U3A Carrick Group covers a wide-ranging area, so therefore general meetings are held in four locations.






St. Mary’s Church Hall,
Kimberley Place,

Thursday 21st March- Steve Tribe, volunteer tour guide and gun captain with colleague Josh- Pendennis Castle. 
An unusual and lively approach will be given about the history of Pendennis and it's links with Falmouth. This promises to be an interesting talk, so come along and enjoy hearing about our local history.

Thursday 25th April-a Representative from the Flicka Donkey Sanctuary at  Mabe will give us an insight on the work done to support donkeys in need by providing them with a safe haven. Close enough for a visit  if you are interested.




Perranwell Centre
School Hill, Perranwell Station

Wednesday 6th March 10.00 Speaker tbc

Wednesday 3rd April -  Amanda Masters - Children's Hospice, Little Harbour
A follow-up talk  for those of us who have been members for some years and an inspiring place.



TRURO: Conservative Club 2pm


We are pleased to have John Strike giving us an illustrated talk on Cornish Shipwrecks.

Tuesday 23rd April – Police Community Talk.

Community Officers Andy Filkins and Jenny Adams will give us a talk and will be joined by the Crime Prevention Officer for West Cornwall, Gemma Drury.  We are sure this will be of interest to everyone.




U3A Meetings

Perranwell Meeting 6th March

We tried the group of 14 in a circle with two tables, which worked well and we had an illuminating talk from a speaker sitting down amongst us, a Director of isight Cornwall, Carole Theobald, which includes the Cornwall Blind Association.  We could all see the headlines on her laptop but it was a pleasure to have a more intimate conversation face to face rather than the usual lecture from the front.

iSight Cornwall is a big association with 14 staff and 200 volunteers.  They have an online shop for 90 of the latest helpful gadgets which included glasses for sharpening the edges of things and a kettle which pours out enough water to fill a mug to a reasonable height.  A  member of their staff is available for patients in Treliske Hospital after consultations with a Surgeon.

Carole Theobald spoke of the different charities, the R.NI.B and Guide Dogs for the blind. 

Although the room is small we still need a member who is conversant with changing from one type of laptop to speak to the screen and the use of an extension lead.  Please let me know if you can help.

Marion Tapp


We had a very informative talk by Liam Shoesmith on ‘Wildlife in the Garden’ and the importance of encouraging it. We have all noticed that insects, worms and hedgehogs are not as abundant as in the past and he told us that Truro are now trying to encourage pollinating insects by installing ‘bee houses’, good examples are shown pictured and can be seen by the Cathedral as well as other places around the city. We can all do our part by planting flowers in the garden that encourage such as marigolds, lavender oosteospernum etc. Truro City gardens are obviously in safe hands with Liam in charge and it was lovely to hear that his first presentation to any group was to the U3A after being strongarmed by our much missed Tony Herring.

Falmouth Meeting

In February Chris Jones gave us a very interesting talk about the beavers that have been introduced onto an enclosed 5 acre site on his farm in Ladock, to see if they could slow down the flow of water created by downpours, which periodically cause flooding in the village. The beavers are a cheaper alternative to other flood prevention schemes, that generally involve earthmoving with JCBs (and for which there is no funding available anyway). The project has been set up in conjunction with Cornwall Wildlife Trust and is being monitored by both Exeter and Southampton Universities.

Chris has two adult beavers and two kits on his farm and already they have created several pools and dams, slowing the water flow and having the added advantage of creating more open habitats for other wildlife such as water voles, a variety of insects and birds such as water rail and snipe.

Beavers became extinct in this country in the 1600s due to demand for their fur - think beaver hats - and a secretion used in perfumes and medicines. The Catholic Church also defined them as fish, which meant they could be eaten on Fridays! Although originally a native species they no longer have this status and the hope is to persuade the Government to reinstate them, thus offering them protection.
There are similar schemes throughout the country and talk of a possible new one near Falmouth.

Chris finished his talk by showing us a short film of these endearing animals in their new habitat. You can visit the beavers at dusk from the end of March by booking through the Wildlife Trust.https://www.cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk/shop


Please note that our April meeting is one week later than usual, on the 25th,  as the church does not open the hall on Maundy Thursday.




U3A Carrick operates under a formal constitution, which sets out our philosophy and operational practices under which we manage our various activities and groups on a day-to-day basis across our neighbourhood districts. We operate with a formal committee structure, which includes financial management. U3A Carrick Group is registered with The UK Charity Commissioners under charity number: 1034910.


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