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New Group
A new group has formed: the Creative Writing Group, and they warmly welcome new members.  They have set themselves a fascinating March challenge - see picture and details.

The new form is being sent to all existing members, having a very modest fee to cover the portion for the headquarters etc.  Please help by completing the form as soon as you can and return it to Rae.

Gilwern U3A Talks on Zoom. 
There is the list of talks April to June with notes about the topic. A summary is below, but the notes are recommended:
17 March: 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.

14 April:  The Right Place and the Right Time.  Wales, the World and beyond in 20 pictures by John Burrows
19 May:   DNA fingerprinting, forensics and crime by Dr Rhian Morgan
16 June:  The Land of Song by Dean Powell
21 July:   Lyons Wakeman - an uncommon soldier by Gavin Davies

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.

17 March at 2 pm.  Dark Light 'the flannan island mystery - Fools' Gold'
The Unsocial Times 
  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        Unsocial Times No 14  Unsociaal Times N0 15

Your latest Newsletter:
The Unsocial Times No 16 for March 2021

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.

See the Art Group's paintings for the February Challenge at the bottom of the page. 

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 March is "Wonders of Wales".  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 March 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 February 2021
Marilyn was chosen for February with her painting of Mother giraffe and baby.  Sarah Hoddy, who chairs the Abergavenny Art Group, judged the paintings, and gave helpful and encouraging comments to all participants.....

Judge's Comments: Sarah reported:  Again some very interesting pictures this month and an interesting challenge,” she added “This month my personal choice is Marilyn Tranter's Mother giraffe and baby. I like the simplicity of the image that is crafted with sophistication. Well done!”


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
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:
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!

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:

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


Challenge of the Month - February

Cook's Delight by Tony Godfrey

Meg by Anona Fitzgerald

Buddleia for the butterflies by Lynda O'Keefe

A 'collage' called "Big cats, little cats" by Karen Langlois

 "Mother giraffe with baby" by Marilyn Tranter

"The Early sign of Spring"  by David Hall