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Newcastle Emlyn

ANNOUNCEMENT - GOOD NEWS - some of our outdoor activity groups are restarting again. The bowls and croquet groups have both met in July for the first time. The gardens group is also restarting with a visit to the Botanic Gardens in August and Strollers are meeting as well. More information about all the restarting groups can be found in the NEWSLETTER. We have done risk assessments and are following government guidelines regarding social distancing and have purchased supplies of wipes and hand sanitiser for each group that has restarted/is restarting. Indoor groups remain closed as per current government restrictions.

Newcastle Emlyn is a town on the River Teifi, straddling the counties of Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire in West Wales.

The ruined 13th-century castle, first mentioned in Brut y Tywysogion in 1215, when it was seized by Llywelyn the Great, sits on an idyllic site, overlooking a loop in the River Teifi. There are remnants of some of the walls and the ruins of the gate. It is significant as the only native Welsh castle to have its original structure built in stone in this part of Wales.

There is a very lively community feel to the town. In the 18th and 19th centuries the livestock market was in its heyday, and it was a significant part of the drovers' network, being a collection point for hogs and hardy Welsh Black Cattle which were sent all over the country. Although much diminished now, the town still bustles with the sound of livestock trailers and sheep bleating on market days.

Newcastle Emlyn U3A was established in 1994 and currently has just over 120 members. From July 2019 to July 2020 we are celebrating our 25th Anniversary with a variety of exciting events.

The dedication of volunteers within the group is responsible for the organisation you find today. We believe ours is a friendly and supportive branch and that there is something for everyone in our twenty five or so interest groups. If you cannot spot exactly what you want, then you may wish to start something new and there will be lots of support to do so.

Our main monthly meetings are held at 10.30am on the first Wednesday of the month at the Community Hall, Church Lane, Newcastle Emlyn. We enjoy coffee followed by interesting talks and presentations by our own members or guest speakers.

It is almost possible to fill your whole month with a range of activities from our Special Interest Groups. They range from the purely social to the intellectual, not forgetting the possibility of physical exertion. A healthy mind and body. Group taster sessions are available before you commit to joining any group. If you would like information about any of our groups, please contact the group leader via the group page.

Annual registration takes place at the monthly meeting in July when our AGM is held. The current registration fee is £14 and any changes to this have to be agreed at an AGM. If you join from January onwards your membership fee is reduced for that year. By joining us we trust you will gain a sense of enjoyment, purpose and fulfilment, by taking advantage of all that is on offer and hopefully by making your own contribution.

Our U3A is supported by a committee of 10 elected members, at the AGM in July (in line with our constitution). We also have two co-opted members.

We have a monthly newsletter and have our own private Facebook group. You will also receive the national magazine, Third Age Matters, four times a year.

If you have any queries or questions about Newcastle Emlyn U3A please contact Hazel Towle Chairperson or Jenny Evans Secretary.

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