General Meeting Events: 10:30am until 12:00 noon
General Meetings take place at The Town Hall, Coleshill, on the third Monday of each month, commencing at 10.30 am. At times changes to meeting content may be made because a speaker is obliged to cancel or postpone their talk. If possible details of changes will be publicised on our website – www.coleshillanddistrictu3a.org.uk.
25th April, 2022 ‘My Musical History Part 2’ – Steve Allen
Note – this event is on 4th (instead of 3rd) Monday, to avoid Easter
In March 2020 Steve Allen, a local musician with a repertoire in country, folk and swing music, came along to present an unusual history presentation for our members. Through the eyes of his character, Ely, he told us more about the Industrial Revolution in Britain through a mixture of songs, words and pictures. He’s now coming back with the second part of this history, taking his story through from the Industrial Revolution through to the 1960’s.
16th May, 2022 ‘Mary Quant’s career” – Ruth Lowe
Ruth Lowe has been an avid collector of Mary Quant creations and associated memorabilia, and will be bringing along a number of items for us to look at as she tells us about the early part of the designer’s career, from 1955 to the early 1970s’.
20th June, 2022 ‘Winterbourne House and Gardens’ – Lee Hale
Lee Hale, head of staff at Winterbourne, will be telling us more about this ‘Arts and Crafts’ Edwardian House, nestled in a leafy corner of Birmingham, and its delightful garden, beautiful in any season. Lee will be bringing in some cuttings and seedlings from Winterbourne which the gardeners amongst us may wish to purchase after the talk.
18th July, 2022 ‘Myanmar, Land of Temples’ – Paul and Gill Wallis
Paul and Gill Wallis have been on some fascinating journeys to distant lands. This talk, with photo illustration, is based on a river trip along the Irrawaddy, and looks at the people who live there, their villages, temples and culture.
15th August, 2022 ‘The Life of Beatrice Cadbury’ – Fiona Joseph
The heiress who gave away her fortune.
‘More than chocolate bars and knitted socks- the role of Cadbury women workers in WW1.
19th September, 2022 ‘Stories of our British Mammals’ – Nick Martin
Nick Martin was one of our speakers in 2019 when he told us about the development of the RSPB’s Middleton Lakes nature reserve. His second talk looks at our native mammals, and is sure to be enhanced by Nick’s own personal involvement as a naturalist and by his superb skill as a nature photographer.
17th October, 2022 ‘The Harvesters’ –
Music and Dances from the Appalachian Mountains
21st November, 2022 Alan Cutler – ‘Judge, Jury, Judgement – Justice?’
A further Edwardian murder trial.
Alan will dramatise a controversial historical murder trial, and ask us audience to decide on the guilt or innocence of the accused.
12th December, 2022 – Coleshill and District U3A Christmas Celebrations
Andy Smith – a musical programme
16th January, 2023 Steven B. Bruce – Auctioneer
‘Behind the Scenes’ – a look at the reality which underpins the various tv shows on antiques and selling at auction.
20th February, 2023 – Coleshill and District U3A Annual General Meeting