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

Gilwern U3A Talks on Zoom. 
If you have not tackled Zoom and heard and seen our talks, Lynda Somme-Dew is very willing to show you how to do it.  It's quite simple.  Lynda is very willing to help you on 831181.

Future Talks all on Zoom unless otherwise notified.

24 February at 2 pm.  Are we ready for electric vehicles?  Professor Averil MacDonald OBE.  We must be aware of the serious difficulties and threats electric cars could bring.  She will describe the challenges and demands.
17 March at 2 pm.  Dark Light 'the flannan island mystery - Fools' Gold'.  A musical presentation of a strange event in 1900.  Three men disappeared from a remote island in the Outer Hebreides.

The Unsocial Times 
We 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 a story from your earlier days.  Please send material to:  David Hall at: webmaster@gilwernu3a.org.uk

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
Unsocial Times No 9         Unsocial Times No 10   Unsocial Times No 11   Nusocial Times No 12
Unsocial Times No 13

Your latest Newsletter:
The Unsocial Times No14 January - your New Year issue!
Gilwern u3a's latest Monthly Newsletter.

2020 AGM
Since large "virtual" meetings are not feasible, the Committee has reviewed the items that would normally have been covered at the AGM.  The Committee was not quorate for an AGM.  Therefore the decisions, acceptance of reports, amendments, changes to Committee members etc will be recorded and circulated below.  At the next proper meeting of the Members they will be asked to agree the arrangements and any decisions. Below are the AGM papers, including the decisions of the Committee, to be confirmed at the next general meeting:
Introductory note, Chair's Report, Accounts, Changes to Constitution, Proposed Committee changes

All members carrying out group activities are asked to ensure that they have read and taken note of the "Personal Members' Check List" from the u3a Headquarters before participating in group activities.

Garden Group visit

A couple of striking photographs showing the colours of Autumn when the Garden Group visited Hergest Croft, Kington.  Link.

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 January is "A Winter Wonderland".  There are some important brief notes for guidance, and some brainstorming ideas for a start (will be coming).  Then there are lots of helpful and relevant video links (Will be coming).  The deadline for handing in work is 25 January 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 December 2020
Tony's  “Yuletide unwrapped”

Judge's Comments: Tony's Christmas unwrapped is called “Yuletide unwrapped” and does what it says on the tin!

The composition keeps your interest and then some with so much to look at and digest. The Christmas wrapping paper landscape reveals the nativity scene in delightful detail. Reminding us of the core of this celebration. The Santa, decorations, trees, stockings and robin remind of of all the things we love about this season. Great picture Tony."

 

 

The January Art Challenge is: "A Winter Wonderland"




Help the British Nutritian Foundation
The Foundation seeks your help research by completing a short series of enjoyable, interactive activities which explore the health claims we see on food and drinks. 

Not a member?
If you are not a member of Gilwern u3a, we offer two taster sessions before asking you to join, and if 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
This year there is no subscription.

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

Micellany Sketches by Mike Johnson
Many will be familiar with the sketches involving mice in most of the Newsletters.  Mike has now produced a book of them available on sale in the Road House Narrow Boats Gilwern.  Profits to charity.  Details by clicking on the image.

 

Keep a record
Gwent Archives ask us to make a record of how we are coping with this strange situation.  Further 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.

The Welsh Government offers care

Welsh Government have started a scheme where anyone staying at home with no friends, carers or family 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




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 2018 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? 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

Gilwern Roots:
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