U3A Photograph Album 2018

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This Page contains Photographs taken during Group activities in 2018


Out and About

Ramblers

Swing Division

Table Tennis

Walking Football


Out and About

On Thursday 14th June 2018 25 members of Balsall Common U3A visited Middleton Hall and Gardens near Tamworth.  In the morning they had a guided tour the restored buildings.  In the afternoon they enjoyed a visit to the Walled Garden and were guided round by the Head Gardner who explained the restoration done so far and what they intend to do in future years.

There has been a residence on this site for almost 1,000 years. Over the years the Hall has changed, buildings have been added and demolished, the Estate which was once many thousands of acres has shrunk and it has had a wide variety of owners and tenants, and a few famous names have visited too.

  • Although mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, the oldest building on site is the Stone Building, built for Philip de Marmion of Tamworth Castle, in 1285.

  • Elizabeth I visited the Hall in 1575, when she stayed for a week and knighted the Hallís owner Sir Francis Willoughby in the Great Hall

  • The Hall was home to the noted naturalists Francis Willoughby FRS and John Ray who wrote and published, among others, the first book on ornithology

 

 

 

    

 

             

 

 

 

     

 

 

 

 

 

  

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Ramblers

Despite the inclement weather on Tuesday 2nd January 22 intrepid U3A Ramblers met at Ye Old Saracens Head and enjoyed, despite the rain, a walk to Fen End and return.  The walk was led by Martin Richards.

  

 

  

 

January 17th, 28 members met at Newbold Comyn in Leamington for a ramble.  Because of the likelihood of muddy footpaths today's leaders Barbara and Phil Hammonds chose a walk that was 90% on tarmac paths around the parks of Leamington Spa.  One novelty was walking through Foundry Woods and finding a "Singing for Joy" workshop in action.  The group stopped and after doing some exercise joined in with the leaders singing some songs.

    

    

  

                                                    

With temperature not expected to rise above O deg C, and the possibility of snow 34 hardy walkers met at the Queens Head Meriden on Tuesday 6th February for a 4.5 mile ramble led for the first time by Jim Henry

 

 

 

                                            

 On Wednesday 21st February 22 walkers met at the George and Dragon - Coleshill and enjoyed a walk around the North Warwickshire countryside led by Martin Richards.  The walk included the old Coleshill Railway Station, weather station and three crossings of the River Blythe.

Ramblers waiting for the 11:02 from Coleshill to Hampton

Looking down the River Blythe at Maxstoke Lane

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On Wednesday 18th February 20 walkers met at Draycote Reservoir.  Following months of rain and muddy footpaths it was decided to do a 5 mile walk on the tarmac footpaths around the water.  This day was the first day than the sun had been seen almost since the start of the winter and the temperature had risen significantly since the past days.  The walk was lead by Fran and Ian Lester.

  

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Tuesday 1st May saw 28 ramblers meet at Ye Old Saracens Head and under the leadership of Madeline and John Peat enjoyed a 4 mile walk to Oakley and return.  Unlike the previous days dismal cold weather the 1st was a warm sunny day with no rain in sight.

 

 

 

 

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On Tuesday 5th June Alan Buckland led 23 ramblers on a 5 mile walk from the Bear at Berkswell to Meriden Church and return.

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Swing Division

On Thursday 1st March the U3A Swing Division entertained Balsall Common U3A members at the monthly Core Meeting to concert showcasing their repertoire.

 

Nick Carter founder of the band


Table Tennis

A new group was started in January 2018 under the leadership of Len Tomnie.  For details of this group click here

 

 

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Walking Football

Walking Football group meet twice a month 2nd and 4th Friday Morning 10:30 to 12:00 they play 25 minutes each way. Photographs taken on Friday 26th January 2-18 by the Groups Coordinator Peter Vine

  

 

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