Speaker Notes - for May & June 2019
Speaker names marked with an asterisk * are Dorridge U3A members
Date: Thursday 2nd May
Topic: National Memorial Arboretum
Speaker: Margaret Bullock
Margaret has lived in the Burton-on-Trent area which is near the NMA for about 50 years, firstly working in the breweries as an Operational Research Analyst and then, because there was no maternity leave when I had my children, my career took a turn into education. For 30 years she was a lecturer and finally the Community Learning Manager at Burton College. Shortly after retirement she joined the NMA as a volunteer working firstly with the school groups who visit. She then had the opportunity to use her computer aided design skills to work on the mapping team, documenting where all the trees and memorials are in the NMA. She also helps with the many events that take place during the year as well as doing talks in the community (including a prison!) Running alongside of all this, she helps with the Royal British Legion Outreach Stand at the NMA (the NMA being one of the Royal British Legion group of charities) and she is Secretary of the NMA Branch of the Royal British Legion.
Date: Thursday 6th June
Two Topics: U3A Science Group presentations on two topics recently discussed by the group:
(1) Disruptive technologies, big numbers, and artificial intelligence - A discussion of why this revolution is taking place, and how these changes are affecting our lives now and will do so in the future. Will Society Survive?
Speaker: Roger Williams
(2) Maths and music – Why did the findings of Pythagoras
give makers of Western musical instruments a tuning problem that lasted nearly
2000 years? A light hearted dip into the problems of instrument tuning,
illustrated by some popular classical music extracts.
Speaker: Roger Skyrme
Date: Thurs 20th June
Topic: Cadbury Women Workers in WW1
Speaker: Fiona Joseph
Fiona is an author from Birmingham. Her books include 'Beatrice: The Cadbury Heiress Who Gave Away Her Fortune' and the National Trust guide to the Shugborough Estate. She has recently been a ghost-writer for the memoirs of an important businessman from Birmingham, and is currently writing a business history and biography of Godric Bader of the Scott Bader Commonwealth.
She is a school governor at Acocks Green Primary School and a Volunteer Workplace Chaplain at Webster and Horsfall (Birmingham's oldest manufacturing company)
She likes to keep fit and has taken up Aerial Hoops, an activity which she says she is spectacularly bad at which she hopes to improve.