Listed below are the details for the following U3A meetings






 Dr Simon NIghtingale 

28  November 2016


Simon Nighingale is a semi-retired consultant clinical neurologist with a particular interest in philosophical aspects of neuroscience - such as consciousness, free will, the neural substrate of empathy and morality. In this talk he will explore what we mean by intuition.
He has worked as a humanist for many years, leading humanist funerals and weddings, and is currently chair of Shropshire Humanist group.
He is also a keen metagrobologist and an award-winning designer of mechanical puzzles. (Metagrobology is the study of puzzles)


John & Annette Christophers

30 January 2017

A “Thousand years with Clay”.

John and Annette are potters at the Albrighton Pottery who have been making pots for over 50 years.  Annette studied at Hornsey College of Art in London and John at the University of West Sussex.  They promise us a talk with a difference.  Their light-hearted talk will not only deal with the history of potting but will offer the audience a hands on experience of working with clay..



Jonathan Wood

27 February 2017

“The Enigma of St Thomas’s Chapel, Ludlow”

Jonathan is a full-time writer, architectural historian and town guide in Ludlow, who has extensively researched St Thomas’ Chapel, a building which has seen many changes in its long history and is now a private house.  It is the oldest building in Ludlow outside the castle. Jonathan’s research has raised many interesting questions which will feature in his talk.  The owner of the Chapel, Camilla Caldwell, has kindly agreed to open up the Chapel at the end of the talk providing a rare opportunity for members to view it.

Stephen Richardson

24 April 2017

“William Powell Frith”
Stephen is an art historian and a guide at both the Royal Academy of Arts and the V&A in London.  

William Powell Frith was an eminent Victorian painter of celebrated panoramas of modern life.  His large canvasses, crowded with figures and incidents and portraying people from all walks of life, were a sensation in their day and his work “Derby Day” remains as popular today. He has been described as the greatest British painter of the social scene since Hogarth.

Stephen's talk culminates with an examination of what is perhaps his most fascinating work “A Private View at the Royal Academy. 1881 – a satirical extravaganza targeting fashion and high society in Victorian London

Andy Smith

22 May 2017 

Life in the Music

Andy, who comes from Rugby and has spoken to many U3As, is a singer/song writer and multi-instrumentalist with a dry sense of humour. He will be bringing along a car full of instruments (guitars, mandolin, ukulele to name but a few) and explain a bit about them. Expect a humorous and entertaining talk with nostalgic anecdotes guaranteed to send you home smiling

Sally Joyner

26 June 2017

“Coping with Hearing Loss”

Sally’s interest in hearing loss began when she attended a school which had a special unit for deaf children.  The interest continued when, in the course of employment, she needed to communicate with two profoundly deaf employees.  She learned British Sign Language and has since qualified as a teacher of lip - reading.

Sally’s talk will explain how the ear works and the different forms of hearing loss.  She will then describe how hearing impaired people and non hearing impaired people can communicate more effectively.