The August meeting of Worksop u3a was an informative talk and film about Worksop Priory and Gatehouse. It was a very modern way to get knowledge about local history.
The Gatehouse is an imposing, 14th century medieval artefact at the heart of the town. It has a history of serving the community in many guises:
- It has welcomed travellers since the Middle Ages
- There has been a place of pilgrimage and worship in its shrine
- It has been a place of turmoil during the dissolution of the monasteries and English Civil War
- It has been a school, right up until the latter part of the 20th century
The building is currently on Historic England’s National Heritage List. The south porch contains what is believed to be the only surviving English medieval walk-through shrine.
Worksop u3a’s monthly meeting is held on the third Thursday of the month at the Civic Centre, Carlton in Lindrick. The Centre opens at 1.45pm with tea and coffee, and the speaker starts at 2.15pm.
October monthly meeting is on Thursday 19th October when speaker Amanda Neilson will talk about Mr Straw’s House – a National Trust property which is located here in Worksop.
u3a aims to encourage groups of people no longer in full time work to come together and continue enjoyment of learning subjects of interest to them. For more information, please contact Sam on 03000 309960 or visit www.u3asites.org.uk/worksop.