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This page is for information and events which are not directly related to Chepstow u3a but may be of interest to members. If want to publicise and event to u3a members, please contact the Secretary ( We do not support sponsorship, raffle ticket sales and charity collection. 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

It is not currently possible 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.

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
Sun May 16th Walk 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