December News Bulletin

The Bulletin : December 2023

Hello everyone. A very merry Xmas and a Happy New Year to you all.

We hope you’ve had a great year of activities in the u3a and we hope you’ll take part in many more next year.

This edition of Bulletin looks forward to some of the events we have planned for early 2024.

First, we want to express our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Frank Barrett our honorary president who passed away recently. Frank was instrumental in setting up the Buxton and District u3a and he was truly inspirational. His memory and his legacy is cherished by all of us. An obituary will shortly be published on our website.  

We recently had a stand at the Pavilion Gardens Xmas Bazaar. The committee wishes to express its gratitude to Christine Marrison for organising it so well and to all those who took part, making it such a rewarding and enjoyable event.

The Xmas Party

Please remember that the Xmas Party is on Monday 11th December at The Palace Hotel.

Please arrive from 14:15.

The Singing for Fun group will kick off the entertainment from 14:40(ish) until 14:55(ish).

Afternoon tea will be served from 15:00 and the Ukulele Group will do their spot from the end of the afternoon tea from approximately 15:30(ish).

There will be a fun quiz on your table and Martin Baxter will let us know all the answers after that.

I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to a fun afternoon.


Dates for your diary

General Meetings 2024

The following general meetings have been organised:

8th January                 Two Wheels to Happiness

A brief introduction to long distance cycle touring and the adventures to be had along the way. To help illustrate his talk, Roland York will bring in his much loved, heavily laden bike.

12th February             General Meeting

February’s General Meeting will not have a speaker. Instead, we’d like to hold a general get together where we can all learn from each other about what our u3a has on offer. A day where we can celebrate all the wonderful things our u3a does.

For everyone who wants to find out more about our u3a.

11th March                  Cyber crime : What is it and how can we prevent it?

Samantha Hancock from the Cyber Crime Unit of Derbyshire Police will tell us what we need to know about how to keep safe online.

8th April                       Derbyshire Air Ambulance

Peter Corbett from Derbyshire Air Ambulance will give us a talk about their work, the highs and lows, the trials and tribulations.

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting will take place on Monday 13th May 2024. More details about this will be available in the new year.

Charabanc Outing : Wednesday 21st February 

Snowdrops at Dunham Massey

Our first charabanc outing of 2024 takes us to Dunham Massey. Who can resist those twinkling almost dancing snowdrops flowering away in the bare earth and dead leaves?  They give us so much pleasure and joy.

They are that sign that Spring is not far away after a long drab, dull winter.

Dunham Massey has one of the best winter gardens in the North-West. The house is closed at this time of year, but the cafes are open, ideal for a steaming bowl of soup or gooey cake and hot chocolate even with marshmallows balancing on a dollop of whipped cream.

The cost includes the coach and driver’s tip. For NT members it is £14.50. For non NT members the cost is £14.50 plus the entry which was £8.50 in 2023.

The NT have not decided on their pricing for next year but it should not be more than £10 especially with the group discount we will get for non-members. Trish will let you know as soon as the NT tell her.

Pick-ups in will be in Chapel, Doveholes and Buxton

There are a limited number of mobility scooters are available from the NT.  If you would like the use of one, please tell me when you book a place on the coach.

To book your seat please email Trish Hampson by clicking this link Trish Hampson or call her on 07799481537

Coffee and chat

Don’t forget that we hold coffee and chat mornings on the second Friday of each month. These are held at the Pavilion Gardens Café from 10:30 to 12:00.

The next one is on Friday 8th December and the first one of the new year is on Friday 12th January.

Come along and chat about all things u3a … or just about anything you like really.

Vacancies on the Committee

We currently have three vacancies on the committee. We really would appreciate your help.

Events co-ordinator

Group Leader Liaison

Press and PR

From the AGM next year we will also have two more vacancies

Vice chair

Membership Secretary

Our u3a cannot continue to function without a full working committee; please seriously consider helping out. We need you.

New Groups

Early in the new year we are hoping to start the following new groups

Archaeology : the first archaeology group meeting will be held on Monday 15th January at 10:00am in the Methodist Church Hall. There has been a huge amount of interest in this group already; don’t miss out contact June Baxter if you want to join up.

Canasta : there has been a proposal to set up a Canasta group. Martin Baxter has kindly suggested he’d like to run it. More details will be available next month.

Members On Their Own : Ann Hall is setting up a group for those members (and their partners) who would like to develop their social circles and meet like-minded people for trips out, visits to pubs and/or restaurants etc. More details will be available in January.

Quiz Group : Martin Baxter is thinking of having the next Quiz group session at the end of February. Look out for more details next month.

Coffee Get Together for New Members : Trish Hampson will set up this group to welcome new members to our u3a. It is often felt that we don’t do enough to welcome new members to our u3a; Trish wants to help redress this by inviting them a coffee morning where we can help them fit in by letting them know what’s on offer and who they can contact for more details.

And finally

I want to take this opportunity to thank all of our marvellous committee and all of our fabulous Group Leaders for all the work they have done (and we hope they will continue to do) on our behalf this year.

They are the unsung heroes of the u3a and we are all immensely grateful for their tireless contributions.

I also want to thank each and every one of you, our wonderful members, who make this u3a such a great place to live, laugh and learn.

A very merry Xmas and a happy New Year to you all.

Keith