November 15th 2018
November 1st 2018
Do you realise that since Jan we have been to at least 7 music related performances, 7 films & 6 dramas besides out of ordinary things like the observatory. Amazing!!! & still a couple of months to go to the years end.
Thursday 6th August 2018
A.C.T. GROUP UPCOMING EVENTS
BLOOD BROTHERS, Musical. Wed 14th Nov, 2.30pm matineeChesterfield Winding Wheel. £30 approx.
BALLADS of CHILD MIGRATION, Contempory Music & Story telling of forced modern day migration. Thurs 15th Nov, 7.30pm Nottingham Royal Albert Conference Hall. £26
UKULELE ORCHESTRA of GREAT BRITAIN Versatile musicians & very entertaining. Wed 21st Nov, 7.30pm Buxton Opera House £28
BE.VOX CONTEMPORY COMMUNITY CHOIR, Christmas concert. Sat 15th Dec, 2pm Bolsover Parish Church. Free/Donations
ANDRE RIEU XMAS in SYDNEY, Satellite Screening. Sat 5th Jan 7pm Mansfield Odeon £16.25
THE NUTCRACKER ROYAL BALLET, Satellite screening. Wed 9th Jan, 7.15pm Chesterfield Pomegranate £13.70
All of the above will need to be booked so early expressions of interest & payment for tickets would be greatly appreciated. I will be at the next U3A gen. meeting on Wed 19th Sept.
Several films of interest are coming up but these will be ad hoc.& tickets can be bought at the venue on arrival.
Pam Pickering, A.C.T. Group Convenor
Friday 6th July 2018
Fri night saw theatre in the round or in this instance “rectangular” come to the Bolsover Assembly Rooms when the Melting Shop theatre group from Sheffield staged their play “On behalf of the People”. This play was commissioned by the National Coal Mining Museum for England & tells the story of a typical family, from a mining Yorkshire community, coping with the social changes during the post war years of 1945, when a change of governmental leadership and the introduction of nationalisation of the coal mining industry was to bring the promise of a bright new future for Britain.
Six eager members of the ACT group arrived early to be met by the author of the play Ray Castleton who explained how the play evolved before leading us into the “theatre”. Immediately we were engaged in audience participation with the cast of 4 as some people were given a red “rosette” to wear. It became clear why later as we became the extras in an election campaign. Quite out of character I was cast as a Tory!!
The actors were extremely good & we felt totally engaged with their story telling. It was both poignant and humourous. By the end I was truly moved, as was another of our party who in her own words says
“On behalf of the people” was a powerful and evocative piece of drama. It drew me in and took me back to the days of my childhood. The intimate staging with the audience seated around the actors who were at touching distance from us made it all the more real. I clearly heard the voices of my parents and grandparents in the authentic dialogue, and the descriptions of life as it was then, both at home and “down’tpit”.
Tuesday 3rd July 2018
ARTS, CINEMA, THEATRE
WHAT’S ON GUIDE
Fri. 6th July On Behalf of the People, Assembly Rooms, Bolsover £8-£6 conc.
A play about one mining family facing a changing world after WW2.
Meet 7pm (to buy ticket at the door) for 7.30pm
Fri. 20th July Mamma Mia, Here we go Again, Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield. Conc £5.90
If you liked Abba & saw the first film you will surely enjoy this one too!
Meet in theatre bar 2.30pm (to buy ticket at desk) for 3pm. Suggest going in on the bus using a gold card if you have one. Possibly have a coffee in Einsteins afterwards (or even a bite to eat!) WANT TO GO? JUST MEETS US IN THE BAR 2.30pm
NB. This film will be popular so we may have to book in advance.
Sat 28th July Andre Rieu. Cineworld Chesterfield, 7pm satellitescreening.
A maestro violinist of waltz at his best in Maastricht
Meet 6.45pm in foyer.
NB Advance Booking Standard £20-£16 conc. Cash ASAP please
For Aug we will be going to see the Summer Season of 3 for 2 plays at the Pomegranate Theatre
1 Thurs 16th AugGaslight by Patrick Hamilton
2 Thurs 23rd AugRelatively Speaking by Alan Ayckbourne
3 Thurs 30th AugJamaica Inn by Daphne Du Maurier
You can go to any price £19.50 conc each but if you go to all three you just pay the booking fee for the third play. However they will need to be booked in advance at the booking office so I will need to know what you would like to see and your cash ASAP please.
ALL PERFORMANCES START AT 7.30pm.
Friday 29th June 2018
Thanks Pam for another fabulous night out. This time, 15 of us went to see the Swing Comnanders, a show full of fantastic music, from swing to jazz, Bing Crosby to Elvis. Set in a Marquee at the edge of the Canal Basin Staveley, a beautiful setting on a beautiful evening with the sun shining across the water, absolute bliss! Loved every second.
Saturday 23rd June 2018
Last night? Another triumph! 12 members attended a charity concert hosted by the Phoenix Singers, to raise money for the local Air Ambulance. An added bonus, 10 members out of 12 won a raffle prize. Great night, thanks Pam, once again, for an immaculately organised event.
Friday 18th May 2018
Wow! Wow! Wow! THE DAMBUSTERS! What a film!
What a night we had last night when a group of us went to the cinema in Chesterfield to see a live screening from the Royal Albert Hall, London, hosted by Dan Snow.
Dan Snow introduced guests to give a brief history of the “bouncing” bomb, from experimenting with marbles skimming water, right up to those bombs being loaded on to that magnificent flying machine we know as the Lancaster, to the dropping of the bombs and destruction of the Mohne, Eder and Sorpe Dams in Germany. Heralding the beginning of the end of WW2. We were entertained by the “Glen Miller” Band and Singers, love that music. So all in all fantastic pre film entertainment.
Then of course, the film, reputed to be the greatest war film ever made, and I for one will not dispute that. I have seen the film many times, but only ever on TV, and never tire of watching it. So for the first time on the big screen? I felt I was right there, sitting in the pilots seat climbing that hillside to avoid crashing on those rocks, breathtaking and exciting. There are of course personal stories running through the film, all adding to the whole. Loved every minute, thanks again Pam.
Tuesday 8th May2018
The Greatest Showman! What a film! We wanted to watch it again. Thanks again to Pam for organising. Another Silver Screening at the Odeon, Mansfield, £3 for ticket, tea/coffee and biscuit, can’t beat that. The Singing, Dancing, Drama and Romance, came second only to the story of P.T.Barnham, a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. Fabulous!
And then of course there was Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron, 😍🤩 a great way to spend an afternoon. Bev Crofts
Tuesday 8th May 2018
Sunday 29th April 2018
If you are interested in this event please let the Coordinator know ASAP.
A powerful play, following five women diagnosed with breast cancer who find friendship, camaraderie and support online. Followed by an open discussion, led by Professor Peter Bath from the University of Sheffield.
The play was developed from a study led by Professor Peter Bath, University of Sheffield. The study explored the experiences of women with breast cancer, in particular the support they received by taking part in on-line chats with other women who had breast cancer. The event will provide an opportunity for people to listen to and share their own experiences/thoughts about living with serious illness and the role that social media can play in supporting people during their illness.
Arrival from 5:45pm, the event will start at 6pm prompt. Complimentary refreshments will also be available once the play has concluded.
DATE AND TIME
Fri 1 June 201817:45 – 20:30
Sheffield Hallam UniversityOwen Building, Level 5, Sheffield, S1 1WB
Thursday 26th April 2018
Well, what a day we’ve had today! This morning a group of us went to the Odeon, Mansfield, to the Silver Screening of The Darkest Hour, fabulous film, our £3 bought a ticket a cup of tea and a biscuit! Can’t beat that for good value. We decided then to join the lunch club at the Plug and Feather, Glapwell. Had lunch, and a good old chin wag before going home for a couple of hours before heading off out again to the Hillstown Methodist Church, where 14 of us met up for a very pleasant evening listening to the Phoenix Singers. Great music, a very pleasurable evening, made even better by the fact that 2 of our members sing in the choir. Once again grateful thanks to Pam for her wonderful organisation of the whole day. Loved the day, loved the entertainment, but more importantly loved the company, fabulous friends!
Sunday 22nd April 2018
Last night a 12 Members, as part of the A.CT group made our way to the Assembly Rooms, Bolsover where we were entertained to an amazing night of music performed by Shirebrook Miners Welfare Brass Band. We were delighted to see several other members of our U3A, who had bought tickets independently. I’ve never been so upclose and personal with a brass band before, front row no less, and I was a bit nervous about how it might affect my ears! However I need not have worried, the whole evening was great, the music from Queen to Musicals to Opera, fantastic, most enjoyable, thanks once again to Pam for her organising. The evening was hosted by Bolsover Rotary Club and Inner Weel, and raised money for the new birthing suite at Chesterfield Royal, and in particular for a suite for bereaved parents, a very worthy cause. The first photo shows the band with their guest conductor.
Friday, 9th March,2018.
Thirteen of us made our way to the Winding Wheel in Chesterfield to see:-
Menopause the Musical, starring Cheryl Ferguson, East Enders, Maureen Nolan, The Nolans. Rebecca Wheatley, Casualty, and Hilary O’Neil, Copycats.
What a fantastic show, absolutely hilarious, wonderful music with very clever lyric changes to describe the “problems”/“suffering” of the menopause all done in a way that had us all rolling with laughter. Fabulous evening, just what we all needed after such a miserable February. Great fun, great night, would go and see it again. Thanks once again to Pam, impeccable organisation.
February 5th 2018
War Horse, the iconic stage performance is coming to the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham Mar 14th – Apr 7th. Standard price £45 – £55. Already nearly a sell out. Suggest people personally book on line asap. if you want to go.
January 29th 2018
Wow! I was told it was whacky and it was! What am I talking about? “The Legend of Excalibow” performed by Bowjangles, a string quartet. But a string quartet with a twist as whilst they play, they also dance, sing, leap about, joke and even tumble!
The story line about the repossession of a bow (as used to play a stringed instrument) and the saving of a soul was intertwined with myths and legends, and even the iconic fairy tale “The King’s New Clothes”! There were personalities from history, monsters, ancient gods, the devil, figures of fantasy, in fact everything you could wish for in an evening of light entertainment.
Thank you to PP for arranging yet another brilliant event.
PS If you want to know more about this very talented string quartet, have a look at their website http://www.bowjangles.org
January 27th, 2018
Wow, what an evening we’ve had! Six of us visited the Sherwood Observatory, the sky had a few clouds drifting about, but we decided to go anyway, just to see what it was all about. The whole site has been developed and built by a group of highly enthusiastic amateur astronomers. This group are developing plans to expand and hope to build a planetarium with seating for approximately 100 people. But that’s for the future, for us tonight we all managed an up close view of the moon, using various, telescopes and binoculars. We had access to the very large telescope inside the observatory, and were all astonished at the view of the moon. I don’t pretend to know much about astronomy, but our visit tonight has left me wanting to learn more about it. Thoroughly enjoyed the experience, would recommend a visit, great for young and old alike. Below are photographs of some of our members viewing the moon. The ‘red’ photo was taken inside the observatory. Many thanks to Pam for organising and chauffeuring.
January 21st, 2018
Went to the Winding Wheel on Sat 20th with 8 ladies from the A.C.T group to see The Transports A Tale of Exile and Migration.
What a great night , full of brilliant folk music , storytelling , and songs .
It was a sellout in 2017 and I understand why, The skill of the singers and musicians(all have awards) was delightful .
Thanks to Pam for organising a truly unforgettable performance .
January 10th 2018
Another cinema treat is coming up.
Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool is a biographical romantic drama starring Annette Bening & Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot all grown up). It relates the true story of the relationship between failing “femme fatale” Hollywood actress Gloria Grahame & an Englishman, Peter Turner, (a young aspiring actor almost 30 years her junior), during the last years of her life before her death in 1981 from cancer. This film also stars Vanessa Redgrave and Julie Walters amongst others.
Showing @ the Pomegranate on Thurs. 1st Feb. 2pm Conc £5.70 it is being screened captioned and Audio Described so anyone who is hard of hearing or visually impaired can also enjoy this film. Gold card users can catch the 82 or 83 from Langwith / Bolsover into Chesterfield travelling for free. Meet at the theatre 1.30pm to buy your ticket and enjoy a pre film drink.
January 10th 2018
I was fascinated on seeing the film Breathe yesterday and realised that I knew nothing about this remarkable man, his wife, family, friends or what his lifetime achievement had been. Well hoorah for google. Robin Cavendish was born in 1930 in Middleton, Derbyshire into a military family and after training at Sandhurst he spent 7 years in the army rising to Captain before leaving England to help run a tea broker partnership in Kenya. He met Diane, the woman he was to fall in love with whilst playing in a local English cricket match, wooed & married her in 1957 and took her for a life of wedded bliss in Kenya. Soon afterwards she fell pregnant with their son Jonathon, but before the child was born he was struck down with polio in 1958. Returning to England he was left severely paralysed from the neck down, permanently attached to a mechanical ventilator which would breathe for him and was not expected to live beyond three months. All he wanted was for the machine to be switched off. But his wife had other ideas and with her love, strength and resilience they worked together so that he could leave the hospital, against the advice of his doctors, which no such disabled person had done before. Now not expected to live beyond the year Robin again proved the doctors wrong and with a college professor friend developed a mobile chair complete with respirator which freed him from the confines of his bed. Inspired by this, over the ensuing years he helped to develop many medical aids for the severely disabled offering himself as the guinea pig for the prototypes. He lobbied government health ministers for financial backing becoming an important advocate for the disabled helping many to achieve relative independence from the imprisonment of an iron lung and improving their quality of life. In 1974 he received an MBE for his endeavours. He never regained the use of his body other than slight movement of his head and his voice but throughout his life he remained a humble, cheerful human being loved by those who knew him. He died in 1994 aged 64 and having survived 36 years is one of the longest surviving polio “responaut” victims in Great Britain. The film Breathe was produced by his son Jonathon as a tribute to his parents. It could not include all the amazing things that this couple achieved but was indeed a wonderful insight into their lives. The main characters are portrayed brilliantly by Andrew Garfield & Claire Foy. Yes a particular bit after seeing the tiered respirators with only the patients heads showing & Robin’s subsequent address at the German conference was both shocking and moving in turn but the film is not over sentimentalised. Interestingly it brings into question the suggestion of assisted death as Robin’s health deteriated. Was it like that? Go, see for yourself & make your own mind up.
January 9th 2018
A visit to the cinema is always a treat, especially when it’s silver screen and only costs £3, which not only gets you a ticket, but a cuppa and biscuit thrown in. So today we saw Breathe, what wonderful, inspiring and humbling film, and a bit of a tear jerker. The story of a young man, Robin Cavendish, who married his sweetheart Diana and was then struck down by polio at the age of 28. The story continues with the birth of his son, and, his journey through life. A wonderful love story which also happens to be a true story. What an amazing man he was, determined to leave hospital and help his fellow patients and other disabled people to live as normal lives as possible. We then all popped in to Sainsbury’s for a light lunch. Thanks Pam for your impeccable organisation.
January 6th 2018
Would you like to see the Silver Screen film Breathe at the Odeon, Mansfield at 10.30 am Tues 9th Jan. for the price of £3 with a cuppa thrown in for good measure?
The heartwarming true story of a young man cut down with polio at age 25 who was not expected to live but went on, against all odds, to not only survive but who spent the rest of his life campaigning for the improvement of the treatment and conditions for other disabled persons and was inspirational in the cessation of the iron lung. Staring Andrew Garfield, of Spider-Man fame and Hacksaw Ridge
Lifts can be arranged from Bolsover leaving at 9.30 am from the Oasis car park, otherwise meet at the Odeon, Mansfield, at 10 am
For more information please contact A.C.T Coordinator, details can be found on the BDU3A website
December 4th 2017
Tonight, 13 BDU3A members and 3 friends went to Sheffield Cathedral to see the Sheffield Bach Choir with the National Festival Orchestra perform their traditional December performance of Handel’s Messiah. What a night! A fabulous performance, in an amazing setting, beautiful music and voices combined to make a night to remember. Wonderful! Many thanks to Pam for organising everything so perfectly.
October 26th 2017
Went to see Joe Brown last night at the Winding Wheel, Chesterfield. What a brilliant show, just him and a back up guitarist. His voice is still as strong as ever, despite his 76 years, he plays, guitars, fiddle, ukulele, several different banjos superbly. He’s comedic, fabulous showman and deserved his standing ovation. Loved it. Another first class BDU3A outing. Thanks Pam for organising everything, can’t wait for the next one. Bev
October 22nd 2017
Just returned from seeing Sherlock Holmes and the Crimson Cobbles at Creswell Social Centre, absolutely brilliant! Very, very cleverly done and presented, just three young men taking part, well worth seeing. Loved it. Thanks for organising everything Pam. Can’t wait for next night out.
October 11th 2017
Several members of Bolsover District U3a have taken the opportunity to join with the ACT group this last month and enjoyed no less than 6 different productions hosted in and around the region. Not everyone, of course, has gone to everything but this group is the drop in / drop out kind where people can opt for any shows, films or plays that appeal or interest them. The bonus is that not only have they seen some marvellous performances but they were in the company of some great people who also enjoyed the social interaction, shared with the laughter and learnt from and about each other.
So where have we been? Well as at least one of our U3a members is a member of the local Phoenix Choir and so we supported their charity event, in aid of the Macmillan Cancer Unit at Calow, held in the Assembly Rooms. We heartily applauded their programme, especially their medley from Les Miserable. Oh if only I could sing!
A change of venue and style saw us waving our arms to New York, New York and crooning away at the glitzy Rat Pack Spectacular in the Winding Wheel. Who cares if I can’t sing!
Next up ACT joined forces with the BDU3a History Group and descended on Creswell Social Centre to see the preview of the first act of a new play, Bess, The Commoner Queen, presented by First Art and featuring Mansfield actress Michelle Todd. It is a one woman play using just a few props, a rather macabre life size puppet doll of the great house builder’s granddaughter Arbella and interspersed with cinematic monologue recordings from actors representing her husbands. A Q&A session followed the performance with the production team & Bess. An enjoyable evening all round. Thanks go to Enid Hibbert for getting the tickets for us.
A couple of us were in the packed theatre so see Jodie Prenger in the one woman play Shirley Valentine. Wow, what a performance. If you haven’t seen it you’ve missed a triumph.
The largest turnout of the year has to go to the 14 members who turned out to see Bolsover Drama Group put on Sister Act at the Assembly Rooms. What talented people we have in our locality. A wonderful performance by the troupe, a clever versatile set and musical direction equal to any professional made this a delightful evening. Well done Bolsover!
Just last Monday some of us were at the Pomegranate to listen to something at the other end of the vocal spectrum. Madama Butterfly performed by the Russian State Opera with a live orchestra. A tragic story of unfulfilled love (a lot of opera seems to be like that??!!) & betrayal that has had me humming the Humming Chorus ever since. I can’t hum either!
So would you like to join us for a comedy Sherlock Holmes and the Crimson Cobbles at Creswell Social Centre, Sun. 22nd Oct. £5OR
Joe Brown at the Winding Wheel, Chesterfield Wed. 25th Oct £30OR
The Messiah, 4th Dec Sheffield Bach Choir & National Festival Orchestra at Sheffield Cathedral circa £13Contact Pam Pickering 01246 826404 if you do.
October 6th 2017
Sister Act on Friday 6th October 19.15, at the Assembly Rooms, Bolsover
The A.C.T Group are going to see Joe Brown MBE, yes the original 60’s popster. The concert is at the Winding Wheel, Chesterfield, Wednesday 25th October, 7.30pm, £30. If you want to book your place contact Pam Pickering, click the link on the ‘What’s On’ page for contact details. One ticket left (£5).
September 05th 2017
A.C.T are teaming up with the History Group and going to see this one woman play, at Cresswell Social Centre, Friday 22nd September, 7pm, £5+90p booking fee.
Bess, The Commoner Queen. Life and Times of Bess of Hardwick.
Anyone interested should contact Rose Bailey or Pam Pickering, contact details are on our website.
September 2nd 2017
What a great night out, a group of us went to the Sheffield Arena this evening to watch the Sheffield Steelers v Coventry Blaze, Wow! How exciting was that! Thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. Steelers 2, Coventry 1. Fantastic atmosphere non stop action great fun.
September 1st 2017
Last night a group of us attended the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield to see the last, of the first Summer Play Season presented by Paul Taylor-Mills, Artistic Director of Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s new London Theatre, The Other Palace. I went to all three plays, Absent Friends, House Guest and Hobson’s Choice, think perhaps my favourite was the last one. Having said that I thoroughly enjoyed all three. It has been years since I went to the theatre and had forgotten how thrilling it can be. Thoroughly enjoyed the company of our members who joined us at the Pomegranate, we laughed a lot, at each other as well as at the play, enjoyed an interval drink (not always alcohol!). Car shared to get there, so the fun started even before we reached the theatre. Would love to see more members joining us, no problem if you don’t have transport, it can be arranged. Thank you so much Pam for your hard work and great organisation. Bev
August 13th 2017
Upcoming proposed events for A.C.T
Friday 18th. Absent Friends Pomegranate Theatre, 7.30pm, £19, concession
Wednesday 23rd. House Guest. 7.30pm Pomegranate Theatre £19
Thursday 31st. Hobsons Choice 7.30pm Pomegranate Theatre £19 (free if you go to Absent Friends & House Guest)
Saturday 2nd September. Ice Hockey TBC
Thursday 21st. Rat Pack Winding Wheel, 7.30 pm, £23.50 or £21.5, 4 back rows.
Thursday 28th. Shirley Valentine, starring Jodie Prenger, Pomegranate £30 TBC
Friday 6th. Sister Act, Bolsover Drama Group, Assembly Rooms, 7.15pm, £5.
Monday 9th. Madam Butterfly, Russian State Opera, Pomegranate £31
Thursday 9th. Flash Dance, starring Joanne Clifton, Winding Wheel, 7.30pm, £33.50
Friday 17th. Brasses Off, Buxton Opera House, 7.30pm, £16.50-£22.50
August 1st 2017
Just back from a very enjoyable morning at the cinema. A few of us went to the Odeon Cinema, Mansfield, £3 included my ticket, cup of coffee and a biscuit, a nice start. We saw ‘The Zoo Keepers Wife’ a wonderful film of conditions in Warsaw during WW2 and how the zoo keepers wife helped to save 300 Jews escape the Ghetto and reach safety. Only 2 were shot, the remainder escaped. An awe inspiring storey and a tear jerker. A stop at Glapwell Nursery tea shop for a cuppa and vanilla slice on the way home! Thanks Pam for organising a lovely morning out Bev
July 23rd 2017
I have just returned home from the most amazing night out. We went to see a screening of Andre Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra, live from Maastricht. He was celebrating his 30th anniversary with his orchestra. The music was amazing, from La Traviata to Oona Paloma Blanca, from opera to Elvis and of course Strauss. I can not put in to words adequately enough to describe the atmosphere that just oozed out of the cinema screen, absolutely brilliant, loved it. Oops, almost forget, David Hasselhoff made a surprise appearance, arriving on stage in “Kitt”, from Knight Rider. Love him or hate him, he has the longest legs ever! Thanks Pam for organising it, and as it is an annual event, I hope we get the chance to go again next year, fabulous. Bev
This evening the Arts, Cinema, Theatre Group went to the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield to see A Triple Comedy. Personally I am not a fan of comedy and tonight’s performance didn’t change that, now this is just my opinion and I can honestly say that the rest of Group thought differently, just me and comedy😱. I thoroughly enjoyed the evening out, wonderful company, nice interval glass of wine and am very impressed with the Pomegranate Theatre, love it! Am really looking forward to our next outing, back to the Pomegranate to see a live streaming of an Andre Rieu concert, now that, I know, I will thoroughly enjoy, Viennese Waltz and all that, dancing in the aisles? There are still plenty of tickets available if anyone is interested, see Pam Pickering. Bev
Email Pam at firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 01246826404 or 07580154076
Pam will be available at the Bee Hive Cafe, Bolsover, Friday 2nd June from
1pm-2pm to collect money for tickets which need to be booked and paid for in advance. All members are welcome to come and join us.