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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


Monday Meetings 2021

It has been quite difficult to plan for the 2021 programme not knowing whether we would be in full lockdown, living under tier and travel restrictions or whether we would be 'free'. I am grateful, therefore, to all of our 2021 speakers for agreeing to be flexible and deliver their talks either in person or via Zoom if necessary.

This year's Annual General Meeting will be held in September. Any changes to this meetings programme and details of how or where the talks will be delivered will be announced in  monthly News. 

Sue Billing

29 March at 11 am on Zoom             The Best of British                  Ian and Hilary Templeton

Ian and Hilary join us to give another of their well received audio visual presentations - this time a virtual tour of Britain to discover the secret of Wensleydale, find the Lake District's black gold, sample the devil’s porridge, meet the prince who never smiled again, visit an Italian chapel in Orkney and a trip to (the) Looe, and much more!

26 April at 11 am on Zoom                My Death, My Decision         Phil Cheatle

MDMD (My Death, My Decision) is a group which campaigns for a change in the law that currently prevents assisted dying in the UK. Phil is their Lead Campaign Commentator.  He will explore some of the complex ethical questions regarding how much choice we should have in deciding the manner and timing of our death. This will be an interactive session so bring along your questions.

Zoom presentations

Members have been notified of the Zoom links. If you wish to watch the Lectures as a Guest, please visit our web site - details below:

Monday meetings later in the year

24 May                        The Work of a Practising Homeopath:

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

28 June                         Rolls of Rolls Royce:

Bruce Lawson, the biographer of Charles Rolls, will speak enthusiastically about Mr Rolls – ‘a brilliant man’; ‘the Richard Branson and James Dyson of the Edwardian Age’.

27 September             Annual General Meeting followed by Bessie Blount, of Kinlet

Bessie was the teenage mistress of Henry VIII and mother of his son Henry. Who was she and what happened to their son? Dr Robert Hodge will reveal all.

25 October                   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.

29 November              Albania – 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.

More information is available on our web site

The Arts Society Teme Valley

Update - March 2021

We are delighted to offer the following Zoom lecture programme from April to July. Members will receive an email giving a link to each Lecture one week before the Lecture takes place. Anyone wishing to see the Lecture as a Guest will find an Application Form on our web site:

We hope to re commence our normal Lecture programme in the Ludlow Assembly Rooms from September.

21 April.  2.15 start  -  Bertie PearceNow You See It, Now You Don’t

This is one of the quirkiest lectures you will ever hear. There is a universal delight in being deceived and in this lecture Bertie takes his audience on a whistle stop tour of art which fools, surprises and amuses the viewer. Beginning and ending with the Belgian surrealist Renee Magritte, it encompasses Trompe L’oeil, Banksy, Bridget Riley, Arcimboldo and Escher to name a few. Hold on to your seats and get ready to be visually fried!

For further details on Bertie please see our website (hyperlink) and his own website

19 May 2.15 start   Angela Findlay. The Empty Chair.

We are pleased to be able to re-offer the lecture cancelled in March 2020.  Angela Findlay is a professional artist, writer and freelance lecturer with a long career of teaching art in prisons in Germany and England. 
Over the past 150 years, artists across the world have been using the humble chair as a conduit for profound ideas on themes from protest, absence and memory to domestic or everyday life. Angela will be looking at many diverse artists and uses of chairs in her talk and bringing the subject to life with her personal connection as a working artist.  More:   


16 June  2.15 start.  Shauna Isaac. The Art of the Steal: Nazi looting during WWII

Shauna Isaac has been active in World War II art restitution for several years and has worked with families and government organisations to recover Nazi looted art.

The Nazis looted over 20% of Western Art during World War II, confiscating art from Jewish families and emptying museums throughout Europe. This lecture discusses Hitler’s obsession with art and how the Monuments Men recovered art after the war. Several landmark cases will be discussed in detail, including Gustav Klimt’s celebrated Portrait of Adele Bloch Bauer and the stash of over 1200 artworks found in possession of the son of a notorious Nazi dealer. More:

21 July  2.15 start. Elizabeth Gowing. Morocco Blues – why and how Morocco got painted blue 

Have you ever wondered why there is so much blue in Morocco  This lecture draws on Elizabeth’s time in Morocco in visits spanning more than 25 years. She will focus particularly on the stories behind the blue pigment used for the fishing boats and doorways of photogenic Essaouira on the Moroccan coast, and the Majorelle Blue developed and patented by French artist Jacques Majorelle in Marrakech in the 1920s. The story of Morocco’s blues takes us from Berber veils to Yves Saint-Laurent who restored Majorelle’s Marrakech garden, via Modernist Orientalist art and a protected mollusc... More:

Elizabeth studied at Magdalen College Oxford before training as a teacher and working in Lambeth, Hackney and Islington. She is a regular contributor to Radio 4 (Saturday Live, Excess Baggage, From Our Own Correspondent) and the BBC World Service.