Arts, Cinema, Theatre – A.C.T – Archive

November 7th 2019

Saturday, we met in the Coop carpark Bolsover at 1pm, then headed off out to Castleton.  The Village was packed and it took a while to park.  Then coffee and cake was a must.  From there we walked through the Village window browsing and admiring the Christmas lights.  The Church was beautifully decorated with many Christmas trees all wonderful, all different.  We then went on a food hunt and finally decided on the local fish and chips, delicious.   By then it was time to make our way to the Peak Cavern, for a couple of hours of mulled wine, minced pies, the Castleton Silver Band and singing Christmas Carols and songs in the “ Devil’s Arse”  entrance to the Peak Cavern.  It was wonderful, and great fun, thoroughly enjoyed by everyone.  Many thanks to Pam for organising and making sure we all got tickets.  A few photos:- the first a tad blurred but captures the fun we had.

What a fabulous way to finish off our ACT  activities for the year, again thanks to Pam.

October 26t 2019

The Arts, Cinema & Theatre section of the BDU3A perhaps can’t really be called a “group” as such as anyone can join in at any time, going to as much or as little as they like, but for want of a better word group will have to do.
As leader/co-ordinator of this group I try to find an eclectic choice of entertainment that I hope might appeal to our members. Interest has been shown in many events since the group started which is pleasing as that demonstrates to me that there is a diverse range of genre that our BDU3A members enjoy. However, it would be nice if more of our members would venture out to a matinee or evening performance in the company of fellow lovers of the arts be it cinema, drama, dance or music.
Details of performances (plus proposed plans for the future) can be found on the web under the ACT Interest Page as a link. Just click on it and let me know via if you would like to go to any of them. Or, indeed, if you have any other ideas for going to something that I don’t appear to be offering then please get in touch.
Thanks Pam

October 25th 2019


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October 18th 2019

ACT Schedule of Current And Future Events

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Wednesday 2nd October 2019


What can I say?  Just a few of us spent this afternoon at the Pomegranate Theatre in Chesterfield, watching and listening to the amazing music of Buddy Holly, superb performances all round.

We watched his story unfold and then, a taste of the Big Bopper 29, and Richie Valens, just 17, both these fabulous artists died alongside Buddy Holly aged just 23, on that fateful flight from New York to Iowa, on the 3rd February 1959 .   Took us all back to our youth, brilliant, thanks for organising it Pam

Where have those 60 years gone?!!  Loved it!

Friday 20th September 2019

Thursday evening 19th September several  ACT members went to the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield to see the Black Veil, a play adapted from a short story written by Charles Dickens.  It was a very dark production, not everyone’s cup of tea.  But looking beyond that it was a very clever adaptation well presented by just 3 actors, how do they remember all those line?

Today, Friday 20th, we went, again to the Pomegranate Theatre to see Downton Abbey the movie.  So as not to spoil it for those who may want to go all I would say is, it was fun, it was funny, it was lump in the throat sad, it was romantic on two fronts.  It was lighted hearted, with a story, there was exciting news and definite potential for a sequel!  We all agreed we go and see it again.  Overall did not disappoint, brilliant!

Shakespeare Redefined    /    and ACT  DIARY of  EVENTS

7th July 2019

What can I say?  ACT relaunched last night with a fanfare!  A group of us set out for an afternoon in Buxton before making our way to the Devonshire Dome to watch the Buxton Military Tattoo.  A truly wonderful experience.  All proceeds go to ABF The Soldiers Charity. the Army’s National Charity.

One of the photos shows a soldier up close and loud, several were stood around the balcony, this particular one stood between two of us while playing the opening fanfare, a privilege.

Below the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers waiting their turn, and the Pipes and Drums of RAF Waddington.

November 15th 2018

Chesterfield buses were busier than normal as they carried 11 of our members into the town centre on the afternoon of Wed 14th.  We met at the Winding Wheel for a drink in the new foyer & seating area before making our way up to the circle where we settled down to enjoy Bill Kenwright’s production of Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers.
This is the moving story of twin baby boys who were separated at birth due to the difficult economic situation that their abandoned mother found herself to be in. They were subsequently raised in very different social environments, the one surrounded by poverty, prejudice & petty crime. The other in a protective cocoon of middle class privilege & opportunity. A chance meeting of the boys at age 7 & the discovery that they shared the same birth date leads to them forging a loyal friendship & performing the pinprick drawing of blood, clasping of hands & becoming blood brothers. As the story unfolds we witness further separations & reunions, friendships, love, despair, jealousy, superstition & truth before the ultimate accidental tragedy in adulthood.
This powerful story was ably told by an excellent cast. Linzi Hateley who played Mrs Johnstone, the boys mother was for me the star of the show. Her acting & powerful singing voice was superb. The whole show was altogether brilliant.
Great to have a good turnout of BDU3A members. Why not join us?

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.

October 31st 2018
What a lovely evening we had last Friday when a small group of us travelled over to Sheffield to hear the Mixed Sheaf Choir & one of our own members, singing with the Rother Vale Ladies Choir, perform in the United Reform Church.  There was some wonderful singing from the choirs, who were ably conducted by their musical directors (a marvelous nonagenarian & her octogenarian niece!!) & accompanied by their respective pianists.  The songs were very varied from excerpts from Aida, to songs from musical film such as “I Talk to the Trees” from Paint Your Wagon.  The audience were encouraged to join in with Daisy on a “Bicycle Made for Two” and a “cuckoo” song which had us all trying to follow the actions & words to hilarious levels of success – or not!.  The penultimate song was sung by both choirs together & beautifully accompanied by pianist & one of their own on clarinet but the highlight for at least one of our number was when the Sheaf pianist superbly belted out the Hallelujah Chorus on the organ.  Wow!  Thanks to all for the fantastic collective & solo performed entertainment.  Unforgettable!

Thursday 6th August 2018


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.

Looking forward to your company.

Pam Pickering, A.C.T. Group Convenor

Monday 6th January 2020

ACT has had a blistering start to 2020 having already waltzed through Vienna(courtesy of the Sheffield Symphonic Orchestra) with some of the great composersand been in Search of Beethoven at least as far as the Pomegranate – as we celebrate the 250th year of his birth.

Now you are cordially invited to be entertained as we settle down a little bit with a couple of films soon to be screened at the Pomegranate.  The first is the critically defamed movie version of Cats showing at 2pm on Thurs.16th Jan.  We’ll make our own minds up on that one!  The second is the recently released classic Little Women on Fri 24th Jan at 2pm.

Sun 2nd Feb there will be a satellite screening of La Boheme performed by the Royal Opera at 2pm and it will be fascinating to see how a live musical version of Catherine Cookson’s classic The Cinder Path will be interpreted on stage on Thurs 27th Feb at 7.30pm.

So come and join us. Contact Pam via or speak to me at the general meeting for further details.  You can also visit the web site for information on future events. See you soon. Pam

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”.

For those who missed it there will be another opportunity to see it at Creswell Social Centre on Thurs. 12th July at 7.30 Price £6.  Well worth seeing.

Tuesday 3rd July 2018



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.


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

 hurs.   17th May    Dambusters 75th Anniverary Live Screening from the Albert Hall, Cineworld, 7pm cost circa £11.70.  Historian Dan Snow introducing the story behind the event followed by the film with Richard Todd set to a live orchestra rendition of Glenn Millermusic. Need to book tickets going fast
Tues.     22nd May    Over the Garden Fence, Winding Wheel, 1pm, FREE.  An hour long play raising awareness as part of Dementia Awareness Week.
Tues.     22nd May    Live Screening, Claude Monet, Pomegranate, 2pm, £11.20. A film about Monet & his paintings.
Thurs    24th May    Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society, Pomegranate, £5.90, 10.30 or 1.30 (state pref.) Film about a book club in occupied territory  during WW2.
Fri. 25th May ***    Two into One, Bolsover Am Dram Group, Assembly Rooms, 7.15pm £7.A ridiculous farce!
Fri.        1st June      A Space for Sharing, Sheffield Hallam University, 6pm FREE.  A play about 5 women suffering from breast cancer who find friendship & support on line.  Discussion follows. Raising awareness of breast cancer
***  note change of date.

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.

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

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. £5​OR
Joe Brown at the Winding Wheel, Chesterfield Wed. 25th Oct £30​OR
The Messiah, 4th Dec Sheffield Bach Choir & National Festival Orchestra at Sheffield Cathedral circa £13​Contact 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


After a wonderful couple of hours spent at the Pomegranate Theatre recently watching a highly amusing & entertaining take on Alice in Wonderland by the Ballet Theatre UK our ACT group are enthusiastically looking forward to our next outings.  These are showing at the Pomegranate & will be :-
Fri. 14th July    7.30 pm    Comedy Triple Bill, Baroque Theatre Company (3 short comedic plays)    Cost £16.50
Sat. 22nd July    7.00 pm    Andre Rieu Maastricht Concert, Satellite Broadcast    Cost £21
If you would like to join us on one or both of these events you will be more than welcome. 
I will be at the Flower group on Fri. 30th June or in the Bee Hive Cafe between 12.30 & 1.30 pm immediately before the Book group on Mon 10th July where I will be available to accept your ticket money.
Please contact Pam Pickering or 07580 154076 for more information
Have just returned home after a fabulous night out with the Arts, Cinema, Theatre Group.  We have been to see Alice in Wonderland, the ballet at the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield.  It is my first visit to the ballet and I thoroughly enjoyed it, the choreography was exceptional and the story telling superb.  Thank you Pam Pickering for booking the seats and keeping us all in order, can’t wait for the next ‘experience’.

A.C.T Group are going to the Pomegranate Theatre in Chesterfield on Sunday 25th  June, to see Alice in Wonderland Ballet, by the Ballet Theatre UK.  Tickets cost £20, and the performance begins at 7.30pm.  Any members interested in joining us should contact Pam as soon as possible – tickets are selling fast.
Email Pam at  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.