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The Group meets at the Dracaena Centre, Dracaena Avenue, Falmouth.  For those wishing to travel by bus the U1, U2 and other local services stop outside the drive to the Centre.  There is limited car parking at the Centre, however, there are no parking restrictions on Dracaena Avenue.
The Groupmeets fortnightly in ‘term times’ for 2 hour sessions. We meet at 10.30 (this means those coming from Truro by bus can travel free if you have a bus pass) and finish at 12.30.

July    3, 17

New group starting in September:

Sept. 11 and 25
Oct 9 and 23
Nov 6 and 20
Dec 4 and 18

For those members who read the Carrick Argus you will be aware our Family History Group has been running since last September.  The format is much like traditional courses.  Besides showing members how to start I provide the group with examples of most of the types of records they may need to look at when starting to research their own family history and, where possible, put the information into historical context in order to add an extra dimension.
I expect the formal part of our ‘first course’ studies will be completed before the end of the summer.  After that it is hoped the existing group members will continue to meet regularly as a forum to discuss their findings, successes and inevitable frustrations and to exchange new ideas!
Several members (not part of the current Group) have asked if I will be running the course again.  In order to answer that question we need to know how many members would be interested in attending the Family History Group ‘course’.  The format we have used over the past few months seems to have worked well so I would hope we could continue along similar lines.  We meet every fortnight on Tuesday mornings (1030-1230) at The Dracaena Centre, Dracaena Avenue, Falmouth – the U1 and U2 buses stop at the bottom of the drive and there is usually plenty of parking space.
If enough U3A members are interested so that we could form a viable class (the Committee have to approve the cost of hiring the hall) I would hope to start in early September from the beginning ie for those with little or no knowledge of how to start and where to look.  The format probably wouldn’t suit people who have been researching their family history for several years.
In order to gauge the need and, if there is a need, to get some idea of numbers I am now seeking expressions of interest.  
If you would be interested in becoming a member of a Family History Group please e-mail me at the address shown below.
Please head your e-mail FAMILY HISTORY.  Say you are interested in joining the Family History Group.  Give me your name, e-mail address, telephone number, where you live (town or village name only), and what days you could NOT attend a Group.
I look forward to hearing from those of you who are interested.

If you would be interested in becoming a member of the Family History Group please e-mail me at sudburyu3a@yahoo.com

Telephone                    01326 619403

Peter Sudbury




U3A History Group

At our meeting on Tuesday 20th March, Henrietta Boex explored the range of housing from labourer’s cottages to local authority housing schemes, over several centuries. Using the term “cottage” broadly, she demonstrated how local materials played a key role in shaping architectural styles and how many design ideas come around time and time again!
The following meeting on 17th April, will be an illustrated talk by Kingsley Rickard on the production of arsenic in Cornwall.  This is the talk postponed from January.
Ann Clegg will make a welcome return at our meeting on Tuesday 15 May. You may recall her excellent talks on Godolphin House and its family, and Chancellor Sidney Godolphin. Her next subject will be Octavia Hill, best known as one of the founders of the National Trust.
All members are welcome to attend these meetings held at 2pm. New venue to be decided.

An appeal to all U3A members
In recent years a great variety of interesting speakers have visited the History group, many of whom have received a fee, usually in support of the charity or organisation they represent. The recent decision not to allow such payments means that we now need people who are prepared to lead our meetings without any such payment. The normal U3A practice is that group members, or members from the wider U3A membership, themselves take part in leading meetings.  This can be on a shared basis if prefered, or one member leading the session. I am now appealing for any member who thinks they could have something to contribute, to contact me in the next month or so. It may be as simple as sharing childhood memories or an aspect of life in employment, the forces or similar. We can help with preparing the programme if necessary.
Regrettably, if few people respond, there will be little alternative to closing the group, at least for the time being.

John Wallace 01872 864588  bandjwallace@btinternet.com


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