Somerton

Events

Monthly meetings are held on the 4th. Friday of the month at the Edgar Community Hall, Somerton.

We open at 10am for coffee (50p) 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 £2.00.


Dates for your Diary
Meetings
Fri Apr 24th

GARDENERS ???? TIME

The Sartin experience of the trials, tribulations and triumphs of gardening in verse and song.

The Speaker is Bonny Sartin.
Bonny was for 50 years a member of the Dorset folk band ‘The Yetties’. The band retired in April 2011 and since then he has continued entertaining various organisations with a mix of historical talks, poems, readings and songs, mainly with a Dorset bias. He comes from a singing family. When Robert and Henry Hammond toured Dorset during 1905/6/7, hunting down the singers of the old songs, they collected 111 from the Sartin clan.
The core of the Sartin family have lived in Dorset for over 350 years so Dorset is well and truly in his blood and in his heart. Spare time is often spent cycling the bridle ways of Dorset or walking the footpaths.

Fri May 22nd

A.G.M.

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.
In 2010 Bob was awarded the MBE for his work in astronomy and environmental education. He is a STEM* Ambassador, seeking opportunities to bring astronomy to both adult and young people’s groups in the South.

An active observer of the night sky, Bob lectures to astronomy societies and groups all over the country.
He writes astronomy books, and translates them from French.

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

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:-
'I have been working with pianist and accompanist, Sheila Furneaux for some thirty years from the times when we used to put concert parties together with a group of friends up to our branching out as a duo just over ten years ago.
Initially we started our double act with a talk entitled ‘Glorious Mud, the life and times on Flanders and Swann’, which we illustrate with live songs and pictures. We quickly discovered that this style of entertainment was unique and much appreciated and as we had to increase our subject range as groups asked us back for a second, third or, in some case, more times!
We are very lucky to be approaching our 1000th performance, which we will achieve before the year’s out, and are gratified and surprised by the general response to our ‘hobby’, which you and the Somerton U3A have kindly supported.'

Fri Nov 27th

Wildlife of Dartmoor

John Walters

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.

www.johnwalters.co.uk

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!

Other Events
Wed Jun 3rd

NATIONAL U3A DAY

We await further details of this event.