Category Archives: Conferences and Courses

Various courses open to U3A members

Film – The Searchers

This Month’s ‘Short Course’ Film: The Searchers
Showing on Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021 at 1.30 pm
Running time 1hr 59 mins and in Technicolor

In this revered Western, Ethan Edwards (John Wayne) returns home to Texas after the Civil War. When members of his brother’s family are killed or abducted by Comanches, he vows to track down his surviving relatives and bring them home. Eventually, Edwards gets word that his niece Debbie (Natalie Wood) is alive, and, along with her adopted brother, Martin Pawley (Jeffrey Hunter), he embarks on a dangerous mission to find her, journeying deep into Comanche territory.

What the critics say:
The Searchers is the most important western of all time, but more than that, it’s one of the most important movies of all time. The Searchers is Ford’s greatest western, with John Wayne as the relentless adventurer Ethan Edwards. Some fine vignettes of frontier life in the early southwest and a realistic presentation of the difficulties faced by the settlers in carving out a homestead in dangerous Indian country.

Doors open at 1.20 pm. A joining link will be sent on Sunday 21st March, 2021.

Coming soon: On Tuesday 20th April, 2021 to complete this 3 film series is ‘The Shootist’.

‘The Shootist’’ is a 1976 American Western film directed by Don Siegel and based on a 1975 novel of the same name. It is notable as John Wayne’s final film role. A subtle, touching valedictory tribute to both Wayne and the Western in general as he was dying of cancer as is the main character in the film.


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Zoom Film – The Quiet Man

Our next feature is actually in colour!

On Tuesday 23rd February, 2021 from 1.30pm to 3.45pm

The Quiet Man is a 1952 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by John Ford.

John Ford directed John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara in a number of classic unforgettable Westerns with a familiar supporting cast including Ward Bond, Victor McLaughlin, Mildred Natwick and other pros. “The Quiet Man” moves these familiar icons from the post Civil War American West to the post World War II rural Ireland.

Few movies can boast such a stunning range of locations as “The Quiet Man,” which was filmed largely in Ireland, in picturesque rural Galway and south County Mayo. It was one of the first colour films ever shot outside of North America and many members of the crew fell in love with their surroundings and brought their families back.

It is a simple story but it’s amusing, very easy to watch and leaves you with a warm glow and a smile. Also the building of the “diddly diddly music” approaching the fight sequence is a delight.

A joining link will be sent out 2/3 days before the 23rd February 2021

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Tai Chi Sessions

Tai Chi is being taught via zoom very successfully during these difficult times. To attend you need access to a computer and the internet.

The sessions are every Friday 1.30pm – 2.30pm sometimes a little longer if needed.

The tutor, Joan Would, is from Newark u3a. The exercises are interesting and definitely use bits of your body that might have got a bit weaker whilst we have not been able to do what we normally do. They are very gentle but you do feel like you have done something when you have finished.

To contact Siobhan, the group co-ordinator, please use the form below:-

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Update : Workshops and Short Courses


Sue Bailey, an experienced Speaker scheme volunteer, is to give a talk and presentation on behalf of Diabetes UK to raise awareness of diabetes and the work of Diabetes UK on:

Tuesday, 21st January, 2020 – 10.30 am to 11.30 am
Venue: Studio Ground Floor John Godber Centre

Sue gave a presentation to Science 2 at the October meeting and it is highly recommended to a wider audience. Please come along to find out more about diabetes in all its forms.

About Diabetes UK

As the UK’s leading diabetes charity, our mission is that by bringing people together to work in partnership, we will support those living with diabetes, prevent Type 2 diabetes, make research breakthroughs, and ultimately find a cure.

Just turn up on the day and it is just £1.00 towards the room hire.

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Cybercrime and Fraud –

Thursday, 30th January, 2020 – 10.30 am to 12 noon
Venue: John Godber Centre, Main Hall Upstairs

This is a two-part session run by specialists from Nottinghamshire Police

Part 1: Cybercrime

Part 2: Fraud

This is a free event and all are welcome

David Rose

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Short Courses

Short Courses – Diabetes and Cybercrime

Tuesday 21st January 2020, John Godber Centre, 10.30-11.30 am.
An informative talk from Sue Bailey (Diabetes UK) on All aspects of Diabetes £1.00

Thursday 30th January 2020, John Godber Centre, 10.30-11.30 am.
A presentation from Nottinghamshire Police on Cybercrime
This is a free event for the benefit of our members.

The Most Common Types of Cyber Crime:-
• Theft. A lot of theft occurs online
• Identity Theft. Probably the most devastating type of cyber crime is
identity theft.
• Hacking. Hackers are able to access someone else’s personal
information over the internet
• Stalking. Cyber stalking

No advance booking required for the above presentations just attend on the day.

David Rose

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