Tony Crimlisk, Leader of the Ukulele Group has sent in the following message and kind offer:
In isolation? Now’s your chance to learn a new skill. Why not beg, borrow or steal a ukulele and have a go? This is just a brief introduction to show how easy it is to start.
To get underway, download these instructions from Tony.
The daffodils had faded, but there was no shortage of beautiful blooms appearing in our gardens and local countryside. Member, Audrey Patterson, had sent the Web Team a stunning photo of a lovely tree in her garden. This was the inspiration to set up a new Photo Gallery to brighten up both our spirits and the website, and to show off West Lancs in Bloom. A request to members for photos taken when pottering in the garden or out on a daily walk was so successful that we have now included some late additions and an extra gallery 7 that you may not have seen earlier.
Many Many Thanks for contributing to and viewing these photo galleries. It has proved very popular with loads of hits on this Webpage. No more photos are required for the time being for this Webpage. But if the lockdown persists, we may set up another one on nature seen in the local gardens and countryside later into the summer.
But in the meantime, if you would like to view some further excellent photos taken by members, take a look at the Competition Winners to be found following on from the Digital Photography Group Page.
Click or tap on any of the photos in the Gallery you wish to view, and then scroll through the slideshow for that Gallery to see the images full-size.
Even the leaves are ‘blossoming’ (mostly taken by Alan N)
From Pete and Val’s Garden
Lovely, and mostly pink, Clematis, Cherry Blossom and Camelia
Following on from the Post called TAT Advice and Info on this website, here are some other great lockdown ideas and activities from the Third Age Trust (TAT).
Find out about a great opportunity that has been arranged for U3A Members via YouTube.
Mr Motivator has joined forces with U3A for a weeklong series of exercises. Mr Motivator – famous for his brightly coloured outfits and enthusiastic tv workouts- has compiled a workout aimed at specifically at Third Agers. It started on Monday 20 April AM and will run every day through that week working on every muscle in the body.
For for information and trailers and the sessions, check out the official YouTube channel of the University of the Third Age in the UK.
Here you will find links to guides to tools that will help you stay in touch and connected with your friends, family and U3A.
National U3A Support Forum
This is an online message board available to all U3A members.
The Third Age Trust has launched three online discussion forums so that you can share ideas and support each other during this time. This user guide will walk you through the registration process and basic navigation and use of the forums.
The Third Age Trust (TAT) currently issues regular bulletins to members. Please check the TAT website regularly and, if you have not already done so, sign up to their national U3A Newsletter which disseminates advice and information quickly to all U3A members. On a rainy day, stuck in the house during this lockdown, you might also like to pass some time browsing past issues – see the newsletter archive.
When looking at the TAT website, you will find the first three top menu links particularly useful for the current circumstances viz Home, Learning and Newsletter. Another very helpful place to go on the TAT website is down to the grey footer area on the main pages. Here you will find an area called Covid Links with 3 very useful entries for these times. Have a browse.
As there will be no Horizons meetings for quite some time, you can renew your U3A Membership in one of two ways:
- Renew online – just click on this link and follow the instructions. This is the preferred method.
- Use the Membership Renewal form in the Magazine which you should have received though the post by now.
Although fairly familiar, or at least aware of, a good number of apps, I had never heard of Zoom until the start of social isolation. When asked about video conferencing, a younger family member immediately said Zoom. Soon after that, we also heard mention of it from a couple of U3A members. A Computer Helper, Ann P, had already done a family meetup using it and Willem, Computer Advice Leader was already experimenting with it for U3A and non-U3A use. Since then, our Website Media Manager, Alan N, has joined in with a non-U3A online Pub Quiz run with Zoom which after a few initial hiccups – technology rather than alcohol related – worked amazingly well. And recently the Burscough, Formby and Aughton Nolans have had a Zoom get-together. After we learnt how not to talk over each other, it was pretty good. We have also heard from Megan, the U3A Secretary, that there is a non-U3A Zumba class being run with Zoom by a local teacher.
If you already have used Zoom, please do share your experiences. Contact:
Or if you would just like to know more about Zoom (and other communication tools), then there is very helpful How To guidance on the Third Age Trust (TAT) website.
There is no charge for the basic version of Zoom, But remember – ‘there is no such thing as a free lunch’.
And some reservations are already being mentioned in the media. Thanks, Ann P, for sending this link:
And for further information on security issues, check out this other recent Guardian article which includes the Pros and Cons af various Video Chat options.
So if you do want to try video chat, as with all Apps, ……….. Be Aware and Use with Care!
Joyce Nolan (Web Manager)
Many of our favourite activities and interests have been curtailed due to social isolation. But here are some ideas how can keep your participation alive.
National Theatre at Home
Watch top-notch online shows for free. Productions are shown every Thursday at 7pm and are then available for 7 days.
Spot On is Lancashire’s touring theatre network. They are obviously currently not able to Tour but they area launching and an innovative project to compensate for this.
Tuesday afternoons will be stories for children and families, and Thursdays will be something a little more grown-up. Once they are live, they’ll be available to watch on the Spot On website for 30 days.
The Royal Opera House
The ROH is offering selected productions on demand free of charge as part of a wider package of online content available for audiences.
If you are missing holidays, enjoy seeing the sights from your armchair courtesy of the BBC.
Virtual Museum Tours
Take a trip round a Museum without leaving your home.
All suggestions to add to the above list are very welcome. Contact us: