Ledbury & District

Events and Other Information

Our Monthly General Meeting ('MGM') is normally on the third Thursday of each month (except August), 2.00pm to 4.00pm, at:
Ledbury Community Hall, Lawnside Road, Ledbury.

Tea, coffee and biscuits are served from 2.00pm to 2.20pm, and a speaker is engaged to present a talk, lasting about one hour, often illustrated with slides or music. There is a nominal charge of 20p to members attending this meeting, in addition to the annual U3A membership subscription.

To see the kind of talks we normally run have a look at what was planned for 2020 by clicking on the link at the top of this page.

Every 3 months our Newsletter Editor produces an excellent and comprehensive guide to what is happening in our U3A, with particular reference to the activities of our Groups. Last time however with few groups actually operating he found himself in a bit of a quandary and produced a very different Newsletter. To see the fascinating information he unearthed have a read by clicking on the link above. It has been slightly modified from the version posted out to members to make it suitable for this Website. If you wish to contribute to the next Newsletter use the Contacts page to send him your article or picture.

Open Day
The September meeting takes the form of an Open Day where existing members and potential new members can see what the various groups offer and put their names down to join. Where groups are full then lists of interested members will be kept and if there is sufficient interest new groups can be started. Ideas for new groups can also be put forward here. And of course you can pay your subscription to the Treasurer.

Annual General Meetings are normally held in November each year, combined with the usual 'MGM'. However this year the AGM will not take place on 19 November 2020 at Lawnside, but will be held by means of Postal Votes and will be deemed to have been held on Thursday February 18 2021. Full details will be in the October Newsletter, including a nomination form for new committee members which must be returned by November 13.

Christmas Lunch and Christmas Meeting
In normal years there is a Christmas lunch, which is arranged on a different day each year. However the Committee have decided not to go ahead with the Christmas Lunch, which was planned to be at Ledbury Rugby Club, THIS December. However, we hope to welcome you ALL to the Rugby Club in 2021! The Christmas meeting, which is held on the 3rd Thursday in December like the normal MGM, usually includes mulled wine, music and entertainment by our members, but in the current circumstances is unlikely to proceed in 2020.

Outings are arranged from time to time, often by Interest Groups for their members, but sometimes more general outings are arranged, often following on from one of the monthly talks. For example click on the link above to read about a trip to Bletchley Park following a talk at a recent monthly meeting. Occasionally unofficial theatre trips are are arranged which are for U3A members plus their friends.
Coronavirus has of course affected these like everything else and all those previosly arranged have been cancelled.

Members are invited to join trips organised by Malvern U3A. Coronavirus has, of course, reared its head here too but you can get an idea of what was planned by clicking on the link above.

We also run Courses & Presentations for our members, for example we ran a First Aid Workshop in the Burgage Hall.

U3A involvement in the community
Our U3A wants to be a part of the local community and has undertaken various tasks over the years, such as making items for the town's Syrian Appeal. This was recognised when our Chairman was invited to meet the Duke of Gloucester on his visit to Ledbury.

Ledbury Community Day This is the town's platform for clubs and societies to demonstrate to residents, the activities that are on offer and to encourage participation. As usual our U3A provided a sizeable presence in 2019 and looks forward to participating in the next Day, whenever that may be.

16 members of the Garden Group work in groups on beds at the top of the Walled Garden and the rose bed outside the garden. They have been unable to garden there recently because of Insurance restrictions, but they are now back with a lot of hard work ahead – weeding, watering, cutting back and some re-planting to get the beds back to where they were.

Our Recorder Consort gives free concerts in the Master's House and we hope you will support them when they resume.

Cotswold Link This is a network of U3As covering Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire. Visit their site via the Links Page.

National U3A (The Third Age Trust) offers events, residential/non-residential courses, on-line courses, tuition, etc for U3A members and has a link with the Open University. Details of these facilities and benefits can be found on the National U3A website.
The planned Summer Schools in 2020 were cancelled due to Corvid-19 but to get some idea of their form see the planned programme click on the link above.

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