John Betjeman is best known as the twentieth century’s most popular Poet Laureate. His verses were easy to understand and encouraged people to read poetry for the first time. Yet his work as a writer and commentator on English architecture both old and modern had, arguably, more impact on our perception of the built heritage than almost anyone else.

This illustrated lecture introduces us to the architectural writings and opinions of John Betjeman, discussing the history of the buildings he used as examples and exploring structures as diverse as churches, houses and pleasure piers. A man who made the unpopular fashionable and who was a pioneer in the subject of the sociological impact of buildings, John Betjeman was a popular but controversial figure. His work at the Architectural Review and his idea for a series of Architecturally-based guides should be as well known as his poetry, and it is a reflection on today’s society that they are so often eclipsed by his more popular verse.

John Vigar was personally encouraged early in his career by John Betjeman and is a Trustee of a national charity of which Betjeman was a founder. He is an architectural historian by profession, specialising in ecclesiastical architecture of which John Betjeman was such a protagonist. He also lectures for several universities and colleges and until his retirement worked for The Churches Conservation Trust.

Betjeman and Buildings

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Our Zoom talk on 7 September by John Vigar was about the poet John Betjeman, not about his poetry, but his life and his passion for architecture. John told us how Betjeman had, from childhood, a great curiosity about his surroundings. This grew into his critical conviction that buildings belonged to their locality, were shaped particularly by the local building materials, and had to be understood in their context.

Dr Sue Gattuso is the Howard Carter Curator at the Swaffham Museum

The talk Coincides with the centenary of Howard Carter’s discovery of that tomb in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings

Mike Green past Development Director at Birmingham Hippodrome, member of NNU3A Music Appreciation and Jazz groups presents a selection of musical pieces from around the world with seasonal flavour.                                                                    

Genealogy Group - Stephen Dyer - Early 20th Century Family and Social History

Stephen Dyer is a national expert subject advisor for genealogy for the U3A. The Genealogy Group have arranged for him to give this talk on early 20th century family and social history. The 1930s, an era of defining events that would change the course of many families for decades to come. Victory in 1918 inspired a robust sense of patriotism, yet the inner war years were marked by class conflict and inequality and living through the depression in the 1930s.

Peter is a retired Scotland Yard Police Officer and is now a tutor in history. He lives in Norfolk and has become a popular U3A speaker on local and London history.

ALL MEMBERS OF ALL U3AS IN OUR REGION ARE INVITED TO JOIN US FOR A FUN QUIZ ON FRIDAY 10TH DECEMBER 2021 FROM 2PM.

TOP TEN SCORERS WILL RECEIVE A U3A BEANIE HAT.

THE EMPHASIS ON THIS IS 'FUN' AND A GOOD START TO THE CHRISTMAS SEASON FOR US ALL.

GOOD LUCK!  THE MORE THE MERRIER!

Platinum Jubilee Quiz

On Tuesday 7th June at 10.30am our monthly Quiz Meeting will take place at Blakeney Village Hall. The quiz will be a themed quiz celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Please do all you can to support our u3a on this special occasion and please feel free to bring your party hats and any left overs from street parties.

Quizzers will attend as individuals and be placed at random on entry in to teams of 4 to 6. It is an excellent chance to meet different people and take part without being put on the spot!

To book for the Quiz click here. The cost is £3.00.

Before coming to any face to face meeting you may find The Personal Members Checklist (HERE PDF or Word) is helpful. You do not need to complete the whole form or bring it with you, simply use the questions as a guide to satisfy yourself that you feel you are safe to attend the meeting.

Please do not attend the event if you or someone else from your household have COVID-19 symptoms.

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Next Event - Zoom

TITLE            Norfolk Weather and Climate Change    

DATE             Thursday 5th May - 2022

SPEAKER     Chris Bell

DETAILS       BBC Weatherman Chris Bell will talk about this important topic

ACCESS       Click here to join the meeting (you need to be logged in)

Location       Zoom

Time             4:00 pm

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Steve and Carol Robson perform a mixture of songs and will reveal their stories and mysteries.

Jeremy Prescott explains the introduction of the highest award for gallantry, the stories behind awards to some of the recipients from WW1 To Afghanistan and some of the influences which make the medal so exceptional.