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, in addition to the annual u3a membership subscription.

Since January we have held these monthly meetings by zoom. You will need a computer, tablet or smart phone in order to join the meeting and details of how to join is given in monthly Bulletins. For more details about these talks click here Speakers 2021 or on the link above.
17th June 2021 -------- Mary Smith 'A schoolgirl's war (WW2)'
15th July 2021 --------- Fool’s Gold “Dark Light”. Creative show with songs and a mystery story line
16th Sept 2021 --------- Keith Forster ‘The National Memorial Arboretum’

Newsletter/Bulletin

Until recently every 3 months our Newsletter Editor produced an excellent and comprehensive guide to what is happening in our u3a, with particular reference to the activities of our Groups. In these unprecedented times however with few groups actually operating he found himself in a bit of a quandary and produced very different Newsletters, some of which you can read, in a slightly modified form, by clicking on the links above. These pieces show that Ledbury u3a is a community of people who value one another and haven't been standing still doing nothing for the last few months.

We have recently gained a new Editor for the Newsletter after the previous editor decided it was time for new blood. She intends to publish her first edition 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.

Open Day

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 of course you can pay your subscription to the Treasurer. We do hope this can resume in 2021.

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.

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, in December 2020 was of course cancelled. 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, and we hope this too can resume in 2021.

Outings

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 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 previously 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 the kind of trips they run by clicking on 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.

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 did get back for a while. Certainly there is 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.

Other u3a Events

Cotswold Link This is a network of u3as covering Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire. They offer occasional Special Interest Days and one had been planned for 2021 but has been cancelled. Instead, the Committee has arranged a programme of three talks in July 2021 as an alternative to the Special Interest Day. 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.

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. A study day was planned for 2021 but probably will not go ahead. Some details are given below.

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Dates for your Diary
Study Days
Tue Aug 31st CLIMATE CHANGE AND SUSTAINABLE FUTURES
Marlborough College, Bath Road, Marlborough, SN8 1PA
Please note this event has currently been cancelled, although it is possible it will be revived.
Other Events
Thu Jul 1st Keith Bostock: 10.30am by Zoom on Robots
Organised by Cotswold Link - Click on link above for more details
Wed Jul 7th Frank Cooper: 10.30am by zoom on the Background to the Staffordshire Hoard
Organised by Cotswold Link - Click on link above for more details
Wed Jul 14th Tony Conder: 10.30am by Zoom on a Gloucestershire Odyssey
Organised by Cotswold Link - Click on link above for more details