Monthly talks held at the Goods Shed

No meeting in December

2024 Talk Dates

Alternate Monday and Tuesday mornings

Please reserve the following 2024 dates in your diary.

Details of each monthly talk will be emailed to all members and published in the News Bulletins.

We’ve changed the days of the Monthly Meetings to alternate Mondays and Tuesdays to allow more time for chatting afterwards over a coffee or tea, at the Goods Shed. This is a most important aspect of the u3a.

Monday 15th January


Anthony G Rudall

’Dead Dogs and Chiggers’

Dairy of an Amateur Adventurer.   A chigger, not to be confused with a jigger, is what we would call a harvest bug.   They cause extreme irritation and itching and sound most unpleasant. I am not sure where the dead dogs come in, but, hopefully, not too graphically.

Tuesday 20th February


Michael Norton, MBE

“The Colours of Water”.

This talk given by Michael who has fifty years’ experience in the field of water resources, working in countries all over the world, is about how water is distributed over the planet and its role as “bloodstream of the biosphere”.  Water is described in the colours of blue, green, grey and black and mankind uses water for a range of purposes. Michael has served as Professor Associate at Brunel University and as Visiting Lecturer at Oxford University School of Geography.

Monday 18th March 


Chris O’Grady

Travelling Around Japan on a Couch


Chris spoke to us once before about his walk to Rome and the kindness of strangers.   This was entertaining, instructive and inspiring.   This is another walk set off in hope and a firm belief in people.

Tuesday 16th April 


Kirsty Murray

Longfield Charity


Many of us will know of Longfield and may well have personal knowledge of the organisation either as a volunteer, a client or because of their excellent charity shop where one can always seem to find what one needs.   Our Speaker will explain more about Longfield, how it operates, the people involved and the work it does.

Monday 20 May 


Oliver Everett, CVO.

Oliver was in the British Diplomatic Service, 1967-78, including postings in India and Spain and was Assistant Private Secretary to the Prince of Wales, 1978-80; and Private Secretary to Diana, Princess of Wales 1981-83.

The Drama behind the Taj Mahal: the life and dramatic times of the Indian Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan

We are very fortunate to have such an extremely distinguished and accomplished Speaker.  Oliver is Librarian Emeritus of the Royal Library, Windsor Castle. He was Librarian there and Assistant Keeper of the Royal Archives from 1985 to 2002. He has written articles on the Royal Library, helped with several books on the Royal Collection, written the official guidebook on Windsor Castle, taught a history course on it and advised on a television series.  

The above page from the Padshahnama is from the Royal Collection, so the credit line is:
Royal Collection Trust / © His Majesty King Charles III 2023

Tuesday 18 June 

Dr. David Bullock

“The Entangled Bank”

Charity – Gloucester Wildlife Trust


The title of this talk is taken from the last paragraph of Darwin’s “Origin of Species” and will particularly reference what we should plant in a climate changing world.  David is the retired Head of Nature Conservation in National Trust and is now Chair of the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust.   

Monday 15 July

Peter Gill

The Jerry Lee Lewis Story – with visuals and piano.   

What more can I say?

A return visit by one of our most popular speakers.

No meeting in August

Tuesday 17 September 

Roger Browne

The Great American Song Book. 

With piano.

Roger came to us in 2022 to much acclaim.   He is an accomplished pianist and an amusing and knowledgeable speaker.   

Monday 21 October 

Nick Brazil.  

Pangbourne to Split, a Balkan Adventure.
Diocletian’s Palace Split, Croatia.
Nick spoke to us in 2023 about weird inventions and many members said how much they enjoyed his talk and his sense of humour.
This time, he has an illustrated travel talk for us encompassing some of Europe’s most stunning Cities, including Munich, Ljubljana and Zagreb, finishing in Split.  

Tuesday 19 November 

Jenny Mallin

A Taste of India

My Grandmother’s Kitchen at Christmas

No meeting in December