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existing members, looking for different ways to spend their leisure hours in the coming months, just what is on offer. Currently, there are over 30 subjects to choose from. A pleasing number came and went, having enjoyed a coffee at the same time. On September 5th around 30 members met up in


Tavistock with Andrew Thompson, who had been our speaker in February. His knowledge of this important and historic town had enthused us so much that he offered to give us a personally guided tour. It was a wet day but standing in the lee of the ancient stone archways, and especially the fascinating St Eustacious Church with its mysterious signs and symbols, gave a real glimpse into the origins of the town. As we were so many we had been

split into 2 parties and both lots met in The Castle Inn at nearby Lydford for a most welcome buffet lunch. Our party then made its way up to the said Lydford Castle next door—a rather slippery and muddy climb to a dour and atmospheric, mediaeval freestanding tower, perched atop a manmade hill. Originally built in 1195 but totally rebuilt in the 13th

century, this was both a

he September meeting was our annual Showcase morning when Group Leaders or their representa- tives set out their stalls to inform potential new and

On October 2nd an intrepid team of 4 left the confines

of Kingsbridge and arrived at the Redcliffe Hotel, Paignton ready to join another 22 teams to do battle at the Annual South Devon U3A Quiz. Not having entered before, we didn’t know what to

expect, our only instructions from ‘our leaders’ were that on no account were we to win, as that would result in our having to host next year’s event. As we are struggling to find facilities large enough now, this would be a headache we could do without. We thought we could probably comply with orders with little trouble! After checking in, finding our allotted table and a welcome coffee, the contest began. We were to answer 70 questions in all with a break at 40 when we would swap pa- pers and mark them before the final 30. Questions were varied and interesting in groups of 10 on different topics. At the end of the contest, we found

we had scored 53 out of 70. The winners had 59 and, although not announced, we think we achieved 7th or 8th

place. Despite our team name ‘Ria Enders’ At the

end of the contest, we

courtroom and a prison. Peering down into the inescapable prison, one could imagine death would have come as a relief for the unfortunate inmates. Having slithered our way down the hill, we came building in this row of historic places. St Petrocks

to the 3rd

Church proved to be just as interesting. Originally from Ireland, this itinerant Welsh Monk had brought the Gospel to parts of Devon and Cornwall in the 6th

century. This

early Norman Church was built on this site where he had sheltered while in the area. Notable for its Saxon font made of Hurdwick stone and the wonderful carved bench ends depicting Prophets, Saints and Martyrs, we spent a while steeped in ancient memorials before returning to our various transport and back across the moor. The rain had eased and it was a cheerier journey home.

found we had scored 53 out of 70.

(in deference to Kingsbridge’s position at the head of a ‘drowned sea valley’— not an estuary), we actually weren’t at

the rear end of the contestants. A very good result and an experience we hope to repeat next year.

Our October Speaker was Chris Robinson. A one time broadcaster and television

programme maker and presenter of the series ‘The Painted Garden’, Chris has been a reporter for 35

years with the Plymouth Herald. He studied at Warwick University where he gained a Masters Degree. He wrote a series of articles for the Herald which became several books in an easy to read format about the ways in which Plymouth had evolved during the Victorian era. He believes that the city of his birth changed more in that period than at any other time during the last 1,000 years. The evidence shown throughout his talk, including

‘then and now’ slides, was fascinating. We learnt that the 3 towns which originally made up

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