Of Interest

This page contains items of possible interest to members. They are derived from contacts received by Cardiff U3A from other organisations or individuals who are seeking to advertise or to gain assistance. The Cardiff U3A in no way endorses or recommends any of these items.

Something for the Grandchildren : Museum Sleepover - Dino Nights! AT HOME

22-08-2020 - 23-08-2020

You're invited to a very special sleepover – experience a fun-filled night at the Museum from your own home.

Full details at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/amgueddfa-dros-nos-gartref-museum-sleepover-at-home-tickets-111863185800

Early Bird Bookings Details:

  • On sale: 10am, 22 July

  • Use promo code PTERODACTYL to access hidden tickets.

  • Early bird tickets are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis.

  • Early bird tickets are available from 10am 22 July until 10am 24 July.

Early-Bird Dino Package includes

  • Priority booking

  • Access to extra hidden activities (these will be available via the online portal prior to the event)

  • Automatic entry into prize draw (more information below).

Prize draw: A chance to win a face to face or virtual* meet and greet from the sleepover star guest, Ronnie the T. Rex!

*Face to face or virtual meet dependant on locality to Dino4Hire and social distancing restrictions.

New Book by a Member

In years to come, people will ask, "So what did you do during The Lockdown.?" Well, personally I put the finishing touches to a project of mine; a children's novel entitled "Teething Trouble."

Philip Edwards retired from teaching back in 2013. Since then he has become a keen gardener, plays for three Morris dance sides and has become a grandfather to four and an almost.

As a child, he lived in the village of Ferndale in the Rhondda Valley in South Wales. Together with his brother and cousins, then became the first generation from a long family line to escape the clutches of working underground.

The idea for this story came from a throw-away remark on a radio comedy. Somebody said, "If only we could speculate on the tooth fairy market." That sowed the seed of an idea in my head. Twice a day whilst walking his little terrier, Alfie, the story built and built to include its many quirky twists and turns.

Incidentally, if you know Ferndale or fancy taking a trip there, you will still be able to trace Beth's and Barnaby's walk to school. Oh, and back in the 1960s, Ferndale did have a rat farm and a morgue, and my brother regularly made bus trips with cages of rats, taking them to meet their doom.

More information here https://teethingtroublebook.blogspot.com/2020/05/teething-trouble.html

Computer Users : from information provided by a member of the Computer Group:

If you have a problem with your computing device and can’t get any joy from the company who supplied it to you (and that includes them quoting exorbitant costs or trying to fob you off with ... “it can’t be mended” - which could be one and the same thing - then a number of members of U3A have used the services of “We’ll Fix Your PC” who are based in Llanishen.

To date, I’m not aware of any bad experiences and only glowing recommendations. Neil (the owner) will handle your problem sympathetically and very patiently and will not (as far as I’m aware) charge you for assessing what the problem is. A recent case in point was an “all-in-one” PC that was assessed as irreparable by a high-street chain and diagnosed as a failed hard-disk that could not be replaced - because the manufacturers website “said so” - and it was less than 4 years old!! A trip up to Llanishen found the problem to be a software problem which was quickly fixed and our U3A member saved themselves well over £1000 on a replacement machine!

So consider giving “We’ll Fix your PC" a visit when you have problems with your PC, Mac, iPad or Tablet. Their website is - https://wewillfixyourpc.co.uk


Covid-19 : Museums of Wales Project

Received from the Museums of Wales:

As you may have seen in the press and on our social media channels, we have launched an ambitious public appeal to collect the COVID-19 experiences of people living in Wales.

As a first step towards creating a national memory of the pandemic, we are asking individuals, communities and organisations from across Wales to complete an online digital questionnaire detailing their experiences and feelings of life in lockdown.

The questionnaire is available in Welsh and English here:



We would be very grateful if you could support the project by sharing these links with your networks. We want to reach as many people as possible to ensure that we archive a diverse range of voices and experiences.

Cadw Project on Castell Coch

Received from Tim Parry at Cadw:

We at Cadw would like to encourage proactivity whilst everyone is self-isolating. We are inviting local groups, communities and individuals - anybody who is interested, in fact - to come together and participate in a project about Castell Coch.

We are inviting everyone to conduct their own individual research projects on a topic that interests you most with the aim of combining everyone’s findings into a detailed and interesting tapestry of the castle’s considerable history.

Below you will find a short list of topics that may interest you, however these are only suggestions. In addition to these we are hoping to find accounts of life in Tongwynlais and the surrounding area from real people who have lived and worked in the area over the years.

Suggested topics:

• Folktales and legends

• The Bute Archive

• Medieval History

• The Secret Language of Flowers

• Artefacts used by Joan of Acre

• Castell Coch during WW1&2

• Castell Coch & Tongwynlais Stories

• The Castles Caretakers

We have created a page where you can add any research you have done within each of the topics listed above, here is the link to the page: https://padlet.com/hollie_m_/6kgqkpd1wnc9 [An odd address but not a scam, it's been checked - Owen Parry]

To add your research to the page you click the plus (+) icon below your topic area which will allow you to upload your findings straight onto the page.

Many thanks,


Tim Parry

Geidwad/ Custodian

Castell Coch

Côd post/Post code: CF15 7JS

Ffôn / Tel (02920) 810101

Ffacs / Fax (02920) 813865

Llywodraeth Cymru / Welsh Government

E-bost: castellcoch@.gov.cymru

E-mail: castellcoch@.gov.wales