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Circa 1390, Portrait of Geoffrey Chaucer (c 1342-1400). English poet, soldier and diplomat 1360-70. Wrote ‘The Canterbury Tales.’ (Photo by Stock Montage/Getty Images)

If members of Gilwern U3A thought Geoffrey Chaucer was just a writer from the Middle Ages, they were quickly corrected by Grahame Nelmes, the U3A’s own Committee Member, who gave January’s monthly talk.  Chaucer (c.1340 – 1400) was a soldier, a politician, a lawyer, a diplomat, possibly a spy, certainly a senior Civil Servant, an MP, a JP and, of course, the first great writer of the English language. Prior to Chaucer, literature, such as it was, was written in French, but his works culminating in “The Canterbury Tales” moved the literature of the Middle Ages from French into English, so it is fitting that he was the first poet to be buried in Poets’ Corner of Westminster Abbey.

Moving on from the Middle Ages, on Wednesday 21st February Richard Davies will be talking about the history of the Royal Welsh Regiment, surely an unmissable afternoon.

The AGM follows on March 21st, where nominations are being sought for additional members of the Committee. Further details of the AGM can be found on

Gilwern U3A is going from strength to strength with new interest groups being formed. The latest is the Bridge Group which meets every Monday afternoon at 2pm in the Community Centre, Gilwern, and caters for beginners as well as those with more advanced knowledge of Bridge, and new members would be made very welcome.

A Silver Surfers Group has been suggested for those with little or no knowledge of the Internet, on-line booking, sending and receiving emails as well as lots of 2018 jargon about  WiFi, apps etc.   Further information will be available at the February meeting.

All monthly meetings of Gilwern U3A are held in the Community Centre, Common Road, Gilwern and start at 2pm.  It is possible to join Gilwern U3A on the day, with annual subscriptions being halved to £7.50 for anyone joining before March 2018. The benefits of belonging to Gilwern U3A are open to all retired, semi-retired persons and those no longer looking after families.   Non-members are always welcomed to the monthly meetings and will be charged £2.00 per head.  For full details of Gilwern U3A visit the website on

Kay Blackwell

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