Monthly meetings are held on the 4th. Friday of the month at the Edgar Community Hall, Somerton.
We open at 10am for coffee (30p) and the chance for members to meet and chat.
The meeting will start at 10.30 and after announcements and any business will be followed by our guest speaker.
The meeting closes at 12 noon.
Please join us.
Members free. Non-members £1.50p
|Dates for your Diary|
|Fri Sep 27th||
The M.G.M. Musical Story
MGM and some of the musical films and stars from the great days of Hollywood
Speaker - Terry Merrett-Smith.
For Terry this will be a return visit to U3A. His interests have always been in nostalgia and record collecting of the early years. Terry presents a programme on Hospital radio and has also been a guest several times at BBC Radio Bristol and Somerset.
|Fri Oct 25th||
Not for King and Country
This talk is about the King Edward VIII and the twice divorced Wallis Simpson. It has romance, intrigue and espionage. After eighty years the truth is emerging, piece by piece about the events that shook an empire.
About our Speaker.
Currently she travels widely as a Guest Speaker including on P&O cruises giving talks about spying and espionage. When at home she indulges her passion for horse racing. One of her favourite race courses is, as might be expected, Taunton.
|Fri Nov 22nd||
Blue Peter - Behind the Badge
Adventures behind the lens - hot rocks and high places.
Luck played its part a when Alex joined the Blue Peter programme in 1975. The presenters were John Noakes, Peter Purves and Lesley Judd. He describes pivotal events in broadcasting and memorable encounters with an erupting volcano, gorillas in Uganda and a beard of bees. These and other events like John Noakes climbing Nelson's Column secured his position as a producer for 36 years. Others caused a stir like LuLu the baby elephant who ran amok and created probably the funniest moment in Blue Peter history.
ALEX LEGER Television Producer, Director and Cameraman
Alex Leger has led an extraordinary life. For 36 years and working for the BBC he was a prolific film maker. He produced Blue Peter, the iconic children’s programme, and other programmes.
|Fri Jan 24th 2020||The speaker this month is David Boag.|
David has visited our U3A before when he gave us a brilliant illustrated talk about Kingfishers! We look forward to what will be a tremendous start to our new year.
David writes: 'I am a wildlife photographer and the author/photographer of 18 published books. My first book 'The Kingfisher' was published in 1982 and contained a wealth of unique photographs illustrating the life of this remarkable bird.
Encouraged by my publishers and driven by my enthusiasm, my next book was about another spectacular bird, and 'The Atlantic Puffin' was published a couple of years later.
For several consecutive years my work became the subject of the television programme 'Out of Town' and I have since been involved with both television and radio, either in an advisory capacity or as a knowledgeable guest or presenter.
I lecture regularly throughout the country to a wide variety of natural history, photographic and general interest audiences. On numerous occasions I have spoken at major conferences for organisations such as the National Trust, the RSPB, British Trust for Ornithology and the Royal Photographic Society.
A more confidential aspect of my work are the books I have created for prestigious, private estate owners. I have produced over 20 of these one-off, handcrafted tomes that are leather bound, photographic essays; regarded as heirlooms by my clients
I regularly led African wildlife safari trips to destinations that included Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
More recently I was asked to undertake a corporate commission to photograph, write and design a book about the wildlife and natural beauty of a quarry! This led to several more major commissions throughout Britain and Ireland and eventually to working for 3 years in the USA.'
|Fri Feb 28th 2020||
The Splendid Isolation of Tristan da Cunha
An introduction to the island's wildlife, history and the way of life of it's people.
Tristan da Cunha is the world's most isolated inhabited island, home to fewer than 250 islanders who are all farmers and rely on a flourishing fishing industry which provides their main income.
A presentation by Richard Grundy who worked as a teacher on the island between 1982 - 85 and now works on a voluntary basis to help the community by editing the Tristan Govt. website - www.tristandc.com and the Tristan da Cunha Newsletter. The latter is a full colour magazine style publication, printed in Glastonbury and sent to Tristan da Cunha Association members across the world, as well as to every family on the island.
|Fri Apr 24th 2020||
GARDENERS ???? TIME
The Sartin experience of the trials, tribulations and triumphs of gardening in verse and song.
The Speaker is Bonny Sartin.
|Fri May 22nd 2020||
Please come and hear what our U3A has been up to for the past year.
The meeting will be followed immediately by our guest speaker Mr Bob Mizon
'Is There Anybody Up There?'
Bob Mizon examines the possibility of the human race having any neighbours, near or far, in our enormous universe. Should we ever encounter them, what happens next?
Bob Mizon MBE FRAS (rhymes with Horizon) is a graduate in modern languages, but is much better known as an astronomer. Having taught French for 26 years at Poole Grammar School, where he met his wife Pam, he embarked on a daring career change in 1996. Responding to a lifelong love of astronomy, he is now a planetarium operator, taking a mobile dome into schools, youth groups and societies all over southern England. Over 150,000 people have experienced a tour of the Universe with Bob at the controls.
Bob is best known in the scientific and environmental community as the co-ordinator of the British Astronomical Association’s Commission for Dark Skies, which aims to turn back the tide of light pollution that has seriously affected our view of the stars over the last fifty years. Glare, light intrusion and skyglow have become the norm nowadays, a situation hardly compatible with a society which is supposed to be saving energy and protecting the environment.
He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society in 1985, and has been associated with the Wessex Astronomical Society in various offices for many years.
An active observer of the night sky, Bob lectures to astronomy societies and groups all over the country.
Other activities in which he involves himself are the growing of bonsai trees, Egyptology, and painting of astronomical subjects.
(*STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths educational organisation)
|Fri Oct 23rd 2020||
England in Tune
An unashamed ‘Celebration of Englishness.’
Not the jingoistic ‘Last Night of the Proms’ style but a collection of music, readings, poems by our own countrymen including Flanagan and Allen, John Maseﬁeld, Noel Coward, A. A. Milne … and many more, which combines a merry mix of subject matter in word and song with something to suit most tastes.
Our speaker for this month writes:-
|Fri Nov 27th 2020||
Wildlife of Dartmoor
John Walters is a life long field naturalist who explores the natural world through field sketching, photography and video. He grew up on Hayling Island in Hampshire and has lived in Devon since 1990. He works as an ecologist, artist and public speaker and is based in Buckfastleigh. He has published several books and guides including The Wildlife of Dartmoor and has appeared in many television and radio programmes.
The talk will use photographs, field sketches and video clips to explore the amazing variety of wildlife to be found in Dartmoor National Park including cuckoos and their meadow pipit foster parents, dancing adders, ring-running roe deer and the worlds largest slug!
Click on a picture below to see it full-size with more details.