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    A summer of evening music

    Those present in St. Philips church on Friday 22nd July enjoyed a highly entertaining concert given by Dorridge u3a Choir and their special guests. The choir, ably conducted by Kitty Gundy, sang a mixture of short pieces ranging from Thomas Tallis to Boubil & Schonberg. Margaret Lilley and Shirley Rose sang solos, and Liz Mansell brought all her thespian skills to a rendition of The Lion and Albert. Mike Ashley played a selection of Elizabethan lute music in each half. Donations received from the concert went to the St. Philips Church Building Fund.

    The choir, which meets on alternate Tuesday's at St. Philips, is keen to recruit new members in all voices. If anybody is interested, please contact: Kitty Gundy click here to email.

    Kitty's bouquet

    Bob Mansell presents Kitty Gundy with a bouquet as a thank you for all her hard work in preparing and conducting the choir.

    Science Group

    The Speed of Light (21st July 2022)

    Members of the Science Group were recently treated to talks by fellow members on the clock paradox.  This was followed by a practical attempt in the back courtyard to measure the speed of light! 

    Members of the Science Group attempting to measure the speed of light.

    VITAMIN “G” Talk by Roger Williams 

    The idea for the presentation was based on the beautiful pictures of flowers blooming in the gardens of the Dorridge U3A Gardening Group and emailed to cheer up people last Easter Sunday. The Science Group members at their Feb. meeting were taken down the garden path.

    Roger Williams' talk discussed the importance of gardening for good health and well being, showing the practical and scientific reasoning for these benefits.

    The environmental importance of gardens and their roll in supporting insects, birds and mammals was illustrated through using good garden practices. 

    Also illustrated was the value of plants, from house plants to ancient trees in terms of improving life both indoors and outside within urban areas.

    Educational benefits for children and grown ups is seen when spending time in the garden and outdoors. Improvements are shown in all the skills and behaviour patterns.

    The full understanding of the roll of the soil and that of fungi and bacteria were highlighted, noting how much more needs to be understood.

    The presentation stressed the need for more understanding and caring for nature now and in the future to provide a healthy life style and maintain the wonderful selection of plants, insects, birds and animals that provides us with pleasure, relaxation and of course our food.

    Finally the presentation showed the new ways of growing fresh vegetables using vertical growing walls, hydroponics, and light control. It was shown how you can pick your our salads as they grow in some shops.

    Whilst the value of gardens and urban space is becoming more recognised we are still making ill considered choices in terms of living alongside nature.

    The Science Group, which meets every third Thursday at St. Philips, is actively seeking new members. A science background is not necessary; more important is a willingness to learn about a wide range of scientific topics. If anybody is interested in joining, or wishes to know about the group, please contact either Tony Cheshire or Roger Williams: click here to email Tony or here to email Roger.

    Tuesday Home Technology Group

    Computers and Smart Phones are now an integral part of our lives and there remains a need to keep up to date with basic IT skills. 

    To help here, the U3A Home Computing Group has started a 30 minute 'Help' session from 10.00 to 10.30am on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at St Philip's Church Centre in Manor Road, prior to its normal programme of IT presentations from 10.30am to 12.00 noon.  


    If you would like to join us, the programme is on the website, please contact Tony Cheshire:  click here to email Tony

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