Group News (Cont’d)
The next quarter of U3A table tennis will start on Tuesday, October 4 at Bishop Monkton Village Hall and will take place each Tuesday afternoon from 2 to 4pm for the succeeding ten weeks.
The resumption follows a break during the summer months when many of the members were taking part in the U3A Croquet, also held at Bishop Monkton.
The table tennis leader, Richard Field, says the Tuesday afternoon session is filling up fast. Once it is full, and if there is sufficient demand, he will try to organise a second U3A table tennis session on Monday mornings from 10am to 12 noon.
If you would like to join either of these sessions please contact Richard Field by
There is a £20 subscription for each 10-
Table tennis is enjoyable, fun, and just a bit competitive. It offers a good healthy workout as well as being a way of meeting new friends. Beginners or players with previous experience are both welcome.
This is the fourth year that Tai Chi has been on the programme -
Contact for more information.
During the rest of the year, members will be working on their individual projects which include goldwork, stumpwork and crewel embroidery.
BUT – there is also a challenge : to complete a “Fantasy Landscape” of sky and fields. Each section has to be in a different colour( avoiding green ) and in a different stitch and it’s hoped that this will stimulate interest in a variety of stitches. When I was looking through my books of stitches in preparation for this project, I was struck by how many stitches are named after the World of Nature. Plants are shown by Tulip, Rose, Daisy, Oak Leaf, Fern, Seed, Moss and Thorn stitches while there are also Herringbone, Beetle, Bee, Bull’s Head, Centipede, Fishbone, Fly, Feather, Mouse, Pekinese and Spider stitches to represent creatures.
Early embroidery usually took sources from the natural world so this is not really surprising. Members of the group can make their own choices so, fortunately, do not have to face the intricacies of Spanish Knotted Feather Stitch!
– Group Leader
The recent AGM/Open day saw the launch of the anthology of the U3A Creative Writing
Group. It is a memorial to Robin Coatman, who was a well-
He is sadly missed by all the members of the Creative Writers Group where he was a very popular and talented writer. The anthology incorporates a selection of Robins work, as well as some short stories/poems by other members of the group. It is on sale at £3:50 with all profits going to MacMillan Cancer Support.
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