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A Talk Meeting. The new audio-visual equipment was generously granted by National Grid.

Unsocial Times. 
We are now working on the 1 August issue, number 9, and seek short and sharp pieces for publication, keeping them as far as possible to 250 words or less.  You might have a little known recipe, a gardening hint, a quirky story or a chunk of relevant local news, or you might have a current photograph of general interest, or a story from your earlier days. 
Please send material to:  David Hall at:

Past and current issues of The Unsocial Times:
Unsocial Times No 1         Unsocial Times No 2     Unsocial Times No 3    Unsocial Times No 4       
Unsocial Times No 5       Unsocial Times No 6   Unsocial Times No 7   Unsocial Times No 8
Keep a record
Gwent Archives ask us to make a record of how we are coping with this strange situation.  Further details.

Gardeners' Question Time with Lynne Allbutt, Terry Walton and Gareth Davies has been postponed until October.  In the meantime the panel members have been happy to answer a number of questions which appear with answers in Unsocial Times Numbers 6 and 7 (see links above).

Art Challenge - Lock down - open up!
The Art Challenge is taking place and is open to all members of Gilwern U3A. Have a go!  The theme for the month of July is "Flavours of Summer".  There are some important brief notes for guidance, some brainstorming notes and also a list of helpful video links.  The deadline for handing in work is 25 July to

Best June painting was by David Hall  entitled Waterfall. The judge, Chair of the Abergavenny Art Group, said "Again the quiet, cool, minimal palette emphasise the natural beauty of the scene and also creates a  tranquillity."  Click on the small painting for a larger version.   

Photographic Challenge
A Photographic Challenge is being launched for members of Gilwern U3A.  All members are eligible and encouraged to participate.  The topic is TREES in a broad sense.  See the details.

Hello! If you are self-isolating we can offer help
Two members of Gilwern U3A, Helene Brice and Nery Lewis, have generously offered help for those of us who are self isolating by collecting subscriptions, going to post letters, and picking up shopping.  Their telephone numbers are: 07468696322 and 07783083240.  They say "Feel free to ask for help over these matters".  They are having a busy time.

Helping others - telephone befrienders
We all wish to keep contact with others in these difficult times. There are some who, living alone, have few if any contacts, and loneliness sets in. We have been sent the attached list of contacts. Do have a look and see if you can help.

Welsh Government offers care

Welsh Government have started a scheme where anyone staying at home with no friends, carers or families to get food or medication for them can call a duty number for social services to get support. Duty line numbers are: Monmouth 01600773041. Maindiff Court Abergavenny 01873735513. Chepstow 01291635666

Forward U3A Talk Programme (depending on the coronavirus situation).
16 September: There is a fascination frantic in a ruin romantic by Professor David Skilton
30 September: Tax, care & toy boys- protecting the family's nest egg by Co-op Bank
21 October: Genetics in Forensics by Rhian Morgan
18 November: Christmas Unwrapped by Malcolm Meadows
20 December: Christmas Quiz and Party

WW1 Llanelly Parish Remembers.  There are a few copies left for sale to members.

Book Launch - World War 1.  There was a large turnout on 27 November at Gilwern Village Hall for the launch of WW1 Llanelly Parish Remembers. Those present included children from the Gilwern School as well as representatives of those organisations who were to receive copies of the volume for the organisations they represented.  There were also many members of Gilwern U3A.

                          last picture, the clear one, many thanks to Kay.

Publication of Gilwern World War 1 book
This book contains the biographies of those servicemen who died or served in World War I and who, at the time, came from Llanelly Parish.  The research has been carried out by members of Gilwern U3A Family History Group to commemorate the debt we owe these servicemen.  This follows two exhibitions of the biographies that were held in the Village Hall in 2014 and 2018.
Only a small number of copies have currently been produced to be placed in local libraries, churches, chapels and other locations where they may be inspected.  If there is sufficient interest, further copies can be produced for sale locally. The Book Launch was held on 27 November in Gilwern Village Hall.
The book cover illustration was produced by Lynda O'Keefe of the Gilwern U3A Art Group.


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Names of canal bridges: How many do you know?

Art Group on display
Three or four paintings from members of the Art Group are on display in the library and will be replaced by others on a regular basis.  Some are sometimes for sale!

The Llanelly Community Council's
web site
Other local U3A websites:
As a result of connections made with other local U3As it is now possible to attend each others' monthly meetings free of charge.  To find out what is on look at their web sites:
Abergavenny website:
Crickhowell website:

Gilwern Roots:
Here to help promote the village to help growth in all Community ideas and projects from seed to oaks! a href=