October 2023 News Bulletin

Welcome to October’s edition of The Bulletin. Over the next two or three months, you will notice some changes to The Bulletin. As usual I will keep bringing you news of what’s coming up (so you don’t miss anything) but I also want to tell you about some of the newsworthy things we have all been up to (so you know what’s been going on.) Eventually, I’d like The Bulletin to be a one-stop shop for finding out what’s going on in Buxton and District u3a. You can help by telling me what your group has been doing. The more the merrier. We’re good at getting up to all kinds of shenanigans…but sometimes not very good at sharing this information with each other. Call me old-fashioned, if you like, but I think we’d all benefit from knowing more about what’s going on in our u3a.

So, as autumn leaves begin to crunch underfoot, the air begins to chill and soups simmer on the stove we continue our exciting programme of events. There’s always a lot going on. Did you know that we have 50 different groups you can join? Isn’t that amazing? Why don’t you get the most from your membership. Why not join another group this month…NB as I type, I can hear someone strumming a ukulele upstairs. Yes, my wife has joined a new group…
Where shall we start? Well, where else…

Our ever-popular Charabanc outings

We finish this year’s fabulous Charabanc outings with dates in October and December. NB There is no outing in November. Trish is already planning next year’s adventures. Thank you for your support over the year.

Thursday 12th October
The canal cruise to Salford Quay with lunch aboard is fully booked and has a waiting list.

Sunday 3rd December
A Pipes in the Peak Wurlitzer Musical Afternoon

The final Charabanc Outing of the year promises to be a fab Christmassy afternoon Wurlitzer concert at Thorpe with music by Pipes in the Peak
On arrival we are greeted with a glass of sherry or fruit juice
The concert starts at 14:15 and the first half lasts for approximately one hour.
Interval with tea/coffee and a mince pie.
The second half also lasts an hour or so, the whole thing finishing at approximately 17:15
As usual there will be pick-ups in Chapel-en-le Frith, Dove Holes and Buxton.
The cost is £20 which includes the ticket, the coach and driver's gratuity.
To book this please email Trish or call her on 07799481537

General Monthly Meeting: Monday 9th October

Our next General Monthly Meeting is on Monday 9th October at Buxton Methodist Hall starting at 10am. Do try to get to this event as we will have a talk from Stephen Chaytow from MEMRAP. He will tell us all about the campaign to reinstate the Matlock to Buxton and Chinley railway, provide a new Monsal Trail and return to a regular Manchester - Derby railway service. MERMRAP is exploring how to progress this unique reinstatement for transformed connectivity, economic, social and environmental enhancement.

Do join us. It promises to be a great session.

Coffee and a Chat Meeting: Friday 13th October

On every second Friday of the month we hold a Coffee and a Chat morning at the Pavilion Gardens Café. The next one is on Friday 13th October (unlucky for some! Careful…It’s bad luck being superstitious!) Do come along if there’s anything about the u3a you’d like to talk about. Some people even come along just to get out of the house and chat with like-minded souls. It’s not for me to tell you what to talk about. It’s your meeting.

Xmas Party

The Xmas Party this year is an afternoon tea at The Palace Hotel in Buxton on Monday 11th December.
So far, we’ve lined up guest appearances from the Singing For Fun group and The Ukulele group and I’m told, for those interested, there’ll also be a short quiz. Sounds fab to me. I hope to see you there. Let’s make it special.

Tickets will be available very shortly, so keep an eye on your Inbox or your letterbox. Please note that I do, unfortunately, need a completed form with your booking and that you also need to let me know your membership number(s) before I can send out your tickets. Cheers

It promises to be a great afternoon.

While I’m on the subject of Xmas … we’d love your help with the following, please.

Christmas Bazaar Volunteers

We are delighted to let you know that we have secured a promotional stand at the Pavilion Gardens Christmas Weekend Bazaar on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th November.

As you can imagine, there’ll be lots going on. Hot festive food and drink, children’s rides and other entertainment will be available all along the Promenade. There’ll also be rides, stalls and all kinds of entertainment from the Market Square all the way down The Slopes. It may well be extremely busy in Buxton that weekend.

As you may already know, Buxton's Christmas celebrations really get started that weekend too. On Saturday 18th November the Christmas lights are switched on around the town. The lights in the Pavilion Gardens will be switched on at 6pm, followed by the town lights (outside the Crescent Hotel etc) at 7 pm.

The Christmas Weekend Bazaar in the Octagon Hall will be full to capacity and will have over 50 stalls selling all kinds of Christmas goodies. Santa will be in residence in his grotto on the Octagon stage at various times throughout the weekend. The Bazaar is open from 10 am to 7 pm on Saturday and from 10 am to 4.30 pm on Sunday.

We are having a stall at this event to help us promote the u3a, so we can spread the word about who we are and what we do and to try to recruit as many new members as we can.

This is where you come in. We need volunteers who are willing to help out at all times during the weekend. If you know a bit about how Buxton and District u3a works and you can spare an hour or so to meet, greet and chat to visitors about everything the u3a has to offer, we would be very grateful for any contribution you can make.

A very big Thank You to Christine Marrison who has organised this (and it can’t have been easy getting a slot for us!) If you have some time to spare and would like to be involved with our stand at the Christmas Weekend Bazaar, please contact Chris by email at Chris Marrisonand she will get back to you with more details. I do hope you can help. It’d be great to see you there.

In other news

Bakewell U3A is hosting a meeting to raise awareness of the risks, to our privacy and personal security, when using our mobile phones and online computers and tablets.

There will be expert speakers from Derbyshire Police and the Nationwide Building Society who will detail what these risks are, what we can do to minimise them and answer any questions you have.

Note - Attendees are welcome to submit relevant question beforehand.

The event is on Friday, 10th November, at 2.00 pm At the Medway Centre, Bakewell and members of Buxton and District u3a can apply for tickets, (£2.00 each).
They have asked us if we’d like to attend this meeting.
If you are interested in this event, please contact Ainslie Kelly, the Bakewell u3a Secretary by clicking on this link Bakewell u3a Secretary

The Recent Inaugural Quiz Afternoon

Quiz afternoon

A lot of fun (not to mention furrowed brows and head scratching) was had at the recent quiz afternoon. And it was very well attended. I’d like to offer a big vote of thanks to Martin and June Baxter (and anyone else who I’ve forgotten) for organising this splendid event. It left us all wanting more…

Contact :
Please get in touch with me if you want to discuss anything in these pages or even if you want to help in any way.
What has your group been doing recently? Let me know so we can share your good news with everyone else.
Learn, laugh, live

It’s been good to talk, but now I really must get on and make some chutney. Catch you later… U3A

Here is a link to the October issue of the Derbyshire Network newsletter giving details of walks organised in the first week of October with nearby u3as
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