Paul Ward, a member and former chair of Tavy District u3a, leads the Italian Improvers Group. As a retired paediatrician, Paul’s only qualifications for speaking on this topic are an inquiring mind and a love of both food and Italy.
**DUE TO RISING COVID FIGURES IN WEST DEVON THIS TALK WILL NOW ONLY BE DELIVERED VIA ZOOM - UPDATED 31/08/2021**
When the Industrial Revolution transformed Tavistock from rural town to mining centre, a rapidly growing population was crammed into insanitary and overcrowded housing in the central streets. Ranging from the World Heritage Bedford cottages to the speaker's 'ordinary' terraced house, this illustrated talk explores the complex and conflicting cultural, economic, political, social factors which influenced how the Dukes of Bedford responded to the 19th century housing crisis.
Andrew Thompson is a historian and archaeologist based in West Devon who works as a self employed heritage consultant. His clients have included the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site, Plymouth's Mayflower 2020, Dartmoor National Park, the Tamar Valley AONB and the Museum of Policing in Devon and Cornwall. Andrew is an Honorary Visiting Fellow at the University of Plymouth and Vice Chair of the South West Federation of Museums and Art Galleries.
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Martin Swarbrick owns the de la Torre’s delicatessen in Tavistock. He has over 40 years experience in the food sector moving from trained chef working in some of the best country house hotels in the UK to, following a degree and career change, 16 years at Riverford Organic Vegetables, where he was the driving force behind franchising Riverford. He has also worked as a freelance consultant helping to grow small organic food businesses.
Yvonne, who was born in Yorkshire, but has lived in Polperro for 50 years and been married to a Polperro boy for 47 years, will present a synopsis of the life of Joyce Grenfell, interspersed with monologues and song.
Winner of Best World Cookbook World Gourmand Cookbook Society
To quote Jenny:
"My great aunt Constance was a woman of high social status, a wife of a British official, born in 1898. [This] is her account of her life in Burma and the story of a civilian trek in 1942 involving thousands of people who had to face for the first time in their lives, an arduous hike across some of the world's most treacherous terrain, dealing with monsoon climatic rivers, jungles and steep mountain ranges and dangerous wildlife...."
Alan is retired and, amongst many other activities, is involved in Plymouth u3a as well as being leader of the Ford Park Cemetery Heritage Team.
Of his talk he says:
"Looking around the city centre in Plymouth today, many of the names above the shop entrances are well known national, or even, international businesses. But as recently as 50 years ago the majority of retail outlets in the centre of Plymouth were local shops and stores, founded by entrepreneurs who had been born and brought up in the West Country. This illustrated talk looks at the history of some of those shops, including Pophams, Dingles, Spooners and John Yeo, and the people behind them.
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Graham has had a long and very varied career in glass since he first became fascinated by glass blowing at the age of 10. I will try to ensure that he tells us about this as well as actually demonstrating his skills! Visit his website here.
Andrew, who joined the Royal Navy in 1968 and during his career as warfare officer spent several extended periods abroad - Qatar, Italy and, immediately prior to his retirement in 2003, Pakistan - will talk about his Naval Officer's 'retirement cruise', a 1200 mile walk from Canterbury to Rome, in 2004.
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David will be known to many of you from a previous meeting to which he brought a number of his birds. This is another opportunity to meet David and some more of his amazing birds of prey. Learn a little of the history of this "sport of Kings" and how David's boyhood fascination led to a varied career amongst some of nature's most spectacular predators.
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Brenda leads various Eco and Climate Groups for the u3a and has presented three National Talks. She jointly leads the 'Countdown to COP 27' online group for Trust u3a. In November 2021, she set up and led four workshops during COP26 Climate Conference in Glasgow, with an emphasis on Intergenerational Climate Activism.
This talk is about the Climate Reality Project which was founded by former US Vice President Al Gore. Every effort has been made to ensure that all facts are verified and refer only to Peer Reviewed research. Brenda will draw on the work of institutions such as NASA and the Meteorological Office, along with that of many academic institutions. She will provide up to date examples from both the UK and around the world. There will be an opportunity to ask questions at the end.
Dr Frances Howard, Tavy District u3a member and Fellow of the Linnean Society will be well known to many of you from previous plant related presentations.
To quote Frances:
"Do you need to worry when your grandchild.... or the dog, eats holly or mistletoe berries?
Do you know which plant acts like Novichok?
Which is the most poisonous plant in your garden?"
Come and listen to Dr Frances Howard FLS ....... and find out!
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