News and Reports

November enews

The next enews is due out on Monday 30th November (last Monday of the month). So please send your items for the next enews to the enews Editor before noon on that day.

And, in the meantime, if you want u3a information posted on the website, contact the Web Team.

The Third Age Trust also has a Newsletter containing government information on covid-19 along with advice, stories and ideas from across the U3A movement.  Members of u3a can subscribe for this National Newsletter to be emailed to them monthly.  (Members can also access archived past issues from that same page.)

Christmas Card Gallery Guidelines

At an Autumn Zoom meeting of the Communications Subcommittee, a suggestion came up of publishing a u3a Christmas Card Gallery on the website. If that idea appeals to you, please do get creative and produce a ‘Christmas Card’ using your talents and skills in painting, drawing, cartooning, textiles and other crafts, hand-made cards etc. Then just send a photo of it to the Web Team for publication.  See those we have already received in our Christmas Card Gallery..
For practical and technical reasons, there have to be a few guidelines:
  • it should be your own work, or you’ll need to check that included photos, clipart etc are free of copyright
  • it should be a single page
  • send in your digital ‘card’ as an attachment in an email to webteam@aughton-ormskirk-u3a.co.uk if you already have it stored electronically (or take a photo or scan it and send that file)
  • greetings text can be included in the image on the page and / or on the gallery ‘caption’ area which will appear below the card in the gallery.  Include your caption in the email message when you send in your card file attachment
  • the recipient(s) of the greetings should not be personal or individual, though the sender(s), ie the card maker(s), can name or identify themselves as they wish

To further explain this last point …….  we are looking only for u3a-related greetings to recipients at the Group / Committee / u3a friends level.  Therefore suitable greetings (appearing on card or caption or between both might be along the lines of:

  • “Happy Christmas to members of the Such-and-Such Group from Josephine Bloggs”
  • “Joe Bloggs sends Best Wishes to all his u3a Friends”
  • “Christmas Greetings from the Web Team to our Website Visitors”

For further guidance, please ontact: webteam@aughton-ormskirk-u3a.co.uk

Covid-19 advice on u3a activities

Following the introduction of government restrictions, the National U3A has published some Covid-19 advice on u3a activities.

You can also read messages from our Chairman Alan Starkie and Trustee Sue Watkinson about what our u3a is doing in the meantime.

Of course, any restarting of activities in the foreseeable future will involve assessment of risk and acceptance of some required changes to behaviour (social distancing) and additional tasks relating to hygiene. Our work to date on this subject is given in this Covid-19 Risk Management presentation.

Maths Week – 9th to14th November

With increasingly gloomy weather and restrictions on venturing out, why not give your brain some exercise instead of your feet!

The national u3a website has always had some great resources, and now has a new winter learning programme with links to some intriguing activities.

Among the many online events are three Zoom sessions for anyone with an interest in maths

All three of these online events are part of the u3a series of events to tie in with Maths Week 2020 which runs from 9th to 14th November.

If these whet your appetite, you may be interested in the weekly Maths Challenge run by the national u3a – with 30 week’s worth (and counting!) of challenges to have a go at!

Our Virtual u3a

A number of Groups (and Organisers of other events and individual members) are being very innovative in carrying on remotely! See below for the examples we know about so far. Please send the Web Team examples of u3a Remote Activities that we don’t yet know about. 

Keep an eye on this list for  more groups being added.  Note that there can be practical limitations in numbers for some Groups and so they may understandably be deemed ‘full’. Or a topic may not be available yet.  If so, why not consider setting up a new remote Group for your special interest. Help is available to do this.

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Zoom Sessions Calendar

Various groups now meet using Zoom. Our local U3A now has a license which enables groups to have meetings without a restriction on duration. For further details contact Willem Wiechers by email at: elearning@aughton-ormskirk-u3a.co.uk

Short Story Winners

Here are the winners of the Short Story Competition organised in 2020 by the Creative Writing Group.  Click or tap on the links below for a good read!