Ledbury & District

Events and Other Information

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.

These meetings have been cancelled in this form during the Pandemic, but instead there will be monthly meetings by zoom. You will need a computer, tablet or smart phone in order to join the meeting. Details of how to join the meetings will be given in Bulletins in due course. The first zoom meeting was in January 2021 and 3 further talks have been arranged with others to be confirmed.-
18th February 2021 ----- Francesca Riccomini 'Walking in James Herriott's footsteps'
15th April 2021 --------- John Hope 'Fleeing the tsunami in Sri Lanka'
17th June 2021 --------- Mary Smith 'A schoolgirl's war (WW2)'

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. In these unprecedented times however with few groups actually operating he found himself in a bit of a quandary and produced a very different Newsletter in the summer and twice more subsequently. To see the fascinating information he unearthed have a read by clicking on the links above. They have been slightly modified from the versions posted out to members to make it suitable for this Website. Sadly the editor has decided it is time for new blood so for the moment if you wish to contribute to the next Newsletter please send your article or picture to the Webmaster.

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 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 will be held by means of Postal Votes and will be deemed to have been held on Thursday February 18 2021. Full details were in the October Newsletter.

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 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 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 the kind of trips they run 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 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.

Cotswold Link This is a network of U3As covering Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire. They offer occasional Special Interest Days and one is planned for 2021 - see below. Visit their site via the Links Page for more information.

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.
An interactive talk and discussion on Wellbeing in nature is planned for February. See more details below.
The planned Summer Schools in 2020 were cancelled due to Corvid-19 but a study day is planned for 2021. Some details are given below.

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Dates for your Diary
Study Days
Marlborough College, Bath Road, Marlborough, SN8 1PA
Please note this is preliminary information.
Programme: Climate Change – is it really real? Fusion Power— Within our grasp? The Circular Carbon Economy. Perceptions of Climate Change and Support for Low Carbon Lifestyles.
Cost - £20.00 per person, which includes attendance fee, on-site car parking, coffee/tea and lunch. Subtract £5 if not taking Marlborough College provided lunch.
This Special Interest Day is for U3A members only, and was postponed from last year. More information will be provided by the Business Secretary in due course.
Venue Cheltenham Pavilion.
Please note this is preliminary information.
Full details of subjects to be covered to be confirmed.
Delegates to bring own lunch with tea and coffee provided on arrival and at lunchtime.
Other Events
Thu Feb 25th Wellbeing with Nature - an interactive talk and discussion
Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 2:00 PM
Join Susan Collini, Subject Adviser for Wellbeing with Nature, for this interactive talk and discussion on spending time in nature.
As she says 'There is undoubtedly something calming, but also energising about spending time in nature that appears to be a commonly shared experience for the majority of human beings. But why is it that people feel better in themselves through connecting with the natural world? What is it about being immersed in nature that can deliver a deep sense of inner calm? This talk aims to provide greater insight and deeper appreciation of the health and wellbeing benefits available through nature connection which I hope might inspire some U3A members to launch their own Wellbeing with Nature group.'
More details to follow.