Aylsham, Norfolk

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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

Aylsham and District U3A has suspended all gatherings until further notice.

AYLSHAM AND DISTRICT U3A IS NOW ONLY OPERATING BY TELE CONFERENCING; PHONE CALLS; SOCIAL MEDIA ETC

You will shortly receive information about our AGM which is due in May. Although this is not going to happen and will be delayed we are still required to inform members as if it was happening.

You can still however keep in touch with each other by using phones, free conferencing apps, what’s App etc etc. If willing share your phone numbers to remain in contact. Don’t become isolated.

Keep in contact with your group members.

Live, Learn, Laugh by virtual means

Jean St Clair
Chair

U3A is a unique and exciting organisation which provides life-enhancing and life-changing opportunities. Retired and semi-retired people come together and learn together, not for qualifications but for its own reward: the sheer joy of discovery!

Members share their skills and life experiences: the learners teach and the teachers learn, and there is no distinction between them.

The U3A movement is supported by its national office.
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Aylsham and District U3A is now a full member of the Third Age Trust and we have ordered the Third Age Matters magazine which should have dropped through members' letter boxes in February.

Events & Monthly Meetings - See our Events Page for information on our monthly meetings and the next talk, these are proving very popular and a good opportunity to meet other members and find out what else is going on. Hopefully we will have a raffle for you each month to add something else to our meetings. Any donations for prizes will be gratefully received.

Groups - We have groups starting all the time but we still need more convenors.

Outings - See our latest outings information, via the Events Page. We would love to hear from you of any places you would like to visit and we will consider all requests received.

Coffee Mornings - The popular coffee mornings are held on the first Thursday of each month at 10.30 am to 12.00 at St. John's Catholic Church, White Hart Street, Aylsham,
There are good parking facilities on site and the coffee morning provides a great opportunity to meet and chat informally.

We do need some help, please. Would anybody like to help when we are busy and, especially when we are away. It is not difficult and it is fun.

Our membership is over 300 with new enquiries arriving on a regular basis. Our membership renewal period now runs from 1st April 2019 till 31st March 2020.

More information About Us may be accessed via the About Us link on this page.

MESSAGE FROM YOUR CHAIR

We enter this new decade with a thriving U3A. More new members, more new interest groups. I am constantly still being told how our U3A has changed members lives which is lovely to hear. Your committee is planning a busy year, so be prepared to help on the National U3A Day on 3rd June. What the working group are planning will only work with the participation of our interest groups. Watch out for further news on this from the working group.

Our social secretary, Ros last year did an amazing job organising our trips and the Christmas lunch. For this we are extremely thankful as we are all volunteers.

For 2020 we have a new social secretary, Ian. The coach companies have been visited and Ian will be producing a programme of visits for the whole year very shortly.

I am still hopeful that we can start a research study of members memories about living through the second world war. I know that some of you have some interesting stories and it would be lovely to get some down on paper.

So, let’s look forward to an interesting 2020.

Taken from an edition of Third Age Matters – From a member of Syston & District U3A
“ I was a community mental health nurse in the Melton Mowbray area.
My colleagues and I regularly referred patients to the local U3A
The overwhelming problem of patients recovering from depression was social isolation.
Our health care worker would find out their hobbies and interests and liaise with relevant U3A group leaders to help the patients initiate attendance.
Once patients attended groups regularly, their mood improved and we were able to discharge them. Frequently they were too busy attending groups to keep their appointments with us!”
Do you know a friend or neighbour who would benefit from being a U3A member?

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