Harborne & Edgbaston



Monthly meetings are held at St. Mary’s Parish Centre, Vivian Road, Harborne**, on the first Wednesday in the month at 2.15pm. (**NB. ON NO ACCOUNT should mail for U3A be addressed c/o St Mary's Parish Centre **).

We usually start with a talk from a variety of invited speakers who talk on a range of subjects. There are also periodic presentations by individual interest groups.

This is followed by a short business meeting when members are updated on national and Local U3A news and developments.

Potential and new members are made welcome by our committee members.

Light refreshments are served after the talk and ample time is available for members to socialise and to talk to interest group coordinators.

NB. Parking

There is no parking at St Mary's Parish Centre, although there are car parks in Harborne, a few minutes walk away. Also, bus stops for the 11 and 27 buses are just around the corner on Harborne Park Road.

Dates for your Diary
Wed Feb 5th 12.30 New Year Meal at Harborne Golf Club

Contact Social Secretary for full details
Wed Mar 4th Speaker: Andy Street CBE
Mayor of the West Midlands

Tea Rota: Cryptic Crosswords Group
Wed Apr 1st Speaker: Brendan Flynn
History of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artisits (RBSA)
The RBSA is one of the oldest Art Societies in the UK. Founded in 1821 it played an important part in the Pre-Raphaelite Movement with Sir John Everett Millais and Sir Edward Burne-Jones acting as Presidents alongside Lord Leighton and Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema.

Tea Rota: Photography Group
Wed May 6th Speaker: Adrian James
Heavenly Beauty, Earthly Delight: Gardens of Paradise.
This talk describes the history, design and symbolism of Persian / Islamic / Moghul style gardens using examples from Iran (Persia), Morocco, India, Spain and the UK. 
The talk starts by explaining why these gardens are laid out as they are, covers the logistics of arranging the availability of water in a desert environment and charts how they were spread throughout the world. Finally the speaker shows some wonderful examples of Persian style gardens in various countries before finishing with some good examples in the UK.

Tea Rota: Singing For Pleasure Group
Wed Jun 3rd Speaker: Ray Sturdy
Vesta Tilley - A Victorian Light
From an early hard life to a huge success in USA and UK for a talented music hall and theatre entertainer.

Tea Rota: Play Reading Group
Wed Jul 1st Speaker: Prof. Elaine Fulton
Martin Luther: Hero or Heretic
Luther 1483-1546 was a German professor of theology, composer, priest, monk, and a seminal figure in the Protestant Reformation.

Tea Rota: Art Appreciation 1 Group
Wed Sep 2nd Speaker: Project Architect Derek Clarke RIBA
The Back to Back Houses Project in Birmingham
The story of the saving and complete restoration of the eleven houses, complete with their original courtyard, wash houses and privies.

Tea Rota: Bridge Intermediate Group
Wed Oct 7th Speaker: Andy Holding
Community Affairs Manager - Birmingham Airport

Tea Rota: Creative Writing Group
Wed Nov 4th Speaker: Roger Butler
The Monarchs in Mexico
In search of the amazing colonies of overwintering Monarch butterflies, high in the Sierra Madre mountains, together with visits to Mayan temples, Aztec palaces, and a journey along the remarkable Copper Canyon railway.

Tea Rota: Art Appreciation 4 Group
Wed Dec 2nd AGM

Tea Rota: USA History Group
Wed May 13th The Summer outing will be to BLENHEIM PALACE, OXFORDSHIRE. The cost is £31.50 for palace, grounds and gardens or £22.50 for grounds and gardens. The coach departs from Harborne Baths at 8.45am and leaves Blenheim at 4pm. Jane Street will be taking names and money for the trip at the March and April General Meetings. Any questions please contact the Social Secretary.
Social Events
Wed Aug 5th Summer Tea Party
Other Events
Fri Jan 24th Quiz evening at Harborne Golf Club.

Tickets are £11 per person, to include a Chicken Basket Meal.
You may enter a team from your group or come along individually and you will be placed in a team on the evening.
To register contact the Membership Secretary