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Posted 28th August

You are warmly invited to learn about the Bloodhound SSC Project on Tuesday 16th October

Olton and District U3A and Solihull School are jointly promoting 2 presentations about the Bloodhound SSC Project on Tues 16 October 2018 at 2pm and 7pm in the Bushell Hall at Solihull School and parking is available on the School site.  This British  Project is developing a supersonic car capable of 1,000 mph or more, to achieve a new World Land Speed Record.  In 2017, successful initial tests on the car were run at Newquay.  In 2019 the car will travel to South Africa to test it at the end of that year up to 500 mph, prior to the World Record attempt there.

The presentation will last two hours, the first hour is the presentation and the remaining time is for questions and comments.  Refreshments will be served after the evening presentation.

The speaker is Peter McCree, an Ambassador for the Bloodhound Project, who has an engineering background, and, until he recently retired, has worked as Director & Chief Executive for the ICOM Energy Association.  There is a local connection with the Bloodhound Project; the major local employer Jaguar Landrover is a product sponsor in this project. 

There is a lot of information available on the web - technical data, information about the South African site,  information about the driver etc.  Booking tickets. All seats are unreserved.  All tickets, 450 for each presentation, are now available through the Core Theatre booking office, in Solihull Library, in Touchwood, which is open 10.30 - 4pm Mon - Sat and during evening performances.  You can also ring the booking office on 0121 704 6962 with a 24 hour answer machine, or book via the website   All tickets are 8.50, but students at school, college or university, full time or part time, or students being home educated can apply for free tickets, but these must be booked directly with the booking office in person or by phone.  Free tickets cannot be booked on the website.  There is a limited number of free tickets, so please book soon.  We are emailing you to give you the opportunity to book before word spreads widely to the general public.  It costs 1.50 per order, not per ticket to book via the website.  If you book in person or by phone, it costs 1.50 to have the tickets posted to you and you should allow 10 days for this.  Solihull School will be sending some of their A level STEM students to the afternoon performance, and they will invite other schools to send students along too, but this won't be organised till the autumn term.
There will be parking for both presentations on the Solihull School site.  If you have mobility problems please let the booking office know, especially if you are a wheel chair user so we can arrange parking by the Bushell Hall.

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Posted 4th May 2018

Balsall Voluntary Transport Service

Some of you will remember that, at a recent core meeting, our member Alan Cutler explained about the BVTS and offered the opportunity for other members to consider becoming a volunteer driver themselves. In the event, several did and are now assisting village residents to get to their medical appointments.

Alan has asked that we now promote the service to any U3A members who find it difficult to get to appointments at the village medical centre or local hospitals.

Anyone wishing to request such assistance should call the coordinator, Jessica Hudson, on 02476 466220

Posted 18th February 2011

Balsall Common U3A has joined Amazon - the famous online stores Affiliation programme.  This means if you go to Amazon by clicking on the link on the Members page,  Balsall Common U3A will receive as a cash back a percentage of your purchase value.  Balsall Common U3A will only be credited if you access Amazon through our link.

This link is in the members area of the Website.  Click here to got to the members page

Posted 4th February 2011

The purpose of this web site is to keep members informed of the activities of the Balsall Common U3A.  It is your web site if you have any suggestions as to what should be included please click the link at the end of this section.  Similarly if you know of a web site that contains information that would be useful to our members please click here and complete the email with your suggestion.

Posted 28th January 2011

NEW GROUPS    A number of current interest groups are full and with a growing membership it would make sense to start second groups if and when sufficient members express a wish.  If you would like to  be part of a new group for -  Music Appreciation, Books, Philosophy, Poetry.

Similarly if you have any idea for a new group let us know.  Click here and complete the email