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 15 March
Tibet, the Roof of the World
Zara is an art consultant and exhibition curator specialising in the art and culture of Tibet, the Himalayan areas and Mongolia. The lecture explores the fascinating art and culture inspired by Buddhism
Wednesday 19 April
Dido Elizabeth Belle and the Beginnings of Abolition
Leslie holds a BA in Art History and an MA in Renaissance Studies and gives lectures and guided tours at the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery. Slavery is viewed through the eyes of a black woman living in grandeur in London.
Wednesday 17 May
Bloomsbury Versus the Victocists
Tricha has a BA from the Courtauld Institute and MA from Bath Spa University. She has taught in the Art History Department at Bristol University since 2005. The Bloomsbury Group and the Vorticists both sought to inspire artists working in England to engage with the new visual ideas that were developing in Europe.

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.

Tuesday 7 February, 10am    
"Old Bill" of World War I and his creator Bruce Bairnsfather - the Ludlow connections
Keith Pybus
Tuesday 14 February, 10am    
The Story of Bishop's Castle
David Preshous
Tuesday 21 February, 10am    
The discovery of Thomas Hakluyt's houses (Ludlow & other timber-framed buildings in the Marches
Duncan James
Tuesday 28 February, 10am    
Thomas Andrew Knight of Downton Castle & his contribution to horticulture
Murray Mylechreest
Tuesday 7 March, 10am    
Achaeology & Artefects of Ludlow
Leon Bracelin
Tuesday 14 March, 10am    
Sir Henry Sidney & the Ludlow Castle Heraldic Roll
Hugh Wood & Rosalind Caird

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 01584 876905

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