Higham & Rushden U3AHigham & Rushden U3A held a tea party on 2nd November at The Pemberton Centre in Rushden to celebrate their 1000th member joining since its formation in 20??
There was a very good turn out of visitors who were welcomed by Group Leaders and their members who had set up stalls and displays to show how they spend their time on some of the fifty plus activities that range from Advanced Driving to Wine Tasting.
There were live displays of Sequence and Country Dancing, Guitar playing and Singing for Fun.
Mike Neville was Master of Ceremonies and introduced the Mayors of Higham Ferrers and Rushden and after speeches were invited to cut the special cakes. After the speeches everyone was invited to enjoy the sandwiches, sausage rolls, cakes, scones and tea.
OUNDLE & DISTRICT ART APPRECIATION 4 - PICTURE RE-ENACTMENT
Fiona Bruce and Philip Mould have competition: they look at paintings and find out if they are Fakes or Fortune-makers. Oundle U3A Art Appreciation Group 4 has been studying paintings just as well. Take Alfred Munnings’s “Taggs Island” – they looked at it very closely. They examined the setting, the trees, the water, the weather. They looked at the characters, how they are composed into a relational group, who was looking at whom, and, perhaps, why; what was going on? They studied the clothes, hairstyles and hats. They noted the dog, all excited. Then they booked a sunny day and went all al fresco down to Barnwell Picnic Park. They dressed up: shirts, trousers, hats, skirts, scarves, the lot. One of their number had made the ultimate sacrifice and provided empty champagne bottles and glasses. A white sheet over a picnic table, strategically placed chairs (one borrowed from a friendly fisherman) and they were ready. Cameras and other technological inventions captured the moment. “Taggs Island” was alive and real. They will not be making a fortune – but we certainly had a lot of fun.
When asking permission from The Munnings Art Museum to reproduce the painting “Taggs Island”, Jenny Hand, Director of the Museum wrote: “That’s totally brilliant! Yes, please go ahead and reproduce the image of the painting. Would someone in the group be willing to send the original photo? – and would they let us publish it on our social media channels. It’s really heart-warming to see so much fun being had with art.”
And once this was featured on the Munning Art Museum website, Oundle Chair, Stephne Tewson, was contacted by someone in Australia who posted it further to promote innovative adult education ideas. From Barnwell to Sydney and beyond, who would have believed it when this group set out to reproduce the painting.
Report on Brackley U3A Open Morning from a non-member
Brackley U3A, formed less than a year ago, held an 'Open
Morning' on Thursday 18th August at the Methodist Church,
High Street, Brackley. I went along just out of
interest and with no preconceived ideas and I was so
impressed even before I had walked through the door.
Ise Valley, Kettering U3A
Every second Wednesday afternoon there is a meeting with guest speaker at the Athletic Club, Rockingham Road, Kettering. NN16 9AE starting at 2pm.
Visitors are always welcome to attend (£2 charge) and see what the U3A is all about. This year the speakers are:-
For more information about Ise Valley U3A: http://www.isevalleyu3akettering.org.uk/
Higham and Rushden U3A
Every third Wednesday there is a meeting with guest speaker at the Pemberton Centre, H.E. Bates Way, Rushden, Northamptonshire NN10 9YP, starting at 2pm.
Visitors are always welcome to attend (£2 charge) and tea and biscuits are served following the speaker.
For more information about Higham & Rushden U3A: http://www.highamandrushdenu3a.org/index.html
FIRST WORLD WAR GROUP - NORTHAMPTON U3A
Local people went to war and came back to Northampton to die. Men came from all corners of the world, mainly in the First World War, and died in Northampton. Stories Behind The Headstones gives a glimpse into their lives. We tell their stories and bring to the reader the tragedy of that war with families losing up to three sons; women losing husbands and brothers; and one family losing a father in the First World War and his son in the Second World War.
The book is priced at £9.99 and is available from Waterstones in Abington Street and Northampton Museum. It can also be purchased at Northampton U3A meetings in June, and September; the Picnic in August; the WW1 exhibition at St Sepulchre’s Church the weekend of 2nd and 3rd August; Heritage Day on 13th September, and by post from Chase Park Publishing, 10 Highfield Way, Yardley Hastings, NN7 1HQ. Price by post is £12.49 to include postage and packing and cheques should be made payable to Northampton U3A.
Oundle U3A - Books for sale
|Oundle & District U3A Poetry Group has
been producing a booklet of their very high quality work
for a few years now and have sold it at cost price at our
Christmas meeting. This year's booklet contains
nearly 40 of the poems written by members on a range of
topics from serious topics such as War to Local
Bureaucracy and from The First Christmas to Spiders.
There are wonderfully constructed poems in the style of
Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, there are several poems about
feelings and a range of summer and winter memories, all in
all a wonderful Christmas gift for anyone who loves
poetry. The books are on sale at £1.50 each
including postage or £1.00 if they can collect it from me
in Oundle. If interested send
an email by clicking here. (You dont need to
be a U3A member to take advantage of this offer)
|One of Oundle's
members (Ray Rundle 01832 274736) has written a book
called Shadows from the Past, about the men who
volunteered or were conscripted into the armed services
during the First World War. The A5 book has 78
pages, about 35,000 words and 40 illustrations, of which
several are portraits. The book is offered for sale at £5
before going on sale to the general public. Click
here to see more details.