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U3A Kinver Newsletter September 2019
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Your U3A Committee and how to contact them:
Chair:  Rod Marshall:   contact at info@u3akinver.org
Vice Chairs Ben Thompson and John Aston:  they can be contacted at info@u3akinver.org
TreasurerColin Weaver contact at treasurer@u3akinver.org
Membership Secretary:  Hilary Weaver contact: membership@u3akinver.org
Group coordinators:  Rod Marshall and Ben Thompson Contact:  groups@u3akinver.org
Other committee members  Contact: info@u3akinver.org
Jackie Ward  
Maggie Jones .
Julia Bathurst 
Ann Becke
Beryl Hornsby 
Jean Bates
Richard Kitchen  (Newsletter@u3akinver.org)


Activity Group Matters
Members will be pleased to know that Fee Free September was a success with most groups seeing increased interest in their activities.  From 1st October the fee structure returns to normal! 

Ukulele
In what is a bit of a disappointment there were few takers for the Ukulele Beginners 10 week course and that course has now been cancelled.  However beginners will be welcome (as they always have been) to attend the Ukes on the Edge Group which meets most Friday at the Senior Citizens Club - where they will be welcomed and (if desired) allocated a "buddy" to support them as they take their first steps in becoming a player.  This group does do performances almost every month outside the U3A but attendance is not compulsory and there are a number of players who prefer just to come along to the sing along/practice sessions at the SCC

Tai Chi

Last Month this Newsletter heralded the formation of a new Tai Chi Beginners Group, which got a strong supportive response from Members.  The group is now full but anyone still interested is welcome to go on the waiting list - contact Kate Parsons on kateparsons275@icloud.com.  

Languages
Why learn a language in Kinver U3A - an article by Liz Lighting

 
Why learn a foreign language at all? Well yes, most people working in the tourist industry will speak good English but don’t they just love it when people at least try to speak a little! And what a feeling of achievement when you get what you asked for.  But apart from that, learning a language is fun, gets the brain working and gives us an insight into the lives of others.

“Italian is a beautiful language and we have such a lovely and lively group which makes learning fun!” – the words of one member of the group.
 
Three things said to improve brain function in later years are keeping fit, playing an instrument and learning a language. All of which are on offer with the U3A, of course.
 
“Canadian studies suggest that knowing a second language can help us to stay cognitively healthy well into our later years.” – The Guardian, September 2014
 
And surely in these complicated times, being more aware of other nations is vital.
 
Learning a foreign language and getting insights into an entirely new culture and world view is the surest way to become an open-minded, understanding individual – a view from the French group.
 
Kinver U3A is lucky to have three languages on offer, French, Italian and Spanish.  All at the moment are thriving, though there is space in the French beginners group. It does help if you have done a little of the languages – and there is a need for people signing up to realise that some work at home is necessary so that the group can move forward.  But the rewards are worth the effort and the company of fellow learners makes the process easier.  Please come along.


Bird WatchingReport
Field Visit 17th September:  Report by Gerald Griffiths

This was the group’s first visit to Middleton Lakes – an ‘RSPB Reserve’, located at Bodymoor Heath, Warwickshire. From
car park there is a walk of about 30 minutes to the Lakes – that is if you walk there directly. The route is via woodland and stream. We struck lucky at the streamside, with super views of a perched Kingfisher. Common Buzzard, Chiffchaff, Nuthatch and a variety of titmice were present in the woodland. After leaving the woodland trail, we arrived at the first pool on our right-hand side and open meadows to our left. The discovery of a migrant Whinchat alongside 2 Stonechats within the meadow, was a real bonus and we were able to view the three birds through telescopes for some time. Good numbers of water birds were present on the lakes, including Great & Little Egrets, Gadwall, Shoveler, Teal, Great Crested Grebe, Snipe and Redshank. Our walk was well timed, so that we reached the excellent lookout hide for lunch. The hide is ideally located to allow panoramic wide angle views over the lagoons. There were a number of highlights, including superb views of Hobby – a beautiful falcon. At least two birds were observed on several occasions, as they sped about hunting for prey, which would almost certainly have been dragonflies, as they were numerous in this wetland environment. Another exciting moment, was a Peregrine passing very close to our viewpoint at the lookout and flushing a large flock of Lapwings – which could have resulted in the “last rights” for one bird, but not this time, for the falcon was not in hunting mode. We enjoyed close views of several Snipe and also Great & Little Egrets feeding side-by-side, a situation not often encountered, allowing us to compare topographical features of the two species. After an excellent day’s birdwatching, we walked back to the car park and to the café for well earned “Afternoon Tea” and pastries.

History Group  - An Update from Peter Bates

On Monday 14 October we will meet in the KSCA car park for a 10.30 departure to Moseley Old Hall (NT) WV10 7HY. For those who wish to go straight there the tea room opens at 10.00. 

On Monday 28 October I will present Bricks, Wattle and Bricks at Kinver Fire Station for an 11.45 start. This is a talk explaining why ancient brick-building disappeared in Briton to be replaced by timber-frame building. I shall illustrate different styles of timber framing, its demise and the re-introduction of brick-building, along with burgage plots and brick tax.

I have emailed West Bromwich Manor House to ask if we can visit on Monday 11 November and am awaiting a reply. I see no problem and expect us to meet at the KSCA car park for an 11.30 departure (they open at 12.00). 

Monday 25 November Rod Marshall will present The Race to the South Pole at Kinver Fire Station for an 11.45 start. More details to follow

On Monday 09 December I shall finish this year's talks with something short and light; A History of Time at Kinver Fire Station for an 11.45 start. Hopefully this will give us a little time to discuss a programme for 2020 (which is already in progress) so please come along with any ideas that you might have or offers to present a talk.

And finally I have booked The White Hart in Kinver for 15 people for 12.00 Monday 16 December for Christmas Lunch. If the numbers are greater than that I am sure that they will able to accommodate us

Family History
After taking a break in September the Family History Group will be up and running again each Friday
(12.00 to 1.00pm) from 4th October.  This is a small, friendly group which works very informally, with members helping each other to discover details about the history of their family.  There is free access at the library to the Ancestry and "Find my past" websites and group members can provide advice on the use of these and other genealogy sites if needed
If you are interested in starting or continuing research on your family history come along to one of our Friday sessions or, for more information, email Colin at: treasurer@u3akinver.org.

The Choir
Members are reminded that the Choir is performing at St Peters Church on Saturday at 7.30pm on 12 October 2019 together with the Cradley Heath Male Voice Choir.
  Tickets from Omnipresent, 45 High Street, Kinver.

Committee Matters
There has been no U3A Committee meeting in September due to commitments of members of the Committee.  However it is as well to bring to the attention of Members that there will be a meeting in October of all Group Leaders/Facilitators.  Rod Marshall will chair this meeting and it is hoped that all Group leaders will be there.  The date of the meeting is 25th October and the meeting will take place between 10.30 and 12.30 at the SCC.  There will be tea and coffee provided.  An agenda will be provided nearer to the meeting.


A Request from the Fire Service
The Fire Service have notified me that they are putting collection boxes in Fire Stations during October.  They will be fundraising for the  Fire Fighters Charity.  This worthwhile charity provides Fire Service personnel with support, rehabilitation and recuperation when they experience issues with mental, physical and social well being. Throughout October you will find a sealed Firefighters Charity box sited in the Community Areas of the Stations where you currently access the facilities.

September Members Meeting
The September meeting will be held at the KSCA at 2.00pm this Friday, 27th September.  The Speaker will be Mr Ray Sturdy who will inform us and regale our senses with a presentation of "Remembering the Swinging 60's".  Fab!


October Activities Calendar
October Group Time Location
Tue 1st Quiz 2.00 to 4.00 Fire Stn
  Bridge 2.00 to 4.00 St Peter’s Church Hall
Wed 2nd Advanced Tai Chi 10.00 to 11.00 Fire Stn
  Beginners Tai Chi 1115 to 1215 Fire Stn
  Singing for Fun 2.00 to 4.00 Fire Stn
Thur 3rd Spanish Beginners 11.00 to 12.30 Fire Stn
  Kurling 10.00 to 12.00 KSCA
  Italian 2.00 to 3.30 Fire Stn
  Table Tennis 2.00 to 4.00 Methodist Hall
Frid 4th Salsa Keep Fit 10.00 to 11.00 KSCA
  Spanish Intermediate 10.00 to 12.00 Fire Stn
  Family History 12.00 to 1.00 Library
  Ukes on the Edge 1.30 to 4.00 SCC
Mon 7th Intermediate Tai Chi 10.00 to 11.00 Fire Stn
Tue 8th Craft 10.30 to 12.30 Fire Stn
  French 2.00 to 4.00 Fire Stn
Wed 9th Advanced Tai Chi 10.00 to 11.00 Fire Stn
  Tai Chi and Balance Exercise Group 11.15 to 12.15 Fire Stn
Thurs 10th Choir 10.00 to 12.00 SCC
  Table Tennis 2.00 to 4.00 Methodist Hall
Fri 11th Salsa Keep Fit 10.00 to 11.00 KSCA
  Family History 12.00 to 1.00 Library
  Ukes on the Edge 1.30 to 4.00 SCC
Mon 14th Intermediate Tai Chi 10.00 to 11.00 Fire Stn
  History Group Outing 10.00 Meet at KSCA Car Park
Tue 15th Music and Jazz 2.00 to 4.00 Fire Station
  Bridge 2.00 to 4.00 St Peters Church Hall
Wed 16th Advanced Tai Chi 10.00 to 11.00 Fire Stn
  Beginners Tai Chi 1115 to 12.15  
Thu 17th Spanish Beginners 11.00 to 12.30 Fire Stn
  Italian 2.00 to 3.30 Fire Stn
  Kurling 10.00 to 12.00 KSCA
  Table tennis 2.00 to 4.00 Methodist Hall
Frid 18th Salsa Keep Fit 10.00 to 11.00 KSCA
  Spanish Intermediate 10.00 to 12.00 Fire Stn
  Family History 12.00 to 1.00 Library
  Ukes on the Edge 1.30 to 4.00 SCC
Mon 21st Intermediate Tai Chi 10.00 to 11.00 Fire Stn
  History 11.45 to 1.15 Fire Stn
  Singing for fun 2.00 to 400 Fire Stn
Tues 22nd Craft 10.30 to 12.30 Fire Stn
  French 2.00 to 4.00 Fire Stn
Wed 24th Advanced Tai Chi 10,00 to 11.00 Fire Stn
  Tai Chi and Balance Exercises 11.15 to 12.15 Fire Stn
Thu 25th Choir 10.00 to 12.00 SCC
  Table Tennis 2.00 to 4.00 Methodist Hall
Frid 26th Salsa Keep Fit 10.00 to 11.00 KSCA
  Family History 12.00 to 1.00 Library
Monthly Members Meeting KSCA 2.00 PM – Speaker
Mon 28th Intermediate Tai Chi 10.00 to 11.00 Fire Stn
  History Group 11.45 to 13.45 Fire Station
Tue 29th      
Wed 30th Advanced Tai Chi 10.00 to 11.00 Fire Stn
  Beginners Tai Chi 11.15 to 12.15 Fire Stn
Thu 31st Table Tennis 2.00 to 4.00 Methodist Hall
             
 
Please also note that the Birdwatching Group and the Cycling Group meet on an ad hoc basis and are not necessarily referred to in the above list – where possible I will include them but for fuller details please refer to the Kinver

 






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