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									   ◄CLEEVE CLARION►
         XX No . 2 2 1 8 t h J a nua ry 2 0 1 1 – 2 1 s t M a rc h 2 0 1 1
                     Newsletter of Bishop’s Cleeve U3A




                   MONTHLY MEETINGS
At Woodmancote New Village Hall on 3rd MONDAYS, at 2.30pm.
 We welcome visitors interested in joining Bishop’s Cleeve U3A.
              Refreshments served 1.45-2.15pm
                       ADMISSION 50p

                   Monday 17 January 2011
              "THE SOLAR SYSTEM & BEYOND"
                      By John Fletcher

                    Monday 21 February 2011
TRAVELS IN THE SOUTH AMERICAN RAIN FOREST”
                           By Simon Trapnell


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                      Chairman’s Message
Well! - That’s it then. The baubles and tinsel are back in the loft, the
Christmas cards re-cycled and the turkey left-overs on their inevitable
way, via casserole and curry, to turkey soup.
 Before us lies the blank canvas of 2011. I wonder what will be on it
twelve months from now?

I’d like to think that, as far as U3A is concerned, there will be quite a
few firsts. Amongst our 200 or so members there must be lots of
hidden experience and talent. If we could reveal that, who knows, we
might celebrate the first meeting of the Astronomy group, or Geology
group, say, or even an Indoor Gardening group. Just ideas, but maybe
one or two of you might say “I could do that” and be willing to lead a
small group - help is available from U3A. If you think you have a skill or
interest that others may be interested in make yourself known to me, or
any Committee Member, at the next Monthly Open Meeting.

New groups could tempt members to try something new for the first
time. This message is a first for me! I’ve never written anything for
publication before so it may not be very good,--but at least I’ve “had a
go” Make this a year to “have a go”.

Another first for me was the Christmas lunch. What a lovely, warm,
cheerful, happy affair it was. I’m sure all who attended thoroughly
enjoyed themselves and would like to thank, once again, Barrie and
Joan for organising and hosting the event so superbly. Let’s not forget
those few kitchen staff who produced such delicious food. I hope this
will become an established annual event.

It only remains for me to wish each and every one of you a Happy,
Healthy and Rewarding New Year.

               Best wishes,

                                    Brian R



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GROUPS PROGRESS

POETRY FOR PLEASURE (Group2)
 We chose Christmas as an appropriate theme for the first meeting of
this group on December 13th. Choices ranged from the humorous to
the historical and sparked discussion on unwanted Christmas presents,
pressures of family get-togethers and the commercialisation of
Christmas - in other words a good old chat! Next meeting is on January
24th on the theme of families. Come and join us - you'll enjoy it!


POETRY FOR PLEASURE(Group 1)
It's a new year, with lots of exciting poetry to discover or recall in the
coming months.
Welcome to the new 2nd poetry group which is now up and
running, with room for more applicants. We all anticipate the joy of
poetry for 2011.
Maybe soon our thoughts will turn to the hopeful possibility of Spring;
the following poem expresses as much in a few carefully chosen
 words:

                                 THAW

            Over the land freckled with snow half-thawed
              The speculating rooks at their nests cawed
          And saw from elm-tops, delicate as flower of grass,
             What we below could not see, Winter pass.

                            Edward Thomas



                  Welcome to new Members
                         Anthony & Anne Floate
                             Deborah Jones
                            Elizabeth Jowett
                            Jennifer Russell


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                      GROUP INFORMATION
          Please telephone the contacts named for further details.
           Denotes new group Denotes future meeting dates
BOOK CIRCLE (1)
Contact MARY BEASANT (673815)
 Meet 1st WEDNESDAY at 2pm in members’ homes.
 FEBRUARY 2: Searching for Caleb by Anne Tyler
 MARCH 2: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by
   Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Harrows
 APRIL 6: Where Angels Fear to Tread by E.M. Forster

 BOOK CIRCLE (2)
Contact EILISH TALBOT (675557)
Meets 3rd THURSDAY at 10am in members’ homes.
JANUARY 20 The Angel’s Game – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Hosted by: Liz    Presented by: Eilish
FEBRUARY 17 The Other Family – Joanna Trollope
Hosted by: Eilish Presented by: Pam
MARCH 17 Howards End is on the Landing – Susan Hill
Hosted by: Jenny Presented by: Stella
 New members will be welcomed – please contact Eilish (675557) for
further details.

COMPUTER STUDIES
Contact ROSEMARY PULLIN (678312)
Meets on 2nd THURSDAY each month at Rosemary's home.
 FEBRUARY 10  MARCH 10 APRIL 14

FAMILY HISTORY
Contact WENDY STOW (701303)
This group meets on the 4th FRIDAY of the month at a member’s home
10am – 12noon.
JANUARY 28 Illustrated talk on divorce records.
FEBRUARY 25 General meeting to discuss problems and share
information.




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FRENCH CONVERSATION
Contact MARIE BRAIN (674121)
The Group meets every other Monday from 4.30-6.0pm at 27 Delabere
Rd, Bishops Cleeve
 JANUARY 17 JANUARY 31  FEBRUARY 14 FEBRUARY 28

GERMAN CONVERSATION
Contact ED & LIZ REILLY (674253)
Meets twice a month usually on the 2nd and 4th MONDAYS, 10.00-
11.30am at members’ homes.
JAN.24 FEB,14 FEB 28 MARCH 14 MARCH 28

I.T.STUDIES
Contact BARRIE HALL (680575)
Group meets on 4th THURSDAY at Barrie’s home at 2pm.
 JANUARY 27         N.B. start at 2.30pm

LOCAL HISTORY (1)
Contact HILARY SWAN (674825)
The group will meet on the 2nd THURSDAY of the month at 2pm.

LOCAL HISTORY(2)
Contact JOAN HALL (680575)
Group meets on 1st Monday in month at 2pm in Woodmancote Village Hall
 FEBRUARY 7 Mr A Tompsett - Evacuees in Winchcombe
 MARCH 7 "What's In A Name" - Brian Raistrick
 and “The Life and Times of My Father, Clifford Higson” - Norman Higson
LOCAL WALKS
Contact SHEILA BROCKMAN (674736).
Local walks starting at 2pm from junction of Millham Road and Station Road
(Woodmancote end) on alternate FRIDAYS.
JANUARY 21  FEBRUARY 4 FEBRUARY 18 MARCH 4

LUNCHEONS
Contact MARIE BRAIN (674121)
Bookings are taken at the monthly U3A meetings and payment with booking
is essential..
 JANUARY 27 Gloucester Old Spot 12.15 for 12.30pm
 FEBRUARY 22 We pay a return visit to The Daphne Restaurant

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PHOTOGRAPHY
Contact SALLY LAVIS (673835) or KATIE HIGHAM (679576)
The group meets monthly on the 2nd Monday at 2:30 pm and aims to meet all
 levels of ability and interests.

PLAY READING
Contact GILL TARLING (523910)
Meets at a member’s home on the last TUESDAY in the month at
2.30 – 4.30pm.

POETRY FOR PLEASURE (1)
Contact KAY DUCK (672474).
Meets on second Tuesday morning of the month at 10.30 a.m. in a member's
home.
 FEBRUARY 8th  MARCH 8th  APRIL 12th

POETRY FOR PLEASURE (2)
Contact SUE ROBINSON (675791)
Meets on the fourth Monday at 2.30pm in a member's home.
 JANUARY 24 the theme is 'Families'
FEBRUARY 28

SOLOS
Contact DIANA JONES (672454)
Meets at 2.30pm on first THURSDAY of the month.

TALK ABOUT ART
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS GROUP IS SUSPENDED UNTIL
FURTHER NOTICE

WRITING FOR PLEASURE
Contact SUE LEECE (673773) Meets in a member's home once a month, the
date and venue to be arranged at each meeting. If anyone is interested please
contact Sue.


  COPY FOR THE NEXT NEWSLETTER MUST BE SENT TO
    BARRIE HALL BY 11th March 2011 (680575) OR TO
                 bladesfan@which.net


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GROUPS PROGRESS

FRENCH CONVERSATION

The group continues to grow. We now have 11 regular members who enjoy
meeting fortnightly for fun and good conversation. We are all gaining
confidence with each other`s support and encouragement.
The Group meets every other Monday from 4.30-6.0pm at 27 Delabere Rd
Bishops Cleeve. A basic knowledge of French is needed. Contact Marie on
Chelt. 674121.

LUNCHEON GROUP
Thank you to all our regulars for their continued support. We enjoy good
company, good food and splendid conversation. The group meets in the last
week of every month alternating Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The
group is open to all members of the U3A. You just need to book, choose from
the Menu and pay at the monthly U3A meeting.


LOCAL HISTORY( GROUP 2)

Don Freeman returned in November to tell us about the Tewkesbury
Benedictines. They were the "Black Monks" and followed the rules of St
Benedict which included poverty, chastity and obedience, living in a
community rather than as hermits. Every day was predictable and regulated.
Don knew and related many interesting and quirky facts about the monks'
lives, giving us details of their daily routines, with a fascinating insight into
the life of the Abbey.
In 715 there was a Saxon Priory at Tewkesbury. The community suffered
under the Danes, and there followed a Norman monk, Gerald, when the
Norman Abbey we see today was started in 1102. It took some 40 - 60 years
to finish.
As ever Don brought the history of Tewkesbury alive with his enthusiasm.
Due to a misunderstanding our speaker did not attend on the 4th January,
but we shall be seeing her went she visits us on the 4th May.


Ed’s Notes :

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Well, there goes another week of Christmas and New Year celebrations.
The only resolution I make, is not to bother with new year resolutions. I
either forget them or decide it wasn’t worth while bothering in the first
place. What a weak vessel I am.
The snow we had resulted in some beautiful scenes but I wished it
would disappear after two days. It became very dangerous and I
sincerely hope none of you had any nasty falls. If you did, I hope
you’ve made a rapid recovery. Even though the snow has gone it is still
very cold most of the time and the thermometer has seldom got above
0oC. Roll on spring. We have a new committee appointed and I hope we
will see more groups formed as the new year rushes past. If you have a
computer don’t forget to look at our website regularly, you never know
what you might see. I want to make the website more attractive and
informative than the Clarion. If you want to make any suggestions do
let me know.
A healthy & happy new year to all of you and here’s my thought for the
day.
                      The greatest pleasure of life is love,
                      The greatest treasure, contentment,
         Ed            The greatest possession health,
                      The greatest ease is sleep,
                      The greatest medicine is a true friend
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                                    Current Committee
         Chairman:                  Brian Raistrick       01242 693740
         Secretary:                 Wendy Stow            01242 701303
         Treasurer:                 Barbara Riccalton     01242 677859
         Groups Co-ordinator        Gill Tarling          01242 523910
         Membership Secretary       Rosemary Pullin       01242 678312
         Vice Chairman              Mick Brain            01242 674121
         Committee Member:          Margaret End          01242 672686
                                www.cleeve-u3a.org.uk



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