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

Middleton Hall

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 Hall’s 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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Visit to Guys Cliffe House

On Thursday 12th July 2018 21 U3A members visited Guys Cliffe House near Warwick.  The group enjoyed an extremely informative tour of the grounds, house and chapel by the resident Curator Mr Adrian King

Guy’s Cliffe has been occupied since Saxon times and derives its name from the legendary Guy of Warwick. Guy is supposed to have retired to a hermitage on this site, this legend led to the founding of a chantry. The chantry was established in 1423 as the Chapel of St Mary Magdelene and the rock-carved stables and storehouses still remain. After the Dissolution of the Monasteries by Henry VIII the site passed into private hands. The current, ruined house dates from 1751 and was started by Samuel Greatheed, a West India merchant and Member of Parliament for Coventry 1747-1761. The estate also comprised a mill, stables, kitchen garden and land as far as Blacklow Hill. The house was used as a hospital during World War I and in the World War II became a school for evacuated children. Guy’s Cliffe estate was broken up and sold in 1947. In 1952 the mill became a pub and restaurant and was named The Saxon Mill, the stables became a riding school, the kitchen garden became a nursery, all of which still exist today. A toll house also stood by the road to the north of the Saxon Mill, but this was demolished in the mid 20th century. The new owner of the house intended to convert it into a hotel, but these plans came to nothing and the house fell into disrepair. In 1955 the house was purchased by Aldwyn Porter and the chapel leased to the Freemasons, establishing a connection with the Masons that remains today. The roof had fallen in by 1966. In 1992 during the filming of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes a fire scene got out of control and seriously damaged the building, leading to an insurance claim. English Heritage has given the building grade II listed status.

           

                                                                At the front of the ruined House

   

The Chapel and old Kitchen still in tact.  The Chapel is now used by the Freemason as a lodge Lodge

In the upper floor of the Chapel

      

 

 

 

 


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.

On Thursday 3rd July with wall to wall sunshine and the temperature around 25o C 23 Ramblers led by Fran and Ian Lester walked from the Navigation Inn in Wootton Wawen on a circular 5 mile walk

  

 

  

  

   

 

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Wednesday 18th July was a pleasant dry day with temperatures during the walk around 23 deg C.  This was amarked difference to the heat wave we have been experiencing. About 25 members met at the Anchor Inn, Leek Wootton and enjoyed a pleasant 4.5 mile circular walk.  The walk was led by Lynda and Paul Moore.

 

 

 

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 Tuesday 7th August the Ramblers met at the Tipperary Inn and enjoyed a circular walk led by Lin White, Lorraine Horlor and James Trotter.

  

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Wednesday 15th August 21 Ramblers met at the Navigation Inn, Wooton Wawen and took a 5 mile walk led by Sue and Geoff Kennedy.

 

 

 

 

5th September a good number of walkers met at the Hickory Post in Burton Green and followed Richard Drake around a 5 mile circular walk.  Unfortunately the walk started in poring rain, that had not been forecast.  But this did non dishearten the intrepid ramblers.

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2nd October on a mild Autumn day 25 members met at the Kings Arms, Warwick road, Knowle and led by Merryl Muat and Christine Harris enjoyed a circular walk which included a visit to Knowle Church true the U3A ethos Christine told the group some of the history of the building.

   

  

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U3A 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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