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

Some progress
The Walking Group has started organising walks on a limited basis.  Anyone not already on the list of walkers and intending to join a walk should first contact Rhiannon Williams or Glyn Davies (see the Walks page for contacts).

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.

2020 AGM

Since large "virtual" meetings are not feasible, the Committee have covered 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.

Here are the AGM papers, including the decisions of the Committee, to be confirmed at the next general meeting:
Introductory note
Chair's Report
Changes to Constitution
Proposed Committee changes

Unsocial Times. 
We are now working on the 1 December issue, number 13, the CHRISTMAS issue, and 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 you might have a current photograph of general interest, or a story from your earlier days. 
Please send material to:  David Hall at:

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

Your latest Newsletter:
Unsocial Times No12 November
Gilwern U3A's latest Monthly Newsletter.

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 November is "The Night Sky's the Limit".  There are some important brief notes for guidance, and some brainstorming ideas for a start.  Then there are lots of helpful and relevant video links   The deadline for handing in work is 25 November to   Sarah Hoddy, who judges our monthly challenge, and who chairs the Abergavenny Art Group, recommends this excellent link on learning new techniques:

Winner of Art Challenge for October 2020

Tony's "Misty, Moisty Morning"

Judge's comments:

This does what it says on the can! We are immediately transported to a misty, cold autumnal morning. I especially love the way the water is glass-like in the morning light. There is depth and interest in this picture. The shadows of the boats are especially pleasing.


The November Art Challenge is: "The Night Sky's the Limit"

See details above

       Image to follow shortly.

Gardeners' Question Time with Lynne Allbutt, Terry Walton and Gareth Davies has been postponed.  In the meantime the panel members have been happy to answer a number of questions which appear with answers in Unsocial Times Numbers 6 and 7 (see links above).

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.

Welsh Government offers care

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

Forward U3A Talk Programme (depending on the coronavirus situation).

18 November: Christmas Unwrapped by Malcolm Meadows
20 December: Christmas Quiz and Party

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 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.


To sign up for the U3A Headquarters Newsletter:
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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:
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:
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=