Ledbury & District

Activities within Ledbury u3a

Monthly General Meeting

In normal times Our Monthly General Meeting ('MGM') is held 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 to members attending this meeting. Recently these meetings have been held by zoom but the Christmas meeting on December 16th will be face to face in the Burgage Hall from 2pm. We hope to see as many of you as possible there.

From January 2022 we shall be back to the Community Hall starting with Wendy Hill talking about Sir Edward Elgar on Thursday January 20. For more details of the proposed talks in 2022 click on the link above.

Newsletter/Bulletin

Every 3 months our Newsletter Editor used to produce a comprehensive guide to what is happening in our u3a, with particular reference to the activities of our Groups. We have a new Editor whose first edition was in September. She would love to accept contributions for the next issue and can be contacted by clicking here Newsletter Editor.

Open Day

Although it will not take place in 2021, the September meeting would normally take 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 you can pay your subscription to the Treasurer. We plan to resume in 2022.

Annual General Meetings

Annual General Meetings are held in November each year, combined with the usual 'MGM'. The minutes of this year's AGM will be available in due course.

Christmas Lunch and Christmas Meeting

In normal years there is a Christmas lunch, which is arranged on a different day each year. The Christmas Lunch, which was planned to be at Ledbury Rugby Club, was cancelled in 2020 and sadly the decision has been made not hold one in 2021. Hopefully they will resume in 2022. 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.

Outings

Outings are arranged from time to time, often by Interest Groups for their members, but sometimes more general outings are arranged, often following one of the monthly talks, such as the Visit to Bletchley Park. We are resuming these trips with a visit to the National Arboretum proposed for 2022. Brief details are given below but see the Newsletter for more details.
Occasionally unofficial theatre trips are are arranged which are for u3a members plus their friends.

Malvern u3a invites members to join their trips. Covid has caused them to be cancelled but you can get an idea of the kind of trips they run from the link above.

Courses & Presentations

We also run Courses & Presentations for our members, for example we ran a First Aid Workshop in the Burgage Hall. There have also been short talks on internet security and similar topics.

Ledbury u3a 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.

Two members of the Committee attended the Poetry Festival consultation regarding our hopes for future use of the Barrett Browning Institute. Beth Calverley of The Poetry Machine turned our hopes into a poem which we wanted to share with members. Go to In Constant Use

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.

The Walled Gardeners (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 were unable to garden for a while but worked hard preparing for Britain in Bloom judges in late July. They have now received the results of the judging for their It's Your Neighbourhood award, receiving a Level 4 - thriving category award.

Our Recorder Consort gives free concerts in the Master's House and we hope you will support them when they resume. Also by way of thanks to St Michaels Church for allowing them to use The Chapter House for meetings they played before and after a service in November.

Activities by other u3as

Cotswold Link This is a network of u3as covering Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire. They offer occasional Special Interest Days or talks The talks are free of charge to members of all U3As affiliated to the network. A study day is provisionally arranged for Wednesday 6th July 2022 - see below. Click on the above link to go to their website for more information.

West Midlands u3a. This network of 85 u3as. The region is very diverse, from rural village to city metropolis, from agriculture to service industry, and the members are diverse too! The region supports u3a groups by enabling members to share ideas and information about u3a.

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 can be found on the National u3a website. Sadly all in 2020/21 were cancelled.

Trust u3a is an online u3a that gives you the opportunity to join groups, talks and courses. Like any u3a the activities are run by members for members. Access their website via the above link and take a look at the details of the Trust u3a groups, courses and talks.

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Dates for your Diary
Outings
Tue Apr 26th 2022 Visit to the National memorial Arboretum
Pick up by coach at Homebase or the Market House. The coach cost will be £10 - £20. Donations at the Arboretum are at Member's discretion.
The Arboretum offers a 50 minute guided Land Train tour. Book in advance if you wish to hire a wheelchair (free)or a Mobility scooter (£5).
Study Days
Wed Jul 6th 2022 PROVISIONAL Special Interest Day 2022.
A Cotswold Link Special interest day is scheduled to be held at the Pavilion in Cheltenham on Wednesday 6th July 2022. The Theme for the day will be announced in due course, along with further details.