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

Gilwern U3A Talks on Zoom.  Gilwern u3a Talks on Zoom. While Covid-19 restrictions apply, talks and lectures will be held via Zoom. Members are invited to encourage friends and potential members to participate in the meetings but will of course need to share with them the Identity Number and password they receive prior to the meeting.
18 November 2020 at 2pm Kay Blackwell bravely gave our first talk on Zoom entitled: "Sunday School Teacher's scrap book".  It was a fascinating account of the construction of Coventry Cathedral after the war.
She illustrated it with brilliant slides, taking many of us right back to the War days through to the construction of the exciting new cathederal alongside what remains of the old.  Here is a view of the dramatic new Coventry Cathedral Baptistry window.  Members are strongly advised to have a go at Zoom if they do not already use it.  There will be a second picture, that of the modern cross, St Michael and Devil by Epstein, in the December Christmas Newsletter.

16 December 2020 at 2pm David Skilton will give a talk entitled:
"There is a fascination frantic in a ruin that's romantic".

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  Members of other U3As who want to join in should also contact membership@gilwernu3a.orgouk

The Unsocial Times 
We are now working on the 1 January 2021 issue, number 14 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   Nusocial Times No 12

Your latest Newsletter:
The Unsocial Times No13 December - your Christmas 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
Changes to Constitution
Proposed Committee changes

Walking Group
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.

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 December is "Christmas Unwrapped".  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 20 December 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 November 2020

Anona's  "The Night Sky's the Limit"

Judge's comments:

This delicate pastel drawing shows the night sky over a lake in Texas. The sky is the focus of this picture which meets the brief. We have some texture in the landscaped edges of the lake but they do not detract from the main focus. Our attention is drawn immediately to the moon in the upper right focus point and the trail of clouds leads the eye around the picture and back to the moon. We miss nothing!  I have not been to Texas but this is exactly what I imagine it to be like!

This month my choice is Anona’s In the heart of Texas for its skilful use of the medium. I love the way she has drawn those clouds flitting across the moon. Well done!


The December Art Challenge is: "Christmas Unwrapped"


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:

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
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.


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=