Silhill

Walking

Despite the threat of rain, 17 walkers donned their waterproofs and set off for a very pleasant walk round Wythall with Ann and Maggie Pickard on 14 August. Maggie kept us informed about the history of the local area, including the Meeting House. We had a coffee break in the cemetery (reputed to be the dead centre of Wythall) and enjoyed a very good value lunch at the Packhorse. Maggie's husband met us at the pub with freshly picked beans from the allotment for which he had plenty of "customers". A very enjoyable all round an area that was new to many of us. Thanks Ann and Maggie - oh, and we didn't get lost.

Dates for your Diary
Meetings
Fri Sep 5th 2014 Guide Dogs for the Blind - speaker Anna Prosser
Fri Oct 3rd 2014 Midlands Air Ambulance - Dorothy Chapman
Fri Nov 7th 2014 Round the World Yacth Race - Malcolm Evans
Fri Dec 5th 2014 Christmas Lunch
Fri Jan 2nd 2015 Neither Rhyme or Reason - Speaker Alan Tumber
Fri Feb 6th 2015 Edward Lear and Lewis Carroll - Speaker Chris Morgan
Fri Mar 6th 2015 A Policeman's Lot! - Speaker Alan Rogers
News
Fri Oct 31st 2014 SAVE THE DATE - Board Games Evening

When: Friday, October 31st starting at 06.45pm for 07.00pm start

Cost: £3.00pp sign up Sept/Oct meeting - see Marylou Jeffs or Sue Cowley for more information.

Where: Shirley Social Club
Outings
Thu Sep 4th 2014 Trip to London to include a visit to the Poppy Memorial at the Tower of London and a Cruise on the Thames with 2 course lunch.

The coach will leave from The Saracens Head, Stratford Road, Shirley at 7.30 am, returning at approx 7.30pm

Details Of The Poppy Trip To London
Wed Sep 17th 2014 Cats at the Hippodrome Birmingham
Mon Oct 20th 2014 Coach trip (4 nights) European Parliament, Strasbourg. Details of the trip to Strasbourg
Wed Nov 5th 2014 Tour of Kidderminster Museum of Carpets
Mon Dec 15th 2014 Christmas Wassail, Crescent Theatre Birmingham
Thu Feb 19th 2015 5 day coach trip to the Cairngorms
Wed Jun 17th 2015 Visit to Abbey at Cwm-Hir, Wales. Details of Abbey visit
Bookworms
Mon Sep 8th 2014 Group B - Anything by Penelope Fitzgerald (each member of the group to read one of hers abd bring it in for discussion on the date)
Mon Sep 8th 2014 Group C - Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Mon Sep 8th 2014 Group D - Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Mon Sep 8th 2014 GROUP A - Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer
Mon Oct 13th 2014 GROUP A - A Foreign Country by Charles Cumming
Mon Oct 13th 2014 Group B - The Revenge of the Middle Aged Woman by Elizabeth Buchanan
Mon Oct 13th 2014 Group C - The Geneva Trap by Stella Rimington
Mon Oct 13th 2014 Group D - The Geneva Trap by Stella Remington
Mon Nov 10th 2014 GROUP A - Things Fall Apart by Chinnua Achebe
Mon Nov 10th 2014 Group B - Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Mon Dec 8th 2014 Group B - Welsh Fargo by Harry Secombe
French Conversation
Wed Sep 10th 2014 At the Crittenden's - Pauline and Linda to lead
Wed Sep 24th 2014 At Pam's - Pam and Marcia or Pam and Gillian to lead
Wed Oct 8th 2014 At the Crittenden's - John to lead
Wed Oct 22nd 2014 At Janet Brunner's - Janet to lead
Wed Nov 12th 2014 At the Conway's - Lawrence to lead
Wed Nov 26th 2014 At the Badger's - Dave and Anne to lead
Wed Dec 10th 2014 FÊTE DE NOEL
Gardening
Fri Sep 5th 2014 Talk 12.30 pm - Philip Aubury - Pruning - the why, when and how + plants for sale.
Fri Sep 19th 2014 MONET'S GARDEN, Rouen, Paris - 4 days. Coach travel. 3 nights bed and continental breakfast at Best Western or similar hotel. £184.50 pp (inc £5 gratuity) + 3 optional excursions - £30 deposit required.
Fri Oct 3rd 2014 Talk 12.30 pm - Don Witton - Hardy winter survival kit
Mon Oct 13th 2014 Akamba Garden Centre (morning visit) - light refreshments available. Car pool arrangements to be made nearer the time.
Photography
Mon Oct 6th 2014 Janet Scott a Solihull artist will be coming along to the meeting to talk about Tips and Tricks for Composition
Mon Nov 3rd 2014 Photograph a Mystery Item to be used at the U3A Christmas Party
Fri Dec 5th 2014 U3A Christmas Lunch – take your cameras with you and snap away – most entertaining and interesting snaps to be reviewed early 2015.
Mon Jan 5th 2015 Demonstration on how to produce a Photo Book using an online service / how to have your digital photos printed using an online service
Mon Feb 2nd 2015 TBC - Calendar Review of photos used, how and why the winning pictures were selected and why others were rejected
Mon Mar 2nd 2015 Field Trip – subject and venue to be decided by the Members of the Group
Mon Apr 6th 2015 Review photos of the March Field Trip
Mon May 4th 2015 Field Trip – subject and venue to be decided by the Members of the Group
Mon May 4th 2015 Presentation - Subject and Speaker TBC
Mon Jun 1st 2015 Field Trip – subject Animals – suggested Sheldon Country Park
Mon Jul 6th 2015 Review photos from the June Field Trip
Walking
Tue Sep 9th 2014 Walk leader Dave Higgins. Meet at 10.00 am at Red Lion pub, Lady Lane, Earlswood B94 6AQ, grid ref 113746. Just over 5 miles, 2 easy stiles and 13 gates! Lunch afterwards at the Red Lion pub.
Thu Oct 9th 2014 Walk leaders Derek & Val Jacobs
Tue Nov 11th 2014 Walk leader Janet Webb