Ashbourne & District


Coronavirus (Covid-19)
A further announcement by the Prime Minister on Sunday 10th May does not include any changes to social events other than a slight relaxation in exercising. We are naturally disappointed not to be able to continue with our U3A activities. However with the advancements in technology some of our groups have continued on Zoom! Do contact your Group Leader to see if your group is meeting this way. Unfortunately there are some groups which cannot meet via Zoom but members can meet up for a virtual chat maybe with a cup of coffee to hand!

Incidentally, The Third Age Trust guidance can be found on this website by clicking on “U3A” on the top bar. This will take you to the Third Age Trust website where you should click on “Covid-19 & U3As”. No doubt it will be periodically updated.

Sheila Allen

11th May 2020

Your Committee
Following the Annual General Meeting on February 6th March 2020 the Officers and Members of the Committee for the year 2020-2021 are as below:

Chairman: Sheila Allen
Vice Chairman: Peter Worboys
Treasurer: Tony Walden
Secretary: Sheila Crawley

Non-officer members:
Philip Aitchison
Helen Bluff
Patti Green
Peter Smith
Karen Tallant
Pauline Worboys.

Art Appreciation and Music Appreciation
Knighton & Anne have done an amazing job running these two groups for fourteen years! Unfortunately, health issues have got in the way and sadly they are both stepping down as leaders. They will be greatly missed.
They are a very active couple and apart from running their own groups have also attended Landscape Heritage and Current Affairs.
When they moved to Stanton from Yorkshire, they joined a play reading group in Derby which gave them the first taste of what U3A has to offer. Soon they had their own groups up and running in Ashbourne.
The Art and Music Appreciation groups have been very popular with U3A members and I know they would be delighted if the groups can continue under new leadership. Their disappointment will be if the groups have to fold because new leaders can’t be found.
I took the opportunity to visit Anne & Knighton with a gift of flowers and biscuits to say a special thank from all of us. Anne says:
“We heartily recommend U3A to anyone. We have found running the groups so rewarding and an opportunity to make new friends.”
The coronavirus has prevented an invitation to group members to meet with Anne & Knighton for a thank you drink. I hope everyone will understand the difficult circumstances we find ourselves in at the moment.
I do hope there is someone in each group who is willing to take on the leadership.
Interested? Just let Peter Worboys our Group Co-ordinator know.
Sheila Allen (Chair)


Members will recall that Riviera Travel offer in their advertising to make a quite substantial donation to the U3A club of a member who books a holiday with them & names that club when making the booking. However, there have been doubts expressed about whether that donation can be passed by the club to the member involved. It has now been confirmed to us by Third Age Trust that the donation cannot be passed to the member because the donation by Riviera is for the charitable purposes of the U3A club in question, each U3A club being in fact a charity. The committee is now awaiting guidance from TAT on what would be a lawful use of the donation. Meanwhile, any member booking a holiday with Riviera is welcome to name Ashbourne & District U3A as the beneficiary of the donation, & in due course the committee will use it in accordance with the guidance received.

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