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Routes that you use from home
Monmouthshire are offering us the golden opportunity to say how our routes to shops, surgery, schools, stations, and to places of leisure can be improved.  Your say will doubtless help others in Gilwern.  So please see a little more detail and have your say in this link   I shall certainly be having mine!

Instead of the Newsletter.  Try some of the latest wonderful stories created by the Writing Group.  They are interesting and amusing.  Go to No 5 near the bottom of their page.

Walking Group.  The dates of the Short Walks change to Thursdays (still the 2nd & 4th). 
On 15 July the Walking Group set off on a good walk.  Find out more about it.
What is u3a Ebbw Vale up to?
Do take a look at their web site, https://u3asites.org.uk/ebbw-vale/welcome
and see the different groups. There's even one called Rummikub.  Is there a group you would like to start?  There are so many possibilities.

Garden Group to Dewstow?
Anita is suggesting a visit to Dewstow in the coming weeks, a garden near Caldicot.  She is asking who would be interesting in going.

The Creative Writing Group in action.  There is a report of their meetings on their web page. All make interesting and amusing reading.

Family & Social History Group – new projects
The Group are planning to embark on two new ambitious projects in the coming months.
The first is to record the oral histories of elderly Gilwern residents who can provide a fascinating insight into how Gilwern has changed over time. The second will be to photograph and document the older graves at St Elli Church.
Both are large and exciting projects and as we are currently a small group we would welcome any new members who would like to be involved. Please contact the Group Leader, Linda Swanson swansonlm@aol.com 

Garden Group.  Things are heating up!  Dave and Anita have already been to a number of gardens, and we are starting visits again.  They point out that good safety precautions are being taken such as one way systems and spacing etc. 

Art Challenge
The theme for the month of July is "Meadow Life".  There are some important brief notes for guidance, and some brainstorming ideas for a start.  Then there will be lots of helpful and relevant video links .  The deadline for handing in work is 25 July to lyndaokeefe12@yahoo.com.   Sarah Hoddy, who judges our monthly challenge, and who chairs the Abergavenny Art Group, recommends this excellent link on learning new techniques:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLicphjZ4y8GoKtRnz_gLxw

Winner of the Art Challenge for June 2021
Sarah Hoddy, who chairs the Abergavenny Art Group, judged the paintings, and gave helpful and encouraging comments to all participants.  The Chosen picture for June was Lynda O'Keefe's "Paradise Found", and Sarah's comments were:

More great pictures.  This month I choose Lynda’s picture as the winner, one of her best.

Judge's Comments:

"Lynda’s Paradise Found. Mixed media

  A very striking composition, the lower third being where all the interest is and the upper two thirds joined to the picture with the clever use of the bamboo stem. The blue sky sets the tone of this light-hearted picture. It’s an eclectic mix of plant life and bird but one that make us happy and certainly meets the brief.

The clever use of mixed media has kept the colours clean and vibrant.



The June Paintings
Tropical Island by Anona Fitzgerald  
Paradise Found by Lynda O'Keefe
Amaryllis by Marilyn Tranter
Paradise Lost Again by Tony Godfrey

Are you a Member?

If you are not a member of Gilwern u3a, and you would like to hear this talk please send an email asking to be included to membership@gilwernu3a.org.uk.  Members of other U3As who want to join in should also contact membership@gilwernu3a.orgouk

To use Zoom

To set up and use Zoom is very simple.  Here is an instruction produced by our Secretary on how to join and use Zoom.  There are also helpful videos such as this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9w3Y_9FLgc4&app=desktop

To sign up for the u3a Headquarters Newsletter:
a href="https://www.u3a.org.uk/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!

Some 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:

Gilwern Roots: Here to help promote the village to help growth in all Community ideas and projects from seed to oaks! a href=https://www.facebook.com/pg/gilwernroots/about/?ref=page_internal

Past and current issues of The Unsocial Times, newsletters 2020 & 2021:
No 1  No 2  No 3  No 4  No 5  No 6  No 7  No 8  No 9  No 10  No 11  No 12  No 13  No 14  No 15  No 16  No 17 
No 18
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