretary `            General Committee           
Jim Summers               
John McCartney           
Doreen Scotte               
Steve Reynolds                 
Margaret McDermott             
Marlene Brookes, Ida Butler, Grace Shaw
Mike Snape, Ken Bentley


  INTEREST GROUPS PROGRAMME                                 Page 7
 Woodside Tennis Club  Thursday  
 13.30 - 16.30
 Chris Gibson 
 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 
 Various Venues  Tuesday’s &         Thursday’s  Edna Bentley 
 Finance  High Lane Village Hall    Odd Months
 After General Meeting
 Derek Hill 
 First Aid  Marple  By Arrangement  Doreen Scotte 
 (High Lane)
 Various Venues  3rd Monday
 Lottie Minchin
 (Pennine Link)
 Marple Methodist Church  2nd Wednesday
 9.45 - 11.45
 Joan Nield
 German  Usually
 Marlene’s House
 9.30 - 12.00
 Marlene Brookes 
 Heritage  Various Venues  Various Days  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  Usually Thursday’s    Marlene Brookes  
Singing  High Lane Village Hall  Alternate Fridays
 9.45 - 11.15
 Sue Dintinger 
 Theatre Matinee  Various Theatres  Wednesdays &
 Pat Whinnerah 
 Walking  Meet at
 High Lane Village Hall
 Last Wednesday
 Walter Mason
Website Development John McCartney’s House As required Peter Kress 

                                                                                                    Page 8   
Christmas Dinner
Thursday 7th December 
Marple Golf Club 12.30 for 1.00
£16.00 including prize ticket draw
Tickets on sale at the October and November meetings  
Choose from:

Melon with Forest Fruits
 Timbale of Salmon Prawns and Avocado
Duck and Port Pate, Redcurrant Jelly and Melba Toast ************
Chicken Supreme Stuffed with Asparagus, laid on a  Dijon Mustard Cream Sauce

Fillet of Salmon  Duglere, poached in White Wine, with a Tomato, Mushroom & Herb Cream Sauce

Tender Braised Angus Steak laid on Leek Mash served with Onion Gravy
Fresh Fruit Salad
Raspberry Pavlova
Sticky Toffee Pudding with Hot Custard
Mince Pies, Coffee and Mints