Author Archives: Nadia Dawson

About Nadia Dawson

Retired primary headteacher now working at Lincoln University

From Barrow to Baghdad by Philip Caine

Philip took us on an amazingly zealous whistle-stop tour of his diverse career which started when he left school in 1966 aged 16. Men who lived in Barrow in Furness at that time were almost duty bound to work in … Continue reading

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Mission to Seafarers (Caring for seafarers around the world) by Jake Pass

As chaplain for the Hull and Immingham ports, Jake delivered an in-depth presentation on the history and work of the Mission to Seafarers, an organisation for whom he has worked for several years. This little known welfare charity serving merchant … Continue reading

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Rowing the Atlantic solo by Richard Harries

Richard hasn’t actually rowed the Atlantic as yet but is due to do so in November if all goes to plan. Although now retired, this hasn’t stopped him from participating in a number of taxing physical challenges which include cycling, … Continue reading

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Ukulele Sensation by Mark Walsh

Today we were accorded a very, very entertaining talk by the multi-talented Mark Walsh who, believe it or not, started his stage career at the tender age of eight. Since then, he has worked alongside many of our most well-known … Continue reading

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The discovery of Richard III in a car park

Sally Henshaw, the current secretary of the Richard III Society retold the amazing story behind the discovery of Richard III’s remains beneath a council car park in Leicester. For hundreds of years, the exact whereabouts of his grave thwarted academics … Continue reading

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Birds of Prey with Derek Tindall

Derek explained that he has been a practicing Falconer for over thirty years and has his own business showing his birds up and down the country at shows, clubs and to different organisations including care homes where they are very … Continue reading

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Lincoln Ghost Walks by Karen Crow

Standing before us was a tall, black cloaked woman; she had a very distinctive long, grey plait draped over one shoulder and an unnervingly solemn face, so the audience were immediately visually captivated and waiting with bated breath for her … Continue reading

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The Lincolnshire dialect by Loretta Rivett

We enjoyed a very entertaining hour listening to Loretta Rivett, the acclaimed doyen of the Lincolnshire accent and dialect. As she explained, the Lincolnshire dialect is full of weird and wonderful words and phrases which she uses with great aplomb, … Continue reading

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Staying Safe by Stuart Gibbon

With his background as a senior police detective, who better to advise us of ways to avoid being scammed than Stuart. After his introduction, Stuart showed us a video about ‘distraction burglary’. This is where criminals, often referred to as … Continue reading

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The Lincolnshire Co-op – some historical perspectives by Dr Andrew Jackson

In 2011, the Lincolnshire Co-operative Society celebrated its 150th anniversary and, to mark the occasion, it asked Bishop Grosseteste University to make digital copies of all its original paperwork dating back to its inception. The job of doing this fell … Continue reading

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Tales of the Tower of London by Keith Hanson

It’s been a while since we’ve had such an informative, engaging and entertaining speaker with such a blithe manner. Keith certainly captivated the members who became wholly engrossed in his Tales of the Tower. After an army career lasting 30 … Continue reading

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Churches Trip

I received an email via West Wolds U3A website alerting me to a coach tour organised by The National Churches Trust and entitled Explore the Explorers. The aim of the day was not just to admire and learn about these … Continue reading

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Cake Day Review

The hall was bustling with people, and the chairs which were usually laid out in formal rows, had instead been placed around large circular tables in a much more informal and friendly arrangement. Our chairman welcomed everyone to this special … Continue reading

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Sue Cadman – an original Les Dawson Roly Poly

Originally from Birmingham, Sue started dance school at the tender age of 2 and performed in public for the first time aged just 3. From then on, she became totally hooked and put all her effort into passing dance exams and … Continue reading

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Life of a Tudor Musician in a Royal Court

Standing before us were two members of de Mowbray’s Musicke band; the couple were dressed in costumes characteristic of the Tudor period and surrounded by a variety of reproduction musical instruments typical of that time. The couple explained that music was … Continue reading

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