Travellers' Tales



We meet at the Kea Community Centre on the 4th Thursday in the month at 9.30am for a 10.30 start and talks usually finish by 11.45. Tea and coffee is available before the talks start.

On Thursday the 28th of February of February Phillip & Wendy Franklin gave part 2 of their talk about Islands of the Eastern Atlantic.  Cape Verde comprises 2 groups of volcanic islands which are very African in culture. Historically the islands were used as a staging post in the slave trade and many in the population are descendants of slaves. The islands gained independence from Portugal in 1975. Every 5 to 15 years there are volcanic eruptions on the island of Fogo.  Phillip showed photographs of a village that narrowly missed the larva flow from the eruption in 1995.  He had meant to add that very sadly the village was totally destroyed in an eruption in 2015-2016 but apparently it is being rebuilt again now despite being in such a vulnerable location.  St Helena although another volcanic island off the coast of Africa looks quite westernised.  It was colonised by the British as a staging post for shipping. It can only be reached by air on a weekly flight from Johannesburg. Most of us will have heard of it as being the most remote location that could be found to imprison Napoleon. The photograph is of the Governor’s House on St Helena.

St Helena

By popular demand John Carter is giving a talk on Thursday the 28th March about pearls entitled “In search of perfection”.
The trade in pearls stretches back for thousands of years into the early civilisations in Mesopotamia, Ancient Greece, and Rome.
John Carter spent over thirty years travelling around the world in search of the unusual, the rare, and the finest quality pearls at a time when the pearl trade went through one of its most turbulent periods. This is an insight into traditions and often quietly discreet conventions and workings of a hidden world.

On Thursday 25th April Helen Ellis will be talking about “An Australian Outback Journey”.  The journey was a month long road and rail trip from Canberra to Perth via Adelaide. Her talk encompasses sightseeing, family history, eating, drinking and lazing about whilst covering significant mileage.  What could be more appropriate for the talk than a photo of a kangaroo.


Meetings are open to all Carrick U3A members. If you’ve not tried Travellers’ Tales yet, why not give it a go?
We meet at the Kea Community Centre Playing Place. Talks start at 10.30am but come any time after the doors open at 9.30am and have a tea or coffee.  Talks end around 11.45.
Jon Skelton Group Leader 123.skelton@talktalk.net  Phone 01872 865316 



Pat Harrod & Wendy MorrisGroups coordinator