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

Forward programme of talks.

November Newsletter

U3A Book Launch.  A date for you: Llanelly Parish Remembers, the book described below, will be launched in Gilwern Village Hall at 10.30am on Wednesday 27 November.  All members are most welcome to come along for the ceremony.
Recent Gilwern U3A talk by Richard Jordan on 20 November in the Village Hall was on the subject the life of Glenn Miller. The whole thing was to music, kindly created by our member, Phil Dew.  There was a large and appreciative audience, including five new members.

The audience in the Village Hall

 

Richard Jordon (left) and Phil Dew who provided music
Family IT Communication Workshops - Gilwern residents
On Tuesday 26 November 10 to 12am in the Gilwern Community Centre, the school is providing help to those who would like to be bold and use computer, or laptop or mobile etc to communicate with family and friends.  Here is the detail.
 
Christmas Quiz, Music, mince pies and tea on Wednesday 11 December at 2pm in the Community Centre.  For details and flier.
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 will be held on Wednesday 27 November at 10.30am in Gilwern Village Hall.
 
The book cover illustration was produced by Lynda O'Keefe of the Gilwern U3A Art Group.

Possible new groups.  The Committee is hoping to establish new groups to meet the interests of members.  Possible new ones being discussed are Bowls, and Table Tennis.  Another idea that came forward: a Bus-pass Explorers' Group.

Painting Group - New date.  The Community Centre will be unavailable on Tuesday 19 November, so the next meeting will be at 2pm on Tuesday 26 November.

Christmas Bingo and party
For those who are available on a weekday and seek something to do, The
Friends of Parc Bryn Bach are holding a Christmas Bingo and Raffle party
on Wednesday 4 December between 1pm and 3pm.  The proceeds are to help fund a Sensory Garden. Bryn Bach Park is a wonderful site situated near Tredegar just off the A465 heads of the valley road. https://parcbrynbach.co.uk/about/

Kingfisher talk.  On 23 October Jeff Chard gave a fascinating talk on the Kingfisher.  During discussion one member wanted to know about the evolution of the kingfisher.  Jeff sends the attached.

Dates for Family History meetings:
19 November; 3, &
17 (tbc) December.

Art Group Workshop
The Gilwern Art Group had a workshop on 1 October on the subject of Using Mixed Media.  Click on the image for further details.




Garden Group went exploring
The Garden Group had prior warning of rough and steep land with water obstacles and steep slopes.  While climbing equipment was not advised, tough boots were.  Click on the photo for other pictures of the intrepid bunch!  

Walking Group.  Please see their latest news and programme.  

U3A at Gilfest 2019
We had excellent displays in the Community Centre for Gilfest 2019.  It was a perfect day outside, meaning, sadly, that only a few people ventured in to see the great displays arranged inside the Centre.  However, it was all good fun.
Here are some pictures showing some of the Gilwern U3A displays.
Left: part of the external activities. Right: The Art Group.

Left: the walker's Group.  Right: Some fun and instruction under way.

World War 1 and Gilwern - display
Right: U3A Garden Group stand!
A typical walker's kit for the hills.

U3A Wales photographic competition.  Closing date 30 April 2020.  See detail.

Annual U3A Day.  U3A National have advised that the U3A National Day should be 3 June, which, in 2020 is on a Wednesday.

Brecon U3A Two great talks on Thursday 7 November 2019.  See detail.

A Castles Quilts Group?  Are you interested?  Page 1, and  Page 2.
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U3A Diaries 2020
These can be seen and purchased on: https://www.u3a.org.uk/resources/shop/Merchandise-c14005595

To sign up for the U3A Headquarters Newsletter: https://www.u3a.org.uk/newsletter

Names of canal bridges
: How many do you know? https://canalplan.org.uk/waterway/pp9g

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: https://u3asites.org.uk/abergavenny/welcome
Crickhowell website:
https://u3asites.org.uk/crickhowell
Brecon U3A: 
https://u3asites.org.uk/brecon/welcome

Gilwern Roots:
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