We have been meeting for over a year now and,
in spite of the title, we are gaining in membership. Many members complain that a certain group is full! We still have vacancies – join while you can!
Initially the plan was to start a group where the name would not feature in ANY OTHER U3A in Great Britain! Well, I think that we have succeeded here. Originally the Editor of TAM was delighted to hear of my new title and wanted to know more about us. I sent info but getting anything published in TAM that does not contain some reference to changing the name, having the right class, creed or red nosed boozers, or other trivia never seems to appear.
But back to the subject: what do we do and would you be interested?
If it’s made of Brick we discuss it! And just look around you – we live in Emsworth, Hampshire, a brick county. For very obvious reasons, houses and public buildings are constructed in the material that lies beneath the topsoil. In the Cotswolds it is stone, here we harvest the clay and make it into bricks. That’s how it started. Now, our local brickworks (Lumley, Rowlands Castle, Burrfields Road, Cowplain, Hayling Island) have all closed and like many things production is centred at larger works in Sussex, the Midlands and the North.
Currently we are working our way through the ages, starting last November with mud bricks dried by the sun in Mesopotamia 10,000 years BC. In January we will be looking at the Classical period including The Roman Empire, when bricks were extensively used and still survive to this day.
In the summer we go walkabouts, and we have already had very interesting looks at Fareham, Emsworth, Havant and Westbourne.
Many of our members typically did not know one end of a brick from the other, but they now tell me that their lives have been changed…… Now when they go on holiday they are not looking up to see if the sun is shining, or how far to the next coffee shop/ pub/icecream parlour – no, they are engrossed in the next building – is it a clamp, pressed or wirecut – is that a dental course – look at that corbelling holding up that roof!
You can join this new world!
2.00pm in the lounge at the rear of the Old Assembly Rooms E.C.A.