FORUM NEWS March 2018

contact details:

Roy Smith and Jean at Parklands ian Neill

computer session enquiries

Roy Smith at


coach trip enquiries

Ian Neill at

or call 0115 972 6057 (speak clearly!)

astronomy session enquiries (U3A)

Pete Wearn at

or call 07724 148613 (speak clearly!)

Roy has asked me to provide a link to Silver Line, a charity with advice and help for older people. Click here to visit their website.

And here for the latest about the future of our libraries

Consultation green light on 'libraries for Derbyshire' plan: Your council - Derbyshire County Council







We are running 3 coach trips in 2018 with visits to the Alderton Boat Lift, the city of Hull and in September Duxford Air Museum. The last has not so far seemed v popular so the committee may cgange that destination!

The usual 4 pick up points are Petersham Hall, Asda Trent St, Long Eaton Railway Station, West Park Leisure Centre

Contact details for Ian Neill are tel: 0115 972 6057 or e-mail to



Our next forum in September will include a talk about the work of the Street Angels in Derby

There will be Raffle Tickets on sale, light refreshments and opportunities to book on to our courses and coach trips. Proceeds from the raffle go towards the forum funds.



Our trip to Greenwich took 103 forum members to Tower Hill Pier where 90 of us left the coaches  to take a City Cruise down the Thames to Greenwich ( a few stopped on the coach bound for Greenwich by road).

Once at Greenwich, we had to sort out where coaches would pick us up. Then it was off to explore a wonderful heritage site with the Royal Observatory, National Maritime Museum and Cutty Sark. The superb weather helped to make this a great day out for the forum.

Thames City Cruise


Trent Station

The weather was great for a cruise and the off-the-cuff commentary from one of the boat crew was very entertaining. Click here for a sample of his Cockney Spiel. Peter Fox, a local historian, gave a brilliant talk based on stories from the past of our area and all related to transport. They ranged from the old Trent railway station (shown above) in 1886 when crowds gathered to catch a glimpse of William Gladstone to the very noisy weeks when the M1 construction of Junction 25 took place



This was a great success and a great time was had by all as shown by the photos below. Cllr Roland Hosker donated a cheque to the forum from his Leadership Fund to help with our activities. We will be using some of the money to purchase some tablets to help members decide what they would like top buy and to give them a chance to try tablets for themselves if they have not already done so!

Pete reviewed the first 10 years of the forum. For his presentation, click here

The meeting was well attended and supported by our Mayoress, Val Custance and our MP, Maggie Throup both staying throughout the morning which was much appreciated. Ian Neill and his helpesr were as busy as ever taking coach bookings for London Greenwich.

Food after the meeting was provided in the Committee Room by Cresswells The Caterers who put on a great spread. See photos! The issue of tickets to members for a small charge of £2.00 enabled us to limit numbers to manageable proportions and to help defray the considerable costs incurred.

More below!

Cheque presentation

Councillor Roland Hosker presents a cheque for £800.00 to our Vice-Chair, Roy Smith, at our Celebration Open Forum. This funding will got to help our work with the IT sessions


The committee is planning some extra help for forum members. Roy Smith has secured the use exclusively for us of 2 rooms at Community House on Derby Road .. one has Wi-Fi and the other has 12 computer stations for you use. The sessions will be held every Monday afternoon from 1.00 - 3.00 pm in school time.



Our Chair runs courses on astronomy at a local school for the U3A

Call 07724 148613 to join us but you will need to be a member of the U3A

There is a small one-off charge of £10.00 to cover venue hire.


We would like to form a group to provide useful liaison between our forum membership and Inspector Katie Andrews who is the Section Inspector for the Long Eaton area.The aim would be to provide a two-way flow of information.


lapitup feb 2014
star gazing
Winter star gazing group  

Celebration Event

The forum celebrated its first 10 years with a special Open Forum on Monday December 14th. Inspector Katie Andrews gave a presentation about Policing in Long Eaton assisted by Nick. This talk linked well to our very first Open Forum when the topic was Crime and The Fear of Crime.

Jem Brown of the Prevention Team at Derbyshire County Council congratulated us on what we have achieved and assured us this kind of forum is now more strongly supported then ever in government circles.

Pete gave an illustrated talk about all the many activities we had engaged in since 2005.


Enjoying the buffet Buffet before the rush!
At the Forum Celebration Buffet: our Vice-Chair and Electronic Contact Person, Roy Smith, chatting to the Prevention team Leader, Jem Brown, and Jenny Bartlett who did so much to get the Long Eaton U3A up and running. Buffet beautifully laid out in the Town Hall Committee Room by our caterers Cresswells who provided food for 100 people at £500.00. The soft drinks were extra and purchased by the committee. We had many complements on the food from our members
Buffet 2 Godfrey entertains over lunch david receieves his hamper
David Pinney, Marion Drage and David Farley chat over their buffet food. Some of the water left over was donated to the Food bank at The Canaan Trust Lunchtime entertainment was provided by Godfrey Garver on his keyboard. Will he be added to the Roll of Honour on the wall behind for his services to the community, I wonder?! The free lunch raffle was won (and deservedly so) by Ticket No 37, our very own David Pinney here presented with the hamper prize by Mayoress Val Custance. The hamper was skilfully assembled by Marion Drage from the committee.
Our Treasurer, Shirish Patel with Jane and Brian enjoy the buffet Jenny Timmins and Jem Pete Wearn with mayoress Val Custance
Our treasurer, Shirish Patel enjoying the buffet meal with Brian and Jane Davies Jenny Timmins from our committee runs our Raffle here seen with guest speaker Jem Brown who is announcing the winning ticket numbers Val Custance again, this time with our Chair, Pete Wearn, who is looking very pleased withy the way the event has gone!