Events

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‘Coffee Mornings’  are held on the third Thursday of the month and you can find all the details below.  For  2021  our Coffee Mornings are being held virtually using ‘Zoom’.  We usually ‘gather’ at 10.30/45 for a few minutes chat.  The talk starts at 11 and we usually finish around 12 noon.  There is no charge for attendance and we welcome visitors.  Even if you do not have Zoom capability, you may be able to join another member in their home (when government regulations permit, after 17th May).  Please ask! 

Follow these links for reports of previous coffee morning meetings:

Coffee mornings 2021
Coffee mornings 2020
Coffee mornings 2019

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Meetings ‘in real life’ – The impact of Covid 19

September 2021 update. We are planning for a return to being able to welcome members and visitors again to a physical venue as soon as it seems advisable, and observing all practicable guidance for health and safety. It may be possible for meetings to be ‘hybrid’ – that is, for members to have a choice as to whether to attend virtually or physically.  Members, however, will need to make their own personal decision on whether to attend any physical gathering, whether of an interest group or a Coffee Morning. 

Dates for your Diary

See also this link for online events sponsored by the Third Age Trust.

   

Thursday 16th September

** Due to technical difficulties this talk was not able to be delivered as planned. It is hoped that a new date can be agreed in the New Year.**

Beryl Cook”, by Marilyn Bishop. Beryl Cook painted fat ladies who had fun! As an artist Marilyn became interested in Beryl Cook who lived in Plymouth for many years.   

 

Thursday 21st October

Rose Hewlett on The Great Severn Flood of 1606 (a Zoom presentation)

On 20 January 1606/7 an exceptional tidal flood caused widespread damage and loss of life around the low-lying coastal land of the Bristol Channel and Severn Estuary. The ‘1607 flood’ is still relevant today, and is considered by some to be a consequence of the most significant storm surge in the Severn Estuary during the last four centuries. News pamphlets produced in London in the aftermath of the flood reported that between 500 and 2,000 people drowned, the loss of livestock was incalculable, and property and commodities were ruined. The flood continues to reverberate in the affected communities, but how much do we really know about the event, and did the pamphleteers convey the situation accurately?

Rose Hewlett researched the Flood for her doctorate at the University of Bristol.

All current u3a members will be sent the link at the start of the week in which the talk is being given, Guests are welcome to join us. Email Paul Vickery, the Speakers’ Co-Ordinator, for the link.

Thursday 18th November

Driving under London, by John Polley. A Zoom presentation.

John Polley has a variety of interests, including local history, transport, and industrial archaeology. When John left school back in the long hot summer of 1976 he wanted to become a train driver. However, his mother would not let him do so as she felt that it was a dirty low paid job. 24 years later John finally ‘got on the handle’ when aged 40 he joined London Underground as a trainee tube train driver. It was to be one of the best experiences of his working life! John will explain how the London Underground that we are all familiar with today came to be. He will take us behind the scenes on a journey along the Northern Line whilst also pointing out some little known interesting facts.

All current u3a members will be sent the link at the start of the week in which the talk is being given, Guests are welcome to join us. Email Paul Vickery, the Speakers’ Co-Ordinator, for the link.