This Page contains Photographs taken of Group activities in 2019
Out and About Visit to Gurdwara Guru Nanak Parkash in Coventry
On Thursday 13th June 16 U3A members visited the GGNP Sikh Temple in Coventry. We were welcomed by Jatinder Singh, Strategy and Governance Officer who was our guide.
The group were given a tour of the three floors of the Gurdwara. We were privileged to witness the main prayer room were members of the temple were seated listening to readings from Sikh Scripture (Holy Book) Guru Granth Sahib. On the third floor Jatinder explained in detail the features of the prayer rooms and the symbols of the faith including some of the musical instruments used in ceremonies.
On the ground floor is the Langar the community kitchen where a free meal is served to all the visitors, without distinction of religion, caste, gender, economic status or ethnicity. The meal is always vegetarian. The Languar and the temple are open from 04:00 to 21:00 every day of the year. We each ate a meal in this kitchen.
Following the meal we went to one of the side rooms and our guide explained in detail about the Sikh faith and what a person does to follow the faith including the 5 K’s which identifies a Sikh. The five items that they are supposed to wear or carry as symbols of their faith. These are: the kangha, a comb, the kara, a steel bangle, the kesh, beard and uncut hair (covered by a turban), the kirpan, a short sword, and the kuccha, short baggy under trousers.
Our members were very impressed with the warmth of welcome we received and the friendliness of all the people we met. We have been invited to return for another visit whenever we want to.
Linda White, Jean Danher with Jatinder Singh Linda White, Jean Danher and Narinder Khatra
Visit to Lord Leycester Hospital and St Marys Church
On Thursday 11th April 24 members of the U3A visited the Lord Leycester Hospital in the morning and the Collegiate Church of St Mary's Warwick in the afternoon . They were given a guided tour of each establishment.
Photographs by Alan Cross and Peter Calver
Lord Leycester Hospital Warwick
The Hospital is a historic group of medieval timber-framed buildings on Warwick High Street dating mainly from the late 14th Century. Of historic significance, they represent one of the finest examples in Britain of medieval courtyard architecture. Clustered round the Norman gateway into the town, the 12th Century Chantry Chapel sits above it. For nearly 200 years this site was home to Warwick’s medieval Guilds.
In the reign of Queen Elizabeth I the buildings became, under the patronage of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, a place of retirement for old warriors who had fought in the Elizabethan era wars. These soldiers are known to this day as the Brethren and with the Master, still live within the walls of the building. Master and Brethren are a living legacy of almost 450 years of history. Every morning they meet in the Chapel and pray together the words written by their founder Robert Dudley.
In the Courtyard
Listening to details of the Masters Garden
In the Afternoon the Group moved to St Mary's Church and again enjoyed a guided tour
The church enshrines much of the history of England, and has great architectural beauty and significance. It is a home of prayer and worship, with a strong musical tradition.
St Mary’s was founded on its present site in 1123 by Roger de Newburgh, the Earl of Warwick.
The glorious Beauchamp Chapel was built in the Fifteenth Century to house the tomb of Richard Beauchamp, the Earl of Warwick and one of the richest and most powerful people in the history of our country.
It is a magnificent example of the European ecclesiastical architecture of its time, and ranks as one of this country’s greatest treasures. The Chapel also houses the tombs of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, his brother Ambrose Dudley, Earl of Warwick, and Robert’s son, the “Noble Impe"
The Chancel, Vestry and Chapter House were rebuilt in the Fourteenth Century by Thomas Beauchamp, and this section of the building represents one of the highest peaks of English Gothic architecture. The tomb of Thomas Beauchamp stands in front of the high altar; the tiny figures around its base give a fine depiction of Fourteenth Century English fashion. Fulke Greville's enigmatic monument takes up most of the Chapter House.
The Nave and Tower were destroyed in the great fire of Warwick in 1694, and rebuilt by 1704 by the brothers Francis and William Smith, builder architects of Warwick.
The chapel of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment (Royal Regiment of Fusiliers) occupies the North Transept.
Sitting in the April Sunshine waiting for the tour to start.
Medieval Ducking Stool The Altar
In the Beauchamp Chapel
On March 14th 20 members visited the MAD museum in Stratford upon Avon.
Please note: Photographs of the Ramblers Group Walks will be in chronological order with the most recent walk at the top. Links Video Clips taken on the walks will be included as available
Wednesday 19th June 10 walkers met at the Red Lion Earlswood for a 6 mile walk, led by Alan Buckland. The walk went alongside the Lake before going across the Fulford Heath Golf course towards Wythal before returning via Tanners Green and Foreshaw Heath. The weather forecast for the morning was rain but the rain did not materialise so the ramblers enjoyed a good mornings exercise.
Tuesday 4th June 25 walkers met at the Navigation Inn, Lapworth. The weather forecast was not good - drizzle would continue all morning. The forecast was wrong it was warm and dry if not slightly overcast morning. The ramblers were led by Peter Whalley and enjoyed a 5 mile walk across to Rowington and returned via Baddersley Clinton.
Wednesday 15th June over 25 Ramblers met at the Elm Bank Allesley and walked across Allesley Park and Coundon Wedge in glorious sunshine. The walkers were led by Sandra Heard and Frances Critoph.
Wednesday 17th April 35 Ramblers met at the Fleur de Lys pub in Lowsonford. Led by Fran and Ian Lester they walked along the Stratford Canal towards Lapworth before crossing to the Grand Union and walking towards Rowington before crossing fields to return to Lowsonford.
Wednesday 20th February 2019 Lynn and Tony Brinkworth led 30 walkers from The Griffin Inn, Church End on a circular ramble around the Shustoke Reservoir.
(Apologies for the quality of the Shustoke Photographs but there was a mark on the camera lens - now removed)
Tuesday 5th February 2019 over 30 members met at he White Horse - Hawkesmill Lane, Coundon for a walk around the Coundon Wedge and through Allesley Village. The walk was lead by Jim Henry and the weather was cold, dry but overcast.
The members of the U3A were entertained by U3A Swing Division at the March Core Meeting. The band is made up of members from 11 different U3A's within the West Midlands.
The following photographs were taken by Alan Cross.