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
August 2022
Thu Aug 25thScience & EngineeringVisit to Hinkley Point C (HPC) nuclear power construction site, near Bridgewater, Somerset.

A visit has been arranged to HPC construction site. This site will become one of the new breed of EDF European Pressurised Water Reactors planned to deliver 3.2GW of power to the national grid. Follow this link to find more information about the project.

We will arrive at the Cannington Park and Ride at 09:30am where we will meet our tour guide, The guide will issue passes and conduct security checks. We will be taken to Cannington and after a short walk will arrive at the Hinkley Point visitor Centre.
We will then spend approximately 30 minutes in the interactive exhibition area, before we make our way back to the bus for our transport to the HPC South Plaza. In total the tour will last approximately 3 hours.

Please note that because this is a construction site this will be a sealed bus tour and we will not be able to leave the bus for the duration of the site tour. A running dialogue will take place as we travel to and around the site. Please note also that depending on group numbers there is a possibility our group will be joined by others on the day.

All visitors are required to produce valid photographic ID (Passport or photo driving licence). Without this ID, access to the construction site will be denied.
Full name, date of Birth and Nationality will need to be provided to EDF prior to the visit. I will ask for these at a later date.

Currently, EDF require all visitors to have a negative lateral flow covid test. However, this will be reviewed as we approach the date and you will be advised accordingly.

There is no fee for the tour itself, although a contribution to their current charity (Prostate cancer) would be appreciated. prostatecanceruk.org

A coach will be arranged with pickups in Wooton, Dursley and Cam. Coach cost will depend on final numbers but it is expected to be in the range of £15- £20. The number of visitors is limited to 30 so it will be first come first served.

The tour starts at 9:30am so there will be an early start from 8.00am onwards, with an expected return time about 14:30pm including comfort stops. Pickup times will be advised nearer the date.

Note that this visit is now FULL. To request a place on the waiting list contact Dave Waugh via the Blue Bird.
September 2022
Fri Sep 2ndHistoric PlacesWe will visit Kinnersley castle in the morning with coffee and tour for £10.
Afterwards we will go to Presteigne for lunch - there are several hotels/pubs, restaurants, cafes and a fish and chip shop available.
From there we will go to the Judges lodgings for a talk and a audio tour group rate £6.95
Coach will pick up from usual stops.
Thu Sep 15thMeetingMonthly branch meeting to be held in the Dursley Methodist Church. Doors open 10.00 a.m. meeting starts 10.30 a.m.

A talk by Jennifer Tann "The Stroud Woollen Industry".
Wed Sep 21stGardening Group21 September 2022
Wye Valley Sculpture Garden and Clouds Rest

Morning visit. 11am.

Wye Valley Sculpture Garden.

The Nurtons, Brockweir, Chepstow, NP16 7NX

Situated on a gentle slope in the heart of the lower Wye valley, this garden has been managed organically for 40 years. There are abundant herbaceous borders, a pond, woodland areas orchard and meadows supporting a rich habitat for wildlife.

Entrance is £7

Hot drinks and cakes £5

You can take your lunch and eat it at the garden, or there are numerous pubs in the area. I can recommend Abbey Mill in Tintern. It is on the main road

Afternoon visit, 2pm.

Clouds Rest, Brockweir, Chepstow. NPI6 7NW.

This lovely garden has views across the Wye Valley.

Gravel pathways wind through herbaceous beds containing Michaelmas daises and roses, and much more.

Entrance is £6. Refreshments available, and some hand made pottery.
Mon Sep 26thFamily HistoryMeeting in Dursley Methodist Church back room at 2.30pm.

This will be an open discussion session. Potentially we could examine your brick walls, and everyone could join in with their thoughts and experience as to how to overcome them. No magic solutions though!

If anyone has specific questions or subjects they would like to know about in furure sessions - please let me know.

Please bring £1 to cover room hire and refreshments (volunteers required please).
October 2022
Mon Oct 3rdScience & EngineeringVisit to Woodchester Valley Vinyard, Convent Ln, Stroud GL5 5HR, at 2.30pm.

A private tour for u3a where there will be a welcome drink to enjoy, during a brief and informative presentation of the English wine industry and Woodchester Valley’s story so far, in the bright and modern tasting room. As this is a private tour, they can customise it - so if there is something particular you would like to hear or see, please let me know.

Then there will be a guided tour of the vineyard and winery to learn about the complete process of viticulture and winemaking before returning to the tasting room to enjoy a tutored tasting of 4 more wines including both still and sparkling varieties with some crisp and nuts for nibbles. This is an ideal time to visit as they should be harvesting the grapes. Depart approx 4.30pm.

The cost of this event is £22.50 plus about £11 for a coach from the usual pick up points. Attendees and payments will have to be finalised early September. There is a maximum of 35 for this event. Please note that there is one seat left on the largest coach they can accomodate. Therefore any further people coming will have to make their own way there. (There are plenty of car parking spaces).

To book a place on this event, please contact Graham Ellis via the blue bird.
Wed Oct 5thOtherOpen day at the Chantry Centre in Dursley.

An opportunity for groups to showcase what they do through the display of photos, artefacts, books, video clips etc representing the group’s activities so that visitors can see what we do. The objective being to attract new and existing members, both to our u3a and to our groups.

The garden Café will be open for refreshments.
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 by Phillip Serrell with tea/coffee and biscuits on arrival @ £15.50.
The afternoon options are the commandery @ £6.75, the cathedral free with no tour or the tour at group rate for seniors @ £5.
The coach is £12
Thu Oct 20thMeetingMonthly branch meeting to be held in the Dursley Methodist Church. Doors open 10.00 a.m. meeting starts 10.30 a.m.

Talk: The Work of the Alzheimer's Society by Nicola Eveleigh.

Dementia Connect Local Services Manager (DCLSM), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire, and Somerset (BNSSG) Alzheimer's Society.
November 2022
Fri Nov 4thHistoric PlacesA tour of the Birmingham Assay office
Thu Nov 17thMeetingMonthly branch meeting to be held in the Dursley Methodist Church. Doors open 10.00 a.m. meeting starts 10.30 a.m.

Anne Scott, one of our own members has agreed to do a presentation on this date entitled: " A Holiday in the Ukraine".
December 2022
Thu Dec 15thMeetingA Christmas quiz in the Dursley Methodist Church. Doors open 10.00 a.m. meeting starts 10.30 a.m.

Jane Ball will be the quiz master, Mary Ewens and her team are providing mulled wine and mince pies
January 2023
Thu Jan 19thMeetingMonthly branch meeting to be held in the Dursley Methodist Church. Doors open 10.00 a.m. meeting starts 10.30 a.m.

"The Work of the Great Western Air Ambulance" by Steve Moulds
February 2023
Fri Feb 3rdHistoric PlacesWe have arranged a guided walk lasting 2 hours of Royal Wotton Bassett by the town crier.We will start at 10am and there will be a 33 seater coach.
More details nearer the time
Thu Feb 16thMeetingMonthly branch meeting to be held in the Dursley Methodist Church. Doors open 10.00 a.m. meeting starts 10.30 a.m.

"The Vale Berkeley Heritage Railway; an Update"
Tue Feb 21stScience & EngineeringVisit No 7 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 at 10.00am led by Graham Ellis. This tour is limited to 10 people. Bookings will not be finalised for this visit until January 2023, but if you are interested, your name can be added to the waiting list operating for all the 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 risk assessment will be sent to you prior to the visit that must be completed online before 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.
Tue Feb 28thScience & EngineeringVisit No 8 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 at 10.00am led by Graham Ellis. This tour is limited to 10 people. Bookings will not be finalised for this visit until January 2023, but if you are interested, your name can be added to the waiting list operating for all the 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 risk assessment will be sent to you prior to the visit that must be completed online before 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.
March 2023
Thu Mar 16thMeetingMonthly branch meeting to be held in the Dursley Methodist Church. Doors open 10.00 a.m. meeting starts 10.30 a.m.

"A Trip Down the Severn by Narrowboat" by Patrick Marks
April 2023
Thu Apr 20thMeetingMonthly branch meeting to be held in the Dursley Methodist Church. Doors open 10.00 a.m. meeting starts 10.30 a.m.

"The Fighting 40s" by David and Virginia Adsetts.
May 2023
Tue May 16thScience & EngineeringVisit No 9 (and last) 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 at 10.00am led by Graham Ellis. This tour is limited to 10 people. Bookings will not be finalised for this visit until after the February 2023 visit, but if you are interested, your name can be added to the list operating for all the 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 risk assessment will be sent to you prior to the visit that must be completed online before 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.
Thu May 18thMeetingMonthly branch meeting to be held in the Dursley Methodist Church. Doors open 10.00 a.m. meeting starts 10.30 a.m.

Keith Hooper will give a lecture on "The Novels of Jane Austen".
June 2023
Thu Jun 15thMeetingMonthly branch meeting to be held in the Dursley Methodist Church. Doors open 10.00 a.m. meeting starts 10.30 a.m.

Bob Sinfield will give a talk:- "Blasts From the Past".
Bob did 2 talks for us by Zoom during lockdown and liked us so much that he is prepared to come from the home counties to do this one which is a comedy lecture about various historical figures.
July 2023
Thu Jul 20thMeetingMonthly branch meeting to be held in the Dursley Methodist Church. Doors open 10.00 a.m. meeting starts 10.30 a.m.

A talk by Andrew Bluett "The Bayeux tapestry".