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2020 Application / Renewal Forms have been uploaded - Join in February and get 2 Months on your membership to April 2020


Next Monthly Meeting - Wednesday February 19th 2020 2:00pm @ Community Centre
Vale Animal Centre is next month's monthly meeting subject. The presentation includes how the Vale began in the back garden of an ordinary semi in 1984 and how it has grown since.


Paul Barnett gave us an interesting insight not only into the history of the Purton Hulks but also the history of the boats that were beached there. It was good to see such a large group of members, prospective members and guests not only enjoying the talk but also each others company afterwards


Please go to the theatre and trip group page for details of the trip to Stratford including information about a matinee production of Comedy of Errors. There will be spaces on the coach if you only wish to spend your time visiting Stratford or possibly , if enough interest we will take the coach on to a nearby national Trust property.

Are you interested in playing badminton or a Sunday lunch? If so please contact Jill Bunting , group coordinator via the contact page. The cribbage group has now started, again please go to the group page for contact details.


9:15 Coffee available in Ellis Theatre Foyer
09:30 Welcome Memorial Hall
09:45 Climate Change – is it really real? Penny Tranter, Meteorological Office
Global ‘Climate Change' has created global concern. In this presentation we will look at: the causes, projected impacts, possible steps for mitigation and the need for greater understanding of climate change and greater global awareness of the issue.
10:45 Coffee Ellis Theatre Foyer
11:05 Fusion Power. Within our grasp? Robin Stafford Allen formerly Culham Centre for Fusion Energy
The world energy issue will be covered and then I will move on to showing what nuclear fusion is (power generation free from CO2 and nuclear waste) and how it is being researched using the machines in UK (JET) and the latest machine in France (ITER). I will endeavour to show the progress toward putting fusion generated electricity onto the grid within our lifetime
12:05 Buffet Lunch Adderley Room
13:30 The Circular Carbon Economy Professor Peter Edwards FRS, University of Oxford
Carbon will continue as a necessary component for our energy future – but – only with its continued use in a sustainable and circular manner. Our Carbon Economy must therefore become a closed loop, Circular Carbon Economy. The Circular Carbon Economy is the route to a world economy that is both restorative and regenerative
14:30 Societal Perceptions of Climate Change and Support for Low Carbon Lifestyles Dr Katharine Steentjes, University of Cardiff
The challenge set out by international agreements, to keep global warming to below 2°C, will require drastic changes to our lifestyles. This talk will examine current shifts in public perception and look at what motivates behaviour change. The aim being to understand psychological barriers and motivations to embrace low carbon lifestyles on both individual and a societal levels.
15 30 Closing Words; Tea Ellis Theatre Foyer
16:00 Departure

Registration form available under Links


  • In future all reports and information about the monthly meetings, held on the third Wednesday of the month, will be on the welcome page and dates are also shown on the events page
  • The December newsletter is now available under Links
  • There is now a group page where all details of future trips can be found.
  • The Cribbage Group will be starting on January 14th 2020 2-4 at the Methodist Church, Chapelhay Lane Churchdown, all are welcome. For more details please go to the cribbage group page


Let Us Know!!

Dear Members
We currently have 21 groups, with our newly formed Whist Group and Cribbage Group, all of which meet regularly and where we can socialise, learn from each other and have fun! I'm sure that we all appreciate the Group Leaders' hard work in organising activities and venues. As we can't belong to all 20 it would be interesting to get a flavour in what happens in the various groups. If you belong to a group and have a spare 10 minutes, please write a few lines which give an idea of what goes on in your group. Alternatively, if the group is happy to be photographed you could send a photo/photos!! Please send them to Bill Craswell(Webmaster), contact details on the contact page, who can put them on the website.

Also, if you are interested in starting a new group and would like to know what is involved then please contact me.

Jill Bunting
Group Coordinator



If you don’t have your own transport, how do you get to your chosen Interest Group Meetings?
• We believe that, like other U3As, the spirit of friendliness is alive and well amongst all our 200 members.
• Some members without transport have lifts from friends who attend the same group(s) – so, no problem
But what should you do if you want to attend a group where you know no one and have no access to a lift?

Here is a suggestion:

Tell someone about your difficulty. Contact the relevant group leader or Jill Bunting, our Groups’ Coordinator, or another Committee Member. They will try and help if they can.

But please remember:

  • You are expected to pay towards the travel cost of a lift.
  • We are not running a taxi service. It all depends on people’s goodwill.
  • Keep your communication lines open and let people know if you don’t need a lift.



If you do not receive a reply from a Group Leader or a Committee Member within five working days please contact another committee member who will do his / her best to help you. The chances are that the person you have contacted is on holiday and so unable to reply.


Data Protection Policy

The Steering Committee has now produced a Data Protection Policy. A copy is posted in the LINKS section for your reference.


UPDATE Newsletter

The latest issue of our new Newsletter has now been circulated to all our members. If you would like to read a copy, too, then please click on the name in the Links section on this page.


Keeping in touch with the group(s) to which you belong.

As the groups form and take shape so changes are made about which we are not immediately informed. We are doing our best to keep you as up to date as possible but would suggest that you check with your group leader the time and date of your first group meeting - just to be on the safe side. Once you get to that first meeting you will, of course, be able to find out all the details of future meetings for yourself.


Membership Information

Please remember to take your card to all your Interest Group Meetings as Groups are being asked to keep an attendance record. Potential new members can still go to an interest group meeting but they will be asked to complete and submit a membership application form.

If you are not a U3A member and want to join then please download a copy of the Membership Application Form that is shown as a link on this page. If you have any questions, then do please contact a committee member.