Cheddar Valley


This page lists the events that are open to all our members. This page does not list meetings of the various special-interest groups, which are normally only open to members of the particular group. Please see the "Groups" page of this website for information about the special-interest groups.

There is a U3A Meeting Point in Cheddar Library every Monday 10:30 am to 12:00 noon. If you are in Cheddar on a Monday why not drop in for a coffee and a chat.

Monthly Talks are held on the First Thursday of the month, normally at Cheddar Village Hall (i.e. Church House). Tea and biscuits are available from 2:00pm, and the talk starts at 2:30pm prompt. A fee of £2 is charged on entry. However, the Monthly Talk in May is combined with the AGM, which is held at Draycott Memorial Hall and starts at 2:15pm. There are no Monthly Talks in July or August. Potential members are welcome to attend a Monthly Talk as a visitor. Please scroll down for details of specific Monthly Talks.

Coffee Mornings are normally held on the Third Thursday of the month, except August, at Cheddar Village Hall from 10:00am to 11:30am (10:30am to 12:00 noon in March 2019). Coffee mornings are open to all and are a good time for potential members to come along for a chat.

Cheddar Village HallMonthly Talk

A number of day trips by coach are organised throughout the year. These need to be booked in advance. Please scroll down to find details of specific trips.

There is an annual holiday by coach, which must be booked well in advance. Please scroll down for details of the 2019 holiday.

Dates for your Diary
Thu Apr 4th Monthly Talk: "From Shoes To Film" by Neil Clarke. At Cheddar Village Hall. 2:00pm for 2:30pm.
The talk is with props and examples plus a slide show of the traditional method of shoe design and how things changed as production moved into a global aspect. A synopsis of Neil's time in the shoe business which finished in 2009 where he was the Global Collaborative Development Manager for Clarks in Street. Neil will also show a short film Starlings on the Levels and his transition from Clarks to film making.
Thu May 2nd Annual General Meeting followed by Monthly Talk: "Life On The Falklands". At Draycott Memorial Hall. 2:15pm. Sheila Poltock will talk to us about her life in the Falkland Islands during the 60’s.
Thu Jun 6th Monthly Talk: "Children's Hospice South West". At Cheddar Village Hall. 2:00pm for 2:30pm.
Thu Jul 18th Coffee Morning at Cheddar Village Hall. 10:00am to 11:30am.
Tue Mar 26th Coach Trip To Hereford.
Wed Jul 10th Coach Trip To Plymouth.
Wed Sep 18th Coach Trip To Montacute House (NT).
Thu Nov 28th Coach Trip To Oxford.
Social Events
Thu Apr 18th Coffee Morning at Cheddar Village Hall. 10:00am to 11:30am.
Thu May 16th Coffee Morning at Cheddar Village Hall. 10:00am to 11:30am.
Thu Jun 20th Coffee Morning at Cheddar Village Hall. 10:00am to 11:30am.
Thu May 16th
→Mon May 20th
Holiday 2019

Next year's holiday is to Shropshire and the Welsh Marches - a five day break leaving on Thursday, 16th May and returning on Monday, 20th May 2019.

We will be based at the Park Inn by Radisson in Telford which is a modern hotel with indoor pool, sauna and gym and is within walking distance of Telford. This holiday is again arranged by Bakers Dolphin.

Provisional Itinerary -

Thursday - travel from Cheddar making a stop at Tewkesbury before arriving at the hotel. We will stay here for four nights with dinner, bed and breakfast.

Friday - Ironbridge Gorge where the world's first iron bridge forms the centre of this World Heritage Site. We will visit Blists Hill and the Victorian Town - there will be plenty of time to explore before heading to the Coalport China Museum.

Saturday - A choice today. We will travel to Shrewsbury where you can spend the day or you can visit Powis Castle near Welshpool - a National Trust property with beautiful gardens. In the afternoon we will return to Shrewsbury for some free time before going back to the hotel

Sunday - We will visit Ludlow before making the scenic journey on the Severn Valley Railway. Visits will also be made to Kidderminster and Bridgnorth.

Monday - After breakfast we depart for home stopping en route at Hanbury Hall and Gardens in Droitwich.

The cost of this holiday is a maximum of £409 per person. (6 single rooms have been allocated and a single supplement will apply). Entry to Blists Hill, Coalport China Museum and travel on the Severn Valley Railway is included. However, non-National Trust members will have to pay at Powis Castle and Hanbury Hall.

Full details and booking forms will be available at Cheddar Library (upstairs) on Monday mornings between 10.30 am and 12.00 noon.