Chepstow

What's On?

Below is a summary of the events taking place within our various groups (more details of group activities can be found on the individual groups pages).

We also have regular 'Tuesday Live' meetings in the Drill Hall and on Zoom with guest speakers on a very wide range of subjects. Details of the events are sent out via email to all members. For more details on recent and future events click here Tuesday Live

Coffee Mornings are held on the first Saturday of the month at the Chepstow Club - click on Coffee Morning Information


Dates for your Diary
December 2021
Sat Dec 4thSocial EventsCoffee Morning at the Chepstow Club from 11:00am to 12:30pm. Come and have a sociable coffee and chat with other members and prospective members. See Coffee Morning Information for details.
Mon Dec 6thWalking: The StrollersStrollers Christmas Lunch

The George Hotel, Chepstow

This lunch is now fully booked. Please contact Graham if you would like too be put on the waiting list
Mon Dec 6thWalking: The Striders 1Tregare and Penrhos
Moderate 8m
Sue (01600 772034)
Raglan Castle (SO 415082) 9:55
Tue Dec 7thBallroom, Latin, & Sequence Dancing

Ballroom Dancing Group

  • Main Group 10 to 12 noon. Just dancing.
  • Improvers: 12 noon to 1.00 pm
Tue Dec 7thTuesday LiveTuesday Live - Christmas Party from 2:00pm with musical entertainment by Wye Five. Wye Five is a musical quintet who have been playing together in various guises for 7 years. They play songs they love from the '50s to the '80s, with the occasional "modern" one thrown in.
If you enjoy rock 'n roll, and listening to Chuck Berry, Elvis, The Beatles, Buddy Holly, Stray Cats, you will soon be tapping your feet, singing along, and maybe even getting up and dancing!
Tue Dec 7thComputer GroupAt the Drill Hall at the Monthly Meeting from 2.00 pm

Our first face to face meeting for nearly two years to sample the mulled wine and mince pies and enjoy the entertainment laid on by the committee.
Bring along your computer devices and we will have a Computer Group meeting after the entertainment to discuss any problems and issues and talk about plans for the Group for 2022.

Contact the Convener if you would like to come along
Tue Dec 7thSocial EventsMonmouth u3a invites you to their cinema group’s film show of ’Knives out’ - a bit of fun for Christmas, 10.30 at the Savoy Cinema Monmouth. Tickets are £6 cash only. All films have subtitles.
Wed Dec 8thNatural History/Bird WatchingSlimbridge trip and Christmas lunch ( depending upon covid regs at the time)
Wed Dec 8thWalking: The HillwalkersClydach Gorge and the Lonely Shepherd with Kay and Brian M (07811 391477). About 10 miles.
From Gilwern into Clydach Gorge, visiting the ironworks and exploring bridges old and new to Blackrock. Up to the Lonely Shepherd and along the escarpment, returning via Llanelli Church with its ring of magnificent yew trees and the canal to Gilwern.
Meet at 09.15 at Gilwern Car Park by the canal, map OL13, GR SO 242 147. (Directions - coming from Abergavenny leave the A465 for Gilwern, follow the A4077 into Gilwern and in the village centre, continue on the A4077 when it turns right towards Crickhowell. After about 300 metres, just after the Gulf petrol station, turn left onto Church Road and after another 300m take the right turn just before the canal bridge to the canalside car park.)
Wed Dec 8thWalking: Hill RamblersThe Grwynne Fawr Valley with Alex
Meet at the car park at SO 253 284 at the end of the road up the Grwynne Valley from Forest Coal Pit at 10.00 am or at Chepstow LC car park at 9.00 am.
Thu Dec 9thAwayDays

Stratford-on-Avon Victorian Christmas Market - £11 per person

A themed event with stall holders dressed in Victorian costumes with entertainment throughout the town - a stage in Henley Street will host a programme of performances. There will be a traditional funfair, which will include a carousel situated at the bottom of Wood Street and on the Rother Street market area. The Christmas Market will be on Waterside, Bridge Street, Henley Street, High Street and Meer Street, with stalls which will include street food and drink-related produce being positioned on Wood Street.

You can book a walking tour of the town starting at 11.00 am which lasts 2 hours. Go to their website - https://stratfordtownwalk.co.uk/ or phone 07855 760377.

Travel Arrangements

  • 8.15 am members please arrive at Chepstow LC car park.
  • 8.30 am coach leaves Chepstow LC car park
  • 10.15 am approx. arrive in Stratford
  • 4.00 pm coach leaves Stratford
  • 6.00 pm approx. arrive back at Chepstow LC

All seats on the coach have now been booked. However if you would like to go please let us know and we will put you on a waiting list as cancellations are always likely.

Click on Stratford Christmas Market for details of the market
Stratford-on-Avon for details of the town
AwayDays to go on the waiting list
Fri Dec 10thBallroom, Latin, & Sequence DancingLawrance Blatchley Christmas Dinner and Dance Party
Lydney Town Hall
Smart dress/black tie, great excuse to dress up, get festive and dance. Tickets available soon but let us know if you are interested asap please to reserve your space. Three course festive meal.
Ring Sarah-Jayne on 07985 564857 if interested.
Fri Dec 10thRock Music AppreciationMeeting hosted by Pam & Gerry
Mon Dec 13thWalking: The StrollersJane (01600 890275 or 07909924512)
Annual soup walk up Coppett Hill …...Moderate walk of only 3+ miles with one steep incline up to the folly. The walk is very muddy at the moment so can be slippery.
Meet at 10.30 am (half hour later than normal) at Leesrigg, Coppett Hill, Goodrich HR9 6JH for walk followed by soup lunch.
Please car share if possible as parking is limited but we have plenty of neighbours who are willing to allow us to park, if we need extra space!
Mon Dec 13thWalking: The Striders 15 Stones
Moderate+ 9m
John & Judi (01600 714168)
Car Park by Bracelands camp site entrance (SO 568129) 10:05
Mon Dec 13thCard Making The next meeting will be on the 13TH December at 2pm. We will be making an adaptable card with Christmas in mind , which can also be adapted to suit any occasion. Please contact the Convener for further details
Tue Dec 14thBallroom, Latin, & Sequence Dancing

Ballroom Dancing Group - Christmas Dance
Mulled Wine and Mince Pies at St. Arvans

  • Main Group 10 to 11
  • Mulled Wine and Mince Pies from 11 onwards
  • Improvers: 12 noon to 1.00 pm
Wed Dec 15thWalking: The HillwalkersChristmas lunch booking at The Star on the Hill, Llanfihangel Tor-y-Mynydd, NP15 1DT.
Preceded by a walk, about 7miles, Chris leading (07843 943782).
Please send menu choices and pay by Friday 3 December if having lunch.
Thu Dec 16thReal Ale AppreciationTrip to be Decided
Thu Dec 16thReading (Non-Fiction)This month's book is Empireland by Sathnam Sanghera
Mon Dec 20thWalking: The Striders 1Malpas, Mince Pie Walk
Moderate 6m
Phil (01633 856028)
Yewberry Lane, Malpas, Newport (SO 309904) 10:00
Tue Dec 21stBallroom, Latin, & Sequence Dancing

Ballroom Dancing Group

  • Main Group 10 to 12 noon
  • Improvers: 12 noon to 1.00 pm
Wed Dec 22ndWalking: The HillwalkersJill (01873 840668) will lead.
Wed Dec 22ndWalking: Hill RamblersBryn Arw and the Deri with Dave A.
From the small car park at Fro at SO 292 201
Meet at 9.00 am at Chepstow LC car park or 9.45 am at Fro.
Mon Dec 27thWalking: The Striders 1TBA
Wed Dec 29thArt AppreciationNo meeting this month
January 2022
Mon Jan 3rdWalking: The StrollersNew Years Day

Public Holiday, no walk
Tue Jan 4thTuesday LiveTuesday Live - A talk by Colin Butcher on UK Islands, Wildlife and Volunteering. This talk will be at the Drill Hall only and will not be available via Zoom.
Thu Jan 6thDiscussion GroupTopic to be decided at 2.00 pm on Zoom
Introduced by Derek

A Zoom link will be sent to Discussion Group members the day before the meeting.
Fri Jan 7thOpera Appreciation

The first Opera of the New Year that the group has chosen to watch is:

Der Rosenkavalier - Strauss - a Grassington Opera Production

Exquisite music, poignant comedy and fairy tale romance: Der Rosenkavalier has it all. For its Garsington premiere, Director, Bruno Ravella transposes what is perhaps Richard Strauss’s most famous opera to the glamorous 1950s. Jordan de Souza conducts the excellent Philharmonia Orchestra and a bravura cast.

We would love you to join us to watch from the comfort of your own home

Sat Jan 8thSocial EventsCoffee Morning at the Chepstow Club from 11:00am to 12:30pm. Come and have a sociable coffee and chat with other members and prospective members. See Coffee Morning Information for details.
Mon Jan 10thWalking: The StrollersAngela and Bill

Walk the M48 Severn Bridge
More details to follow
Tue Jan 11thSocial EventsMonmouth u3a invites you to their cinema group’s film show of ’The Peanut Butter Falcon’ 10.30 at the Savoy Cinema Monmouth. Tickets are £6 cash only. All films have subtitles.
Fri Jan 14thRock Music AppreciationMeeting hosted by Glyn & Rose
Mon Jan 17thWalking: The StrollersRuth and Viv

Shoret walk details to be advised
Thu Jan 20thReading (Non-Fiction)This month's book is Burning the Books by Richard Ovenden
Mon Jan 24thWalking: The StrollersJohn and Nina

Caerleon to Sainsbury and return
More details to follow
Tue Jan 25thReal Ale AppreciationQueens Head in Chepstow 7.30 pm
Tue Jan 25thClassical Music AppreciationA session led by Lesley.
7.00pm at the Methodist Church Hall.
Wed Jan 26thArt AppreciationGroup member Leslie Green will speak about The works of the great French artist Georges Braque.
Thu Jan 27thReal Ale AppreciationTrip to be Decided
Mon Jan 31stWalking: The StrollersCyril and Margaret Reece

Trellech area
More details to follow
February 2022
Thu Feb 3rdTheatreMatthew Bourne's "Nutcracker!" at the Bristol Hippodrome at 2.30pm.
This performance is the sweetest of all Matthew Bourne's treats! It follows Clara's bittersweet journey from a dark Christmas Eve to an ice-skating winter wonderland to the scrumptious candy kingdom of Sweetieland.
The price of the ticket (including the coach) is £51.00 payable by 5th October.
The coach will leave the Chepstow Leisure Centre at 1.00pm
Thu Feb 3rdDiscussion GroupTopic to be decided at 2.00 pm on Zoom
Introduced by Sue

A Zoom link will be sent to Discussion Group members the day before the meeting.
Fri Feb 4thSocial EventsAnnual Quiz Our popular annual quiz will be on Friday 4th February from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm at the Drill Hall
Sat Feb 5thSocial EventsCoffee Morning at the Chepstow Club from 11:00am to 12:30pm. Come and have a sociable coffee and chat with other members and prospective members. See Coffee Morning Information for details.
Mon Feb 7thWalking: The StrollersLyn McFarlane

More details to follow
Tue Feb 8thSocial EventsMonmouth u3a invites you to their cinema group’s film show of ’Petite Maman’ 10.30 at the Savoy Cinema Monmouth. Tickets are £6 cash only. All films have subtitles.
Fri Feb 11thRock Music AppreciationPlaylist chosen by Sue
Mon Feb 14thWalking: The StrollersNo leader
Mon Feb 21stWalking: The StrollersNo leader
Tue Feb 22ndClassical Music AppreciationA session looking at black composers led by Rose.
7.00pm at the Methodist Church Hall.
Wed Feb 23rdArt AppreciationGroup member Phil Mundell will give a talk about Mythology in art
March 2022
Thu Mar 3rdDiscussion GroupTopic to be decided at 2.00 pm on Zoom
Introduced by David

A Zoom link will be sent to Discussion Group members the day before the meeting.
Sat Mar 5thSocial EventsCeilidh at the Drill Hall
Date is only provisional? Details when they are settled.
Sat Mar 5thSocial EventsCoffee Morning at the Chepstow Club from 11:00am to 12:30pm. Come and have a sociable coffee and chat with other members and prospective members. See Coffee Morning Information for details.
Mon Mar 7thWalking: The StrollersViv and Ruth

Shorter walk
Details to be advised
Tue Mar 8thSocial EventsMonmouth u3a invites you to their cinema group’s film show of ’Pig’ 10.30 at the Savoy Cinema Monmouth. Tickets are £6 cash only. All films have subtitles.
Fri Mar 11thRock Music AppreciationMeeting hosted by a Group Member
Mon Mar 14thWalking: The StrollersJan and Theresa

Details to be advised
Thu Mar 17thAwayDays

Blenheim Palace - £28 per person

  • One of England's largest houses, built between 1705 and 1722, and designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.
  • The historic seat of the Dukes of Marlborough
  • The only non-royal, non-episcopal country house in England to hold the title of palace.
  • The birthplace of Winston Churchill with a new Churchill exhibition.
  • There is an audio guide included in the price

Good catering facilities with new cafés and an accessible attraction with improved pathways.

Travel Arrangements

  • 8.45 am members arrive at Chepstow LC car park,
  • 9.00 am coach leaves Chepstow LC car park
  • 10.45 am approx. arrive Blenheim Palace
  • 4.15 pm coach leaves Blenheim Palace
  • 6.00 pm approx. arrive back at Chepstow LC

Click on AwayDays to confirm your place and we will send you details of how to pay.

Click on Blenheim Palace for more information about Blenheim
Mon Mar 21stWalking: The StrollersMary and Barbara

Details to be advised
Mon Mar 28thWalking: The StrollersNo leader
Wed Mar 30thArt AppreciationOur convener Martin will talk about Music and Musicians in Art
April 2022
Sat Apr 2ndSocial EventsWhist Drive`
Sometime in the Spring? Date is only provisional
Probably Palmer Centre from 7.30 pm
Details when a date and details have been agreed.
Sat Apr 2ndSocial EventsCoffee Morning at the Chepstow Club from 11:00am to 12:30pm. Come and have a sociable coffee and chat with other members and prospective members. See Coffee Morning Information for details.
Thu Apr 7thDiscussion GroupTopic to be decided at 2.00 pm on Zoom
Introduced by Meryl

A Zoom link will be sent to Discussion Group members the day before the meeting.
Fri Apr 8thRock Music AppreciationMeeting hosted by a Group Member
Mon Apr 25thWalking: The StrollersAlison Broughton

Earlswood and Wentwood
More details to be advised
Wed Apr 27thArt AppreciationWe are delighted to welcome back art historian and lecturer Eleanor Bird who will speak about Rembrandt's great late paintings
May 2022
Thu May 5thDiscussion GroupTopic to be decided at 2.00 pm on Zoom
Introduced by Terry

A Zoom link will be sent to Discussion Group members the day before the meeting.
Sat May 7thSocial EventsCoffee Morning at the Chepstow Club from 11:00am to 12:30pm. Come and have a sociable coffee and chat with other members and prospective members. See Coffee Morning Information for details.
Thu May 12thAwayDays

Sezincote House. India in the Cotswolds'.
Sezincote is unique. At the heart of a traditional, family-run estate covering 3,500 acres of rolling Cotswold countryside stands a 200-year-old Mogul Indian palace, set in a romantic landscape of temples, grottoes, waterfalls and canals reminiscent of the Taj Mahal.
Click on Sezincote House and Gardens for more information.

The date and coach have been confirmed but we are waiting for prices from the House.

Travel Arrangements

  • 8.45 am members arrive at Chepstow LC car park,
  • 9.00 am coach leaves Chepstow LC car park
  • 10.30 am approx. arrive Sezincote
  • 3.00 pm coach leaves Sezincote
  • 4.00 pm approx. arrive back at Chepstow LC
Fri May 13thRock Music AppreciationMeeting hosted by a Group Member
Mon May 23rdWalking: The StrollersJane and Mary

Worsegreen Nature Reserve, the Forst of Dean
More details to be advised
Wed May 25thArt AppreciationThe topic this month is the Arts and Crafts artist Heyward Sumner and his wondeful murals at LLanfair Kilgedden church near the Monmouth Abergavenny road.

Speaker to be confirmed
June 2022
Thu Jun 2ndDiscussion GroupTopic to be decided at 2.00 pm on Zoom
Introduced by Fiona

A Zoom link will be sent to Discussion Group members the day before the meeting.
Sat Jun 4thSocial EventsCoffee Morning at the Chepstow Club from 11:00am to 12:30pm. Come and have a sociable coffee and chat with other members and prospective members. See Coffee Morning Information for details.
Thu Jun 9thTheatreThe Northern Ballet's "The Great Gatsby" at the New Theatre Cardiff at 2.30pm.
You are invited to the most glamorous party in town. Lose yourself in the decadence of 1920's New York. It is bursting with passion, style and drama.
Price of tickets £44.00 including coach.
The coach will leave Chepstow Leisure Centre at 1.00pm.
Fri Jun 10thRock Music AppreciationMeeting hosted by a Group Member
Fri Jun 17thAwayDays

Three Counties Show Malvern
The date and coach are confirmed but we are waiting for price details from Malvern.

Travel Arrangements

  • 8.45 am members arrive at Chepstow LC car park,
  • 9.00 am coach leaves Chepstow LC car park
  • 10.15 am approx. arrive Malvern
  • 3.30 pm coach leaves Malvern
  • 4.45 pm approx. arrive back at Chepstow LC
Click onThree Counties Show for more information
Mon Jun 27thWalking: The StrollersJames Hagens

Details to be advised
Wed Jun 29thArt AppreciationThis month we will have a talk about The Medieval Sculptures in Abergavenny , particulary the huge Jesse figure - this is the greatest collection of medieval sculpture in the UK

Speaker to be confirmed
July 2022
Thu Jul 7thDiscussion GroupTopic to be decided at 2.00 pm on Zoom
Introduced by Shelagh

A Zoom link will be sent to Discussion Group members the day before the meeting.
Fri Jul 8thRock Music AppreciationMeeting hosted by a Group Member
Wed Jul 27thArt AppreciationThis month there will be a self drive expedition to Abergavenny church and then Llanfair Kilegedden church, with a guided tours at each to view the treasures we learnt about in our May and June meetings.

Details to follow
August 2022
Fri Aug 12thRock Music AppreciationMeeting hosted by a Group Member
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

September 2022
Fri Sep 9thRock Music AppreciationMeeting hosted by a Group Member
Mon Sep 12th
→Fri Sep 16th
AwayDays

Champagne Tasting, Ypres & WW1 Battlefields

  • Luxury Coach from Chepstow
  • 3 nights B&B at Reims in 3 Campanile Hotel
  • 1 night B&B at Lille 4 Hotel.
  • Tour & tasting at Champagne Mercier,
  • Explore Epernay, stroll the Avenue des Champagnes with its impressive houses and gardens
  • Tour & tasting at Champagne Rafflin Lepitre, Decanter Magazine Gold Medal Winner
  • Tour of Premier Cru Champagne region
  • Time to explore historic Reims, (Cathedral, Palace du Tau, Fine Arts Museum, Museum of Surrender, Walking Tours, Evening showing of Son et Lumiere at the Cathedral )
  • Tour of WW1 battlefields, Sanctuary Wood Trenches and Museum, Tyne Cot War Graves cemetery, Flanders Field Museum
  • Tour of Ypres
  • Ceremony of the Last Post at the Menin Gate

All tours with an experienced tour guide

Click on Champagne Tasting for details.

All the above for £475 per person. Single room supplement £120

Email Nicky Lee for more information

Sun Sep 25th
→Sun Oct 2nd
Walking: The Walking Weeks

Walking Week based in Buxton Derbyshire
Based at the 4* Lee Wood Hotel.
See the Web Page for full information.

October 2022
Fri Oct 14thRock Music AppreciationMeeting hosted by a Group Member
Mon Oct 24thWalking: The StrollersJane and Mary

Coppett Hil
More details to be advised
November 2022
Mon Nov 7thWalking: The StrollersStrollers AGM
Fri Nov 11thRock Music AppreciationMeeting hosted by a Group Member
December 2022
Thu Dec 1stAwayDays

Bath Christmas Market Provisional

Roam around the Christmas Markets and sample the festive food and drink (click on Bath Xmas Market for details of the market) or visit the other attractions in this beautiful City such as the Roman Baths, Bath Abbey, or the Jane Austen Centre. Click on Visit Bath for more City information.

Travel Arrangements

  • 9.15 am members please arrive at Chepstow LC car park.
  • 9.30 am coach leaves Chepstow LC car park
  • 10.15 am approx. arrive in Bath.
  • 4.00 pm coach leaves Bath.
  • 5.30 pm approx. arrive back at Chepstow

More details nearer the time.

Mon Dec 5thWalking: The StrollersStrollers Christmas Lunch

Details to be advised
Fri Dec 9thRock Music AppreciationMeeting hosted by a Group Member
May 2023
Thu May 11thAwayDaysKew Gardens - provisional
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.
The coach will leave Chepstow Leisure Centre car park at 8.00 am aiming to arrive at Kew by 10.45 am. We will leave Kew at 4.00 pm and back in Chepstow around 7.00 pm..

More details nearer the time.