Monthly Meetings

Pershore and District U3A 

 Monthly meeting speakers in the auditorium at Number 8, High St, Pershore at 2pm

Tuesday 19 March 2019

You have got to have guts! by Dr Graham Cope

(A return visit for Graham following his talk about antibiotics in February 2018)

Around 40% of people have at least one digestive problem. This talk describes the causes of a range of diseases that affect the guts and how treatment works. The talk will explain new findings about how the gut functions and how diets and fast foods can be dangerous and cause problems with sleep patterns, mood and energy levels and may hold the key to a range of other diseases such as Parkinson’s

 Tuesday 16 April 2019 (Tuesday before Easter)

  The retreat from Mons, a personal journey" by John Greenwood from Pershore U3A

  My inspiration was that I wanted to connect, in my own way, with our chaps of a hundred years before, so I want to show pictures and film of what they    went through, contrasted to what the places are like today and what it was like for me to move through that countryside.  I marched 40 miles in kit                     weighing 46 lbs”

Tuesday 21 May 2019

‘The historical background to nursery rhymes’ by Terry Penny

Nursery Rhymes only acquired that name in the early part of the 19th Century.  They were never intended purely for children. Some of the Rhymes recorded historical events (Elizabeth I visiting Banbury Cross, Patience Muffet being scared by a spider).  Others were used to spread subversive messages (The rhyme that helped to start the Peasants' Revolt in 1381).  Some rhymes told of the way in which people lived (17th century invention of rhyming slang as in Pop Goes the Weasel) and others could result in your death.

 Tuesday 18 June 2019

’Through the garden gate’ by Adrian James

Adrian is a regular & popular speaker to groups & societies throughout Worcestershire and the surrounding counties. He is based in Offenham and is a keen gardener, opening his

garden to the public on selected days. Through the garden gate features four gardens built around extraordinary and defining features; the Abbey Garden at Malmesbury in Wiltshire, Longstock Park Water Garden nearnStockbridge in Hampshire, Kilver Court at Shepton Mallett in Somerset and the Eden Project near St Austell in Cornwall.

Tuesday 9 July 2019 (Please note this is one week earlier than usual because Number 8 is not available on 16 July))

The Archaeology and History of Bredon Hill by Deborah Overton

July sees the return of Deborah, the retired Worcestershire archaeologist from Pensham who last spoke to us about rabbits and rabbit warrens, to talk about her favourite subject – Bredon Hill

Tuesday 20 Aug 2019

Geneaology: the Search for One’s Ancestors by Rob Collinge

Rob is the author of a book describing a four year long piece of research which resulted in a true story spanning 1830s Germany, early pioneer Texas, the American Civil War, 19th century Mexico, the Lancashire cotton mills, World War I and the Great Depression.

In the process of making these discoveries, Rob established that his father was bigamously married to his mother for 40 years and had three families on three continents.


Tuesday 17 September 2019

Guide Dogs for the Blind, as seen through the eyes of a puppy walker by Ruth Oliver

Ruth works as a volunteer for the training centre. She intends to bring her latest puppy with her along with the various items needed by the puppy and the person with restricted sight.

Tuesday 15 October 2019

‘We can’t let you broadcast that!’ by David Clark

A light-hearted look at tracks banned by the BBC since their charter in 1927. David discusses some of the inexplicable and bizarre decisions as well as the motivation behind banning the tracks. This is a 45/50 minute presentation including the playing of 4 of the relevant tracks.

Tuesday 19 November 2019

Charles Dickens and Christmas: The Carol and The Chimes

No author has been so closely associated with Christmas than Dickens. Using two of his best known Christmas books, Dr Keith Hooper's illustrated talk will explore the life and nature of the author and highlight the impassioned themes which were to play such an important part in his writing.

Awarded a doctorate from Exeter University for his work on Dickens, Dr Hooper's 'authoritative and highly readable' biography of the writer was published in the autumn of 2017. Well reviewed and available internationally, it has been selling well. 

A speaker at Literary Festivals, Historical Societies and County Library sponsored events, Dr Hooper, who has attracted an audience of thousands on YouTube, has gained a reputation for being both informative and entertaining


Tuesday 17 December 2019

Remembering the Swinging 60s by Wilma Hayes and Mike Watkins

A light-hearted look at people, things and events of the 1960s. With audience participation encouraged, it’s an hour of laughter and fun. Remember the 60s, of course you do!


Tuesday 21 January 2020

The Idyllic River Avon by Clive Matthews of the Avon Navigation Trust

(Exact title to be agreed nearer the time as Clive has a number of options)


 Tuesday 18 February 2020

Beatrix Potter: Artist, Scientist, Author , Farmer and Conservationist by Anney Harris from Pershore U3A

This illustrated talk by Anney Harris, co-founder of The Beatrix Potter Society, covers all aspects of Beatrix Potter’s life, from her privileged upbringing in London to her Lake District home, examining this remarkable woman’s legacy and her impact on us all.


Tuesday 17 March 2020

The Hands of Genius by Graham Short

After carving The Lord's Prayer on the head of a pin, and engraving the
words, 'Nothing is Impossible' along the sharp edge of a Wilkinson Sword
razor blade, Graham has appeared in many news, radio and television features
internationally, and been the subject of a Discovery Channel documentary.


Tuesday 21 April 2020

Food and Mood by Owen Raybould

Owen will talk about 4 year’s work and research into diet and mental health. How diet can improve day to day mood. Why diet is as important for mental health as it is for physical. Examples from evolution which give us clues; why the modern food system tries to get us eating the wrong food at almost every turn and how to navigate this.


Tuesday 19 May 2020

Pershore Conservation Area by Michael Hodges

A fascinating look at Pershore through the eyes of Michael who is a Pershore based, nationally renowned, chartered surveyor and chairman of the Friends of Pershore Abbey.