On Wednesday, 6th September the Wales Table Tennis Association director of competitions, Phil Avery, organised the inaugural U3A National Championships at the Welsh Institute of Sport, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff.
The Pembrokeshire U3A entered six teams in the event competing against teams from Porthmadog, Cowbridge and Bridgend. In the morning session the teams were allocated to four groups, and played a best-of-three match against the other teams in the group.
Pembrokeshire U3A Table Tennis Team
In the afternoon the teams were allocated to further groups depending on their position in the morning. So, Pembrokeshire players Gaynor Evans and Graham George, and Penny Tighe and Chris Harris, having won their group were in the first-place play-off.
Sylvie Lloyd and Tony Tiffen, Wendy George and Chris Clark, and Wendy Perrott and Jane Dunbar were in the fifth-place play-off. The afternoon session was played in a similar round-robin format.
There was a fine demonstration of table tennis skill throughout the day despite a few creaking joints and aching bones. Pembrokeshire’s Gaynor Evans and Graham George were declared 2017 champions and Pembrokeshire took 3rd, 5th, 6th and 7th places to make it a very successful and worthwhile day.
We look forward to meeting again in 2018, and hope that more Welsh U3A groups will enter teams. Certainly, Pembrokeshire U3A Table Tennis has made friends with the other teams represented and will pursue contacts during the coming months.
This time last year my husband Colin and I visited the combined Art Group’s Exhibition for the first time and found myself amazed at the artistic talent within our U3A. Needless to say, this has now become a permanent fixture in my diary! Yesterday off to Carew we went, much easier to locate this year, with banners and signs indicating the location of the U3A Exhibition. Again, I was taken aback by the paintings, almost every subject you could think of was reproduced in watercolour, pastels or pencil.
I enquired of Jan Hope, who sat at the welcoming desk, whether I might take some photographs. She hesitantly explained that in the past this has been done in order to enlarge the result and not to make a purchase. Quickly I explained it was for the Newsletter, although, my offerings do not reflect adequately the amount of work and attention to detail undertaken to produce such paintings.
There is a wealth of talent within these groups which should be seen. If you miss the exhibition this year, do try and make a visit in 2018. In addition to viewing the exhibits, tea/coffee is served in bone china cups with a choice of scrumptious looking cakes. Whilst making our visit we enjoyed a chat with other members. It was a thoroughly enjoyable morning. Well done to all those involved.
22 August 2017
In July, The Garden Group North met at Hilton Court Gardens, Roch where, before setting off to the gardens, we enjoyed lunch in the Gardeners Rest eatery.
As with all gardens the extensive grounds had changed considerably since my last visit. The lake, which is the focal point, looked beautiful with the many water lilies in bloom; obviously there are fish because we spotted a heron sitting patiently on the bank waiting for his lunch.
A stroll round the lake
Essentially the garden is one of tree and shrubs but there has been an introduction of some herbaceous plants adding some colour to an otherwise very green look. As we strolled around the lake we came upon Badger’s Hall a great addition for the children or even for some adults although some were not up to the challenge but they gave it their best shot!
Colin tries his best!
Before returning to the café for afternoon tea (the Garden Group really doesn’t spend all its time eating and drinking) we came across another feature which one or two of us could not resist as you will see from the photographs. The weather was kind to us with sunshine and a gentle breeze – indeed, a lovely meeting.
Penny on the swing
Please remember that our horticultural show which takes place the Neyland Athletic Centre, entries are on the day and an entry from and Schedule may be found on the website or alternatively contract me on 01437 766775 or email@example.com. There are spaces available on the trip to Dyffryn Gardens, near Cowbridge why not join us it is a National Trust property with beautiful gardens and an arboretum and well worth a visit.
The annual quiz on the afternoon of Friday 12th May, now in its fourth year, attracted our highest ever attendance for the event which also produced the closest ever finish.
19 teams (including 3 from Narberth U3A & 2 from Preseli U3A) battled through 9 rounds of general knowledge questions across a range of subjects, with at the end only 2 points separating the top 5. The winners were the “Spring Chickens” from Pembrokeshire U3A, Viv Scale, Janine Crooks, and Jackie & Rob Davidson, who achieved 96.5 points out of a possible 128, beating the “Penny Pinchers”, David & Chris Pinch, Penny Reed, & Anne Hyslop by just 1/2 point, with a team from Preseli 3rd & one from Narberth sharing 4th.
Photographs Colin Hankinson & Geoff Winterman
PCSO Leanne Nicholls talks about crime in the community
I am sure many of you will have read, on page two of the current Newsletter, of the incident that took place on the road near the Oil refinery in January. It was for this reason we invited PCSO Leanne Nicholls to speak to us on Thursday.
Leanne is a Police Community Support Officer stationed at Milford Haven, and as her job title infers she works within the community. Following the incident, in question, the police carried out a thorough investigation of the situation but were unable to obtain any information as to the perpetrators. However, further incidents have occurred and the message to us was “be vigilant and drive with locked doors”.
One aspect of Leanne’s talk brought home to us just how the cutbacks have affected services that we once took for granted, being able to walk into a Police Station at most times of the day and the visibility of the local “bobby”. It would seem we, as citizens, need to attend to the policing of our own localities watching out for any unusual occurrences in our neighbourhood and reporting such events to the Police. Some areas, of course, have a “Neighbourhood Watch” schemes and there is also, as one of our members pointed out, a “Village Watch”. The message is be aware of what is going on around you.
Penny Thomas 2nd March 2017
The speaker for the monthly meeting on 2nd February was Mr Howard Jones of the West Wales Humanist Society (soon to be renamed Association) who was introduced by John Baylis.
Mr Howard Jones of the West Wales Humanist Society
Perhaps a controversial topic but should we not also be aware of other points of view and if nothing else we now know there is an alternative funeral to that of a Christian service,
despite one family requesting Harry Secombe singing “The Old Rugged Cross”. Hedging one’s bets perhaps!
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.
A selection of images from Bob Matthews
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
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, 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”.
2nd June 2016