Issue 41

March 2012

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Reading for Pleasure

We are now into our twentieth year. Are we the longest running group? We met in September to decide the programme for the coming year, and we have chosen some testing books to read, which will also promote a lot of lively discussion.

Our first book for the year was “A month in the Country” by J.L.Carr, which was followed by “Major Pettigrew’s Last stand”.

The most challenging book so far has been “The Children’s Book” by A.S.Byatt which received mixed reviews at the meeting in January.

Our book for February was “The Help” by Kathleen Stockett, which focuses on the treatment of black people in the Southern States of America during the 1960s  One of our members had lived there during the this time and was able to give a first hand experience of the situation.

Our current book, which we will be discussing in March, is “Hare with Amber Eyes” by Edmund De Waal.

Unfortunately, I am still unable to take any more member into this group as we are already 14 in number. I have had a lot of pleasure in co-ordinating this group. I have found new authors, and have met so many fellow reader friends.

Jill Pullman

Table Tennis

Table tennis is providing popular with U3A members.

There is now an active group playing each Tuesday afternoon, from 2 to 4pm at Bishop Monkton Village Hall.

Table tennis is great fun and provides a very healthy work out each week.  The standard of play varies from beginners to those returning to the game after perhaps 30 or 40 years without playing to some really accomplished players who are glad to coach those less experienced.

The current quarter continues each Tuesday afternoon until March 13, and then resumes after a short break.

There are currently just a few vacancies and anyone interested in trying it out should contact the leader, Richard Field by e-mailing him at .

Richard Field

Tai Chi — It is the Year of the Dragon

This group has consolidated and we are enjoying our weekly Tai Chi class.  There is always room for more people and they are able to be assimilated into the group quite easily. Recently members of the Group went to the annual Chinese Dinner at the Horoscope restaurant to celebrate the Chinese New Year which was much enjoyed.

For more information  email: .

Val Cooke