Bourton & District

National U3A Day, 3rd June 2020

Your chance to spread the word

Why launch a national U3A Day? “What is the U3A?” How many times have friends and relatives asked you that question? Despite having approx 450,000 members belonging to 1,050 U3As nationally there is still a lack of awareness about who we are and what we do.

As announced in the winter newsletter to improve public awareness the National U3A is introducing the first ever “U3A Day”. This will be on Wednesday 3rd June 2020.

Every U3A across the country has been asked to do something eye-catching on that day that both publicises and celebrates the U3A. We want every retired / semi-retired person to know that the U3A is there to enhance their retirement with a range of learning opportunities, activities, fun and companionship. Hopefully local and national press will give some coverage to these events.

What are we going to do?

The committee discussed a number of ideas. As the objective is to get the message across to as many people as possible we decided to arrange Duck Racing and an Information Stall on The Green in Bourton and Refreshments, Interest Group Displays and Performances in the Victoria Hall would be the most effective events.

We are mindful that we cover Moreton, Stow and the interlying villages as well but for sheer footfall we felt this venue is unbeatable. As we are highlighting the U3A as a national (and international) organisation we are happy that tourists and people of all ages will see our events. Hopefully it will inspire them to tell retired friends and family about the organisation and they can find their local groups.

Why Duck Racing?

Mostly it’s to get people to stop, so they visit the information stall and we can tell them about U3A. We are going to dress the ducks to represent each Interest Group! This should also raise awareness of what we offer as they will be betting on “Skittles” or “Five Bridge Choir” or “Bridge” or whatever! It is also a way of raising some funds which will help offset the costs of the event.

Why do Refreshments?

It’s a great way of getting people to come into the Victoria Hall and visit our displays and performances. Also having the entire Victoria Hall gives us an undercover venue, particularly useful if the weather is unkind. If it’s a dry day we can serve tea in the garden. Either way it’s a good fund raiser which will help with costs. The upstairs hall will be used for Interest Groups' displays and performances, the downstairs for refreshments.

How can MEMBERS get involved and help?

Please put the date in your diaries. This event will be a huge undertaking and, frankly, it will only be a success if as many members as possible volunteer to help on the day. If you have benefited from your U3A membership, making new friends and enjoying activities, please give some of your time so that other retirees get to hear about U3A.

Please volunteer to do one or more of the following:

Before the day

  • Make and donate cakes, scones and savouries such as sausage or cheese rolls etc; please bring on the day.

On the day

  • Help with running the Duck Racing,
  • Help man the Information Stall,
  • Help serve Refreshments
  • Help provide Interest Group Displays and Performances.

You can volunteer to help by contacting me or signing up at the monthly meetings. We will sort out shifts nearer to the time. The more volunteers we have the shorter the shifts, although we hope members will stay around and enjoy the day! It will be a chance to find out what other Interest Groups do and socialise with other members.

Susan Dodd, 01451 822431, chairperson@banddu3a.org.uk