Location, Location, Location

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Our Chair, Peggy Williams, gave us an engaging and entertaining talk on zoom on 21 July about her experience of featuring in Location, Location, Location in 2013 while she and husband Jon were searching for a house near the sea in North Norfolk. 

A lively , engaging and entertaining talk featuring the brief history of guitar, in which I play different styles of guitar from Classical, Spanish and Mississippi Blues music along with my own songs and tunes on 2 Guitars and Venezuelan Cuatro . Anecdotes and stories from a career in music which started in a North Bucks village to performing live on John Peel’s BBC Radio shows, recording nine albums, a single at Abbey Road Studios, writing songs for BBC R4’s Start the Week, 2 Chanel 4 films, tours abroad and playing bottle-neck blues guitar with rural Blues guitarists in Mississippi cotton fields.

Colin Hards is talking about “My family under the Blitz”.

Colin’s grandmother never talked about the blitz but he discovered that she had kept detailed diaries of what it was like to live in Dulwich through the second world war through the Blitz and the V1 and V2 rocket dangers.

He has transcribed this into a record for his family and made it into a fascinating presentation which we have invited him to share with us

The Victoria Cross Story

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Our Zoom talk on 8 November was a timely one at the start of Remembrance Week. Jeremy Prescott spoke about the history of the Victoria Cross and the other medals for heroism and bravery awarded to the armed forces and related the stories of a few quite remarkable men and women who have sacrificed themselves for the nation. Jeremy himself had a distinguished military career including several tours of duty in combat zones and concluding his service as Lt. Colonel commanding the East Anglian Regiment. After retirement he has committed his time and energy to community work and to remembrance.

October Monthly Meeting - Travels in Search of Birds

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We were delighted by a talk from local resident and acclaimed wildlife guide and author , Nigel Redman, about his “Travels in Search of Birds in the Horn of Africa”. Nigel’s talk was packed full of information as well as astonishing photographs of the peoples, landscapes, habitats, and the main birds and mammals in this corner of Africa.

Members of North Norfolk U3A have been invited to join in an online quiz on Wednesday 17th February at 2pm. The quiz is being organised by Sutton Bridge U3A and the invitation comes to us via the network of U3A's in which we take part. There's no charge, and like our own quiz there will be no prizes. This is the first time that the U3A's have done an event that's open to all, so do join in if you can.

A stroll through 600 years of street music as heard by princes, paupers and pilgrims. Using historical musical instruments and featuring East Anglian history

Dr Liz Goodwin OBE is one of the UK’s top experts on our waste and its problems. Her experience covers both the big picture of how to treat our waste as a resource and the detail of what to put where.  Liz, with a PhD in Chemistry, worked for ICI and then Zeneca before becoming CEO of WRAP  (2007 to 2016) advising UK Governments on innovative research and action programmes to achieve waste minimisation,  recycling and reduction targets. After retirement she was appointed as Senior Fellow at the World Resources Institute (New York) specialising in the avoidance of Food Waste and is currently Chairman of the London Waste and Recycling Board. 

Commander Tom Herman RN OBE commanded the Starboard Crew of the Polaris missile carrying submarine HMS Renown and his service record stretches back for 40 years.

Susan, after an interesting career in the travel industry, worked as a house steward at both Sandringham and Houghton Hall and relates some of the glamour, historic secrets, and scandals of Sandringham.

Staying Safe Online is led by Barry Linton of Thorpe Bay U3A who has worked in IT his whole working life. The popular presentation had great feedback at previous U3A National Conferences and as a national online workshop in September. Barry has agreed to give his talk to NNU3A members.

Barry worked with David Gibbs of Essex Police who heads the Protection Team in the Essex and Kent Serious Crime Directorate.

The online seminar will talk through the risks of being online, steps that can be taken to keep safe and some of the recent scams that have arisen due to Covid-19. As well as the presentation, there will also be an opportunity to ask questions.