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The Joint Guildford & Milford U3A Singers present

The complete Joint Choir
 -  The Sound of Musicals! 120 singers from these two groups gave an excellent performance entitled “The Sound of Musicals” at the Millmead Centre, Guildford on Wednesday, 26th June 2019. Admission was free but a voluntary retiring collection for the Guildford Baptist Church Building Redevelopment Project raised £1000. There was a...
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Creative Mixed Media Art - June 2019

Throughout the year our group have explored ways of combining different media in a variety of ways. We have experimented with paint, pencil, ink, charcoal, pastel, collage, clay, textiles and a range of materials and techniques to produce 2d and 3d figurative and abstract artwork. It has been a lot of...
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Ukuleles of the Third Age

Ukuleles of the Third Age
May 2019. I thought it was about time I gave an update on my terrific ukulele group which is now coming up to 5 years of ukulele fun. Most are now competent enough to tackle almost any song, ballads to country to rock'n'roll (which we particularly enjoy). Singing along is encouraged...
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Rambling 2 - May - 19

Rambling 2 - May - 19
A country ramble to the village pond, Coffee, Cake, and conversation. 12 Members of the group making a perfect end to the Ramblers 2 walking season. See you all in the Autumn.
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Hallelujah! What a Savior!

  On Palm Sunday afternoon at Godalming United Church, Milford U3A Singing for Fun Group put on a performance of Hallelujah! What a Savior! (No - it’s not a spelling mistake! - it’s American).  Oh yeah - what a wonderful sound! What a fantastic compilation to sing, or to just sit...
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Rambling 2 - April - 19

Rambling 2 - April - 19
As well as an enjoyable walk we included some aerobic exercise walking up Hydon’s Ball. Then we all checked how good our balance was! Next walk starts 10:00 from the Car Park on Shackleford Heath, Elstead Road, Thursday 16th May.
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Rambling 2 - March - 19

Rambling 2 - March - 19
Super walk from Brook, but these gates took us a while to get through, hence the late post!
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Rambling 2 - February - 19

Rambling 2 - February - 19
Fine uphill finish on to the Chantries for our last ramble. The view from St Mather’s did not disappoint, the clearing mists adding that extra something. Next walk starts 10:00 from Brook [Lay-by as you enter the village], Thursday 21st March 2019
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Farnham and Cutmill Ponds, 13 February 2019

    Frensham and Cutmill Ponds, 13 February 2019   Once again the weather favoured us; it was sunny and warm, like a spring morning, when almost a full house of 10 members met at Frensham Great Pond. The only one missing was Peter, who had escaped to the Canaries, but...
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Plant Talks and Walks: course notes for 2018-2019

Plant-Talks-and-Walks-handout-2018-2019 This file contains notes for this course. They include: The course programme, including dates, times and places where we meet. Notes on plant types and their identification. Local geology. Processes that cause changes to the flora and habitats. Ecostages in the history of plants and people around Godalming. Please print out...
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Farlington Marshes 9 January 2019

Farlington Marshes, 9 January 2019   It was a beautiful sunny morning when seven of us met at the entrance to the Reserve, but it was cold and when we got out onto the sea wall it was extremely cold, because of the wind off the sea. But we survived and...
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Using Gimp - More Fun with Brushes

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As our last meeting was short, due to the lack of heating, here are a few brief notes on making your own brushes.  Most Gimp users have used the Brush Tool at some time but most of us have never explored its full potential.  Any image can be converted into a...
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Report on Birdwatching Walk at Puttenham

There was a good attendance for our walk on Puttenham Common 11 th January.  The weather was rather dull but not too cold.  We started well with three goosanders on Cutt Mill Pond, along with several mandarin and tufted ducks.  Then we found a lovely kingfisher perched by the Tarn.  It...
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Creative Mixed Media Art - into 2019 - recent work

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Rambling 2 - December-18

Rambling 2 - December-18
Mmmmmmm......Great ....Mmmmmmm......walk ....Mmmmm...... today....Mmmmmmm...... Next walk starts 10:00 from Hambledon Road [Next to the Church] Busbridge, Thursday 17th January 2019 More CaMmmmmmm......ke! Happy Christmas!
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Gimp 2.10 users

Gimp 2.10 as first installed looks totally different from Gimp 2.8 but don't panic, the difference you see is largely cosmetic. Gimp 2.10 when first opened :- It looks nothing like Gimp 2.8 that I have used in my videos :- However with a few simple tweaks it can look like...
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GIMP : Making a Star Brush

When using brushes in Gimp it is often useful to modify their size and shape.  However when trying to make a star shape for a Christmas card I discovered not all the properties of the original Star shaped brush could be edited.  To overcome this problem I first selecting the original...
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Making Christmas Cards with Gimp

At our last Gimp meeting  we looked at possible techniques for converting photographs to pictures suitable for Christmas cards.  The tools I use have been described in my previous blogs and I would recommend having a look at them if you are not familiar with their use.The main ones are Layer...
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Rambling 2 – November-18

Rambling 2 – November-18
Venturing out to Northchapel this month. Our route taking us out to The Lake at Park Mill Farm, where the weir system raised interest. The recent rains allowed the weir to be in full operation, it also gave a very wet onward journey. As a group it was agreed to retrace...
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Birdwatching 1 at Thursley on October 10, 2018

Small copper
As David was away I had agreed to lead this walk.  7 members joined in on this glorious morning. It was fairly quiet on the bird front but a lovely walk nevertheless. There was a heron and the usual mallards on the Moat itself when I arrived. Walking along the boardwalk...
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Exploring the Local Countryside - Fungi

Fly garic (photo taken by Kirsten O)
Our November walk turned into a fungus foray during which we found some 50 species. This  year has been a patchy one for fungi; some places have fared relatively well, others, less so. The long, hot and dry summer meant that some of the early species appeared later than usual and...
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Rambling 2 - October-18

Rambling 2 - October-18
Frensham Great Pond was our starting point this month, before heading out towards Dockenfield and then Spreakley. The sun and views were the order of the day; the grand facade of Frensham Heights to the North and Beacon Hill to the South. The next walk starts at 10:00 from Northchapel Village...
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Friday Talk: Roses - all about Roses

Photo: Bob Fearnley On Friday 12th Oct 54 members attended the talk given by Jacqueline Aviolet on "Roses-all about roses". The talk started with a history of the rose family, with many of the types we know today being created by grafting the many types of wild rose found in Asia...
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Walk at Farnham Heath

In October we went to Farnham Heath which was a new venue for us and proved to be a varied and interesting site. It was acquired by the RSPB in 2002 and is gradually being returned to heathland, to the benefit of all the species that live in this valuable habitat....
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Crop and improve your photos with Gimp

Crop and improve your photos with Gimp - learn with the Milford Gimp group You have probably heard of images being "Photoshopped" or of people using Photoshop to improve their photographs, but have you heard of Gimp, a program that can do everything that Photoshop can do. The added advantage is...
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