Bolsover Against Life Limiting Sickness

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

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