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Wales Trustee Talk, Summer 2019

Summer is here at last, although you’d never know it going by the weather up here in North Wales!

I recently attended a meeting West Wales Network hosted in Burry Port and have also visited Brecon U3A. Again, it was good to meet some of our U3A members from other parts of Wales and hear about the different activities and learning experiences that are taking place across the Region. Thank you all for making me feel so welcome.

Wales Conference 2019:

The Wales Conference this year, took place on May 8th in Llandrindod Wells. It was very well attended and a very successful and enjoyable event.

The morning of the conference was dedicated highlighting the achievements of the Coastline and Border Celebration. It was a showcase of the work produced by some of the U3As and U3A members from across Wales, that participated in this unique Shared Learning Project (SLP).
Stuart Murray, who’s created and coordinated the project gave us and overview of the ways in which different U3As, from across Wales, had engaged in shared learning through involvement with the project, there were short stories, poems and songs and videos. There was art and craft work as well as many photographs. We also received a booklet of traditional recipes from around the coastline and borders of Wales, that had been produced by U3A members. There was also an exhibition of example of work from many of the participating U3As.
Members from a number of U3As who participated in the project also spoke at the conference, they talk us how they became involved and the outcomes of their work.

Sue Shannon-Jones our Shared Learning Coordinator and Research Ambassador for Wales, talked to us us about Shared learning and Research from a Wales Regional perspective and Jennifer Simpson spoke about Shared Learning from a UK national perspective.

Videos of Sue and Jennifer speaking at our conference and other conference videos are available to view here:
Videos from the Wales Conference 2019 are available to view on our U3A Wales Region YouTube channel:

If you missed the Wales Conference, Stuart will be speaking about the C&BC SLP at the National Conference and AGM in August. Details of the National Conference and AGM can be found here:

In the afternoon of the conference we launched our new ‘Castles SLP’ with a fascinating talk by Bill Zajac, Legislation and Policy Officer from Cadw. Bill also informed us that entry to CADW sites for U3A groups is be free of charge as long as they are mid-week and don’t conflict with schools visiting the site. Booking with the site you intend to visit is essential.
My thanks to everyone who supported and participated in the conference.

The new Castles SLP:

Visit the new Castles SLP website for and overview of the project and ideas on how U3As might consider participating. Follow the link below:

There is also a Castles SLP Facebook page:

The Wales Castles Quilt / Wall Hanging:
Ruth from Newcastle Emlyn U3A is coordinating the creation of a wall hanging. The intention is to create a textile hanging made up of 36 squares depicting a Welsh Castle. The square may be quilted, embroidered, knitted, crocheted etc. There have been 10 U3As joined the project to date so Ruth would welcome more participants.
Details are available here:
or contact Ruth directly at: NCE U3A

Photography Competition:
as part of the new Castles SLP we are running a photography competition for members of U3As with the theme of castles. U3As that have members who would like to enter the competition will need to register.
The details and rules of the competition have been sent out via the networks and are also available here to download here:

Entries for the Wales U3As Short Story Competitions 2019 are now coming in, the closing date for both the English and Welsh stories is August 31st so the is plenty of time to get your entries in.
North Wales Network:
This year, following Cardiff U3A’s example, the North Wales Network are having a stand at this year’s Eisteddfod in Llanwrst. If you are travelling up to North Wales for the event be sure to visit them.

St Fagans Study Day:
On September 25th 2019 there is a U3A study day of Welsh History being held at St Fagans National Museum of History
The day will include 3 historical talks and 2 hours of free time to explore the museum and all it has to offer in your own time. For more details follow the link below:
Details of other study days/ educational events being organised by National Office can be found here:

National Workshops:
Although the National Workshops are run on a Regional basis, Representatives from U3As from other regions are welcome to attend. The U3A national website has details of forthcoming workshops.

Trust Volunteers:
The Wales Region really needs more Trust Volunteers to help support our U3As in Wales. If you are interested, please contact either me or National Office. Training is given and expenses are paid for anything a TV does of behalf of U3A.

Please feel free to contact me –

Chris Winner, July 2019

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