U3A Photograph album 2013

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This Page contains Photographs taken during Group activities in 2013

Books Group

Out and About - Chester

Out and About Central Birmingham Mosque

Out and About Malmesbury and Abbey House Gardens

Out and About Lord Leycester Hospital - Warwick

Out and About Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens

Out and About - Llangollen

Out and About Castle Bromwich Parish Church

Out and About James Butler Studios


Ramblers Group

Books Group

Book Group members taking advantage of the Spring Sunshine

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Out and About Group - Chester

March 20th, supposedly the first day of Spring, 40 members of the U3A embarked on a Coach Excursion to Chester

Photographs are courtesy of Alan Cross and Peter Calver


Disembarking from the coach to meet the guides who conducted a walking tour of Chester.



















After the guided tour there was free time to explore Chester City before the return journey home





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Guided tour of Central Mosque Birmingham



      Members asking questions of the Faith Guide in the main Prayer Room at the Mosque

The Faith Guide Abdul Mehmood

who Guided members around the Mosque


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Coach Excursion to Malmesbury

Tuesday June 18th 2013 36 members enjoyed a Coach Excursion to Malmesbury and the Abbey House Gardens


        Centre of Malmesbury                                                   Abbey Church Malmesbury


 Abbey House Gardens


                                                            Mr Pollard "The Naked Gardener"









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Guided Tour of The Lord Leycester Hospital Warwick

Thursday 4th July 17 members enjoyed a guided tour of the Lord Leycester Hospital in Warwick

conducted by the Master.


Click here for brief history of the Lord Leycester Hospital




     Waiting for the tour to start                                             Walking to the Chantry Chapel of St James




                                                      Inside the Chantry Chapel of St James





The Master talks to the group outside the entrance to the Guild Hall









   In the courtyard                                                                   Exploring the Master's Garden



     The Master








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Guided tour of Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens


Thursday 1st August in temperatures exceeding 30o C a group of members visited Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens and enjoyed a guided tour.


The gardens are a unique example of an English Baroque garden.  It is being restored as near as possible to the 1680 - 1762 by Castle Bromwich Hall and Gardens Trust.

The 10 acre walled garden contains over 600 species of plants from the period.  The holly maze is to a design by George London and Henry Wise.

For more details of the gardens click here





         Castle Bromwich Parish Church                               Castle Bromwich Hall now a Hotel




The Guide - Myra








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Outing to Llangollen

Thursday 12th December the Out and about group enjoyed a coach excursion to Llangollen and a 2 hour cruise along the Llangollen Canal.


Click Here for a description and history of the Llangollen Canal.





                                                                                     The River Dee at Llangollen




Lunch by the River    






                                         Waiting to Board the Thomas Telford canal boat at Froncysslte



                                                                        We had exclusive use of the boat 




                                    Crossing the Pontcysllte aqueduct 126 feet above the River Dee.











                                                                              Cruising the Llangollen Canal                                      








                                                                               The Thomas Telford



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Tour Castle Bromwich Parish Church.

On Thursday 3rd October members of the Out and About group were given a tour of St Mary & St Margaret the Parish Church of Castle Bromwich.  The Church is a Grade 1 listed building and is unique in the country, it is a church within a church.  The site has been a place of worship since the Roman times.  The church was first documented in 1165.  The Norman chapel is the site of the present chancel and the high alter has stood in the same place for 1000 years.  Parts of this Norman church still survives in the existing brickwork being part of the stone foundation.  As the area was part of the Forest of Arden in the 1500 and timber was in abundant supply an extension to the original church was built entirely of wood with a massive medieval roof using timbers 20 feet tall by 20 inches square. In the 1700's the owners of adjacent Hall encased the wood structure in brick to give it neo classic look to match that of the Castle Bromwich Hall.  The inner wooden pillars were shaped by carpenters had lathes added and then plastered, to look like stone pillars.  A Brick built bell tower was added, the wooden beams were hidden for 300 years before being discovered. 

The group were shown around by Historian David Adams, we climbed part way up the tower and were able to see into the the roof space and the wooden beams still the main structure of the building.





The Church from the Hall Gardens                                                            The Chancel and Alter


The Three Tier Pulpit                             One of the many stained glass windows


The Group looking behind the plaster on one of supports                     The Organ and Choir loft

at the timber inside.      


Looking at parts of windows found from the medieval Church         In the Bell Ringers loft on the second floor of the tower


                                  The Oak beams in the roof space built in the 14th Century


                                                                       David Adams waving us off after the visit

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Tour of James Butler's Studios

At the August 2013 Core meeting we had a very interesting talk by the renowned Sculptor James Brown MBE, RA, RWA, FRBS. James is one of the foremost Sculptors in the UK and has sculptures around the world.  One of the most famous is a 18 feet height sculpture of Jomo Kenyatta that stands in the centre of Nairobi.  After that talk he invited us to visit his studios in Radway Warwickshire.

On October 18th 30 members took James up on his offer and visited his studios.  There follows some of the photographs taken on that day.

For full details about James Butler MBE Click on this link to his web site

Click here for a promotional video of James Butler  This is provided via James's web site













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Ramblers Group

Wednesday 16th January with the temperature at -3 degrees C the Ramblers met at Hatton Locks and enjoyed a crisp 5 mile ramble
























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Tuesday 5th February the group met at Meriden and participated in a ramble led by Phil Hammonds









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Wednesday 20th February the Group met in a lay by near Green End, Fillongly and enjoyed a 5mile ramble

towards Shawbury woods led by Ian Lester











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On Tuesday 5th March the Ramblers met at the George in the Tree and walked across fields

just over 5 miles on a circular walk to Barston and back.


The temperature was 2.5o C when we started, following an overnight frost but was over 10o C  when we finished,

possibly the first day of Spring as the sun shone during the whole walk.












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On May 5th the Ramblers met at Hartshill Country Park for a slightly more hilly walk than usual. 

But the effort was rewarded with pleasant views across 4 counties this walk was led by Richard Davis.



















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On July 2nd the Ramblers met at Packwood House and enjoyed a leisurely walk across fields and along canal towpaths. 

This walk was led by Fran and Ian Lester.

















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On 17th July 2013 14 members met at the White Swan Henley-in-Arden for a 4.5 mile circular walk to Preston Bagot and back. 

The temperature was 22oC when we started but reached 29oC at the end of the Walk - one of the hottest days of the year



                          The group receiving instruction from the Walk Leaders Barbara and Phil Hammonds



After Climbing a steep hill the group took a breather and admired the view.         And down the other side






            Phil Hammonds the walk leader strides ahead across the field.




        Another rest this time under welcome shade                                           Off we go again in the blistering heat.




   Some of the men bring up the rear.                                                                     



                                                               Yet another well earned shaded rest to take on water.




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On 6th August the group met at he Manor House Fillongly and walked through the nearby countryside, led by Martin Richards, with good views and plenty of "Playful" cows to contend with.














Crossing the field quickly to the safety of the fence


Martin and Ray walk back to "rescue" the remainder of the group cut off by the herd of cows


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16th October with the weather forecast predicting rain only 5 members assembled at Hampton Lucy.  The hardy 5 enjoyed a walk in the South Warwickshire countryside.  Only slight showers were encountered



                                                                                                               Surprising what you find in the woods!!




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5th November 15 members met at Ufton for a ramble in that area led by Richard Davis. 

The weather was better than the previous walk but overnight rain had made it muddy underfoot










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