Non U3A

This page is for information and events which are not directly related to Chepstow U3A but may be of interest to members. If you have information or an event that you want to publicise to U3A members, please contact the Secretary ( In accordance with our status as a charity, we are unable to publicise political events or items which are incompatible with our charitable principles.

Do you know anyone who could benefit from help with reading or writing?

Forest Read Easy Deal (FRED) has been helping adults improve their reading and writing in the Forest of Dean District for about ten years.
Working at the pace of the Reader, this is not time-limited and is not subject to tests or exams.
We provide one-to-one, free and confidential assistance through trained and supported volunteer coaches throughout the district.
We follow the programme set out in the "Turning Pages" manuals produced by the Shannon Trust (
At present unfortunately we are unable to hold our usual sessions in person but are in contact with Readers remotely to provide some continuity.
We are still able to carry out assessments from contacts over the phone and line up Coach and Reader pairs for when we can return later in the year.
We have a number of trained coaches living within travelling distance of Chepstow, who would be able to set up sessions locally, and we would like to explore this possibility in 2021. We are unaware of any similar service operating in this part of Monmouthshire.
Our real challenge is finding new ways of contacting and engaging potential new Readers. We are very dependent on support agencies referring people to us or word of mouth through families and friends. It would be really helpful if you could let us know if there are individuals known to you who could benefit from the FRED approach.
If you would like more information about FRED, please let us know or look at our website, or our Facebook page @forestreadeasydeal where there are many examples of how learning to read in later life has greatly improved lives, or contact 07746 371353 email

Food Bank Donations

A member has pointed out that it is not possible in the current circumstances to donate food to the food bank at Tesco. Tesco are in partnership with the Trussell Trust, who can accept donations at their donation web page. Alternatively, donations could be made direct to the Chepstow Food Bank.

Wye Valley Railway Memories

From Kev Daniels, Member of Woodspring U3A.

I am volunteering on work to create a cycle/walking route on part of the Wye Valley Railway due to open next Spring. As part of this I am looking into the history with a colleague. This is the link that describes the work that is being carried out: Wye Valley Greenway

Has anyone got memories of the line please? There are two particular questions:

1. Has anyone worked as a platelayer on the line or has friends or relations that have? Any stories and photos about the work would be much appreciated. There are the remains of two huts near either end of the Tidenham tunnel. I have attached a photo of one of them

2. Also, does anyone have any information about a derailment at the rail bridge over the A48 in the 1980s? Apparently, the track was relaid to an improved standard afterwards.

Kev's phone number is 01275 848559 and his email address is

British Nutrition Foundation - Health Claims Unpacked Project

The Health Claims Unpacked project aims to help consumers understand health claims on foods and drinks in order to make healthy choices. They would be grateful for volunteers to take part in this interesting and worthwhile research project.

Researchers are looking for people to complete a series of short, enjoyable interactive activities, which explore the health claims we see on food and drinks. Activities include testing nutrition knowledge and the opportunity to design a health claim on pack.  

The activities take about 15 minutes to complete and as well as informing users about health claims, the results will be used by researchers at the University of Reading to make recommendations to the food industry and regulators on making health claims clearer for consumers. So, this is the opportunity for you to contribute to scientific research and have your say on the information you see on products! 

The Health Claims Unpacked project team is encouraging as many people as possible to get involved in the research to get more peoples’ views and get a clearer picture of how health claims can best be communicated. The interactive activities can be accessed via the website: Unpacking Health Claims.       Please note that the website is currently being updated and there will be even more activities available from 11 November 2020.

More information about the project can be found here: Understanding Health Claims.

This activity has received funding from EIT Food, the innovation community on Food of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the EU, under the Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. 

Please note: We are often asked to publicise research studies and trials to our members. Where we do so it is because we believe it may be of interest to you although we are not endorsing or promoting the research study in any way. The Chepstow U3A Committee has not undertaken any checks or due diligence on the relevant department or the study itself and accepts no liability whatsoever if you decide to agree to participate. If you choose to take part in any study, you do so at your own risk and in your own capacity and not as a U3A member. You should make sure that you understand all the risks associated with any study before you sign up and ensure that you understand the time commitment, any restrictions and possible side effects. You should also ensure that, where relevant, you will be insured as part of the study.
Dates for your Diary
Fri Mar 19th King Lear Prizes, the national creative arts competition for older people
Closing date 19th March.
For amateurs and beginners who are over the age of 65.
The competition accepts entries in poetry, real stories (short stories from people’s lives), art and musical performance, and there are over £2,000 of prizes on offer. The winners will be picked by our panel of expert judges including Gyles Brandreth and Julian Lloyd Webber.
Our website gives more information about the competition and the organisation which runs it!
Why not have a go? Look at the web site for more details.
Wed Mar 31st Share Your Winter Story
The Older Person's Commissioner for Wales is looking for older people to work with her to share their personal stories about what their lives are like through the winter - about the plans and action older people are putting in place to help them get through the winter months, what's good or is making a positive difference, and about the things that may be making life more difficult.
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