Work the mind with the Trivial Pursuit group

This group is led by Carol Ayre

Trivial Pursuit Group

The Trivial Pursuit Group has met on the first Thursday of the month since April 2012.  Sometimes we play as individuals, sometimes in pairs, using a range of game editions.  No chance of being bored with the same old questions!
We never fail to amaze ourselves, both with the amount of facts we have forgotten, and, occasionally, by flashes of genius when we dredge up answers we never even knew we knew!  However well or badly we are answering as individuals though, we never fail to have a really good time.

Theatre Group

Leader:   Enid Willis

Enid is usually on hand at the monthly meeting with details of new shows and plays, mainly at Newcastle’s Theatre Royal and the Sunderland Empire Theatre.  Shows can be booked through her at the monthly meeting or by contacting the site’s email.

Suggestions for future shows are always welcome.

Shows we’ve seen at the Sunderland Empire or the Theatre Royal include:

Buddy, Dinner Ladies, Midnight Tango, The Madness of George III, Star Quality, Nutcracker, Sister Act, Legally Blonde, Sleeping Beauty, Chicago, South Pacific, Steel Magnolias, Doctor in the House, 42nd Street and Oliver. 

Fancy a stroll? Join the Strollers

Leader:   Bob Crabb

We meet on the third Friday of the month at 10.30am at Seaham Harbour Cenotaph for a short stroll. Usually this is followed up with refreshments and a chat in one of our local coffee shops.

Do you Sing for Pleasure?

Leader: Mabel Hepplewhite

One of the first groups set up by Seaham Harbour U3A and now has a membership of 22, who sing just for fun, there’s no audition or necessity to be able to read music.

Members meet for a couple of hours on the fourth Friday of the month from 2pm in Seaton Village Hall.

Songs from popular shows, feel good golden oldies (including numbers made famous by Petula Clark and Doris Day to mention just a couple) plus some more challenging vocal arrangements are on the programme, with gentle direction and encouragement when needed.

Time for a chat while lubricating the vocal chords is also on the agenda.

New members are always welcome so come along and give it a go – even if you think you can’t sing – the more people there are in the group the less any one person is likely to be heard.

Meet the Red Hatters?

The Red Hatters are going on their first outing to Lumley Castle for afternoon tea on Monday 18 March from 2.30 to 4.30.  34 members have signed up already and they will pay in full [£13.50] at the February meeting. There will also be a last chance for anyone else to join in. Those going [women and men] will wear red hats and something purple as per Jenny Joseph’s poem When I am old I shall wear purple …

A group of 5 members has been set up to plan future Red Hat outings.

  • Warning

  • When I am an old woman I shall wear purple With a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me. And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves And satin sandals, and say we’ve no money for butter. I shall sit down on the pavement when I’m tired And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells And run my stick along the public railings And make up for the sobriety of my youth. I shall go out in my slippers in the rain And pick flowers in other people’s gardens And learn to spit.
    You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat And eat three pounds of sausages at a go Or only bread and pickle for a week And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes.
    But now we must have clothes that keep us dry And pay our rent and not swear in the street And set a good example for the children. We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.
    But maybe I ought to practice a little now? So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.

    Jenny Joseph
    Jenny Joseph (b. 1932), British poet. Warning, Selected Poems [Jenny Joseph] (l. 1-4) (1992) Bloodaxe Books.