Ransackers latest Newsletter is now available for download, below.
Previous newsletters can be found here
10:00 – 16:00 on October 14th, 2019
Committee Room 1, Crowndale Centre, 218 Eversholt St, London NW1 1BD
(Mornington Crescent tube)
Download Flyer – 2019 Research Forum and AGM for full details
I did Ransackers in 2008 and 2009. I was inspired by Kathleen Hughes to set up a U3A Research group in Penzance and below are some of the group’s research findings.
I became interested in u3a as there was very little to engage me in Penzance. I’ve been delighted to see it grow and become a very worthwhile organisation. Joining the research group was a big interest of mine having made films in the local area; two of which were broadcast on C4. I have also been a representative for Cornwall at the then called International Film and TV organisation. This festival goes around Scotland, Wales, Eire, N. Ireland and Brittany, showing films that represent local talent and interest. It is something that I am no longer involved with but researching ideas is something I am keen on.
Helen had been involved in fabulous research, having had a grant to do so, and very involved in her local community.
I really like the idea of the owner of a local house and gardens being originally a slave owner, back in the 1700. Very fascinating, as that is very unusual in this local area which at one time was very fabulously rich, on the backs of mining. In fact, the richest place in the UK in the mid 1800.
This area has a fascinating history, a very good private library, which has numerous books on local knowledge and is an area very renowned for its art. I feel the group is very talented and keen to press forward with its ideas, the meetings are very lively!
How many of you have had negative experiences in high street phone shops while trying to buy new phones or other equipment?
Ransackers Association has had many discussions in recent years over this issue. We are all about later life learning and education: part of this is access to information and use of the web.
The throwaway society is with us and IT and communications devices wear out or start malfunctioning after 4-6 years. This is very annoying for some older people, who often try to buy things to last, and who object to replacing their kit so often. Without working phones, tablets and pcs people can get excluded from so much information and ways of communicating.