Cam, Dursley & District

Events

The Branch

The Cam, Dursley and District branch hold regular, general interest monthly meetings at Dursley Methodist Church on the third Thursday starting at 10.30 a.m. We usually host an invited speaker , preceded by a little bit of business, and followed by tea and biscuits and socialising.

The groups

Then of course there are the special interest group meetings. You can find more details about where, what, when and how much by clicking the relevant group on the "Groups" page.

Plus we occasionally organise one-off activities or outings which all members are welcome to join.

Brief details of all forthcoming general branch meetings and group activities are listed below.


Dates for your Diary
January 2021
Mon Jan 25thFamily HistoryZoom talk: 'how to be a good ancestor'.
Zoom 'doors open' at 2pm, meeting starts at 2.30pm. General chat following the presentation.
Tue Jan 26thGardening Group26 January 3 pm
Topiary

Darren Lerigo has always loved working outside and now spends the majority of his time making and maintaining topiary at my company - Modern Mint.

His pruning work can be seen on various TV programmes and in the media. He has spoken alongside Mary Berry, Alan Titchmarsh and Jo Swift at Blenheim Palace, as well as giving talks to garden clubs, WIs, U3As and charity groups all over the country.
Wed Jan 27thMeetingZoom 'entertainment' supplied by the Rotary Club.

Zoom 'Doors' open 10.30 a.m. meeting starts 11.00 a.m.
Thu Jan 28thScience & EngineeringZoom TALK by Martin Whillock, on "A tour of the Solar System plus a little of what lies beyond, with some comments about our place in the universe".

Martin is the u3a Subject Adviser for Astronomy.

The meeting will be held on Zoom starting at 10.00am. The talk will last for about 1 hour including a Q & A session. You will be notified nearer the time as to how to log in. If you are unsure of the technology, then log in a bit early to make sure it is all working for you. You will have to do your own refreshments!
February 2021
Wed Feb 10thGardening Group10 February 3 pm
Duncan Coombs will give a virtual talk on the subject "Hidcote: a garden created by Lawrence Johnston", starting at 3pm on Zoom. By invitation from U3A Garden Group Evesham
Mon Feb 15thScience & EngineeringVolunteering at the Dursley Sculpture Trail
Vale Vision are organising volunteers to assist refurbish / repair / install new items at the Sculpture trail at Twinberrow Wood, just off the Golf Course Road in the afternoon of the 3rd Monday every month.

People helping could sign up to any of the sessions. No need to be there each session as we would complete the mini-projects within the time available at each session. We need people who are able to assist with the construction or methods to fix / repair the sculptures so general DIY skills or even just to help secure a ladder. We can supply tools and materials or people can bring their own.

Easy parking is available on both sides of the road at the entrance to the Trail. If you are willing to help, please contact the working party leader - Mike Doughty of Vale Vision via the blue bird for each session.
Thu Feb 18thMeetingMonthly branch meeting - Zoom talk. Zoom 'Doors' open 10.00 a.m. meeting starts 10.30 a.m.

Presenter: John Butterworth will speak about:
‘Off The Beaten Track’
Thu Feb 25thGardening GroupThursday 25 February 7 pm

Gardening TV - behind the Scenes

Camilla Bassett-Smith will talk about her Chelsea BBC TV coverage, her time working in horticultural TV including BBC/Netflix shows. She is based in Gloucestershire so will add a little local interest too.

Camilla graduated from Pershore College of Horticulture and is Editor of ‘The Daffodil Society’ & The RHS Daffodil, Snowdrop & Tulip Yearbook. From radio presentation, she moved to gardening television where she has over 10 years’ experience. Assistant Producer – ‘Love Your Weekend’ (ITV) ‘The Big Allotment Challenge’ and ‘Great British Garden Revival’ (BBC), Horticultural Producer – ‘Inside Out Homes’ (C4) and ‘The Big Flower Fight’ (Netflix). Hort. Specialist – RHS Chelsea Flower Show coverage 2017-2020, plus Gardeners World (BBC). Camilla also presents gardening segments on QVC and has recently appeared on screen on ‘Love Your Weekend’. She is a judge for South West in Bloom and writes for Live24Seven Magazine & Suttons.
Thu Feb 25thScience & EngineeringZoom talk by Mike Hollingsworth, u3a Subject adviser for Science: "How were Medicines discovered?"

Mike's talk covers the history of morphine, aspirin and penicillin.

The meeting will be held on Zoom. 'Doors open' at 9.30am, with the talk starting at 10.00am. The talk will last for about 1 hour including a Q & A session. You will be notified nearer the time as to how to log in. You will have to do your own refreshments!
March 2021
Thu Mar 4thGardening Group4 March 2021 7 pm
RHS A Nation in Bloom with Matthew Biggs

We are delighted to announce a talk with Matthew Biggs on 4 March 2021 at 7 pm. Best known for his appearances on the long running BBC Radio 4 programme Gardeners' Question Time, Matthews has been a professional gardener for over 20 years, since studying at Pershore College of Horticulture and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Based on Matthew's book for the RHS, this talk considers the history and work of the RHS. It considers its changing role over the decades, from being a charity for gardeners to serving a wider more diverse audience in new and exciting way. We will visit all of the RHS gardens, including the new garden at Bridgewater and go behind the scenes to discover the hidden work of what is now a modern, 'cutting edge' society and leader in global horticulture.

For this talk only, non-subscription members are invited at a charge of £5. Please get in touch with Danielle via the Blue Bird if you are interested.
Thu Mar 18thMeetingMonthly branch meeting - Zoom talk. Zoom 'Doors' open 10.00 a.m. meeting starts 10.30 a.m.

Presenter: Tony Wooldridge will speak about:
‘The Story of Nuclear Power/Golden Egg or Poisoned Chalice’
Tue Mar 23rdGardening Group23 March, 3 pm
Discovering National Garden Scheme gardens in Worcestershire

With a view to us being able to go on visits next summer, David Morgan County Organiser of the National Garden Scheme, Worcestershire will join us on Zoom. He will tempt us with some of the wonderful gardens in his county; tell us how the NGS came into being and what it takes to open a garden for the scheme.
Thu Mar 25thScience & EngineeringZoom talk by Sam Hatfield on "The quiet revolution in numerical weather prediction".

Sam works at The European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, Reading.

Over the past 40 years there has been a monumental rise in the skill of weather forecasts. This has been achieved through a concerted international scientific effort and sustained investments in new technologies, including weather-observing satellites and number-crunching supercomputers. As a result of these developments, we have been able to extend the horizon of skilful forecasts by one day every decade. Now, we are able to predict the effects of hurricanes and other storms, such as Hurricane Sandy, even 8 days before they make landfall, and this has demonstrable value to a global society more and more exposed to extreme weather events in a changing climate. In this talk I will discuss the key developments in meteorological science that has allowed this so-called "quiet revolution" of numerical weather prediction.
This talk is still evolving so some of the above is subject to change. But the central theme won't.

The meeting will be held on Zoom. 'Doors open' at 9.30am, with the talk starting at 10.00am. The talk will last for about 1 hour including a Q & A session. You will be notified nearer the time as to how to log in. You will have to do your own refreshments!
April 2021
Thu Apr 15thMeetingMonthly branch meeting - Zoom talk. Zoom 'Doors' open 10.00 a.m. meeting starts 10.30 a.m.

Topic: "Great British Eccentrics" by Paul Robbins
Thu Apr 22ndScience & EngineeringZoom talk by Pete Webb of New Mills u3a: "Earthquakes: why they happen and how they are measured"

Pete's talk on Earthquakes is about why earthqakes happen and how they are measured. We will hear about plate tectonics and how earthquakes are a natural consequence of the immense forces that shuffle the continents slowly but inexorably around the Earth's surface. We will then learn something of the esoteric science of seismology and the Richter scale, finishing off with some eye witness accounts of real earthquakes

The meeting will be held on Zoom. 'Doors open' at 9.30am, with the talk starting at 10.00am. The talk will last for about 1 hour including a Q & A session. You will be notified nearer the time as to how to log in. You will have to do your own refreshments!
May 2021
Thu May 20thMeetingMonthly branch meeting - Zoom talk. Zoom 'Doors' open 10.00 a.m. meeting starts 10.30 a.m.

Topic: "The Great Unwatched" by Bob Sinfield
June 2021
Thu Jun 17thMeetingMonthly branch meeting - Zoom talk. Zoom 'Doors' open 10.00 a.m. meeting starts 10.30 a.m.

Topic: ‘Little Ships’ – The Dunkirk Evacuation by Paul Barnett.