Wymondham

Monthly Meetings

Unfortunately due to the COVID situation, Coffee Mornings and our Open Meeting are cancelled until further notice. We will be guided by Government guidelines and update you here as soon as we can.

On November 16th, we had an excellent turn out at our first 'Zoom' virtual meeting. This was a trial to see how it might work and if there is potential for more. The 16 participants were most enthusiastic and it was agreed that we would “meet” every First Monday of the month at 10.00 a.m.

We discussed various ways this group could run. There are lots of online talks out there, some free and some paid for; some of our own members offered to do talks themselves; some liked the idea of getting a “professional speaker” or us all watching a talk together and then discussing it afterwards. It was generally agreed that we would try a mixture of both, one month one of us, the next month an outside speaker. We also discussed the need to remember that some of us are visually impaired, and some non-computer users may be joining in by telephone.

Georgette Vale who chaired this trial meeting and Lynne Monck, have generously volunteered to lead these groups by doing research into future subjects and invite participants so if you would like to join in, please email Georgette@ValeMail.eu with details.

The first meeting will be on Monday 7th December at 10.00 where member Sandra Walster will be talking about Guide Dogs. If you have any questions to ask in advance do send them to her by email at sandra.walster@myphone.coop so that she can prepare answers.

As a special bonus, Georgette will be offering her virtual talk on Nativity Sets on Thursday 17th December at 2.00. and to the Town Team on the Tuesday 15th December at 7.00 so if you can’t make the Thursday there is a second chance. Email Georgette@ValeMail.eufor an invitation link.

If you haven’t used Zoom, don’t be put off or feel left out. The best way to participate in these meetings is on a computer, tablet or smart phone but you can also join in with sound on just a phone. It's a good idea to prepare in advance by installing the free Zoom App on whatever gadget you intend to use for meetings. You also need to create a free account by following the instructions in the App. Once you have done this, all you need to do is email the leader with a request to join a meeting. You will then receive a reply email giving you the code and password necessary to enter in the Zoom App at the start of the meeting. The other members will magically appear on the screen in their small windows and you will be able to join in the conversation. It takes a little getting used to, but practice makes perfect. A few tips to help make Zoom meetings easier to follow will be shared in future meetings.

Please do give it a try. It will never make up for the fact that we are currently unable to meet in person but it certainly does help to fill the void.

Otherwise, under normal circumstances . . . .

Wymondham u3a organises a monthly meeting at Central Hall, Back Lane, Wymondhama at which a talk is given on a subject of interest. Meetings are normally held at 2pm on the first Thursday of the month and entrance is free for Wymondham u3a members who show their membership card and £2 for non-members with tea/coffee and biscuits included. Directions to the Central Hall can be found here Central Hall

COFFEE MORNINGS

To find out more about membership and under normal circumstances we would welcome you to come along to our informal coffee mornings held every Thursday at 10 am in the Tiffey Room, Central Hall, Wymondham - however, again due to the current COVID situation we have had to cancel these until further notice. In the meantime, please send a message to 'Membership Enquiries' on our Contacts Page.

If you are tempted to join Wymondham u3a then Click here to download the Application Form or contact the Membership Secretary if you would like one by other means.

For any other information regarding Wymondham u3a then please send a message to 'Enquiries' on our Contacts Page.

PAST SPEAKERS

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2019TALKSPEAKER
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3rd JanSERV Norfolk Blood BikesAdrian Carey
7th FebMaking Tracks through Mid-Norfolk RailwayPaddy Anstey
7th Mar AGMTurning my life aroundTracy Mackness
4th AprRoadside Nature ReservesRoger Jones
2nd MayPeople Power - Part 2: The Modern Era Tania Harrington
6th JunA fascinating (and hilarious) examination of humour. Discover what really amuses your friends and enemies and whyDiane Simpson
4th JulMexico - From Mexico City to Cancum, visiting ancient Aztec and Maya sites, the historic Spanish centres of the local cities and interesting peoples with strange customsPat and Philip Alker
1st AugBayeux – A story told in a tapestryJane Pavey
5th SepArthur’s story as POW and Lamsdorf Death MarchLinda Burkett
3rd OctThe history of sewage treatmentJohn Spencer
7th NovMiss Reeve’s Own BattleGeorgette Vale
5th DecFestive Poems and tales of everyday lifeDoreen Reed
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2018TALKSPEAKER
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Jan 4Kemp’s JigSarah Doig and Tony Scheuregger
Feb 1Storm ChasingChris Bell
March 1AGM followed by Medieval graffiti the lost voices of English ChurchesMatt Champion
April 5People Power, the History of PortraitureTania Harrington
May 3Garden Birds and the work of the British Trust for OrnithologyClaire Boothby
June 7The Prince’s TrustTom Browne
July 5rebuilding Norwich Castle Keep Dr Tim Pestell
Aug 2Climate Change, a real but solvable problemRichard Black
Sept 6the History of Policing in NorfolkPeter Billingham
Oct 4Passports, Assassins, Traitors and SpiesMartin Lloyd
Nov 1Julian of Norwich and Margery Kempe, two medieval mysticsGeorgette Vale
Dec 6Education for Disabled children, what an outrageous idea Anna Cottrell
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2017TALKSPEAKER
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07 JanIt’s a Dog’s LifeKate Brewster from the Dogs Trust
02 FebNorfolk a History through its Village SignsMike Weatherstone
02 MarAnnual General Meeting: A real but solvable problemRichard Black
06 AprGilbert and SullivanBernard Lockett
04 MayOnce upon a time in GhanaAnna Cottrell
01 JunAn Introduction to GemstonesJason Middleton
06 JulSaving the World Zoo Conservation in the WildGary Batters
03 AugThe Sort of People who join U3ADiane Simpson
07 SepThe Clergy in English literatureCurate of St Mary's Attleborough, The Revd Richard Stanton
05 OctThe English Whisky CompanyAndrew Nelstrop
02 NovHarriet Martineau, The Little Deaf Woman from NorwichGeorgette Vale
07 DecCoffee Morning, Xmas lunch followed by Skipper and the Boardmans, architects who left their markBarbara Miller
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2016TALKSPEAKER
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07 JanNorwich Castle Art DeptLucy McNeil
04 FebBrown Boots In Earlsdon - The Story Of The Coventry Watch IndustryKeith Longmore
03 MarAGM And A Classical And Spanish Guitar RecitalChris Alderson
07 AprJames Edward Smith - Botanist ExtraordinaireBarbara Miller
05 MayThe History Of The Norfolk WherryMike Sparkes
02 JunDoreen Reed And Her Way With WordsDoreen Reed
07 JulEdith Cavell Tells Her Story In Her Own WordsGeorgette Vale
04 AugLots To Talk AboutElizabeth Talbot
01 SepStreet Children Of East AfricaJohn Grint
06 OctPearl - A Famous GemstoneJason Middleton
03 NovFemale On The FootplateChristine Adams
01 DecHow To Become A Roman EmperorRalph Jackman
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2015TALKSPEAKER
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01 JanPoetryRead by Ruth Blewitt
05 FebTreasures Of Norfolk’s Secret SeaRob Spray
05 MarAGM & Classical Guitar History And PerformanceChris Alderson
02 AprAmbulance Service In NorfolkVictoria Boyce
07 MayInheritance Tax, The Do’s And Don’tsGraham MacCausland
04 JunFamous ScientistsGlen Barrett
02 JulMixed Media ArtistJane Clark
06 AugTudors At HomeSimon Partridge
03 SepRaptor TrustThe Raptor Trust
01 OctNorwich Courts And YardsFrances and Michael Holmes
05 NovStory Of Silks And PashminasJenny Gibbs
03 DecWicklewood WindmillHugh Slade
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2014TALKSPEAKER
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02 JanThe Doomed SquadronJulian Horn
06 FebThe Business Of WeatherquestChris Bell
06 MarAnnual General Meeting
03 AprGranddad Played The Cornet, (A History Of Brass Bands, Bandstands Etc.)David Cawdell
01 MayLife On The Lincolnshire SaltmarshesJun Barton
05 JunPearly Kings And QueensGerry Baxter
03 JulPalaeoceanography (Reconstructing Natural Climate Variability And Ocean Chemistry On Geological Timescales)Joanna Kerr
07 AugTwo Kinds Of Teardrops Life Stories of Dell Shannon and Roy Orbison Mike Grillo
04 SepThe Tribes Of Southern EthiopiaPat Alker
02 OctSuffolk And The Brecks At Their FinestAlex Bass
06 NovThe Mid Norfolk RailwayChris Pearson
04 DecButcheryTony Perkins
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2013TALKSPEAKER
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03 JanThe Backs & BeyondAndrea Lucchetti
07 FebThe WeatherChris Bell (Weatherquest)
07 Mar AGM & CeramicsJohn Dollimore
04 AprSights From Around The WorldBrian Salmons
09 MayBeyond The Potting ShedCharlotte Philcox
06 JunThe History Of HeraldryBrian Statham
04 JulLooking, Taking, Keeping, Basic PhotographyTracey Robinson
01 AugToilets, A Miscellany Richard Barton-Wood
12 SepRAF Watton - The Early Months Of WWIIJulian Horn
03 OctDubrovnik – A History Of The Walled CityFrances Hart
07 NovCereal Pathology - Research At The John Innes CentreChris Ridout
05 DecThe History And Traditions Of ChristmasSimon Partridge
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2012TALKSPEAKER
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05 JanNorwich Market At The Heart Of The High StreetFrances & Michael Holmes
02 FebBuildings Made Of EarthDr Dirk Houwens
01 MarAnnual General Meeting
05 AprMiss May Savidge Moves Her HouseChristine Adams
03 MayHenry VIIIs LegacySarah Doig
07 JunA Trip To New ZealandSteve de Roeck
05 JulNorfolk WherriesSimon Partridge
2nd AugColmans History And Mustard TastingNick Cook
06 SepGarden Design And Landscaping IdeasGeorgina Read
04 OctHearing Dogs For Deaf PeopleLouise Brundell
01 NovStep By Step - The Norwich Shoe TradeBarbara Miller
06 DecA Victorian Slide ShowTrevor Burlingham
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2011TALKSPEAKER
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06 JanThe Development Of The CinemaJohn Lee
03 FebBeating The Bounds In Georgian NorwichDavid Berwick
03 Mar Annual General Meeting
07 AprThe Late Great Fishing Industry Of YarmouthSimon Partridge
12 MayAustralia: Red Centre, Outback And East CoastAlan Durand
02 JunIntroduction To AstronomyBob Greef
07 JulWriting Novels Set In East Anglia, A Writer’s ExperienceTessa West
04 AugLife Of A Lancaster Bomb AimerMike Wabe
01 SepHistory Beneath Your FeetGraeme Simmonds
06 OctCars With A DifferenceDavid Morton
03 NovNicholas And Alexandra, The Last Tsar Of RussiaValerie Mulhall
01 DecA Regency ChristmasFrances Hart
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2010TALKSPEAKER
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07 JanConcert By Costessey Warblers(Cancelled due to snow)
04 FebNo RecordNo Record
04 MarA Wartime ChildhoodNo Record
01 AprNo RecordNo Record
13 MayMozart No Record
01 JulAspects Of PhotographyTrevor Burlingham
03 JunDeceivers Ever, The Battle Of The River PlateHazel Henderson
05 AugA Dog Is For LifeBarbara Emons
?? SepNo RecordNo Record
07 OctAustralia: Red Centre, Outback And East CoastAlan Durand
?? NovThe True Price Of Fish And ChipsAndy Malcolm
02 DecThe Great Hospital (In Norwich)Barbara Miller
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2009TALKSPEAKER
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08 JanSaga HolidaysSaga
05 FebSisters In The WildernessDouglas Baker
05 MarCanals And WaterwaysFrances Hart
02 Apr Annual General Meeting
14 MayThe History Of SoapNo Record
11 JunWymondham Music FestivalBarbara Randall
02 JulThe Farne IslandsTony Howes
06 AugLocal HistoryAnne Hoare
03 SepThe Reminiscence RoadshowBob Warnes
01 OctMedieval NorwichPeter Cooke
05 NovThe Gardens Of Chatsworth
03 DecThe Swing Era In America 1934 – 46Douglas Baker
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2008TALKSPEAKER
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03 JanChildhood MemoriesFred Jenkins
07 FebMake A Pot, Break A PotEric Ray
06 MarThe Magic Of FlorenceTom Warren
03 AprAGM And My Poems & StoriesDoreen H Reed
01 MayDating PhotosMary Griffiths
05 JunEast Coast ResortsPeter Salt
03 JulTea DanceJulie Slaughter
07 AugSecrets Of Bees And HoneyJohn Everett
04 SepA Wider Look At HistoryBrian Statham
02 OctLiveries & BadgesDavid Palgrave
06 NovEdwardians & VictoriansG Daines
04 DecService With A SmileDenise James
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2007TALKSPEAKER
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4 JanA History of Public Libraries and the Norfolk Library ServiceSally Blows And Sue Holt
01 FebMonastic Experiences At Wymondham AbbeyGail Thomas
01 MarEast Anglian Defences, 1940Trevor Burlingham
05 AprAGM And What’s In A NameBarrie Sullivan
10 MaySir John Soane In NorfolkTony Egglestone
07 JunHow To Tackle Your Family HistoryDerck A Palgrave
05 JulNorfolk As She Is SpokeTony Ireland
02 AugCrafts AfternoonOrganised by Julie Slaughter
06 SepImages Of NatureDavid Boulton
04 OctTree Conservation And The Woodland TrustMike Blackburn
01 NovNorfolk WorkhousesStephen Pope
06 DecMy Tin Pan Alley DaysPeter Pavey
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2006TALKSPEAKER
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05 JanCoastal Defense And Sea Dredging
02 FebNo RecordNo Record
02 MarNo RecordNo Record
06 Apr Annual General Meeting
04 MayNo RecordNo Record
01 JunWildlife In And Around WymondhamBarrie Sullivan
06 JulNorfolk From The Air
03 AugSt Albans And Wymondham: Communities In ChristGail Thomas
07 SepDickens And His LondonValerie Mulhall
05 OctABC And All That - Some Early Norwich And Norfolk SchoolsBarbara Miller
02 NovThe Jewish ReligionNorman Clifford
07 DecBygones And Unusual ArticlesDr Signy
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2005TALKSPEAKER
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06 JanMy Life At SeaRoger Heptinstall
03 FebThe Sinking Of The TitanicJohn Balls
03 MarLeonardo Da Vinci And His InventionsBerna Ambrose
07 Apr Annual General Meeting & Abc Activity
05 MayA Walk Around Thetford ForestTrevor Burlingham
02 JunA Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Patent OfficeRoy Oliver
07 JulMysteries Of Ancient ChinaPeter Ransome
04 AugCorn DolliesEllen Howe
01 SepTravels In ChileRene Sayer
06 OctA Brief History Of London DocksAlan Lovell
03 NovWymondham CinemasPhilip Yaxley
01 DecSongs From The Wymondham WarblersJulie Slaughter
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2003TALKSPEAKER
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09 JanAircraft That Were Named After WildlifeBarrie Sullivan
06 FebTalk On Red IndiansNot Recorded
06 MarHistory Of Dragon Hall, NorwichNot Recorded
03 AprA Guide To Norwich CathedralNot Recorded
08 MayThe Work Of The SamaritansNot Recorded
05 JunWayland PrisonNot Recorded
03 JulThe Death Of Edith CavellNot Recorded
07 AugNorfolk Mardle And SquitJulie Slaughter
04 SepVictorian Slide ShowNot Recorded
02 OctStep By Step, The Norwich Shoe TradeNot Recorded
06 NovWork Of The Norfolk Museums And Archaeological ServicesCatrina Filiprandi
04 DecNostalgia, Music, TV And RadioNot Recorded
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2002TALKSPEAKER
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07 FebBrushes In WymondhamMichael Marwood
07 MarCider Making In NorfolkStephen Fisher
04 MayAGM And The Talking Newspaper With SlidesMarie Stevenson
06 JunInternational RescueHelen Farley
04 JulExperiences Of A ToastmasterMartin Wynne
01 AugConfessions Of A RegistrarBrian Robrough
05 SepBritish Red Cross – Tracing Missing PersonsJudi Homer
03 OctA Look At The National TrustArnold Hopklns
07 NovCrime Prevention In The HomePC Brian Moore
05 DecYou Must Remember This - Music From TV, Radio And FilmsTony Ireland

Wymondham u3a wishes to thank Frances Sullivan for the details of talks given in the early years. However some other talks were given before 2002 and If anyone has details of these, or any of the missing details from above could they please contact Paul Moss at wymu3aweb@outlook.com