Due to Covid-19 restrictions all indoor U3A meetings in person are currently suspended until further notice. Please watch this space for updates or contact your group coordinator, Niddy Walpole.
We meet at Tesco Community Room at 2.30 on the first Wednesday of the month.
Our regular speaker is David Palmer, a freelance auctioneer and regular guest on programmes such as 'Flog-It' and 'Bargain Hunt', famous for his colourful waistcoats. He regales us of his monthly auctions and markets and brings us artefacts to guess whether they are originals, fakes or reproductions and their prices.
We regularly have 17-19 people attending and in December we welcomed 3 new members.
All are welcome to join us.
Do come along and give Antiques a try.
Antiques Zoom meeting 07/04/21
Today David treated us to viewing small items of furniture that normally he can't bring to the face to face meetings. There was an oak stool or side table, a double curved door corner cupboard in mahogany and the red and blue chair ( original made in 1917) by Gerard Revet. Most is rising in price but still not the dark wood furniture. Please note there will be a sale of stock at the Haddenham Arts centre on Sunday 20th June, as the owner is retiring. David showed us several art canvases, watercolour scenery is not fetching such big prices as they were. Modern art more popular. South African folk art is fetching good sums and so too ,unusual pottery such as Bretby yellow plant holder painted with black cats.
David will be with us on Zoom x2 at 2.30pm on Wednesday 2nd June. The link will be sent out nearer that date.
Our meeting on 3rd February 2021 with David was attended by 19 on zoom. Thank you for coming.
He regaled us with what has or has not been happening during his lockdown year. The BBC filmed 4 episodes of Bargain Hunt under Covid rules and David was the auctioneer. House clearances are still occurring and good sales are happening if the items are in the popular fashion ,that of 1960s in particular.
Fewer people from abroad are joining online auctions as taxes for postage have increased. There are a lot of couriers about as click and collect is not allowed and scammers too when the auction houses try to collect their payments.
30 minutes proved too quick so David has agreed to 2xzooms on April 7th. Look out for the link nearer the time.
Sadly the picture framer along Fore Hill in Ely has died and David auctioned all his stock and equipment.
Following our next Zoom meeting with David on April 7th, I shall be standing down from being Coordinator.
Please speak to Stephanie Ellington, our Groups Liaison Officer if you would like to take over from me.
All good wishes to you all, Niddy
Back in February 2020 Ely Cathedral put on a display of gowns from period dramas you may recognise- Elizabeth I; The Crown; Macbeth: