Nordic walking Old Roan to Maghull

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As a change from battling through overgrown fields, the group used the canal towpath tonight to walk from Old Roan to Maghull. Setting a steady pace led by one of our five new Nordic walking leaders, we completed the walk in a little over an hour and a quarter. Even though we are still in summer the breeze was keen at times, but was helpful to cool everyone down, however we could have done without the massive downpour just as we were nearing the end of the walk! Hopefully the weather will be kinder next week.

August shutdown dates

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There will be no U3A meeting on Tuesday 20th and 27th August. The hall will be open for anyone wishing to collect or pay in  money, but there will be no usual tables. There will be no refreshments available to give the kitchen ladies a well deserved break. Please pass this information on to anyone who this may affect.

Nordic summer soiree

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The Nordic walkers, both the morning and evening groups, met tonight for a  summer gathering. After the torrential rain at the weekend, we were blessed with a balmy summer evening so were able to congregate in Brenda’s lovely garden. Following a  short walk everyone settled down to an evening of lovely food, plenty of drinks and free flowing, often hilarious conversation. Safe to say it was a lovely evening enjoyed by all. Thanks to Brenda and John for hosting

July Ramble….or was it a scramble??

 

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7 members of the rambling group set out today to tackle a hike around the Dove Stone reservoir area on Saddleworth Moor, which lies at the Northwest corner of the Peak District. Starting at a height of 210m we walked up a well made path winding around side of the hills in lovely sunshine. However the moors of the Peak District soon showed their true colours and the mist rolled in and a fine drizzly rain started to fall, which caused an impromptu stop to don wet gear….which…as can be seen from some of the photos …was of the slightly more unorthodox variety in some cases! Continue reading

Pedal Pushers on the Wirral again!

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Taking advantage of the good weather, and the slightly less packed trains before the schools break up, the Pedal Pushers had another Wirral ride today. Catching the train to Brunswick we cycled back to the pier head to catch the ferry to Seacombe. Once here we had a great ride along clear cycleways as far as New Brighton. Some of the group turned back here, and cycled back to the ferry, via Wetherspoons where they had lunch  ( which we only found out later) whilst the other 3 of us decided to continue as far as West Kirby. For some reason the cycleways on the Wirral are not as clearly marked as in Sefton, and we got rather lost, but at least we weren’t as unfortunate as the car that had driven onto the beach and got well and truly stuck! Hopefully the Coastguard got to it before the tide came in.
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Foodie Group take to the water

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Twelve members of the Foodie Group enjoyed a lunchtime treat today on the restaurant cruiser from the Mill Hotel and Spa Chester. Our starters were served as we sailed away from the hotel on the Shropshire Union Canal towards Northgate Lock. Having returned briefly to the hotel, the main course was served as we continued on the canal towards Hoole Lane lock,  followed by a choice of delectable desserts, mostly highly calorific but extremely tasty! With wine to help the meal along, we enjoyed a pleasant afternoon, with good company and  conversation before returning to the hotel where our canal voyage ended. Another successful gastronomic venture for the group, with a picnic to follow next month to round off the academic year.

Foodie Group Regional bakes

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The foodie group met yesterday and 3 of our members presented regional bakes. Jill  (who sadly could not join us but sent the most amazing bake) made a Shropshire Fidget Pie. In spite of extensive research, the history of this pie is unknown, but it is a genuine regional bake but with no provenance. It is thought it might have evolved in the same way as Cornish Pasties and Bedfordshire Clangers….filling pastry with meat and vegetables to use leftovers. Whatever its origins it was delicious! Continue reading