Cotswold U3A Link


Congratulations to John Merrick, conductor of Gloucester & District U3A’s choir, who won the 2018 BBC Radio 3 carol competition with his setting of music to Carol Ann Duffy’s poem The Bee Carol (click to hear).

Special Interest Day July 2018Special Interest Day: 'The Great Outdoors'
The Cotswold Link held a successful special interest day on 3 July at Cheltenham entitled “The Great Outdoors” attended by around 70 members.

The day commenced with a demonstration by a local professional artist from Chipping Campden, who specialises in painting outdoors with water colours. David Birch chose a picture from a variety of photographs brought along by members, and in less than an hour David produced his own unique interpretation of the photo, on stage, accompanied by his humorous lesson on outdoor painting. A thoroughly enjoyable experience even for those not talented in the art of painting.

A Rapt AudienceThe Artist at work - 1 The Artist at work - 2 Surveying his handiworkExplaining how it is done

This contribution was followed a presentation from David Viner, a Heritage Adviser for the Canal & River Trust, who works in the areas covered by the Cotswold Link. We had a comprehensive review of the work of the trust and David particularly mentioned the history and plans under the Trust from the Kennet and Avon canal in the south to the Birmingham/Worcester canal further north. David’s enthusiasm for his work was obvious to all.

After lunch Clare Henderson from the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust gave a wide ranging talk on the extensive work of the Wildlife Trust covering managing and preserving wildlife and woodland in our area. Clare outlined the progress being made and plans for future development, all accompanied by lovely pictures to illustrate this work.

Our final speaker gave a completely different view of the ‘great outdoors’ as Tim Barnes, an experienced member of the Cotswold Gliding Club, introduced members to the joys of seeing the outside world from a different perspective, without an engine. It was a stimulating performance where in addition to the technical side of aerodynamics, Tim outlined the immense pleasure to be found in flying free. Interestingly the membership of the Gliding Club includes many members aged 60 plus.

Jane Flynn

Choir Day In Good Voice
Several choirs from the Cotswold Link U3A groups joined together for a choir day organised by Malvern U3A on 23 May 2018.

A Grass Roots Approach to Family History Research
A book by Pershore U3A Family History Group -

How it all began : It seemed like a good idea at the time…
This book started life as a project to involve the whole group over the year. The thought was that most books are far too detailed & can be quite daunting, so we would produce a basic starter document to get the beginner going.

After a brain storming session on what to include, people chose which area interested them to write about. It took some months to collect it all together & then came the task of editing it into the book we have today. It leads the researcher from researching living family members, through how members are related, to how to record your findings and build family trees.

Advice is given on how & what you will find at County Record offices, Family History Centres & Libraries. Further chapters detail online research, how to research Parish Records, Civil Registration & UK Census Returns.

For those who wish to go further, information on what you can get from Gravestones & plaques, Wills and the Workhouse records are included. Finally, Migration & Travel and a little on Irish records are covered. At the end of the book are sample recording documents.

It has been challenging but so satisfying to see the finished article which we hope will inspire others to get searching.

Books are available at £3 (+ P&P). For further details please email Margaret or Keith.

Calling all Birdwatchers
"I run the "Bird - Watching group in Churchdown. I would like to give other members in other groups local to Churchdown the opportunity share my passion for bird - watching.
You can refer to my web page on the Churchdown site (click Bird Watching) for further information for dates, sites and reports. To email me, click Alan Baxter or 'phone 01452-856440."