High Lane U3A Choir


The High Lane U3A choir are giving a fund-raising concert on 14th December in aid of The Wellspring and The Wood St MIssion. This will be at Windlehurst Methodist Church, Windlehurst Road on Saturday 14th December at 4.00 pm. Tickets £5.00 - children free.

Click here to download a flyer advertising the event




The post of Secretary is the only Officer post to be filled this year. All Committee members need to be re-elected. New Committee members are very welcome. If you wish to nominate any member for the post of Secretary or for the Committee, please complete the form and return it to Sheila Harrop by the date of the monthly meeting on 8 January 2020. Please ensure you have the permission and signature of the person you are nominating. To download the form CLICK HERE.


Change of speaker
8th May

Jonathan Keeble has unfortunately had to cancel his talk on Wednesday 8th May, which was to be about life as a working actor.

However in his place we now have Elaine Pratt taking about The Garrick Theatre Stockport.


Another 1000 Mile Walking Medal Winner

Jeff Robinson, a member of High Lane U3A walking group, decided to emulate Merlyn Young, also a member of our walking group, who, last year was awarded the Country Walking Magazine's medal for walking 1000 miles in one year.


Jeff completed his 1000 miles in November and was awarded 1000 mile walk medal at Angle Tarn in the lake district 19/11/18.


Please note that there are still some copies left of this year's High Lane U3A Photography group's Calender, please see Walter Mason. Also 2019 U3A diaries are available, please see Pam Curley.




Managing our U3A in 2019: Officers and Committee for 2019


Elections for Officers and Committee for 2019 are due to take place at the AGM in February. This year the Chair, Vice Chair and Treasurer posts are available for nomination along with Committee members. We would like to encourage members to join the Committee to help in running your U3A. If you would like to help please ask a member to nominate you and another to second you. These members should not be existing Officers or Committee members. There is a nomination form on the final page of the November newsletter, or to download a form click here. Sign the form and get it to the current Chair, Diane Saxon, on or before the date of the January meeting (9 January 2019)  You can do this in person or by email. chair@highlaneu3a.org.uk


We also encourage members to get involved by helping at meetings, events and running groups. Please don't be afraid to offer your services.





I run the weekly, evening food market in New Mills called High Peak Food Hub https://www.facebook.com/HighPeakFoodHub/ Each week, there is street food and a varied selection of local goodies to buy.


On Friday Dec 7, I am hosting a Mama Mia night at St George's Church Hall in New Mills, with a 3 course dinner showing the sing along version of the movie.


Tickets are available via Eventbrite. Tickets are available in any number, but each table seats only 6 to ensure a full view of the screen. 




Please would you share this information with your membership?  Marple are already doing so, which is why they aren't on the address list.


Many thanks


Esther Morrison




Sketching the past 2

Wednesday 19th September 10-12pm

Click here to download the flyer




New U3A Event at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester


Click here to download a p.d.f. of the below flyer



2019 High Lane U3A Calender


The 2019 High Lane u3a Calendar produced by the Photography Group will be on sale at the September monthly meeting.  It will be priced at £5 complete with envelope, or £4.75 without envelope.


Social Dances to be held at the Village Hall

The Sequence Dancing Group will be holding some social dances on Sunday afternoons , at High Lane Village Hall , 2.30 - 4.30, open to all U3A members .


Dates are second Sunday of each month , Sept 9th , Oct 14th , Nov 11th and Dec 9th . The programme will be a mixture of sequence , ballroom and fun dances , hopefully to suit everyone !


Ring Ian and Kate for further details 0161 449 8830




Cottonopolis Events: What Where when
Your round-up of this summer's Cottonopolis events

Tuesday 31st July 6.30 pm: Finding the Cotton Famine
Portico Library, Mosley Street, Manchester
Marking the launch of the accessible database of Cotton Famine poems, with recitations and song drawn from the original poems sent into local newspapers. Ideal for anyone wishing to join the Cotton Famine Poetry research project (below). This is a free event but please book online .

Mid-August, location to be confirmed: How to join in with the Cotton Famine Poetry research
Free to GMU3A network members - open to all U3A members - register interest to secure a place
For our members who want to experience first hand the buzz of finding a piece of real history,  Dr. Simon Rennie will show what to look for, how to record and submit your findings and - crucially - how to use the microfilm readers to be found in our public libraries. Discover more and book Online here

Monday September 3rd: Manchester Mass Motoring

MMU, 70 Oxford Road (near Oxford Road Station), 10.30 am - 2.30 pm
Free to GMU3A network members - open to all U3A members
Dr Craig Horner will lead you through his 'living history' project, which recognises the contribution of motoring and car ownership to the development of Manchester and its suburbs. Your memories of your first car, trips and journeys can contribute to a historical database, and you will learn how to replicate the methods for gathering these accounts back in your own U3A. Discover more and book online here

Members of U3As in the Greater Manchester Network can attend free - but you must nonetheless book.
Any other U3A member can attend for a £5 fee. If your U3A joins the network, you may attend free of charge.
We're happy to answer your queries

Maggy Simms
Tony Pearson
Jenny Carley

The Cottonopolis working group
Part of the Greater Manchester Network of U3As

Click here to print thispage as a single A4 sheet


May Newsletter.


Please note that if your email address is "btinternet", you may be unable to access the May Newsletter. The problem is due to BT internet not accepting our email - they might be treating it as "spam".


If so, remember you can access the Newsletter by clicking on the "Newsletter" link.








Boat trip on Manchester Ship Canal

A few spaces are available on a trip on Manchester Ship Canal on Friday 29th June. The trip is organised by a local probus group.

A coach will pick up in High Lane at 7:45am. Contact Neville Pixton at nevpixton@gmail.com for further details or to book a place.







Institute of physics Science day

Join musicians from the Royal Northern College of Music, scientists and psychologists from the University of Manchester to explore the passage of time in music, physics and psychology. With a mix of live music, short talks and drama, you're sure to come away with a very different view of what time actually is and how our idea of how quickly it passes might just depend on your age or even what kind genre of music you're listening to…


This event is free to attend and requires no prior knowledge – we only ask that you are over 16 and are open to participating with people of all ages and backgrounds! You may register here and please do share amongst your friends and family.


Hannah Renshall from the Institute of Physics would like to offer U3A members to attend this event.


Hannah is the Outreach officer for the North West and will be a guest speaker at the Science day which is being organised by Deeside and Wirral network

We'd like to invite you to “What's time? – explore with music, physics and psychology” - a free event on Tuesday 10 th April from 4 – 6pm at the Google Digital Garages in Manchester .


Hannah Renshall

Regional Officer: North West



Entertaining talk by retired consultant surgeon
Mr Peter Sykes

The first meeting of the year took place on Wednesday 10th January. To a large audience, Mr Peter Sykes described briefly what medicine was like in the early 60s when he qualified, and then described a modern gall bladder removal operation, using "keyhole surgery", ably assisted by Carole Clulow.

He has recently started his own "BLOG" with amusing medical stories www.medicaltales.org



1000 Mile Walking Medal Winner    

At the start of 2017, HL U3A Walking Group member Merlyn Young resolved to walk 1000 miles during the year. He achieved his 1000 miles with time to spare on 5th November 2017, some feat, or should that be feet!

His medal was awarded by Country Walking Magazine. Merlyn's wife Joyce accompanied him on some of the walks' with a total of 718 miles. Many congratulations to both of them, a great achievement and worthy example to the rest of us. Well, it is a time of year for new resolutions!

The Latin inscription on the medal reads :- AMBULO ERGO SUM (I walk  therefore I am )




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