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U3A Newsletter extra 3-August 2020

Dear U3A Members

As we said in our June update there is sadly no prospect of resuming our monthly meetings with current coronavirus restrictions governing large gatherings and the use of halls still in place.

However the committee decided at a recent Zoom meeting that we would attempt an open air, socially distanced lunch picnic on Ewyas Harold Common for all members and friends who would like to come, bringing their own food, drink and seating! You should, by now, have had an email from Witek giving you full details including a map for those unfamiliar with access to the common. In brief, we are meeting at noon on Thursday 20th August for our picnic lunch.

We are still very much here and active and some members are doing what they can under the rules. Below are three contributions from interest groups that have managed to keep meeting. Maybe these will be an inspiration to other groups!

Cycling under lockdown
Back in early March we thought we could carry on cycling and just keep two metres apart but, once the full implications of lockdown became apparent, we had to abandon that plan.

When lockdown was eased we leapt enthusiastically on our bikes. It was great to be back and very easy to maintain the two metre distance as we all cycle at different speeds particularly going up the hills. Luckily sometimes it is a case of tortoise and hares! But there was one major problem – no cafes for essential coffee and cake stops. Being resourceful cyclists we overcame this problem by digging out dusty vacuum flasks.

All was well when the sun was shining but it’s not much fun picnicking in the drizzle. That is when we hit on the idea of church porches -dry- out of the wind and space for social distancing. As the weeks went by we got more confident and one Wednesday decided to cycle to Hereford for our picnic, planning to sit on Castle Green. As we approached the city the weather deteriorated and no one fancied a cold damp picnic so of course we headed for the Cathedral , propped our bikes at the entrance and set up camp in the Cathedral porch. We were happily munching our sandwiches when a Cathedral official in his long flowing garment entered the porch. Luckily he smiled benignly on us and suggested we popped into the Cathedral to see what it looked like without its pews.

Creative Writing under lockdown

Normally we take it in turns to choose a title and we all write a short piece which we then read out at the meeting - with all the members making constructive and encouraging comments. With time on our hands during lockdown we did not want to give up writing and sharing our work.

So we decided to write our pieces and then email them round to the group. Our two members without email were included with help from an internet connected daughter and deliveries from another member.

The fun started when we devised ways of communicating electronically to discuss our pieces. Our first effort was by WhatsApp. We could use the app - but tapping away on mobile phones was tedious and slow. Then we decided to move with the times and have a Zoom meeting. Our first effort was challenging. Errors typing in the meeting code, tapping the correct icons to get both pictures and sound - not to mention positioning the computer so the other participants weren’t looking up one’s nose or over one’s head. Suffice to say our first 40 minute meeting was dominated by technical hitches.

We have, I’m pleased to report, now mastered the art of Zooming. Another skill under our belts! We have had some good discussions but it’s not so much fun without the tea and cake. The last couple of months, with lockdown eased and glorious weather, we have met in members’ gardens - which has been lovely. But if lockdown should return or the weather deteriorate, we can confidently return to Zoom!

And finally a short anecdote from the Ewyas Harold section of the Bridge Group.

Bridge - Punctuality is a Virtue

‘I am so glad you are all on time’ said the bridge hostess, ’let’s start playing’.

Almost immediately she apologised for the smell that appeared to be coming from under the table. ‘I rather think the dog has eaten something unpleasant’. As all the players were used to dogs nobody was offended and play continued.

The smell was now becoming stronger and it was decided that the dog should be removed from the room. The normally obedient dog was very reluctant to leave her position under the table. Two of the players said in unison ‘It’s because she didn’t want to leave her toy’ which they had seen by her feet.

Play started yet again but alas the smell became stronger and stronger to the point where all play stopped and all the players looked under the table. There was the cause of the foul smell, a dead squirrel (not a toy as they had supposed it to be) which the dog had found in the garden and brought home as a trophy. Much hilarity ensued and cleaning of the carpet once the corpse had been disposed of.

The squirrel knew the importance of punctuality as he had arrived ‘dead on time’!

And next…

Maybe our experiences will inspire other members to find creative ways of reviving interest groups? Do let us know and send any contributions to Helen (helenfwaites@gmail.com).

Brian is looking at possibilities for restarting the Pub Lunch Group in one of our local pubs with large gardens to take advantage of the Chancellor’s ‘Eat out to Help out’ scheme. Get in touch with Brian as he will, almost certainly, need to book any destination. Watch out for further notice.

And finally…

Something to provide distraction as the Autumn draws in. The WEA is offering its courses online via Zoom so the two courses which the Ewyas Harold branch had planned for the Autumn Term can now be enjoyed from the comfort of your own home!

Reading 1952 - Shute, Laski and Pym - Looking at three popular novels published in 1952 with tutor Cath Humphris.

Starting 29/9/20 - 6 sessions Tuesdays at 3.15 Cost - £28.80

Film Music Day School -Tutor David Roberts will explore music specifically composed for films and original music from well-known composers used in film. Date 14/11/20 - Start time 10.30 Cost - £14.40

For more information go to enrolonline.wea.org.uk or phone 0300 303 3464.

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We look forward to seeing some of you on the Common on Thursday 20th!

Please, will those of you who normally give the Newsletter to members without email, pass this on - if you can do so safely.

Stay Safe - Keep in Touch

Helen (on behalf of the Ewyas Harold and District U3A Committee)

U3A Newsletter extra 2 - June 2020

Dear U3A Members

Your committee met via Zoom yesterday to look at issues raised by the current situation we find ourselves in. As there has been some relaxation in Government restrictions relating to Covid-19 we considered how all this would affect our U3A.

Subscriptions – The start of lockdown unfortunately coincided with the point in the year when annual subscriptions were due! This means that so far only 30 members have paid. Paid-up membership means that people receive copies of Third Age Matters, have access to the Third Age Trust website and are covered by insurance for all U3A activities as well as enjoying involvement with all the activities of the local branch. The obvious problem here is the that we are unable to continue most of our regular activities (see below for information about interest groups). We have therefore decided to offer a reduced membership fee of £7.50 for the current year. Members who have already paid the full fee will receive a credit of £10.50 on their next year’s payment so that they are not disadvantaged. Our membership secretary, Linda, will be contacting people with details of options on how to pay the reduced subscription though BACS is now the preferred method. U3A Bank details for payment by BACS –

Sort code: 53-50-41, Account: 55449484 and include your name as the reference.

In this way we can maintain a healthy membership and will be able to carry out any activities which remain possible under current restrictions.

Please do look at the latest issue of Third Age Matters which has lots of information about how the Trust and individual branches are keeping U3A active. U3A and Covid-19 Guidance

The Third Age Trust has just issued updated guidance on coronavirus in response to the latest advice from Government which allows for some relaxation of previous restrictions from 1 st June. As you will know the current advice is that 6 people are able to meet anywhere outdoors, providing they keep 2 metres apart. Advice for Wales is different and it is important to refer to the websites at the end of this Newsletter for exact guidance.

This obviously means that most of our U3A activities are still not possible. However it may be feasible for some interest groups to meet outside, providing they follow the guidelines carefully, taking account of the individual needs of members who may be especially vulnerable. The Third Age Trust recommends that before carrying out an activity it is important to carry out a risk assessment for the activity and that each person participating carries out a personal participation risk assessment. These risk assessments should be recorded. See below for references to the Guidance and Checklists for Risk Assessments. It is the responsibility of the group leader to initiate this and to involve the host of the meeting if this is another person. It is also essential that group leaders check that members of their interest group have paid their subscription – otherwise our insurance is not valid.

If anyone would like additional support on carrying out risk assessments after reading the guidance Jackie Barns-Graham has offered to be a contact (jackie@barns-graham.com).

We are sure there may be innovative ways of groups continuing some activities - as an example - some of the cyclists have been meeting via Zoom and have recently taken to the pleasantly deserted roads. Creative Writing has carried on with the aid of email and Zoom and is planning its July meeting in a member’s garden which allows for shady two metre distancing in her orchard, weather permitting!

We know our members are inventive and resourceful so there may be possibilities for other groups - but the essential is to follow the guidance and make sure everyone is safe.

Sadly there is no way that our monthly meetings can comply with current restrictions – a number of people in a confined space, sharing tea and cake….! and so we are postponing all speakers booked for the rest of this year. However it was suggested that, depending on what restrictions are in force at the time, an outdoor picnic event in August could just be a possibility we will keep this under review. And finally…

We are proud of the success of our small rural U3A over the last seven years. U3A is a unique organisation, being run by and for the members for the pursuit of lifelong learning, mutual support and companionships as well as fun and enjoyment, and we hope you also feel, as we do, that it is worth doing all we can to sustain it while we navigate these challenging times……..

Meanwhile -we hope you are surviving well and enjoying the bonus of the sunniest Spring on record!

Please will those of you who normally give the Newsletter to members without email, pass this on – if you can do so safely.

Stay Safe - Keep in Touch

Helen (on behalf of the Ewyas Harold and District U3A Committee)

References

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-alert-and-safe-socialdistancing (England)

https://gov.wales/guidance-changes-coronavirus-regulations-1-june (Wales)

U3A Guidance and Risk Assessment Checklists

https://mcusercontent.com/656ad5962b370cc9e2731d1ed/files/ b08b2809-9bc5-4c4c-82d2-41d999e77015/RiskAssessment Checklistvs1.01.pdf

This should provide enough information to complete the simple checklists but you can also refer to https://www.hse.gov.uk if you would like more information about risk assessment.

U3A Newsletter extra March 2020

U3A and the Corona Virus

As you will all know by now, the government is putting in place severe restrictions on movement and social gatherings. These apply particularly to older people and people with underlying health issues. Obviously we as ‘third agers’ are particularly affected.
The committee has therefore taken a decision to suspend the monthly meetings until official guidance changes. We also feel it is sensible to suspend meetings of interest groups. As Diana has pointed out in her email to interest group coordinators, it is up to individuals if they wish to meet unofficially but they would not be covered by U3A Insurance. The cycling groups may continue to meet as this is an open air activity, provided they observe suitable precautions.

We realise that many people will be feeling less than cheerful about many weeks of enforced isolation – we will no doubt have perfectly tidy gardens and have read War and Peace by the time we emerge! However there will be ways we can keep in touch and even pursue activities together electronically. There are various forms of online communication that we could investigate. I am sure our members will have creative ideas about this. I have included the contact details of all the group coordinators below so that you can get in touch with any thoughts. You could also consider joining a new group if your existing one does not lend itself to conversion to online! Our members who are not on email will have more difficulty staying in touch so please think about ways of continuing to include them in our U3A community.

And other points from today’s electronic committee meeting…..
I can confirm that Witek Mintowt-Czyz has been elected as our new Chairman and Glenn Jarvis as our new Treasurer.
Our outgoing Treasurer, Jackie Barns-Graham, has suggested that any outstanding subscriptions should be sent by cheque, made out to Ewyas Harold and District U3A and posted to Linda Mintowt-Czyz, Arosfa, Grosmont, Monmouthshire. NP7 8EP. The £18 reduced subscription has been extended to the end of May.

GROUP COORDINATORS

BRIDGE Heather (hjdyermaclean@btinternet.com)
CREATIVE WRITING Helen (helenfwaites@gmail.com )
CYCLING Go Faster- Diana (palmer.diana13@gmail.com) or
Sarah (ciderbarnsarah@hotmail.co.uk
Easy Riders- Lynne (lynnepotter@btinternet.com )
FOOD Sarah (ciderbarnsarah@hotmail.co.uk )
FRENCH CONVERSATION Pam (pamela.savage09@btinternet.com)
THE GRAPE GROUP Yvonne (sz10dressnotshoe@gmail.com )
HISTORY Gwen (gwen@clodock.plus.com 01873 890394)
HISTORY BOOK GROUP Jackie (jackiebarnsgraham@gmail.com 01981 241547)
PUB LUNCH GROUP Brian (brian.wall2000@btopenworld.com )​​
SINGING FOR FUN Helen (helenfwaites@gmail.com )

Stay safe, stay well, keep exercising and keep in touch!
Helen

March/April 2020

Our January speaker, Peter Williamson, gave a fascinating and informative talk on all aspects of the moon and in February over 35 people, including several visitors, enjoyed David Clark’s amusing account of the BBC’s attitude to censorship through the years.
March brings our Annual General Meeting.
Members on email will have received an Agenda and Minutes for this meeting. Our constitution requires us to elect new people to Officer posts and this year the Chair, the Treasurer and the Business Secretary are up for re-election. The committee are still looking for someone to take over from Sarah Roberts as Business Secretary. This is not an onerous role -Sarah has prepared a brief four point description of her duties and is very happy to talk to any member who may be interested(ciderbarnsarah@hotmail.co.uk). This is a good opportunity to join our friendly committee and be involved in the development of our U3A.
The AGM will be followed by light-hearted look at the people and events of the 1960s.
Our April speaker, Dave Moylan (aka Nathaniel Bagshot) is resident magician at Warwick Castle!

At the December meeting of Interest Group Coordinators it was suggested that members who are unsure about joining a group could attend for a taster session to see what the group is about. Most groups are open to new members – the only restriction is size of people’s houses!
Annual Subscriptions are due in March- unchanged again at £20.
Early payers (before the April General Meeting) get a special discounted rate of £18.

March Meeting Wednesday March 11th 2pm Ewyas Harold Memorial Hall
AGM followed by ‘Remember the Swinging Sixties’ - Mike Watkins and Wilma Hayes

April Meeting Wednesday April 8th 2pm Ewyas Harold Memorial Hall
‘Funny Turns’- Dave Moylan

GROUPS
Our current interest groups are listed below. If you would like a ‘taster’ session before committing yourself get in touch with the contact person. Diana Palmer (palmer.diana13@gmail.com) is the Interest Groups Coordinator and is the person to contact if you have an idea for a new group.

BRIDGE Meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 2.30 in members’ homes. Further details from Heather Maclean (hjdyermaclean@btinternet.com)

CREATIVE WRITING Meets on the first Monday afternoon of the month. Next meeting -Monday 2nd March 2.00 at Diana’s house. Subject ‘Climate Change Emergency -What does it mean to me?’ April 6th venue and subject tbc. Contact Helen (helenfwaites@gmail.com )

CYCLING There are two cycling groups – the Go Faster meets every Wednesday morning -contact Diana (palmer.diana13@gmail.com) or Sarah (ciderbarnsarah@hotmail.co.uk ); the Easy Riders meet on the first and third Wednesdays to ride on shorter, easier routes -on 29th April there will be a Taster Ride for anyone interested in joining -contact Lynne (lynnepotter@btinternet.com )

FOOD Meets every two months to cook and share a lunch following a theme and welcomes new members. Contact Sarah (ciderbarnsarah@hotmail.co.uk )

FRENCH CONVERSATION Meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 10.30. Next meeting March 10th at Rosie’s house – Topic ‘How we/I survived the winter’ and continuing ‘Short Stories in French. April 14th venue and topic tbc. Contact Pam Savage (pamela.savage09@btinternet.com

THE GRAPE GROUP Learning more about wine in a friendly and informal environment. Meets every two months on the fourth Saturday. Next meeting 28th March 7.30 at Richard and Helen’s house. Contact Yvonne for more information (sz10dressnotshoe@gmail.com )

HISTORY Next meetings: Wednesdays 25th March and 22nd April continuing its studies of WW2. Contact Gwen (gwen@clodock.plus.com 01873 890394)

HISTORY BOOK GROUP Meets every two months. Next meeting Monday April 27th at Rose’s house. Members will be presenting their choice of books. Contact Jackie (jackiebarnsgraham@gmail.com 01981 241547)

KEEP FIT Dance Steps Mondays 12.30-1.15 Ewyas Harold Memorial Hall. Not an exclusively U3A group so a charge of £4 per session.

OUTINGS There has been a disappointing response to the recent questionnaire organised by Yvonne which went round to all members. At the moment there is not sufficient interest in any of the suggested outings to make it viable to go ahead.

PUB LUNCH GROUP This group normally meets on the last Thursday of the month at 12.30 for a drink, a meal and a chat. Just turn up if you would like to join.
​Thursday March 26th​Angel Hotel, Abergavenny
​Thursday April 30th​​Black Swan, Much Dewchurch

SINGING FOR FUN Meets on the first Wednesday afternoon of the month 2.00-3.00 in the Memorial Hall. New members very welcome – and no previous singing experience necessary! Next meetings: March 4th, April 1st (£1 charge for the Hall). Contact Helen (helenfwaites@gmail.com )

January/February 2020

A Very Happy New Year to all our Members!
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December saw our usual Christmas Party with a range of festive food and a challenging Christmas-themed quiz designed by Jackie. We heard from Elke about the varied activities of the History group during the year and Yvonne talked about the development of the Outings project and how she will be consulting members on ideas. The Creative Writing group, temporarily reincarnated as the Drama group, performed a short piece on the subject of ‘Decluttering’ which seemed to strike a chord with the audience and finally Singing for Fun led everyone in some enthusiastic singing.
It was emphasised that no prior experience is needed to join any of our groups –and the goal is learning together for fun and enjoyment. The interest groups are an important part of U3A so if you haven’t yet joined one, do get in touch with the contact people below to find out more.
In January our speaker, Peter Williamson, is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and BBC Radio Astronomy Presenter. Check the link on our website to find out more about him. In February David Clark will give us a light- hearted look at decisions made by the BBC from the 1930’s to ban certain songs – in order to protect us from harm!

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January Meeting Wednesday 8th January 2pm Ewyas Harold Memorial Hall​
The Moon from Myth to Landings – Peter Williamson
February Meeting Wednesday 12th February 2pm Ewyas Harold Memorial Hall
​ Banned by the BBC – David Clark

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GROUPS

Details of our current groups are listed below with contact details of the person to get in touch with if you would like to join. Information about all groups is on the U3A website http://u3asites.org.uk/ewyasharold. Get in touch with the Groups Coordinator, Diana Palmer (palmer.diana13@gmail.com), if you have an idea for a new group or need more information- or talk to a member of the committee at our monthly meeting.

Bridge – Meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 2.30 in different members’ homes. Further details from Heather Maclean (hjdyermaclean@btinternet.com).

Creative Writing- Meets on the first Monday afternoon of the month -Next meeting Monday 6th January 2.00 at Helen’s house. Subject – a story starting ‘It was getting late when…..’ Contact Helen (helenfwaites@gmail.com).

Cycling - The ‘Gently does it’ group for people who prefer a slower pace meets on the first and second Tuesday of each month. Contact Lynne (lynnepotter@btinternet.com). The ‘Go Faster’ group cycles once a week, generally on a Wednesday. Both groups are having a winter get together on Wednesday February 12th – a good time for anyone thinking of joining to come along, learn about plans for 2020 and decide which group to join. For more information, contact Diana (palmer.diana13@gmail.com 07729 317195) or Sarah (ciderbarnsarah@hotmail.co.uk)

Food - Meets every two months to cook and share a lunch following a theme and welcomes new members .Contact Sarah (ciderbarnsarah@hotmail.co.uk )​

French Conversation- Meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 10.30.
Next meeting 14th January at Rosie Farr’s house –Topic ‘The New Year’ and continuing ‘Short Stories in French’. Welcomes new members with whatever level of French. Contact Pam Savage (pamela.savage09@btinternet.com 01981 550669).

The Grape Group – Sampling and learning about wine. Next meeting Friday 31st January, 7.30 at Jackie and Peter Barns-Graham’s house. Contact Yvonne (sz10dressnotshoe@gmail.com)

History- The group is continuing its studies on WW2, looking at food rationing and wartime recipes. Next meetings 22nd January, 26th February –Contact Gwen for venues and more information. (gwen@clodock.plus.com 01873 890394).

History Book Group -Next meeting 10th February 12.30 for a pub lunch, discussing The House of Beaufort: The Bastard Line that Captured the Crown by Nathen Amin. For more information, contact Jackie (jackiebarnsgraham@gmail.com 01981 241547).

Keep Fit – Dance Steps Mondays 12.30- 1.15 Ewyas Harold Memorial Hall (note change of time). Not an exclusively U3A group so a charge of £4 per session.

Outings Group – Thursday April 30th – advance booking needed –a new comedy by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman ‘A Bunch of Amateurs’ Members £35. For more information and to book, contact Yvonne via Outings link on website.
The SURVEY to help plan outings that interest you and where you can suggest your own ideas should arrive in members’ inboxes shortly.

Pub Lunch Group – This group normally meets on the last Thursday of the month at 12.30 for a drink, a meal and a chat. Just turn up if you would like to join.
​Thursday January 30th​, Castle Hotel, Ross on Wye
​Thursday February 27th ,​Harewood End Inn HR2 8JT

Singing for Fun – Meets on the first Wednesday afternoon of the month 2.00-3.00 in the Memorial Hall lounge. £1.00 charge for the Hall. No meeting in January, next meeting February 5th.New members welcome. Contact Helen (helenfwaites@gmail.com ).

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And finally……..
WEA- Painting in 19th Century Europe and North America After 1860 – Tutor -Allen Fisher -6 weeks from Tuesday 4th February 10.30-12.30 The Memorial Hall, Ewyas Harold. Cost £48. To enrol online and for more information go to wea.org.uk.

November/December 2019

A well-attended meeting in October enjoyed Malcolm Meadows account of the history of the science of Alchemy and the many changes he had seen during his long and varied career as a qualified pharmacist.

In November we have a return visit from Roger Curtis who will continue his carefully researched talk on the Kennedy Assassination on November 22nd 1963. Some of you may remember Roger’s first visit when unfortunately he was unable to complete his talk because of technical problems.

December brings our annual Christmas Party and again we are asking all members to bring a plate of festive food – sweet or savoury – to share. The committee will provide drinks, there will be the usual quiz and we are hoping for contributions from the interest groups – do let one of the committee know if your group has ideas. As usual, everyone is welcome so do invite any potential new members.

Finally we are sometimes approached by local Parish Councils, hoping to recruit new parish councillors from among our members – an interesting way to contribute to your local community. If this interests you, check your local Parish Council website.

November Meeting
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Wednesday 13th November 2pm Ewyas Harold Memorial Hall
The Assassination of President Kennedy – Roger Curtis

December Meeting
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Wednesday 11th December 2pm Ewyas Harold Memorial Hall
Bring and Share Christmas Party

GROUPS
Details of our current groups are listed below with contact details of the person to get in touch with if you would like to join. Information about all groups is on the U3A website http://u3asites.org.uk/ewyasharold. Get in touch with the Groups Coordinator, Diana Palmer (palmer.diana13@gmail.com), if you have an idea for a new group or need more information, or talk to a member of the committee at our monthly meeting.

Bridge – Meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 2.30 in different members’ homes. Further details from Heather Maclean (hjdyermaclean@btinternet.com).

Creative Writing – Normally meets on the first Monday afternoon of the month but next meeting is on Tuesday 5th November 2.00 at Julie’s house. Subject ‘The Stain’. December meeting – Monday 9th 2.00 – venue and subject to be confirmed. Contact Helen helenfwaites@gmail.com ).

Cycling – The ‘Gently does it’ group for people who prefer a slower pace- now meets on the first and second Tuesday of each month – contact Jenny (jennybrookesbliss@gmail.com 07449012354 /01981241295). The ‘Go Faster’ group plans to keep cycling through the winter and welcomes new members. Contact Diana if you would like to join (palmer.diana13@gmail.com 07729 317195).

Food – Meets every two months to cook and share a lunch following a theme and welcomes new members with an interest in food and cooking. Contact Sarah (ciderbarnsarah@hotmail.co.uk )

French Conversation – Meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 10.30.
Next meeting 12th November 10.30 at Pat Leach’s house – Topic ‘School Days’ and studying ‘Short Stories in French’. Welcomes new members with whatever level of French. Contact Pam Savage (pamela.savage09@btinternet.com 01981 550669).

History – Next meeting – Wednesday 27th November at Julia’s house to continue studies of World War Two, talking about the evacuation of children from London and other large cities. No December meeting.
Contact Gwen (gwen@clodock.plus.com 01873 890394).

History Book Group – This group meets on the second Monday of ‘even’ months and discusses fiction based on historical sources. Next meeting 9th December 2.30. For more information, contact Jackie (jackiebarnsgraham@gmail.com 01981 241547).

Keep Fit – Dance Steps Mondays 12.30- 1.15 Ewyas Harold Memorial Hall (note change of time). Not an exclusively U3A group so a charge of £4 per session.

Outings Group – Tour of BBC Bristol Studio – Members £15, Guests £20 -date to be re-planned in 2020. Book at monthly meeting or via Outings link on website. YOUR HELP IS NEEDED. Please watch out for an easy to use SURVEY to help plan outings that interest you and where you can suggest your own ideas.

Pub Lunch Group – This group normally meets on the last Thursday of the month at 12.30 for a drink, a meal and a chat. Just turn up if you would like to join.

Thursday November 28th The Kilpeck Inn
Thursday December 19th Bridge Inn, Kentchurch - Fully Booked

Singing for Fun – Meets on the first Wednesday afternoon of the month 2.00-3.00 in the Memorial Hall. £1.00 charge for the Hall. Next meetings – 6th November, 4th December. New members welcome. Contact Helen (helenfwaites@gmail.com).

*****NEW GROUP*****
A new group The Grape Group will meet monthly and explore the pleasures of wine - members can share and extend their knowledge of wine in an informal atmosphere. Beginners welcome! There will be a small contribution to the cost of wine and members will be asked to bring a plate of food for sharing. First meeting – Saturday 30th November 19.30 – 22.00 at Yvonne’s house.
Contact Yvonne (yvonnehares@hotmail.co.uk)

And finally........
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WEA –Song of the Birds – and the Occasional Nightingale, the Cello and its Music: David Roberts. Study Day in St Michael’s Hall, Ewyas Harold. Saturday 16th November, 10.00 – 16.00. Cost £28. For more information and to enrol online go to wea.org.uk.

end of September/October 2019


Welcome to the first newsletter of the Autumn –we hope members can tear themselves away from this beautiful autumnal weather to return to their Groups, some of which will be re-starting after the Summer –and to attend our October meeting. Our speaker, Malcolm Meadows, will be tracing the history of the science of Alchemy, the medieval forerunner of chemistry, and will talk about his own career through the many changes in medicine and pharmacy.

You will find advance notice of two outings under the Groups section, an initiative led by our member Yvonne Hares, and also ideas for possible visits in 2020. Another new Group, starting in November, is looking for members interested in a monthly wine-tasting session.

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October Meeting
Wednesday 9th October 2pm. Alchemy to Pharmacy – my life in Pills and Potions –​Malcolm Meadows

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GROUPS

Details of our current groups are listed below with contact details of the person to get in touch with if you would like to join. Information about all groups is on the U3A website http://u3asites.org.uk/ewyasharold. Get in touch with the Groups Coordinator, Diana Palmer (palmer.diana13@gmail.com), if you have an idea for a new group or need more information, or talk to a member of the committee at our monthly meeting.

Bridge – Meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 2.30 in different members’ homes. Further details from Heather Maclean (hjdyermaclean@btinternet.com).

Creative Writing- Normally meets on the first Monday afternoon of the month but next meeting is on Monday 30th September 2.30 at Helen’s house. Subject ‘The Move’.
Contact Helen (helenfwaites@gmail.com ).

Cycling - The ‘Gently does it’ group for people who prefer a slower pace- now meets on the first and second Tuesday of each month - contact Jenny (jennybrookesbliss@gmail.com 07449012354 /01981241295). The ‘Go Faster’ group meets once a week on a Wednesday morning, weather permitting, 10am start with the route publicised through the Cycling WhatsApp group. On October 16th, the group are planning a three day ride in Pembrokeshire. Contact Diana if you would like to join (palmer.diana13@gmail.com 07729 317195).

Food - Meets every two months to cook and share a lunch following a theme and welcomes new members with an interest in food and cooking. For more details,
contact Sarah (ciderbarnsarah@hotmail.co.uk )​

French Conversation- Meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 10.30.
Next meeting 8th October 10.30 at Rosie Farr’s house, Peterchurch.
New members with whatever level of French are most welcome.
Contact Pam Savage (pamela.savage09@btinternet.com 01981 550669).

History- Next meeting – Wednesday 25th September at Rosie Farr’s house for Memories of Betty Lane. On 23rd October the group will continue studies of World War Two.
Contact Gwen for more information (gwen@clodock.plus.com 01873 890394).

History Book Group - This group meets on the second Monday of ‘even’ months and discusses fiction based on historical sources. For more information, contact Jackie (jackiebarnsgraham@gmail.com 01981 241547).

Keep Fit – Dance Fit Mondays 12-12.45 Ewyas Harold Memorial Hall lounge (note change of venue). Not an exclusively U3A group so a charge of £4 per session.

Outings Group
6th November –The Lion King at Bristol Hippodrome –Bookings closed.
Tuesday 3rd December – Tour of BBC Bristol- Members £15, Guests £20.
Book at October meeting or via website.
Information about proposed visits for 2020 will be available at monthly meetings or on the website.
Suggestions include theatre visits, specialist museums and flower shows.

Pub Lunch Group – This group normally meets on the last Thursday of the month at 12.30 for a drink, a meal and a chat. Just turn up if you would like to join.
​Friday September 27th ​The Moody Cow, Upton Bishop
​Thursday October 31st​Bay Horse Inn, Fownhope

Singing for Fun – Meets on the first Wednesday afternoon of the month 2.00-3.00 in the Memorial Hall. £1.00 charge for the Hall. Next meeting – 2nd October. New members welcome. Contact Helen (helenfwaites@gmail.com ).

*****NEW GROUP*****

Yvonne Hares is proposing a new group The Grape Group which will meet monthly and explore the pleasures of wine - members can share and extend their knowledge of wine in an informal atmosphere. There will be a small contribution to the cost of wine and members will be asked to bring a plate of food for sharing. Beginners welcome!
First meeting – Saturday 23rd November 19.30 -22.00 at Yvonne’s house.
If you’re interested, contact Yvonne (yvonnehares@hotmail.co.uk)

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WEA – The new WEA course ‘The Silk Road’, Tutor: Jill Salmons, starts on Monday 7th October 1.30 -3.30. Six weekly sessions at the Memorial Hall, Ewyas Harold. Cost £48.00. For more information and to enrol online go to wea.org.uk – or just come to the first session on October 7th.

July /August 2019 ​(and part of September)

Welcome to our Summer Newsletter, which covers two and half months - as your newsletter editor is as usual disappearing for the Summer!

A well-attended meeting in May heard about the decline of the British Stately Home and in June we had a highly entertaining account by Dean Powell of a remarkable Victorian celebrity in Llantrisant. Sadly this was the first General Meeting since our U3A started in 2013 when no members had volunteered to provide tea and cakes. U3A is completely dependent on the involvement and enthusiasm of its members and of course any expenses involved in cake-making can be claimed back – so please think about putting your name on the rota which is organised by our Chair, Vivien Coombe.

Our speaker in July will be talking about the legal aspects of planning for the future, including Inheritance Tax and Lasting Powers Of Attorney. August brings our usual Summer Party – an opportunity to bring along friends and neighbours who may be interested in joining U3A and hopefully some sunshine to enjoy the Memorial Hall Garden. In September we have a presentation by a Hair and Make-up Artist with wide experience, including work in film and video. This meeting will be in the Main Hall because of H-Art week.

Four (very fit) members of our cycling group have just completed a cycle ride from Caen on the North coast of France to Segonzac (twinned with Ewyas Harold). The weather was kind, punctures were avoided and they received a very warm welcome on their arrival. We look forward to an account of their adventures at a General Meeting soon!​

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July Meeting Wednesday 10th July 2pm. Ewyas Harold Memorial Hall​Tax, Care and Toyboys – Oliver Hill
August Meeting Wednesday 14th August 2pm. Ewyas Harold Memorial Hall
​Summer Garden Party – Bring and Share
September Meeting Wednesday 11th September 2pm. Ewyas Harold Memorial Hall
​Presentation by Dexi Garman –Hair and Make-up Artist

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GROUPS
Details of our current groups are listed below with contact details of the person to get in touch with if you would like to join. Information about all groups is on the U3A website http://u3asites.org.uk/ewyasharold. Get in touch with the Groups Coordinator, Diana Palmer (palmer.diana13@gmail.com), if you have an idea for a new group or need more information, or talk to a member of the committee at our monthly meeting. Note some groups may not be meeting through the Summer.

Bridge – Meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 2.30 in different members’ homes. Further details from Heather Maclean (hjdyermaclean@btinternet.com).

Creative Writing- Meets on the first Monday afternoon of the month. Next meetings – 1st July 2.00 at Helen’s house –subject ‘The Wind Blew’, 5th August , 2nd September venue and subject tbc. Contact Helen (helenfwaites@gmail.com ).

Cycling - The ‘Gently does it’ group for people who prefer a slower pace- now meets on the first and second Tuesday of each month - contact Jenny (jennybrookesbliss@gmail.com 07449012354 /01981241295). The ‘Go Faster’ group- meets once a week on Tuesday or Wednesday morning, weather permitting- contact Diana if you would like to join (palmer.diana13@gmail.com 07729 317195).

Drama – The Drama Group is ‘resting’ for the Summer and will start again in the Autumn when new members would be welcome.

Food - Meets every two months to cook and share a lunch following a theme and welcomes new members with an interest in food and cooking. Next meeting Wednesday 10th July 6.30 for a shared picnic at Dore Abbey for Rain or Shine- As You Like It.
Contact Sarah (ciderbarnsarah@hotmail.co.uk )​

French Conversation- Meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 10.30. No meeting in July and August. Next meeting 10th September at Pam Savage’s house.
Welcomes new members with whatever level of French.
Contact Pam Savage (pamela.savage09@btinternet.com 01981 550669).

History- July 24th – Meeting at Rosie Farr’s house when a local resident, Betty Lane, will talk about her memories of a very long life. August meeting tbc.
Contact Gwen for more information (gwen@clodock.plus.com 01873 890394).

History Book Group - This group meets on the second Monday of ‘even’ months. Next meeting 12th August, 2.30 at Jackie’s house reading The Burning Chambers by Kate Mosse. Contact Jackie (jackiebarnsgraham@gmail.com 01981 241547).

Keep Fit – Dance Fit Mondays 12-12.45 Ewyas Harold Memorial Hall lounge (note change of venue). Not an exclusively U3A group so a charge of £4 per session.

Pub Lunch Group – This group normally meets on the last Thursday of the month at 12.30 for a drink, a meal and a chat. Just turn up if you would like to join.
​Thursday July 25th​ The Harp, Hoarwithy
​Thursday August 29th ​ The Crown, Pantygelli
​Friday September 27th ​The Moody Cow, Upton Bishop

Singing for Fun – Meets on the first Wednesday afternoon of the month 2.00-3.00 in the Memorial Hall. £1.00 charge for the Hall. Next meeting – 3rd July. No meetings in August or September. New members welcome. Contact Helen(helenfwaites@gmail.com ).

March/April 2019

In January our speaker, Peter Preece, an award winning wildlife photographer, entertained us with tales of persuading kingfishers to pose for his impressive photographs and at our February meeting members enjoyed a fascinating and well-researched account of the Canadian Army in Europe during World War One.

Those of you on email will have received an agenda and minutes for our next Annual General Meeting which will be held on March 13th; all the existing committee members are willing to stand again this year. We would welcome any members who are interested in joining the committee. So if you enjoy U3A and would like to be involved in its development, please think about giving it a try. It is not a huge commitment! The speaker afterwards, Philip Caine, is author of the Jack Castle series of novels and will be talking about his career story.

We are planning to organise an annual meeting for people who coordinate interest groups – Diana Palmer, our Groups Coordinator, will be explaining more about this at the AGM.

Subscriptions for this year are due in March –unchanged for the seventh year in a row at £20. As usual early payers (before the April General Meeting) get a special discounted rate of £18!

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Wednesday 13th March 2pm. AGM followed by ‘Barrow to Baghdad and Back’
Wednesday 10th April 2pm. Hopes of Longtown –The Story Continues – Christine Hope

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GROUPS
Details of our current groups are listed below with contact details of the person to get in touch with if you would like to join. Information about all groups is on the U3A website http://u3asites.org.uk/ewyasharold. Get in touch with the Groups Coordinator, Diana Palmer (palmer.diana13@gmail.com),
if you have an idea for a new group or need more information, or talk to a member of the committee at our monthly meeting.

Bridge – Meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 2.30 in different members’ homes. Further details from Heather Maclean (hjdyermaclean@btinternet.com).

Creative Writing- Meets on the first Monday afternoon of the month. Next meetings – 4th March 2.00 at Rebecca’s house –subject ‘What makes me smile’, 1st April 2.00. venue tbc .Contact Helen (helenfwaites@gmail.com ).

Cycling - The ‘Gently does it’ group for people who prefer a slower pace- now meets on the first and second Tuesday of each month - contact Jenny (jennybrookesbliss@gmail.com 07449012354 / 01981241295). The ‘Go Faster’ group- meets once a week on Tuesday or Wednesday morning, weather permitting- contact Diana if you would like to join (palmer.diana13@gmail.com 07729 317195).

Drama - Meets on the second Tuesday afternoon of the month at 2.30. Next meeting 19th March 2.30 at David’s house.Contact Helen (helenfwaites@gmail.com)

Food - Meets every two months to cook and share a lunch following a theme and welcomes new members with an interest
in food and cooking. Next meeting Friday 29th March (tbc). Contact Jackie (jackiebarnsgraham@gmail.com ).

French Conversation-Meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 10.30. Next meetings 12th March 10.30 at Sue Gray’s house – subject ‘A Journey’, 9th April – venue tbc. Welcomes new members with whatever level of French.
Contact Pam Savage (pamela.savage09@btinternet.com).

History- Meets on the fourth Wednesday afternoon of the month. 27th March Celtic Water –Dorinda Watkins, 24th April –subject tbc. Contact Gwen for more information (gwen@clodock.plus.com 01873
890394).

History Book Group - This group meets on the second Monday of ‘even’ months. Next meeting 8th April, 2.30 at Jackie’s house reading Tombland by C.J. Sansom. Contact Jackie (jackiebarnsgraham@gmail.com 01981 241547).

IT Learners -Brian would be willing to run sessions for a maximum of 6 people if there is sufficient interest. Contact Brian (brian.wall2000@btinternet.com).

Keep Fit – Dance Fit Mondays 12-12.45 Ewyas Harold Memorial Hall lounge (note change of venue). Not an exclusively U3A group so a charge of £4 per session.

Pub Lunch Group – This group normally meets on the last Thursday of the month at 12.30 for a drink, a meal and a chat. Just turn up if you would like to join.
Thursday March 28th Garway Moon, Garway , Thursday April 25th Pandy Inn, Dorstone

Singing for Fun – Meets on the first Wednesday afternoon of the month 2.00-3.00 in the Memorial Hall. Next meetings – 6th March, 3rd April. £1.00 charge for the Hall. New members very welcome. Contact Helen (helenfwaites@gmail.com ).
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And finally........
French Film -part of the Borderlines Film Festival and in aid of the Ewyas Harold twinning association – there will be a showing of The Guardians –Friday 8th March 7.30 Ewyas Harold Memorial Hall

January/February 2019

A Very Happy New Year to all our Members

2018 ended with a very successful and well-attended Christmas party. Almost all the groups had worked on a contribution and we were entertained with a variety of songs – from the French group – an interesting version of the twelve days of Christmas, a spirited rendering of Bicyculi, Bicycula, with actions, from the cycling group, and an age appropriate variation on ‘Only Sixteen’ from Singing for Fun.
Creative Writing shared some thoughts on ageing and the History group, information about the Canary Girls. We were challenged by a pictorial quiz from the Food group and the Drama group produced an original take on the nativity with memorable performances from David Bond as junior angel and Diana Palmer as imposing archangel.

All groups welcome new members so if you are not already involved in an interest group, look at the list below.

The speaker at our January meeting, Peter Preece, will be describing his work as a wildlife photographer and in February Mike Watkins will be telling the story of a Canadian soldier who finished World War 1with a Military Cross and a German wife –a fascinating story of his life in and out of the trenches.
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January Meeting Wednesday 9th January 2pm Ewyas Harold Memorial Hall
Every Picture Tells a Story – Peter Preece

February Meeting Wednesday 13th February 2pm Ewyas Harold Memorial Hall
War Diary –a Story of a WW1 Soldier – Mike Watkins
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GROUPS
Details of our current groups are listed below with contact details of the person to get in touch with if you would like to join. Information about all groups is on the U3A website http://u3asites.org.uk/ewyasharold. Get in touch with the Groups Coordinator, Diana Palmer (palmer.diana13@gmail.com), if you have an idea for a new group or need more information, or talk to a member of the committee at our monthly meeting.
Bridge – Meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 2.30 in different members’ homes. Further details from Heather Maclean (hjdyermaclean@btinternet.com).
Creative Writing- Meets on the first Monday afternoon of the month. Next meetings - 7th January 2.30 at Helen’s house -subject-‘A Fairy Story Revisited’, 4th February 2.30. venue tbc .Contact Helen (helenfwaites@gmail.com ).
Cycling - There are now two groups –the ‘Gently does it’ for people who prefer a slower pace- meets on first and third Tuesday - contact Jenny (jennybrookesbliss@gmail.com 07449012354 /01981241295) and the ‘Go Faster’ group- meets once a week on Tuesday or Wednesday morning, weather permitting- contact Diana if you would like to join (palmer.diana13@gmail.com 07729 317195).
Drama -Meets on the second Tuesday afternoon of the month at 2.30. Next meeting 8th January at Helen’s house. Contact Helen (helenfwaites@gmail.com ).
Food - Meets every two months to cook and share a lunch following a theme and welcomes new members with an interest in food and cooking. Next meeting Friday 25th February for a Burns lunch. Contact Jackie(jackiebarnsgraham@gmail.com ).
French Conversation-Meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 10.30. Next meeting 8th January at Rosie Farr’s house. Welcomes new members whatever level of French. Contact Pam Savage (pamela.savage09@btinternet.com).
History- Meets on the fourth Wednesday afternoon. 23rd January –Women in WW1, Anne Ponting’s house, 27th February – DVD on WW1.
Contact Gwen (gwen@clodock.plus.com).

History Book Group - This group meets on the second Monday of ‘even’ months. Next meeting 11th February, 12.30 at the Carpenters Arms, Walterstone for Christmas lunch and reading The Painted Veil by Somerset Maugham. Contact Jackie (jackiebarnsgraham@gmail.com 01981 241547).
IT Learners -Brian would be willing to run sessions for a maximum of 6 people if there is sufficient interest. Contact Brian with ideas (brian.wall2000@btinternet.com).
Keep Fit – Mondays 12-12.45 at the unit behind Pontrilas Post Office. This is not an exclusively U3A group so there is a charge of £4 per session.
Pub Lunch Group – This group normally meets on the last Thursday of the month at 12.30 for a drink, a meal and a chat. Just turn up if you would like to join.
Thursday January 31st Bull Ring, Kingstone Thursday February 28th Red Lion, Peterstowe
Singing for Fun – Meets on the first Wednesday afternoon of the month 2.00-3.00 in the Memorial Hall. No meeting in January. Next meeting – 6th February. £1.00 charge for the Hall. New members very welcome. Contact Helen (helenfwaites@gmail.com ).
Tai Chi Movement for Wellbeing (TMW) New class will start in January if there are enough interested people. Will be run as a drop-in class though a recommendation for those who have no previous experience is to come to the first 3 consecutive weeks. Please contact Vicki at vickistinchcombe@gmail.com (01981 240248). Date /time tbc.
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And finally........
New WEA course –Looking at Local Churches with Tim Bridges -22nd January 7.30 St.Michael’s Hall followed by a half day visit on Tuesday 19th March. Cost £27.

November/December 2018

At our October meeting around twenty members enjoyed a return visit from ‘Fool’s Gold’ with their musical presentation of a moving story of one soldier from the North East during World War One. It was a perfect Autumn day which may have contributed to the low attendance.

We always welcome contributions from our members and in November Lynda Cecil’s presentation will cover her varied experiences working in the Civil Service, including developing policy on Environmental Protection and anecdotes on relationships between ministers and civil servants- real life ‘Yes Minister’ perhaps!

In December we have our annual Christmas Party and this year we are asking all members to bring festive food to share. The food group is currently rather small so did not feel able to organise the catering as they have done so brilliantly in recent years. However the committee will provide drinks, there will be the usual quiz and a short performance from the Drama Group. We would welcome contributions from other groups so let one of the committee know if you have ideas. As usual, everyone is welcome so do invite any potential new members.

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November Meeting Wednesday 14th November 2pm Ewyas Harold Memorial Hall​ My Life in the Civil Service –Linda Cecil
December Meeting​ Wednesday 12th December 2pm Ewyas Harold Memorial Hall
​Bring and Share Christmas Party

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GROUPS

Details of our current groups are listed below with contact details of the person to get in touch with if you would like to join. Information about all groups is on the U3A website http://u3asites.org.uk/ewyasharold. Get in touch with the Groups Coordinator, Diana Palmer (palmer.diana13@gmail.com), if you have an idea for a new group or need more information, or talk to a member of the committee at our monthly meeting.

Bridge – Meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 2.30 in different members’ homes. Further details from Heather Maclean (hjdyermaclean@btinternet.com).

Creative Writing- Meets on the first Monday afternoon of the month. Next meetings 5th November 2.00 at Julie Williams house -subject-‘Autumn’, 3rd December 2.30 Diana’s house. Contact Helen (helenfwaites@gmail.com ).

Cycling - There are now two groups –the ‘Gently does it’ for people who prefer a slower pace - contact Jenny (jennybrookesbliss@gmail.com 07449012354 /01981241295) and the ‘Go Faster’ group- contact Diana (palmer.diana13@gmail.com 07729 317195). Both normally meet on the first and third Tuesday of the month, weather permitting. New members welcome.

Drama -Meets on the second Tuesday afternoon of the month at 2.30. Next meeting 13th November at David’s house. Contact Helen (helenfwaites@gmail.com ).

Food - Meets every two months to cook and share a lunch following a theme and welcomes new members with an interest in food and cooking. Next meeting Tuesday 4th December. Contact Sarah (ciderbarnsarah@hotmail.co.uk 01981 240565).

French Conversation-Meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 10.30 in different members’ houses. Encourages anyone with a little knowledge of French to join and learn some more. Contact Sarah Roberts (ciderbarnsarah@hotmail.co.uk 01981 240565).

History- Meets on the fourth Wednesday afternoon of the month. Contact Gwen for details (gwen@clodock.plus.com). No meeting in December.

History Book Group - This group meets every two months. Next meeting 17th December at Jackie’s house, reading Column of Fire by Ken Follett. Contact Jackie for time and to say if you are coming (jackiebarnsgraham@gmail.com 01981 241547).

IT Learners -Brian would be willing to run sessions for a maximum of 6 people if there is sufficient interest. Contact Brian with ideas (brian.wall2000@btinternet.com).

Keep Fit – Mondays 12-12.45 at the unit behind Pontrilas Post Office. This is not an exclusively U3A group so there is a charge of £4 per session.

Pub Lunch Group – This group normally meets on the last Thursday of the month at 12.30 for a drink, a meal and a chat. Just turn up if you would like to join.
​Thursday November 29th​ Bay Horse Inn, Kings Acre Road
​Thursday December 20th ​The Temple Bar Inn, Ewyas Harold

Singing for Fun – Meets on the first Wednesday afternoon of the month 2.00-3.00 in the Memorial Hall. Next meetings – 7th November and 5th December. £1.00 charge for the Hall. New members very welcome. Contact Helen (helenfwaites@gmail.com ).

Tai Chi Movement for Wellbeing (TMW) New class starting in January. Will be run as a drop-in class though a recommendation for those who have no previous experience is to come to the first 3 consecutive weeks if possible. If you are interested, please contact Vicki at vickistinchcombe@gmail.com (01981 240248). Date /time to be agreed.

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And finally……..
On Sunday 18th November,10.00 -4.00 U3A will be present at an information fair at the Memorial Hall for groups across the Golden Valley (see goldenvalleygroups.uk for more details). We are looking for volunteers to cover our table and recruit new members.

August September 2018

Welcome to the first newsletter of the Autumn -the long hot Summer now seems far away! Members, including some new recruits, enjoyed the Summer Garden Party in August with Pimms and strawberries but a number of the interest groups stopped meeting during July and August. However the cycling group had a successful trip to Montgomeryshire and is now planning a London- Paris ride –and the Pub Lunch group attracted twelve enthusiasts to its last meeting for good food and company.

After efficiently organising the tea rota for our monthly meetings for a number of years, Jenny Bond is sadly having to give this up. We are looking for someone to take over – all that is required is to ensure that there are two volunteers to organise tea and cakes each month and to check that basic supplies are available -no special cake-baking skills required! Anyone who is willing to take this on please talk to our Chair, Vivien Coombe, at the monthly meeting. And thanks to Jenny for making everything run so smoothly.

On Sunday 18th November, U3A will be present at an information fair at the Memorial Hall for groups across the Golden Valley (see goldenvalleygroups.uk for more details). We will be looking for volunteers to cover our table and recruit new members!

Our October meeting sees the return, by popular request, of ‘Fool’s Gold’ with their musical story Beat the Drum, a commemoration of the First Great War which examines the conflict through the eyes of a newly married couple who are caught up in the events of 1914.

October Meeting Wednesday 10th October 2pm. Ewyas Harold Memorial Hall​ Beat the Drum – Fool’s Gold

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GROUPS

Details of our current groups are listed below with contact details of the person to get in touch with if you would like to join. Information about all groups is on the U3A website http://u3asites.org.uk/ewyasharold. If you have an idea for a new group or need more information, get in touch with the Groups Coordinator, Diana Palmer (palmer.diana13@gmail.com) or talk to a member of the committee at our monthly meeting.

Bridge – Meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 2.30. Beginners are welcome. Further details from Sarah Roberts (ciderbarnsarah@hotmail.co.uk)

Creative Writing- Monday 1st October 2.30 at Helen’s house. Subject- ‘Excuses’. Contact Helen (helenfwaites@gmail.com ).

Cycling - There are now two groups –the ‘Gently does it’ for people who prefer a slower pace - contact Jenny (jennybrookesbliss@gmail.com 07449012354 /01981241295) and the ‘Go Faster’ group (contact Diana 07729 317195(palmer.diana13@gmail.com)). Both normally meet on the first and third Tuesday of the month, weather permitting. Both groups welcome new members.

Drama -Wednesday 17th October 2.30. Contact Helen (helenfwaites@gmail.com )

Food - Meets on the last Friday lunchtime of the month to cook and share a lunch. Next meeting Friday 26th October 12.30. Anyone with an interest in food and cooking is welcome. Contact Sarah (ciderbarnsarah@hotmail.co.uk )

French Conversation –Meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 10.30am. All levels welcome .Contact Sarah Roberts (ciderbarnsarah@hotmail.co.uk 01981 240565)

History- Wednesday September 26th, 2.30 visiting the churches of Vowchurch and Turnastone, preceded by lunch at the Peterchurch church café. October 24th – meeting to plan activities for next few months. Contact Gwen (gwen@clodock.plus.com).

History Book Group - This group meets every two months. Monday 8th October reading The Sheen on the Silk by Anne Perry. Jackie Barns-Graham’s house. Contact Jackie for time and to say if you are coming (jackiebarnsgraham@gmail.com tel: 01981 241547).

IT Learners -Brian would be willing to run sessions for a maximum of 6 people if there is sufficient interest. Contact Brian with ideas (brian.wall2000@btinternet.com).

Keep Fit – Mondays 12-12.45 at the unit behind Pontrilas Post Office. This is not an exclusively U3A group so there is a charge of £4 per session.

Pub Lunch Group – This group normally meets on the last Thursday of the month at 12.30 for a drink, a meal and a chat. Just turn up if you would like to join.
​Thursday October 25th Kilpeck Inn, Kilpeck

Singing for Fun – Next meeting - Wednesday 3rd October.2.00-3.00 in the Memorial Hall. £1.00 charge for the Hall. New members very welcome. Contact Helen (helenfwaites@gmail.com ).

Tai Chi Movement for Wellbeing (TMW) is a series of movements that promote physical and emotional well being with origins in both Tai Chi and Chi Kung. It is suitable for all ages and can be practised both seated and standing making it very accessible to all. Vicki is willing to run another course if enough people are interested. Please contact Vicki at vickistinchcombe@gmail.com (01981 240248).

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And finally……..
WEA –At St. Michael’s Hall, Ewyas Harold- a WEA Study Day on Handel with David Roberts Saturday 13th October 10.00-4.00 £25.00. Enrol at wea.org.uk

July /August 2018 (and part of September)

Welcome to the Summer Newsletter, covering two and half months - as your newsletter editor is disappearing for the Summer! The next Newsletter for the end of September and October will be circulated in mid September. At the May meeting Janet Robinson, a member from our neighbouring U3A in Hay on Wye, gave an account of women’s changing role based on her own family history research. In June the ’Sheik of Shellac’ reminded us how easy it is now to produce music at the press of a button with his account of early music making machines.

In July Terry Ewington who is the Station Manager at the Barry Island Coastwatch Institution will talk about the work of the association which assists in the protection and preservation of life at sea and around the UK coastline – an appropriate topic for the holiday season. August brings our usual Summer Party – an opportunity to bring along friends and neighbours who may be interested in joining U3A. ​​

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July Meeting Wednesday 11th July 2pm. National Coastwatch Institution- Terry Ewington

August Meeting Wednesday 8th August 2pm. ​​​Summer Garden Party – Bring and Share

September Meeting Wednesday 12th September 2pm. ​​​Spirit of Place –People and Inspiration in Llanthony ​​​​​and the Black Mountains – Douglas Wright

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GROUPS
Details of our current groups are listed below with contact details of the person to g