Short Walk Witney to Poffley End circular 13 November 2018

14 members met at the normal car park to drive to  the start of the walk at Witney where 6 other members were waiting for us.  It was a gorgeous morning with the sun shining. The route was just over 3 miles and easy walking.  The terrain was mostly on lanes, tarmac roads, and fields (we were warned that a bull might be in one field), thankfully there were no cattle at all on the route.

We crossed one or two stiles which were quite low, several dog walkers were seen, our normal fly past took place, and plenty of chattering and laughter.  The trees still had plenty of colourful leaves as did some gardens, the paths were a carpet of yellow and brown. Unfortunately, there was not a café in sight.   Thank you once again to the car drivers.  Pam


Gardening Group November

his  months meeting will be on Wednesday 28th November in the Town Hall at 2pm.  It will be a pre Christmas  get together with a small easy quiz.  Tea and Coffee will be provided but any nibbles you care to bring will be gratefully received
I hope to have some 2019 dates by then. Ann

Cycle Ride 6th November 2018

On a very pleasant morning there were four ladies for this ride. Without hesitation we agreed to cycle to Bampton Plant Centre.  We took the route through Brize Norton and then to Bampton; this also was our return route.    We admired the poppy displays in Brize Norton and apart from a helicopter and 1 aeroplane it was a very peaceful ride.  At the garden centre we chose our favourite beverage and two had scones, and ate this as we put the world to rights.  Thank you ladies for your company.

Our next ride will be on Tuesday 4th December. Pam

Outing to Avoncroft Museum and Webbs of Wychbold 30th October 2018

The morning was cold with a biting wind, which was not ideal as our first visit was mainly in the open-air.  Sensibly we were all wrapped up warm. We had a very good journey to the Museum and arrived before they opened.  The staff however were very pleasant and allowed us to enter the booking office and shop to stay in the warm.  By the time we had used the facilities the café was open where we enjoyed pastries and tea or coffee which had been ordered before the visit.

Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings is an open-air museum of rescued buildings which have been relocated to its site in Stoke Heath in Worcestershire. All of the buildings were threatened with demolition or neglect. In moving them to the Avoncroft Museum grounds, every effort has been made to retain as much of the original structure as possible.  It now has over 30 different structures and buildings which have been salvaged and re-built.  The Museum is spread over a large site and includes period gardens, a wild flower meadow and a Perry orchard. A mission Church, Threshing barn, Windmill, Ice house, Showman’s wagon, a Spire, and a Cottage and Forge, were are just a few of the buildings and structures to be seen.

Our second venue was Webbs of Wychbold which was only a 5-minute journey away.  This is where most people queued up to buy and enjoy lunch.

Webbs is one of the biggest garden centres in the UK. They cater for all garden and home needs; and at this time of the year they have a fabulous and extensive Christmas range of goods and Christmas displays.  Everything for an inspirational visit. Situated within and adjoining is a large Lakelands and Hobbycraft.  They were in the process of constructing a Christmas Grotto and ice-rink.

For half-term, at both venues, children were well catered for with pumpkin trails and competitions things to find Halloween related items. The gardens alongside the river, at Webbs, although not a lot of colour left were pleasant to walk through. 

Returning to our coach at 4pm it was an opportunity to rest our feet and legs on our very good journey home.  Two very different locations visited which had something for everyone.  Pam

10th Anniversary Celebrations 23rd October 2018

Carterton U3A celebrated the 10th Anniversary of its founding in October 2018. In that time it has developed into a busy, vibrant U3A, which is growing rapidly.

It was decided to mark this milestone with a celebratory lunch and entertainment on the designated meeting day.

At 12 30 on the fourth Tuesday in October, the doors opened to a vastly changed hall. It had undergone a transformation and was now boasting, instead of rows of chairs, tables dressed in white cloths: garden flowers were gracing them, and the U3A colours of gold and dark blue were in evidence everywhere.

Taking their ‘welcome’ bucks fizz drinks in with them, 150+ people took their seats.

The buffet was very temptingly arranged and looked delicious, and a  magnificent cake (U3A colours again!)  sat in its own place of honour.

The lunch progressed well and thanks to careful planning, everyone was able to find something to their liking to take back to their chosen seat and enjoy.

After lunch we were entertained by a group called ‘The Sisters’ of Swing’ who specialise in songs from the 1940s/50s era. Many of our members  seemed to know all the words !

Our invited guest was Pam Jones. Pam had been very involved with the initial setting up of our U3A ten years earlier, and was delighted to be invited back.  Pam gave a short speech, as did the first three Chairmen.  The cake was ceremoniously cut and photographs marking this were taken.

The members  present were then served with a glass  of something bubbly ,and a slice of cake.

Glasses were raised in a toast to the next ten years, and then a beautiful new Banner, marking the first ten years was unveiled.

Each interest group had been visually represented on the banner, several different groups and members had been involved in its design and in the making of it. It will be a lasting memory of our first ten years.

It was a lovely way to celebrate our U3A, which began in 2008 with approx 100 members and now, in 2018 has 270+ ?? Terri

Fun with Wine Outing


The Fun with Wine Group set off early doors from the Beehive heading for the Three Choirs Vineyard in Gloucestershire for a wine tasting and lunch.
Despite Carmen’s gallant attempt to make a Cotswolds Autumn day look like a Tuscany summer, the weather on the day was definitely on the chilly side.
We had a very knowledgeable guide who showed us around the winery and topped up our glasses as we went. Of particular interest was the sparkling wine process which turns out to be accompanied by a satisfying pop for each bottle filled.
We then headed for the restaurant and attempted to decimate the local wild boar population, fulfilling a special request from Gill’s sister.
As we are the original Wine Group, several bottles of wine were criticised praised and consumed along with the usual friendly banter.
The day was topped off by our cheerful driver who was happy to do a scenic tour around Carterton distributing the group back to their residences.

Grape Friends


Friday 4pm monthly.  Various dates and venues.

For further information please contact:
Rosemary Day 01993 841026.

Informal and fun.

Coleshill Circular Walk 16 October 2018

4 miles

On a very misty and drizzling morning 10 members gathered at the normal car park to travel to Coleshill. 3 cars made their way to the National Trust Coleshill Estate carpark . The route we were following today was the Red Walk; this is one of five walks round the Estate which are all advertised as easy. From past experience I knew the walk would be wet and muddy.  We left the car park, crossed the road and entered the park via a cattle grid to a well-defined grass track and then onto a concrete path.  This took us through Waterloo Copse and past Waterloo Lodge.  From here we followed the hedge lines, some were beneath 5 towering wind turbines.  At Ashen Copse Farm the terrain became concrete and then it was soon back to the fields passing by Flanborough Woods and the circle was completed by walking across Coleshill Park.  Although it was muddy and wet underfoot it was an enjoyable walk.  Arriving back at our cars, 4 travelled back to Carterton and 6 of us went for a coffee at the Radnor Arms.  Our next long walk is on 20th November, route tbd.  Thank you to the car drivers.  Pam


Short Walk 11th October 2018 Asthall/Worsham circular – 3 miles

It was the most beautiful morning for our walk.  15 members made their way to Asthall for the start of the walk. We took what we thought as being the easiest route only to get held up by road works in several places. As we were parking our cars a young lady came and spoke to us and asked which way we were walking as there was a herd of cattle heading towards us. Fortunately, we were going in the opposite direction.  The walk was mainly over fields with a wonderful vista over the Windrush Valley, very peaceful and colourful. We didn’t get our fly past but we did a walk past of a helicopter.  It was a very sociable walk with plenty of chatter.  Unfortunately, there wasn’t anywhere suitable for coffee but this didn’t seem a problem as several were pleased to be going home to sit in their gardens.  Thank you to the car drivers.

Our next short walk is on 13th November, walk to be decided.  Pam