November 2023 News Bulletin

Welcome to the November issue of The Bulletin. We’re well into autumn and looking forward to some events in December. Is it too soon to talk about Christmas? Will it ever stop raining?


First, some good news. We’ve recently found out that there is no limit to the number of day trips we can organise. We previously thought that we were restricted to ten per year but that is not the case.

For day trips which last less than 24 hours and where there is no overnight accommodation there is no limit to the number of trips a u3a can organise. This means that we can continue to have our ten Charabanc outings every year and if any other groups want to organise day trips they can.

The ten per year limit refers to trips that last longer than 24 hours or involve overnight stays. This is great news as it also allows us to think about going on trips that might be a little further afield.

Where will your group go?

Charabanc outings.

Please note there is no Charabanc Outing in November.

The next Charabanc Outing is on Sunday 3rd December to Pipes in the Peak  

This will be a Christmas spectacular afternoon concert at Thorpe near Ashbourne which is the home of the Compton Cinema Organ. It promises to be a fabulous fun event for Christmas.

It costs £20 which includes the ticket, coach and driver's tip. Don’t miss out

For more details see on the Buxton and District u3a groups page under Charabanc

November’s Monthly General Meeting

November’s monthly meeting is a talk from Lorna Francis, the Peak District vet. It is at the Buxton Methodist Hall starting at 10.00am on Monday 13th November.

Drawing from her personal experience as a practising vet in the Peak District, Lorna vividly chronicles some of the most compelling moments from her career in the local veterinary practice.

We’ll hear Lorna’s captivating, amusing and evocative anecdotes; experience some of the most stunning and remote landscapes; encounter the most unpredictable and harsh weather conditions; and meet the most colourful characters and their equally charismatic animals and pets.

And don’t forget there’s now a Jigsaw Exchange at every monthly meeting. This is a free service.

So why not come along and choose one from our wide choice of jigsaw puzzles which range from 250 to 3000 pieces. And don’t forget, you can bring along a jigsaw in exchange.

Jigsaws are just the perfect way to while away a wet evening now the clocks have gone back, the nights are drawing in and we are closing those curtains earlier. 

Xmas bazaar at the Pavilion Gardens

As you know our u3a has secured a promotional stand at the Christmas Weekend Bazaar at The Octagon Centre in the Pavilion Gardens on Saturday 18th November and Sunday 19th November. We want to promote the u3a, spread the word about who we are and what we do and try to recruit as many new members as we can.

We asked for volunteers to help run the stand and you responded generously. We have all sessions covered by at least three people. A big thank you to everyone who has volunteered to help make this event a success and a very special thank you to Christine Marrison for organising it.

The Ukulele group

As you know, the Buxton Strummers Band (u3a ukulele group) and u3a Singing for Fun group will be performing upstairs at 2pm on Sunday 19th November in the Pavilion Gardens Art Café at the Christmas Weekend Bazaar.

They’ll be performing all the old favourites and song sheets will be provided. So please come along to support them; sing along, join in with the fun or just come along to listen and applaud!

The Ukulele group have been very active recently so I asked Lyn Noble, the group leader, to tell me about the group.

He said, “Four and a half years ago someone (can’t remember who) asked if I could give ukulele lessons. Ukes have fewer strings than guitars and banjos so I thought it couldn’t be too difficult. 21 people turned up at the first meeting and the Buxton and District U3A Ukulele Group was born.

On 16th October nine members of the group aka “The Buxton Strummers’ Band” played for a sing-along for residents at Devonshire Place by the railway station. It was a total hoot enjoyed equally by the residents, the band and the singers. We were also asked if we took private bookings and when were we going on tour! We don’t and we’re not but as well as the event at the Pavilion Gardens we’re also doing a sing-along we’ll at the U3A Christmas Party at the Palace Hotel on Monday 11th December.

The Ukulele Group has a mixture of old hands and beginners and plays every Monday 4pm at the Buxton Library. New strummers are always welcome.”

Xmas party

Tickets are selling really well for the Xmas party so don’t delay in getting yours! Those of you who’ve already paid should have your tickets by now. Please let me know if you haven’t got yours.

The party starts at 15:00, there will be a quiz to welcome you to your table. Afternoon tea will be served at 15:30 and the entertainment will start at around 16:00

Please don’t delay in getting your ticket(s)

Looking further ahead…please“SAVE THE DATE”

Following the successful visit to the Gilbert and Sullivan Festival earlier this year, which was attended by over 90 u3a members, we have agreed special group rate for the 30th International G&S festival.

Next year’s event will be The Pirates of Penzance by the professional National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company

Date: SUNDAY 28TH JULY 2024 at The Buxton Opera House, 7.30pm

There will be an exclusive pre-performance talk for u3a members at 6.30pm

Centre stalls seats will be available at £29.50 each.

Full details on how to book and pay will be available early in the New Year. This is being organised on our behalf by Philip Barton. Thank you, Philip!!!

Following a very successful introductory meeting, where 29 people met up to express an interest in joining the group (and another 10 who couldn’t attend said they’d be interested in joining), we’re delighted to announce the formation of The Archaeology Group. Many thanks to June Baxter for organising it. Thank you, June!! Who knew there’d be such a demand? More details will be available shortly.  

The Shakespeare Group is delighted to announce that we have received a considerable archive from the family of the late Keith Horncastle, for which we are extremely grateful. This archive consists of over 100 books and nearly 50 DVDs. Eventually, when they’ve been fully catalogued, they will be available for everyone to borrow. The Shakespeare Group meets every Thursday from 10.00am until 11:30am in the Methodist Hall. We are currently enjoying the History Plays and have just about finished Richard II (although he made a good job of finishing himself, if you believe the bard!) We will be starting Henry IV Part I next week (Thursday 16/11). We read each play, democratically taking turns to read each part, discuss each Act (if you get ten Shakespeare Group members discussing something, you always get at least thirteen different opinions!) and then we watch the play on dvd or a streaming platform, taking our time to make sure we get the most out of it. Please join us. New members are always welcome.

Enjoy November everyone. Why not make it the month you join a new group?

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