"Cats" The Musical

We have one ticket left to see "Cats" at The Hippodrome on Wednesday 17th September at 2pm.

Please contact Ann Wilkins if you are interested

Trip to London

There are 4 tickets left for the coach trip to London on Thursday 4th September to view the red ceramic poppies around the Tower of London with lunch and cruise down the Thames.

Please contact Ann Wilkins


Lady's cardigan left after July core meeting. Owner please contact Anne Badger. Thank you.


Thanks to members who attended recent meetings re PANTO. Actors have been cast and the backstage crew recruited.

Rehearsals begin shortly.

Pat Kelly (Director) Anne Badger (Co-ordinator)

Questionnaire for U3A members

If you have 15 minutes free please help a Birmingham University student carrying out a
research survey about the relationship between imagery and physical activity.

Please click on the links to find out more details, how the study will be carried out and contact details.
Study information sheet
Study Poster

Can you play or would you like to play Cribbage?

Cribbage Group

It has been suggested that a group be formed to play the card game Cribbage. This would be for people who wish to learn and for those who already know how to play. Depending on numbers, we could meet to play in our home or at a larger venue in the area.
A list will be available at the next U3A meeting for people to sign so that we can judge the demand and plan where to meet.
Looking forward to meeting with new and continuing crib players!

Marg Toft.

Poppies in London

The Tower of London moat is due to be planted with 888,246 ceramic poppies as part of Britains first world war centenary commemorations.

The poppies will cover the 16 acres of the Tower’s moat and each will represent a British or Commonwealth soldier who died between 1914 and 1921 – the dates taking into account those who survived the war only to succumb to wounds after its end.

We are running a coach trip to the Tower of London incorporating a boat trip on the Thames with lunch on Thursday 4th September 2014 at a cost of £41. Names and payment will be taken at the meeting on 1st August 2014. More details please contact Ann Wilkins.

Remembering the Great War

You will all know that this year is the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War and there are many events happening round the country. Many of us may have had family members who were involved in that great and terrible conflict and we thought that it would be right to remember them. Following an innocent question about what our U3A was planning to do, the Poetry Group has been volunteered to coordinate a small exhibition at our core meeting on Friday 7 November. That morning there is a speaker on another topic but we hope to display items for members to view before and after the talk.

So if any of you have photographs or memorabilia relating to your family in the Great War, members would love to see them. If you do bring photos, could you attach them to a sheet of paper or card and write a little bit about the person and what they did and then bring them along to the meeting. Thank you.

Blossomfield (Solihull) U3A are running a trip to Ashby-de-a Zouch on Thursday 21st August 2014

If you are interested in the outing please check out the details of the the trip on this link.Visit to Ashby de la zouch

The Third Age Trust are offering a chance to attend 'Explore Elgar' at the Elgar Birthplace Museum in Worcester on the 15th October 2014, places are limited so you need to hurry. please check out the details on the link on this page.

The visit will include lunch and refreshments for only £17.00 per person Exploring Elgar

Lady's cardigan left after core meeting today (July 4th). Owner please contact Anne Badger. Thank you.

Deposits for STRASBOURG

The trip to Strasbourg has been confirmed and deposits of £125 will be required to be paid at the meeting on 4th July. Please make cheques payable to Silhill U3a

There will also be a form to be completed to include passport number, address and contact details.

There are a few single rooms available with a supplement of £90 for the 4 nights away. This can be paid with the balance due by at the latest 5th September but please confirm if you require this facility.

Any queries please contact Ann Wilkins.


On Wednesday 29th of October a Writing Workshop will be held in conjunction with a number of U3a groups in our area, if you are a writer or want to become the next best seller check out the attached leaflet and application form on this link Writing Workshop


To all you budding photographers, we are looking for entries for the 2014 Photographic Competition which the theme for this year is 'SEASONS'.


The winning 12 entries will be announced at the September core meeting, all the winners will have there work in the 2015 Silhill U3a Calendar with the overall winner on the front cover.

So get snapping and good luck to everyone.

Any queries please contact me Geoff Williams - Webmaster


Due to the high level of interest, the trip to Scotland, 19th February to 23rd February 2015, has been confirmed and we will start collecting a deposit of £50 at the next core meeting,6th June ( cheques made payable to "Silhill U3a please )
The balance of £59 due by 3rd October.

The hotel in Kingussie is "The Duke of Gordon" Hotel (3 Star)

All deposits must be paid by 4th July.

National U3A Photographic Competition

The National U3A have announced the 2014 U3A Photographic Competition with this years theme : ARCHITECTURAL BRITAIN - OLD AND NEW. If you want anymore information regarding the rules, closing date etc click on the link on this page

U3A Shropshire Study Day

A study has been organised for Saturday 6th September 2014 details of which can been found via the link on this page (U3A Shropshire Study Day Details)

U3A at The Royal Society - Staying Sharpe - Study Day

A study day has been organise for the U3A at the Royal Society, The guest speaker is Dr Paul Howard-Jones, reader of Neuroscience, Britol University.

For details of times,costs, venue etc click on the link on this page. (U3A at The Royal Society)


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.

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:



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:

Dates for your Diary
Fri Oct 31 SAVE THE DATE - Board Games Evening

When: Friday, October 31st starting at 06.45pm for 07.00pm start

Cost: £3.00pp sign up Sept/Oct meeting - see Marylou Jeffs or Sue Cowley for more information.

Where: Shirley Social Club