Castles Shared Learning Project

Launch of the new Castles Shared Learning Project

Following on from the very successful and engaging Coastline and Border Celebration, we are launching a further shared learning project for U3As and members of U3As across Wales to participate in. The project launched at the Wales U3A Conference on May 8th 2019.

The castles theme was chosen to celebrate the fact that Wales has more castles than any other country in the world. All of our U3As in Wales will have some sort of castle be it a Motte and Bailey castle, an early Welsh castle or an Edward I castle on their door step.

The intention of the Castles SLP is to build on and consolidate and reinforce the achievements of the C&BC. Those who participated in that project took away from that learning experience, a set of transferable skills, ideas and understanding. By applying the skills, ideas, learning and understanding achieved through participation in one project and applying them in a different situation we reinforce the learning and understanding developed through that experience.

The project is now complete with a quilt expertly compiled by Ruth Smith (Newcastle Emlyn)from squares submitted by members from all over Wales. There is also to be a booklet with a short synopsis of the history of each

Castle Shared Learning Facebook group (closed)

Go to the Castle project Facebook group page to see a picture of the final piece. The pandemic has prevented a public display of this incredible piece of work, but hopefully we will be able to see it 'in the flesh' sometime soon.

U3A Wales Castles Shared Learning Project - Database form

Go to the Castle project database form

Any member with internet access can help by completing a simple online form. You will not be asked for any personal details, except the name of your U3A.

Our aim with the form is to create a database and a network of links (via the Castles SLP) between our U3As and their members across Wales.

You are asked complete one form for any castle that is within 10 miles /16 km of where you live. (Don't worry that other members may give the same castle as you.) After completing one form you are given the opportunity to complete another is you wish. Some of our members will have more than one castle within 10 miles radius of where they live.

For members that don’t have internet access but would like to participate, maybe a fellow U3A member could help them out.

Other links:

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The channel includes videos from the:

  • Coastline and Border Celebration
  • Swansea U3A
  • Chepstow U3A
  • Pontyclun U3A
  • Flintshire U3A
  • From the U3A Wales Regional Conference 2019
  • Wendy Williams, winner of the Short Story Competition (English) 2018 reading her story ‘Foxglove’
  • Gareth Williams reading Ffonio Artref by Jaci Williams winner of the Short Story Competition (Welsh) 2018
  • Jennifer Simpson, National Shared Learning Project Coordinator
  • Sue Shannon-Jones, National Shared Learning Project Coordinator

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