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This is brilliant! Bev has been in conversation with George O’Neil



a new group is launched!

Village Gardeners Thurs 22 October

Hello all, just a note to keep you abreast of the budding Village Gardeners. 

To date, we have had two get-togethers up at Hillstown and are already making an impact. The weather has also been good for our outside meetings.

We salvaged 4 wooden planters and a large concrete ring, which we have planted up to give us all cheer as we see the winter blooms. 

Work has started on a flower bed, which is looking very good, although it will certainly evolve as the seasons progress. 

A few residents have kindly given us some plants from their gardens to help us along. 

So far there have been five u3a members pitching in and being creative.  But being in the open we could branch out and create a splinter group should anyone else wish to come along. 

We are an equal opportunity group, which means Kevin and I dig the holes for plants and Maggie and Pat tell us we have dug it in the wrong spot! 


Strollers have been active for several months now, if you are interested in joining this group please contact

the group is currently meeting twice a week and hadve experienced some beatuiful walks.

see below some of the photographs.

23rd October 2020  Love of Food
Octobers theme was Harvest, see below our Harvest Offerings
    Spicy bean, tomato and spinach soup.  Made with home grown tomatoes
  Stuffed courgettes and red peppers, stuffed with choped seasonal vegetables, topped with melted cheese and toasted pumpkin and sunflower seeds.
  Harvest vegetable and chicken broth.  served with homemade whole meal cobs
    Harvest recipe :- Aeblekagemed Kanel………..Apple Cake with cinnamon
  remember sending the kids to school with tins for the Harvest Festival?  Here is a mixed bean salad using ingredients from the store cupboard!
23rdOctober 2020
Design and Create – October 2020 update
Our group continued to meet approx monthly in my garden during the beautiful spring and summer weather (avoiding the rainy days of course).
September and October meetings were held at Hillstown Village Hall.
Our creations during this time included – 
Altering a plain picture frame in a style worthy of holding a picture of the Taj Mahal, India which was visited by one of our members.
Painting a recycled bottle with home made gesso ready to decorate with air dry clay using silicone moulds.
Preparing material with a size ready to print photos of our ancestors on to.
Creating collage pieces made from recycled magazines, all themed in a different way.
Making flowers with organza using the burning technique.  
Covering mdf shapes with paper ready to personalise
Starting to construct mini albums using recycled cat box
Our group’s next meeting is Friday 13th November, 1.30 pm at HVH (if circumstances at that time allow)
Some items from our latest group meeting
Creative Writing October 2020
There are all sorts of reasons people enjoy creative writing but writers don’t always appreciate that their mental health can benefit from it in many ways.  Writing can be a tool for understanding yourself and the world around you.  It can provide structure, give you a safe space to express yourself and allow you to channel your imagination creatively.  BDU3A understands this and is looking forward to sharing our experiences with you at our currently limited group meetings.
What a delight it was to meet up with the (necessarily limited) group a couple of weeks ago and to share our “What if” stories.  Each one provoked a stimulating conversation and isn’t that what writing is about?  Hillstown Village Hall did us proud by providing a meticulously prepared room with all Covid regulations adhered to.
Future writing groups will take place, for the foreseeable future, on the third Wednesday in the month which is the usual slot for our monthly general meetings, now on hold during this crisis.  Therefore our next meeting will be held on Wed 28th October at 2pm in Hillstown Village Hall.  As you are aware, we can only accommodate six people at the moment and I am asking if you can let me know if you want to be included as it will have to be on a first come, first served basis, taking into account that those attending the last meeting will wait till the rest of you have replied.   
In the meantime, I know most of you have enjoyed doing the exercises I have given you during lockdown, so please have a go at the following for ‘homework’ …….
It is International Day of Older Persons on 1st October – an opportunity to celebrate and appreciate older people and the social contributions they make.  Choose one or more of the following options, spending 20 minutes on each: –
  1.  Write a memoir about a parent or grandparent, jotting down some notes of their life and try to write their story.
  2. A piece of fiction about an elderly mentor with wisdom and knowledge such as an elderly grandparent.
  3.  A piece of non-fiction, starting with ‘When I grow old, I shall …..’
  4.  Poetry  –  picture an elderly person in their home, noting colours, styles and details in the environment they have created, together with the objects they have collected during their lifetime.  The poem should give a sense of who they are.
Good luck and, if you are unable to come to the next meeting, please consider sending your work to me so that I can share it with the group.
Finally, I want us to think about entering some competitions in the next year and will bring details to the meeting as well as sending out to other members not present.
Happy scribbling!

24th September 2020

Slightly amended version of a verse by Elaine Needham

(Last verses altered to avoid offence)

Mary had a little bug
The one they call Corona.
She caught it at a catch-up
With her friends Yvette and Shona.
Who else was there?
“I dinnae care.
We’ve no been oot fur weeks”
Now Shona’s blue in ITU,
Too breathless when she speaks.

You see:

Mary had a little cough
She didnae wear a mask,
Instead she wore a sticker
Saying “I’m exempt, don’t ask.”
Coughing in the kitchen,
As she plated up the scones
Then off to take some selfies
Using all the girls’ i-phones.

Mary had a little bug
And now so does her Mum,
Her gran, her boss,
His pal, his friends,
Cos Mary was so dumb.

24th September 2020

Beach at Spurn Point with a view of the wind farm

Pat D

6th September 2020

We are now developing a gradual reintroduction of Groups. Hillstown Village Hall have offered us the use of their two largest rooms at a very cheap rate, which BDU3A will be funding until the New Year when the situation will be reviewed. The Main Hall can hold twenty with social distancing, the Studio can hold ten, again social distancing applies. Both rooms can be well ventilated via doors and windows. HVH are providing all sanitising equipment, in both rooms and toilet areas, only one at a time in the toilets please, we will provide hand sanitiser and masks if members don’t have their own.

Update on numbers

Just to make it absolutely clear to all, the numbers listed above were correct at the time of writing

However the rule of 6 has of course changed what he hoped to be able to offer.

All groups will have to adhere to the rule of 6, which means no more than 6 members may attend a group and that includes the Group Leader.

When and if Government Guidlines allow  these restictions to be lifted we can then hopefully revert to the maximum levels for each room.

( Exceptions to the wearing of masks for health reasons is accepted in accordance with Government Guidelines )

A very comprehensive risk assessment has been done, U3A Guidelines, HVH Guidelines, Track and Trace Guidelines etc are all in place and have been distributed to Group Leaders.

The groups returning are, (all at Hillstown Village Hall)

Design and Create, 2pm, Friday 11th September,
Reiki, 10am, Monday 14th September,
Arts and Craft, 1.30pm, Tuesday 15th September.

Creative Writing 1.30pm, Current Affairs Discussion, 2pm, Wednesday 16th September. Because of the clash of date and times for these two groups, alternatives have been offered and will be discussed with the groups on the 16th.

History, 2pm, Tuesday 22nd September

We sincerely hope this regrouping will be successful and look forward to receiving your feedback.


If you have any queries please contact Peter at

To those returning, enjoy!
Learn Laugh Live


21st August 2020

Captions Please

In over my head.

Outside enjoying the weather whilst working on paperwork for BDU3A!

Sheilding from the bright sunlight on the screen, or 

PPE to the n’th degree?


15theAugust 2020

NOW WE REMEMBER VJ DAY ( Victory in Japan)

Having already celebrated the 75th Anniversary of VE Day, our thoughts now turn to the Victory in Japan. A potted history of that event can be seen below and a written piece from one of our members whose father was still fighting in Japan when Britain was celebrating VE Day.

VE Day (Victory in Europe) marked the end of the war in Europe in May 1945.
However many thousands of Armed Forces personnel were still engaged in bitter fighting in the Far East.
Victory over Japan Day (VJ Day) marks the day Japan surrendered on the 15 August 1945, which in effect ended the Second World War.

Fighting in the Asia-Pacific took place from Hawaii to North East India. Britain and Commonwealths Fourteenth Army, was one of the most diverse in history – more than 40 languages were spoken, and all the world’s major religions represented.

The descendants of many of the Commonwealth veterans of that army are today part of multicultural communities around the world, a lasting legacy to the success and comradeship of those who fought in the Asia-Pacific.


i don’t remember much about VE Day, as I was coming up to 5 years old then. My father was a CPO in the Royal Navy and was on his way to the other side of the world at that time, so it was a bit of a non-event for mum and me. We were living in a village called Horsley, between Newcastle and Hexham, and I remember everyone celebrating outside the Lion & Lamb pub opposite our house. However, we knew that dad was en route to Australia, with a probability that he would then be heading to Japan, so it wasn’t the end of the war for us. In fact he did land in Japan shortly after the surrender and he went to Hiroshima while he was there. What he saw horrified him and had a profound permanent effect on him. It reinforced his decision to go into the ministry on leaving the Navy.

Sadly, all of dad’s and most of mum’s photos got lost or destroyed during mum’s last house move. They included pictures of HMS Arethusa and HMS Manxman – the two ships dad served most of his time on. There were also photos of Gibraltar, Malta, Haifa, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, loads of places in India, South Africa, Mt Fuji, Hiroshima and many other spots all around the world during the 1930s and 1940s. The only photo I can find of him is a wedding group photo from round about 1933. Unfortunately, I can’t remember the exact date – I wasn’ t there! I attach a copy, but don’t know if it will be any good. Dad’s name was Henry Rex Coombs, always known as Rex, and he was awarded the BEM

HMS Arethusa                                                    HMS Maxman

Arethusa was assigned to the 3rd Cruiser Squadron in the Mediterranean on completion and was still there at the onset of World War II in September 1939. However, early in 1940 she and her sister Penelope were recalled to the Home Fleet, where they formed the 2nd Cruiser Squadron with the remainder of the class. She participated in the Norwegian Campaign in April 1940, but on 8 May she joined the Nore Command, where she supported the defending forces in Calais and later aided the evacuations from French Atlantic ports.

On 28 June 1940 she was a component of the newly formed Force “H” at Gibraltar, with which she participated in the action against Vichy French forces at Mers el Kebir in July 1940. With Force “H” she took part in convoy protection patrols in the Atlantic and operated in the Mediterranean.

During the sortie of the German battleship Bismarck in May 1941 she was employed in Iceland and Faroes waters, but by July she had returned to the Mediterranean, where she escorted Malta convoys and herself ran supply trips to the island. Towards the end of 1941 she returned to home waters and took part in the Lofoten raid in December, where she was damaged by near misses. After refit and repair at Chatham until April 1942, she returned to the Mediterranean in June 1942, where she joined the 15th Cruiser Squadron, operating mostly in support of the resupply of Malta.

Position of Arethusa during the Invasion of Normandy
While on Operation Stoneage, a torpedo from an Italian aircraft struck Arethusa on 18 November 1942 and caused heavy casualties. She received temporary repair work in Alexandria that lasted until 7 February 1943, after which she proceeded to Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, South Carolina, United States, for full repair. These were completed by 15 December 1943, and the ship then returned to Britain.

In 1941 Arethusa had been adopted by the people of the City of Swansea. A memorial relief to the 156 men killed in the November 1942 aircraft attack can still be viewed in the city’s Maritime Quarter. Swansea Museum’s reserve collection at its Landore facility contains the ship’s badge, a 20mm Oerlikon AA gun salvaged from the Newport scrapyard, and a scale model of the ship.

She did not become fully operational again until early June 1944, when she sailed for the invasion of Normandy, forming part of Force “D” off Sword Beach. She had the honor of carrying King George VI across the channel to Normandy, when he toured the beaches and visited the Allied command headquarters. On 24 June she came under air attack in Seine Bay and sustained some damage. On 25 June a magnetic mine detonated in her wake. The shock damage was fairly extensive, the cruiser went to Portsmouth for repairs then to a commercial yard for yet another refit and did not return to service until September.

By January 1945, she was part of the 15th Cruiser Squadron with the Mediterranean Fleet and stayed there until October 1945 when she returned to the United Kingdom and was immediately placed in the reserve (at the Nore).

There was a tentative plan to sell her to the Royal Norwegian Navy in 1946 but this came to nothing and she was placed in category ‘B’ reserve. Because the Navy considered her class of ships too small to be worth modernising, the Navy used Arethusa for trials and experiments in 1949 before allocating her to BISCO for disposal. On 9 May 1950, she arrived at Cashmore’s, Newport, for breaking up.  Courtesy of Wikipedia 


13th August 2020

On August 13, 1961, the Communist government of the German Democratic Republic (GDR, or East Germany) began to build a barbed wire and concrete “Antifascistischer Schutzwall,” or “antifascist bulwark,” between East and West Berlin. The official purpose of this Berlin Wall was to keep Western “fascists” from entering East Germany and undermining the socialist state, but it primarily served the objective of stemming mass defections from East to West. The Berlin Wall stood until November 9, 1989, when the head of the East German Communist Party announced that citizens of the GDR could cross the border whenever they pleased. That night, ecstatic crowds swarmed the wall. Some crossed freely into West Berlin, while others brought hammers and picks and began to chip away at the wall itself. 

13th August 2020

Homegrown Figs, straight off the tree!  Mouthwatering

Homemade Apple and Blueberry Pie, straight from the oven. Served with Raspberries, Strawberries and Fresh Cream  Yum

8th August 2020

Send us your photographs, let us know what you are doing, keep sharing.

We are so lucky to live so close to this beautiful countryside.  photographs taken by members out wwalking today.

First on a walk to Sutton, second a walk around the Peaceful Pools of Poolsbrook

7th August 2020

The Sturgeon Moon


4th August 2020

Love of Food should have met yesterday, we were meant to be making summertime recipes.  four of us managed to compromised and made our own picnic food then met in  members garden, under the gazebo in case it rained.   All socialy distanced of course, we had a wonderfully enjoyable afternoon.  Some photo’s :-

toasting each other non alcoholic wine

More picnic food served up on the 31st July when three of us had a practice run in another mmbers garden.

A Summer Curry made with mushrooms, aubergine and chikcpeas

A different take on Cottage Pie, add sweet potatoe to your normal mash, with finely diced onion ans season well  Add button mushrooms, tiny florets of brocili diced onion and garlic to the mince.  Cook in the oven until potato is browned.  Serve with fresh vegetables and onion gravy.  then jus enjoy!

30th July 2020

Today in 1818 Emily Bronte was born. Also born on 30th July, but in 1863, the US car engineer and manufacturer Henry Ford followed 42 years later in 1940 by Clive Sinclair the English electronic engineer and inventor.  

The first Football World Cup took place on this day in 1930 and on the same day in 1966 England, led by Bobby Moore, was the proud winner of this magnificent trophy.

28thJuly 2020

On 28th July in 1866 Beatrix Potter, author of the Peter Rabbit books, was born.  1929 saw the birth of Jackie Kennedy, US First Lady, followed six years later in 1936 by Garfield Sobers, West Indian cricketer.

In 1540 Henry VIII married his fifth wife, Catherine Howard, who came to a sticky end. On a happier note, it is often said that 1586 saw the introduction of the potato in Europe and 1959 saw the introduction of postcodes (in the U.K.).

July 27th 2020

Happy 493rd birthday to Bess of hardwick

Bess of Cavendish (born Hardwick), 1527 – 1608
Bess of Cavendish (born Hardwick) was born on July 27 1527, in Ault Hucknull, Hardwick, Derby, England, to John Hardwick and (1) Alice Elizabeth Hardwick (born Appleby).
Some doubt is placed around her birthdate and only the recent release of court papers state this date


26th July 2020

If you are interested in joining Sue for a walk, please contact:-
Outside activities can accommodate 6 members under the current Government Guidelines (including the Group Leader).  So if you don’t want to miss out let us know as soon as possible.  
Date and time to be arranged.
15th July 2020

A chimney tall with backdrop sky,
Reminds us of a time gone by.
And clouds that hover in the sky
Make us pause and heave a sigh.

So many memories captured there
Where men toiled hard amid despair.
And wondered how on earth they’d fare
When their pit closed and who would care?

July 13th 2020

Out walking, Sunday 12 th Julyy along the PleasleyPit Trail, captured this intriguing photograph.  Pat D


July 7th 2020 

Encouraged by Gene and inspired by Sue G’s photograph I had a go at writing this poem

As I walked through the countryside

This field of wheat at once I spied:

The waving tips like foaming crest,

A sea of wheat, how I was blessed

To find this field like rolling foam

In places where I like to roam.


I do enjoy the photos and the food pictures got the salivary glands going. 

I am not much of a sweet tooth but a cheese lover so will be having a go at the Cheese Croissant Bake.



Love of Food should have met yesterday, but it didn’t stop us producing the French inspired dishes we would have shared

This should have been made from rabbit but as non was available it is made with lamb, tasted really nice and will make again

Tart Tatin, sweet pastry case with apples cooked in brown sugar, glazed with apricot jam

Coq au vin,  Delicious

French Soup, followed by a simple warming Ratatouille.  Both foods of the peaasants

Quiche Lorraine

Soupe a la Courge a Moelle, a spiced marrow soup with a splash of cream

Mille Feulle with Creme Pattissieure, Chantilly Cream and homemade Strawberry Jam

Marrow with Pecan Cake, topped with Maple Syrup Frosting and chopped Pecan nuts

A French lunch  “Cheesy Croisant Bake” made by peasants to use up stale croisants or French Bread, made with eggs, milk, cheese, bacon, mushrooms, topped with tomato, seasoned to taste, baked for 30 mins delicious!

Baked Lemon Cheesecake, taken from Rick Steins French Odyssey


July 5th 2020

Taken whilst walking, a sea of golden wheat

Sue G

July 2nd 2020
Following Government and U3A guidelines, and having carried out a risk assessment Gary sent this report on the first Bowls game since before lockdown

A day of firsts.

The first of July, the first time some of us have met together since lockdown and the first time for some playing outdoors on grass.

The weather threatened to rain but held off and was a pleasant morning for bowling.
We all maintained social distancing (which still feels odd) by the nature of Bowling (we all only handle our own balls) and being in the open we were all as safe as we could be and were within guidelines.

We had a good morning bowling. We were all glad to see each other and talk together. We all agreed the morning was a success and will be continuing every Wednesday at 10am (weather permitting).

Lawn Bowls Group Leader

Hello Friends,

Thanks to all who maintain to keep us all in the loop.
I really enjoy the pictures and stories that appear on this site, especially the flowers.
The owl story was delightful. I love gardens and wildlife. What are you missing?
I just wish a few more folk would participate with stories of their experiences during the lockdown, or photos they have taken.
I am no gardener or photographer but love looking at other’s handiwork and really miss the Art and Craft Classes.
On June 3rd I was donated a bag of wool by NHS workers who heard that I did knitting and made cards for Western Park shop and knit for The Royal Neonatal Unit, at Chesterfield.
I started a Knitathon on June 4th, knitting each day from 4-6.30 and 8 – 10.30 and completed one blanket, several baby cardigans and two Honey Bunnies.
I have been given some more wool, another large bag so I will do another Knitathon again when I have finished neonatal the baby coat I am busy with.
It is wonderful being kept so busy    with so much wool donated by kind people. I have attached a photo of work bagged and ready to go.
What have all you been up to?
Jennifer Ingleby


A very frightened baby




June 2tth 2020

The lovely story of just one baby Little Owl in Elmton who fluttered down into the road from the nest in the eaves of Pear Tree Cottage. The baby was rescued and taken back up a ladder to the nest whereupon it flew down again into the undergrowth. After several minutes it was recued, again. However this time it managed to fly into a tree from where mummy was calling. 

An hour later mummy, daddy and two babies were back on the roof. This time both babies took the slide down the chimney into our log burner. Two to rescue, they behave well as they are carried outside and released. We had a full day on call until the chimney sweep fitted two new cowels with cages to block off the slide. Look at me, haven’t I grown.



June 26th 2020

Click on the link to find Summer adult education courses.  Some are already booked up but you may find something of interest.

June 25th 2020

A beautiful vase of flowers, cut straight out of the garden.

Another brain exercise.  Enjoy!

coded song titles

Coded song title answers


June 23rd 2020

Other facts handpicked for the day, hopefully there’s one to entertain everyone;
Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated
Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite
A cat has 32 muscles in each ear
The word “School” comes from the ancient Greek for “FREE TIME”
The Speaker of the House is not allowed to speak
The “dot” over the letter “i” is called a tittle
The Hawaiian alphabet only has 12 letters: A, E, I, O, U, H, K, L, M, N, P, W
Cats can’t taste sweet things because of a genetic defect


Our intrepid Reiki Group decided they would venture out today on a nature walk. The weather was beautiful and members were keen to adhere to the current social distancing rules. Pam organised the walk for the group and as you can see, a good time was had by all.

Comments from members of the Reiki Group who ventured out today

“It was lovely. Absolutely enjoyed it. Would love to do it again xx”

“Couldn’t have been better. Thanks to you all and hope to see Bev, Maggie and Jenny before too long”.

“It was a really nice walk and lovely to see people, enjoyed it very much xx”

Pam said, “I think we all enjoyed seeing each other, catching up, laughter & reflection. We had a lovely meditation at the end led by Wendy.

These were friends sharing time together. We are hoping that further restrictions might be lifted so that more of our friends can join in too. We missed you & Maggie.”

“We had a lovely excursion and I feel so much better for some company. Thanks to everyone and especially Pam”.

Photographs below show some of the things we saw and did this morning.  The last photo shows meditation led by Wendy.



June 21st 2020

Up or down the river! Ever wondered what these phrases mean?
Some trivia for you.

‘Sold down the river’?

This means some one has betrayed or cheated you.

Sold down the river’?

This phrase originated in the Mississippi region of the USA during slave trading days. Trouble causing slaves were sold from the northern slave states and sent down the Mississippi River to the much harsher conditions on plantations in the lower Mississippi region.

Sent up the River

This phrase refers to being sent to, or being in, prison
As in “ They sent him up the river for five years”.
This phrase originally referred to Sing-Sing Prison, on the Hudson River about 30 miles north of New York City.
The phrase was used from about 1890 onwards.
By the early 1900s the phrase was broadened and applied to any prison

June 20th 2020
Bubble Rap
Three long months of isolation
And more than a bit of inebriation
Lock down, ghost town
Who’s not watching Countdown?
Comes the bubble
And at the double
With gardens dug,
That longed for hug is …..
Bubble Wrap!
June 19th 2020
from this to this…it took 2 rainy days
Baked some scones today.  Bit flat but tasted good!
June 18th 2020
Whilst looking for something entirely different yesterday, I came across a letter received in 1973 from a former next door neighbour. My mother used to enjoy making wine from almost anything you can imagine – her tea wine tasted great, but would put you under the table with just a small glass! However, when we lived in the West Riding in the early 1950s, she and our neighbour used to make very tasty nettle beer, but mum had forgotten the recipe after moving to Kent. So, we contacted Yorkshire and the recipe arrived. You may find it of interest, although we haven’t made use of it for many many years, so no guarantees:-
2 or 3 lumps of ginger (bruised)
3/4 lb (12oz) sugar
2 lemons
8 good nettle tops (4-5ins long)
1oz yeast
1 gallon boiled water
1 slice toasted bread
Slice lemons, bruise ginger and place in a large bowl with sugar and nettles.
Pour on 4 pints of boiling water and stir to dissolve sugar, then add the rest cold.
When mix is lukewarm, place yeast on top, on the roumd of toasted bread.
Stand for approx 12 hours, then strain and bottle.


June 10th 2020

Hi Everyone
The Coffee Cup
Will be open for takeaways from Monday 15th June. 🥳
10 -3 , Monday -Saturday.
A one way system will be in operation , sanitiser provided and social distancing measures are in place.
It will be great to see you all. 💝 xxxx

June 8th 2020

Hi everyone,

It is a pity that a few more members didn’t have a go, but the results are now in from our eminent judge, who was impressed by the quality of the entries. 
Highly commended are ‘There was an old woman from Boza’ by Cathy and ‘There was an old lady called Jill’ by Anonymouse. However, the winner, by a narrow margin, is ‘An elegant young lady from Clowne’ by Another anon.
I have contacted the winner, who is surprised and delighted by the award, but wishes to remain anonymous. To cheer us on a little more, the rhymer has sent me another Limerick with a personal take on a major story of a few days ago:-
A nice trip to Durham would just suit us two,
And the grandkids are longing to visit a zoo,
But to fight off the dreaded Covid one nine,
Bo’s chief advisor says “You’ll all be fine, 
If you do as I say and not as I do!”
Have a good week,

On 8th June in 1824 the washing machine was invented and on the same day 45 years later the vacuum cleaner was invented.

King Edward III (1312-1377) seized control of the Isle of Man from the Scots in 1333.
In 1925 the play “Hay Fever” by Noel Coward (1899-1973) premiered in London and in 1953 Benjamin Britten’s (1913-1975) opera “Gloriana” premiered at the Royal Opera House, London.

June 7th 2020

I have spent part of my lock down experience decluttering! A very interesting and sometimes emotional experience.  Today I found this photograph, my nephew has the original card.  It is a Christmas card sent from my Dad to my Mum while he was serving with Monty’s Eighth Army from 1941-1945.   We wouldn’t normally show names and addresses on our website but I assure you that the address no longer exists and both my parents are  long gone now and it is my choice to display.  Its a bit late for our VE Day celebrations, but thought some members just may like to see my special find.


Crossword Puzzle Trivia

The crossword puzzle was not invented until the early 20th century and was based on a children’s Victorian word puzzle called Magic Square.  It was the brainchild of Arthur Wynne, a journalist, and his first crossword appeared on 21 December in 1913 in New York World. In 1925 Britain yielded to the attraction of the crossword.  The word “crossword” did not legitimately enter American dictionaries until 1930.

Older Than Dirt Quiz:
Count all the ones that you remember, not the ones you were told
about. Ratings at the bottom.
1. Sweet cigarettes
2. Coffee shops with juke boxes
3. Home milk delivery in glass bottles
4. Party lines on the telephone
5. Newsreels before the movie
6. TV test patterns that came on at night after the last show and
were there until TV shows started again in the morning.
7. Peashooters
8. 33 rpm records
9. 45 RPM records
10. Hi-fi’s
11. Metal ice trays with levers
12. Blue flashbulb
13. Cork popguns
14. Wash tub wringers

If you remembered 0-3 = You’re still young
If you remembered 3-6 = You are getting older
If you remembered 7-10 = Don’t tell your age
If you remembered 11-14 = You’re positively ancient!

June 5th 2020

General knowledge quiz 3

Quiz answers 2

Kept me busy through lock down! hand made cards, all sold proceeds go to cancer research.  Sandra


June 1st 2020

Love of Food Group should have been meeting this afternoon the dishes we were due to be making were Irish, (today is an Irish public Bank Holiday).  We decided, just in case we did not have the ingredients we needed in our fridge\store cupboards we would give ourselves a choice.  Irish or, because it is Coronation Day tomorrow, something Royal or Coronation related.  A couple of our group got busy yesterday.

The first two photographs show Barmbrack Cake made with Irish Whiiskey.

The third is Orange a la Reine, Queens Oranges, filled with jelly made from the juice and whipped cream with a drizzle of Cointreau just before serving/eating.

Fourth is crushed potato colcannon with bacon and poached egg

Fifth photo, Crunchy Coronation Chicken Salad, topped with toasted almonds and a mango chutney dressing.  No mango chutney available! 😦  

So used strawberry jam.  Surprisingly the dressing is delicious.

All these recipes can be found on line.  But if you would like us to forward then to you, please email

We will be happy to send them.

May 31st 2020

Almost a rainbow but not quite yet



May 26th 2020

A new challenge.  Send in your obscure/left field photo’s for members to add captions.  We’ll kick you off with a French Boules (BALLS!)  photograph, nothing rude please, don’t  mind cheeky’ish

Boules – A load of buhl

Lupins – Majestic spires
Hedgehog – Searching for Mrs Tiggy Winkle
Scene- Peace, perfect peace
Nest of cygnets – No hiding place
Where’s Stig?






Dunkirk Evacuation 

Began 80 years ago today.

The information below is from f Wikipedia

The Dunkirk evacuation, code-named Operation Dynamo and also known as the Miracle of Dunkirk, was the evacuation of Allied soldiers during World War II from the beaches and harbour of Dunkirk, in the north of France, between 26 May and 4 June 1940. The operation commenced after large numbers of Belgian, British, and French troops were cut off and surrounded by German troops during the six-week Battle of France. In a speech to the House of Commons, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill called this “a colossal military disaster”, saying “the whole root and core and brain of the British Army” had been stranded at Dunkirk and seemed about to perish or be captured.[7] In his “we shall fight on the beaches” speech on 4 June, he hailed their rescue as a “miracle of deliverance”.[8]

If you have any personal Dunkirk Evacuation information involving family that you would like to share please let us know.  we would love to hear from you:-

Wednesday 20th May 202o

Flowers and a cake and …..

Flowers to celebrate our 5th Anniversary



Back to the Beginning

Wednesday 20th May  2015. The Inaugural Meeting
After canvassing Clowne, Bolsover Staveley and surrounding areas, the Regional Trustee of the U3A along with a group of helpers had invited as many Third Agers as possible to a meeting at the Assembly Rooms in Bolsover. The room was packed to the rafters, almost anyway.
It was proposed that a branch of the U3A should be formed in the District of Bolsover with its base in Bolsover. After information had been given and questions answered the Trustee asked for volunteers who may be interested in forming a steering committee to stay behind. So it all began! Under guidance of our Regional Trustee, the Committee was formed and so the work continued and the name, Bolsover District U3A, was decided.Wednesday 17th June 2015.

Our first members monthly meeting
Committee was ready! The doors opened and we were so thrilled to see potential members walk in through the door. By April 2016 we had 84 members and continue to grow

All these things can be found in the kitchen 

Kitchen item answers


When making my way in to Clowne
I felt my tyre go down
Knew I’d speak to the boss
If I went into the Cross
A new tyre was required
And so he was hired
I didn’t get far
That day in my car
Not a day to roam
So off I went home


Are you looking for wildlife’s known charms?

Or for sheep, cows and horses on farms?

No transport or bus stops,

No paper or food shops?

Then let Elmton’s bee orchids becalm.


There was an old lady called Jill,

Who lived at the top of the hill.

The wind blew all day,

Snatched her washing away,

And it lands around Bolsover still.



An elegant young lady from Clowne,

Was walking quite briskly through town,

When the ‘twang’ of elastic,

Presaged trouble quite drastic,

As her panties began to slide down.

Another anon.



When I homed in on ‘Balls’ site today
I saw the loveliest flowers on display
5 candles alight
On a cake that’s just right
To celebrate BDU3A


May 20th 2020
A young lad arrived at One Stop
And entered the Carvale shop,
He paid for his treats,
A comic and sweets,
Then hurried back home to Hilltop.
There was an old woman from Boza
Who transgressed from the rules that opposed her
She went down to town, where she had a meltdown
And the cops took her off and enclosed her

May 16th 2020
Another project to get your creative juices flowing!
Please compose a Limerick and send it  to for us all to enjoy before the end of May. Our eminent and expert judge (not me, obviously) will then consider all the entries and award the winning rhymer the title of Limerick Laureate of Lockdown. The only rules are that the Limerick must be your own, original work, must be CLEAN and should include the name of one of the towns or villages in the BDU3A area, if possible.
We have already had one entry, to set the standard for you all to beat:-
There was an old couple from Kent,
Who northwards to Derbyshire went.
They landed in clover,
By finding Bolsover,
And set up their home in a tent.
Covid lament:-
I’ve started today with a frown,
After shopping at Tesco(*) in Clowne.
Of loo rolls they’d none,
Bread rolls, they had one, 
And of course it was white and not brown.
Good luck. Best wishes. Stay safe.

Word Search Puzzle

May 12th 2020

Members may remember when Nick and Sarah came to talk and sing to us about their work in hospitals.  OPUS Music CIC is a group of professional musicians with specialist training for working in healthcare settings.  They are a UK leader in the delivery, training and advocacy for Music in Healthcare practice.

Whilst unable to deliver their usual practice as Musicians in Healthcare, OPUS Music has created a new song “This Won’t Last Long”, inspired by the current crisis; a song of hope and strength for their friends and colleagues in the NHS. It has been written, recorded and produced in isolation whilst staying at home to help protect, and in celebration of, our NHS.

The “This Won’t Last Long” video can be watched at 


Happy 200 th birthday to Florence Nightingale
Miss Nightingale was born in Italy and was named Florence after the city where she was born. However, her parents, William Edward and Frances Nightingale were a wealthy couple from Sheffield. Her father was the son of William Shore, who worked as a Sheffield banker at a time when the city was developing its steel and coal industry. While in England the Nightingales divided their time between two homes. In the summer months they lived at Lea Hurst in the village of Holloway in Derbyshire, which until recently was a nursing home for retired nurses. She also spent her youth at Tapton hall and Norton Hall her grandparents houses . They took the name nightingale for inheritance reasons so the name would not die out

Love of Food members have been baking. 

Top left, upside down Pineapple Cake, super with homemade custard.

Top right, Cherry and Almond Loaf……… does it have two eyes, a nose and an unimpressed looking mouth ?

Bottom left, a Lemon Drizzle, made with lemon curd, then while still hot lemon curd has been spread over the top!  Delicious!

Bottom right, Plum Crumble!  OOOPS!  Someone ate it!



May 11th 2020

The BDU3A web page can be downloaded and print if you wish by clicking on  BDU3A Celebrates VE day

May 9th 2020

General Knowledge quiz 2

General Knowledge 2 answers

May 8th 2020

Today BDU3A celebrates VE Day. You can find our special VE Day page right here.

May 7th 2020

Curried Corned Beef Balls
1/2 oz (12g) dripping or fat
1 tbsp grated onion
1 tsp curry powder
6oz (150g) corned beef, finely diced
1/2 teacup soft breadcrumbs
1/2 tsp Worcester sauce
Little milk
1/2 teacup crisp breadcrumbs

Heat the dripping or ft and fry the onion for 5 mins. Stir in the curry powder, cook forever 2 mins with the onion, string well, then add the corned beef, soft breadcrumbs and Worcester sauce. Press the mixture into small balls, brush with the milk then roll in the crisp breadcrumbs.
Either serve cold or heat under the grill, or in the oven if this is in use. (couldn’t waste energy in war time!!)
Pat D


May 6th 2020

The view on my walk this morning – stunning.  Sue G

My Clivia indoor plant in bloom  Kevin

May 5th 2020

A few years ago my daughter holidayed in Thailand and brought back a beautiful piece of silk for me. I wanted to make something special with it and have finally made my kaftan with a dragon embroidery on the back


May 4th 2020

Left this morning on my doorstep from the little girl around the corner from me.  two little cup cakes.  How lovely is that!  Bev


Bev and Kevin and Sarah too

With Julie’s help appeal to you

To keep this page and let us be seen

To say from BALLS to Covid-19

Away with you!

Peter and Gwen, not forgetting Jen

And neither Bernice nor Jean

Want to see the end of this on-line friend,

An oasis in a world that’s been

Shaken but not stirred!

Your Committee wants to see some more

Of your quizzes and photos like before

A rhyme or two (but nothing too blue)

Your talents of course are nothing new.

But in the event that the curtain should fall

Remember this – we love you all

May 3rd 2020 



Fed up with your old wall, why not try this patchwork effect with remnants of fabric

A member having a go at starting some thing new!

How lucky are we to be surrounded by such beautiful countryside.  Photographs taken on morning walks

As members enjoyed the sunshine tidying up their gardens, they took the time to take these photographs



A colourful visitor


A visit from Hedgy 


May 2nd, 2020

Is this a return to the new normal? Well it’s a start.

  • Green bin collections will recommence w/c 11 May 2020. 
  • Can you add anything to this list?

May 1st 2020

Beltane is the pagan festival of fertility taking place on May 1st also known as May Day.  There are many customs & traditions that have filtered down through time & many are being revived as we humans recognise that our connection to nature is vital.


April 30th 2020

Lockdown lingo – are you fully conversant with the new terminology?

The ups and downs of your mood during the pandemic. You’re loving lockdown one minute but suddenly weepy with anxiety the next. It truly is “an emotional coronacoaster”.

Experimental cocktails mixed from whatever random ingredients you have left in the house. The boozy equivalent of a store cupboard supper. Southern Comfort and Ribena quarantini with a glacé cherry garnish, anyone? These are sipped at “locktail hour”, ie. wine o’clock during lockdown, which seems to be creeping earlier with each passing week.

*Le Creuset wrist*
It’s the new “avocado hand” – an aching arm after taking one’s best saucepan outside to bang during the weekly ‘Clap For Carers.’ It might be heavy but you’re keen to impress the neighbours with your high-quality kitchenware.

As opposed to millennials, this refers to the future generation of babies conceived or born during coronavirus quarantine. They might also become known as “Generation C” or, more spookily, “Children of the Quarn”.

*Furlough Merlot*
Wine consumed in an attempt to relieve the frustration of not working. Also known as “bored-eaux” or “cabernet tedium”.

An overdose of bad news from consuming too much media during a time of crisis. Can result in a panicdemic.

*The elephant in the Zoom*
The glaring issue during a videoconferencing call that nobody feels able to mention. E.g. one participant has dramatically put on weight, suddenly sprouted terrible facial hair or has a worryingly messy house visible in the background.

*Quentin Quarantino*
An attention-seeker using their time in lockdown to make amateur films which they’re convinced are funnier and cleverer than they actually are.

*Covidiot* or *Wuhan-ker*
One who ignores public health advice or behaves with reckless disregard for the safety of others can be said to display “covidiocy” or be “covidiotic”. Also called a “lockclown” or even a “Wuhan-ker”.

The sudden fear that you’ve consumed so much wine, cheese, home-made cake and Easter chocolate in lockdown that your ankles are swelling up like a medieval king’s.

*Antisocial distancing*
Using health precautions as an excuse for snubbing neighbours and generally ignoring people you find irritating.

*Coughin’ dodger*
Someone so alarmed by an innocuous splutter or throat-clear that they back away in terror.

Extra make-up applied to “make one’s eyes pop” before venturing out in public wearing a face mask.

The 10lbs in weight that we’re all gaining from comfort-eating and comfort-drinking. Also known as “fattening the curve.


April 29th 2020


April 28th 2020

I see great minds think alike.  Looking through the Lifestyle Magazine of U3A I see they have an article on the British Trust for Ornithology’s citizen science Garden BirdWatch scheme. I passed on details of this and also the many other wildlife recording schemes you can join while still on lockdown. I do the sunrise or sunset bat survey and also insect pollinator monitoring. There always seems to be a bit of a problem with passwords or is it just me. Eventually I find it easy to get in there and record data. (Not managed to get up for sunrise!)
This citizen science is not just for feathered and furry friends as I heard of folding. “Folding@home”is a distributed computing project which studies protein folding and how they behave in the body.  The app runs on your home computer and joined with others becomes a super computer to run simulations to outwit this pesky Covid-19. I am looking into it and other members might want to do so. Take care Celia Monks
Roses for you 

Photos below from Pam

Read any good books lately?
If you’re anything like me, you’ll have been making the best of this lockdown and catching up on reading. I’ve been amassing quite a pile from my forays into charity shops and have just finished reading a book which I can highly recommend –  The Virgin Blue by Tracy Chevalier, author of Girl with a Pearl Earring.
Set in France, it’s about two young women born centuries apart but with an ancestral legacy that binds them.  
Maybe you can recommend a book which has captured your imagination.  If so, write and give us the author and title, with a short synopsis.  Send to
Happy reading!


April 27th 2020

BBC FOUR at 7pm continues its series The Joy of Painting – this evening, Bob Ross paints an awesome cloudy sky set against a turbulent sea of crashing waves and at 7.30pm, on the same channel, a chance for a last look at the Warhol exhibition at Tate Modern.
On Channel 4 at 8pm Grayson’s Art Club: Grayson Perry, one of Britain’s leading artists, brings the nation together through art, making new works and hosting master classes. This time, he’s joined by Joe Lycett.

Number Phrases 2

Number Phrases 2 answers

April 25th 2020

How many (commonly used) words of 3 letters or more can you make from

The letters may only be used once in each word, but you do have 2T and 2A to use each time.

April 24th 2020

Hi, I have been kept busy making head bands for NHS and local pharmacy to relieve pressure behind ears caused by mask loops.The mask fastens to the buttons at the back of the head. The bands are adjustable. The buttons can be turned back through any slot to reduce width of the band.
Tomorrow I will get back to quizzes and card making.😃


April 22nd 2020

Just click here and     here   for a good laugh. 

BBC four is showing episodes of Bob Ross The joy of painting every evening at 7 pm.
 I watched it tonight and found it interesting Sandra

A plethora of quizzes for you.  All converted to pdf for those who have not been able to download from word.  Enjoy!

General knowledge Quiz

General Knowledge answers

Muddled towns or cities quiz

Muddled towns or cities answers

Disney Quiz

Disney answers

Names puzzle

Names answers



April 21st 2020

April 2020 Newsletter

Two apple pies and 10 lemon curd tarts, all round to Sandra’s for afternoon tea 😁


An invitation from CADG (Current Affairs Discussion Group)  to join the fun and answer the questions in the quiz, attached below.  Please send your answers to

The attachment starts with a message from Barbara and Sheila

bbc for cadg copy

For members having problems opening the attachment on their android phones

Dear CADG friends and all BDU3A members, we hope you and yours are keeping well and that you are making the most of all this spare time.

To quote Hercule Poirot, and to ‘keep your little brain cells busy, we thought you might liketo virtually consider the next topic, which is:

                 Should the BBC be protected, or is it no longer fit for purpose?

So here is some background information, and some questions for you to answer, and we will collate your responses and send them back to you all. Responses back before ?? It will be interesting to see how we rate the BBC.

The BBC  was established in 1927 as a company, the British Broadcasting Company, but changed to an independent corporation, controlled by a Royal Charter, British Broadcasting Corporation.  

The Royal Charter is the constitutional basis for the BBC. It sets out the public purposes of the Corporation, and guarantees its independence. The BBC’s new Charter commenced on 1 January 2017.

The first Charter ran for 10 years from 1 January 1927 and recognised the BBC as an instrument of education and entertainment. Subsequent Charters expanded this remit to include the dissemination of information. The eighth Charter (1 January 2007) charged the BBC with delivering the latest technology to the public and taking a leading role in the switchover to digital television, and the latest (from 1 January 2017), sets out major changes to the way the BBC is to be run for an 11 year period.Key elements of the BBC Royal Charter, 2017, include:

OFCOM to be the external independent regulator of the BBC.

The government to provide “guidance” to OFCOM on “content requirements” for the                       ABBC. 

A new “unitary board” consisting of four government appointed members and a Chair, and nine BBC appointed members, to consider any “issues or complaints that arise post-transmission”.

Editorial decisions to “remain the responsibility of the Director-General”. 

The possibility of production by independent companies to exist for all BBC programmes except news and some parts of current affairs.
The National Audit Office to have a “stronger role” in looking at how the BBC spends its money.

So the current remit is to inform, educate and entertain.

It costs ???

So can you answer the following questions?

1 Do you use the BBC radio every day?

2 Do you use any of the BBC TV channels every day?

3 Do you use them primarily to inform, educate or entertain?

4 Do you use the BBC more than the independent channels?

5 Do you feel the BBC is keeping up to date with modern technology?

6 Do you feel it is good value for money?

7 Do you trust the BBC?

8 If you could only retain one radio programme, which would you choose?

9 If you could only retain one tv programme, which would you choose?

10 Do you think the BBC provides a world wide service, and benefits the status of the UK?

11 How do you rate the BBC, score 1 to 10.


Send your answers to and we will get back to you a week or two later. Thanks, and I hope you find this of interest.

Keep safe.

Barbara and Sheila


April 20th   2020

LINK WORD ANSWERS (with apologies) copy

General knowledge copy

General Knowledge answers copy


April 18th 2020

A super extract  of video sent to the U3A by a member. It’s wonderful, have a watch.

The Rules explained through art!

April 18th 2020

Sorry folks, while typing out the answers I have found two mistakes in the typing of the quiz. Find the link

15. BIG                    TIME       and        65. FIRE

Hi folks
Hope you are keeping well in these extraordinary times
I can’t knit, sew , paint, upcycle, crochet , write a story, and if I bake any more I’ll be as big as house
So I Walk around bolsover and have found loads of paths I didn’t know existed , find pleasure looking at the plants and trees that are bursting into life as spring is in full swing , I’ll take a picture next time I’m out and post it on here
I try and do 2 Pilates class a week and a Zumba class , doing word search and reading.
My daughter sent me a 1000 piece jigsaw 🧩 it’s still in the box 🤷‍♀️, I will get round to honest
Stay safe and well
Regards Sue G

How to make your own face mask

Sewn Cloth Face Covering

Supplies needed to create a cloth face covering are displayed. The supplies pictured include: one sewing machine, one twelve-inch ruler, one pencil, two six inch pieces of elastic string, two rectangle pieces of cotton cloth, 1 sewing needle, 1 bobby pin, 1 spool of thread, and 1 pair of scissors.


  • Two 10”x6” rectangles of cotton fabric
  • Two 6” pieces of elastic (or rubber bands, string, cloth strips, or hair ties)
  • Needle and thread (or bobby pin)
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine


1. Cut out two 10-by-6-inch rectangles of cotton fabric. Use tightly woven cotton, such as quilting fabric or cotton sheets. T-shirt fabric will work in a pinch. Stack the two rectangles; you will sew the mask as if it was a single piece of fabric.

A close up of the two rectangular pieces of cloth needed to make a cloth face covering is shown. These pieces of cloth have been cut using a pair of scissors. Each piece of cloth measures ten inches in width and six inches in length.

2. Fold over the long sides ¼ inch and hem. Then fold the double layer of fabric over ½ inch along the short sides and stitch down.

The top diagram shows the two rectangle cloth pieces stacked on top of each other, aligning on all sides. The rectangle, lying flat, is positioned so that the two ten inch sides are the top and the bottom of the rectangle, while the two six inch sides are the left and right side of the rectangle. The top diagram shows the two long edges of the cloth rectangle are folded over and stitched into place to create a one-fourth inch hem along the entire width of the top and bottom of the rectangle. The bottom diagram shows the two short edges of the cloth rectangle are folded over and stitched into place to create a one-half inch hem along the entire length of the right and left sides of the face covering.

3. Run a 6-inch length of 1/8-inch wide elastic through the wider hem on each side of the mask. These will be the ear loops. Use a large needle or a bobby pin to thread it through. Tie the ends tight.
Don’t have elastic? Use hair ties or elastic head bands. If you only have string, you can make the ties longer and tie the mask behind your head.

Two six inch pieces of elastic or string are threaded through the open one-half inch hems created on the left and right side of the rectangle. Then, the two ends of the elastic or string are tied together into a knot.

4. Gently pull on the elastic so that the knots are tucked inside the hem. Gather the sides of the mask on the elastic and adjust so the mask fits your face. Then securely stitch the elastic in place to keep it from slipping.

The diagram displays a completed face covering, in which the knots of the elastic strings are tucked inside the left and right hems of the mask and are no longer visible. The cloth is slightly gathered on its left and right sides, and additional stitching is added to the four corners of the gathered cloth rectangle, at the points where the cloth and the elastic or string overlap in these corners.

April 18th 2020

Sent by a friend, thought I’d share.


Something to make you smile

I’m normally a social girl
I love to meet my mates
But lately with the virus here
We can’t go out the gates.

You see, we are the ‘oldies’ now
We need to stay inside
If they haven’t seen us for a while
They’ll think we’ve upped and died.

They’ll never know the things we did
Before we got this old
There wasn’t any Facebook
So not everything was told.

We may seem sweet old ladies 
Who would never be uncouth
But we grew up in the 60s –
If you only knew the truth!

There was sex and drugs and rock ‘n roll
The pill and miniskirts
We smoked, we drank, we partied
And were quite outrageous flirts.

Then we settled down, got married
And turned into someone’s mum,
Somebody’s wife, then nana,
Who on earth did we become?

We didn’t mind the change of pace
Because our lives were full 
But to bury us before we’re dead
Is like a red rag to a bull!

So here you find me stuck inside
For 4 weeks, maybe more
I finally found myself again
Then I had to close the door!

It didnt really bother me
I’d while away the hour
I’d bake for all the family
But I’ve got no bloody flour!

Now Netflix is just wonderful
I like a gutsy thriller
I’m swooning over Idris
Or some random sexy killer.

At least I’ve got a stash of booze
For when I’m being idle
There’s wine and whiskey, even gin
If I’m feeling suicidal!

So let’s all drink to lockdown
To recovery and health
And hope this bloody virus
Doesn’t decimate our wealth.

We’ll all get through the crisis
And be back to join our mates
Just hoping I’m not far too wide
To fit through the flaming gates!

April 17th 2020

Left over cauliflower. mashed potato together with grated cheese, diced onion, herbs and spices. Dipped in egg and rolled in seasoned herby breadcrumbs, deep fried.  Absolutely delicious.  These pictured here are going in the freezer for another day.


April 17th 2020


Something good had to come out of lockdown.  Sandra managed to finish the crotcheted cushion cover she started last September in Arts and  Craft Group.


April 17th 2020


Guess the dog breeds (emojis) copy

emoji dog breed answers copy

The history of the apron copy


April 17th 2020

Members might remember Nick coming to talk to us about the work Opus Music do in hospitals. Sadly that work is now ‘on hold’. Nick, bassoon and guitar, wife and neighbours are playing on Thursday evenings at 8:00pm in their cul-de-sac. The plan is to continue until the end of lockdown or perhaps longer.

Enjoy their first two renditions. Click play now.

April 16th 2020

Sent in by a member

We are survivors….we can survive this virus

(For those born before 1950)

We were born before television, before penicillin, polio shots, frozen foods, plastic, Xerox, contact lens, videos, frisbees and ‘The Pill’.

We were before credit cards, laser beams. And ball point pens, before dishwashers, tumble dryers, electric blankets, air conditioners, drip-dry clothes…..and before man walked n the moon.

We were married and then lived together. We thought ‘fast food’ was what you ate during Lent. A ‘Big Mac’ was an oversized raincoat and ‘crumpet we had buttered for tea.

We existed before house husbands, computer dating, dual careers and when ‘a meaningful relationship’ meant getting along with cousins. Sheltered accommodation was where you waited for a bus.

We were here before day care homes, care centers, group therapy and disposable nappies.
We never heard of FM radio, tape decks, electric typewriters, artificial hearts, word processors, yoghurt, and young men wearing earrings. For us ‘time sharing’ meant togetherness, ‘a chip’ was a piece of fired potato or a bit of wood or something that happened if you broke a piece off a cup etc. ‘Hardware’ meant nuts and bolts and ‘software wasn’t a word.

Before 1950, ‘made in japan’ meant junk and the term ‘making out’ referred to how you did your exams’ . ’Stud’ was something that referred to a shirt collar fastening and ‘going all the way’ meant staying on a tram or bus to the terminus or depot.

In our day smoking cigarettes was fashionable,’ grass’ was sown, ‘coke’ was kept in the coalhouse and ‘a joint’ was a piece of meat served on Sundays and ‘pot’ was something you cooked it in.

Rock music was Grandma’s lullaby, a gay person was the life and soul of the party and aids just meant beauty treatment or help for someone in trouble.

Women wore fabric aprons on which they dried their hands after preparing food, wiped away tears and blood from scraped knees, if nothing else was to hand and carrying all sorts. They must have harbored many a germ, but we survived.

We, who were born before 1950, must be a hardy bunch when you think of the ways in which the world has changed and the adjustments we have had to make. No wonder we are confused by the generation gap there is today BUT by the Grace of God, we have survived and long may we all continue to do so.

Answers to Rose’ quiz posted on the 14th

  1. Mr and Mrs Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.
    J.K. Rowling “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”

  2. It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
    Jane Austen “Pride and Prejudice”

  3. Tony Hill lay in bed and watched a long strip of cloud slide across a sky the colour of duck eggs.
    Val McDermid “The Wire in the Blood”

  4. The family of Dashwood had been long settled in Sussex. Their estate was large, and their residence was at Norland Park.
    Jane Austen “Sense and Sensibility”

  5. Ursula and Gudrun Brangwen sat one morning in the window-bay of their father’s house in Beldover, working and talking.
    D.H. Lawrence “Women in Love”
  6. It’s a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful.
    Roald Dahl “Matilda”
     7. Here is Edward Bear, coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump, on the back of his head, behind Christopher Robin.
         A.A. Milne  “Winnie the Pooh”
      8.  Professor Robert Langdon gazed up at the forty-foot-tall dog sitting in the plaza.  The animal’s fur was a living carpet           of grass and fragrant flowers.
          Dan Brown “Origin”
9. Last night I dreamed I went to Manderlay.
          Daphne du Maurier “Rebecca”
    10.   It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness …..
          Charles Dickens “A Tale of Two Cities”
One point each for the title and author.  Good luck!  


April 14th 2020

More flowers to bring some brightness

April 14th 2020

Names puzzle copy

Names answers copy

April 14th 2020

A message from Gene to her Craft Group, but has agreed to share her positive message with all BDU3A members.

let us know what you are doing, keep in touch, Stay Safe, Stay Well 

Good morning crafters, another week gone but they are talking of extending lock down for at least another 3 weeks, I could get used to this!

What have you all been doing?  I am thankful that the weather has blessed us and I have spent most of my time outdoors, where I shall be heading in a few hours time.  I am also pleased about the break in the weather that made me stop, as it was beginning to be very sore with all this activity! Sheds painted, have started on summer hut and done 6 fence panels, 10 more to do.
I have seen one of my big frogs, frog spawn has disappeared, probably sunk and now waiting for tadpoles. Still not seen the hedgehog; I leave food out for him every night and he leaves me his droppings, hopefully will get a glimpse of him soon.
keep promising I will get on with an art project but get so tired by evening I just sit and read or do cross words, still, time yet  to achieve something. 
stay well, stay positive.
Gene x

April 14th 2020

For all you bookworms out there, I’m sure you’ve been taking advantage of the enforced opportunity to indulge in your favourite pastime so here is an exercise for your little grey cells.  See if you can identify the author and book title from the following opening lines:  –
  1.  Mr and Mrs Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.
  2.  It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
  3.  Tony Hill lay in bed and watched a long strip of cloud slide across a sky the colour of duck eggs.
  4. The family of Dashwood had been long settled in Sussex.  Their estate was large, and their residence was at Norland Park.
  5. Ursula and Gudrun Brangwen sat one morning in the window-bay of their father’s house in Beldover, working and talking.
  6. It’s a funny thing about mothers and fathers.  Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful.
  7. Here is Edward Bear, coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump, on the back of his head, behind Christopher Robin.
  8. Professor Robert Langdon gazed up at the forty-foot-tall dog sitting in the plaza.  The animal’s fur was a living carpet of grass and fragrant flowers.
  9. Last night I dreamed I went to Manderlay.
  10. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness …..
One point each for the title and author.  Good luck!  Answers to appear in a couple of days


April 11th 2020.

Easter Treats made by Love of Food Group Members



Painted Eggs sent in by members.  where’s yours?  Why not join in the fun?  Send your photos to

Number Phrases set one

Number Phrase Answers set 1

April 11th, 2020

Just click on the link to check how hard it is to learn English. Then answer this question, “What percentage of the world’s population speaks English?”

English grammar!

Here’s one, you might need your glasses, can you find the black and white cat?

April 10th, 2020 – Good Friday to everyone

On this day, 10th April, in 1633 Thomas Johnson, a herbalist, put a bunch of bananas in his shop window in London – the first time bananas were seen displayed like this in England.

Born this day in 1512 Scottish King James V, and in 1829 William Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army.
Also on this day in 1710, the 1709 Copyright Act, known as the Statute of Anne, came into force.  In 1858 Big Ben was cast in the Whitechapel Bell Foundry.  And appropriately for today, the Good Friday Agreement was reached in 1998.

Again I am watching the news. It’s looking a bit brighter. However those questions with no answers annoy me. When will we be able to go out? Can you guarantee there will be sufficient ventilators? How did Boris catch the virus?

Here is a question that I am thinking about. How many apples will grow on our apple tree this year?

April 9th 2020

Thank you

Just wanted to say I checked out the BALLS page and thought I’d congratulate you and whoever is responsible.  Well done!

Could I just congratulate the BDU3A Committee and the Web team on their splendid BALLS page on the web site.
It is because of this page that I have visited the site every day since it began.  Dare I say it but I find it is the most interesting and entertaining page of the whole website & I say that respectfully and with gratitude.
Thank you for providing a forum for our members to share their knowledge, interests & bits of news.  Thank you to those who have participated so enthusiastically & have given me something to look forward to each day besides hearing the awful things happening around us.
A true mix of good humour and humility which reflects the meaning of the U3A mantra Learn, Laugh (and hopefully) Live
Well done all concerned.  Give yourselves a clap.

Information for the History Group, but anyone interested can join the course.

Hello everyone.  I have received today the following information from Greg, our deputy group leader, which you may find interesting:
“I have enrolled on a Future Learn course on “The Tudors”, starting 11th May.  This will be led by Susannah Lipscomb, TV presenter and now Professor of History at Roehampton University.  Susannah curated the ‘We are Bess!’ exhibition at Hardwick last year so I’m looking forward to seeing if Bess is featured, and also the role of women in Tudor society.
“The course might be of interest to other members of the group – and also to members of BDU3A National Trust group.”
Thanks Greg.  For those of you who are not familiar with these courses, they are free and easy to join.  Contact me if you have any problems.
Keep safe and well

April 9th 2020

Another quiz from Jenny,  keep them coming please.

Muddled towns or cities copy

Answers for muddled towns or cities copy

You can now find the answers, that the web team have, by clicking here.

Thank you Jenny from the web team

April 9th


April 8th

Today’s magic quiz, click Disney quiz

April 7th

On 7 April 1827 the first matches were sold by English inventor and chemist, John Walker, to a local solicitor in Stockton-on-Tees.  The cost: one shilling for 100.  And in 1943 LSD was first produced by the Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann.

Births included the poet William Wordsworth in 1770; the jazz singer Billie Holiday in 1915; and film director Francis Ford Coppola in 1939.

Deaths included the Spanish painter El Greco in 1614; US car engineer and manufacturer Henry Ford in 1947; and Scottish racing driver Jim Clark in 1968.

April 6th 2020

Not quite that rainbow we want, but can see the sun peeping through.


April 6th 

Interested in  Current Affairs?  See the attached.  We have an active Current Affairs Discussion Group. Here is a taster, like it?  Come and join us when we reconvene our meetings at Bolsover Library.

bbc for cadg

April 5th 2020

Quite appropriate for today

Kathleen O’Meara’s poem, ‘And People Stayed Home,’ written in 1869, after the famine

And people stayed home
and read books and listened
and rested and exercised
and made art and played
and learned new ways of being
and stopped
and listened deeper
someone meditated
someone prayed
someone danced
someone met their shadow
and people began to think differently
and people healed
and in the absence of people who lived in ignorant ways,
dangerous, meaningless and heartless,
even the earth began to heal
and when the danger ended
and people found each other
grieved for the dead people
and they made new choices
and dreamed of new visions
and created new ways of life
and healed the earth completely
just as they were healed themselves.

April 5th 2020

Another quiz from Jenny

My first is a letter copy

You can now find the answers, that the web team have, by clicking here.

April 4th 2020

Saturday’s Quiz

If 1=A and 26=Z then what are these famous landmarks?

  1. 5-9-6-6-5-12 20-15-23-5-18
  2. 7-18-5-1-20 23-1-12-12 15-6 3-8-9-14-1
  3. 20-8-5 11-18-5-13-12-9-14
  4. 12-5-1-14-9-14-7 20-15-23-5-18 15-6 16-9-19-1
  5. 19-25-4-14-5-25 15-16-5-18-1 8-15-21-19-5
  6. 19-20-1-20-21-5 15-6 12-9-2-5-18-20-25
  7. 2-9-7- 2-5-14
  8. 20-8-5 3-15-12-5-19-19-5-21-13
  9. 5-13-16-9-18-5 19-20-1-20-52-21-9-12-4-9-14-7
  10. 7-15-12-4-5-14 7-1-29-5 2-18-94-7-5
  11. 14-15-20-18-5 4-1-13-5
  12. 20-1-11-25-15 20-15-23-5-18
  13. 12-15-14-4-15-14 5-25-5
  14. 1-18-3- 4-5- 20-18-9-21-13-16-8
  15. 2-5-18-12-9-14 23-1-12-12
  16. 19-20-15-14-5 8-5-14-7-5
  17. 11-9-12-9-13-1-14-10-1-18-15
  18. 20-1-10 13-1-8-1-12
  19. 20-8-5 7-18-5-1-20 20-16-8-9-14-24
  20. 20-15-23-5-18 2-18-9-4-7-5
  21. 13-15-21-14-20 5-22-5-18-5-19-20
  22. 3-1-16-9-20-5-12 8-9-12-12
  23. 2-21-18-10 1-18-1-2 8-15-20-5-12
  24. 2-21-3-11-9-14-7-8-1-13 16-1-12-1-3-5
  25. 14-5-21-19-3-8-23-1-14-19-20-5-9-14 3-1-19-20-5
  26. 13-5-20-20-5-18 8-15-18-14
  27. 13-1-3-8-21 16-9-3-3-8-21
  28. 20-5-18-18-1 3-15-20-20-1 23-1-18-18-9-15-18-20
  29. 1-12-3-1-20-18-1-26
  30. 14-5-22-1-4-15 13-9-19-13-9

I’m really enjoying the B.A.L.L.S newsletter it’s so informative and uplifting , funny and makes you learn a few things you didn’t know.
Can I make a suggestion , if people are thoughtful enough to put the quizzes on the page can they also put the answers on as well please, or it defeats the object of doing the quiz if you don’t know how many you have got right .
I Have done the hidden animals /musical quiz , I’m dying to know how well I did or didn’t know
Thankyou for keeping us entertained during lockdown and keep up the good work

Sent from my iPad

April 4th 202

Copied and shared as so beautiful 💙🌈

I’ll tell you a tale, that’s been recently written.
Of a powerful army, so Great it saved Britain.

They didn’t have bombs and they didn’t have planes.
They fought with their hearts and they fought with their brains.

They didn’t have bullets, armed just with a mask.
We sent them to war, with one simple task.

To show us the way, to lead and inspire us.
To protect us from harm and fight off the virus.

It couldn’t be stopped by our bullet proof vests.
An invisible enemy, invaded our chests.

So we called on our weapon, our soldiers in Blue.
“All Doctors, All Nurses, Your Country needs you”.

We clapped on our streets, hearts bursting with pride.
As they went off to war, while we stayed inside.

They struggled at first, as they searched for supplies.
But they stared down the virus, in the whites of its eyes.

They leaped from the trenches and didn’t think twice.
Some never came back, the ultimate price.

So tired, so weary, yet still they fought on.
As the virus was beaten and the battle was won.

The many of us, owe so much, to so few.
The brave and the bold, our heroes in Blue.

So let’s line the streets and remember our debt.
We love you, our heroes,
Lest we forget.

Matt Kelly 2020

April 3rd 2020

Derbyshire Libraries 

Did you know you can borrow eBooks, eAudiobooks, eNewspapers or eMagazines from our website free of charge?

Derbyshire County Council libraries service is open 24/7 online and there is a wealth of titles to choose from. There’s sure to be something for everyone.

If you’re not already a member you can join online and staff will email you a borrower number.

April 3rd

Bev – “This attachment is beautiful.  Can it go on the web?”. 

Well yes, click  here.

My treat (tweet)? of the day…
There I was, doing some weeding in the garden when this little friend kept popping out of the hedge to wait for the worms when I disturbed.  Pat Dodds

April 2nd

National Theatre production from the comfort of your own home!

As part of their National Theatre At Home initiative, you can stream  NT Live shows via their YouTube channel each Thursday evening from 7pm.

STARTING TONIGHT (Thursday 2 April) 

with One Man, Two Guvnors (12A)
starring James Corden

Click on

on your smart TV or via your Amazon firestick or anyway you connect your TV to the internet or on your phone or tablet or laptop or via a snail

The performance will be available to view for seven days.

More screenings to follow in the coming weeks, including:

Jane Eyre (12A) adapted by Sally Cookson

Treasure Island (12A) adapted by Bryony Lavery

Twelfth Night (PG) by William Shakespeare

Further to the sounds of birds, check out this lovely video and opera. Link courtesy of Barbara. Click on

April 1st 2020

Sounds of the day in Elmton – Early morning instead of the birds we heard rivet, rivet and now we have loads of frog spawn. Late afternoon with a final cup of tea before it cooled down we sat quietly listening to the sound of baby lambs. It really is Spring. Is it me seems like much more traffic through the village?

April Fool’s Day or April Fools’ Day, does it matter?!  It is now after midday and  past the time for pranks and jokes.  I thought I would investigate the origin but it turned out to be “origins” and they were numerous.  Was it Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales referring to April Fool’s Day in the “Nun’s Priest Tale” or had it come from the French “Poisson d’avril”, which was the end of the New Year holiday when New Year’s Day was still celebrated on 25th March?  All I know is that in 1698 several people were tricked into going to the Tower of London to “see the Lions washed” (and this could be a prank on the reader!)!

(Information courtesy of Wikipedia)

Sent in by Gwen, enjoy!    Musicals Quiz

Deliveries right across Bolsover district . It’s click and collect, just put out a container, you don’t need to follow what the guy in blue is doing.

March 31st 2020

Enjoyed Jenny’s quiz, Tuesday’s money quiz, click Money quiz to download.

If anyone wants answers email

There is now a wonderful prize on offer. It’s a get out of jail card! Unfortunately we will not be able to give you your prize until the lockdown is over. 

Having spent the last 5 or so minutes watching a blackbird eating and drinking in the garden, the following seemed appropriate to pass on:

An invitation from the RSPB to join their daily Breakfast Birdwatch and get to know some birds that are bringing a smile to people’s faces up and down the country. Everybody is invited to join them on Facebook or Twitter from 8am to 9amusing #BreakfastBirdwatch, where they will be sharing sightings and bird stories.

The pheasants and little owls in our garden are definitely not observing social distancing. It’s Spring, very early,  very noisy! What’s your wildlife?

March 30th 2020

Gene’s Quiz!  Enjoy!

In this list are 36 hidden animals or their off-spring. The letters are all in correct order but you find where they start and end. The sentences are not clues, just
“smoke screens” to hide the animals.

1. For a tall artist he has a low easel
2. She epitomises all that is good
3. He had his offer returned on Monday
4. I wouldn’t mind having a go at that
5. Are you paying cash or sending a cheque?
6. He was the top igloo builder
7. Tom was not terribly good at school
8. He was much better at sport
9. Quick, jump on your bike
10. They are all behind the hedge hogging brambles
11. Do you want some beef roger?
12. The poor crop was due to bad germination
13. It was a very posh arena.
14. The order was to attack.
15. Just go ahead and pull the lever, Ethel.
16. If you push rewind it will be OK.
17. A good climber, he could nip up pylons.
18. They thought the soup was made of Oxo.
19. It belongs to a local farmer.
20. A steady rain would do good.
21. The teacher made Ernie stand in the corner.
22. The news bulletin was very sad.
23. I think it would be a very good idea.
24. They were all going to a dance
25. Scuba diving was always fun.
26. He did ask it ten times.
27. It was bedlam being with all those children.
28. He was a thick idiot anyway.
29. Right, all grab bits of paper.
30. Eric owes you thirty pence.
31. A UFO always causes a stir.
32. They suffered a tragic attack.
33. The M O left a prescription.
34. The servo let him down.
35. If you’re watching the slomo, use HD.
36. He’s building a new trailer.
37. They must keep the lid on key materials.

March 30th

Poppy’s audition for Breakfast TV as she reacts to the latest news on coronavirus.

On 30 March in 1746 the Spanish artist Goya was born followed 107 years later in 1853 by the birth of another famous painter, Vincent Van Gogh.  Jump to the same day 92 years later for the arrival into this world of a different kind of artist, the rock and roll guitarist Eric Clapton (1945).  Just to spice this up, on this day in 1997 Channel Five went on air, launched by The Spice Girls!

March 29th

March 28th

Fact of the day – On 28 March 1919 the Grand National was held at Gatwick as Aintree had been commandeered by the War Office. The race was won by Ernie Piggott riding Poethlyn.  Ernie Piggott is the grandfather of Lester Piggott – how useful is Google!

Tip of the day – When sitting in your conservatory or just gazing through your window, look through binoculars as it will broaden your horizon. 

Joke of the day – Elton John said that he could remember when rock was young. Geologists have now estimated Elton John to be over 4 billion years old.

Friday 27th March 2020

left over chilli?

Line a dish with Doritos, top with left over chilli, top with grated cheese.  Bake in the oven until the cheese is bubbling and browned.  Serve with salsa and guacamole.  Yummy, Enjoy


March 27th

It is believed that on the 27th March in 1790 the shoelace was invented.  And on this day in 1845 Wilhelmina Konrad Von Röntgen, the German physicist, who discovered X-rays was born.   200 hundred years earlier on the same day, King Charles I succeeded his father, James I of England, who was also James VI of Scotland.

Birthday, can’t go to the pub. Placed a large G and T in every room, well most rooms, then crawled round. It’s a pub crawl.  


March 26th

On the 26th March in 1923 the BBC’s first daily weather broadcast was made.  On this day in 1960 the Grand National horse race was televised for the first time and in 1973 the British Stock Exchange admitted women for the first time.

At 1st I was afraid, I was petrified,
There was no loo roll down at Aldi and I nearly cried.
Oh I spent so many nights just thinking how you did me wrong,
I used to wipe,
And now I’m forced to just drip dry !

No anti-bac !
No bloody soap,
and if you think you’re buying pasta well you’ve got no bloody hope !
I would have bought that box of eggs, I would have rationed out my bread,
If I’d have known for just one second everyone would lose their head !

Go on now go, walk out the door !
All you bloody stock pilers,
You are not welcome any more !
Weren’t you the ones who just bought all the sodding beans ?
You selfish gits ! I hope you spill them down your jeans!

Oh no not I, I won’t panic buy!
Oh as long as I have alcohol, I know I’ll stay alive,
Though I can’t buy my usual cheese,
This will not bring me to my knees
And I’ll survive, I will survive, hey, hey !

It took all the strength I had not to fall apart,
There was just apples and 1 carrot in my shopping cart,
And I spent hours walking round just feeling sorry for myself,
The empty store, with boxes strewn across the floor

And you’ll see me, somebody who,
Cannot buy anything she came for, and it’s all down to fecking you

And frickin Reg from down the road is such a selfish blimmin git
Because he stockpiled all the loo roll so nobody else can have a s@*t !

Go on now go, walk out the door!
All you bloody stock pilers,
You are not welcome any more!

Weren’t you ones who just bought all the sodding cakes
Can’t you make a crumble,
Do you people not know how to bake?

Oh no not I, I won’t panic buy!
Oh as long as I have alcohol, I know I’ll stay alive,
Though I can’t buy my usual cheese,

This will not bring me to my knees
And I’ll survive, I will survive!

Some folks might have sampled them before…my signature bake☺

Aunty Dot’s Biscuits

  • Oven 180˚C /Gas mark 4
  • 6oz. Caster Sugar
  • 6oz. Butter/marg.
  • 6oz SR flour
  • 6 oz raisins/sultanas/other
  • 1 egg
  • Rice Krispies.
  1. Cream the butter and sugar until light and creamy
  2. Add the egg.
  3. Fold in the flour.
  4. Add the raisins/sultanas and mix well.
  5. Pour some Krispies into a large bowl; top up if necessary
  6. Take a teaspoon of mixture and roll in rice Krispies – put onto greased baking tray and slightly flatten.
  7. Keep doing this until all the mixture is used.
  8. Place in oven for about 15 to 20 mins. – Makes about 30- 60 biscuits (Depending on size)
  9. Remove when golden brown
  10. Leave to cool on tray before moving to cooling wires.
  11. The mixture can be divided into 2 or 3 lots and different things added, such as chopped cherries, chopped crystallised ginger, choc chips etc. to make a mixed batch

Jennifer Ingleby

Tuesday 24th March 2020

Good morning all, hope you are all keeping well and staying safe.  A couple of tips

Are those potatoes staring to sprout?  Don’t worry, just scrape them off, wash the potatoes, leave the skins on.  Cut them in to pieces, or leave them whole.  Pop in a pan and par boil, that is until when the sharp point of a knife feels some resistance, drain and allow to go cold, device into portions, and freeze.  These can be either fried or roasted.  If you prefer your potatoes mashed, peel the potatoes and follow the instructions above.  Don’t mash before freezing.  After defrosting the potatoes can be mashed as you would normally do, heat gently in a pan, microwave or oven

This method can be used for most vegetables, broccoli, carrots, turnip, parsnips etc.  Some freeze better than others.  If all else fails you can always you could always make soup!  Enjoy

Sausage Meat Pie

  1. Line a shallow oblong tin with shortcrust pastry
  2. Place the sausage meat on top of the pastry,
  3. Top that with sliced onions and tomatoes.
  4. Mix an egg with a little milk and pour it over the mixture.
  5. Season well with black pepper and a shake of salt
  6. Put the pastry lid on and seal the edges.
  7. Bake in the oven as you would a meat pie
  8. Serve hot with chips and fresh/frozen peas
  9. The remaining pie can be served cold the following day with salad.
  10. Sliced tinned tomatoes could be used without the juice. The juice could be used to makes a sauce.

Do download and try out the

Ideas for sticking together at a safe distance!

Spent overnight in the caravan,

Our diary for February was full, without a doubt,

Getting the jobs done , now I can,

April diary just has take in the Tesco delivery and put the bins out.

There’s always a rainbow

Corona Virus

 Our pop man came in a Corona van

A big man I seem to recall

Gave me tuppence for each of the empties

I’d nicked off a neighbour’s wall


Don’t care for this new Corona
It’s the bogeyman of our time
Aimed, it seems, at the vulnerable
And people past their prime
Self isolate! is the new mantra
Was it only yesterday
Older people were told to get out more
To banish the blues away?
Came the U3A to the rescue
Where lots of friends were made
New talents have been discovered
And new games found and played
But we’re not beaten yet my friend
The internet’s come into its own
Send us pictures of the things you’ve made
And the marvellous veg you’ve grown
And don’t forget your attempt at verse
There’s nothing we’d like better
Unless of course you’re feeling nostalgic
And send us a hand-written letter
Corona virus, we’re not being rude
But a vaccine is coming your way
And when it does, you’ll no longer intrude
On our regular visits to the U3A