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Safety in the home

Two representatives from the Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service attended the meeting. Whilst Chris MacDonald tested members’ electric blankets his colleague Andy gave an excellent presentation entitled ‘Safety in the Home’.

We were reminded of the dangers of overloading electrical sockets, hazards in the kitchen, (thank goodness for the demise of the chip pan, the cause of so many fires in the home, which has now been replaced by the thermostatically-controlled deep fat fryer) and the need to ensure that our fire alarms are in good working order (these should be tested weekly!).

When the Service test electric blankets, if they fail to meet the required standard the plug is removed before the blanket is returned to its owner. One or two of our members are now looking for a new electric blanket. The overall message was – use your common sense when dealing with potential fire hazards in the home, and when locking up at night the key should remain in situ.

U3A ANNUAL GENERAL KNOWLEDGE QUIZ

We will be holding our 4th Annual Quiz on Friday May 12th, at Neyland Athletic Club. As in previous years, it will take the form of a GENERAL KNOWLEDGE quiz for teams of 4, open to all members. The emphasis will be very much on “general” knowledge, with questions on subjects that will be familiar to everyone, such as Music, Literature, Geography, Food & Drink, History, etc.

We’re sure that most of you enjoy watching quizzes, or taking part in them, or both, & hope as many of you as possible will get together with your friends in the U3A, perhaps with other members of your Groups, form a team, and come along and join in what should be a fun, social afternoon.

There is no entry fee, but obviously we need to get some idea of numbers and, nearer the time, a commitment. If you would like to enter a team, or, as an individual, would like further details or information on taking part, please get in touch with me, my contact details are below.

The quiz will begin at 2pm, & we aim to finish around 4.30pm, with a short comfort & refreshment break in the middle.

Peter Brown
01834 813895
ynysfachbrown@aol.com

New Year’s Message from the Chairman

 I wish you all a very Happy and Healthy New Year.  If there was some indulgence over the Christmas period why not join one of our walking or exercise groups or take up table tennis as a way to regain your fitness and figure!

There now stretches ahead short days with dubious weather; may I remind you of the New Year’s dinner at the Allt-yr-Afon on 20th January 6.30 for 7 pm.  if you don’t like driving at night why not get together with others and hire a taxi?

The food is lovely and the evening gives an opportunity for the ladies and indeed the gentleman to wear their finest attire please give it some thought the booking form and menu may be found on the web site.

I look forward to seeing you on 5th January when our speaker is Julian Cremona who will talk to us about Polar Bears.

Penny Thomas

2017 New Year’s Dinner at Allt yr Afon

A selection of images from Bob Matthews

Radio 4 – You and Yours – 12.15 Monday 12 December

Radio 4 – You and Yours on Monday

  
I am pleased to let you know that Eric Midwinter, one of our founders, has been asked to speak on the Radio 4 programme, “You and Yours” at lunchtime on Monday 12th December in recognition of achieving 1000 U3As. This was the programme where the U3A concept was first aired by Eric all those years ago in 1981.

I thought you may want to know in case you wish to tune in.  Should you be unable to listen at that time it will be available in the episodes section of the You and Yours area of the BBC website http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qps9

Regards from,
Sam Mauger,
Cheif Executive Officer,
The Third Age Trust.

Pembrokeshire U3A vs Narberth U3A quiz

Six teams from Pembrokeshire U3A entered the Narberth U3A annual general knowledge quiz on 18th November, & answered questions on ten subjects ranging from “quotations” to “food & drink” to “music” to “inventions”.

We gained revenge for the result at our own quiz in May, when teams from Narberth finished 1st & 2nd, with our team of David & Chris Pinch, Helen Kift & Peter Brown finishing first by a whisker from Anne & Derek Church & Marcia Heaviside.

This is the third year of these successful events, & once again we were made to feel very welcome by our hosts. Chairman Penny Thomas thanked Narberth for their hospitality, & in particular organiser Juliet Burgess for her hard work

New Year Dinner 2017

The New Year’s Dinner will once again be at Wolfscastle Country Hotel (Alt yr Afon)

on 20th January 2017

at 6.30 for 7pm

Cost £25 per head

Downloadable menu-for-New-Year-Dinner-2017

Downloadable Booking Form

Menu

Starters

Cauliflower & smoked cheddar soup, salsa verdi, garlic croutons

Or

Smoked duck & orange salad, pine nuts, pesto

or

Penderyn cured salmon, orange, crème fraiche, watercress

or

Blue cheese & pearl barley risotto, dressed rocket, onion jam

 

mains

Lemon roast chicken supreme, thyme jus

or

Confit duck leg, celeriac puree, braised red cabbage

or

Seared salmon fillet, spinach, chive beurre blanc

Or

Aubergine parmigiana, garlic focaccia (v)

Selection of Seasonal Vegetables/Accompaniments

desserts

Baileys cheesecake, orange sorbet

or

Brioche & chocolate, bread and butter pudding, crème anglaise

or

Mulled winter berry meringue roulade

coffee/tea & homemade fudge

 

£25.00 per head

Annette Peters – Monthly Meeting – October

Annette Peters

Annette Peters and Morgan

 

Annette Peters who, since the age of four and a half has been blind, delivered a most interesting and enlightening talk about the changes and advances made during the last 50 years to aid the everyday life of a blind or partially sighted person.  In the fifties a blind person would carry a white stick, this moved on to a symbol stick and eventually a long white cane was developed enabling any obstacles to be felt before contact was made.

Annette has a guide dog named Morgan, a crossbred Labrador/retriever who lay contently beneath the table whilst Annette spoke.  Morgan, without his harness is at rest and could be anybody’s pet but once his harness is attached he is immediately in work mode ensuring Annette’s safety when out and about.  She first had a guide dog in 1978.

Morgan

Morgan

 

Although blind, this did not prevent Annette from obtaining her O and A levels examinations enabling her to attend University where she trained to be a physiotherapist, much of her education was obtained whilst at boarding school although she returned to Pembrokeshire to sit her A levels.  Annette described her experiences as “character building”.

To hear Annette explain how she copes with her life as a blind person and the extraordinary technology that is now available was inspirational.

Penny Thomas

6th October 2016

Links:

Guidedogs.org.uk/

RNIB

 

Hidden Treasures of the Southwood Estate – Monthly meeting – July

At our monthly meeting on 7th July over seventy members listened to a talk given by Andrew Tuddenham on the above subject.  For sixteen years Andrew has managed farms and land owned by the National Trust in the North of Pembrokeshire.  His talk, in the main, featured Southwood Farm which lies above Newgale beach and extends to some 950 acres.  His talk was fascinating and with the usual technology he was able to show us some before and after pictures of the Grade II listed Southwood farmhouse and a range of outbuildings which are set out around a courtyard.  A considerable amount of renovation work has taken place at the farm; some of this required the consent of the Pembrokeshire National Park Authority who believed an addition to the range of buildings of a concrete block constructed extension to house the milk bulk tank should not be demolished.  However, said building is no longer!

Andrew Tuddenham

 

The work of the National Trust is invaluable in preserving our heritage. Questions were asked of Andrew; these were answered clearly and concisely despite one or two concerning land and buildings in the South of the County.  There are events planned at Southwood so look out for these, in particular a Christmas Fayre to be held in the newly renovated outbuildings.

Penny Thomas

7th July 2016

Link to National Trust – Southwood Estate

Welsh Wildlife Trust – Monthly meeting – June

Nathan Walton of the Welsh Wildlife Trust gave a most interesting talk about his work of conservation and management of the Trust’s 15 Reserves situate in Pembrokeshire.  The Reserves cover an area of some 775 hectares 319 owned by the Trust and the remainder on lease from the National Trust and Pembrokeshire County Council.

Nathan Walton 2

Nathan, with the aid of slides, gave us an insight as to what we might find at the various Reserves advising the site at West Williamson to be his favourite but with a tinge of regret he indicated was not owned by the Trust but the National Trust.   On this 20 hectare site one may see Curlews, and the elusive Brown Hair Streak butterfly that lays its eggs on the blackthorn which is the subject of a five year management scheme to ensure it is of the right size and structure to attract this beautiful butterfly.

Each Reserve has its own particular flora and wildlife, herons and, occasionally an osprey may be seen at Westfield Pill in Neyland.   Pengelli Reserve of some 65 hectares is the site of the largest ancient coppiced oak woodland in Wales.

Would you like to see some swamp buffalo then Teifi Marshes is the place to visit, these ponderous looking beasts do a magnificent job of keeping the waterways clear by feeding and wallowing in the water.

A most interesting talk, we live in a beautiful County it is good to know it is being looked after by organisations such as the Welsh Wildlife Trust who rely upon volunteers to carry out a lot of the “donkey work”.

Penny Thomas

2nd June 2016