Garden Group Christmas Lunch

The Garden Group held their Christmas Lunch this week. A good time was had by all.

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Keep Fit Group Christmas Lunch

On Thursday 2nd December, 14 members of Dawn’s Supple Seniors met up for a Christmas lunch after the Keep Fit Group’s session at the Advocate Arms. Everybody enjoyed the meal and a lot of witty banter was exchanged. It rather negated calories burned in the exercises we had done earlier.

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Dawn’s Supple Seniors – The Keep Fit Group

Dawn’s Supple Seniors – The Keep Fit Group

Please take note that Dawn Stopper and the Keep Fit Group have decided today that we will have one more session before Christmas on Thursday 16th December at 10:00, so come along to the Festival Hall and enjoy some exercise to get you fit and ready before the big blowout at Christmas.

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Police Cybercrime Unit Workshop

Following the October visit from Lincolnshire Police, they have offered to run a half-day workshop for our members.

The aim of the workshop would be to help members secure their online accounts, for example, changing passwords, enabling 2FA, setting up password managers etc. The workshop would also allow them to answer any questions and concerns raised by you.

Please get in touch if you would like to attend a workshop in February date to be confirmed, and we will send more details of venue, time and any potential small charge to cover hall hire.

Please contact Sharon

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Garden Group December Newsletter

The Garden Group newsletter is available online. Click here to read this month’s edition.

Please contact Jane Guy – for more information.

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Snowdrops at Anglesey Abbey

A coach excursion arranged for West Wolds u3a Garden Group to see the beautiful snowdrops at Anglesey Abbey on Tuesday, 22nd February 2022. 

Seeing a swathe of snowdrops is one way to brighten the winter months. Despite the cold, these hardy little flowers can be found thriving in pastures, woods, ditches and orchards everywhere. After a long winter their brilliant white petals and green leaves are a welcome sight, signalling the growth of new life.  Also known as Candlemas Bells. Candlemas, the Christian feast of purification, falls on 2 Feb each year. Snowdrops are common in the grounds of old religious communities, and it’s possible that Anglesey Abbey’s snowdrops go back to the time when it was a priory.

Anglesey Abbey is a National Trust property near Cambridge.

The Winter Garden:  The first snowdrops to appear are usually found beneath the splendour of the Winter Garden.  Generally visible from mid-December, this is a favourite pathway to spot the delicate white flowers whilst also enjoying the sensory planting surrounding them.  This route is currently one-way to allow for social distancing. Please follow the directional signage.

The Woodland Path:  Along with daffodils and hellebores, the Woodland Path and Hoe Fen access path provide a natural setting for small clumps of some of their more common snowdrops. If you’re heading through either of these paths, keep an eye out for them on the paths as they can often spread with each passing year.

Coach pick up:  Behind Tesco’s store in Market Rasen and the Fire Station at 8.30 a.m.  We aim to return by 5 p.m.

Price: £35.00 per person for the coach and driver’s tip.  If you are a member of the National Trust you will have free access to Anglesey Abbey.  If not then we have a ‘group’ rate of £9.50 per person which you should add to the £35.00 price.

To make a Booking:  Contact Jane Guy to request a booking form or telephone 0797 1277 482

Booking Form

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Age UK Volunteering Project in Lincolnshire

Age UK are looking for volunteers to go to care homes local to them around the county, and act as “Visitor Hosts”. This involves greeting any visitors that come to the care home, ensuring lateral flow tests have been carried out and handing out the correct PPE to the visitor. This provides really necessary support to the already stretched care home staff, and enables them to focus on the residents rather than the door-bell!

Having visitors in the care homes to see the residents can really improve their quality of life, and its especially important now after the course of the pandemic stopped them from seeing their loved ones for months. Volunteers receive all the necessary support and training from Age UK, and it’s a really worthwhile role that helps the local community.

If you are interested, please get in touch with Sharon on or direct with the project officer Maddy Hamblett Tel: 01529 404664 Email:

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November Newsletter

The November newsletter is here…

You can access the newsletter from this post or from the email the majority of our members will receive by the 15th November 2021.

If you haven’t told us your email address or if it has changed… to avoid missing out send your updated email details to

If you would like to make comment on this newsletter or submit an article for the next issue then please send details to by Friday 3rd December 2021.

We would really like to hear from you now that u3a events are beginning to take off again

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Coup de Théâtre

Yesterday after the AGM and during the splendid Turkish Delight Belly Dancers performance there was a piece of pure theatre.

Also a misunderstanding! I was expecting the contents [theatrical sausages on a string] to be thrown towards the audience i.e. me. I did not expect the bucket to come hurtling through the air  as well.

As an old Matelot I should have clearly agreed the modus operandi with a civvy.

All is well with Brian and I, but it did come sharp.

Talk about a pregnant pause during the morning !!!


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Garden Group Activities

Coming Events

1st December: Christmas lunch at Pennells

19th January: Ben Preston from Perennial the
Gardener’s charity “York Gate
through a Head Gardener’s Eye”

To join the group, or for any other garden enquiry please contact me by phone
Jane Guy: telephone 0797 1277 482, email

Jane is now producing a monthly newsletter just for the Gardening Group with all the details of meetings and visits and interesting information about gardening. To receive a copy of this contact her as above and she will email it to you.

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Theatre Group

The next theatre trip will be to the performance of
Christmas with Steptoe and Son at the Louth
Riverhead Theatre on Friday 3rd December.

We will meet in the foyer at 7.10pm and the tickets
cost £10 each.

If you would like to attend please contact
Jane Lloyd on 01673 843078 or by the 11th November.

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Speaker Donation

Last months speakers from the Lincolnshire Police Department who gave us the talk on Cybercrime wished for us to give a donation to a local charity EDAN Lincs, rather than paying them for the talk. EDAN stands for Ending Domestic Abuse Now. This is their response to the donation

EDAN Letter for Speaker Donation

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Digital Photography Group Photo of the Month

The Digital Photography Group has decided we should show the best of the photos we take in each monthly challenge we take on, this month we had the themes of ‘Autumn Colours’ and ‘Intentional Camera Movement’ where the camera is intentionally moved whilst taking a photo to give weird effects. After critiquing all the photos presented at our monthly meetings we chose these two below. For a chance to see the rest of our photos put forward this month, please go to ‘Our Photo Challenge’ page under the Digital Photography Group

Autumn Colours

Intentional Camera Movement

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Help Required









Rachel Telfer 01673 844244 / Caroline  Dale 01673 844142

Caroline and Rachel would like to express their thanks to the members  who have volunteered as Greeters and Catering Helpers at earlier meetings.


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New Discussion Group to be started

A new Discussion Group is to meet every third Thursday in the month in the white Swan Market Rasen in the dinning area.

The group discusses a topic of the day chosen at the previous meeting.

A group member will introduce things and leads the meeting into the discussion. Topics discussed for example could be the latest fuel crisis, why did it happen, how could it have been avoided, who’s fault was it , how did it effect you.

The group will be informal and friendly and we will take the opportunity to have plenty of tea and coffee or, if fancied, something stronger. It is not a debating society. Numbers are limited to 10 to maintain the conviviality of the group.

The Group meets on the 3rd Thursday in the month at 2-4pm  in the White Swan, Market Rasen
Please contact Angela Wilson for further details and to sign up
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