Monthly meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday at The Elizabethan Suite, Bury Town Hall, which is very near the Metro/Bus Station. Arrive from 1.30pm to sign in before the meeting starts at 1.45pm.

Dates for your Diary
Thu Jan 29th 2015 Comparative Religions

It is hoped to form a new group in the New Year 2015. The first meeting to take place at Communi8te (Bury Deaf Society, Teneterden Street, Bury) on Thursday 29th January 2pm-4pm. For further information please see the groups page or contact Chris Darrock at melchris.darrock@btinternet.com

15 January Have Guitar - will Travel
Neil Smith, professional guitarist, (with excerpts)
19 February A Mature Backpacker's Trip around the world.
Margaret Goodwin, (our own member )
16 April The Music of Walt Disney Films
Brian Greene (mostly video clips)
18 June Hearing dogs for the Deaf.
Eileen Hosie and Sharne (her dog)
Wed Feb 11th 2015 THEATRE/DANCE

Backstage tour of Royal Exchange theatre manchester on Wednesday 11 February 2015 at 11.00.cost £5 inc tea/coffee.
Contact Jenny Johnson.
Fri Mar 20th 2015 Weekend Break to Arnside 20th March 2015.

Monthly walking group members are going on a weekend break to Parkside guest house in Arnside.
The cost is £95 which includes all meals from Friday dinner up to and including Sunday Lunch. There is no single supplement and the accommodation is of a very good standard. We would have exclusive use of the property. If any other members would like to join us either as individuals (you would not be expected to walk), or with your own interest or activity group please contact Fran
Gunn for further details.
The contact numbers are 01204 885741 or 07753828144. Please do so as soon as possible.
Social Events

Sat Mar 28th 2015 Advance Notice
Spectacular Classics
at Bridgewater Hall on 28th March at 7.30pm

Music ! Lasers ! Fireworks !

A programme of familiar favourites from the works of Bizet, Grieg, Elgar, Rossini,Sibelius and Tchaikovsky - concluding with some rousing "End of Proms" popular music plus - a spectacular 1812 Overture finale.
Tickets cost £28.40 from Christine Muller. mullerc9@aol.com or 01204 886286

Payment by end of November. Cheques payable to Bury U3A Social.
Other Events
Wed Dec 31st 2014 Visit the THIRD AGE TRUST website and have a look at the U3A Online courses.They are short courses specially designed for older people and available through a partnership between Third Age Trust (the UK national U3A organisation) and the U3A Online Inc.(based in Australia).

These are courses for which no entry qualifications are required. They offer no credit on completion and are designed purely for personal interest and enjoyment. They have been written by volunteers who are experienced tutors or course leaders in their fields.

These courses are aimed at U3A members, ex-U3A members who are no longer able to attend a U3A, and those unable to access conventional courses for one reason or another (e.g. restricted mobility, disability, etc).

Visit the UK Course list for more details and the Application form to enrol.
Wed Dec 31st 2014 NEW - B♭ensemble Here is a potential to form a new group for those of us who play or used to play a B♭instrument (clarinet, tenor sax, trumpet, cornet, flugel horn, euphonium, baritone horn, tenor trombone, B♭bass etc).

Celia and Peter Scanlon would like to coordinate a B♭ensemble and will be happy to source and arrange music for us all to play. If you have a B♭instrument lurking in your loft and you want to shine it up and see if you can still get a tune out of it then why not join us? Certainly at the moment we are not able to include other transposing instruments (as well as those in concert pitch) as we don't have the skill to arrange music for the different tunings. If you have only played on your own you won't know the joy yet of hearing your part fitting into ensemble playing.

We aren't in a position to teach anyone from scratch so you will need to have some proficiency already and be able to read music. However playing together will naturally raise your skill level and we can all help each other.

For further information please contact Peter or Celia on 0161 2721307
Peter and Celia Scanlon
Thu Jan 1st 2015 Changes to the use of Travel Passes
From Wednesday 29th October, you need to use your pass to touch in and out at a smart reader whenever you travel on Metrolink for free.
Unless you have a concession plus pass, you’ll still need to buy a printed ticket to travel on Metrolink before 9.30am on a weekday. If you’re travelling with a printed ticket, you don’t need to touch in and out at the start and end of your journey as well.
In the future, you’ll be able to load a pot of travel credit onto your concessionary pass to ‘pay as you go' when you travel on Metrolink before 9.30am, instead of buying a printed ticket. This will save you having to queue at a ticket machine and will give better value fares for the majority of Metrolink customers. For more information please see website at customer.relations@tfgm.com and at bus and tram stations
Wed Apr 8th 2015 Octagon Theatre in April
Octagon theatre, Bolton -
Private Lives - 8 April 2015 at 2.00 pm. £12. Payment ASAP but before 1 March please.
Sat May 9th 2015 Octagon Theatre in May

Octagon Theatre, bolton -
The Ancient Secret of Youth (Jim Cartwright) - 9 May 2015. £12. Payment ASAP but before 1 April please.
Thu Dec 31st 2015 Members are asked to write their emergency contact detail on the back of their membership card and carry this with them at all times.

Fri Jan 30th 2015 Come and experience Mahjong on the first and third Tuesday of each month from 2-4pm at Greenmount Old School,Brandlesholme Road, Bury, BL8 4DS.
We currently have 10 members but new members are very welcome.
We ask members to pay £1 towards the cost of hiring the room.