We hold meetings on the second Monday of each month commencing 1.30pm [for a 2pm start] in West Bromwich Town Hall. We try to make them as informative and friendly as possible and like to finish before 4pm when tea/coffee is available from the vending machine at a cost of 50p, giving you time to chat to friends and new members.
A list of our monthly meeting dates and a selection of our recent speakers is given below.
SPEAKERS FOR 2019
14 October - Alan Thornton 'A Day in the life of a Seaside Hotelier.
18 November - Andrea Morris 'The collection of waste and recycling, and what happens to the material'
9 December - Holly Reynolds 'Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree'
SPEAKERS FOR 2020
13 January - Cliff Kirby-Tibbits "The History of Jabez Cliff & Co.
SPEAKERS IN 2019
KATHRYN WOOD from Sandwell Trading Standards, gave us a very interesting and information talk about scams, how they are operated and how to try and avoid being scammed. Scary what goes on, but well worth listening to the advice given.
ALISON WAKEMAN gave us a really interesting and very informative talk all about bees, particularly honey bees. Our members were given lots of interesting facts and figures about them, and were also given an opportunity to purchase Alison's homemade honey, beeswax candles and the cling film equivalent paper she makes. Very good presentation, funny and serious.
LEE CAROL entertained us to day with stories of his life in show business. He has met and worked with many comedians, singers and bands, and recounted many fascinating stories of his life both on and off the stage. A very interesting afternoon, lovely person and worth listening too.
ALAN HILL gave an interesting presentation on The Sea Around Us, with historical facts about longitude and latitude measurements, and also all about the dreaded condition known a scurvy, which was quite enlightening especially the parts about lemons and limes!
ALAN CUTLER acted as Judge, Defence and Prosecution in his presentation of a true Victorian murder trial. Very good and interesting presentation covering all the key facts of the trial, and our members acted as the jury - actually coming to the correct verdict!
SPEAKERS IN 2018
BARRY STYLES entertained us at our annual Christmas Party, held for the firt time at The Park Inn, West Bromwich. Barry was very good and sang a variety of old and new songs, plus some Christmas ones to put us in a festive mood. Very good, thanks Barry.
DAVE WATSON gave us an extremely interesting, and moving account of his life before, during and after his life in the Scots Guards. He was seriously inured in Afghanistan and is a triple amputee. Dave told us of his life since leaving the army and his connection to Fisher House at the QE Hospital, Birmingham. He also told is about his time as a Scots Guard when he met members of the Royal Family and even danced with HM The Queen. Highly recommended that you book Dave for a talk at one of your meetings. For more information please contact Alan Hobson using the Contact page.
MARLENE WATSON entertained us and made us laugh with her black country humour. Quite a character and full of energy. A good afternoon.
GEORGE HOOK gave us a really interesting and at times humorous talk about his Mother of Pearl factory. He bought along samples and told us where Mother of Pearl comes from, and also the history of his factory. Beautiful pieces of jewellery were available for purchase, and several of our members have expressed a wish to visit his factory in Smethwick where tours are available. Very good presentation.
HOLLY REYNOLDS once again entertained us with her superb singing of 50's and 60's hits which we could sing along to and even dance. Holly is a very talented young lady and I am sure we will book her again.
KEN KNOWLES Lichfield Town Crier gave us a very interesting, amusing and entertaining presentation at our May meeting. Lots of stories to tell and facts we didn't know about his work. Great afternoon enjoyed by our members.
We enjoyed a very informative and interesting presentation from ALAN CUTLER who acted as Judge. Defence Council and Prosecutor in a true Victorian court case. We were asked to give our verdict on the trial and we were quite surprised at the background to the case. Very good and well worth booking Alan for your U3A meeting.
BOB SKELT gave us a very interesting and enlightening presentation about BLETCHLEY PARK and an insight into the decoding of messages used by the German forces during the second world war.
JASON DENNIS from the COUNTY AIR AMBULANCE TRUST gave a very informative talk about the Trust and their work. The Air Ambulance teams do an amazing job under sometimes very difficult circumstances and we learned all about the problems they sometimes encounter whilst attending accidents or transporting very ill people between hospitals. This is a very worthwhile charity well worth supporting.
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