When renewing your membership it is important you:
1. Download the application form from this website, or request a copy by e-mail from email@example.com or phone Jane Guy on 0797 1277 482
2. Complete the application form in full and post it to Jane Guy at 14 Jubilee Ave., Faldingworth, LN8 3FF or hand it to her at one of our monthly meetings. If handing to another committee member for passing to Jane please let Jane know it is coming to avoid being chased.
3. Pay your fee, (£11 for an Associate member (i.e. if you belong to another u3a group), £17 for a single membership and £31.50 for a joint membership). How to pay is clearly stated on the application form.
The Committee extend a warm invitation to all members to attend a Committee Meeting to see ‘behind the scenes’ of what we do to keep your u3a running. You are welcome to come along and observe, and you might find being a committee member is not as daunting as you imagine, and more fun.
The ethos of the u3a is ‘by the members, for the members’ and we work together to keep our u3a going and offering all the events, activities, meetings etc that we do. The u3a is key in our local area at combating loneliness and isolation for older people but we need our members to take part to help run our u3a. Without volunteers, we will not exist so please think about what you could do to help, in any role no matter how small.
Contact any committee member for more information on how you could help.
John Nowell served for 20 years in the Royal Air Force, and then flew as a personal pilot to His Majesty, the late Sultan Qaboos of Oman. He published his first photographic book at the Sultan’s request ‘A Day Above Oman’. Since retiring from commercial flying, John has continued to publish his ‘A Day Above’ series and today presented us with an aerial guide of Lincolnshire, starting at dawn and running up the coast and inland from top to bottom, regaling us with tales and history from the various locations, completing the day at sunset where the farmer is still harvesting well into the early hours.
Scunthope U3A invite us to their last Zoom Speaker this Friday August 27th at 1.45pm, and the subject is Jack The Ripper presented by Paul Robbins.
Paul returns to the East End of his childhood to talk about the World’s greatest “criminal who done it” in history. He paints a vivid and moving picture of the East End of London in the late summer and autumn of 1888 as he reviews the crimes, the main suspects and offers his own suggestion as to the identity of the Whitechapel murderer AKA Jack the Ripper. In examining the case, Paul discounts many of the names put forward as to who the Ripper was and asks the question of why there was cover up to shield the Ripper from justice. The talk paints a picture of the East End in the late C19th as it was and the daily struggle for life that drove the Ripper’s victims into a life of Prostitution, drawing on his childhood memories of someone who after 45 years away from the area still regards the East End as his home.
Log in Friday 27th August, 2021 from 1.45 with the meeting starting at 2pm.
Today, at our first meeting with a speaker since March 2020, we welcomed Nigel MacKnight, a successful technical author.
Coming from ordinary back ground, Nigel found an aptitude for writing technical books in layman’s speak about anything that moved – rockets, spacecraft, aircraft, formula 1 and so on, and made a successful career from it. Starting by writing short articles for aircraft magazines as a teenager helped him obtain a press pass enabling access behind the scenes to meet and interview all the sporting greats as well as some well-known showbiz personalities and to fly with the Red Arrows. All this was done without realising, until a few years ago, that he had Dyslexia.
Nigel’s determination and ambition pushed him through any difficulties he had with his writing and these days he brings the same attitude to challenges by leading a team striving to bring the water speed record back to Britain inspired by his hero, Donald Campbell. His new boat ‘Quicksilver’ is currently being built after 20 years of designing and modifying, initially with the help of one of the original Bluebird designers Ken Norris.
Nigel gave us an interesting presentation not only of his background, but of the progress and testing of the scale model of the boat, and invited members to speak to him about helping to support the project which is run mainly by volunteers and goodwill from universities, engineering and marine experts and the MOD.
If you missed this talk, you will never know why Red Arrows pilots have piles!
In August, 16 of our members visited the second of our open gardens which was in Claxby, the home of Pat and David, another of our members. Wold Haven garden is around three quarters of an acre consisting of various areas of interest. At the front there is a steep bank with a selection of spring flowers and shrubs planted under two mature ash trees. Bordering the drive there are two gravel gardens with various grasses, heathers and conifers. By the wall in summer is a collection of aeoniums. At the rear of the house there are herbaceous borders and beds, a rose garden, fruit and vegetable plots and a tropical garden. They can all be viewed from lawns or paths. There are three greenhouses with the largest containing the summer tender fruits and vegetables. Pat and David made everyone very welcome.
Comments sent by our members afterwards:-
“The garden in Claxby was stunning.”
“Thanks for arranging the Claxby visit. Delightful.”
“The garden was inspirational. It was so lovely to meet the hosts who readily shared their gardening experiences.”
“It was lovely to see so many old friends again.”
Images courtesy of Brian Ward
Visit to Middle Rasen garden on 13th and 20th July
In July we opened our first member’s garden in Middle Rasen on two consecutive Tuesdays to 11 group members. The garden looked wonderful and Jackie and Derek, also u3a members, were pleased to share their garden knowledge and helped us identify their plants. There were many pathways for you to explore with summer colourful beds, a pond, a shaded woodland area, a Japanese reflective area and lots of pots full of glorious dahlias and agapanthus. We were treated to tea and cake and very much enjoyed meeting each other again after such a long break.
“What a beautiful garden and so tranquil”.
“A hidden gem on our doorstep.”
“The tea and cakes was a lovely surprise. It was just like old times again.”
Our August General Meeting is on 12th August. Doors open at 9.45am for a 10.30 start.
The speaker is Nigel MacKnight on ‘Being an Author’. Nigel takes us through his interesting life as an author on everything that moves – cars, boats, planes etc. including experiences with the Red Arrows, and brings us up-to-date on his 20 year project to build and pilot the boat to beat Donald Campbell’s Water Speed Record.
To register for the meeting please use the Eventbrite system by clicking here…
Please note committee members and volunteers (greeters & tea/coffee helpers) will need to register.
As Groups start to meet again there has been some discussion between group convenors and the committee regarding personal liability. As you can imagine this can be perceived as a legal mine field however we hope that we can approach this with an air of common sense without appearing too overbearing.
Wherever we meet it is incumbent upon convenors to make sure the meeting place – home, hall, footpath, garden, cycle way, wherever, is as safe as we can possibly make it however it is your responsibility to take care of your own health and safety when participating in u3a activities, and ensure that any current Government guidelines around Covid are adhered to.
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