Dene Valley U3A
. September 2010 Newsletter
Monthly Main Meetings are held in St Peter’s Church, Wellesbourne CV35 9LS at 2.00 p.m.
Our speaker on Tuesday 14th In October we will be joined for our meeting
September will be Ralph Richardson on the 12th by Frieda Barker. Frieda was a
who will talk to us about the Reverend secondary school teacher in the Birmingham
Francis Kilvert. Formerly a secondary area for some 40 years teaching mainly
school headmaster with an interest in English and History. She will speak on the
local history Ralph discovered Kilvert's topic of “The Man who was Shakespeare”.
Diaries when he bought a copy of the A keen theatre-goer, she has always
Diaries in a book shop in Hay-on-Wye revered the works of Shakespeare and been
and became fascinated by the exploits fascinated by his life. Love or loathe him, it
of the energetic curate of Clyro, a is not necessary to have read the Bard or
parish near Hay. Kilvert began to keep even to have seen performances of his
a diary in 1870 in which he described works in order to appreciate the talk. It must
the people he met and the places he be said that very little is actually known
visited in fascinating detail. Some were about the life and education of the man
lost but some were later published generally considered to be the world’s
giving a rare picture of country life in greatest playwright. It is these little known
the late Victorian years. aspects that will be under the spotlight.
Copy for the October Newsletter by the 15th September please - Peter
Our next meeting on Tuesday 14th September is our first anniversary as Dene
It will also be our first Annual General Meeting to receive a written annual report
and a financial statement and elect our Committee and Officers for 2010/2011.
We hope the formality of the AGM will be concluded in a few minutes so we can
proceed with our normal business including our guest speaker.
As you will see near the end of this newsletter our membership subscriptions of
£15 per annum fall due for renewal for the next twelve months. You can pay your
subscription at the monthly meeting or post it direct to our Membership Secretary.
Please see the fuller notice on page 5.
Chairman Tony Whiteley 01789 471036 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Membership Secretary Wendy Ironmonger 01789 293377 Email email@example.com
Newsletter Editor Peter Davies 01789 841755 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Web Site: www.denevalleyu3a.btik.com Annual sub £15: only members can join groups.
Dene Valley U3A September 2010 Newsletter
Our Groups and Outings Puccini - La Bohème (Maria Callas)
Dvořák - Symphony No 9 From the New World
Ambling (see also Walking) Beethoven - Symphony No 6, Pastoral
On Wednesday, 25th August, the walk starts Franck - Violin Sonata in A
from the following point: on the road from Beethoven - Sonatas 90 & 79
Upper Tysoe to Compton Wynyates, where Copland - Fanfare for the Common Man
the footpath to the Compton Wynyates Wind- Britten - 4 Sea Interludes
mill starts going north (marked 123 on the OS Tavener- The Protecting Veil: The Incarnation
Explorer Map 206). You can park on the road Rachmaninoff - Rhapsody on a Theme of
verge at this point. Car sharers from Welles-
bourne, meet at the Village Hall at 1.30pm. Youmans - Tea for Two
From September there will only be one walk Puccini - Madame Butterfly (on DVD)
each month. This will be on the 4th Villa-Lobos - Bachianas Brasileiras (J. Baez)
Wednesday afternoon. Wednesday 22nd Between items the chat turned to our first
September meet at the church in Combrook experience of classical music, and each of us
at 2pm for a walk to Butlers Marston and was able to pinpoint the particular piece.
back. Car sharers meet at Wellesbourne Our next meeting will be at Tony and
Sandra’s, 2 Daniell Road CV35 9UD at 10am
Village Hall at 1.40pm.
- Janet Hill on 23rd September. Do come along - it’s a
friendly group and welcomes new members.
- Val King
Bridge for Beginners email@example.com
- Tony Whiteley 01789 471036
A new group will be starting shortly. If you are
interested in learning how to play bridge, firstname.lastname@example.org
Computing - Beginners
- Wendy Ironmonger 01789 293377
Meet at 2.30, 2nd Monday:
13th September at Brenda’s, 01789 841439
Calligraphy 11th October at Peter’s, 01789 841755
Interest has been expressed about starting a - Peter Davies 01789 841755
calligraphy group. If you are interested in
joining, please contact me. If you could teach
Computing - Beginners 2
the group or know of someone who could,
I would be very interested in that information. Are you interested in learning how to use a
- Anne Prior 01789 842103 computer? There is space in the existing
group and also the possibility of beginning
another. If interested, contact
Classical Music - Anne Prior 01789 842103
Computing - Plus
The group is taking a summer break. The
next meeting will be on Wednesday 27th
October and the main topic will be Home
Accounting and Internet Banking. I propose to
look at Ubuntu later in the year. It's not for
everyone but I think there’s sufficient interest.
- Peter Hayes 01789 555403
This year the Gardening group has visited a
Sandra pores over the cover notes while variety of gardens, from snowdrops in the
Scott takes down details for this Newsletter. snow, through a local garden full of surprises
On 19th August we met at Val’s delightful to a Birmingham garden laid out by John
country hideaway & listened to excerpts from: Nettlefold, the Birmingham industrialist (with
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the added bonus of a peep into his home, discussion about this at the last meeting;
newly refurbished in its original Arts and if you have any suggestions or would like to
Crafts style) and most recently a delightful lead any meeting, please let me know.
garden near Bidford on Avon created from a - Michael Dane 01789 470491
field by its current owner and her husband email@example.com (please put in
over a period of 40 years. the subject “U3A Family History”)
We shall round off our summer of gardening
delights with an outing to Folly Lodge, a History - Local
private garden in Halford on 24th August and On 8th September we’ll visit Kineton.
a guided tour round the Capability Brown - David Ball 01789 840983
parkland at Compton Verney on 28th firstname.lastname@example.org
September with admission to the Art Gallery
also included in the price of £5.40. If you are Languages - Spanish
interested in joining us on either of these Our last meeting before the summer break
occasions, please contact me. started in the Stag’s Head, where the menu
- Diane Smith 01926 640983 appeared in Spanish, and we had to order our
email@example.com meal in Spanish from a strange Spanish
waitress. Luckily all ended up with the food
History they wanted! We continued to our meeting
At the July meeting we discussed some of the place, where we enjoyed a video of a Spanish
inhabitants and interesting characters Romeria, taken in Rojales on the Costa
connected to Kenilworth Castle: Henry III Blanca, where the villagers carry the statue of
bestowing the castle upon his youngest son San Isidro Labrador up into the hills to an
Edmund Crouchback, Crouchback (which Ermita for Mass, dancing, games etc, and we
they say means "cross back") indicating that enjoyed learning about this Spanish tradition.
he was entitled to wear a cross on his back; - Joyce Weeks 01789 842900
the close friend of Edward II, Piers Gavaston firstname.lastname@example.org
being imprisoned in the castle by the Barons
for having exclusive access to the royal Luncheon Club
patronage; John of Gaunt’s contribution of the We have booked a lunch at the Granville,
Grand Hall; the long possession of the Barford on 16th September. Time 12.45, and
property by the Clarendons until 1937, before the price is £14.95 for a 2 course menu with
being purchased by John Davenport Sidd- coffee/tea included. Hope to see a good
eley, (aka Armstrong Siddeley). The Siddeley crowd there!
family presented the castle to Kenilworth in - Ann Eccles 01789 841597
1958, and English Heritage has looked after it email@example.com
since 1984. At the meeting on 18th August we - Sylvia Holland 01789 292234
visited the Church of St Mary’s, Warwick to firstname.lastname@example.org
see the tomb of Robert Dudley.
- Carol Turland 01789 841295 Philosophy
email@example.com On Thursday 2nd September we will discuss
some aspects of Justice.
History - Family - Peter Hayes 01789 555403
At the August meeting of the group we had a firstname.lastname@example.org
smaller number of people than usual and we
looked at Church records. This was a very Pilates
interactive meeting with lots of questions and has been meeting since last November and
feedback which was very positive and is the the 16 members are happy to report that the
way I like these meetings. exercises are, indeed, improving their fitness
The next meeting will start at 2:30 on Friday and flexibility. The various exercises are
10th September in the Carr Room where we strengthening muscles, improving balance/
will be looking at how to search some of the coordination and it’s fun! It is beneficial to
online records including Ancestry and both male and female and comments
Findmypast. This will be followed by the usual received include a) no aching limbs after an
questions and discussion. I am looking for afternoon of gardening; b) singing better due
topics to cover next year and we had a to exercising the diaphragm.
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- Ros Bott 01789 842440 If you are interested in joining, please contact
email@example.com - Jane Neale
- Sue Moss 01789 842466 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Maureen Cooper Walking (see also Ambling)
email@example.com Do remember to bring a drink and snack.
If you need a lift, either contact me or be
Pilates 2 at the Village Hall just before 9.30am.
will be starting on Tuesday 5th October at - Judy Klinkenberg 01789 841404
11.15am in the Fire Station in Wellesbourne. firstname.lastname@example.org
Date Details Contact
Wed 15th “The Jewels of Our Local Countryside” Brenda and
Sep It is around Wellesbourne, one gradual climb but mostly fields. Judith
Meet at the back of the Petrol Station – Old Warwick Road.
Wed 20th Bearley – towards Langley. About 5 miles, some hills. Lovely David Ball
Oct rural countryside. Park at the Sports Club - 50p SP 175607 01789 840983
OUTINGS Academy members to enjoy,
ponder upon, exclaim at and
China Town, well that’s the
story they told.
VISIT TO THE ROYAL probably secretly wonder why
Members of the Art
you didn’t think of doing that!
ACADEMY, WEDNESDAY Appreciation Group would like
There were at least four Tracy
28th July 2010 Emin’s to gaze upon, shake
to thank members and friends
The sun shone, the traffic for making this outing
your head at or wonder who
flowed (well apart from the possible and pleasurable.
had decided that this was
diversion) and we arrived in Jackie and I thank you all for
valuable art. David Hockney
London refreshed from a being very prompt at meeting
was also exhibited along with
coffee stop and ready to go. the return coach. We had a
paintings by most members of
Those of us who went to see very quick and smooth
the Royal Academy. I think
The Summer Exhibition were journey home to Welles-
everyone would describe the
able to sit and enjoy a drink in bourne.
visit as an experience not to
the sunshine outside in the be missed. Did everyone A final thought for those with
courtyard before entry into the have time to see well over grandchildren or who know
galleries. It was super to have 1,200 items? some young budding artists:
been provided with a encourage their artwork – you
catalogue of exhibits. Whatever people chose to do might just have a potential
it was perfect weather. Some Tracy Emin in your midst!!
For those going for the first
of our group had a great time
time there was a wide range Sandra Whiteley
in Covent Garden, Soho and
of exhibits chosen by the and Jackie Williams .
WELLESBOURNE LIONS CLUB
IN AID OF LIONS CHARITIES
AND MYTON HOSPICE
Tickets £14.50 from Lions
Sunday 12th September 2010 Terry Offiler 01926 624153
at 7.30 p.m. in the and Paul Gibson 01789 841730
Guy Nelson Hall, Warwick and Myton Hospice Shops
Sandra Whiteley 01789 471036
YOUNG-CHOON PARK, Piano email@example.com
MIDLAND CONCERT ORCHESTRA Jackie Williams 01789 841155
THE TARANTARA CHOIR firstname.lastname@example.org
Jerusalem and Land of Hope & Glory
Grand Prize Draw and bar
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ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM/ SECRETS OF BLETCHLEY PARK
OXFORD VISIT 17th November 2010
Thursday 30th September 2010 This trip is now fully subscribed.
Johnsons’ coach leaves Wellesbourne Cheques to be made payable to
Village Hall for Oxford at 9.30a.m. and Dene Valley U3A by the 1st September
drops us off outside the Ashmolean Please let Carol know if you require a
Museum. The coach will pick us up vegetarian lunch.
outside the Museum The cost of £30 covers: Admission,
for the return journey at 4.00p.m. Tour, Tea/Coffee, Lunch and Coach.
Sandra Whiteley 01789 471036 Carol Turland 01789 841295
Pauline Slater 01789 840310
BIRMINGHAM SYMPHONY HALL
DAY VISIT TO BATH Wednesday 1st December, 2.15 p.m.
Wednesday 20th October 2010 Due to demand I have booked
Please note details for the day: additional tickets to this concert and
Pick up via Johnsons Coach 9.00 a.m. also the Back and 4th coach based in
from Wellesbourne Village Hall.
Wellesbourne. Both coaches will leave
There will be approximately 5 hours free
time for you to take a City Bus Tour, at the same time and park in the same
explore Museums, Bath Spa, place in Birmingham. The cost
Churches or shops. remains the same at £25.50 with
Any queries please contact: payment due in full by the meeting on
Carol Turland 01789 841295 Tuesday 12th October 2010.
or talk to her at October’s meeting. Sandra Whiteley 01789 471036
We do hope you will all want to renew your membership for 2010/11. The subscription becomes
due in September and remains the same as last year at £15.00.
Please complete the Application Form printed below, attach your payment and either bring them
to the next monthly meeting or post them to the Membership Secretary. (Spare forms will be
available at the meeting if you are unable to print one off). Where possible we would ask for
payment by cheque please. This makes for easier handling and also alleviates the need for a
receipt. Please make cheque payable to “Dene Valley U3A” & send to Membership Secretary
Mrs Wendy Ironmonger, “Marendy”, Alveston, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 7QZ.
If a receipt is required please enclose an SAE.
DENE VALLEY U3A - Application for Annual Membership/Renewal
New Member …. Renewal …. (Please tick) Subscription £15.00
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Dene Valley U3A Groups: To help lead a group, or start a new one, please contact our Joint
Group Co-ordinators, Anne Prior 01789 842103, email@example.com Sheena Smith,
firstname.lastname@example.org or Jackie Williams, email@example.com. Coffee and tea at monthly
meetings will be served in rotation by the groups. Valerie Griffin is supplying the tea, coffee and
biscuits, contact: 01789 840570.
Group Group Leader Meeting and comment C&Tea
Ambling Janet Hill 4 Weds 2pm May’10
Art Appreciation Jackie Williams 4 Wed various galleries, homes, etc. Dec’09
01789 841155 12 month programme from Jackie
Bridge for Beginners Wendy Ironmonger Mon 2.30pm to 4.30pm: new Beginners group Jul’10
01789 293377 starting
Calligraphy Anne Prior 01789 842103 If interested or could teach, contact Anne.
Classical Music John George 4 Thurs (note change) in people’s homes, Feb’10
01926 641682 or Kineton Village Hall if the group is large.
Computing - Peter Davies 2 Mon at 2.30pm, other days/times by Jan’10
Beginners 01789 841755 arrangement, at Peter’s or Brenda’s
Computing - Anne Prior 01789 842103 Possibility of beginning a 2 group.
Beginners 2 If interested, contact Anne.
Computing - Plus Peter Hayes 01789 555403 4 Wed 2:00pm in Church Rooms Mar’10
Craft - Needlework Evelyn George 01926 641682 Kineton Methodist Church Hall, Apr’10
Julia Lipman 01789 740036 3 Tue each month 10 am - 12 noon.
Craft - Papercrafts/ Gillian Grason Smith Same time and venue as Needlework above Jun’10
Digital Imaging Dick Prior 01789 842103 2 and 4 Thu 2.00 - 4.00pm Fire Station. Sep’10
Folk Dancing D&M Hosking 01789 842776 Starting up again soon Oct’10
Gardening Diane Smith 01926 640983 Carr Room +some gardens 1.30-3pm 4 Tue Nov’10
History Carol Turland 01789 841295 Meeting 2.00pm 3 Wed at Carol’s home Dec’10
History - Family Michael Dane 01789 470491 2 Fri 2.30 in Carr room, Church Centre Jan’11
History - Local David Ball 01789 840983 2 Wed 2.00pm; venue according to subject Feb’11
Languages - French Peter Davies 01789 841755 Starting up again soon Oct’11
Languages - Joyce Weeks 2-4 on 2 and 4 Thurs in Bennett Room, Mar’11
Spanish 01789 842900 Church Centre
Luncheon Club Ann Eccles 01789 841597 12.30 3 Thu each month. Apr’11
Sylvia Holland 01789 292234
Philosophy Peter Hayes 01789 555403 10.00am 1 Thu at 5 Redhill Close Aug’10
Pilates Ros Bott 01789 842440 Thu 9.30-10.30am. Fire Station. Group Full; May’11
Sue Moss 01789 842466 new members see Pilates 2.
Pilates 2 Jane Neale Tue 11.15am from 5 October at Fire Station Aug’11
Poetry Appreciation Sara Serpell/ Jackie Williams 3 Thu; group is full: contact co-ordinator, and Jun’11
01789 841374/ 841155 go onto waiting list or form new group.
Quizzing Sheena Smith 1 Thu 2.00pm to 4.00pm Carr Room, Jul’11
01789 841907 St Peter’s Church Centre, Wellesbourne
Reading - Weds Anne Prior 01789 842103 1 Wed 2pm 7 Wyvern Close, Wellesbourne Sep’11
Scrabble Louise Giblin 01926 641749 2 Thu St Peter’s Church Centre Nov’11
Walking Judy Klinkenberg 3 Wed each month Dec’11