19th February update – Thank you for your support

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As of this morning members have donated £399 to sponsor Maria Mullin, who will be running in the London Marathon in April to raise funds for Dementia Research.

She will be running in memory of her grandad George Krzysztanowski who was an active member of our U3A for many years before he died.

 

If you would like to support Dementia Research by sponsoring Maria, you can donate online here.

For offline donations please see Wanda or Brian Leach at Tuesday coffee mornings.

Biddulph Grange Garden NT

A visit to Biddulph Grange Garden NT Staffordshire has been arranged for Wednesday 10th April 2019.  This amazing Victorian garden was created by James `Bateman for his collection of plants around the world. A visit takes you on a global journey from Italy to the pyramids of Egypt, a Victorian vision of China and a re-creation of Himalayan glen. The garden features a collection of rhododendrons and the oldest surviving golden larch in Britain from China in the 1850’s.  There is a tearoom selling wonderful made on site food and a gift shop.

Our first stop is a visit to High Legh garden centre in Knutsford maybe for a tea/coffee and a look around and then onto Biddulph Grange garden.

Cost of trip           N/T members £12  –  Non N/T  £18

Depart Maghull Square.      9.15am

Return Maghull Square.      6pm approx

BBC Gardeners World @ NEC

Garden visit to the BBC Gardeners World Live 2019 has been arranged for Friday, 14th June. . It’s the ultimate day out for garden lovers, this is fantastic show with plenty to see and wonderful ideas for your garden.  Inspiring show gardens, floral marquees, plant growers and the nation’s favourite garden experts live including Monty Don, Carol Klein plus Alan Titchmarsh and many more.

Also, we will have entrance to the BBC Good Food Show and sample the delicious food and drink.  Food experts Mary Berry, Tom Kerridge and lots more will be at the show.  One ticket gets you into two great shows this is a wonderful day out.

Cost. –  £30  including coach

Depart Maghull Square. –   8am prompt

Return Maghull Square  –  6 – 630pm approx

Practical Gardening

We started our Feb meeting – our first of 2019, by sharing what had done particularly well in our gardens over the winter months, with one member having Marigolds in flower right through the winter and another sharing that his Camelia Donation  (right) was already blooming and was beautiful., Pinks, daphne, white currants, camellias, snowdrops, crocus, daffodils and other bulbs were in flower already and doing well in many members gardens (chicken wire can be used to keep birds off bulbs if needed). One member had brought a very effective flower arrangement made up from her garden with witch hazel, rhododendron, heather, red cornus stems, Japanese anemone heads and winter flowering jasmine to further demonstrate the range garden flowers and colour available already. Continue reading

This week’s Notices 19/2

Theatre group have 1 ticket available for Caroline’s Kitchen, a comedy,at the Everyman
 Architecture for Fun  2 places available for Silk Mill Macclesfield and then Buxton on the 7th March
Wine tasting  Rioja Wine 14 March – places available
Line dancing is cancelled this week
 
Turquoise pen found – please see Dot
Coffee morning set up –  from next week the team will set up from 9.15 to 9.30. To support the team completing this busy task as quickly and safely as possible, those leaders occupying tables are asked to not arrive before 9.30 please. Coffee morning is from 10 am to 11.15

 

 

History for Fun

This month we had a fascinating talk on Isambard Kingdom Brunel presented by John Blundell.

Brunel was an outstanding engineer who built railways, bridges and tunnels.  He also built three ships, the largest of which the Great Eastern was scrapped and broken up on Merseyside. You still can see a piece of it in Liverpool to this day. Where?  If you had been at the meeting you would know !

Next meeting – Kensington House at  2.30pm 15th March

Subject : Stephen & Matilda (the forgotten civil war)

Sunday Strollers February walk

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The Sunday Strollers decided to stay local again and walked from the Old Roan back to Maghull along the canal.  After a great meal last month we decided to return to Scummies this time for a Hot Pot lunch, which got the thumbs up from everyone.  Nicky and her team really look after us and most of us were able to force seconds down!!!! The meal was excellent value.  Thank you Nicky.  We meet on the third Sunday of the month so our next walk will be on 17th March when Margaret Mcloughlin is leading a walk in Southport were we are hoping to have a fish and chip lunch after our walk.

Law for Fun 21st March

John Dilworth is one of our new members.  He is willing to start a new group which we are calling Law for Fun.  This is what John  has to say about the new Group

“I am a recently retired  Barrister. In the first session of “Law for Fun” I will share with you details of my unconventional journey into the law. I will also tell you about different roles I have had during 40 years within our Criminal Justice System. “Law for Fun” is probably something of a misnomer because law is a serious business. During my career I have dealt  cases that have impacted tragically on those involved. Law also involves conflict which is  rarely a good thing. Law can often be complex and at times mystifying. My aim will be to unravel some of the complexity  by talking to you about some legal topics that may be of interest to you. I hope that the talks will be inter active and that you ask lots of questions. By adopting this approach we can enjoy “Law for Fun”! Continue reading

Day Trips – Spinningfields

This year is celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre, when between 60,000-80,000 gathered at St.Peter’s Field, Manchester to demand the reform of Parliament Representation.  The National Trust is running a series of Power to the People events this coming year to celebrate this struggle.  We will be visiting the People’s History Museum, set in the cosmopolitan district of Spinningfields, Manchester, which charts the struggles which have helped to  secure equality and democracy.  Meet the Revolutionaries and Reformers.  The Galleries show us many social changes that have taken place as a result.   Demonstrations  by the Suffragettes, CND, Poll Tax Marches etc. etc. and are still doing so to-day with protests about Fracking, Brexit, NHS, Diversity etc. etc. Many people and Groups have fought for social justice.  This Museum inspires us to start thinking about the people who get involved. and how they have influenced our lives to-day. Continue reading