An offer from Solihull Central:

As they are very close to each other we organise a combined trip to Kew gardens and/or the National Archives Museum every year. The trip attracts a mixture of gardening group and family history group members. We have seats available on the coach this year and thought that members of other U3As in our cluster group of U3As might be interested. If so could they please contact Tony Mortis directly for more information or complete the booking form on the link on this page Kew garden and national archive form

Many thanks
Tex Wales
Chairman Solihull central U3A


As we enjoy so many outings and visits, the committee thought it would be a good idea for us all to have an emergency contact number on our mobile phones. Add ICE and a name, eg ICE Fred and the contact's telephone number to your contact list on your phone. ICE is recognisable as "In Case of Emergency" In case of an accident or emergency your chosen person can be contacted.

Owners of iPhones may wish to download the "iEmergency+" app from the Apple app store, which will enable you to give fuller details.


We already have a successful French conversation class and we hope to start a second group. At the February core meeting seven members showed an interest in starting a new group, so a meeting is planned to take place with them (and any other members who are interested in participating) during the interval at the AGM on 4th April. Margaret Conway and David Westley will lead the meeting and a reminder will be issued at the end of the formal business of the AGM.

Calling all Golfers
I have provisionally arranged a golf day, but we need around 16 golfers to make it worthwhile. I also need fairly quick feedback if I am to confirm the booking at the golf club.

Henley Golf and Country Club, Thursday 8th May.
Arrive by 11.30a.m. for tee off times from 12.30
Bacon roll and coffee
18 Holes Golf, team stableford format.
One course meal and prize giving at around 6.00

Price to be confirmed approx £22
Deposit £5 required


Brian Gibbs-phone 0121 704 1942

Invitation to join a Northern Croatia Trip being Organised by Widney U3A

Solihull Widney U3A has organised a trip to northern Croatia - particularly Rovinj and the Istrian Riviera and as with previous trips, some of your members
may be interested in joining us. We would be grateful if you would let your members know about this opportunity.

Attached is a brochure with full details, for you to pass on to your members. In summary the trip includes:
Direct return flights from Birmingham
4 star Hotel Eden in pictureque Rovinj (half board)
Dedicated Tailored Travel tour manager and executive coach
3 inclusive and 2 optional tours
Cost per person based on 2 sharing £769 ( single supplement £139), which is extremely good value for money.
Should anyone be interested, have any questions or would like a hard copy brochure/ booking form, please ask them to contact Steve Simpson by e-mail at before 4th February.

For more detail click Solihull Croatia

World War 1 - Remembrance 2014

Dear Cluster representatives,

I understand that Johnson's Coaches are planning a trip to the war graves in September. As a prelude to this, they are organising a meeting at Henley Golf Club which could be of interest to U3A members:


Fancy your chances in solving puzzles or quizzes? Look out for a weekly quiz on this page (just for fun.....)

Well how did you do??? Answers to last weeks quiz in brackets.........

3. IN 1983 WHAT DID AMERICAN SALLY RIDE BECOME? ( The first american woman in space....)

Now try these few questions

1 . What name is given to a young Beaver?
2 . What does the Red Data book provide a list of?
3 . Which animal , native to South America, is the worlds largest rodent?

The answers next week.

Good luck

Geoff Williams

Try the new Facebook page to see the Christmas Lunch Pictures Silhill U3a Facebook Site

Photos of the 2013 Christmas Lunch can also be seen on the Welcome page ... Why not take a look..

GETTING THE BEST FROM YOUR iPad or iPad Mini or Tablet

Apple have in many ways changed the way people use computers with the release of their iPad. The iPad tablet means you no longer need to be a whiz with a keyboard and mouse and has simplified access to email and the Internet and the vast quantity of information and resources it hosts.

We are delighted to report that 6 iPad groups have successfully attended iPad classes. No more courses are currently planned as everyone who has request a place has attended a course. We would be happy to run further courses at a future date if there are sufficient numbers.

If you interested in an Android Tablet course, Windows 7 or Windows 8, please let me know as we have some volunteers who could potentially run courses to cover these topic.

If you would like to attend please contact Linda Crittenden at U3A Core meeting or click here to email Linda Crittenden.


Widney U3A are running a Basic Computing Course at Tudor Grange School starting January and would be happy for members of Silhill U3A to attend.
For more information click on Widney U3A Basic Computing.


Following Maggie's fantastic talk on Osteoporosis you can now access contact information by clicking on link in the side bar.
NB correction on the link; web site for is an email address for contact purposes not a web address.


As you will see from the flyers in the links pages , Kenilworth U3A are holding a Study day 'The Times of our Lives' and would be delighted if lots of U3A members could join them.

Study Days involve not only a lot of hard work but also a degree of faith that they will be supported. This is another occasion which can bring members of all the 'local' U3As together and we hope you will advertise this widely to your members to come along to support Kenilworth.

If you are interested in joining this study group check out the links.

Solihull History Group - Solihull History group have about 3 vacancies - they meet in the Methodist Church on 1st & 3rd Tuesday morning each month -- anyone interested in joining let Doug Cross know - his email is:


Thirty seven of us enjoyed a very interesting visit to the Town Hall. Our guides Tony and Roger gave us a very informative talk and took us on a fascinating tour behind the scenes. We all learnt a lot about the history of the Town Hall including the major refurbishment carried out within the last ten years. We also met a very talented young man named Alex who demonstrated the workings of the organ and played some wonderful music for us. Thank you Jane for organising this visit; it was very worthwhile.
See also Photos of B'ham Town Hall Tour.

Val and Derek Jacobs


Thirty members met in the very smart factory cafe at the Morgan Motor Company, and after refreshment and a little in-house browsing and retail therapy (for some members ! ) in the gift shop, we gathered for a welcome briefing and introduction to the 100 year journey of the Company.
Divided into two groups, Robert our tour leader, a Morgan owner of some 42 years and a true enthusiast , set us on our way with a very informative tour. David, the other tour guide and equally enthusiastic, took our 'other half'.
In 1909 Henry Morgan built his first car which was a single seater 3 wheeler, it wasn’t until 1935 that a 4 wheel car was developed.
Since 1919, Pickersleigh Road , Malvern Link, the site of the existing factory, has been home to Morgan, with part of the existing building housing a display of various 4 wheel and 3 wheel models, one of the latter designed with chrome skeleton headlamps and hubcaps, hand shaped wing mirrors and paintwork that dazzled ! of over 40,000 paint shades on offer.....Morgan aims to please! can even fly in to colourmatch your car with your Helicopter !!.....
On a more down to earth note ....the line-up of models range from a 1.6 litre Roadster to a 4.8 Litre Aero 8 (which can reach speeds of 170mph ) with a BMW V8 engine ! There is also the Aero Max, and of course the 3 Wheeler, which is really gaining momentum with orders currently of 1500 ! Yet to enter production is the LIFE car, a concept sportscar for the future times.
All cars are custom built, and if you so wish you can visit the factory to follow the progress of your car, at all its stages.
The factory is built on a hill and all its workshops are built so that the flow of work progresses downhill.
Our tour took us through the Chassis stage, some models having an Aluminium chassis and some steel. Each car has its own “Build Book“ which provides a complete record of all work carried out and by whom, this follows the car through its journey to the owner.
The body of the car is constructed in Ash, painstakingly crafted by skilled workers with the use of sometimes age-old tools, and an oak press that has been used for years , holds and shapes the wood, perfectly. Wooden trestles support the car bodies for the workers.....there are no moving production lines at Morgan , everything is done manually.
After the Paintshop, comes the Trim shop, here the leather trim is all hand sewn, windows , lights and all extra parts are fitted.
We were then able to see the perfect finished cars, although they still had to be road tested.
The whole build time is approximately 3 weeks, depending on the specification, currently about 1200 cars are produced annually. Starting price is around £30,000......
Would anyone like to place an order?
Our thanks must go to tour guides, who were excellent, and special thanks to Jane who organised the event....very well done! ....It really was a most enjoyable Day!
See also photos of Morgan Factory Tour
Marcia Legg