Yate & Sodbury District

Events

This section includes our monthly social meetings and also future dates for many of our groups.

All the following events are scheduled to take place in Chipping Sodbury Town Hall.

Speaker Meetings
All speaker meetings are 2pm at Chipping Sodbury Town Hall.

Friday January 7th: Dr Carolyn Morton – “Drugs, Alcohol and Poisoning”. The talk gives an insight into the use of forensic science in detective work.
2pm at Chipping Sodbury Town Hall.

Friday Feb 4th: Andrew Stocker – “The Old Vic, then and now.”
2pm at Chipping Sodbury Town Hall.

Social Events
Wednesday 15th December: Christmas Social Event 2:00pm at Chipping Sodbury Town Hall. For this event all attendees will be seated at tables set out in the main hall with teas, coffees, mince pies and stollen cake served by our volunteer catering team.

Numbers are limited, so you MUST BOOK YOUR PLACE by sending an email with your name to Pauline at YandS.u3a@gmail.com by Sunday 5th December. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. You will receive acknowledgement of your booking. If you book a place, then find you are unable to attend, please CANCEL your booking so that if there is a waiting list we can offer your place to someone else.

The Town Hall Trustees are recommending the use of face masks. A track and trace system will be in operation. This will be achieved by Members confirming their name is on the list as they arrive; or scanning a QR code with the NHS COVID app. The use of sanitisers and some social distancing are also recommended.


Dates for your Diary
Meetings
Fri Jan 7th 2022 Dr Carolyn Morton – “Drugs, Alcohol and Poisoning”. The talk gives an insight into the use of forensic science in detective work.
2pm at Chipping Sodbury Town Hall.
Fri Feb 4th 2022 Andrew Stocker – “The Old Vic, then and now.”
2pm at Chipping Sodbury Town Hall.
Fri Mar 4th 2022 Sir Peter Simpson – “Sleep Well, a History of Anaesthesia”
2pm at Chipping Sodbury Town Hall.
Thu Apr 21st 2022 AGM followed by a talk by Patrick Howell entitled “A Journey of a Lifetime”. This will recount the first of his three ocean crossings in a 44-foot yacht and include the Panama Canal and the Galapagos.
Chipping Sodbury Town Hall, Start at 2pm.
Fri May 6th 2022 Liz Atwood – “Volunteering in Asia”. This covers topics such as women’s empowerment, global health and teaching English to Buddhist monks.
2pm at Chipping Sodbury Town Hall.
Fri Jun 24th 2022 Clive Brain – “Pyronaut and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant”. The story of the floating fire engine in Bristol Harbour and its visit to the Thames Pageant.
2pm at Chipping Sodbury Town Hall.
Fri Jul 22nd 2022 Philip Caine – “Barrow to Baghdad and Back Again”. The author has worked in many countries around the world, the last ten years being in the Middle East. He will recount how his career started in Barrow-in-Furness and ended in Baghdad.
2pm at Chipping Sodbury Town Hall.
Fri Sep 2nd 2022 William Reddaway – “A Ride Round England”. The story of one man, one horse, 2700 miles and 30 Cathedrals.
2pm at Chipping Sodbury Town Hall.
Fri Oct 7th 2022 Philip Hoyland - “Local Friendly Societies”. This explains the importance of Friendly Societies from the 18th to the 20th centuries and their significance in local life.
2pm at Chipping Sodbury Town Hall.
Fri Nov 4th 2022 Martin Lloyd: Passports, Assassins, Traitors and Spies”. The author will recount how three passports have played their influential role in the course of history.
2pm at Chipping Sodbury Town Hall.
Fri Apr 21st 2023 AGM and talk (tbd)
Chipping Sodbury Town hall starting at 2pm
Social Events
Wed Dec 15th Christmas Social event
2pm Chipping Sodbury Town Hall
Fri Oct 14th 2022 u3a Open Day event
2pm at Chipping Sodbury Town Hall.
Wed Dec 14th 2022 u3a Christmas Concert
2:00pm at Chipping Sodbury Town Hall.
Earth Sciences and Geology
Tue Dec 7th Brain fossils, by Pat Mills. 3pm Westerleigh Village Hall.
We explore brain images from Devonian fish, Brazilian and English dinosaurs, a variety of pre-mammals through to the extinct New Zealand Giant Moa bird, all revealed by 3D X-ray techniques on long-forgotten museum skull specimens.
Tue Dec 14th Repeat on Zoom of 'Brain fossils', by Pat Mills. 3pm.
We explore brain images from Devonian fish, Brazilian and English dinosaurs, a variety of pre-mammals through to the extinct New Zealand Giant Moa bird, all revealed by 3D X-ray techniques on long-forgotten museum skull specimens.
Tue Jan 4th 2022 The Earth's a magnet - so what?, by Chris Greef. 3pm Westerleigh Village Hall.
Tue Feb 1st 2022 Weighing the earth's ice and inland water, by Pat Mills. 3pm Westerleigh Village Hall.
Tue Mar 1st 2022 The Wonder of the Oceans by Chris Greef, 3pm Westerleigh Village Hall.
New members
Tue Dec 14th New members meeting, 10am on Zoom. Learn about the u3a and its opportunities.
Tue Jan 18th 2022 New members meeting - learn about the u3a and its opportunities. Pop-Inn Café, Yate 9.30-11am
Tue Feb 15th 2022 New members meeting - learn about the u3a and its opportunities. Pop-Inn Café, Yate 9.30-11am
Philosophy
Wed Dec 8th 10:30 - 12:00
Watkins Room at the Old Grammar School in Chipping Sodbury High Street.
Photography
Thu Jan 6th 2022 January Monthly Meeting: Christmas – Xmas lights, decorations or anything that evokes the time of year
Thu Feb 3rd 2022 February Monthly Meeting: Shadows - Artificial or natural light
Thu Mar 3rd 2022 March Monthly Meeting: Night Time - Blurred light images, moon and stars and so on
Thu Apr 7th 2022 April Monthly Meeting: Winter Personal Project
Thu May 5th 2022 May Monthly Meeting: Old, decaying or restored - Photographs of objects that are decaying, rusting, aged or also aged and restored.
Thu Jun 2nd 2022 June Monthly Meeting: Shapes and Symmetry - Photographs with specific repeating shapes or symmetry
Thu Jul 7th 2022 July Monthly Meeting: Coast - photographs from coastal locations (or rivers/ponds/lakes)
Thu Aug 4th 2022 August Monthly Meeting: Architecture - Photographs reflecting interesting architecture or architectural features.
Thu Sep 1st 2022 September Monthly Meeting: Holidays - pictures that evoke summer holidays
Thu Oct 6th 2022 October Monthly Meeting: Vegetables - the variety of vegetables available at harvest time
Thu Nov 3rd 2022 November Monthly Meeting: Summer Personal Project
Thu Dec 1st 2022 December Monthly Meeting: Red - Focus on one colour and its complementary colours
Thu Jan 5th 2023 January Monthly Meeting: Christmas – Xmas lights, decorations or anything that evokes the time of year
Supper Club 2
Tue Jan 11th 2022 We have booked a January meal at the Mezze at Green Dragon Downend at 7pm. There’s a 20% discount on Tuesdays.
Travel Group
Wed May 25th 2022
→Sun May 29th 2022
5-day Lochs and Glens trip to Ardgartens, starting the 25th May 2022 at a cost of £354.

The trip includes visits to:
Hill House Helensburgh (designed and furnished by Rennie Macintosh)
The submarine centre
Isle of Bute with entry into Mount Stuart House
Glasgow, including the riverside Museum
WAG3 Wine Appreciation 3
Tue Dec 7th 7.30pm in Watkins Room, Old Grammar School, Chipping Sodbury
Tue Jan 4th 2022 7.30pm in Watkins Room, Old Grammar School, Chipping Sodbury
Tue Feb 1st 2022 7.30pm in Watkins Room, Old Grammar School, Chipping Sodbury
Tue Mar 1st 2022 7.30pm in Watkins Room, Old Grammar School, Chipping Sodbury
Walking Group
Wed Dec 8th Wednesday 8 December, Iron Acton, 4 miles medium, followed by Christmas lunch, led by Margaret Pulsford