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Diss U3A November meeting

At the November meeting of Diss U3A, Tony Diamond gave us a humorous talk entitled “The Six Wives of Henry VIII”.  This is a familiar historical topic, but his delivery was unusual and the illustrations were amusing. He even successfully encouraged the audience to participate in singing popular songs of the day, including, finally, Greensleeves.  He presented each of the wives in a sympathetic way, but regarded Henry VIII as a tyrant, determined to ensure the succession of the Tudors.

The next meeting of Diss U3A will be on Thursday 1st December 10.30 am in the United Reform Church, Diss. The guest speaker will be Sally Cummings whose talk will be: Women Can Fly. Refreshments will be served before the meeting.

For further information on Diss U3A please visit the website:  www.dissu3a.org.uk

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Diss U3A October 2016 “The Broads Authority – Its History and Future” by Nick Sanderson

Nick Sanderson is the Education Officer for the Norfolk Broads.  He has previously worked for Suffolk Wildlife Trust and teaching about wildlife and conservation is his passion.

The next meeting of Diss U3A will be on Thursday 3rd November 10.30 am in the United Reform Church, Diss. The guest speaker will be Tony Diamond whose talk will be: The Six Wives of Henry VIII. Refreshments will be served before the meeting.

For further information on Diss U3A please visit the website:  www.dissu3a.org.uk

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Diss U3A January 2016 “Flower Power in the History of Art” by Tanya Harrington

Tanya is a member of Diss U3A with a wealth of knowledge about art history. She gave our group a fascinating account of how flowers and plants have featured in the paintings and drawings of numerous artists, opening with an example from David Bomberg, whom she is currently researching for a book she is writing.

The next meeting of Diss U3A will be on Thursday 4th February, starting at 10.30 am in the United Reform Church, Diss. The guest speaker will be Christine Adams who will give a talk entitled, “Miss May Savage Moves House”.

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Diss U3A September Meeting

A report about the September meeting of Diss U3A “A Striking Village” – Burston School Strike  by Anne May, can be downloaded in PDF.

The next meeting of Diss U3A will be on Thursday 1st October, starting at 10.30 am in the United Reform Church, Diss.  The guest speaker will be Andy Smith who will give a talk entitled, “A Life in Music” – an amusing view of life with song and performance on a wide range of instruments.

For further information on Diss U3A please visit the website: www.dissu3a.org.uk

Diss U3A August Meeting

For the August talk, Frances Hart as ‘Mrs Mozart’ gave Diss U3A an enlightening talk on her marriage with the famous child prodigy, composer and musician, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1751 – 1791). It can be downloaded in PDF.

For further information on Diss U3A please visit the website: www.dissu3a.org.uk

Diss U3A June meeting – The R34 Adventure – The First Transatlantic Return Flight by Basil Abbott

R34Basil Abbott is the Curator of Diss Museum.  He oversees the day to day running of the Museum, and the creation of new displays. He also is involved in outreach activities including: talks to groups and schools, R34~2tours of the town (including a Murder Tour) and events like the Roydon Riots Centenary (1993), Skelton Festival (2004), Nelson Bi-centenary ( 2005), Betjeman Centenary (2006), Local History Festival (2007) and the Thomas Paine Bi-centenary (2009). Interest in the Museum is promoted by regular columns in the local newspaper and community magazine. Basil’s contribution to the Museum and the town of Diss has been acknowledged through a number of awards which he has received.

Basil’s fascinating talk to Diss U3A featured the R34 airship. In 1919 the R34 became the first double R34#3airborne conqueror of the Atlantic. The airship set off from East Fortune in Scotland, flew to Long Island and back to Pulham in Norfolk. Basil described the background to the flight, the commandeering of German Zeppelin technology and the characters, hazards and bravery of this epic voyage.

The next meeting of Diss U3A will be on Thursday 2nd July 2015, at Diss United Reform Church, starting at 10.30 a.m.  The guest speaker will be John Stark  who will give a talk entitled, “The Mid-Suffolk Light Railway & Museum”.

For further information on Diss U3A please visit the website:  www.dissu3a.org.uk

Diss U3A May Meeting – Travels of a Botanical Artist by Reinhild Raistrick

Reinhild Raistrick is a botanical artist, born in Tanzania and now living in Suffolk.  She has painted wild flowers in various parts of the world, ranging from the Tien Shan Mountains, Kazakhstan to the Mediterranean, from East and South Africa to the British Isles. In 1991 – 1992 she was involved in painting flowers of the equatorial rainforests, Tanzania. A number of her flower paintings from there were purchased by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew for their permanent collection. Some of her work is featured in the Curtis’s Botanical Magazine. The August 2000 edition devoted a whole issue on the Genus Fritillaria, using her paintings.  She exhibits both locally and nationally and has been awarded four Gold Medals by the Royal Horticultural Society. Reinhild tutors in Botanical Painting at the Cambridge University Botanic Garden, as well as other centres.   Her great love and interest is painting wild flowers in situ.

The next meeting of Diss U3A will be on Thursday 4th June 2015, at Diss United Reform Church, starting at 10.30 a.m.  The guest speaker will be Basil Abbott  who will give a talk entitled, “The R34 Adventure  The First Transatlantic Return Flight”

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Diss U3A April meeting – A Year in the Life of the Wildlife of RSPB Minsmere by Alexander Bass

studded blue butterlyAlexander Bass, a wildlife tour guide who runs tours in North East Suffolk, gave us an informative and illustrated talk entitled ‘A year in the Wildlife on RSPB Minsmere’. He took us all on a guided tour of the reserve and surrounding areas from the comfort of our chairs around the woodland, coastline and reedbeds looking at a range of wildlife found during a typical year here. Wildlife he showed us and discussed included the elusive ‘Booming’ Bittern, Water Rail, Bearded Reedling, Marsh Harrier, the dragonfly hunting Deerbird of prey called the Hobby and a range of butterflies and plants. Other areas he visited were the lesser known sites of Eastbridge Village, North Warren and Westleton Heath. Here, he shared his knowledge of heathland plants and wildlife with us using a range of colourful and seasonal slides including Silver Studded Blue and Speckled Wood Butterflies and Red Deer. His talk was also accompanied by his own bird songs.

The next meeting of Diss U3A will be on Thursday 7th May 2015, at Diss United Reform Marsh harrierChurch, starting at 10.30 a.m. The guest speaker will be Reinhild Raistrick   who will give a talk entitled,   “Travels of a Botanical Artist”.

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Diss U3A March 2015 meeting – “Semer and the Workhouse – the story of a little Suffolk Village by Denise Hammond-Webb”

Denise has many interests, in particular, the history of workhouses. Semer, in Suffolk, is close to her heart because she was brought up there, though not in the workhouse!

This talk helped us understand how the Poor Laws affected the lives of the poor, both those who could work but wouldn’t and those who would work but couldn’t. The Poor Laws set out to make the poor became the responsibility of the state instead of relying wholly on charity.  An act was passed to fix wages and restrict the movement of labourers. By 1576 poor relief was given in return for labour.  By the beginning of the seventeenth century the parish was expected to care for those unable to work. The Napoleonic Wars led to an increase in poverty with soldiers returning home unable to find work. In 1884 a New Poor Law was introduced which resulted in the formation of the union workhouses.  Over 500 were built in 50 years.

The next meeting of Diss U3A will be on Thursday 2nd April 2015, at Diss United Reform Church, starting at 10.30 a.m.  The guest speaker will be Alexander Bass who will give a talk entitled,  “A Year in the Life of the Wildlife of RSPB Minsmere”

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Diss U3A February Meeting – “Fans-tastic – The History of Fans by Ann May”

Ann started collecting fans after she found one in a school jumble sale.  Early wall paintings have evidence of fans being used to keep cool, often by male dignitaries. Ann later discovered some beautiful antique fans and began her quest to find out their history.

The next meeting of Diss U3A will be on Thursday 5th March 2015, at Diss United Reform Church.  The guest speaker will be Denise Hammond-Webb who will give a talk entitled, ‘Semer and the Workhouse’ the story of a little Suffolk village.

Please note: the Annual General Meeting will take place before this talk, starting PROMPTLY at 9.45 a.m.  Please try to arrive by 9.30 as it is very important that our AGM has a quorum of least 70 people.

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Diss U3A January 2015 Meeting – “Steel Yourself!” The story of Old Hall stainless steel tableware

Steel3“Steel Yourself!”     The story of Old Hall stainless steel tableware – Jon Read.  The trigger for Old Hall tableware was the discovery by Harry Brearley (born 1871, Sheffield) of ‘rustless steel’. Son of a steelworker, Harry began to research steels that could withstand intense heat. During a troubled period before WW1, arms manufacturing increased significantly. However, the excessive heat caused the erosion of the internal surfaces of gun barrels. Harry began to research new steels that might be able to resist this erosion and discovered that the addition of chromium, with a higher melting point, to steel, could solve the problem.  Thus, he is considered by many to be the inventor of stainless steel.

The next meeting of Diss U3A will be on Thursday 5th February 2015, commencing at 10.30, at Diss United Reform Church.  The guest speaker will be Anne May who will give a talk called, ‘Fans-tastic – the History of Fans. 

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Diss U3A December Meeting – ‘Edith Cavell – a British Heroine’

E Cavell‘Edith Cavell – a British Heroine’ – Richard Mann. This is one of many talks given by the Lowestoft Illustrated Talks Company who are currently raising money for the Leprosy Society.

Richard kept us absorbed in his story of the challenges that Edith Cavell faced during the First World War. Her story is particularly poignant since she was brought up so close to Norwich and is now buried in the cathedral cemetery.

The next meeting of Diss U3A will be on Thursday 8th January 2015, commencing at 10.30, at Diss United Reform Church. Please note, this meeting is one week later than usual due to January 1st being a public bank holiday and New Year’s Day.   The guest speaker will be Jon Read who will give a talk called, ‘Steel Yourself – the story of Old Hall stainless steel tableware’.

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Diss U3A November Meeting

Brussels, Europe. What’s it all about? Who is making the laws in Europe?

U3A Nov14 #1The guest speaker at the November meeting was Elizabeth Sweeney, who gave a very informative lecture on the history, purpose and organization of the European Union.  This talk was well timed, with a general election due next May and a great deal of discussion about the merits and shortcomings of the EU.

The next meeting of Diss U3A will be on Thursday 4th December, commencing at 10.30, at Diss United Reform Church.  This will be followed by Christmas Lunch at the Park Hotel.  The guest speaker will be Richard Mann who will give a talk called, ‘Edith Cavell, a British heroine’

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Diss U3A October Meeting

The guest speaker at the Octobermeeting was Elizabeth Gowing, who gave a talk called ‘Edith and I – On the trail of an Edwardian Traveller in Kosovo’.u3a oct 1

Kosovo is a tiny country (about the size of Devon) yet full of intriguing history and culture. Elizabeth Gowing’s talk gave us a fascinating insight into the life of the lady dubbed by Albanians as ‘the Queen of the Highlanders’.

The next meeting of Diss U3A will be on Thursday 6th November, commencing at 10.30, at Diss United Reform Church. The guest speaker will be Elizabeth Sweeney who will give a talk called, ‘Brussels, Europe – What’s it all about? Who is making the laws in Europe?’

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Diss U3A September meeting

The guest speaker at the September meeting was Mark Mitchels, who returned to Diss U3A to give a talk on ‘The Lost City of Dunwich’.

The next meeting of Diss U3A will be on Thursday 2nd October, commencing at 10.30, at Diss United Reform Church.

The guest speaker at the October meeting will be Elizabeth Gowing who will give a talk called ‘Edith and I – On the trail of an Edwardian Traveller in Kosovo’.

For further information on Diss U3A please visit the website:  www.dissu3a.org.uk

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