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
December 2021
Mon Dec 6thGardening Group2 pm 6 December

Something a little different, a creative activity making a Christmas card with a garden theme. On Zoom. All u3a members welcome. Kit £6 pp
Wed Dec 8thGardening Group3 pm 8 December

u3a Evesham Garden group invite our Zoom members to their December meeting. "Folklore and More!" Adrian James gives the background to some of the festivals held throughout the year in the UK, ending with the run up to Christmas and which plants are used for decorations
Thu Dec 9thNatural HistoryQuiz, Mince pies and refreshments at the Methodist Church at 2.00pm
Thu Dec 9thConcert GroupThe John Rutter Christmas Celebration Concert at The Royal Albert Hall 3pm.
Coach there and back. Coach will pick up at Wotton, Cam and Dursley.
Further details from Rosemary Canning.
Mon Dec 13thScience & EngineeringChristmas Drinks / Lunch!
This is not a formally organised lunch, but come along for an informal DIY lunch and chat from 12 noon in The Old Spot, Dursley. No need to come at a specific time - it will be a rolling event (hopefully not out of the door!) Most of the leadership team will be there if you want to comment or make suggestions.
There will not be a Christmas menu - just the normal menu.

I have reserved tables on the far right as you enter (as previous - pre Covid). Order food / drinks at the bar as you arrive.
Thu Dec 16thMeetingA Christmas quiz to be held via Zoom. Zoom doors open 10.00 a.m. meeting starts 10.30 a.m.

Graham Ellis will send the Zoom link/details out to members a few days before the event is scheduled.

The committee hope to see you there with your mince pies and beverage on the 16th.
January 2022
Thu Jan 13thNatural HistoryLecture "Bees, Birds, Butterflies and Bats" by Gordon McGlone at 2.00pm at Dursley Methodist Church. £2 room money
Thu Jan 20thMeetingMonthly branch meeting to be held 'live' in the Dursley Methodist Church. Doors open 10.00 a.m. meeting starts 10.30 a.m.

"Woodchester Mansion - an unfinished masterpiece" by Liz Davenport
Mon Jan 24thGardening GroupMonday 24th January at 10:30 am

Patsy Rayner will present a talk on Japanese Gardens. This illustrated talk looks at the various elements which make up the traditional Japanese garden and their significance, traces its development from its earliest days to the present day, and uses examples from many of the famous gardens in Japan that she has visited.
Mon Jan 24thFamily HistoryMeeting in Dursley Methodist Church back room at 2.30pm.

There will be a review of the program survey results, and the opportunity to resolve some of the questions and difficulties that were raised. This will evolve into a demonstration of (If anyone has specific questions about Ancestry or particular searches they desire, please let me know beforehand.)

Please bring £1 to cover room hire and refreshments (volunteers required please).
February 2022
Thu Feb 3rdScience & EngineeringVisit No 4 to the Javelin Park Incinerator, Javelin Park, Bath Road, Haresfield, Stonehouse, Gloucestershire, GL10 3ET.

Javelin Park Incinerator (the “correct” term is “The Gloucestershire Energy from Waste Facility”) has now become fully operational. It accepts up to 190,000 tonnes of residual waste each year from Gloucestershire’s homes and Household Recycling Centres (HRCs) and produces over 116,000 megawatt hours of electricity per annum which is exported to the National Grid.

We have arranged another 'overflow' 2-hour tour of the plant on Thursday 3rd February at 10.00am led by Graham Ellis. At the moment, this tour is limited to 10 people. Bookings will not be finalised for this visit until after the November visit, but if you are interested, your name can be added to the waiting list operating for both tour dates.

Part of the visit includes a walking tour. Please check that you are ok with walking at height and ascending and descending stairs. To do the walking tour you will be required to wear PPE that they will supply for you. This will be a 'car share' visit.
Please note that a covid questionnaire and a risk assessment will be sent to you prior to the visit that must be completed and handed in on the day of the visit. Those with a disability will need to complete an emergency evacuation form.

Any queries, please contact Graham Ellis via the bluebird.
Wed Feb 9thGardening GroupAn insight into Garden Design

2:30 pm 9 February 2022

Graduate Gardeners are responsible for many fine gardens across the Cotswolds. Have you ever wonder just what it takes to transform a bare canvas into an established garden? This is a behind the scenes look like no other.
Thu Feb 17thMeetingMonthly branch meeting to be held 'live' in the Dursley Methodist Church. Doors open 10.00 a.m. meeting starts 10.30 a.m.

"Stories of Britain in Pictures and Song" by Robin Burton
Thu Feb 24thScience & EngineeringVisit to the John Taylor Bell Foundry, Freehold Street, Loughborough, LE11 1AR.

This visit is to see the history of the development of the art of bell casting over the last 600yrs. It also houses the only museum dedicated to this. The complex as seen today was purpose built in 1850 where in the museum you can read about the Taylor family history and examine the workings of the unique Carter Ringing machine. You may also see casting being performed while in the works (although this is not guaranteed on the day we visit). This is rather special as it is only one of two working bell foundries left in this Country. It is well worth visiting their website (link above) to see the extent of the work they do, and their history.

The Tour numbers are 10 minimum, 35 maximum. A HSE / insurance requirement is that all visitors must wear fully enclosed shoes, otherwise entry is refused. Tour starts at 1.30pm and lasts for 1.5 to 2hrs, of the works and museum. This is mostly on the flat except for the upper museum gallery. Wheel chairs can be accommodated. Admission is £10.50 per person.

It will take about 2.5 hours to drive to Loughborough, depending on traffic. We will arrange a coach with the usual pick ups (Cost in the order of £20). We propose to start early enough (9.30am?) to allow for lunch at The Three Nuns pub in Loughborough, which is close by and can be pre booked for lunch. It has a varied menu. Return about 6pm.

Those who had previously booked will be given preference. To book a place on this visit, please contact Donald Gibson via the bluebird
March 2022
Fri Mar 4thHistoric PlacesA day in Hereford at the Black and White house, the museum and a guided tour of the Cathedral then after lunch to the cider museum
Thu Mar 17thMeetingMonthly branch meeting to be held 'live' in the Dursley Methodist Church. Doors open 10.00 a.m. meeting starts 10.30 a.m.

"A trip to the Wash by Narrowboat" by Patrick Marks
Thu Mar 24thScience & EngineeringVisit to Morgan Motor Company Ltd, Pickersleigh Rd, Malvern WR14 2LL.

A guided tour of the Morgan factory, claims to provide an automotive experience like no other. Visitors are guided through every workshop – each one with its own sights, smells and sounds – by an experienced and knowledgeable tour guide.Tours last for between an hour and a half to two hours; starting and finishing in the Morgan Experience Centre. The Archive Room is also included. There is an opportunity to book afternoon tea to enjoy after the tour (If we arrange an afternoon visit). Numbers are limited per tour, so we may need to split up with slightly staggered starting times.

A 20% (non-refundable) up front deposit estimated at around £6 per head will be required for us to confirm your booking. Maximum likely full cost £28 per head, balance payable one month before the visit. Afternoon tea extra. Car shares for transport. A coach (extra charge - at least £13) could however be booked if enough demand. Please state preference when booking.

Firm Expressions of interest to Brian Gornall via the Bluebird on our website.
April 2022
Fri Apr 1stHistoric PlacesThe visit planned for September 2021 to Stanway house, gardens, mill and fountain has been moved to 1st April 2022 as admission to the house had been removed because of covid, no volunteers wanted to work but the charge was going to be the same.
Thu Apr 21stMeetingMonthly branch meeting to be held in the Dursley Methodist Church. Doors open 10.00 a.m. meeting starts 10.30 a.m.

"Those were the days, the sixties" by David & Virginia Adsetts.
Thu Apr 28thScience & EngineeringA combined visit to The Museum of Bath at Work, followed by The Herschel Museum of Astronomy.
We are planning a visit to 2 museums in Bath making use of the Bath “Park and Ride” with a 20 minute walk down hill between the 2 visits.
1. A visit to The Museum of Bath at Work in the morning. This museum was established in 1978 as the Bath Industrial Heritage Trust. Its original collection consisted of a reconstruction of the nineteenth century engineering and mineral water business of Jonathan Burdett Bowler, founded in 1872. When the Bowler firm closed in 1969 its contents were bought by a local businessman with the express intention of founding a museum. Photographs taken of the original business were used to carefully reconstruct the shop, workshops, offices and bottling plant. Over 10,000 bottles and many thousands of documents were also saved.
2. In the afternoon, a visit to The Herschel Museum of Astronomy, dedicated to the many achievements of the Herschels, who were distinguished astronomers as well as talented musicians. It was from this house, using a telescope of his own design that William discovered the planet Uranus in 1781. A terraced house displaying the mould used to cast the first reflector telescopes.

Due to the size of the museums, we are limiting this visit to 10 people. To book a place on this visit, please contact Paul Sheppard via the bluebird.
May 2022
Fri May 6thHistoric PlacesHelen's house with a tour and gardens
Thu May 19thMeetingMonthly branch meeting to be held in the Dursley Methodist Church. Doors open 10.00 a.m. meeting starts 10.30 a.m.

"Charlotte Bronte/ Jane Eyre" by Dr Keith Hooper.
June 2022
Fri Jun 3rdHistoric PlacesLlancaiach Fawr Manor with guided tour then a stop at Abergavenny for the castle and museum, it is also market day if you would prefer that
Thu Jun 16thMeetingMonthly branch meeting to be held 'live' in the Dursley Methodist Church. Doors open 10.00 a.m. meeting starts 10.30 a.m.

Nicola Eveleigh of the Alzheimer's disease society talks about Alzheimer's disease and the work of the society.
July 2022
Fri Jul 1stHistoric Placeschepstow and raglan castles.
August 2022
Thu Aug 4thHistoric PlacesThis trip is a Thursday as the castle does not open on Fridays.Eastnor castle and gardens.
We have a morning walk/talk of Ledbury booked
September 2022
Fri Sep 2ndHistoric Placesthe judges lodgings, Presteigne in the morning and Kinnersley castle afterwards
October 2022
Fri Oct 7thScience & EngineeringJoint visit with Historic Places group.
We have booked the Royal Worcester Porcelain Museum with a talk and The Commandery Worcester for the same day and will divide the group into two for the morning and afternoon sessions.
To book a place on this visit, please contact Carol Tipper via the bluebird.
Fri Oct 7thHistoric Placeswe have booked the Royal Worcester Porcelain Museum with a talk and The Commandery Worcester for the same day and will divide the group into two for the morning and afternoon sessions.