Harborne & Edgbaston



Please note that all meetings and events have been cancelled until further notice. See the "Coronavirous" link on the Welcome page for full details.


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 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.
Fri Jul 10th

COACH TRIP TO to Lower Hope Gardens and Berrington Hall [NT] Friday July 10th 2020. The coach departs from Harborne Baths at 8.15. Arrive at Lower Hope at 10:15 approx.for tea/coffee and cake, followed by talk and tour of garden. Leave at 12:15 for Berrington Hall, where you are then free to have lunch, explore the hall, gardens and tea room. Guided tour of part of the garden at 2:30 pm. for those interested. The coach leaves at 4:15 pm. Cost of coach and entrance to Lower Hope Garden [refreshments included] £22:00 Berrington Hall free to NT members. Total price for those who are NOT NT members £31:00. Booking to 6th May

Social Events
Wed Aug 5th Summer Tea Party 2.00 pm Harborne Golf Club, Tennal Road. £12 per ticket
Selection of traditional sandwiches, including vegetarian
Scones with clotted cream and jam
Selection of cakes
Tea and coffee
Names and payment at the May, June, July monthly meetings or please contact the Social Secretary, Jane Street on 0121 550 2314
Or email the Social Secretary via the web site