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We hope that good news is on the way. Our group leaders are bracing themselves to be able to restart some of their groups, socially distancing of course.
There are some groups that have been running on Zoom through the lockdown. If you are able to get on to Zoom and would like to join us, give me a ring or send an email and I will give you the details.
These are the groups on Zoom; Ukulele’s, Digital Photography, Coffee and Chat, Art for All, French Discussion, Wine Group, Flex and Stretch and the monthly Wednesday meeting.
Whether you are a longstanding member or someone who is wanting to find out more about the u3a, have a browse on the website and get in touch for further details. This is the way to make new friends and maybe meet old friends as well as finding new interests.
It’s never too late to Live, Laugh and Learn which is the u3a motto.

Sue McPhee


1. Provisional Plans for restarting Interest Groups

(Details can be found in Interest Group updates, in Newsletter number 59)
Art appreciation – Looking towards August for indoor
meetings – to start with garden party meeting.
Art for Everyone – Meeting indoors from 3rd Mon September.
Badminton – June 21st subject to membership of Hull & ER club (further information from Ann Berryman – 650676)
Book clubs – 25th & 26th August
Bridge – Hoping to meet up again indoors in September. Please get in touch for more information Anita Coupland 657494
Caravan Sept – Narrow Boat & Oct – City Scene Bristol & Bath
Chess – Continues on but late June a possibility for face to face games.
Cinema Visits - July (Ann will contact members)
Classical Music & Theatre – Awaiting new Leader
Coffee Club – Provisionally 25th June
Coffee & a Stroll – Beginning again on May 23rd 10.00 am
Computing – 21st June at the Beech Tree
Crafts – Looking to September for first meeting indoors, also looking for new leader.
Dancing – To commence in September
Darts, Dominoes & Cards – proposed to commence in September
Digital Photography – Zoom at present and hoping to resume Field Trips ASAP.
Discussion Group – As soon as the Beech Tree can accommodate the group.
Family History – September for our indoor meetings
French Conversation Meetings at present on Zoom or in gardens, hoping to meet indoors by mid-June.
Games – Provisionally late June
Gardening – Awaiting new Leader
Guitar – 18th May at Paul Kirk’s house until numbers increase
Jazz – Resume on 21st June
Local History – Outdoor meetings commence 17th June, Indoor meetings 16th September
Luncheon Club 1- Not expecting to start until September
Luncheon Club 2 – Provisionally Thurs 24th June
Naturewatch – Provisionally 21st May
Playreading 1 – Awaiting new leader
Playreading 2 – Provisionally September
Pudding Club – July 2nd
Quizzing – August 5th
Singing for Fun – Tuesday 22nd June, Anlaby Village Hall
Stately Homes – Outdoor 3rd August (Prov), Indoor 2nd September
Stretch & Flex – Starts at St. Luke’s Mon 24th May 1.15pm to 2pm
Supper Club – Provisionally September
Table Tennis – Awaiting information from Church venue
Tai Chi – 17th May & 14th June depending on group
Ten pin Bowling 1 & 2 – hope to start in September after the School holidays
Ukulele - Barely Awake – outdoors in May, Indoors in June at St. Luke’s hopefully!
Ukulele – Sunshine Strummers – Late June – Willerby Synagogue
Walking (6-7 miles) – starts May 27th
Walking (2-3.5 miles) – Slow short walks began on 12th April, for our full program see section below in newsletter.
Wine Appreciation 1 – Decision to be made on May 17th
Wine Appreciation 2 – Provisionally September
Writing for Fun 1 – Awaiting new Leader
Writing for Fun 2 – Provisionally June

2. Wed, June 2nd – National u3a Awareness Day

We are taking over the small walled garden at the corner of Main Street and Well Lane in Willerby for 2021 to try and increase the awareness of Awake u3a in our area. Also all of the benches in and around Anlaby will be fitted with u3a advertising for both Wednesday 2nd June and 14th July (our 10th Anniversary) and look out for a Banner on the Waitrose car park wall. We are encouraging members to decorate their homes & gardens in u3a colours (blue & yellow). A variety of advertising material will be available for garden/house decoration for anyone to pick up from the Willerby Library building on Tuesday 1st June from 2pm onwards. Please make use of this facility.

3. Awake u3a 10th Anniversary & Re-launch Open Day

Again we are planning to use the same decorations and for members to decorate their front gardens with bunting, pom poms etc in u3a colours (Blue & Yellow) for our 10th Anniversary celebrations on the 13th July. We are also in negotiation with the local Parish Councils and the East Riding council to plant commemorative trees in Anlaby, Willerby & Kirk Ella. Unfortunately the July relaunch afternoon for the AWAKE u3a has been cancelled due to the Covid rules. It has been re-scheduled for Wednesday 15th September 2pm at the Memorial Hall Kirk Ella. All welcome come along and see what we get up to.

Winter Learning Programme 2020/21

New (October 2020) - Winter Learning Programme - organised through Alison May, Learning Manager of the Third Age Trust. Full details of this exciting programme have only recently been added to the AWAKE website. There are lots of interesting activities to keep you occupied during the winter months - Poetry competition, Talks by other members, Christmas ideas, Poetry reading, Winter watch, Battle of Britain and the blitz, Monthly art challenge, Maths week, u3a radio podcast, Watercolour painters, Christmas choir etc. Details of all of these activities, with relevant links, can be found on our Welcome Page.

Looking for Reliable Tradesmen

You will all, I suspect, have a number of those magazines which pop through our letter boxes every month. The ones I am referring to are those with names like 'On Your Doorstep', 'Door to Door' or 'Hessle Villages'. They are all full of advertisements and useful telephone numbers of local tradesmen. However how do we know that they are reliable? I know that I asked one of them to give me a price for creating some steps from a paved area to a raised area of garden. The man duly arrived and looked at the job and said that he would leave a price for me through the letter box. I am still waiting and that was three years ago.
So I have asked around and found that one of our members was inconvenienced one Saturday morning when the only toilet in her house decided to stop working. She checked one of these magazines and chose a plumber who was advertising there and he made her the first call of the day and did a very satisfactory job at a reasonable price.
It occurred to me that it might be a good idea to create a register of good reliable workmen that U3A members could call with some confidence. I have started the list with a few who I either have used and recommend or whose names have been passed to me from other u3a committee members. If you are aware of someone you feel should be added to the list please contact either me on 659852 or Steve Roberts who is compiling the on-line U3A News Letter on 659816.
Please click on this Tradesmen Link to view the current list. I would be pleased to add to the list at any time.

Les Holmes

Ready Steady Read volunteers

Can you help?
We have been asked if anyone can spare two hours a week to help children read in schools. If you are interested contact Sue McPhee (652766), or see the notice board at the General Meeting for further information.

2020 Annual General Meeting, 18th November

This last AGM was later in the year due to the Coronavirus and was a virtual AGM via Zoom. This meeting was well attended and successful, considering it was our first attempt using Zoom. Trevor Barnett and Les Holmes stepped down from the committee, leaving some vacancies which we hope to fill in due course. Unfortunately the afternoon did not conclude with tea and cakes as is the usual manner.

Newsletter and Website

The next issue of the bi-monthly newsletter, AWAKEN, will be published at the relevant monthly meeting.

Please let everyone know about your group's activities by sending contributions and photographs for the next newsletter and website by sending them to Steve Roberts, Newsletter Editor with copies to Chris Moody, Website Manager and Sue McPhee, Interest Group Coordinator or click the Contact page here to get in touch. The deadline for submissions to the next edition of AWAKEN will be the 2nd Wed of the Month for January, March, May, July, September & November, but contributions for the website and any future editions of the newsletter are welcome at any time.


u3a Equipment

Please note that all of our u3a equipment (computer, projector, screen, etc.) is available for Group use. At the moment we have no 'Keeper of Things', and we are still looking for any member who would like to take on this role. It entails storing the various items of equipment and lending them out to Groups/members on request.



Write an article for AWAKEN and win £20. Your article will appear under the title ‘IN MY OWN WRITE.’ What we are looking for is a reflective, interesting, amusing or opinion piece rather than a purely informative article. The content can be light hearted or serious but it must be suitable for the AWAKEN readership. Your article must be approx. 450 words long (one side of A5). Avoid religion, politics and too many exclamation marks!!! Include your Name and Membership no.

Contributions should be sent to Steve Roberts or on paper copy to 18, Ellerker Rise, Well Lane, Willerby HU10 6EY


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