Third Age Matters Survey

Third Age Matters Survey

In the last issue of Third Age Matters (November 2017) readers were invited to offer their views on the magazine via a survey. We are still accepting submissions until January 31. Please encourage your members to fill it out online if they have not yet done so. The survey is available at .

Your opinions are important so please take a few moment to take the survey.

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Hi-Di-Hi at Louth Riverhead Theatre.

I have blocked off twenty seats for the performance on Wednesday 14 March, 7.30 pm.  Tickets cost £8.50 each.  This is a Louth Playgoers show.

Booking Form will be available from the January Monthly Meeting onwards.  Travel by own car/car share.

If anyone wants to return to the idea of a pre-show meal in Louth (we have gone to the Marrakesh a couple of times previously, but Wetherspoons would be cheaper), we can discuss the idea.

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New Short Course on Architecture planned for 2018

I am proposing to start & co-ordinate at short course on Architecture in the new year. It will be a proactive course and members of the group will be expected to give a presentation on an architectural style of their choice i.e. Tudor, Classical, Art Deco etc, (I will get in first and give a presentation on Gothic Revival). A sign up sheet will be available in January and I suggest interested parties get together to plan the course / venue / date etc. some time later.

David Oliver – 01673 880188 Or complete the form below:

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University of Lincoln – Help Required

The University of Lincoln are looking to the community for assistance with setting up several courses for students as outlined below:

People who have experience of living with or recovering from skin or tissue damage who can share their experiences with students. They are looking for a range of experiences, from skin ulcers, pressure sores or lymphedema. They hope you will share how these conditions can impact on your social lives and personal life choices. Case studies will be anonymised as they hear your story and work these into case studies for students to formulate a holistic and person-centred clinical management plan. Your input is valued and as such they will reimburse you for your time. Contact details at the end.

People who can talk to students about their experiences of being elderly and the impact that this can have on medical needs and the various medications that can be prescribed. Students will want to take a medical review considering all of the medications being taken. Two dates are available: Friday 22nd February or Friday 16th February 10 am – 1pm. Reimbursements and car parking will be provided. Contact details at the end.

People living with Diabetes who would be happy to give a short talk to some Pharmacy students about their experience. Students will be keen to hear about the diagnosis, what treatment plans were put in place and some information about your on-going care. Two dates are available as follows: Tuesday 17th April 2pm – 5pm or Thursday 19th April 10am – 2pm. Reimbursements and car parking will be provided. Contact details at the end.

People living with neurological conditions (any conditions both common and rare e.g. Charcot Marie Tooth Syndrome, migraine, epilepsy) includes an online survey for their experiences:

  • Carers for people living with neurological conditions
  • Voluntary Sector/ Statutory organisations
  • Medical/ Allied Health Professionals

More information can be found via this web link…

If this is of interest to you or someone you know and you would like to find out more then please contact our Participation Worker: Lucy Picksley on Tel: 01522 886251 or Email:

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To reward the group’s members for another season of hard work, a collective photo of those attending the final class of 2017 was taken recently.

  After the class ended, they adjourned to partake of a light, healthy and calorie conscious (ha, ha!!) buffet meal at Jossal’s Bistro, to round off their efforts.  Many thanks to Dancing Dawn for all her hard work helping us all to retain or develop our racing snake outlines, ready for the Festive Season.

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Safer Driving Experience

Below is a note from Denis Minnitt outlining his recent experience of the Safer Driver Programme.

On 10th August, I attended the U3A meeting and thought the “Safer Driving” programme very interesting – and encouraging for mature drivers to update their driving skills and confidence. Following that meeting I have benefited from 3.5 hours of guidance, videos, questions and answers at the Lincoln Road Safety Partnership HQ – all very lighthearted and relaxed, but very informative!

I also opted for an assessed drive by a regular, Institute of Advanced Drivers, Observer, who took me in my own car in and around Lincoln and he described me as a “competent driver”

A month after the theory session, two of us had an accompanied drive in a professional driver’s car (ADI – Approved Driving Instructor). On the appointed date, we took turns to be assessed in the ADI’s dual-controlled vehicle: one driving whilst the other sat in the back seat as an observer.

Whilst we all like to think of ourselves as capable drivers, most of us haven’t read a Highway Code or been tested for, probably, decades and need our knowledge of new rules and procedures updating. Anyway, after this experience, I was encouraged by my Driving being described as “fantastic”. Praise indeed for a 91-year-old and very encouraging as I, like many others, look upon driving as freedom!

I have no hesitation in recommending any driver over 60 to take advantage of this FREE (in our area) opportunity to obtain guidance in “Driving for Living”. It is not a driving test. It is to encourage all of us to drive better and more safely… for drivers, passengers and all road users. Just think… your decision to participate in such a scheme could very easily be a “life saver” – maybe YOURS.

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Lincoln University Participation Request

University of Lincoln are looking for people who have experience of living with or recovering from skin or tissue damage who can share their experiences with our students. We are looking for a range of experiences; from skin ulcers, pressure sores or lymphedema. We hope that you will share how these conditions can impact on your social lives and personal life choices .
We value your input and as such offer to reimburse for your time.
If this is of interest to you or someone you know and you would like to find out more then please contact our Participation Worker:
Lucy Picksley on Tel: 01522 886251 or Email:
Case studies will be  anonymised as we will hear your story and work these into case studies for students to formulate a holistic and person-centred clinical management plan.

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AGM 2017 Documentation

Image result for annual general meetingWest Wolds Annual General Meeting 9th November 2017

The AGM will start at 10:30 and will be followed by presentations from the drama, ukulele and keep fit groups.

Relevant documentation can be reviewed before the meeting:

Chairman’s Report
Treasurer’s Report
Audited Accounts

Please make every effort to attend the meeting and support the committee.

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Membership Renewal

Related imageThis is a reminder that membership of West Wolds U3A is due for renewal. If you haven’t already renewed and would like to continue to be a member, please complete a Membership Form so that we have up-to-date details for you. Click here for a copy of the form for you to print, or you can pick up a paper copy at our next general meeting on Thursday 9th November in the Festival Hall, Market Rasen.

Please return the form with the annual fee of £15 per person (cheques should be payable to “West Wolds U3A”)

  • By post to Shelley Franklin, Grange Cottage, Grange Lane, North Kelsey, Market Rasen, LN7 6EZ;
  • Bring it along to the general meeting on 9th November; or
  • Hand it to your Group Co-ordinator or to any Committee Member, who will pass it to me.

Kind Regards

Shelley Franklin
Membership Secretary
West Wolds U3A

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Alford U3A Invitation

Image result for christmas stallsAlford U3A have invited West Wolds members to their Christmas meeting on Thursday 21st December, 10.30am-12pm at St Wilfrid’s Church Hall

There will be various stalls including bric a brac, xmas craft, cakes and a raffle, xmas quiz, carol singing and mince pies and mulled wine.

Contact Sharon Rupp for more information…

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Heritage Educational Courses

Heritage Lincolnshire have a number of courses available some of which are free to first time attendees and may be of interest to our members. Click here for a full list…

We have several held in Louth, as well as others in Lincoln at the new Heritage Skills Centre.
The courses cover a wide range of topics, from architecture, history and archaeology to hands-on crafts like spinning and stone masonry.
What’s more, most courses are free if you haven’t already taken a course already
this year. Contact details: Tel. 01529 461499

Ian Marshman
Education & Engagement Officer
Heritage Lincolnshire
The Old School, Cameron Street, Heckington NG34 9RW

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Christmas Lunch



Friday 15th December 12pm for 12.30pm

(please do not arrive at the venue before 11.30am)

Starter, Main Course, Dessert & Tea/Coffee and
Homemade Mincemeat Treat for £19.50 pp
Payment by cash or cheque
Please contact Linda Brighton on
01673 843925/07762385929/
for menu choices and to book or see Linda at the Christmas Table at November’s General Meeting (9th November)

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Terry answers the Call of the Wild

West Wolds member Terry Francis has one of his digital photographs included on the 2018 BBC Countryfile Calendar.  OK, not on the front page, but in the collage of Highly Commended images which are included on the newly published Calendar.  Well done, Terry!

Speaking of calendars, our Digital Photography group has produced its own 2018 U3A Calendar, and copies will be available to look at and order at this year’s November Meeting and AGM, when a selection of other groups will also be showing members what they get up to.  Make sure you attend this important meeting.

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Life as a Foreign Correspondent – Nick Louth

Nick is currently a freelance writer but back in the ‘80s, he worked for Reuters, the international news agency with a strong reputation for reliability, accuracy, speed and exclusivity. After working in London, he was transferred to the Amsterdam office however, the Netherlands is not a country renown for being a hot bed of political extremism, social intolerance, military unrest or religious persecution nevertheless, he divulged several amusing anecdotes of events which occurred on his ‘watch’ whilst over there.
He was very keen to emphasise the need for a journalist to be prepared at all times and, take advantage of every situation that arises including attempting to predict every possible eventuality. An example of this was the upholding of records on more elderly prominent statesmen, luminaries and VIPs and, on the premise that they would eventually die, each person would have an obituary file at the ready which was regularly updated.
It is apparently common for a professional journalist to prewrite two stories on a particular subject so both sides of an argument are represented. The eventual story released is based on the outcome or final result, so for example, the Brexit referendum would have had a winning story and a losing story already prepared. Nick also stressed the need to ensure that all facts were accurate and truthful as some ‘breaking news’ can have major implications on the rise or fall of the commodity/stock market.
Competition to be the first to break the news is immense so, opportunism and being resourceful are necessary traits and Nick obviously has them in abundance. During his twelve years as a foreign correspondent, he interviewed some very powerful executives and gained their trust including the likes of Bill Gates. The world’s newspapers regularly published his articles and his reputation spread far and wide. He is quick to affirm however, that journalism is not just all about having long, lazy, boozy lunches; sometimes it involves deliberately putting yourself in dangerous situations and travelling around the world in order to be in the right place at the right time. Neither of these make it easy to maintain a stable home life so, he eventually gave it all up, settled in Lincolnshire and is now a best-selling and critically acclaimed writer of thrillers.

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