Late News:

Is it time we started a new History Group?
From ancient standing stones and empires of the Middle East to forgotten flying aces, I find world history endlessly fascinating. A new member recently expressed to me his disappointment that we do not currently have a History group - and I agree. Cost prohibits lectures by outside speakers and anyway my preference would be for a group with a core of regular attendees who are willing to participate, rather than be an audience. Sue Hutt and I put our heads together and hope the following thoughts might generate some interest from members and provide the basis for a new History Group. Other ideas would be welcome, of course.
So here goes…

  1. The group would meet monthly and I would be willing to act as Group Co-ordinator.
  2. Once a year we would invite a good speaker, funded by the legacy left us by Tony Herring, subject to committee approval, who had a great interest in History. That meeting would be open to all members of our U3A.
  3. Each member of the new History Group would be willing to take an active role at least once a year in preparing a brief (possibly) illustrated talk or quiz on a topic or person of their choice from history.
  4. We might watch some of the many fascinating history lectures on YouTube or iPlayer and discuss afterwards.
  5. We might play The Life Raft Game (also known as the Balloon Game) where members of the group are an historical person and have to convince the others their place in history warrants their survival at the expense of others.
  6. The ideal venue would be the Victoria Inn at Threemilestone, if they could accommodate us in their events room where the Science, Theology and Quiz groups already meet. This would not require funding by the committee and has the bonus of a free car-park, being on the bus route and also has a screen, modern projector and wi-fi plus friendly staff who welcome U3A groups. 

Anyone who would like to help me make this group happen, please email in the first instance and if sufficient interest is expressed, I shall try to get something organised in the New Year.
Sue Swinchatt



Groups and individual members are cordially invited to submit ideas and proposals for performances contributing to a light-hearted Christmas entertainment on stage at Perranwell Village Hall on Wednesday 4th   December from  1030 -11.45 a.m., or to help with organising it, including helping make and serve the  fruit punch.    
There will be a traditional ebullient compere,  and past contributions have included pantomime, instrumental and choral music,  dance routines, comedy sketches, spicy  stories and poetry.
Access, stage space and  timing have their limits, so performances should ideally be self-contained, with any props being brought on and off within brief compere intervals  without having to be set up in real time,  in units of up to  5 minutes.  Any idea sent to me will be welcome, preferably by Friday 25th October, and I will also be on hand on Saturday 12th October at the Open Day at Perranwell  Village Hall from 10.00-16.00 to talk over  any  contributions.   
Two rehearsals/practices will be held in the week  before the show, timed to reduce individual performers waiting around for too long, and the whole process is light-touch and “all right on the night”.
Contact:  Andy Rendell, at     or 07899903942,  01872 862972  


Human Psychology
Anyone who thinks they might be interested in participating in group discussions about the feelings that influence all our lives, such as happiness, sadness, surprise, fear, disgust, anger, and many more, please contact John, at: or 01872-561628, and I will let you have more details.


For some years, I ran  Sunday Cinema as  part of the Second Saturday group, but since  this has now  grown into two groups - First and Second Saturday - I have decided to open it up as an independent group in its own right and to set up new database of members who are interested in joining.
Whenever a decent film is showing at the Truro Plaza (ie, not every week but probably  every few weeks), a group of us will go to see it, with an optional meal at a nearby restaurant before or after the event, depending upon the time of the performance.
Because the week's cinema programme is only published on the Monday, it has to be arranged by email, with people being asked to respond usually by Thursday, for the Sunday showing. I purchase a block of tickets and book the restaurant for those who want to come, and people pay me for the ticket just before the showing. For that reason, if you say you want to come, you are committed to pay for the ticket even if you are not able to attend on the day.
If you would like to belong to the group, please email me and I will then put you on the distribution list. I am sorry, but you will need an email address to belong to the group .
Mary Neale


Carrick U3A Annual Photography Competition 2019

The subject is   Cornish Legends

Please read the rules below before submitting your entries.
Entries must be submitted by 30th October.
All photographs should be taken during this year.

All digital entries to be submitted by email or Dropbox to the co-ordinator
or on a labelled memory stick, together with prints,
to any U3A photography club meeting at Carnon Downs.

The judging presentation will take place in the new hall at
Carnon Downs Village hall on the second Tuesday of December
start time 9.30am.

The event co-ordinator is Adrian Rowlands.
Tel 01872279334    email


Competition Rules

All members of Carrick U3A are eligible to enter the competition.

Judging is done with the digital images only.

Images must be in jpg format. No size restriction.

Members may enter up to 3 digital images.

Name your submitted files. 
U3A Membership Number-Title-Your Name
e.g.  1234-My Picture Title-My Name

You may also provide up to size A4 prints for display purposes only on the day of the presentation and awards.
Please write your U3A membership number and title and your name on the back right-hand top corner of the print.

All entries should be your own work.

An experienced local judge will be invited to judge the competition.



The Compton Castle, the boat cafe in the centre of Truro, is offering their venue as a possible meeting place for groups. It has the advantage of being roomy, no stairs to negotiate, very central and easy to access by public transport, being just beside the bus station. It's disadvantages are that the nearest toilets are in Marks and Spencers or the bus station, it has no blackout facility so no good for those groups that use a screen and entrance  is via a gangplank, which some might find difficult.It  might be good though for those groups that meet socially or for discussion and where members are prepared to buy themselves a drink.