Petanque (or Boules - Boules provided) for beginners and improvers every Wednesday from 14.00 - 16.00 at Muscliff Park Petanque Club, Shillingstone Drive, BH9 3LR Contact Chris Chubb on 01202 425063 for further details.
£1.00 per session, waived if a member of the club (£20 per annum). Shoes with toe covering must be worn.
Following a very successful and memorable trip last summer, another U3A group will be returning this year from 1-8 and 8-15 July 2020. The holidays are based at the Torretta Hotel in Montecatini Terme.
U3A always have a warm welcome from the Simoncini family and their friendly attentive staff. Throughout our stay we experience Tuscan cooking at its best, not forgetting the copious opportunities to sample local wine and delicious ice cream.
Last year our focus was on celebrating the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci. However, the diversity of Tuscany allows us to pursue other special interests such as art, gardens, music and history.
For 2020, I am planning a literary trail. I shall be encouraging the group to read E.M.Forster's 'Italian Novels'. The focus will be on following the footsteps of Lucy Honeychurch, heroine of 'Room with a View' and her experiences in irresistible Florence.
We shall continue our journey through Etruscan history, visiting Volterra and Fiesole. Hopefully, Dante will give us another talk. I am planning garden visits which will show wonderful examples of Renaissance and Baroque art.
However, it's not all serious stuff! There will be, as usual, plenty of time to either relax by the pool or wander off into the market. I am looking forward to meeting the new group and a repeat of happy memories.
PS - Due to the overwhelming response for this holiday, both 2020 dates are fully booked. However, I am taking names for a possible repeat in 2021!
If you enjoyed your visits to the gardens at Hambledon House in 2018 and Holme for Gardens last year, we have found another garden you'll really enjoy visiting.
The gardens at Durmast House in Burley, designed by Gertrude Jekyll in 1907, is a 4 acre garden with flowers, shrubs, trees, fruit trees and more. The visit will include a talk, a tour and a cream tea. Plants will also be available to purchase.
Further details can be found in this year's Hampshire Yellow Garden Book, or you can look it up online. We have booked a visit for Wednesday 22nd July 2020 and full details with a booking form will appear in next year's Spring Newsletter.
Audrey and Alan Kneller