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|
|Fri Feb 28th||
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 Mar 27th||This month's talk will be a presentation by a representative from the RNIB, an organisation that this year will be - "celebrating 150 years of creating change for blind and partially sighted people".|
|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.
|Fri May 22nd||
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||
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||
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!
|Wed Feb 5th||My colleague Terena and I would like to invite you and members of the Somerton U3A to join us for coffee and cake at 11.00am on Wednesday 5 February, in Town Hall Meeting Room Bow Street Langport, Somerset TA10 9PR|
Terena is the Community Fundraiser for East Somerset, and I am the Fundraising Volunteer Coordinator and Glorious Gardens Coordinator, so the morning will provide a lovely opportunity for us to meet our local supporters in the area and to get to know you. We may also be joined by our colleagues from our local shops to talk about the work that they do.
Thanks to a grant from Tesco ‘blue tokens ’, we have been able to host these events in across Somerset to inform the community about the many services offered by the hospice, and dispel some of the myths surrounding hospice care.
The session is also aimed at encouraging people to consider volunteering for us in the Fundraising team, and letting them know about some of our new roles, such as Family Volunteering.
We are promoting the event widely in the area, as we hope to encourage more local people to come and join you in supporting such an amazing Somerset charity. I do hope you are able to join us on the day - . an RSVP is welcome for catering purposes, but not essential.
|Wed Jun 3rd||
NATIONAL U3A DAY
We await further details of this event.