Members enjoyed a great day out at the Newent International Centre for Birds of Prey on the 2nd November, see photographs above.
We will soon have the details of the New Year lunches, as due to reorganisation at the Forest of Dean Catering College they were unable to offer dates before Christmas.
The next members meeting is at Bridges 2.30pm on November 15th and Alan Clarke will be talking about the Isles of Scilly. All are welcome. Best wishes, Jenny Robbins
Lots of members attended this my first meeting as Chair to hear the guest speaker Dr Ann Benson, a landscape historian, give a talk on the history of Troy House near Mitchell Troy just outside Monmouth.
Sir William Herbert owned Troy House during the reigns of Henry the seventh and Henry the eighth, and medieval buildings were used during the creation of a massive Tudor manor house. Dr Benson illustrated her talk with a series of photographs showing how the original building and parkland grounds had changed.
Troy House and its walled garden were sold to Edward Arnott in 1902 by the ninth Duke of Beaufort. Arnott leased this property to an order of French nuns from 1903. The nuns then purchased Troy instead of continuing to lease it in 1906. The nuns sold the house to Peter Carroll in 1977 and it was unoccupied until 1984 when Carroll leased it for use as a special school for boys. This school closed in 1991 and it is from this point that other than a caretaker, Troy has been unoccupied. It’s planning application for conversion to flats submitted in 2008 is still not resolved and the house is now ‘at risk’.
I think everybody enjoyed seeing local history brought alive by Dr Benson who had unearthed some wonderful old maps and photographs.
The next speaker is Alan Clarke speaking about the Isles of Scilly on November 15th,
On Saturday, July 9th, a coachload of us left Monmouth bright and early for our Summer Day Out. Following the success of last year we visited the historic town of Stratford-upon-Avon and many of us elected to attend the matinee performance of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. We thoroughly enjoyed the enterrtainment with a cast including local schoolchildren and amateur actors as well as the supremely professional RSC cast. It was a memorable performance in many ways, including casting the characters in modern dress.
Several others enjoyed the day out in Stratford exploring the many places of interest, river cruises and long walks. We didn't see much of the sun, but the weather stayed dry and warm, nothing to dampen our spirits.
We returned to Monmouth at 6.30pm after a most enjoyable day. Many thanks to Diana Wilkinson for the faultless organisation.
This September four committee members, including the Chairman, will resign as they reach the end of their terms of office. This represents. almost fifty percent of the committee so it is a significant loss. The following September the offices of Treasurer and Secretary will fall vacant and two additional committee members are needed to shadow these key committee posts. This makes a total of six nominations needed to complete the committee and ensure continuity.
It would be appropriate to have volunteers from the increased percentage of recently joined members to represent their interests. You can find out how the committee functions by coming as an observer to one of our committee meetings which are held from 9.30am to 11.30 am on the Monday preceding the general meeting or asking any committee member about their role.
Please consider giving up some of your time to this worthwhile activity. Your support will be greatly appreciated.
The entertainment this year was provided by the Recorder Group who played a selection of seasonal music to put us in the party spirit Many of us were surprised to see the range of recorders responsible for the resultant harmony. After this, a challenging "Only Connect" style quiz exercised our brains before we relaxed and socialised , enjoying the rich variety of delicacies resulting from our contributions.
An opportunity to meet old friends and make new ones in a very informal and sociable environment. Merry Christmas!
After our superb meal last year we made a return visit to the Beechwood Restaurant yesterday for our 2015 Christmas lunch. Expectations were high after last year’s experience and we were not disappointed! Things started with a bang as we pulled open our Christmas crackers, donned paper hats and shared the conundrums before perusing the menu. In addition to the traditional turkey and Christmas pudding, there was a selection of dishes on offer. All the food was beautifully cooked and presented and brought to the table with a smile from the friendly waiting staff. We could not have had more attentive service. The seasonal decorations and brightly lit Christmas tree added to the festive feel of the occasion as conversation flowed freely in between the courses. Our thanks are due to the students and staff of the college for making the occasion such a brilliant start to the festive season.
All 60 places for our Christmas Lunch at the Beechwood Restaurant on December 2nd have been taken already. Enquiries at the college for an additional date in December were not successful but we can now offer a NEW YEAR CELEBRATION CHRISTMAS LUNCH early in January for those of you who have been disappointed.
The menu and price will be the same and up to 60 people can be accommodated. The date is Friday January 8th.
Please contact Diana Wilkinson, telephone number 01600 713212 or email firstname.lastname@example.org ,if you would like to book a place.
The AGM is almost upon us and there is an urgent need to receive more nominations for committee members. Please get in touch with me if you would like to learn more about the role of the committee, or attend a committee meeting as an observer. The committee will be very pleased to welcome you and give you all the help you need. Your contribution is needed to help us maintain a thriving U3A in Monmouth. Val
The Monmouth U3A annual magazine is now in the post and on the website. It should be dropping through letterboxes very soon. This issue is a look back over the year at the trips, events and activities enjoyed by members.
News and comments by Jenny Robbins, Chair of Monmouth U3A. Members are welcome to add your thoughts but there will be a delay to allow for moderation.