U3A Events and Offers: The national U3A website has information about the current events and offers available to its members. Log in to their members' area to see the list of events and offers.
U3A's legal helpline service, provided by Arc Legal Assistance,can be accessed by any member on 0344 770 1040 quoting U3A Legal Helpline.
Surrey U3A Network offer a varied study day programme held at Menuhin Hall, Stoke D'Abernon on the third Friday of the month . The study days are open to all U3A members. Click here for a list of upcoming study days.
We have been sent a video by U3A HQ that we think will be of interest to the general membership. It’s a great video showing how we can get on with group activities even when we can’t go back to meeting indoors for a while. It comprises snippets from Zoom meetings held by local U3A groups from around the country. Card games, Pilates, Sign language, Ballroom dancing, Keep fit, Tap dancing, and lots more all feature in this short video.
The video is on the Youtube website and you can access it by clicking here.
We have recieved the following notice from the Third Age Trust concerning the formation of three discussion forums they are setting up and we are all encouraged to join and get involved:
New U3A Discussion Forums
To Chairs and Secretaries
Using digital platforms to stay connected
During these unprecedented times, the Third Age Trust has been looking at different ways to support our amazing U3A community. We wanted to enable and support U3As, members and Interest Group leaders, to stay active and connected with each other.
To this end, from today, Monday 6 April 2020, we have launched three online discussion forums so that you can share ideas and support each other. Thanks to the Beacon users, we are doing this by extending the existing (and successful) Beacon User Forum to all U3As, regardless of whether or not you are using the Beacon management system at your U3A yet.
It is easy to get started. All you need to do is visit the forum website at https://forum.u3abeacon.org.uk, click the ‘register’ button and fill in your details.
From there you will be able to explore the forums and get involved in the discussion.
If you are not familiar with online forums, we have prepared a how-to guide to help you get started. We welcome your feedback on the guide. Your feedback will help us develop our guide which will be available on the national website in the next few days.
There will be three forums that you can join:
Learning – discussions around subjects and all forms of interest and learning
Our U3A Community – discussions around how we support each other
Beacon – discussions around using Beacon, the U3A management system
This is just an outline of what the forums are about because it will be led and developed by you when you join and the conversations that are happening.
A volunteer team will moderate the site and support you to use the forums in a safe, positive and productive way.
We will send more details through the week as we have them on our website and in the newsletter.
Please let your members know.
Please join us, sign up and get chatting. Together we will network, share ideas and stay connected.
WILLIAM THE CONQUEROR: A JUSTIFIED INVADER?
Talk by James Dickinson
A good speaker though when he forgot the next word he trailed off as if having a heart attack, rather off-putting. Many reported to me that they enjoyed it and that he had more facts than they had heard of. All in all, good though only 53 guests attended.
Barbara Broad - Speaker Organiser
Friday 13th December
We were entertained by Malcolm Wells who talked of his time as an Army musician including playing in Buckingham Palace and also of his time as a speaker for Canine Partners which provides dogs for disabled people. He had us in stitches some of the time; he was very funny and had lots of jibes at the other services – Air Force and Navy - speaking as Army personnel.
He has reported back that members donated the sum of £25.30 to 'Literacy in a Box' which will be used to purchase school equipment to be sent to the 41 schools currently supported in Zambia.
Malcolm, who has an MBE for services to charity, asks if members are aware of any other groups or organisations that may wish to receive a presentation by him, please do pass on his contact details:
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