Chepstow

Future Events

Lists all our Groups' activities in date order but you can change it by Category of you wish. You can also click on Groups Day-by-Day to see what is happening on a daily basis.

For Non-u3a information and events, see Non u3a.


Dates for your Diary
April 2021
Tue Apr 20thTuesday LiveTuesday Live - Two and half years in South Georgia. Jenny Bonner is a Chepstow U3A member, who, in 1958, embarked on what was truly, the adventure of a lifetime, when she and her 5 month old son travelled to the other side of the world to be with her husband, Nigel. Find out what life was like for a young family in this challenging and inspiring environment and hear how the family connection with South Georgia has been maintained to this day.
Mon Apr 26thWalking: The Striders 1Wye Valley Walk - Gaer Hill
Moderate+ 8.5m
Derek (623986)
Chepstow Leisure Centre 10:00
Wed Apr 28thArt AppreciationGroup member Phil Mundell will give us a Virtual tour around Gallery 4 at the National Museum of Wales with its 17th and 18th century pictures

This talk will be delivered via Zoom starting at 2.00 pm.

All are welcome

The log in details will be sent shortly before the meeting date to group members. Please contact the convener for the log in details if you are not a regular member of the group.
Wed Apr 28thWalking: The HillwalkersWith Kay Hillier, ready to start walk at 10am.
Park by the Dam of Talybont Reservoir, GR SO 103205.
12 miles, 895m ascent.
Walk over the Dam up to Pen Rhiw-calch, Pen Bwlch Glasgwm, Trig at Pant y Creigiau, Craig y Fan Ddu, Graig Fan Las, Waun Rydd, Carn Pica, then steep descent, Twyn Du and back to the Dam.
May 2021
Mon May 3rdWalking: The Striders 1Bluebell Walk
Moderate 8m
Brendan (01633 880184)
Slip Wood car park on Bigsweir to Coleford Rd (SO 544055) 10:00
Tue May 4thTuesday LiveTuesday Live Our very own Rose Parkhouse will give a presentation about the Swift colony in Chepstow. Happily, this is ideal timing as it is during the first week in May we usually see the swifts returning to Chepstow.
All being well, Rose and Glyn, also hope to be able to lead some socially distanced evening swift walks, organised through the Nat Hist & Birdwatching Group, in June and/or July, regulations permitting. Rose has indicated that it should be possible to open these evening walks up to non Nat Hist Group members as a one off; an excellent follow-up to her talk.
Wed May 5thWalking: The HillwalkersBlorenge with Dave A, details to follow
Thu May 6thDiscussion GroupWhat is happiness? at 2.00 pm on Zoom
Introduced by David Farnsworth

In looking for an answer three further questions seem to come up for discussion:

1. What is it, and is it something tangible in itself or is it just the absence of anxiety about our selves or the circumstances in which we live?
2. If it is something, how do we find it?
3. Do we find it briefly in events that happen to us from time to time or is it also a long-term whole way of life thing?

If it helps, then according to that well-known philosopher W. C. Fields, “ Money can’t buy happiness but it will let you be unhappy in nice places”

A Zoom link will be sent to Discussion Group members the day before the meeting.
Fri May 7thOpera GroupLa Traviata is the opera we have chosen to watch before our next meeting which is on Friday 7 May at 10.30 am. Verdi’s La Traviata is without a doubt one of the most moving stories in the operatic canon. This production by Teatro Real is a semi-staged concert version recorded in July 2020 and was one of the first productions to be put on worldwide after the lockdown.

Time is running out for Violetta. Her illness is relentless, as are her feelings for her young admirer. As her past as a Parisian courtesan catches up with her, his provincial family is determined to break up their scandalous affair.

La Traviata tells the story of the tragic love between the courtesan Violetta and the romantic Alfredo Germont. When his father directly appeals to Violetta to relinquish her one chance of happiness, Violetta submits and her act of self-sacrifice leads to her paying the ultimate price.
Mon May 10thWalking: The Striders 1Grwyne Fawr
Energetic 9.5m
Sue (01600 772034)
Blaen-y-cwm car park (SO 253286) 10:00
Wed May 12thWalking: The HillwalkersSomewhere with Stewart
Sun May 16thNon u3aWalk The Wye 2021
Raising funds for the breast cancer research team at Velindre. Anticipating that COVID-19 restrictions will be reduced by then, but the walk will be run as a socially distanced event.
Four circular circular walks all starting and finishing at Monmouth Show Ground with a choice of distances between 3 miles and 13 miles. Start times will be staggered to prevent crowding during the walk.
Full details, including online or postal registration, can be found at www.walkthewye.com
Mon May 17thWalking: The Striders 1King Arthur's Cave & Ganarew
Moderate+ 9.5m
John & Judi (01600 714168)
Dixton Church (SO 519136) 10:00
Tue May 18thTuesday LiveTuesday Live - 'Hidden London: An assortment of lesser known treasures'. Look beyond the Tower of London and the Houses of Parliament to discover some of London's best kept secrets, in the company of David Drury, an official London guide. Travel from the Leytonstone mosaics of Alfred Hitchcock to the Crystal Palace Dinosaurs. Dine in Elizabethan grandeur at Middle Temple Hall or seek calm and tranquility at Neasden Hindu Temple. Marvel at the engineering wonders of the Cathedral of Sewage and the 'Cistern Chapel'. Savour the Victorian splendour of Leadenhall Market or the oasis of the Barbican Conservatory. Join us for an afternoon out, all from the comfort of your home
Wed May 19thWalking: The HillwalkersSomewhere with Jill
Thu May 20thReading (Non-Fiction)This month's book is Erebus by Michael Palin
Fri May 21stCycling Easy RidersFoothills of Wentwood
Meet 10.15 am at the car park in Caldicot Castle for a 10.30 am start. Probably about 2½ hours plus stops.
Starting in the shadows of Caldicot Castle, our first Easy Rider cycle of 2021 will take you gently up on to Highmoor Hill (50m) and then along the ridge past farms and forestry towards Penhow. We will then cross to the north of the A48 and pass through the villages of Llanvaches and Llanvair Discoed before gliding gently downhill to the Roman village of Caerwent where we can take lunch and refreshment in the gardens of the Coach & Horses Inn. After lunch we will head east to Crick and Portskewett then to Black Rock to take in the views across the Severn, before returning to Caldicot Castle. There will be a few small inclines which might not be ideal for the first outing but the overall distance is relatively short so we can take our time, stopping whenever necessary. Lets pray for sun !!
Mon May 24thWalking: The Striders 1Tidenham Tunnel
Moderate 8.5m
Geoff Cram (623575)
Tutshill Hall (ST 539949) 10:00
Tue May 25thComputer Group

On Zoom at 3.00 pm

  • More problems from our members
  • Latest Scams
  • Computer Shortcuts from Lesley

A Zoom link will be sent to all Computer Group members a couple of days beforehand
Contact the Convener if you would like to come along

Wed May 26thArt AppreciationGroup member Leslie Green will tell us about Illustrations of Dante's Inferno


This talk will be delivered via Zoom starting at 2.00 pm.

All are welcome

The log in details will be sent shortly before the meeting date to group members. Please contact the convener for the log in details if you are not a regular member of the group.
Wed May 26thWalking: The HillwalkersWith Ceridwen
Mon May 31stWalking: The Striders 1Wentwood Wander
Moderate 9m
Phil (01633 856028)
Wentwood Drive, Llanvaches (ST 434918) 10:00
June 2021
Tue Jun 1stTuesday LiveTuesday Live - Judy Dickinson will be sharing her experiences of working in stained glass.
Thu Jun 3rdDiscussion GroupSubject to be announced at 2.00 pm on Zoom
Introduced by Sue Edwards

A Zoom link will be sent to Discussion Group members the day before the meeting.
Mon Jun 7thWalking: The Striders 1Redbrook - Penallt
Moderate 8m
Stef & Dave (624398)
Redbrook football club car park (SO 536098) 10:00
Tue Jun 15thTuesday LiveTuesday Live - Rowena Williams will give a talk 'From roads to rails … and back again. Transport in Wales over the past 500 years'
Wed Jun 30thArt AppreciationIf permissible under the rules we hope to have a Visit to Tintern Abbey guided by our convener Martin

If not possible then Martin will give us a zoom talk on Music and Musicians in art

Details will be confirmed nearer the time
July 2021
Thu Jul 1stDiscussion GroupSubject to be announced at 2.00 pm on Zoom
Introduced by Marjory Evans

A Zoom link will be sent to Discussion Group members the day before the meeting.
Thu Jul 15thAwayDaysKew Gardens
Botanic Garden in SW London which houses the largest and most diverse botanical and mycological collection in the world in 860 acres and includes Kew Palace. Chinese Pagoda, a huge Arboretum, Princess of Wales Conservatory, Alpine House, Treetop walk 100 metres where you can see right across the gardens and the Palm House which is the greatest in the world.
Click on link for Kew Gardens for details of the venue.
Sat Jul 17thSocial EventsChepstow Festival of Arts
Chepstow Festival of Arts exists to provide a showcase for our creative community, and a platform for all forms of art, by both amateur and professional artists. The Festival will raise Chepstow’s profile as a vibrant place to live, to visit, to shop and be entertained. This will be even more important in 2021 as we rebuild our community following the Covid-19 pandemic.
Follow us on Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date as the Festival develops towards 2021.
To support our local creative community, we would like to showcase the work of our local artists, professional and amateur, our local photographers, and our local performance artists on our social media.
Remember to put Saturday 17th July in your diary
August 2021
Tue Aug 3rdTuesday LiveTuesday Live - Alison Mees will talk about her experiences in Africa, working with cheetahs and also about the work of the Cheetah Conservation Society here in the UK.
Thu Aug 5thAwayDaysHighclere Castle - £32 per person

If you were booked onto the April 2020 or August 2020 trip you have been moved to this date.

This is an to explore this beautiful house in extensive gardens. Highclere has a rich, multifaceted history dating back to the year 749. It was the set for the popular television series Downton Abbey where the movie premiered in September 2019.

It is the home of the 8th Earl and Countess of Carnarvon where in 1922 the 5th Earl and trusted friend and colleague Howard Carter planned their excavation season leading to the discovery of the Tomb of Tutankhamun. During his explorations, he both discovered and purchased Egyptian artefacts, the current occupants have opened a new Egyptian Exhibition throughout the cellars of the Castle to celebrate the 5th Earls achievements. The British Museum and Newbury Museum have kindly lent back further statues and antiquities which had originally been lent to them by the Carnarvon family. The Antiquities Room contains jewellery, beautiful crafted jars and a coffin of a noblewoman from 3,500 years ago.
Click on Highclere Castle for details of the venue
There is a tea shop on site.

Departs Chepstow Leisure Centre at a time to be decided
Contact: Rovena Harris
Fri Aug 6thSocial EventsWine Tasting Evening
Provisional Date
Hosted by Dave Lindo and the Tipplers at the Palmer Centre in Cormeiiles Square from 7.00 pm to about 10.00 pm. Tickets £10 per head to include the wine tasting, and any wine left over to drink with the bread and cheese supper which will follow the wine tasting.

Why not book a table for your Group or just a group of friends and make it a great social evening.

Tickets must be paid for in advance so we can order the correct amount of wine. To see these options click on Paying for Events and Outings. If you are paying by Bank Transfer use the reference WT and your name and tell Nicky Lee you have paid in this way. Or contact Nicky on 07515 511365 to discuss the best option for you to pay.
Thu Aug 12thDiscussion GroupSubject to be announced at 2.00 pm on Zoom
Introduced by Meryl Welsh

A Zoom link will be sent to Discussion Group members the day before the meeting.
Thu Aug 26thMeetingThird Age Trust AGM 11:15am hybrid meeting. Further details to be advised.
September 2021
Thu Sep 2ndDiscussion GroupSubject to be announced at 2.00 pm on Zoom
Introduced by Lesley Jones

A Zoom link will be sent to Discussion Group members the day before the meeting.
October 2021
Sat Oct 2ndSocial EventsOpen Day
At the Palmer Centre and in Cormeilles Square
Details to follow
Thu Oct 7thAwayDaysStratford
Waiting to confirm. RSC arranges Group visits with choices of guided tours to bring you closer to the world of theatre or From Page to Stage to discover the journey takes from script to performance
Contact: Rovena Harris
Thu Oct 7thDiscussion GroupSubject to be announced at 2.00 pm on Zoom
Introduced by Shelagh Davies

A Zoom link will be sent to Discussion Group members the day before the meeting.
Sat Oct 30thSocial EventsCeilidh at the Drill Hall
Provisional at the moment
November 2021
Mon Nov 1stSocial EventsWhist Drive`
Sometime in the Autumn - date is only provisional
Probably Palmer Centre from 7.30 pm
Details when a date and details have been agreed.
December 2021
Thu Dec 2ndAwayDaysBath Christmas Market
Another popular trip. It is the opportunity to roam around the Christmas Markets and sample the festive food and drink or to experience the many sights such as the Roman baths, Bath Abbey or the Jane Austen Centre
Contact: Rovena Harris
July 2022
Thu Jul 21stAwayDaysRoyal Welsh Show
One of the most prestigious events of its type in Europe bringing together farming industry and rural community. 4 days of livestock competitions, activities including forestry, horticulture, crafts, sheep dog trials, countryside sports, shopping, food, entertainment, attractions and displays. The very best of Wales
Contact: Rovena Harris
August 2022
Sat Aug 13thSocial Events

Chepstow Show at Chepstow Racecourse
We are planning to have our own display and we are going to encourage our members to enter the various competitions:

  • Photography
  • Painting
  • Handicraft
  • Horticulture

Details for entry are on the web site. Click on Chepstow Show