Monthly Meetings

Monthly meetings are held at 2.00pm at the Friends' Meeting House at 8b Summerfield Road (off Bath Road), Chapel Ash, Wolverhampton WV1 4PR.


Please leave the car park adjacent to the Meeting House for visiting speakers, delivery of equipment and for the use of disabled members.

Parking is available at the large medical centre car park on the left as you drive through to get to the Meeting House on payment of £1. An 'honesty box' is provided at the registration desk. Otherwise we ask able-bodied members to use the free roadside parking places (two hour limit in Summerfield Rd or four hours around West Park).

Dates for your Diary
Tue Jan 28th Jayne Harris:
History of Midlands Canals.
Tue Feb 25th Peter Moodie:
Living with Sight Loss.
Tue Mar 24th Martin Lloyd:
Passports, Assassins, Traitors, Spies.
Tue Apr 28th Alan Wise
Your Journey to Good Health and Happiness.
Tue May 26th Philip Caine
From Barrow to Bagdhad.
Tue Jun 23rd Summer Social.
Tue Jul 28th David Clark
"You can't broadcast that": An amusing look at the BBC.
Thu Aug 27th No Meeting.
Tue Sep 22nd AGM.
German Improvers
Tue Jan 28th Juliet
Tue Feb 4th Keith
Tue Feb 11th Crispin
Art Appreciation
Wed Feb 19th 'Looking at abstracts' using the Belfast U3A shared learning project examples then members' suggested works.
Wed Mar 18th 'Joaquin Sorolla' presented by Neil Hermsen
Wed Apr 15th 'Picture restoration' presented by David Tordoff
Wed May 20th 'The 12 women artists represented in the Wightwick Manor collection' presented by MB
Wed Jun 17th 'Musical instruments in art' presented by MB
Wed Jul 15th 'Sport in art' presented by Di Simcox.
Wed Aug 19th 'Gardens' - garden designs, favourite gardens, and interesting 'eyecatchers' members have discovered in gardens.
Also planning for next programme.
Wed Sep 16th 'Grayson Perry' presented by David Tordoff.
Local History
Mon Feb 10th A History of the Jewish Community in Victorian Wolverhampton.
by Andy Sloane of the Wolverhampton Society
Mon Mar 9th A Talk on the Sunbeam Car by our member Alison
Mon Apr 13th Topic for this meeting to be decided
Mon May 11th Tettenhall Transport Heritage Centre Visit
Alec Brew
Philosophy 1
Mon Feb 10th J.S. Mill (1806 – 1873).
Following our discussion on John Lock, and his contribution to political theory (among other subjects). We will continue on this theme with looking at Mills and his contribution. Mill was a champion of liberty; for an individual and or a group, all is allowed as long as it does not harm other individuals or groups. This, of course, raises a number of problems which we will discuss. One liberty that Mill did not allow was to sell one's self as a slave. He saw that marriage, for women, was to enter a life which in law made her position worse than that of a slave. Of course many women had very happy lives with loving husbands but there are others who led miserable lives without any legal redress (in fiction you can see this in “The Woman in White” or in the TV series of “Poldark”).
We will be looking, in particular, at his works “The Subjection of Women” and “On Liberty” (both texts freely available on line).
Reading 1
Thu Feb 6th 'Washington Black' by Esi Edugyan.
Thu Mar 5th 'An Instant in the Wind' by Andre Brink
Reading 2
Thu Feb 6th 'Red Dust Road' Jackie Kay
Thu Mar 5th 'The White Stuff' Simon Armitage
Thu Apr 2nd 'Circe' Madeleine Miller
Science and Technology
Thu Feb 13th At Ronald James' "Rising Seas" and "Climate Change"
Thu Jan 30th Aldersley & Pendeford: 5 miles, Pub Lunch. Jenny & Geoff Williams
Fri Feb 14th Cressage: 5 miles, Pub Lunch. Linda & Neil Moreland
Wed Feb 26th Shifnal: 4.5 miles, Pub Lunch. Di & David Tordoff
Wed Mar 11th Wordsley: 4 miles, Pub Lunch. Mary Warwicker
Tue Mar 31st Chaddesley Corbett to Rushock: 6 miles, Pub Lunch. Alan & Liz Swinnerton
Fri Apr 17th Pattingham: 7 miles, Pub Lunch. Dave Smith
Thu Apr 30th Ludlow: 6 miles, Pub Lunch. Phil & Carol Thomas
Tue May 12th Short Slow Flower & Bird Walk, Pendeford Nature Reserve: Sheila Moore
Wed May 27th Hampton Loade around Dudmaston: 6 miles, Pub Lunch. Ed Barron
Fri Jun 12th Malvern Hills, Eastnor: 10 miles, 5 miles before lunch and optional 5 miles after, Café Lunch. Ann & Neil Malcolm
Wed Jun 24th Evening Walk & Meal - Worfield: 4 miles, Eileen Woolverton