Thorpe Bay

THE THORPE BAY U3A MONTHLY MEETING

January – Linda Scholes - I was Born in Them Tha' Hills

A return visit by Linda who was born in a remote part of the Cascade Mountains in the Pacific Northwest State of Washington. Her family story was rather different to most of us. Her great grandmother arrived as a young child from Denmark in the late 1800s and was indentured to a Quaker Family in Iowa. The farming skills she learnt in Denmark served her well. Later after she married a neighbouring farmers son then staked out a square mile land claim by the side of the newly built railway. Families were large and life was hard in a climate of searing hot summers and intensely cold winters and complete crop failures sometimes happened.

Moving on a generation Linda's grandfather had a parcel of the original land and with his own hands built the farmhouse and other buildings. There was no water on the land and he dug, without any mechanical aid, a trench 6 feet deep and 8 miles long and prepared the bound wooden pipes to carry the water to the farm.

Although the original descendants are now scattered and contact lost with many of them, Linda still goes back to the land to see her family. But the place is now very different. The old Farmhouse built by her grandfather is now a leisure venue and weddings take place there. And nearby there is a skiing facility.

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Essex U3A Association Study Days

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Our U3A has a lively Facebook group where members provide news, views and chat freely to other members. You will need to have your own Facebook account to be able to join and you will find us when you search Facebook for 'U3A Thorpe Bay'. This is a closed group for our members only so you will have to request to join on the Facebook page. The 'admins' of this group are Barry Linton, Anne Marcus and Kevin Eason.

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Book Table

A Book Table is set up at each meeting run by Marian Livermore. You may bring a book & swap it for a new one.

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Dates for your Diary
Meetings
Fri Feb 21st

Patricia VolanteThe Rossi Story
Fri Mar 20th

Tony HarrisSherlock Holmes v Jack the Ripper
Fri Apr 17th

Mark SmithVictoria Cross Story - Part 2
Fri May 15th

Tim MooreySecrets of a Crossword Setter
Fri Jun 19th

Christine BeedleThe Essex Scrubber
Outings
Thu Feb 27th Royal Albert Hall - Backstage tour. Time for Harrods/Knightsbridge
Sun Mar 29th Visit to Hindu Temple in London Fully booked. Reserve list only.
Fri Apr 24th Perrywoods Garden Centre
Wed May 27th Hole Park, Kent
Thu Jun 25th Sutton Hoo and Woodbridge
Wed Jul 15th Audley End
Workshops
Mon Mar 9th

Health Talk Large lounge STBBC 10am - 12pm

A health workshop covering the topic of Heart Attacks from the perspective of someone who has suffered a heart attack, and another who is living with someone who has had a heart attack. The two ladies who will be giving the talk are both retired nurses each with over 30 years experience. They will be there to talk and to answer general queries, but they will not cover medication, nor specific health requirements as these should be dealt with by a General Practitioner.

There is no charge, but a list of attendees will be required to ensure the number does not exceed venue limits. Please contact the Business Secretary, Janice Archery at janicearchu3a@gmail.com to reserve a place.

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