Line Dancing, Desert Crossings and Lotteries

The Pontesbury and Rea Valley U3A was finally launched on 24 March and is now in full swing. There are 61 paid-up members and applications by new members are welcome and should be made to Hugh Scriven, 790430. Further General Meetings will be held on
28 June and 30 August at the Congregational Church Hall.
Meanwhile thirteen Interest Groups are already active. These are; a General History Group; a Local History Group; a family History Group; an English Literature Group; an Astronomy Group; a Geology Group; an Art History Group; a Painting and Drawing Group; a Gardening and Garden Visits Group; a Walking Group; a Table Tennis Group; a Line Dancing Group (which is keen to attract new members); and a Theatre Trips Group. Further details of these groups and contact details for Group Co-Ordinators can be obtained from Merle Traves 790028, or Jane Simms 792500. Groups will meet approximately monthly by arrangement at the Library, Congregational Church, the Public Hall, Connections and other locations and at members’ own homes. A new noticeboard in the library gives details and updates.
The Friends of the Library will be hosting the illustrated talk ‘Crossing the Empty Quarter’ by local lad Mark Evans, who many of you will know, at the Mary Webb School at 7:00 on Friday 5 May. Mark recently led the first crossing of the Arabian Desert on foot and by camel since 1930. The story of his adventures has already been told to 700 members of the Royal Geographical Society and to a similar audience in New York. He is now setting out on a UK tour including Pontesbury. The meeting will include a bar, light refreshments and a signing of his excellent book. Mark will be making no charge on this occasion and the proceeds will be shared between the Friends of The Library and the Friends of Pontesford Hill. Tickets are £10, and £8 for concessions and some are still available at Pontesbury Library, Shrewsbury Library, Hignetts, Connections and from Friends. Don’t miss it!
On 3 May, local folk music enthusiasts are organising a concert by Steve Knightly at Minsterley Village Hall at 7:00 for 7:30. Part of the proceeds will be donated to The Friends of the Library to HELP KEEP NTHE LIBRARY OPEN. Tickets are £18 and are expected to sell out. They can be obtained from Wendy-Jane Walton, telephone 01743 792714.
The Library Lottery will be launched shortly. The Rules and Application Forms are available from the Library. Subscriptions of £12 per year (£1 per month) will yield prizes of £25, £15 and £10 to be drawn each month at the Library and announced in local Newsletters. Membership will initially be limited to 200 tickets and it is already proving very popular. Proceeds will HELP KEEP THE LIBRARY OPEN.
For those who thoroughly enjoyed or missed the Precious Bane concert by The Village Quire last year, they are performing again on 28 October with a different concert. Details and tickets available later – watch this space.

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