Harborne & Edgbaston



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Until we can meet again safely, we intend to hold our monthly general meetings via Zoom, with a guest speaker. Details are shown below.


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 and numbers 23 and 24 stops are close by on the High Street.

Dates for your Diary
Wed Mar 3rd Scams and How to Avoid Them by Brad Ashton

Based on a BBC Radio Series called Pros and Cons which he wrote, Brad exposed over 180 different scams on-air and will give us hints on what to look for, when to be sceptical and how to protect ourselves.
Wed Apr 7th Indian Cookery Demonstration by Veronica Hewins

While Veronica is cooking for us, she will also entertain us with stories of growing up in India. There will be a chance to cook alongside her as recipes will be issued before the Zoom lecture.
Wed May 5th Humanitarian Vision by Jim Holmes

Jim, a photographer and member of The Geographical Society, has over 30 years of international experience. His lecture is a visual introduction to the fantastic work done around the world by groups, agencies and charities that specialize in humanitarian development and assistance projects. Uplifting and insightful, strong images introduce the audience to projects in Afghanistan, Mongolia, Laos, India, Myanmar and many other countries.
Wed Jun 2nd A Family and Friends (The Quakers and Cadbury) by Antony Barlow

Antony’s grandfather John Henry Barlow was the first Director of Bournville Village Trust in 1900 but, described as “the outstanding Quaker statesman of his generation”, was also instrumental in setting up The Friends Ambulance Unit which operated until 1946. There’s 350 years of activism and people who made a difference in Antony’s ancestry – he introduces us to Samuel Bowly, a leading campaigner against slavery and anatomist John Barlow, the first chair of the Veterinary Studies at Edinburgh university amongst others.