Monthly Meetings Programme 2018-2019
Meetings are 2.30pm - 4.30 pm at Bridges, Drybridge House, Wonastow Road, Monmouth
September 18 AGM followed by Exploring Gwent Castles Chris Barber
October 16 The Life of a Travelling Magician Gerry Walker
November 20 Sailing Around the World Sara Coxon
December 11 Members’ Christmas Party with seasonal music from The Whiskey River Trio.
January 15 Titanic Effort – RMS Carpathia’s Dash to Save Liner Paul Barnett
February 19 Anglo-Saxon Period – Forest of Dean Alex Knight
The Anglo-Saxon migrations into Britain began in the mid 5th century following the withdrawal of the last Roman forces in 410AD. Beginning in the East of Britain and spreading out in all directions, over the course of the next hundred and fifty years or so the Anglo-Saxons would come to control much of modern day England, conquering and creating kingdoms as they went. But when did the Anglo-Saxons arrive in the area now called the Forest of Dean, an area that sits between the rivers Severn and Wye on the border with Wales in the west of England; and an area rich in natural resources ripe for exploiting. This talk will examine the evidence for when and how the Anglo-Saxons moved into the Forest of Dean, what impact they had upon this area after they arrived and the legacy they left behind by piecing back together all the details from available documentary and archaeological sources. The Anglo-Saxon period was an incredibly important time in the history of this nation and the effects would be no less monumental in the Forest of Dean!
March 19 Working as a Full Time Artist Nick John Rees
Art has always played an important part in Nick’s life and he painted from a very young age. His work reflects his fascination with the effect of light on nature. Nick enjoys the challenge of painting seascapes and his interest lies in capturing atmosphere & light. Wherever possible Nick paints en plein air to fully absorb the atmosphere & spirit of the scene before returning to his studio to complete the work. Through the reduction of excess detail he strives to translate the ordinary and evoke the power & emotion of the sea in a way that allows people to find their own interpretation of the mood of the water.
His work is spontaneous & architectural in nature with much use of impasto technique, employing palette knife to create strong textures which are juxtaposed against the flat background of immense skies. This gives his work its recognisable tactile & dimensional quality and creates a painting that offers something a little different each time it is viewed.
Nick’ paintings are held in both public and private collections throughout Europe, Australian, America & Asia and his work in galleries throughout Wales & England as well as in France.
April 16 Special Places Around the World Malcolm Meadows
A presentation visiting several special destinations around the world, many of which are UNESCO world heritage sites. A sprinkling of history, some fabulous images, art and architecture and just a little music to explore these special places and buildings
May 21 DNA – Forensics and Crime Rhian Morgan
Join Wales Gene Park for a talk on DNA, forensics and crime. The talk will give an introduction to DNA – the blueprint for life – and describe what a DNA fingerprint is; how it is produced; how it was discovered, and how this discovery has revolutionised the way in which criminal investigations can be conducted. Examples will be given of cases in which DNA evidence has been used.
We will be hearing about a new Activity Award Scheme and sharing with you the results of the recent survey of U3A members and asking you for your thoughts about what they show and what we might change to make the U3A work better for you.
July 16 Members’ Summer Meeting and entertainment
August 20 Ty Hafan Kelly Dibble
Tŷ Hafan is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year!
The Welsh children’s hospice, based in Sully, near Cardiff, was opened on January 25th 1999.
For the last 20 years we have been providing support and care to life-limited children and their families.
Our nursing staff are at the frontline of our services – we couldn’t be there for all the children who come to us, without their expertise and care.
Twenty four hours a day, 365 days of the year, our team of special Tŷ Hafan nurses ensure that life-limited children, from all across Wales, can access specialist treatment they need.
The nurses are ready to respond to clinical emergencies and when the time comes, they also play a pivotal role in a child’s end of life care.
But Tŷ Hafan nurses deliver more than just the medicine – they provide magic too!
They bring to their roles fun, laughter and singing to bring smiles to the children of Tŷ Hafan who come to us for respite care.
More and more children are being referred to Tŷ Hafan than ever before and we are finding that their medical needs are increasingly complex.
Many of our young patients are requiring round-the-clock care from two nurses.
As a result, we have needed to expand our team of nurses and Tŷ Hafan now spends £1 million each year on nursing and care services.
Most people expect to be visiting a sad place when they come to Tŷ Hafan, but this couldn’t be further from the truth.
Tŷ Hafan is a warm, colourful and inspiring place where families can enjoy spending time together and making precious memories with their children.
September 17 AGM then Antarctica – The Human Side Rachel Morgan MBE
With a B.Sc. Hons in cartography and geography, Rachel started out as custodian of the priceless photograph collection at the Royal Geographical Society and then worked for an environmental policy think-tank at the University of Oxford. The acceptance of women wintering in the mid 1990s meant that Rachel achieved her lifelong dream of working in the Antarctic; as the first female wintering field guide at Rothera Research Station with the British Antarctic Survey. She has been immersed in Antarctic matters ever since, first establishing the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust as one of the major forces in Antarctic heritage, and more recently working as a naturalist and lecturer on expedition ships. She sits on the UK Antarctic Place-names Committee, and is a member of the Antarctic Club. She was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s 2018 New Year’s honours for services to Antarctic conservation and heritage. Rachel has lived in Monmouthshire for the last 20 years with her husband, daughter and son.
October 15 Topic not yet confirmed David Scaysbrook
November 19 Speaker to be confirmed