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It was that time of year again, the famous 50+ Adventure Club Barn Dance, something to look forward to after Christmas. Great evening, kept on our toes by the fantastic Banana Band. Don't know who did the choreography or if any of us got it right - fun trying though.

Thanks to all who organised it; looking forward to another try next year when I've got my breath back!


ESCAPE ROOMS - Pauline Ashby

Escape Room group

Did we escape? Well nearly! But they had to let us out as they had another group waiting.

Two different rooms, ten padlocks in each and twenty clues to solve. Some of the clues were quite easy but some were devils to solve. I for one would still be in there now if we hadn't been able to ask for help when we were really stuck.

This event was great fun and we all came out with aching brains - helps to keep dementia at bay (so they say).

Two more rooms somewhere else next year?





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POLE DANCING - Alison Andrews

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Eight ladies arrived at the Pole Dancing studio in Ketteringto be put through our paces by the instructor Emily. Following a short warm up the first test was to see who had the strength to lift their own body weight on the pole. There then followed an hour of fun, completing a series of moves around the pole including steps, twirlsand falling to the floor. We then tried to put all the set pieces we had learnt together in one continuous movement. The class finished with a promise that we would all be in pain in two days time. Everyone enjoyed the session and a promise was made that men could attend a class ifthere was interest. Well?





QUIZ NIGHT AT STANION - Barbara Dickerson

Quiz WinnersQuiz Runners Up

What a great evening and a serious brain workout for our team, not sure about the other teams though! Thank you Pauline for researching such a wide range of topics for the questions and as for those Dingbats, well they were easy once we knew the answers, weren't they?

The music round had our team trying to sing the rest of the song, or nursery rhyme, before the next one started to our immense frustration because they came too quickly.

Well done the 'Far Behind' team for coming first and also the two runners up the 'Cheesy Straws' and 'Jock High the noo' and we all had prizes even if ours was the 'booby' prize.

A big thank you to Pauline who struggled from her sick bed to organise the evening and be our slightly vocally challenged quizmaster.


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Winners PodiumWe arrived at Kibworth centre with high winds and sleet but determined to enjoy our challenge.

The instructors decided that we should be split into two groups male and female. This was because of the different size guns a lighter 20 bore for the ladies. However, this made the two teams unequal so Alison, who had previous experience was encouraged to join the men.

We had four challenges, the targets came from right to left, left to right; one was called the rabbit run, etc. Each target had its own challenges, but the biggest challenge was the weather. It was bitterly cold and was very windy, we had a welcome cuppa after the first two targets.

At the end there were those who had good scores and some of us were not so good, and my own score was so pathetic I was asked to do this write up as my "booby" prize.

The instructors were amazing, they had great patience and calm tuition. I believed thoroughly that my efforts were faultless, and the weather was to blame for my lack of hits. I had a great day, thanks to everyone taking part and to Paul for the organisation.




25 members joined together for the visit to the home of the MINI. We were shown into the exhibition hall where there was a range of MINI cars from the very first models through to Monte Carlo winners of the mid-1960s. The hall ended with the mouth-watering models currently in production.

RobotsWe were then met by our tour guide Michael Dickson. After putting on our visitors' jackets and ear pieces, the guide had a microphone to converse with our party.

He led into the start of the production works. This is where the multitude of small parts are put together to become MINIS. Then it was on to the main assembly plant, this was a truly vast building that seemed to stretch away for ever. It was here that we were all amazed with the workings of the robots, giant machines that welded together body parts and dozens of other operations. Then onto the final Production line where the factory fresh MINIs were rolling off the assembly line. MINI Coopers & Clubmans, looked fabulous.

 The Oxford plant manufactures 1000 cars a day of which 80% are exported to 105 countries around the world. A great British effort of which we can all be proud. Having seen the scenario of 21st. century production, my thoughts are that we urge our grandchildren to take up apprenticeships in robotic maintenance. At the end of Miniwonderful afternoon's tour, we thanked our guide and made our way to a well-known A43 watering hole between Brackley and Towcester. We arrived at 7.10 pm to discover that the chef had stormed off home and it was 9.30 pm when our meals were served at our table. The 50+ members are a stoic lot and after a lot of banter we took it in our stride. Once again, many thanks to Dave Chapman for a wonderful day's visit.



PS After a complaint was made in writing, the pub owners have promised us a substantial cheque to offset the cost of our meals. It pays to complain!


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The WinnersWooden SpoonThe Search

Thirty-two hardy 50 plus members met on a very wet Sunday at the Coach and Horses pub for the Brixworth village trail. We set off in groups of four trying to solve the intriguing questions. Our quest for the answers took us all around this very quaint village. Unfortunately, due to the wet weather, our answer sheet turned to pulp, as I'm sure everyone else's did. Well done to the winning team, The Desborough Mafia, commiserations to The Wanderers (my team) who lost, but walked away with four excellent prizes! Our trail was followed by a very good two course lunch. Many thanks to Tim Holt (plus his support crew - Jan and Jude) for organising this event.





SPRING WALK - Richard Coles


Twenty something Mudders racked up at the pub "The Navigation" Stoke Bruerne, to start the "Tough Mudder Challenge walk" devised by Jane.

Yes this was the 50+ version of the Tough Mudder challenge, a hard core event.

MudMore MudIn which participants attempt a 0 to 6 mile long obstacle course that is devised to test mental as well as physical ability and strength. One of the muddyest events in Northamptonshire. Originally designed by British Special Forces to challenge the toughest of the tough.

The course was set for the participants to negotiate wooden styles, farm gates, puddles of water, wooden bridges and most importantly MUD.

Spring WalkGroup PhotoIt plays on basic human fears of getting wet and cold, getting muddy, and slipping down or falling over. Fortunately the 50 plus challengers made it through to the end and seemed to actually enjoy it. So well done Jane you just have to find a walk to test us further next year.

Oh yes the Pub lunch was good.



Osprey on nestThe first Osprey returned to Rutland Water from Senegal in March and with her mate she is now sitting on three eggs. Wow, were we lucky to see so much on a freezing cold Spring day.

First we saw the male (called 33) circling over the water and then he dived to catch a fish before pulling up and flying off at the last minute. Why? Well the water was extremely choppy and cloudy and he couldn't see the fish clearly enough, so had probably gone somewhere less choppy. From the camera mounted above the nest we watched Maya (the female) incubating her eggs whilst we were in the warm at the Visitor Centre. After a talk by one of the volunteers we went off to the various bird hides along the shore to get better views of the birds. I arrived at 'Waderscape' and almost immediately 33 flew in with a fish for Maya and she took it and flew to a pole nearby where she ate it whilst 33 incubated the eggs. When she had finished she went back to the Looking for Ospreysnest and 33 flew to a nearby branch where he posed for the hide full of twitchers and 50 plussers. By this time the hide was so full of people plus tripods with binoculars, cameras etc that it was difficult to get out without tripping over something.

I went to the next hide 'Shallow Water' which was closer to the nest (a platform on the top of a pole in the water) and quieter and I got some better shots with my smaller camera.

Thank you to Hilary Hearnshaw (who is an 'Osprey' volunteer) for suggesting the visit and to Jane for organising it.



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FOOTGOLF - Marilyn Rogers

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On the 5th May, a sunny Saturday morning, 20 members gathered at the Cold Ashby Golf Course. We all chose a football and were divided into 4 teams of 5 each choosing a team name. Pin High, Odd Balls, Rushborough and The Famous Five. Setting off to the first hole, each one the same size as on a golf course, put our skills or lack of them to the test. A long way to kick a ball when you're not Christiano Ronaldo! Kicking balls uphill in long grass and downhill into a large hole. The winning team was Pin High consisting of Jane, Joe, Dennis, Denise and Bob who did extremely well and may one day be spotted for a local football team.

The morning ended with an enjoyable lunch at the club. A great day had by all and THANK YOU Dennis for organising the day.



OVERVIEW - Carol Pullen

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After all the muddy activities lately, it was good to have sunny weather for all our outings. On Friday, we all headed to Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire, to our various overnight accommodations. I, and five others, were staying in a luxury lodge (complete with hot tub) at the Woodhall Country Park right on the edge of a lake; in fact, we woke to the sound of the cuckoo and families of geese with goslings. The hot tub was very well used during the weekend, not only by us but other 50plussers caravanning on the same site. However, we all managed to find a seat in our lodge to eat fish and chips on the first night, washed down with a magnum of Prosecco and other drinks. What a good start to the weekend!!


Woodhall Spa has a 'Kinema in the Woods' and we all went there on Sunday afternoon to see The Leisure Seeker with Donald Sutherland and Helen Mirren, who take to the road in their ancient Winnebago. I have no intention of telling you the story but suffice to say it included Alzheimer's and death and we headed back to our lodge for a further drink and another dip in the hot tub to help us get over it!! In fact, at one time there were so many in the tub that it was in danger of overflowing.

Thank you Jenny, for organising an excellent weekend in a town with so much history.


Cottage MuseumThe weekend began for the group when eight of us met up at the Cottage Museum in Woodhall Spa, which is a rare Victorian corrugated iron bungalow, which came flat packed from Norwich costing around £265

It was home to John Wield, his wife and two children from 1887 to 1964. John must have been a very busy man, as not only did he ferry people from the station to the spa, but he made bath chairs, watches, clocks and spectacles. In his spare time, he took photos and developed them, which has left us with a snapshot of the spa town and the people who lived and worked in the local area.

I left with the feeling that I could have happily lived what seemed an idyllic way of life, but not so sure I would have wanted any of the spa treatments on offer!


CYCLING - Chris Jenkins

Cycling groupLunch stop


Saturday morning saw our party weave our way through the leafy lanes of picturesque Lincolnshire en route to a 14 mile off road return trip to Horncastle. A wheely nice time was had by all.

Relax One of the highlights was hearing the cuckoo whilst riding through the tranquillity of beautiful English countryside, another was the very welcome coffee and cake shop in Horncastle, a lovely little market town that is well worth a visit. Some of us visited an art and music festival taking place in the church, others the small quaint independent shops selling some unique and interesting wares and a small market which resulted in us buying 4 hats from an amazing hat stall. The return journey included speeding past a field that was being covered in very smelly muck, a fabulous picnic next to a much sweeter smelling field, and the realisation that one of us had acquired a puncture. We all returned safely and the puncture did not deflate the enjoyment of the trip.


SUNDAY WALK - Lyn Lewis-Nichol

"I'll leave the board game and tea cake here" said Jane as she left the communal lodge for her caravan on Saturday night, " because I don't think we will be walking tomorrow morning." The weather forecast had predicted rain until late in the afternoon, however, after a night of heavy downpours, Sunday morning dawned chill, dank and grey but certainly nothing to daunt a seasoned 50 plus adventurer.

Walk GroupSunday WalkBob jumped on his bike and pedalled off in the direction of Lincoln. Lucy and Janice packed their swimming things and headed for the heated outdoor pool at a nearby campsite while Jane, Dennis, Jenny, Carol, Chris, Frank, Tony and I strapped on our walking boots and trudged through the sodden grass to the pedestrian part of the Viking Way. This section ran alongside, and crossed, several golf courses, and we were treated to tableaux of Sunday morning golfers teeing off from the greens. There was no eviscerated duck (which we had spotted the day before) but we did come across the corpse of a stout.

We hiked until we reached the part of the Viking Way at which we had started the cycle ride the day before, then turned around and walked back. As we approached the end of the track, a low rumble could be heard in the distance, gradually growing louder, until the dark shape of a Lancaster bomber appeared out of the clouds and banked low over our heads. I know you are a brilliant event organiser, Jenny, but a fly past ...!!

OUTDOOR BOWLING - Hilary Chapman (formerly Connon!)

Outdoor BowlsJust back from our Paris honeymoon and straight into a 50 plus activity. 25 of us turned up on a gloriously sunny Sunday afternoon to play outdoor bowls.

Cathy Spencer and her able team gave us instruction. Those who had played before, launched straight into a match.However, the rest of us benefitted from some exercises and instruction before beginning an actual challenge.

Bowls DayIt is different from indoor bowls which needs a wide curve, and petanque where the boule is thrown. The line of curve is far more subtle - almost straight.

We broke for tea, squash and biscuits provided by our hosts (and lovely cakes provided by Dave). However, after being suitably refreshed there was a rush to get outside again to use our new skills.

The club is small and friendly with a 17 pound per annum membership (after a few free practice visits) and 2.50-7.00 pounds a game depending if there is was a meal and raffle provided.

Cathy has provided some information if anyone is interested. Thanks to my lovely new husband, Dave Chapman, for his usual impeccable organisation!




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