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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 2018/19







Easter Island - The Navel of the World

What better way to escape the winter than with a trip to the South Pacific! Photographer and adventurer Brian will ‘transport’ us all, via his fascinating illustrated talk, to Easter Island (Rapu Nui), where he recently spent time photographing its key historical and archaeological sites.

Brian will tell us the amazing story of the Rapanui who settled in this remote place and built the vast Moai statues, of their life on this inhospitable island and of the tragic downfall of their magnificent culture. Bringing us up to date he will tell us about the island’s community today and of their efforts to protect and conserve the unique Rapa Nui cultural legacy stretching back over 800 years.

The talk will be richly illustrated with Brian’s stunning photography – a treat not to be missed by armchair travellers and lovers of history and geography.

Brian Anderson



Bees and their importance in the Environment

Professional beekeeper and multi-award-winning educator Alison Wakeman will share her knowledge and experience of bees and their by products.

Alison Wakeman
30.03.2020   U3A Fair and AGM  



Canals and Crime Fiction

The backdrop of author Andy Griffee's talk is our 2200 miles of canals and how they can be the perfect setting for the crime novel.

Andy Griffee



Music in Art

Professional musician Sophie Matthews will explore the links between the visual and the aural, drawing on the works of great painters.

Sophie Matthews



The work of a Practising Homeopath

Jeremy Derrick will talk about his personal and professional experience of homeopathy, explaining and illustrating how its approach may help and why it is valid for the 21st Century.

Jeremy Derrick



Barrow to Baghdad and back again

Author of the Jack Castle series of novels, Philip Caine, will tell us about his adventurous life in the oil industry in distant places, which provided the inspiration for his adventure/thriller novels.

Philip Caine



Albania - the Country cut off from the World for 41 years

John Butterworth will give an illustrated talk on the amazing history of this isolated State and compare life under a dictator to the freedoms of today.

John Butterworth



Rolls of Rolls Royce

The biographer of Charles Rolls, Bruce Lawson, will tell us of Mr Rolls - "a brilliant man", "the Richard Branson or James Dyson of the Edwardian Age".

Bruce Lawson

Change of U3A monthly meeting venue – urgent!!

Those who attend U3A monthly meetings on the final Monday of most months will have noticed the state of flux at the Assembly Rooms, as a result of the major refurbishment project.  The work was due to end soon, but, we are informed, it has now been delayed and may go on beyond the summer of 2019.  You will know that our planned Study Group Fair has already been postponed because of the limited space.  U3A has now been told that, because other organisations will continue to use the reduced space during the renovation, it is not possible to guarantee that noise from the Studio above Oscar’s or from the construction work in adjoining areas will not intrude on our monthly lectures, making listening difficult.  The committee has therefore reluctantly concluded that we will have to move our monthly meetings to another venue until the Assembly Rooms work has been completed.

Having considered a range of alternative venues, none of which is perfect, we have decided to move to the Mascall Centre for the time being.  The Centre has some parking of its own and there is a lot more available, fairly cheaply, at the Smithfield Car Park close at hand.  The Centre has agreed to open their café, which is normally closed on Mondays, to provide the usual refreshments before the talk. These refreshments will continue to be free to members. As in Oscars, numbers will be limited to 60 or 70.  There is no hearing loop.  And we shall need to change the timings, so that we start in the café at the new time of 10.30, with the talk beginning at 11 o’clock and concluding at noon. These new arrangements will come into effect immediately and so our first meeting of 2019 on 28 January will take place there.

The committee thinks the Mascall Centre will provide U3A with a good home until the renovation of the Assembly Rooms is completed.  The Centre was, after all, where U3A in Ludlow began life in 1997. Finally, given that some members do not to communicate by email, it would be very helpful if coordinators who have such members in their study groups could let them know about this venue change. 

Doubtless there will be some teething problems as we adjust to a new venue.  The committee will do its best to minimise them and hopes and believes you will continue to enjoy the monthly meetings.

Monday morning meetings in Ludlow Assembly Rooms start at 10.00 , enabling members to socialise, have a coffee and discover the latest news about study groups. Talks begin 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.

More information on Speakers is available on our web site

The Arts Society Teme Valley

In addition to the above programme we arrange occasional Study Days.


The Subject will be:

The Arts and Crafts Movement in the Midlands


Sally Hoban

The Study Day will be held at Cawley Hall, Eye nr Leominster from 10AM  - 3PM.

The cost will be £30 for members and £35 for non members and will include coffee/tea on arrival and a catered two course lunch.

Further details will be included on the booking form for this event which will shortly be posted on our website (see below) but if you would like more information contact the Study Day secretary

Avis Denny tel: 01568 780874 or email

Further details of the Study Day will be made available as soon as they become available.

Further details of each Lecture will be shown as they become available.

All regular meetings take place in the Ludlow Assembly Rooms. Doors open at 1.45. Lectures start promptly at 2.15. Lectures are followed by tea and coffee sessions

Visitors welcome - pay £8 at the door.

Further details on the Arts Society, Teme Valley can be found on our web site


Owing to renovation works currently being carried out by the Ludlow Assembly Rooms (LAR), from now until further notice, Lectures will take place in Oscars, NOT in the auditorium. The coffee and tea sessions after the Lectures will be held in the Studio. LAR will provide signage to enable visitors to find Oscars as the usual entrance will be closed.