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Diddlebury Dancing Group - Ballroom and Latin Dancing meets every Wednesday at Diddlebury Village Hall at 8.00 pm. Except for the fourth Wednesday in the month when the class will be on a Tuesday.

Corvedale Badminton Club - meet Wednedays 8.30 pm to 10.00 pm at Craven Arms Community Centre

Corvedale Book Group - meet on Tuesday evening each month at Diddlebury Village Hall

Corvedale Folk Club - second Friday of every month 8.00pm at the The Sun Inn, Corfton

Corvedale Gardening Group - meet second Saturday of each month at Beambridge clubroom 10.30am to 12.00 am

U3A in Ludlow

Monthly Meetings 2018





Thirty days hath September, April, June and November

Why do they have thirty days?  What happened to February?  Why does the tax year start on 6th April?  Was George Washington born on 11 February 1731 or 22 February 1732?  Doesn’t September come from the Latin word for seven – so why is it the ninth month?  When was the longest year?  What sequence of dates repeats every 5.7 million years? Have you ever wondered why the months have different numbers of days, why the new year used to start on 25 March or why Easter falls on a day between 22 March and 25 April? 
Robert Hodge is an historian and vice-chairman of U3A in Ludlow.  His talk will answer these questions and give an insight into the often confusing, sometimes amusing and always fascinating development of our current calendar system.

Robert Hodge

Foundations of Meditation

Rob, a hypnotist, will introduce his audience to meditation, providing ideas for immediate use.

Rob Chapman

Neutrals at War

Although much has been written about the Second World War, what happened in neutral countries is less well known.  Christopher is a retired business executive and translator who has travelled extensively in Europe and developed an interest in what neutrality involved during World War II.  He examines the concept from the point of view of Switzerland, Portugal, Sweden & Denmark and covers the stories of how the contributions of four very different and altruistic people impacted on the outcome in those countries

Christopher Massy Beresford

The big clock and the bells of Westminster

Chris has a longstanding interest in turret clocks and has been involved in their restoration

Chris McKay

The Cathedral Builders

Keith is a retired architect from Wolverhampton with an almost lifelong interest in architectural history.  His talk will highlight the origins of cathedrals, built to the glory of God but influenced by an army of human egos too.  Cathedral builders were supreme masters of their craft and the talk will look at the building methods they used and, in the process, examine some of the severe structural problems they experienced and how they overcame them.

Keith Cattell

The Mayflower Children

Phil describes himself as a mill town Lancastrian who has relocated to Shropshire. He has had a varied career as a teacher and as a journalist for national newspapers as well as running a national education charity.  He now earns his living as an author.  Among his books are 'The Mayflower Children”, a history of the events surrounding the More children and  “A Spurious Brood” a fictionalised account of the story, published in 2011 to favourable reviews.
Phil’s talk is the true story of Katherine More, youngest daughter of an ancient Shropshire family, whose four children were transported to America on board the Pilgrim Fathers’ ship the Mayflower.

Phil Revell

A Career in Antiques

Philip worked for the London based Auction Houses, Philips and Christie’s for over 30 years ending his career as a director, head of department and auctioneer for Christies.  Starting as a trainee with Philips he soon found his passion in “antique” furniture and his experience has given him the opportunity to develop his understanding of furniture and its values.  He has travelled widely in Europe and has contributed to many art magazines and books and has been a lecturer, tutor and mentor to trainees in the field.  Philip’s talk will show a personal journey which demonstrates the training, daily routines and workings within the world of auction houses.

Philip Duckworth

Monday morning meetings in Ludlow Assembly Rooms start at 10.00 in Oscars, enabling members to socialise, have a coffee and discover the latest news about study groups. Talks begin in the Auditorium at 10:30 and usually finish by 11.45.

People who are not members are welcome to attend one meeting. Please introduce yourself to one of our Welcome hosts on arrival and sign our Visitors Book.

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