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15 Nov 18 Walking Group Long walk Talybont & Brynore Tramroad. Short walk tba
20 Nov 18 Family History  
20 Nov 18 Painting Group Meets to paint
21 Nov 18 U3A Lecture Faith in Prison by Richard Walker - flier
30 Nov 18 Theatre Group Rory Bremner & Jan Ravens Borough Theatre 7pm (NOW FULLY BOOKED)
4 Dec 18 Family History
4 Dec 18 Painting Group Meets to paint
6 Dec 18 Walking Group Short walk tba
14 Dec 18 Theatre Group Magic of Christmas Borough Theatre 7.30pm
18 Dec 18 Family History  

World War 1 Commemoration - Llanelly Parish
To get a feel for it, click on the left hand picture for more images of the exhibition, all shown on the World War 1 page.
Now the wonderful display has been stripped down, but many of the important records will no doubt remain, and there are thoughts for retaining a historical record.
Starting to strip
the exhibition.  See
further new pictures
on the WW1 page.

Theatre Goers' report
The visit to Oliver on 31 October was such a hit that the members "left humming the many well known songs and enthusing about the show all the way back to Gilwern".  See full report.

Kay a runner up.
Kay Blackwell, a member, was short listed in the top ten for the Wales U3A Short Story Award.  She has just heard that she remained a runner up.  So, many congratulations to Kay, and here is her very touching story, just around 1,000 words.

Next Gilwern U3A Lecture
Faith in Prison
is the topic for our next monthly talk at 2 pm on Wednesday 21 November in the Gilwern Community Centre.  It will be given by Richard Walker who is a passionate advocate of prison reform. Flier.

Garden Group's to Walled Garden
The Group of 11 members visited the Walled Garden at Treberfydd on 24 October in bright, but late year, warm sunshine.  A brief report with some photographs gives a picture of the well sited and interesting walled garden.  In this picture Alison is describing how her very productive greenhouses are so successful.

Like playing BRIDGE?
♠♠♠     If NO, why not?  If you can play Whist or Rummy, you can play Bridge!
All you need is the assistance of the friendly Gilwern U3A Bridge Group to guide you through the process.

Join us every Monday afternoon 2 - 4pm in the Library of Gilwern Community Centre.  A small charge is made to cover the room hire.

Walking Group up Little Skirrid
On 19 October the Walking Group had a splendid day up Little Skirrid.  Here is a link to their page with a couple of photos.

Part time pilgrim. U3A Lecture 17 October. 
Anne Hayward and Hilary Lipscombe. the Chair of Gilwern U3A.
 Anne Hayward, who lives in Lower Gilwern, gave a much appreciated talk about her pilgrimage to the Isle of Man, but first gave very brief descriptions of some of her recent pilgrimages to France, Ireland, the West Country, and to Wales.  For her pilgrimage to the Isle of Man, she walked from Gilwern to Liverpool, where she took a boat to the Isle.  The journey took over nine weeks taking in a good deal of interesting history on the way.  She described how she carried everything she needed on her back, and walked all the way, preferring to use footpaths rather than roads.  Her days were generally planned to end at a camp site where she would set up her tiny tent, and cook on her minute stove.  Her talk stimulated many questions, continuing more informally over tea.

  There were many questions and much discussion with Anne (right).

Preparing for commemoration of the end of World War 1

The Gilwern U3A Art Group busy preparing for the village's commemoration of the ending of World War 1
Nine members of the Group were hard at work on 16 October

Theatre Goers.  Anyone wishing to attend with the Group should contact Maureen on 01873 831049.  Those interested in ballet are advised to book early for the Russian State Ballet's Swan Lake at Theatr Brecheiniog, Brecon on 7 November.

Can you help Roots, please?  Roots Cafe is open on Tuesday mornings 9-11.30am at the Gilwern Community Centre. Visit the Library and drop in for coffee and cake. If you would be willing to help over next few weeks please contact Kay Bailey -

Lecture Programme - Autumn 2018. 
19 September: The Whitechapel Murders 1888 by Steve Fitzgerald
17 October:  Part-Time Pilgrim - Long distant Walking & pilgrimages by Ann Hayward
21 November: Faith in Prison by Richard Walker
12 December: Christmas Quiz, Party & Music

Lecture Programme - Spring 2019
16 Jan. William Walton and the Gardens of Ischia by Malcolm Meadows
13 Feb. The King & his 15 wives - Swaziland, Africa in a Nutshell by Jenny Bowen
20 Mar. The Art of the Magician by Tony Griffin

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:
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!