Moor`s Edge


Coronavirus Outbreak

As you will expect, our U3A has to take appropriate action to safeguard its Members. The following actions will therefore apply.

The Monthly Meetings are cancelled until at least September.

The AGM intended to be held in May is postponed until at least October.
Your Committee will endeavour to hold its next committee meeting at the end of July, if this is prudent and possible.

All Group Convenors/Leaders must take appropriate action to safeguard their members. Most have already suspended their Groups until further notice. This is the default advice.

The Barn Dance arranged for the 19th June is cancelled. Those who have already bought tickets will be refunded by return of the ticket.

The Mailing from the Third Age Trust contains a link to a Coronavirus Advice Sheet, which offers good advice.

Your Committee will update you as the situation develops. Please also monitor the website, which will be updated from next month and when resources permit.

Please all take care and use email, messaging, the phone and social media to maintain contacts within your Groups and the rest of our U3A Members.

February Report

At the February meeting there was an interesting talk on the movies by author Elizabeth Ducie. After spending thirty years as a manufacturing consultant, technical writer and small business owner, publishing pharmaceutical textbooks she became the author of thriller and crime novels based on this science. She traced the development of cinema through seven decades from the 50’s dominated by Hollywood blockbusters, war and cowboy films, musicals, Disney and Ealincomedies to the present with improved CGI and animation, film franchises and dystopian
themes, which are now available as home entertainment.

Again this month our members have been actively enjoying a variety of interests and experiences. The “Garden Visits” group have been on trips to Teignmouth (calling at “Jack’sPatch Garden Centre”) and Padstow {visiting “Trelawney Garden Centre” en route) The next visit will be to Antony Woodland Garden to see the International Camellia Garden of Excellence. Due to the popularity of this interest, a second group is being formed and they will be meeting initially at the Crownhill Garden Centre.

Unfortunately, due to the sudden closure of the Burrator Inn, the “Darts Group” had to find a new venue. Luckily, they were well looked after at “The Jolly Miller” in Estover where they enjoyed a delicious lunch before playing two games.

The “History Group” heard talks by members on a variety of topics including one on Sir Richard Grenville, a Royalist known as “The King’s General in the West” who survived imprisonment during Cromwell’s Commonwealth. Other talks were about the Tavistock Canal, owls, patches (facial adornments in 17th and 18th centuries), Boringdon Hall and, of topical interest, pandemics.

The Book Group has been reading “The Pale Horse” by Agatha Christie. “Photography for Fun” have been reviewing their work on “Festive Celebrations” and starting the next challenge which is black and white photography.

The “Wine Tasting” group sampled three wines - a “Quirky Bird” Chenin Blanc/ Semillon/Muscat blended wine from South Africa, an easy drinking “Pichi Richi” Shiraz from S.E. Australia and a “Barefoot” Malbec from California, all of which were appreciated.

Once again the “Science and Technology” group met at the Lopes and heard talks about the UK’s electricity production, the Sony Walkman MD player and the large variety of clouds. Also meeting at the Lopes is the “Spanish” group covering topics of nationality and family members.

“Weekenders” have enjoyed meals at “The Lopes” (Sunday lunch) and delicious Italian food at “Positano” in Plymouth and the “Walking Group” have begun the year with a walk in Central Park and are planning a longer one at the Foggintor Quarry railway track near Princetown.

December/January Report

Our December meeting was a Christmas get together with carols from our “Singing for Fun” group, a quiz, raffle and mince pies. In January we had our annual lunch - this time held at Yelverton Golf Club - which was a real treat on a very stormy day! At the January Members’ Meeting our speaker was David Kinross from “Healthwatch Plymouth” who explained about this organisation’s aims of giving people a voice about local health and social care services. Healthwatch was formed as a result of the 2012 Social Care Act and have five officers and twenty volunteers who cover all aspects of healthcare from hospitals,GPs, emergency care, pharmacies, dentists, care homes, care at home and opticians. They gather information from individuals, make visits to service providers and prepare reports which enable concerns to be raised with decision-makers in order to effect improvements in services.

Over the last month our groups have been involved in various activities. The “Photography for Fun” members have been involved in abstract photography and have made a visit to the Princetown Visitor Centre to view their collection of photos and links with Conan Doyle. “Arty Crafty” have been busy making various items involving crocheting, knitting and embroidering. The “Wine Tasting Group” met just before Christmas to sample seasonal food and drinks - first was Pedro Ximenez PX sherry which was rich and warming, this was followed by a dessert Semillon from Australia and finally a LBV port 2014 which was rich and fruity with a hint of spice.

The “Darts Group” met once again for a pleasant lunch at the Burrator followed by three games - an improvement in scores has been noted. The “Garden Visits” group made a visit to Saltash to see the imaginatively decorated Christmas trees at St. Nicholas Church in Saltash and followed this by shopping and lunching at Tamar Nurseries. Recently a group went to Buckland Abbey for mulled wine followed by watching a Mummers play telling the story of Sir Francis Drake defeating the Spanish Armada performed by the Dartmoor Border Morris. After this the large crowd went to the orchard to take part in the Wassail, tying toast in the trees and sprinkling cider to ensure a good harvest.

“Weekenders” enjoyed a superb Christmas lunch at Leandras and have recently enjoyed Greek cuisine at Meze Grill on the Barbican and also had a cream tea at the Duke of Cornwall. Members of the “Music Events” group enjoyed music and singing by the South West Philharmonic & Chorus at St. Andrews - real pre-Christmas treat and members have also enjoyed an excellent evening at Plymouth Jazz Club listening to the “Dart Valley Stompers” playing traditional jazz.

The “Science and Technology Group” met to hear talks on the smartphone, the nuclear power industry and test sites in the British aircraft industry and The “Book Club” have been reading “The Salt Path” by Raynor Winn. Groups also meeting regularly are "Bridge for Beginners”, “Scrabble”, “Walking” and “Singing for Fun”

November Report

In November our speakers were Liz and John Lawson from “Lawsons”, one of the best known independent retailers in the Plymouth area. Through four generations and 115 years after being founded by Tom Lawsons, the business has successfully adapted to changing market conditions and overcome setbacks such as fire and bombing. One of the first commercial ventures was growing tomatoes for Plymouth Market on seven acres at Plymstock and before WW2 Lawsons were ironmongers supplying tools for many different trades from their shop at 13 Frankfort Street. After this shop was bombed, they were temporarily moved and then relocated to 17 New George Street, but in 2003 opened in 13 Cornwall Street. Despite new glasshouses and more acreage at Plymstock in the 60s, the fruit and flower market had changed so this side of the business was closed down. Since then Lawsons have opened new shops at Totnes, Ivybridge and Tavistock and diversified into new areas such as linens, school uniforms and particularly cake making and decorating materials.

During November, members continued to pursue their interests. The photographers shared their various interpretations of the theme “Berry” which included an aerial array at “Berry Head”, red berries against the satellite dish at Goonhilly and blackberries in different settings. “Arty Crafters” have been making Christmas decorations, a baby’s cot quilt in addition to knitting, embroidery and crocheting.

The History Group had four presentations - “How Northwick started the world’s downfall” (the invention and development of plastic), “The History of Type-face Printing (Part two)”, “The Origins of Black Friday” and “Things you didn’t know about Henry V111”. The “Science and Technology Group” met at the Lopes Arms and had six presentations on a variety of topics - Geothermal Energy, the Snellen fraction and the meaning of 6/6 vision, digital cameras and the production of colour photos, the principles of navigation at sea, “Project Loon” (a way of supplying internet connection using helium-filled balloons) and, lastly, solitary bees and their nesting habits.

The Weekenders have recently enjoyed lunches at “Lockyers Quay Cookhouse” and “The Red Lantern” and look forward to their Christmas meal at Leandras. A group of Moor’s Edge members have joined with the Glenholt Community on a weekend trip to see the amazing Christmas lights at Longleat and visit Bath Christmas market. The “Garden Visits” group recently visited Otter Nurseries at Ottery St. Mary and look forward to the Christmas Tree Festival at St. Nicholas and St. Faith Church, Saltash.

Various musical treats have been enjoyed by the “Music Events” group including Vintage Jazz at Two Bridges Hotel with songs ranging from Hoagy Carmichael to Frank Sinatra which was followed by afternoon tea. They were also well entertained at the Athenaeum, Plymouth, to “Sounds of the 60’s” performed by the Zoots.

The “Playreading” group recently made an interesting visit to TR2 and were shown the three pods where productions are rehearsed by theatre groups from all over the country and also the planning involved in making sets and costumes for shows.

Other groups which have met regularly are Bridge for Beginners, Darts, Book Club, Scrabble, Singing for Fun, Wine Tasting and Walking Group.

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