Ewyas Harold & District

Newsletter

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 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 3.00. 17th July at Jenny Juckes, 21st August-venue tbc. Learners and beginners are welcome.
Contact Sarah (ciderbarnsarah@hotmail.co.uk)

Creative Writing-Normally meets on the first Monday at 2.30. July meeting, 2nd July at Margaret’s house – subject ‘A Beach’.
No meeting in August. September meeting – 3rd September 2.30 at Sheila’s house .
Contact Helen (helenfwaites@gmail.com)

Cycling – There are now two groups –the ‘Gently does it’ for people who prefer a slower pace -for details, contact Jenny (jennybrookesbliss@gmail.com 07449012354/01981241295) and the ‘Go Faster’ group, contact Diana (palmer.diana13@gmail.com) or Sarah (ciderbarnsarah@hotmail.co.uk). Both groups normally meet on the first and third Tuesday of the month and hope to keep cycling through the Summer. New members welcome.

Drama – Meets on the second Tuesday at 2.30. 10th July at Helen’s house. No meeting in August, September 11th - venue tbc. Contact Helen (helenfwaites@gmail.com ).

Food – Normally meets on the last Friday of the month. There is space for anyone with an interest in food and cooking.11th July 6.30 a joint picnic at Dore Abbey for Rain or Shine’s Much Ado about Nothing. Contact Sarah (ciderbarnsarah@hotmail.co.uk )

French Conversation –Meets on the second Tuesday morning of the month at 10.30.No meeting in July. 14th August at Rosie Farr’s house. All levels most welcome.
Contact Sarah (ciderbarnsarah@hotmail.co.uk )

History- Meets on the fourth Wednesday afternoon of the month. No meeting in August. Contact Gwen for details of July (gwen@clodock.plus.com tel: 01873 890394)

History Book Group – Monday 6th August 2.30 at Jackie’s house, reading Nobody’s Child by Kate Adie. This group meets every two months.
Contact Jackie (jackiebarnsgraham@gmail.com tel: 01981 241547)

Keep Fit Mondays 12 -12.45 at the unit behind Pontrilas Post Office (note new time and venue). 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 26th July ​​Carpenters Arms, Walterstone
​Thursday 30th August ​​Crown at Pantygelli

Singing for Fun – Meets on the first Wednesday of the month 2.00-3.00 in the Memorial Hall. £1.00 charge for the Hall. Next meetings - July 4th, August 1st, September 5th. Contact David (davidbond46@gmail.com ). New members very welcome.

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And finally

WEA –The September WEA course ‘From Vicarage Gardens to Mean Streets’, enjoying crime stories, Tutor –Cath Humphris starts on Tuesday 18th September, 2.30-4.30 in the Baptist Hall. £46.50 for 6 sessions. Brochure will be available in July in the village shop.

EHAHG –The Ewyas Harold History Group will be launching its book on pubs of the area, past and present, on Tuesday 18th September 7.00 at the Temple Bar. All welcome.

May/June 2018

At our Annual General Meeting in March members of the committee were re-elected with the exception of Jackie Gates who is standing down. Diana Palmer will take her place as Groups Secretary. The AGM was followed by an enjoyable session on the History of the Ukele with lots of audience participation! At the April meeting over 50 members and friends heard Roger Curtis’s fascinating account of the assassination of President Kennedy and the various conspiracy theories surrounding it. This was followed by a fine performance from members of the Drama group of an extract from Pygmalion concluding with the first appearance of the Singing for Fun group.

A new feature of monthly meetings is the Book Swap Box, introduced by our Chair, Vivien Coombe –bring your unwanted books and exchange them for new ones!

Members will shortly be receiving a consent form for the use of their data, either by email or by post for people who do not use the internet. This is so that we comply with General Data Protection Regulations and has to be carried out before the end of May by all organisations that hold personal data.

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May Meeting Wednesday 9th May 2pm. Family Matters -a family history 1845-1945 – Janet Robinson

June Meeting Wednesday 13th June 2pm. ​​Music before the Microchip – the Sheik of Shellac

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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 always welcome. Contact Sarah (ciderbarnsarah@hotmail.co.uk)

Creative Writing-Normally meets on the first Monday at 2.30. May meeting – training workshop Friday 18th May 10-1.00 at Helen’s house. June meeting -4th June 2.30 at Sheila’s house –subject ‘Premonition’ .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)). Go Faster are planning a ride from Ewyas Harold to Hay on 1st May and an overnight ride to Tewkesbury and back on 19th/20th June. Both groups normally meet on the first and third Tuesday of the month, weather permitting. Both groups welcome new members.

Drama – Meets on the second Tuesday at 2.30. 8th May at Sarah’s house and 12th June at Helen’s house. Contact Helen (helenfwaites@gmail.com ). New members very welcome!

Food - Meets on the last Friday lunchtime of the month to cook and share a lunch.
4th May – A Spring Foraging Lunch, 8th June - Outdoor Cooking.
Contact Sarah (ciderbarnsarah@hotmail.co.uk )

French Conversation –Meets on the second Tuesday morning of the month at 10.30 and welcomes all abilities. Contact Sarah (ciderbarnsarah@hotmail.co.uk )

History- Meets on the fourth Wednesday afternoon of the month. 23rd May – a visit to King Street Farm to see Amanda Huntley’s collection of old films. Contact Gwen for details (gwen@clodock.plus.com tel: 01873 890394)

History Book Group – Monday 4th June 2.30 at Jackie’s house, reading The Far Pavilions by M.M. Kaye. This group meets every two months.
Contact Jackie (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 Wednesdays 11.00 -12.00 (note new time) at the Memorial Hall. This is not an exclusively U3A group so there is a charge of £4 per session (10th session free!).

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 31st May ​- Bay Horse Inn, Kings Acre Road, Hereford
Thursday 28th June ​- Red Lion, Bredwardine

Singing for Fun – Meets on the first Wednesday of the month 2.00-3.00 in the Memorial Hall. £1.00 charge for the Hall. Next meetings, May 2nd, June 6th. Contact Helen (helenfwaites@gmail.com ). New members very welcome.
Tai Chi Movement for Wellbeing (TMW) – TMW will be starting again on Monday May 28th, 11.00-12.00 at the Baptist Hall. Drop-in session so just turn up –everyone welcome. £3 per session for hall rental. Contact Vicki at vickistinchcombe@gmail.com (01981 240248)

March April 2018

Our first meeting of the year attracted over 30 people, including visitors from Monmouth U3A to hear Stuart Wilson’s update on the archaeological excavations at Trellech. People interested in joining the next dig should check the website www.lostcityoftrellech.org . In February nearly 40 members enjoyed Christine Hope’s very entertaining account of the founding of Hopes of Longtown. She has already been invited back for the next instalment!

Our Annual General Meeting is scheduled for March; all the existing committee members are willing to stand again this year but as always we would welcome any members who are interested in joining the committee. It is not a huge commitment!

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

At the April meeting, after the speaker, the Drama group will perform the extract from ‘Pygmalion’ scheduled for our cancelled Christmas meeting. A good time to bring friends and neighbours who may be potential new members.

March Meeting Wednesday 14 th March 2pm.

AGM followed by The History of the Ukele –Matt Stead

April Meeting Wednesday 11 April 2pm.
Conspiracy and Cover-up: the Assassination of President Kennedy – Roger Curtis (followed by the Drama Group’s performance)

GROUPS

Information about all groups is on the U3A website http://u3asites.org.uk/ ewyasharold. You can use this to make contact with the group coordinators or use the contact emails given below. All groups welcome new members unless otherwise stated. If you are not able to access the website and need information, get in touch with the Groups Secretaries Jackie Gates (01981 240431) or Diana Palmer (palmer.diana13@gmail.com)

Bridge – Meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 2.30. Next meeting -20 th March at Jackie Barns -Graham’s house. Beginners are welcome and we will attempt to teach you!

Contact Jackie(jackiebarnsgraham@gmail.com ) or Sarah(ciderbarnsarah@hotmail.co.uk)

Creative Writing- Meets on the first Monday at 2.30. March meeting training workshop Friday 2 nd March 10-1.00 at Helen’s house. April meeting -9 th April, 2.30 at Annie’s house –subject ‘A childhood memory’ .

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 – Meets on the second Tuesday at 2.30. 13th March at David Bond’s house and 10th April at Diana’s house.
Contact Helen (helenfwaites@gmail.com ).

Food - Meets on the last Friday lunchtime of the month to cook and share a lunch. Friday 6 th April –Vietnamese cooking. Would welcome 2 new members.
Contact Sarah (ciderbarnsarah@hotmail.co.uk )

French Conversation –Meets on the second Tuesday morning of the month at 10.30 and welcomes all abilities. Next meeting 13 th March at Rosie Farr’s house, Peterchurch.

History- Meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Contact Gwen for details of subjects and venues for March and April (gwen@clodock.plus.com tel: 01873 890394)

History Book Group – Monday 9 th April 2.30 at Jackie’s house, reading The White Princess by Philippa Gregory. This group meets every two months. Contact Jackie (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 Wednesdays 11.00 -12.00 ( note new time) at the Memorial Hall. This is not an exclusively U3A group so there is a charge of £4 per session (10 th session free!).

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 29 th March Castlefields, Clifford
Thursday 26 th April Kilpeck Inn, Kilpeck

Singing for Fun – Meets on the first Wednesday of the month 2.00-3.00 in the Memorial Hall. £1.00 charge for the Hall. Next meetings, March 7 th , April 4 th Contact Helen (helenfwaites@gmail.com ). New members very welcome.

Tai Chi Movement for Wellbeing (TMW) – The first 7 week course has just ended. Vicki is planning a taster session on Monday March 19 th 11.00-12.00 at the Baptist Hall which will lead to another course if there is enough interest.

Contact Vicki at vickistinchcombe@gmail.com (01981 240248)

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Newsletter January/February 2018

A Very Happy New Year to all our Members

For the first time ever, in December the committee was forced to take the decision to cancel a monthly meeting –too many members stranded by the snow and the Memorial Hall car park had become an ice-rink- and so sadly our annual Christmas party did not happen. However we hope that we can find an opportunity soon to entertain members with the Drama group’s latest performance.

January brings a presentation on the lost city of Trellech, a major town of medieval Wales, by Stuart Wilson who has spent many years involved in excavations.
In February Christine Hope will talk about her experiences setting up Hopes of Longtown and also about the Nuffield Farming Scholarship.

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January Meeting Wednesday 10th January 2pm. The Lost City of Trellech – Stuart Wilson
February Meeting Wednesday 14th February 2pm. ​Hopes of Longtown – Christine Hope

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GROUPS
Information about all groups is on the U3A website http://u3asites.org.uk/ewyasharold. You can use this to make contact with the group coordinators or use the contact emails given below. All groups welcome new members unless otherwise stated. If you are not able to access the website and need information, get in touch with the Groups Secretaries Jackie Gates( 01981 240431) or Diana Palmer (palmer.diana13@gmail.com)

Bridge – Meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 2.30. Next meeting -16th January at Jenny Juckes house. Contact Jackie (jackiebarnsgraham@gmail.com)

Creative Writing- Monday 8th January 2.30 at Rebecca’s house -subject-‘ My Dream’. Monday 5th February, venue tbc. Contact Helen(helenfwaites@gmail.com)

Cycling – There are now two groups –the ‘Oh so gentle’ (contact Jenny Brookes Bliss) for people who prefer a slower pace and the ‘Go Faster’ group (contact Diana 07729 317195). Both normally meet on the first and third Tuesday of the month, weather permitting. First meeting January 9th. It is planned to organise a bicycle maintenance session for both groups in January or February. Tuesday 27th February -cycle ride around Tewkesbury. Contact Diana (palmer.diana13@gmail.com)

Drama –Tuesday 9th January 2.30. at Helen’s house and 13th February venue tbc. Contact Helen (helenfwaites@gmail.com ).

Food - Meets on the last Friday lunchtime of the month to cook and share a lunch.
Contact Jackie (jackiebarnsgraham@gmail.com)

French Conversation –Meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 10.30am and welcomes beginners upwards.. Contact Sarah Roberts (ciderbarnsarah@hotmail.co.uk )

Handicrafts – Contact Jenny for information (corskiebond@btinternet.com tel: 01981 241539).

History- Wednesday 24th January 2.00 – Ann Ponting’s house. Ann will be following up her talk on the ‘Oranges and Sunshine’ children after her recent visit to Tasmania. Contact Gwen for details (gwen@clodock.plus.com)

History Book Group – Monday 12th February 2.30 at Jackie’s house, reading The Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman. Contact Jackie (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 has changed to Wednesdays 1.00-2.00 at the Memorial Hall. This is not an exclusively U3A group so there is a charge of £4 per session (10th session free!)

Pub Lunch Group – This group normally meets in the third week of the month at 12.30 for a drink, a meal and a chat. Just turn up if you would like to join.
​Friday 19th January ​ Butcher’s Arms, Woolhope
Thursday 15th February​ Temple Bar, Ewyas Harold

Singing for Fun – No meeting in January. Wednesday 7th February- 2.00-3.00 in the Memorial Hall. Contact Helen(helenfwaites@gmail.com ). New members welcome.
Tai Chi Movement for Wellbeing (TMW) -Starts Monday 15th January for 7 weeks- 11.00-12.00 in the Baptist Hall, Ewyas Harold. This course is for the people who attended the taster session in November and can commit to the 7 week course. We hope to run another taster session if there is enough interest. Contact Vicki at vickistinchcombe@gmail.com (01981 240248)

And finally……….
New WEA course starting on Tuesday 23rd January 2.00-4.00 in the Memorial Hall – Contemporary Art in Europe and America 1955-2015. Fee -£45 for
6 weeks. Contact Richard Andrews (richardlowercefn@talktalk.net)

U3A Newsletter November/December 2017

The September meeting saw a very enjoyable presentation by ‘Fool’s Gold’. This was so popular that they have been booked to return next Autumn. In October Richard Jordan gave us a fascinating account of the life of Glenn Miller, sadly slightly affected by technical glitches, but many members appreciated the music and images of the Second World War.

In November Gavin Davies will be telling the story of Lyons Wakeman one of the hundreds of women who disguised themselves as men in order to fight in the American Civil War. Her story was documented in letters home which were later published.

December brings our annual Christmas Party and again the Food Group have offered to provide delicious refreshments. There will be a short performance from the Drama Group (Shaw this time not their own original work!), readings from the Creative Writing Group and of course – the traditional quiz. If any other groups would like to contribute, let one of the committee know. Everyone welcome so do invite any potential new members.

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November Meeting Wednesday 8th November 2pm. Ewyas Harold Memorial Hall​
Lyons Wakeman- An Uncommon Soldier- Gavin Davies

December Meeting​ Wednesday 13th December 2pm Ewyas Harold Memorial Hall
​Christmas Party

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GROUPS
Information about all groups is on the U3A website http://u3asites.org.uk/ewyasharold. You can use this to make contact with the group coordinators or use the contact emails given below. All groups welcome new members unless otherwise stated. If you are not able to access the website and need information, get in touch with the Groups Secretary,
Jackie Gates (tel: 01981 240431).

Art Appreciation – If you are interested, contact Rupert (rupertotten@gmail.com
tel: 01873 860529).

Bridge – Meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 2.30. 21st November at Heather McClean’s house. Further details from Sarah Roberts (ciderbarnsarah@hotmail.co.uk)

Creative Writing- Mondays 2.30. 6th November at Julie Williams house -subject-‘ New additions’. 4th December at Helen’s house - subject ‘Dialogue’.
Contact Helen (helenfwaites@gmail.com ).

Cycling – There are now two groups –the ‘Oh so gentle’ for people who prefer a slower pace and the original group. Both normally meet on the first and third Tuesday of the month, weather permitting. There will be a post- cycle lunch for both groups on Tuesday 5th December, venue to be confirmed. For details contact Diana (palmer.diana13@gmail.com ) or Sarah (ciderbarnsarah@hotmail.co.uk).

Drama –Tuesdays 2.30. 14th November at Sarah’s house and 12th December venue tbc. Contact Helen (helenfwaites@gmail.com ).

Food - Meets on the last Friday lunchtime of the month to cook and share a lunch. This group now has two new members so is full at the moment.
Contact Sarah (ciderbarnsarah@hotmail.co.uk )

French Conversation –Meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 10.30am and welcomes beginners upwards. Next meeting 14th November at Rosie Farr’s house. Contact Sarah Roberts (ciderbarnsarah@hotmail.co.uk )

Handicrafts – Contact Jenny for information (corskiebond@btinternet.com tel: 01981 241539).

History- Wednesday November 22nd - Visit to the Hereford Archive and Records Centre in Rotherwas. Contact Gwen for details (gwen@clodock.plus.com). No meeting in December.

History Book Group - This group meets every two months. Next meeting 27th November for the Christmas Social. Reading Galileo’s Daughter Dava Sobel and Beowulf translated by Seamus Heaney. Contact Jackie (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 has changed to Wednesdays 1.00-2.00 at the Memorial Hall. This is not an exclusively U3A group so there is a charge of £4 per session (10th session free!)

Pub Lunch Group – This group normally meets in the third week of the month at 12.30 for a drink, a meal and a chat. Just turn up if you would like to join.
​Friday November 17th ​The Moon Inn at Mordiford
​Wednesday December 20th ​Bridge Inn Kentchurch. Christmas Lunch

Singing for Fun – Next meetings - Wednesdays 15th November and 6th December- 2.00-3.30 in the Memorial Hall. Contact David (davidbond46@gmail.com) New members welcome.

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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 can be practised both seated and standing making it very accessible to all. A taster meeting will be held at the Baptist Hall, Ewyas Harold on Monday 27th November from 11 to 12. If you are interested, please contact Vicki at vickistinchcombe@gmail.com (01981 240248) after 6th November.

U3A Newsletter end of September/October 2017

Welcome to the latest Newsletter, covering the last week of September and October. Normal service will be resumed with the November/December newsletter which will be with you by the end of October. Summer meetings were well attended, especially the August Summer Garden Party, and a number of new members joined. One of these, Vicki Stinchcombe, is offering a new group, Tai Chi Movement for Wellbeing, if enough people are interested. See below for more information.
Our October meeting sees the return of Richard Jordan who will be talking about the life of the American musician and composer, Glenn Miller, and his mysterious disappearance over the English Channel in 1944 on his way to entertain troops in Europe. October Meeting Wednesday 11th October 2pm. Ewyas Harold Memorial Hall The Glenn Miller Story – Richard Jordan

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Information about all groups is on the U3A website http://u3asites.org.uk/ ewyasharold. You can use this to make contact with the group coordinators or use the contact emails given below. All groups welcome new members unless otherwise stated. If you are not able to access the website and need information, get in touch with the Groups Secretary, Jackie Gates (tel: 01981 240431).
Art Appreciation – No programme planned for the Autumn. Contact Rupert (rupertotten@gmail.com tel: 01873 860529).
Bridge – Meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 2.30. Further details from Sarah Roberts (ciderbarnsarah@hotmail.co.uk)
Creative Writing- Monday 2nd October 2.30 at Annie’s house. Subject- ‘Taste’. Contact Helen (helenfwaites@gmail.com ).
Cycling – This group normally meets on the first and third Tuesday of the month, with some local rides and some further afield. Alternative routes are planned to allow for most abilities and fitness levels. For details of rides contact Diana (palmer.diana13@gmail.com ) or Sarah (ciderbarnsarah@hotmail.co.uk).
Drama -Tuesday 10th October 2.30 at Julie Williams house in Ewyas Harold. Contact Helen (helenfwaites@gmail.com ).
Food - Meets on the last Friday lunchtime of the month to cook and share a lunch. This group would welcome two new members with an interest in food and its preparation. Contact Sarah (ciderbarnsarah@hotmail.co.uk ) French Conversation –Meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 10.30am and welcomes beginners upwards. Next meeting 10th October at Sue Gray’s house in Turnastone. Contact Sarah Roberts (ciderbarnsarah@hotmail.co.uk )
Handicrafts – Contact Jenny for information (corskiebond@btinternet.com tel: 01981 241539).
History- Wednesday September 27th, 2.30 at Jackie’s house looking at how to research on ancestry.co.uk. Contact Gwen (gwen@clodock.plus.com).
History Book Group - This group meets every two months. Next meeting 27th November for the Christmas Social. Reading Galileo’s Daughter Dava Sobel and Beowulf translated by Seamus Heaney. Contact Jackie (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 has changed to Wednesdays 1.00-2.00 at the Memorial Hall. This is not an exclusively U3A group so there is a charge of £4 per session (10th session free!)
Pub Lunch Group – This group normally meets in the third week 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 19th Garway Moon Inn, Garway
Singing for Fun –There will be no meeting in October. Next meeting - Wednesday 15th November 2.00-3.30 in the Memorial Hall. Contact David (davidbond46@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. The TMW sequence distils elements of these into a simplified form, suitable for all ages. It can be practised both seated and standing making it very accessible to all. If you are interested, please contact Vicki at vickistinchcombe@gmail.com (01981 240248). Time and venue to be decided. Vicki is away till the middle of October so a group won’t be organised till after her return.

And finally…….. WEA –At the Ewyas Harold Baptist Church Hall a WEA Study Day on Brahms: The Unromantic Composer Saturday 21st October 10.15-4.15 £20.00.

July /August 2017 (and part of September)
Welcome to the Summer Newsletter, covering two and half months - as your newsletter editor will be out of the country for the Summer! The next Newsletter covering the end of September and October will be circulated in mid September.​
At the May meeting members enjoyed another of Malcolm Watkins’ well-researched talks dealing with childcare and alternative medicine in Tudor and Stuart times. In June the ‘Saddlebow Girls’ (aka Jane Rigler and Lesley Turner) demonstrated ways of making our microwaves work harder –with free samples.
Our July speaker will be revealing a new theory about the sinking of the Titanic and August sees our Summer Garden Party –as usual a Bring and Share with drinks provided and an open invitation to friends and neighbours who may want to know more about U3A.
The committee has co-opted an additional member, Diana Palmer, who will share the role of Groups Secretary. We are always interested to hear from people who might like to join the committee, especially anyone with accounting or mathematical expertise. Sadly our Treasurer’s term of office is time limited! See the website for committee minutes.
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July Meeting Wednesday 12th July 2pm. Ewyas Harold Memorial Hall​Titanic –the Ship that Never Sank – Mike Watkins
August Meeting Wednesday 9th August 2pm. Ewyas Harold Memorial Hall
​Summer Garden Party – Bring and Share
September Meeting Wednesday 13th September 2pm. Ewyas Harold Memorial Hall
​Stormy Stories and Tragic Tales – Fool’s Gold

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GROUPS
Information about all groups is on the U3A website http://u3asites.org.uk/ewyasharold. You can use this to make contact with the group coordinators or use the contact emails given below. All groups welcome new members unless otherwise stated. If you are not able to access the website and need information, get in touch with the Groups Secretary, Jackie Gates (tel: 01981 240431).

Art Appreciation – Thursday 20th July 10am – Salvador Dali at Monnow Valley Arts. Contact Rupert (rupertotten@gmail.com tel: 01873 860529).

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

Creative Writing- Monday 3rd July 2.30 at Diana’s house, -subject: ‘Money is the Root of All Evil’. Monday 7th August 2.30 at Sheila’s house. Monday 4th September 2.30 at Rebecca’s house. Contact Helen (helenfwaites@gmail.com ).

Cycling – This group normally meets on the first and third Tuesday of the month, but this may change for the next few months. Alternative routes are planned to allow for most abilities and fitness levels. For details of rides through the Summer, contact Diana (palmer.diana13@gmail.com ) or Sarah (ciderbarnsarah@hotmail.co.uk).

Drama –No meeting in July. August meeting-Tuesday 8th, 2.30 at Sheila’s house.
Contact Helen ( helenfwaites@gmail.com ).

Food - Meets on the last Friday lunchtime of the month to cook and share a lunch. This group would welcome two new members with an interest in food and its preparation. Contact Sarah (ciderbarnsarah@hotmail.co.uk )

French Conversation –Meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 10.30am and welcomes beginners upwards. Contact Sarah Roberts (ciderbarnsarah@hotmail.co.uk )

Handicrafts – This group is taking a break for the Summer. Contact Jenny (corskiebond@btinternet.com tel: 01981 241539).

History- Meets on the last Wednesday afternoon of the month. There will be a meeting in July and probably in August. Contact Gwen (gwen@clodock.plus.com).

History Book Group - This group meets every two months. Next meeting -10th July 2.30 at Jackie’s house. Book- The Mystery of Jack of Kent and the Fate of Owain Glyndwr by Alex Gibson. Contact Jackie (jackie@barns-graham.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 has changed to Wednesdays 1.00-2.00 at the Memorial Hall. This is not an exclusively U3A group so there is a charge of £4 per session (10th session free!)

Pub Lunch Group – This group normally meets in the third week of the month at 12.30 for a drink, a meal and a chat. Just turn up if you would like to join.
​Friday July 21st ​Crown and Anchor, Lugwardine
​Thursday August 17th Crown Inn, Pantygelli

Singing for Fun –This new group meets on the first Wednesday afternoon of the month 2.00-3.30 in the Memorial Hall lounge –not a choir, just singing for pleasure!
Next meeting – July 5th. All welcome. Contact Jenny (corskiebond@btinternet.com)

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And finally
WEA –The new WEA brochure, giving details of courses for the Autumn and Spring will be available in July in the Ewyas Harold Shop.

EHHAG –The AGM of the Ewyas Harold History Group is on Tuesday 11th July 7.00 at the Temple Bar – Speaker: Sylvia Pinches ‘Hodge: The Life and Hard Times of the Agricultural Labourer’ –a picture of rural and agricultural life. Free –all welcome.

May/June 2017

At our Annual General Meeting in March Witek stepped down as our first Chairman and was thanked for his work in getting Ewyas Harold and District U3A to its current successful point. Two other committee members, Gill Lewis and Jane Rigler, also resigned and have been replaced by Sarah Roberts who will be Business Secretary and by Vivien Coombe. Vivien has now taken over as Chair and all other officers remain in post.
At a well-attended April meeting Ann Ponting gave a moving and fascinating talk, based on her cousin’s experiences, about the forcible relocation of poor children from the UK to Australia and Canada.

The May meeting sees the return of Malcolm Watkins who members may recall from ‘Eat Hedgehogge Larde’. May’s talk deals with childcare in Tudor and Stuart times. In June two of our members will explore the outer limits of microwave cookery!
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May Meeting Wednesday 10th May 2pm. Ewyas Harold Memorial Hall​​Boil a Mouse in Urine –Malcolm J. Watkins
June Meeting Wednesday 14th June 2pm. Ewyas Harold Memorial Hall
​​Microwave Cookery – the Saddlebow Girls

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GROUPS
Information about all groups is on the U3A website http://u3asites.org.uk/ewyasharold. You can use this to make contact with the group coordinators or use the contact emails given below. All groups welcome new members unless otherwise stated. If you are not able to access the website and need information, get in touch with the Groups Secretary, Jackie Gates (tel: 01981 240431).

Art Appreciation – 18th May – Viennese Succession Artists, 22nd June – Ian Hamilton Finlay and Grayson Perry at Monnow Valley Arts. Note change to Thursday mornings
10 am. Contact Rupert (rupertotten@gmail.com tel: 01873 860529).

Bridge – Meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 2.30. Next meeting 16th May at Michael Cooper-Smith’s house in Grosmont. If you would like to come, contact Michael (michael.smith.grosmont@gmail.com).

Creative Writing- Monday 8th May 2.30 at Diana’s house, -subject: ‘A squeal of tyres’ or ‘A character study’. Monday 5th June 2.30 at Helen’s house.
Contact Helen (helen@lowercefn.wanadoo.co.uk).

Cycling – This group normally meets on the first and third Tuesday of the month, with the first Tuesday being the shorter ride and the third more ambitious. Alternative routes are planned to allow for most abilities and fitness levels. 2nd May –Meet at the Memorial Hall (or Kilpeck) to ride into Hereford on the back roads, lunch at the Koffee Pot and back. 22nd/23rd May –Riding the Taff Trail with a night spent en route.
Contact Diana (palmer.diana13@gmail.com ) or Sarah (ciderbarnsarah@hotmail.co.uk ).

Drama – Meets on the second Tuesday afternoon of the month - Next meeting 9th May, 2.30 at Helen’s house. Contact Helen (helen@lowercefn.wanadoo.co.uk)

Food - Meets on the last Friday lunchtime of the month to cook and share a lunch, based on a theme or country and researching recipes. This group is currently looking for two new people. If you are interested, contact Sarah (ciderbarnsarah@hotmail.co.uk )

French Conversation –Meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 10am and welcomes beginners upwards. Next meeting 9th May at Rosie Farr’s house, Peterchurch.
If you would like to come or are unable to be there, contact Pam Savage (pamela.savage09@btinternet.com) or Sarah Roberts (ciderbarnsarah@hotmail.co.uk )

Handicrafts - Meets on the third Wednesday afternoon of the month, looking at a wide variety of crafts. Contact Jenny (corskiebond@btinternet.com tel: 01981 241539).

History- Next meetings - Wednesday 24th May 2pm at Bacton Church to look at the replica fabric of a Tudor skirt thought to have belonged to Queen Elizabeth 1.The original was displayed in the church for 106 years before its significance was realised and is now being conserved at Hampton Court Palace. 28th June 2pm -Discussion on objects from your own or your family’s past. Contact Gwen (gwen@clodock.plus.com).

History Book Group - This group meets every two months.
Next meeting Monday 8th May 2.30 reading The Greatest Knight by Elizabeth Chadwick at Jackie Barns-Graham’s house. Contact Jackie (jackie@barns-graham.com tel: 01981 241547)

July 10th 2.30pm at Jackie Gates House - Book - The Mystery of Jack of Kent and the Fate of Owain Glendwr by Alex Gibson, one of our previous speakers.

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 has changed to Wednesdays 1.00-2.00 at the Memorial Hall. This is not an exclusively U3A group so there is a charge of £4 per session (10th session free!)

Pub Lunch Group – This group normally meets in the third week of the month at 12.30 for a drink, a meal and a chat. Just turn up if you would like to join.
​Friday May 19th ​ Green Man, Fownhope
​Thursday June 22nd ​ Cottage of Content, Carey

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

Singing for Fun –This group will meet for the first time on Wednesday 7th June 2.00-3.30 in the Memorial Hall lounge –not a choir, just singing for pleasure! Come along with your ideas of what you’d like to sing. Contact Helen (helen@lowercefn.wanadoo.co.uk)

U3A Newsletter*​ March/April 2017

At our January meeting around 40 members enjoyed Peter Barns-Graham’s account of his researches into the intriguing history of his own family, and the February talk - cycling from the UK to Beijing- provided inspiration to the new cycling group.

Our Annual General Meeting is scheduled for March; two members of our original committee have to step down because of U3A rules and we would welcome approaches from anyone who would be interested in joining the committee –just contact Witek (czyz@mac.com ).

Our speaker at this meeting will be looking at the history of buttons and has asked members to bring along any old buttons they have –there may be time to value some of the more interesting ones.

At our April meeting we have another talk from one of our members who will talk from personal experience about the forcible relocation of poor children from the UK to Australia and Canada.

Subscriptions for the year are due in March –unchanged for the fifth year in a row at £20. But early payers (before the April General Meeting) get a special discounted rate of £18!
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March Meeting Wednesday 8th March 2pm. Ewyas Harold Memorial Hall​A History of Buttons –Rhianon Turrell
April Meeting Wednesday 12th April 2pm. Ewyas Harold Memorial Hall
​They were promised Oranges and Sunshine – Anne Ponting

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GROUPS
Information about all groups is on the U3A website http://u3asites.org.uk/ewyasharold. You can use this to make contact with the group coordinators or use the contact emails given below. All groups welcome new members unless otherwise stated. If you are not able to access the website and need information, get in touch with the Groups Secretary, Jackie Gates (tel: 01981 240431).

Art Appreciation – 16th March - Ai Weiwei, 20th April- Piet Mondrian. Note change to Thursday mornings 10 am. Contact Rupert (rupertotten@gmail.com tel: 01873 860529.)

Bridge – Meets on the third Tuesday afternoon of the month. Next meeting 21st March, 2.30 Heather McClean’s house. If you would like to come, contact Jackie (jackie@barns-graham.com tel: 241547).

Creative Writing- Monday 13th March 2.30 at Viv’s house, -subject: ‘Are you lost?’
Contact Helen (helen@lowercefn.wanadoo.co.uk).

Cycling – This group is open to cyclists of all abilities –no need to be super fit! Next meetings –Tuesdays 7th and 21st March and 4th and 18th April - meet at 10am at Ewyas Harold Memorial Hall. A day ride in Gloucestershire is planned for 28th March.
Contact Diana (palmer.diana13@gmail.com ) or Sarah (ciderbarnsarah@hotmail.co.uk )

Drama – Meets on the second Tuesday afternoon of the month - Next meeting 14th March at Sarah’s house. Contact Helen (helen@lowercefn.wanadoo.co.uk)

Food - Meets on the last Friday lunchtime of the month but is currently full.

French Conversation –Meets on the second Tuesday morning of the month at 10am and welcomes beginners upwards. Next meeting 14th March at Rosie Farr’s house.
Contact Witek (czyz@mac.com )if you would like to join.

Handicrafts - Meets on the third Wednesday afternoon of the month, looking at a wide variety of crafts. No experience necessary. Next meeting 15th March 2.30 at Jenny’s house, Golden Grove. Contact Jenny (corskiebond@btinternet.com tel: 01981 241539).

History- Next meeting Wed 22nd March 2pm at Jackie’s house, Discussion on objects from your own or your family’s past. Contact Gwen(gwen@clodock.plus.com).

History Book Group - This group meets every two months. Next meeting Monday 13th March 2.30 reading The Devil’s Crown by Richard Barber at Jackie Barns-Graham’s house. Contact Jackie (jackie@barns-graham.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 has changed to Wednesdays 1.00-2.00 at the Memorial Hall. This is not an exclusively U3A group so there is a charge of £4 per session (10th session free!)

Pub Lunch Group – This group normally meets in the third week of the month at 12.30 for a drink, a meal and a chat. Just turn up if you would like to join us.
​Friday March 17th ​ Black Swan, Much Dewchurch
​Thursday April 20th ​ Lough Pool, Sellack

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Possible New Groups
Singing for Fun – some members whose singing is maybe not of a standard to join a choir would like to form a group to meet once a month to sing for pleasure –it’s also supposed to have lots of health benefits! But we need someone more musical to lead the group –is there anyone out there, preferably with keyboard skills, who would be prepared to lead/advise us? If so contact Helen helen@lowercefn.wanadoo.co.uk

Rhythm and Blues - There has been some interest in starting an R and B appreciation group. Contact Brian brian.wall2000@btinternet.com).

January/February 2017
A Very Happy New Year to all our Members

In November, our Chairman, Witek, entertained about 40 members with detailed descriptions -and illustrations- of his experiences as a knee surgeon. December saw a very well-attended Christmas party with over 70 members and friends enjoying refreshments prepared by the Food group and the Drama group’s performance of their original play ‘Mysterious Ways’. There have been a number of requests for a repeat performance so this is scheduled for Friday 17th February –more details to follow.

Our January talk is another contribution from one of our members, Peter Barns-Graham, based on his researches into family history, and in February our speaker’s subject is cycling from the UK to Beijing which should be of particular interest to the new cycling group. We are always keen to hear from members who would like to contribute to the programme of talks and also we want to know what subjects from outside speakers you would like to see included – so get in touch with our talks organiser, Brian Wall (brian.wall2000@btinternet.com).

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January Meeting Wednesday 11th January 2pm. Ewyas Harold Memorial Hall​​Inheritance –Peter Barns-Graham
February Meeting Wednesday 8th February 2pm. Ewyas Harold Memorial Hall
​ Cycle UK to Beijing –Chris Smith

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GROUPS
Information about all groups is on the U3A website http://u3asites.org.uk/ewyasharold. You can use this to make contact with the group coordinators or use the contact emails given below. All groups welcome new members unless otherwise stated. If you are not able to access the website and need information, get in touch with the Groups Secretary, Jackie Gates (tel: 01981 240431).

Art Appreciation - Details of the new course will be available shortly.
Contact Rupert Otten (rupertotten@gmail.com tel: 01873 860529.)

Bridge – Meets on the third Tuesday afternoon of the month. Next meetings, 17th January, 21st February. If you would like to come, contact Jackie (jackie@barns-graham.com tel: 241547).

Creative Writing- Monday 9th January 2.30 at Helen’s house, Lower Cefn -subject: ‘What next?’ Monday 6th February 2.30 at Margaret’s house, Castlelands.
Contact Helen (helen@lowercefn.wanadoo.co.uk).

Cycling – This group started successfully in September and is open to cyclists of all abilities –no need to be super fit! Tuesday 10th January and Tuesday 7th February- meet at 10am at Ewyas Harold Memorial Hall.
Contact Diana (palmer.diana13@gmail.com ) or Sarah (ciderbarnsarah@hotmail.co.uk )

Drama – Meets on the second Tuesday afternoon of the month -new members very welcome. Next meeting 10th January 2.30 at David’s house, Golden Grove.
Contact Helen(helen@lowercefn.wanadoo.co.uk

Food - Meets on the last Friday lunchtime of the month but is currently full.

French Conversation –Meets on the second Tuesday morning of the month at 10am and welcomes beginners upwards. Next meetings- 10th January, 14th February.
Contact Witek (czyz@mac.com )if you would like to join.

Handicrafts - Meets on the third Wednesday afternoon of the month, looking at a wide variety of crafts. No experience necessary. Next meeting 18th January 2.30 at Jenny’s house, Golden Grove. Contact Jenny (corskiebond@btinternet.com).

History- Next meeting Wed 25th January 2pm at Julia Wright’s house on Schooldays in Abbeydore. Contact Gwen(gwen@clodock.plus.com).

History Book Group - This group meets every two months. Next meeting Monday, 9th January, 2.30 reading The Merry Devils by Edward Marston at Jackie Barns-Graham’s house. Contact Jackie (jackie@barns-graham.com tel: 01981 241547) if you would like to come.

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 has now started on Wednesday mornings 9.45-10.30 at the Memorial Hall. This is not an exclusively U3A group so there is a charge to cover the tutor and hall.

Pub Lunch Group – This group normally meets in the third week of the month at 12.30 for a drink, a meal and a chat. Just turn up if you would like to join.
​Friday January 20th ​​Old Black Lion, Hay-on-Wye
​Thursday February 16th ​Red Lion, Peterstow

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And finally……..
New WEA Course -Members may be interested in the new 6 week course organised by the WEA at the Memorial Hall –The Earth and Life through Time –Tutor Paul Olver. Starts Tuesday 24th January 2.00-4.00 –no need to book, just come to the first session. £42 for 6 weeks