Worcester

Events

This page lists events organised by Worcester or other u3as (scroll down for details).

Please note: Click on C.Link for Cotswold Link events.

Main Meetings and Group Meetings

We currently have no-one in the roles of Speaker Secretary and Social Secretary. Together, these two roles are responsible for organising the Main Meetings programme. Without anyone in these roles we have been struggling to keep Main Meetings running and in the face of poor attendance, the Committee has had to make a difficult choice about the immediate future of the Main Meetings programme.

Regrettably, we have agreed that we cannot continue to provide Main Meetings with things as they stand. The Main Meeting scheduled for Wednesday 27 July at Warndon Hub has therefore been cancelled, and future in-person Main Meetings have been suspended until volunteers are found for the Speaker Secretary and Social Secretary roles.

We will be continuing with the monthly online Meetings for the time being, but without help to organise them, their future is also in doubt.

If you have suggestions or would like to help, please contact Laurence Wale at Chairman.

National Activities

If you want to be kept informed about the various events being held you can sign up to receive the national newsletter for u3a stories, events, advice, opportunities and more. Click on U3A National Events.

You might be interested to know that national u3a is organising a number of online talks and demonstrations, in a wide variety of topics. These range from cookery demonstrations to keeping safe online, from Egyptology to geology, and there is even a networking event for cyclists! Click on Online learning to find out more.

To see what else is happening that might be of interest, including events and activities at The Hive, click on Whats On Outside U3A.


Dates for your Diary
Meetings
Wed Sep 7th

A Love Affair with Italian Cuisine - Pam Holland - 2:00 pm

Most people love Italian food, but where did it originate from? Where did the first takeaways come from? Were the Italians really the first to make ice cream? Fascinating facts about the background of the Italian cuisine.

Both professionally and privately, Pam has travelled extensively across the world. From Cuba to Hong Kong, Cape Town to Lapland, she has crossed the globe, making adventures and memories wherever she goes. With over twenty years living abroad, she has developed a love for other cultures, especially Italy, where she lived for over twelve years.

(Online, via Zoom)

Wed Oct 5th

What I discovered about China when exploring accounts from my family

Elizabeth Tebby Germaine - 2:00 pm

Elizabeth has written a number of books, fiction and non-fiction, extracts of which can be read on www.FeedARead.com Elizabeth is interested in the human stories told against a backdrop of dramatic and dangerous years in the Far East.  Since she wrote her book called ‘Lives in Burma and China 1927-1951’, she has discovered even more interesting material for her talk on China.

Online, via Zoom

Wed Nov 2nd

Milton Keynes to Mississippi - Saffron Summerfield - 2:00 pm

An entertaining, live music performance with anecdotes and stories from a career in music which took Saffron from a North Bucks village to living in London’s Soho in the late sixties, then performing live on JOHN PEEL’s radio show with Rock Band FREE! Saffron has written songs for BBC Radio 4 and music for two Channel 4 films. She's also had tours abroad and played blues guitar in Mississippi cotton fields.

Online, via Zoom

Wed Nov 30th

Uncompromising Genius: The Life & Work of Frank Lloyd Wright - Fiona Rose - 2:00 pm

Frank Lloyd Wright is recognized as one of the most important architects of all time. Over the course of his long career, he designed over 800 buildings including revolutionary structures such as The Guggenheim Museum, Fallingwater, the Johnson Wax Building and Taliesin. However, Wright’s architectural achievements were often overshadowed by his turbulent private life. In his 92 years, he fathered 7 children, married three times, and suffered great personal tragedy. This illustrated lecture provides an overview of his work, colourful personal life and most iconic buildings.

An accredited lecturer for The Arts Society, Fiona Rose has been lecturing about topics she feels passionately about since 2010. She has a BA in Social Psychology and aims to include the human story behind the artistic endeavours of her subjects.

Online, via Zoom

Wed Jan 11th 2023

The story of Violette Szabo, SOE agent - Jeremy Prescott - 2:00 pm

Violette Szabo GC, an SOE agent in WW2, was one of only 4 women to be awarded the George Cross. She operated in France and was executed in Ravensbruck Concentration camp in 1944. Her endeavours were brought to public attention with the film, 'Carve Her Name With Pride'.

Jeremy Prescott served for 26 years as an Army Officer. On retiring from this career was appointed CEO of a charity supporting rural communities in Leicestershire, a position he held for 18 years. He has been delivering the Sacrifice and Remembrance project on a voluntary basis since 2014 with any donations received being passed to Combat Stress - The Veterans Mental Health Charity.

Online, via Zoom

Outings
Wed Aug 10th

TRIP TO NATIONAL MEMORIAL ARBORETUM

Cost: £20 (coach only, including driver's gratuity.) Entry to the Arboretum is free of charge.

The coach will leave from Croft Road Coach Park at 9am returning from the visit at approximately 6pm.

To secure your place/s please let Lesley Whatmore have payment (cheque payable to Worcester Area Group u3a) by Saturday, 23rd July 2022. Click on Arboretum to download your booking form.

Thu Sep 15th

Trip to Wells

The coach will leave from Croft Road at 8.15am returning from the visit at approx. 7pm.

The morning will be free to explore the market, Bishops Palace, gardens and the rest of the city. At 12.30 there will be a soup & sandwich lunch in the cathedral café followed by a guided tour of the Cathedral (these are optional).

For further details and booking information please click on Wells Trip.

Tue Oct 25th

TRIP to CAMBRIDGE

Cost: £22 (Cambridge City) or £26 to Imperial War Museum Duxford - Europe's largest air museum (coach only).

The coach will leave from Croft Road Coach Park at 8:00 am returning from the visit at approximately 7:00 pm.

To secure your place/s please let Lesley Whatmore have payment (cheque payable to Worcester Area Group u3a) by 14th October 2022. Click on Cambridge to download your booking form.

Thu Dec 8th

WADDESDON MANOR AT CHRISTMAS

The Coach will leave Croft Road at 09.30, with a pick up at The Oak Apple Pub bus stop (top of London Road) at 09.35, for a two hour journey with comfort stop, to arrive at Waddesdon at 12 noon.

Return: The coach will depart Waddesdon at 6pm; brief comfort stop and return to Worcester at 8.15 - 8.30pm.

TOTAL COST: National Trust Members £30.00, non-Members £54.00

To include coach, driver's gratuity and entrance fees*^ (National Trust Members £7.50; non-members £31.80)
[NT - Individual Life Members are permitted ONE guest entry - £7.50)]

* National Trust Passes will be checked on arrival.
^ Entrance fee for House and Garden includes access to the house, grounds, Christmas Fair, Winter Lights Trail and use of the shuttle bus throughout the day.

To secure your place/s please let Ro Jackson have payment (cheque payable to
Worcester Area Group u3a) by Thursday 10th November 2022. Click on Waddesdon 22 to download a response form.