Wirksworth & District


This page give details of events open to all members.
These maybe organised locally by individual groups opening an invitation to all,or nationally, regionally or via the U3A network.
For any events organised by individual groups for that group only, please visit the relevant interest group page.

We hold monthly coffee mornings where all are welcome. These are on the first Wednesday of each month in The Memorial Hall, Wirksworth.
They start at 10.15am and usually finish around 12.00 noon.
There is a charge of £1.00 to cover the cost of hiring the hall. A voluntary donation for a cup of tea or coffee and a biscuit would be very welcome.

Do come along, meet friends, make new friends or take up a new interest by joining one of the many interest groups.
You may come along to 2 meetings before you decide whether or not to join the U3A.
Each month we invite a speaker who has been selected from a list of interests voted on by members, aiming to be locally based and outward looking.
Please see the link for future events.

We have had well received presentations so far, including working in Non-Governmental Organisations in areas hit by disaster, from Hannah Reed, a locally based Aid worker, a local community theatre group researching Suffragettes, Transition, talking about locally based response to global environmental issues, a speaker from the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust talking about their work in our area, and our local geology.

Presentations take place monthly at the General Meeting.
To see details of our past speakers please go to the "past events" page.

Future topics for presentations will be taken from the list suggested by members and dates and speakers will be added to the website and advertised as they are confirmed.

We are pleased to announce that we now have a voice amplification system to overcome some of the poor acoustics in the hall.

Dates for your Diary
October 2021
Wed Oct 6thMeetingAlastair will talk about Cuba's Chocolate railway built by Hershey to bring sugar to the coast.
Hershey – Cuba’s Chocolate railway. In 1916 the famous American chocolate company built an electric railway to bring sugar to the coast. The sugar refinery is now closed but the railway is now legendary as it uses Spanishbuilt trains from 1940 to cover the 95 kms with over 40 stations. As Alastair discovered, all Cuban life is on the train
November 2021
Wed Nov 3rdMeetingBea Jagger, will talk on behalf of locally based charity Aquabox, founded in 1992. Aquabox has sent more than 110,000 aid boxes to more than 50 countries around the world, helping hundreds of thousands of people in times of crisis. The charity supply water purification filters as well as items of humanitarian aid to help with shelter and shelter building, lighting, cooking and feeding, educational development and hygiene.
December 2021
Wed Dec 1stMeetingUkewirks ukulele will play some toe tapping festive tunes.
To start the festive season there will be mince pies with the coffee.
January 2022
Wed Jan 5thMeetingSheila presents: Gavin Muschamp, giving a 30 minute slide show entitled
'Budget Accommodation in the Wirksworth Area - a light-hearted look at
local outbuildings and possible places to stay.

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