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Members at a recent “International Dining” Group Meeting

Learn, Laugh and Live

Calverton & District U3A

At our recent general meeting at Calverton Village Hall on the 9th of October, our speaker was David Kimmins who gave us “A Trip Down Tin Pan Alley” –  the fascinating and entertaining story of the growth of the popular music publishing industry in the 1920’s – the sometimes crooked publishers; the well known performers; the ‘one hit wonders’; plagiarism; and the wonderful composers and lyricists who created some of the tunes we still treasure today.

It was a great talk and was thoroughly enjoyed by our members who learned many odd facts about well-known old songs. For instance, back in those days, many melodies were lifted from other music – do you know where the melody of the first line of  the 1923 song “Yes, we have no bananas” came from? You’ll be very surprised! (see below)

On the subject of members, we now have 150! They’re a very friendly bunch and come from Calverton, Woodborough, Arnold, Mapperley and all of the surrounding areas.

Our next general meeting is at Calverton Village Hall on Wednesday 13th November at 10.30am when our speaker will be Andy Smart who will be telling about local heroes. Remember, you can come along to a meeting before deciding whether to join or not, and we’d love to see you.

Membership is open to anyone (not just Calverton residents) who has finished full-time working.

The answer to the question above is:

The melody for the first half of the first line is from the Hallelujah chorus, and the second half of the first line is from “Bring Back my Bonnie to Me” – who would have guessed?

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The Calverton Practice Newsletter

A New Website and Facebook Page

This month’s newsletter is a busy one with lots going on in the practice and local health community.

Firstly, many thanks to our assistant practice manager, Jayne Yeomans, for all her hard work updating our practice website which has been completely revamped and should be up and running by the time this newsletter goes live. Check us out on

Also, our new digital champion practice nurse Jo Balchin has started a practice Facebook page and for those of you interested, we hope this will broaden communication with our patients and enable us to pass on more information than is current. So, follow us on Facebook@TheCalvertonPractice , we hope you will find it useful and please feedback how  you find it.

Plus, we are trying a health monitor machine for a month; it will be in reception and can check height, weight and BP so please try it out and give us some feedback as to how you get on with it. Also please use it if attending for a nurse birthday review taking the printout into the appointment.

Next, a reminder to all of our practice patients eligible for a flu jab to book in for one soon. Supplies of the vaccine can run low the later you leave it and of course once flu arrives, it may be too late. As yet we have not seen many flu cases but they can suddenly appear and we do know that the Southern Hemisphere had a particularly nasty flu strain during their winter and what they have had may now be coming our way. Don’t forget if you do want a flu jab but are not eligible on the NHS local pharmacies are happy to give though will charge a fee. We are very keen to ensure our eligible children and pregnant mums have their vaccination and this season all primary school children are being encouraged to have the nasal vaccine to reduce the spread of flu once it arrives. As in previous years this nasal vaccine will also be offered to 2 and 3 year olds.

Plus, well done to all our patients who have taken up the offer of abdominal aneurysm screening. This simple test is offered to men aged 65 and over and can be lifesaving should an aneurysm be detected. Our 2018/9 uptake rate was 92.6% which is better than the local CCG average (85.5%) and National average (81.4%). The good news is that 985/1000 men screened will be told they are fine; 15/1000 will have an aneurysm detected and this can then be monitored. If not progressing no further action is needed but if increasing in size, surgery can be offered and is lifesaving. If you missed out first time round you can still be screened, just ring 0115 9249924 Ext 62394 or 62378 9-5 M-F to arrange an appointment.

And, news of a range of options locally for bereavement support. Many of you may be aware of the charity Cruse (tel 0115 9244404, email, website but other options include the Nottinghamshire hospice (tel 0115 962 1222 or and finally, At a is a national website who can signpost to local services and also provide a ‘live-chat’ facility Griefchat with immediate access to a grief counsellor on line. They also offer specialist peer support for men and bereaved 18-30’s. Their website is

Finally we say temporary farewell to Drs Brown and Richmond. Both are heading off on maternity leave but we are delighted to welcome Dr’s Shalini Nayak and Urwah Abdul who will be providing cover while they are away. Both Shalini and Urwah are recent graduates of the local GP training programme here in Nottingham & we are confident they will fit in well.                                       

​Phil Rayner, The Calverton Surgery