Cam, Dursley & District


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
August 2020
Mon Aug 17thScience & 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.
Fri Aug 21stChurch ExplorersBeverston, Gloucestershire
Subject to cancellation.
Simon Jenkins gives St Mary at Beverston a modest one star, and although small in size, it has an extensive history. The Berkeley Chapel boasts an unusual walk through squint. The rood screen was salvaged from the rectory garden when the church was restored from its ruinous state by the Victorians. The church has recently undergone more sympathetic alteration to fit it for C21.
11.00 am Meet at Beverston for guided tour of the church £5.00pp.
September 2020
Fri Sep 18thChurch ExplorersHereford Cathedral
Subject to cancellation.
Travel to Hereford in time for a morning guided tour of the cathedral. Members are free to spend the rest of the day in the town, take the self-guided tour of the library and the Mappa Mundi and/or join a guided tour of the cathedral gardens at 2.30. We would aim to depart from Hereford at about 16.30.
Approx cost Coach £15.50 plus Morning guided tour £5, Morning guided tour and afternoon garden tour £8, Morning guided tour and self-guided library tour £9, Morning guided tour, self-guided library tour and garden tour £14.
October 2020
Thu Oct 15thMeetingVirtual AGM using Zoom. Meeting starts 10.00 a.m.

Please let Sue Gibson (click on Committee on contact page) know if you are available for this meeting so that we have an idea of the numbers and can choose the most suitable Zoom contract. If you have any motions for the AGM please send them to Sue. Also we desperately need people to put their names forward for the committee. Without officers for the committee, in particular a treasurer, Cam and Dursley U3A cannot continue. When Sue has all your responses, she will send out ballot papers. The results will be presented at the virtual AGM.
November 2020
Thu Nov 5thScience & EngineeringThe Science and Engineering group hold an annual members meeting in November. This is for all Science and Engineering group members. This year's meeting is at 10.30am on 5th November in Dursley Methodist Church. There will be NO CHARGE for the meeting.

To start, there will be a TALK by Martin Cuffe, Crime Scene Coordinator, Crime Command – Forensic Services, Gloucestershire Constabulary.

Following the talk there will be the usual (free) refreshments. Then we may do a review of potential events for 2021, but due to the poor attendance last year, we may omit this - we would welcome your views on this.
Fri Nov 6thHistoric PlacesNational Memorial Arboretum.
Entrance is free but we will give a donation.Wheelchairs or scooters can be hired if required if prebooked. We can also prebook arrival tea or coffees with biscuits @£3.
Also available to be booked is a walking tour at £3 per head and a land train aprox 50 minutes with a running commentary.
Price of coach £10
Thu Nov 19thMeetingMonthly branch meeting Dursley Methodist Church. Doors open 10.00 a.m. meeting starts 10.30 a.m.

Presenter: Patrick Marks - Indian Hill Railways
December 2020
Thu Dec 17thMeetingProvisional date for Christmas Mental Challenge - Please don’t be put off by the title as it will take the form of our usual Christmas Quiz with Mulled Wine and Mince Pies. As usual, it will be held in the Dursley Methodist Church for a prompt start at 10.30am.

Teams of 4 if possible as the prizes will only cover four people and we won’t be able to split them so you may need to work out how to share them!