Category Archives: Conferences and Courses

Various courses open to U3A members

Driving in the Third Age

One Off Course – Driving in the Third Age

We have organised another zoom ‘One Off Course’ for Tuesday 15th June at 2.00 pm

This is entitled ‘Driving in the Third Age’ and is being presented by a lady named Autumn Rose, who is the Road Safety Officer of an organisation called Via East Midlands Ltd..

Autumn ran a similar course for us back in 2016 which was excellent and very well attended.

Autumn writes about the course – “Our presentation aims to prolong and enhance the driving experience for older drivers. We look at how driving can change for older drivers, changes and updates to the highway code and what simple adaptations are available that may help. With a friendly quiz, lots of helpful hints and tips, this is a positive presentation designed to help people feel confident.”

Whilst this course is aimed at drivers, I would encourage everyone to take part as it will be very helpful and interesting to all.

As always we will send a zoom link out to all members a couple of days before.

Melvyn Francis,
Vice Chair/Short Course Organiser

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Film – The Searchers

This Month’s ‘Short Course’ Film: The Searchers

Showing on Tues March 23rd, 2021 at 1.30 pm – Running time 1hr 59mins 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 to complete this three-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.

Melvyn

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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.

Melvyn

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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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