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

Forward programme of talks.

December Newsletter

Dates for meetings of groups.  See lower down the page.

Next U3A talk 12 February 2020 at 2pm in the Community Centre on the subject of The Gunter Mansion in Abergavenny.  The talk will be given by Grahame Nelmes.

First lecture 2020 - Bee Keeping.  John Holden spoke about bee keeping on 15 January 2020 in the Community Centre.

Garden Group plans.  On Wednesday 5 February the Group will meet at Usk Garden Centre https://www.uskgardencentre.co.uk/ at 2.30pm for a meeting over tea and cakes to discuss plans for the year.  All are warmly welcomed.  Those going are asked to meet at 2pm in Gilwern Car Park to share lifts.  Please let Anita know if you intend coming (neet830525@aol.com) so that a suitable table can be booked.

Christmas Quiz, Music, mince pies and tea on 11 December in the well decorated Gilwern Community Centre, Gilwern U3A welcomed members to the Christmas Quiz, with visiting teams from Crickhowell and Ebbw Vale.  The afternoon, under Hilary's direction, started with songs and carols led by Phil and Lynda Dew.  Then came the hard work of the testing quiz, won by the Crickhowell team, followed by the raffle and tea with mince pies.  All were in high spirits, creating a thoroughly happy afternoon to set Christmas off with gusto.
 
As usual, Kay ran the U3A Quiz with aplomb, and with total impartiality.  Questions were wide ranging, but not all were too difficult - though some were extremely challenging!

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
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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.

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.

Dates for Family History Group: First and third Tuesday of the month, started 7 January.

Dates for Art Group: 7 & 21 January, 4 & 18 February, 3 & 17 March, 7 & 21 April.

Dates for Garden Group: 5 February. Planning meeting for all at Usk Garden Centre.

Dates for Walking Group: 14 & 28 January short walks.  Longer walk 16 January.

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.
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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

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