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. Currently these meetings are held by zoom and this will cotinue until October. Our November and December meetings will be face to face in the Burgage Hall. We hope to see as many of you as possible there.
You will need a computer, tablet or smart phone in order to join the zoom meetings and joining details are in a monthly Bulletin.
21st October 2021 -------- Steve Herra 'Cunard History and Glamorous Stars'- click the link Monthly Zoom Meetings for more info.
Burgage Hall meetings
18th November 2021 ---- AGM with table Quiz Note this meeting starts at 2.30 pm
16th December 2021----- Christmas Meeting from 2.00 pm
From January 2022 we shall be back to the Community Hall starting with Wendy Hill talking about Sir Edward Elgar on Thursday January 20.
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 will be in September. She is ready and willing to accept contributions and can be contacted by clicking here Newsletter Editor. In the meanwhile a monthly Bulletin giving important information is being sent to members, mainly by email.
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 normally held in November each year, combined with the usual 'MGM'. However in 2020 the AGM did not take place on 19 November 2020 at Lawnside, but was held by means of Postal Votes and deemed to have been held on Thursday February 18 2021. However in November 2021 our AGM marks the beginning of a return to normal monthly meetings, albeit at the Bugage Hall not the Community Centre. For details click the link above.
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 ssdly 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 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.
Our Recorder Consort gives free concerts in the Master's House and we hope you will support them when they resume.
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. Click on the above link for go to their website for details.
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|
|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).