ON May 11 the Thames Valley Network of U3As held a study day in Henley
ON May 11 the Thames Valley Network of U3As held a study day in Henley where they learnt about the Civil War of 1642-1646 and the effect it had on the people living in this area, particularly Henley, Abingdon, Wallingford, Reading and Banbury.
The constant capture and recapture by the Royalists and the Parliamentarian armies, followed by the sacking of the towns and villages by the troops, the commandeering of food and the slaughter of livestock together with the subsequent spread of disease meant that a higher percentage of the population died during this war than in either of the two world wars in the 20th century.
This area was affected particularly badly being situated on the main road and river links between London and the King’s headquarters in Oxford. Tony Cullen, from the English Civil War Society, brought with him a variety of weapons and accoutrements and treated the audience of 100 U3A members to a lively and entertaining explanation of just how inefficient most of them were!
U3A is a worldwide self-help organisation for people no longer in full-time employment who want to continue learning and keeping both brain and body active.
There are about 40 groups throughout the Thames Valley which meet regularly to enjoy a wide range of activities.