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.


Dates for your Diary
November 2019
Thu Nov 14thCinemaDrill Hall 7.30pm LEONARDO: THE WORKS Marking the 500th anniversary of Leonardo’s death, this film focuses on his art and includes every single attributed painting, as well as looking afresh at his life, all through the prism of his art. A definitive film about Leonardo: the first to truly tell the whole story. Tickets £10 from Chepstow Museum
Thu Nov 14th
→Tue Nov 19th
Psychology for Everyday LifeThe next Psychology session is on Thursday, 14th of November at the same time of 1.30 pm. The session is being taken by Roger Johnson on the topic of magic which relates to the important area of psychology of illusions.
To find out more contact Roger on 01291 329 821 or 07850 566 544.
We do have space for one or two more members in the group.
Sun Nov 17thCinemaDrill Hall 3pm LE CORSAIRE On the bazaar square of Andrinopolis, the Pacha is struck by the beauty of Medora and tries to buy her, but the lovely young woman is not for sale. As the transaction is about to come to a close, Medora is kidnaped by Conrad, a charming corsair who catches her eye…
THE BOLSHOI BALLET, tickets in advance from Chepstow Museum £12 & £10
Mon Nov 18thWalking: The StrollersJohn and Nina

Walk to St John's Church Lancaut. We cannot do the loop as there is a rockfall at the base. The walk is 5 miles, one steep hill, but no stiles.

Park at Chepstow Castle car park (need to pay)

Lunch at The Three Tuns Chepstow.
Mon Nov 18thWalking: The StrollersSue Presley 01453-519061 mob on day 07563252496

Tortworth Church—Avening Green—Tortworth Arboretum (This is the walk that was originally planned for 21 October, but was cancelled because of poor weather)

MEET: At The Huntsman, Falfield, GL12 8DF at 10am to book lunch (if there are enough of us) use toilets and car share to Tortworth church. If only a few want lunch that is not a problem for the pub.
THE WALK: Is about 4m, gently undulating and no stiles (I think/hope!) Some of it some of you will have done before but some is new. As always, if the weather is bad, don’t come!
DIRECTIONS: M48/M5N Leave at J14, turn L down to A38 at Falfield. Turn L at traffic lights and then next R after church and immediately L into pub CP.
Mon Nov 18thWalking: The Striders 1Offa's Dyke - Hudnalls - Hewelsfield Common
Moderate+ 9m
Derek (623986)
CLC 9:00. Bus Station 9:15. Bus to Redbrook.
Walk to Tintern - Bus to Chepstow.
Mon Nov 18thWalking: The TrekkersGwent levels Nature Reserve, 3.5 to 4 miles easy. lunch at The Wheatsheaf, Magor.
Tue Nov 19thCinemaDrill Hall VITA & VIRGINIA (12) Drill Hall Film Club. Set amidst the bohemian high society of 1920s England, Vita & Virginia tells the scintillating true story of a literary love affair that fuelled the imagination of one of the 20th century's most celebrated writers. Vita Sackville and Virginia Woolf 7.30 pm start, £4.
Tue Nov 19thBallroom, Latin, & Sequence DancingDancing at St Arvans
9.00 Individual tuition
10.00: Just Dancing
11.00: Tuition
12.00 Improvers:
1.00 Beginners:
Wed Nov 20thWalking: The HillwalkersSomewhere with Ceridwen (07912 849079)
Wed Nov 20thMembers NoticesGWT Chepstow Talks and events - 7.30pm at Chepstow Leisure Centre
“Mapping our Local Wildlife” – an illustrated talk by Adam Rowe, Manager of the Biodiversity Records Centre, Pontyclun. Learn how to turn your own wildlife sightings into biological records and be part of something important! All wildlife enthusiasts can help with the vital work of monitoring how our local wildlife is doing.
£3.00 entry, refreshments provided. For more information please contact Hilary on 01291 689326.
Thu Nov 21stReading (Non-Fiction)This month's book is "Airhead: The Imperfect Art of Making News" by Emily Maitlis
Fri Nov 22ndCinemaDrill Hall RED JOAN (12) Joan Stanley is a widow living out a quiet retirement in the suburbs when, shockingly, the British Secret Service places her under arrest. The charge: providing classified scientific information - including details on the building of the atomic bomb - to the Soviet government for decades. 7.30 pm start, £4.
Fri Nov 22nd
→Sun Nov 24th
Ballroom, Latin, & Sequence DancingAnnual Dance Group Outing
to Langstone Cliff Hotel, Dawlish Warren
Click on Dawlish Holiday for details
Fri Nov 22ndTinnitus Support GroupFirst meeting, at 11am in Tiffin Tea and Coffee House, St Mary Street
Sun Nov 24thSunday Lunch ClubSunday Lunch Club
At the Beaufort Hotel in the centre of Chepstow at 12.30 pm
All welcome but please contact one of the Conveners to book your place
Mon Nov 25thWalking: The StrollersGraham Eele and Pam Robinson

Just under 5 miles in the Forest of Dean around Nagshead Nature Reserve
Meet and Lunch at the Fountain Inn at Parkend

More details to follow
Mon Nov 25thWalking: The Striders 1Itton - Mynydd-bach - Penhein - Upper Argoed
Moderate 9m
Ceridwen (07912 849079)
Ceridwen's House, Itton (ST 483959) 9:40
Tue Nov 26thCinemaDrill Hall KIND HEARTS AND CORONETS (PG) Drill Hall Film Club. Screened as a celebration of this classic Ealing comedy made 70 years ago. Sir Alec Guinness’ hilarious multiple personalities never fail to raise a laugh and it will evoke positive memories of a classic era for British comedy. 7.30 pm start, £4.
Tue Nov 26thBallroom, Latin, & Sequence DancingDancing at St Arvans
9.00 Individual tuition
10.00: Just Dancing
11.00: Tuition
12.00 Improvers:
1.00 Beginners:
Wed Nov 27thArt AppreciationContinuing the theme of the Natural World all around us our speaker Alex Kett will tell us about Netherlandish art and why I love it, and natural things in North European art
Wed Nov 27thWalking: The HillwalkersSomewhere with Brian and Kay M (01600 860199)
Thu Nov 28thCinemaDrill Hall PRESENT LAUGHTER (Filmed Live) in this Noel Coward play As he prepares to embark on an overseas tour, star actor Garry Essendine’s colourful life is in danger of spiralling out of control.
7.00 pm start, tickets in advance from Chepstow Museum £12 & £10
Fri Nov 29thCinemaDrill Hall FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY (12) The remarkable true-story of Norwich girl turned all-star wrestler, unmistakably British, a film that will tickle your funny bone in all the right places 7.30 pm start, £4.
December 2019
Mon Dec 2ndCinemaDrill Hall Les Miserables staged concert to be screened live in cinemas on 2 December!
A special one-off screening of the all-star staged concert of Les Miserables will take place across the UK, Ireland and in various cinemas in the USA. Delfont Mackintosh Theatres have also announced a DVD and album release for early 2020 and that the sell-out production will tour nationwide across the UK and internationally in late 2020 and 2021.

The all-star Les Mis concert production stars Alfie Boe as Jean Valjean, Bradley Jaden as Enjolras, Carrie Hope Fletcher as Fantine, Katy Secombe as Madame Thénardier, Lily Kerhoas as Cosette, Matt Lucas as Thénardier, Michael Ball as Javert, Rob Houchen as Marius, and Shan Ako as Eponine.
Mon Dec 2ndBallroom, Latin, & Sequence DancingCoffee Dance at St. Arvans
From 10.00 am to 12 noon
Mon Dec 2ndWalking: The StrollersSTROLLERS CHRISTMAS LUNCH
Tue Dec 3rdMonthly Meetings & Coffee MorningsDecember Monthly Meeting
Something entertaining at the Drill Hall
Still at the planning stage
Tue Dec 3rdClassical Music AppreciationWinter music chosen by Theresa and Lesley
Wed Dec 4thWalking: The HillwalkersWith Stewart (01291 625643), a local Wye Valley walk, meet at Tintern Wireworks car park at 08.45am, postcode NP16 6TQ,
GR SO 526001
Thu Dec 5thAway DaysDiscover the Magic of Bath at Christmas - £14 per person
With around 150 twinkling chalets spread out across Bath’s picturesque Georgian streets, the Christmas Market is the perfect place to do a spot of Christmas shopping. With so many local makers and designers showcasing their artisan gifts, you can tick off everything on your Christmas list all in one place. Throughout the Market you’ll find tasty food to satisfy any appetite; grab a delicious burger or hog roast, caramelised nuts and aromatic mulled wine to keep you toasty while you browse.
A memorable day out in a stunning setting, there’s always something new to discover at Bath Christmas Market. And if you don’t fancy the market there is Bath Abbey, The Pump Rooms, The Assembly Rooms,
The Jane Austen centre or maybe a stroll around the beautiful treats and lunch at Jolly’s Tea Rooms. Bath is always a wonderful day out.
Click on Bath Christmas Market Poster to see the poster.

Leaves Chepstow Leisure Centre at 9.30 am
Contact Nicky Lee on 07515 511365 or email: AwayDays@ChepstowU3A.org.uk
Sat Dec 7thMonthly Meetings & Coffee MorningsDecember Coffee Morning
At the Palmer Centre in Cormeilles Square, 10.00 am to 12 noon
Come along and have a coffee or tea and meet up with friends old and new.
The membership secretary will be there for existing and potential members.
Copies of the latest magazine will be available.
Mon Dec 9thWalking: The StrollersNO LEADER
Mon Dec 9thWalking: The TrekkersChristmas Lunch - No walk. The Anchor, Oldbury 1pm.
Tue Dec 10thCinemaDrill Hall 7.15pm COPPÉLIA (Ballet) A classic returns to The Royal Ballet repertory with Ninette de Valois’ charming and funny Coppélia – a story of love, mischief and mechanical dolls.
Live broadcast. Tickets in advance from Chepstow Museum £16 & £13
Tue Dec 10thCinemaDrill Hall 7.15pm THE SLEEPING BEAUTY (Ballet) This production of The Sleeping Beauty has been delighting audiences in Covent Garden since 1946. A classic of Russian ballet, it established The Royal Ballet both in its new home after World War II and as a world-class company.
Live broadcast. Tickets in advance from Chepstow Museum £16 & £13
Tue Dec 10thBallroom, Latin, & Sequence DancingDancing Group Outing
Dance Academy 1 Christmas Dinner and Dance Party (black tie) at Mounton Brook Lodge in Pwllmeyric. Great excuse to dress up, get festive and dance. Three course meal. Ticket price £36 per person.
Tickets available soon but email Sarah Jayne at sjblatchly@hotmail.co.uk if you are interested.
Tue Dec 10thBallroom, Latin, & Sequence DancingDancing at St Arvans
9.00 Individual tuition
10.00: Just Dancing
11.00: Tuition
12.00 Improvers:
1.00 Beginners:
Wed Dec 11thWalking: The HillwalkersHillwalkers Christmas Lunch
Booked for 1pm at The Bear, Crickhowell.
There will be a morning walk of 5.5 to 6miles, led by Mair (01600 740424), in the Llangattock area.
Thu Dec 12thTheatreLes Miserables at the Wales Millennium Centre
This brilliant new staging has taken the world by storm and has been hailed "Les Mis" for the 21st Century. With scenery inspired by Victor Hugo and a magnificent score including the songs "I Dreamed a Dream" and "Bring him Home" . Storm the barricades for a ticket!
Price of ticket £58.00 (including FREE COACH)
The coach will leave the Severn Bridge Social Club, Bulwark at 1.00pm
Fri Dec 13thCinemaDrill Hall SORRY WE MISSED YOU (15) Ken Loach film about the financial struggles of a family just surviving in the gig economy. 7.30 pm start, £4.
Fri Dec 13thRock Music AppreciationSteve Winwood The Talent - This Rock Music Appreciation Event will take place at the host, Ian Wood's house in Central Chepstow and is titled Steve Winwood The Talent. I can only imagine what we will be presented with but am looking forward to it.

So 2pm start till 4, please contact the convenor if you wish to come to this illuminating session.
Sun Dec 15thCinemaDrill Hall 3pm THE NUTCRACKER On Christmas Eve, the mysterious Drosselmeyer brings a Nutcracker doll as a gift for his goddaughter Marie. At midnight, the doll comes to life and finds himself in a battle against the Mouse King, determined to save Marie from him.
THE BOLSHOI BALLET, tickets in advance from Chepstow Museum £12 & £10
Mon Dec 16thWalking: The StrollersJane Jordan: Soup walk
Tue Dec 17thBallroom, Latin, & Sequence DancingDancing at St Arvans
9.00 Individual tuition
10.00: Christmas Party
12.00 Improvers:
1.00 Beginners:
Fri Dec 20thCinemaDrill Hall BLINDED BY THE LIGHT (12) set in the mid-80s a talented teenager discovers the music of Bruce Springsteen and is inspired to express himself in his own voice. “A delirious and romantic rock ‘n’ roll parable”. 7.30 pm start, £4.
Sat Dec 21stBallroom, Latin, & Sequence DancingDance Group Outing
Avon Amateur Dancers Christmas Ball at Somerset Hall, Portishead.
From 7.30 pm
Food and Cabaret £20 on door, £18 in advance
Mon Dec 23rdWalking: The StrollersNO LEADER
Wed Dec 25thArt AppreciationNo meeting

Happy Christmas
Sun Dec 29thSunday Lunch ClubSunday Lunch Club
At the Beaufort Hotel in the centre of Chepstow at 12.30 pm
All welcome but please contact one of the Conveners to book your place
Mon Dec 30thWalking: The StrollersNO LEADER
Tue Dec 31stMembers Notices

Renew your Concessionary WELSH Bus Pass
This will HAVE to be renewed before 31st December this year - your existing one will not work after this date.

First make sure that you know the following:

  • the 19-digit card number printed on the front of your Welsh bus pass
  • your date of birth
  • the postcode your current card is registered to
  • your National Insurance number (on pension statements, disability statements or payslips)
  • The council where you pay your Council Tax (find it on your Council Tax bill)
  • A new digital passport photo but only if you don't like your old one

Then click on Bus Pass Renewal to go to the web site. It will take about 10 minutes for you fill in all the details
NOTE The web site is now working.

January 2020
Wed Jan 1stWalking: The HillwalkersWith Chrystal (01291 650395), somewhere in the Wye Valley.
Sat Jan 4thMonthly Meetings & Coffee MorningsJanuary Coffee Morning
At the Palmer Centre in Cormeilles Square, 10.00 am to 12 noon
Come along and have a coffee or tea and meet up with friends old and new.
The membership secretary will be there for existing and potential members.
Copies of the latest magazine will be available.
Tue Jan 7thMonthly Meetings & Coffee MorningsJanuary Monthly Meeting
Details to be provided
Tea Rota: Philosophy 1
Tue Jan 7thClassical Music AppreciationStargazing chosen by Rose
Wed Jan 15thMembers NoticesGWT Chepstow Talks and events - 7.30pm at Chepstow Leisure Centre
“Dippers in the Wye Valley” - an illustrated talk by Stephanie Tyler, County Recorder and Vice-President of the Gwent Wildlife Trust. Steph’s many years of work with Dippers is well known locally and, since it was featured on TV last year, Nationally too!

£3.00 entry, refreshments provided. For more information please contact Hilary on 01291 689326.
Thu Jan 16thCinemaDrill Hall 7.15pm THE SLEEPING BEAUTY (Ballet) This production of The Sleeping Beauty has been delighting audiences in Covent Garden since 1946. A classic of Russian ballet, it established The Royal Ballet both in its new home after World War II and as a world-class company.
Live broadcast. Tickets in advance from Chepstow Museum £16 & £13
Sun Jan 26thCinemaDrill Hall GISELLE Live The young peasant girl Giselle dies when she learns that the man she loves, Albrecht, has betrayed her. Against her own will, she joins the Wilis, vengeful spirits of jilted brides who condemn Albrecht to dance until he dies of exhaustion…
THE BOLSHOI BALLET, tickets in advance from Chepstow Museum £12 & £10
Wed Jan 29thArt AppreciationLocal artist Susan Peterkin continues with our theme of the Natural World by exploring Trees in art
Wed Jan 29thCinemaDrill Hall 7.45pm LA BOHÈME (Opera) Puccini’s opera of young love in 19th-century Paris is packed with beautiful music, including lyrical arias, celebratory choruses for Act II’s evocation of Christmas Eve in the Latin Quarter and a poignant final scene over which the composer himself wept.
Live broadcast. Tickets in advance from Chepstow Museum £16 & £13
Fri Jan 31stSocial Events

Inter Group Quiz
Organised by the Real Ale Group
Questions will be easier than last year!
The date is provisional at the moment as is the following:

  • The Drill Hall
  • Teams of 5 maximum
  • From 2.00 pm to 4.30 pm
  • Charge of £1.00 per person collected on the day
  • Limited to 20 teams
  • Break half way through for cup of tea and biscuit
Fri Jan 31stNew Pursuits - Try Something New

Chepstow Photographic Competition - Castles of Wales

This is part of a competition for all U3As in Wales. There will be three heats starting with each competing Welsh U3A running their own individual competition and choosing their best three photographs. These will be submitted to their Network (South Wales Network in our case) who will then select the best five photographs to submit to an All Wales competition.

The Chepstow Competition

  • Is open to ALL current members of Chepstow U3A.
  • The photographs must not have been submitted to another U3A as part of the same competition
  • Each member may submit a maximum of three photographs
  • The closing date for entries to the Chepstow competition is January 31st 2020.
  • All entries will be displayed either digitally or in printed form at a Monthly Meeting and the top three will be included in our Magazine

Summary of the Rules

Photographs can be colour or monochrome but they must:

  • adhere to the theme - Castles of Wales.
  • be the work of the member entering the competition.
  • be a PDI (digital image NOT print).
  • have a longest side of 1400 pixels or less.
  • have a file size of 2 mb or less.
  • have all metadata (image information) removed, including camera settings and author’s name. (see page 2 of the rules for help in removing metadata).
  • not include people that can be recognised in the image (legal reasons - copyright & permissions).

For the full rules click on Photo Competition Rules

Help is Available
We want to encourage as many Chepstow U3A members as possible to take part so don't let these rules put you off taking part. Terry Summers has kindly offered to give guidance to anyone who wants to submit photographs. Details of this will be given in due course.

Chepstow U3A Judging
Hasn't been decided yet (we have plenty of time to sort this out) but ideas at the moment are:

  • ask our members to vote at a monthly meeting
  • ask member(s) from other local U3A(s) to be judges. They might ask us to judge their competition?
  • include someone from Chepstow Photographic Society
February 2020
Sat Feb 1stMonthly Meetings & Coffee MorningsFebruary Coffee Morning
At the Palmer Centre in Cormeilles Square, 10.00 am to 12 noon
Come along and have a coffee or tea and meet up with friends old and new.
The membership secretary will be there for existing and potential members.
Copies of the latest magazine will be available.
Tue Feb 4thMonthly Meetings & Coffee MorningsFebruary Monthly Meeting
Details to be provided
Tea Rota: Reading (Non-Fiction)
Tue Feb 4thClassical Music AppreciationLess is More - the Minimalists and Others - chosen by Derek
Tue Feb 4thComputer GroupCyber-Crime Security Talk
by Natalie Evans the Cyber CSO for Gwent Police at 3.30 pm at the Drill Hall following the January monthly meeting
Provisional date and time only.
Thu Feb 6thCinemaDrill Hall 7.30pm LUCIAN FREUD, A Self Portrait For the first time in history the Royal Academy in collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, is bringing together Lucian Freud’s self portraits, more than 50 paintings, prints and drawing spanning nearly seven decades from 1939. Tickets £10 from Chepstow Museum
Thu Feb 13thAway DaysWarwick Castle - £36 per person
Behind Warwick Castle’s mighty walls, lies the real heart of the Castle with beautiful grand interiors. A castle steeped in history, drama, death, intrigue and tragedy. Ethelfleda, daughter of Saxon king Alfred the Great, first put a fort on this raised ground next to the river Avon in 914AD. William the Conqueror built a more traditional-looking castle at the spot in 1068. This became the family seat of the Earls of Warwick who played an integral part in the struggle for power during medieval times.
Marvel at the magnificent Great Hall, explore the many lavish state rooms whilst also experiencing the tranquillity inside the Earl’s private Chapel.
Discover their collection of armoury, second only to that of the Tower of London.
Perhaps brave the Dungeon, with its plague stories, and torture chamber, (additional £5 fee)
Explore the grounds and enjoy the biggest Bird of Prey Show in the UK, boasting a Sea Eagle, a Bald Eagle and an Andean Condor
Click on Warwick Castle Poster to see the poster

Contact: Rovena Harris on 01291 622681 or Nicky Lee on 07751 511365 or email AwayDays@ChepstowU3A.org.uk
Wed Feb 19thMembers NoticesGWT Chepstow Talks and events - 7.30pm at Chepstow Leisure Centre
“The Gwent Living Levels Project” an illustrated talk by Gavin Jones. The protection of the Gwent Levels is vital on so many counts; for wildlife of course, but also for local history and communities. This important project for the Gwent Wildlife Trust involves working in partnership with other groups locally and a fleet of volunteers across many disciplines.
£3.00 entry, refreshments provided. For more information please contact Hilary on 01291 689326.
Sun Feb 23rdCinemaDrill Hall 3pm SWAN LAKE Live Prince Siegfried is summoned by his parents to choose a bride. However, he encounters a mysterious swan-woman by the lake, Odette, and is captivated by her. His vow of eternal love to her will have irreversible consequences.
THE BOLSHOI BALLET, tickets in advance from Chepstow Museum £12 & £10
Tue Feb 25thCinemaDrill Hall 7.15pm MARSTON & SCARLETT WORLD PREMIERES (Ballet) horeographer Cathy Marston is previously an Associate Artist of the Royal Opera House and Director of Bern Ballett, and much in demand internationally. The inspiration for her first work for The Royal Ballet Main Stage is the momentous life and career of the cellist Jacqueline du Pré. A new work by Liam Scarlett, The Royal Ballet’s Artist in Residence, provides the second part of the programme.
Live broadcast. Tickets in advance from Chepstow Museum £16 & £13
Wed Feb 26thArt AppreciationFlowers in art continues our theme of The Natural World with our speaker Brian Wallace
March 2020
Tue Mar 3rdMonthly Meetings & Coffee MorningsMarch Annual General Meeting
Details to be provided
Tea Rota: Real Ale Appreciation
Tue Mar 3rdClassical Music AppreciationMusic chosen by Lynne
Sat Mar 7thMonthly Meetings & Coffee MorningsMarch Coffee Morning
At the Palmer Centre in Cormeilles Square, 10.00 am to 12 noon
Come along and have a coffee or tea and meet up with friends old and new.
The membership secretary will be there for existing and potential members.
Copies of the latest magazine will be available.
Tue Mar 17thCinemaDrill Hall 7.15pm FIDELIO Beethoven’s only opera is a masterpiece, an uplifting story of risk and triumph. In this new production, conducted by Antonio Pappano, Jonas Kaufmann plays the political prisoner (Opera)
Live broadcast. Tickets in advance from Chepstow Museum £16 & £13
Wed Mar 18thTheatreWe Will Rock You at the Bristol Hippodrome.
The world wide smash hit musical by Queen and Ben Elton with 24 of Queen's biggest hits including "Bohemian Rhapsody", "We are the Champions" and of course "We will Rock You".
Price of ticket (including coach)£42.00.
The coach will leave the Severn Bridge Social Club, Bulwark at 1.00pm
Wed Mar 18thMembers NoticesGWT Chepstow Talks and events 7.30pm at Chepstow Leisure Centre
"Focus on Nature - a Wildlife Photographer's Year"- an illustrated talk by Chris Hatch, Vice-President of the Gwent Wildlife Trust. Chris always has beautiful photographs to share and not only that, he has wonderful stories to tell about all kinds of wildlife.
£3.00 entry, refreshments provided. For more information please contact Hilary on 01291 689326.
Thu Mar 19thSocial Events

A Day at Chepstow Races
One of our membershas arranged a package specially for Chepstow U3A members as follows:

  • Admission to the Racecourse for the afternoon's racing
  • A Racecourse Tour
  • 2 Adjoining rooms with Cash Bar
  • Light Refreshments

All inclusive for £18

Approximate timings (to be confirmed nearer the time)

  • Meet at 11.30 am
  • Racecourse tour 12 noon
  • First race 1.00 pm

Contact Derek Shottin to book your place

Wed Mar 25thArt AppreciationThis month continuing with the theme of the Natural World our speaker
Kirsty Hartsiotis will talk about The arts and crafts movement in the
Gloucestershire countryside
Sun Mar 29thCinemaDrill Hall 4pm ROMEO AND JULIET In spite of each of their families being merciless enemies, Romeo and Juliet are deeply in love. The rivalry between the Capulets and the Montagues will cost Mercutio’s life, causing Romeo a desire of vengeance for the loss of his friend…
THE BOLSHOI BALLET, tickets in advance from Chepstow Museum £12 & £10
April 2020
Wed Apr 1stCinemaDrill Hall 7.15pm SWAN LAKE (Ballet) Liam Scarlett’s glorious production of Swan Lake, new in 2018, returns for its first revival
Live broadcast. Tickets in advance from Chepstow Museum £16 & £13
Tue Apr 7thCinemaDrill Hall 7.30pm EASTER IN ART Some of western civilisation’s greatest artworks focus on this pivotal moment in Christ’s story and Christian faith. The crucifixion and resurrection have been depicted by the greatest artists in history, from the time of the early Christians to the present day, works that are explored in this film. Tickets £10 from Chepstow Museum
Sun Apr 19thCinemaDrill Hall 4pm JEWELS Live This opulent triptych was inspired by Balanchine’s visit to the famous jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels on New York’s Fifth Avenue, celebrating the cities and dance schools of Paris, New York and St. Petersburg, each bound to its own precious stone: emerald, ruby and diamond.
THE BOLSHOI BALLET, tickets in advance from Chepstow Museum £12 & £10
Tue Apr 21stCinemaDrill Hall 7.00pm CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA/ PAGLIACCI (Opera) Two opera classics are drawn together in this wonderfully observed re-creation of life in a south Italian village as a travelling theatre visits and emotions erupt
Live broadcast. Tickets in advance from Chepstow Museum £16 & £13
Thu Apr 23rdAway DaysHighclere Castle - £32 per person

This is another opportunity to enjoy a great day out in good company and explore a 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.

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.

There is a tea shop on site.
Click on Highclere Poster to see the poster

Departs Chepstow Leisure Centre at a time to be decided

Contact: Rovena Harris on 01291 622681, email AwayDays@ChepstowU3A.org.uk
Wed Apr 29thArt AppreciationThis month we welcome back Art Historian Eleanor Bird who explores 'The garden in art as part of our theme of The Natural World.
May 2020
Sat May 16thMembers NoticesGWT Chepstow Talks and events - 9.30am to 12.30pm
ANNUAL PLANT SALE at the Palmer Community Centre, Cormeilles Square, Chepstow. Free entry.
The Gwent Wildlife Trust’s Chepstow Group will again be hosting their ever-popular Annual Grand Plant Sale and Bazaar. All excellent value, there will be a wide range of small shrubs and perennial garden plants, with annuals and vegetable plants also available. Plus experienced gardeners on hand to advise! Donations of plants welcome. For more information please contact Hilary on 01291 689326.
Wed May 27thArt AppreciationThis month Clouds and bad weather in art are explored by Kathleen Crawley as part of our theme The Natural World
Thu May 28thCinemaDrill Hall 7.15pm THE DANTE PROJECT (Ballet) Dante’s Divine Comedy is an epic journey through the afterlife: it encompasses the horrifying drama of Inferno and its damned In this new work, The Royal Ballet’s trailblazing Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor to bring us closer to Dante and his extraordinary vision.
Live broadcast. Tickets in advance from Chepstow Museum £16 & £13
June 2020
Wed Jun 3rdInformationNational U3A Day
Organised by the Third Age Trust
More details in due course
Fri Jun 12thTheatreThe Barber of Seville at the Wales Millennium Centre.
This is one of the Welsh National Opera's much-loved productions and partners wonderfully with Rossini's witty and expressive melodies.
£54.00 (including coach). To be paid for by 4th February 2020.
Please note this is an evening performance at 7.15pm. The coach will leave the Severn Bridge Social Club at 5.00pm.
Thu Jun 18thCinemaDrill Hall 7.45pm ELEKTRA (Opera) Strauss’s thrilling and audacious adaptation of Greek tragedy receives a new staging by the awardwinning director Christof Loy. This uncompromising opera, about a daughter intent on bloody revenge and a mother driven to madness,
Live broadcast. Tickets in advance from Chepstow Museum £16 & £13
Wed Jun 24thArt AppreciationThe theme of The Natural World is continued by Kate Newton who will tell us about Oriental approaches to landscape, and their influence on Western art
July 2020
Thu Jul 9thCinemaDrill Hall 7.30pm FRIDA KAHLO A journey through the life of one of the most prevalent female icons, with in-depth study of her vibrant art and commentary from world renowned experts as well as her own words. Tickets £10 from Chepstow Museum
Wed Jul 29thArt AppreciationOur coach trip will be to Swansea to visit the Glyn Vivian Gallery, Brangwyn Hall and the Sir Frank Brangwyn Panels with a stop at Margam Castle and Orangery on the way back.

Details to follow
August 2020
Sat Aug 1stSocial 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 Payment Options for Trips 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.
Wed Aug 26thArt AppreciationNo Meeting

Summer Break
September 2020
Sun Sep 20th
→Sun Sep 27th
Walking: The Walking WeeksAnnual Walking Week
To Stirling in Scotland, based in the King Robert Hotel situated on the fields of the Battle of Bannockburn, one of Scotland’s major historical sites. Click on Stirling Poster for full details and see the Walking Weeks web page for more information including contact details and how to pay
November 2020
Fri Nov 13thTheatreThe Book Of Mormon
Quoted as "The funniest musical of the century". Just booked - details to follow