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U3A is a university in the older, original sense of people coming together for the pleasure of learning and sharing knowledge. There are no examinations and the only qualification for joining is a desire to learn and/or teach with others who have similar interests.
The North Norfolk U3A caters for retired or semi-retired people and it is run as a voluntary, self-help organisation; with a membership of circa 700. It is one of over 1000 autonomous U3As in the UK. North Norfolk U3A geographically encompasses Fakenham, Holt, Sheringham and Cromer as well as all their outlying villages
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Talk by Edward Hackford
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October - Cley Marshes NWT study visit
In place of the usual meeting in Blakeney Hall Paul Blackford our event’s organiser arranged a Study Visit to the Aspinall Education Centre at the Cley Reserve of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust. Although these superb educational facilities are virtually brand new the marsh itself has been owned and managed by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust for 90 years and has developed from a small shed for bird watchers into a major visitor wildlife attraction on the North Norfolk coast.
We enjoyed a very interesting talk including a visual history of the Cley Marshes from the time when Cley’s prime purpose was commercial, being was one of the largest ports in England served by a network of navigable creeks, to its current status as an internationally recognised centre of biodiversity and wildlife observation and protection. Three generations of the Bishop family have acted as wardens of the site and it was clear that their practical care coupled with the foresight of the NWT founders and current board have created a facility on the doorstep of the NNU3A which is there to be appreciated by all, not just the birders. We were made familiar with a huge diversity of ducks, geese and birds which visit the marshes especially at this time of year and walked out to the North Bank where we had an opportunity to view some of them through our binoculars. It appears that the NWT has a strategy of gradually interlinking its sites throughout Norfolk to develop a network of natural sites on which wildlife can breed and thrive. We are indeed fortunate to have such an outstanding facility so close and available to visit and enjoy throughout the year. It was made clear that the nature of the marshes will change as we see an increasing level of sea insurgence and the NWT explained their plans to develop other freshwater marshes to replace the loss of this type of habitat. For those who missed the study day a visit to the Cley Marshes NWT visitor centre is highly recommended as a lift for the spirits and to enjoy a coffee or light refreshments with a stunning view of the marshes or even a trip out to the hides.
ARCHAEOLOGY GROUP TRIP
The Archaeology group trip took place from 2nd to 4th October and was what is more or less an annual event taking in various sites in the country. We travel by coach with a guide who has made the arrangements for us. We began with a stop in Newark and time to explore the castle. It was two days before the 800th anniversary of King John's death in the castle. We then visited the fascinating Cold War Bunker in York and had an excellent tour with the English Heritage guide. We spent the two nights away in Harrogate. On the Monday morning we had a beautiful ride to Rievaulx Abbey which was bathed in autumn sunshine. A guided tour was arranged, which had to be cut short after one and a half hours as time had run out. Another brilliant guide and interesting visit. We then went to York and were let loose to do as we pleased. A number of us took the tour of the city in an open-topped bus or visited the Minster. We returned to North Norfolk on the Tuesday via Lincoln with plenty of time to visit the magnificent cathedral and other parts of the city.