Listed below are the details for the following U3A meetings  

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.

Mike Smith
25 September 2017

“Going viral”

Mike has worked as a desktop support analyst and computer trouble-shooter for large corporations in the UK and abroad.  In his presentation he will reveal the truth about computer viruses, banish fears of computer technology and show how to laugh at computer confidence tricksters.  A must, surely, for those coming to computers later in life.

Ian Cuskie
30 October 2017

"Restoration of the SS Great Britain"

SS Great Britain, a Brunel designed steamship, the first with an iron hull and the first driven by a propeller, was launched in 1843.  It was the largest and fastest afloat and transformed ship building and sea travel for ever.
Ian’s presentation tells the story of its original design through the different phases of its working life and its incredible salvage and return to Bristol in 1970.  It has been restored, preserved and “re-launched” as a multi-award winning museum of international renown.


2017 Lectures

Membership is £40 per member for the 8 lectures. Guests are charged at £8 each.

All lectures begin at 2.15pm in the Auditorium

Wednesday 20 September
Eric Ravilious: A Life in Pictures
James Russell

James is a historian, writer, lecturer and advocate of 20th C painting and design. Eric Ravilious (1903 - 42) is emerging as one of the inest British watercolourists of the 20th C.
Wednesday 18 October
The Silver Thread: Silver Filigree and traditional Arts is Kosovo
Elizabeth Gowing

Elizabeth is a teacher who has become immersed in Kosovoan cultural heritage and is a writer and broadcaster.
Wednesday 15 November
Indians, Buffalo and storms: The American West in Nineteenth Century Art
Toby Faber

Toby is a businessman and publisher, turned writer and lecturer. He returns to narrate the 19th C migration into the American West, revealed in paintings by artists who followed it.


Wednesday 17 January 2018
The Dance Macabre
Maureen Schild

Maureen is interested in the links between Art, Psychology and Creativity, and has studied their psychological significance in the life and work of artists. She returns to trace the evolution of the Danse Macabre from the medieval church yard to its secularisation in the woodcuts of Hans Holbein and to the social and political satire of Rowlandson.

Ludlow Lectures

Lectures, all in Ludlow Assembly Rooms, commence at 10 am and finish at 12 noon with a coffee break in the middle. 

The fee is £15 per person to cover all 6 lectures.  

Individual lectures are £5 per person.  

For any further information contact:  Pam & Alan Latchford, Tel. No. 01584 874990 or email: palatchford@btinternet.com.

The History and Landscape of Ludlow and the Marches

Tuesday 24 October, 10am
The Silurian
Michael Rosenbaum
Tuesday 31 October, 10am  
Cleobury Mortimer 100 years ago and its famous soldier-author
Mark Baldwin
Tuesday 7 November, 10am
Ancestor of Skyscrapers: the Story of Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings
Joanna Layton
Tuesday 14 November, 10am
Dorstone Hill, Herefordshire: A Neolithic Landscape
Keith Ray
Tuesday 21 November, 10am
From the "Most Extraordinary District in the World" to a very Poor Fag End of it: Archaeology at the Ironbridge Gorge
Shane Kelleher
Tuesday 28 November, 10am  
Ludlow's Georgian Elegance
Jonathan Wood

Table Tennis

Table Tennis
Basic coaching for all ages.  Bats and balls provided.

Juniors and adults
Fridays 7 - 9pm (£2.50 adult, £1.50 junior)
Contact Peter Corston 01584 873778

Over 50s
Wednesdays 10am - 12.30pm (£3)
Contact Ann Moody 01584 872978

These events are held in the Studio


Pilates Body Conditioning

This pilates class helps encourage people to work with their own bodies, teaching alignment, maintaining a good posture, core stability and how to use correct muscles.

Tuesdays 10.00-11.15am

Contact Sarah: 01299 403307 or 07967 482510


These events are held in the Studio

Hatha Yoga

Yoga classes for all to experience moving mindfully within a physical practice to calm the mind and free tension within the body.

Mondays 6.30pm - 8pm Studio
Wednesdays 6.00pm - 7.15pm (all abilities) Studio
Wednesdays 7.30pm - 8.45pm (yoga experience required) Studio

Contact Jules Burdett 07780 905 729

Wing Chun

Wing Chun Dynamics - ‘A Martial Art that Works’

Monday evenings  8-9.30pm

Contact Neil Barker 07598 352 766


These events are held in the Studio

Zumba fitness

Mondays, 10am - 11am (Studio)
Tuesdays, 6pm - 7pm (Oscars)
Thursdays, 6pm – 7pm  (Oscars)

Contact Gill 07740 835673 gill@zumbashropshire.co.uk

A calorie-burning exercise class that's more like a party! Tone up and have fun moving to salsa, samba, meringue, rumba, mambo and more. £5

Bella Acappella

Thursdays, 7.30 - 9pm

All-female 4-part close harmony singing group.  

Contact Amy for more details. aimoevo@hotmail.co.uk

These events are held in Oscars