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.

For a list of speakers in 2018 or 2019 click on the link at the top of this page.

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 held in November each year, combined with the usual 'MGM', which will again take the form of a light-hearted seasonal quiz with tea or coffee and cakes.

Christmas Lunch and Christmas Meeting
We had another great U3A Christmas lunch at Alexander Park with over 60 members enjoying good food and convivial conversation. It is a good venue for such a large group; we were welcomed at the door with drinks supplied by our erstwhile Chairman, Georgina Howie, then tucked into a delicious meal followed with coffee and a mince pie. We’re looking forward now to next year’s lunch!

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.
In September almost forty people piled onto the coach for the outing to the Taurus Art centre and the Lydney Docks. At the Craft Centre we explored the various craft shops situated in converted old farm buildings and had some refreshments. Then we were off to the Lydney Docks where we enjoyed an excellent tour.
For more details see below where you can also see trips organised by Malvern U3A.

We also run Courses & Presentations for our members.
For example we are running a presentation by a community banker giving general advice keeping yourself secure from frauds and scams (see below for details) and as part of a National Campaign run by the Red Cross we ran a First Aid Workshop in the Community 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 participaton. Our U3A provided a sizeable presence in 2018 and we will continue to do so.

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.

Our Recorder Consort gives free concerts in the Master's House. The last one was Saturday December 15th 2018.

Malvern U3A
Malvern U3A TRAVEL GROUP invites all Ledbury U3A members to join them in being part of a warm and pleasant social group on their Trips and Outings. Details of the trips are available through the link on the top of this page.

Cotswold Link This is a network of U3As covering Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire. Visit their site via the Links Page. See also the events below, together with the links above.

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.
2018 Summer Schools are to be held in July - September 2017. Click on the link above for more details

Dates for your Diary
Wed Apr 3rd Following Dr Mark Baldwin's presentation on Enigma Code early in 2018, the visit to Bletchley Park has now been arranged. The cost of £23 in total per person is for the return coach journey from Homebase and entry to Bletchley Park. There is a restaurant/cafe for meals and snacks/refreshments on site. The visit is open to all U3A Members, and anyone wishing to join this trip should please let the contact as shown in the Newsletter have your cheque (payable to Ledbury & District U3A) by 17th Feb at the very latest.
Contact the webmaster for details if you do not have the Newsletter.
Wed Apr 10th Visit to the Cathedral City of Wells
Organised by the Malvern U3A Travel group.
Wed May 8th Proposed trip to the Anderton Lift and River boat – situated at Northwich, Cheshire.
Organised by the Malvern U3A Travel Group.
Wed May 29th Visit to the BBC Studios in Birmingham
Organised by the Malvern U3A Travel group
Thu Jun 20th Trip to Hidecote Manor Gardens and the Cotswolds
Organised by the Malvern U3A Travel group

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