Brackley & District

News Items

Next Online Mirthy Talk (Posted 12/04/2021)

Thursday 15th AprilKath Reynolds on MirthyGoose, Grease and Brown PaperA fun trip down memory lane pre NHS days for cupboard remedies. Can we afford the doctor? Of course not! A fun trip down memory lane to pre-NHS days and the kitchen cupboard remedies inflicted by our nearest and dearest! Honey, salt, onions, mustard…not to forget the snails, urine, string and cow muck!

Coronavirus Times Edition 15 (Posted 24/03/2021)
Coronavirus Times Edition 15 is now available on the CV Times page. You will also receive your copy by email shortly.

Join Poetry Club Zoom Meeting on Mary Leapor on 10th. March (Posted 02/03/2021)
JOIN TIM EAST AND CAROLYN HUNTER CONVENORS FOR OUR POETRY GROUP, ON WEDNESDAY 10TH MARCH AT 10.30 A.M. (ZOOM) The talk takes the form of an imagined conversation between Mary Leapor, Brackley Poet and her father, Philip. To receive an invitation please email Ian Nixon (

Some Groups are meeting via Zoom (Posted 25/11/2020)
Although our groups are not able to meet in person at the moment some of our groups are meeting online via Zoom. The following groups are using the u3a Brackley Zoom Licence:

Book Club1st Monday of each month 11.00hrs for 2 hours
Poetry 13rd Monday of each month 10.30hrs for 2 hours
Italian1st & 3rd Tuesdays of each month 10.30hrs for 2 hours
Traditional Dancing3rd Tuesday of each month 14.30hrs for 2 hours
Singing for FunEvery Wednesday 19.30hrs for 2 hours
Family History2nd Thursday of each month 10.00hrs for 2 hours

If any other groups would like to avail themselves of uninterrupted Zoom meetings please get in touch with Ian by email (

Online Mirthy Talks (Posted 13/10/2020)
As you are aware we are currently unable to hold live Monthly Speaker Meetings, however following the trial Mirthy talk in September we intend to book online "Mirthy" talks for our members. If you are interested in viewing these talks please register with Mirthy via the link sent to you in the Members Newsletter and follow the instructions on the page to register for the talks.
Once registered you will receive a confirmation email with a unique link in it to access each talk. A reminder email will be sent to you a couple of days before and 15 minutes before each talk is due to start. If someone registers and does not receive the confirmation email please check your junk or spam folders, or email,.uk direct.
Details of up-coming "Mirthy" talks will be posted on the "Events" Page.

U3A Podcast (Posted 13/10/2020)
The national office learning team have been working with member volunteers who are skilled in broadcasting and you can keep listening to u3a radio wherever you are as it is delivered as a recorded podcast. It was officially launched on the 29th September at 2pm.
To be able to listen to u3a radio click on the following link
This pilot will feature a series of interviews and features from across the movement – for the launch - all themed around looking forward. We are very excited about this project which we aim to grow and develop over the coming year. There will be another pilot before Christmas. We hope you enjoy our first broadcast.
Please tell your friends and colleagues to tune in! If you have an interesting story to tell - get in touch - you can email us at

Coronavirus - Annual General Meeting Cancelled (Posted 08/04/2020)
As previously posted our Annual General Meeting was to be on Thursday 21st May 2020. Due to Coronavirus restrictions affecting us all, the AGM has been cancelled for the time being. The Chairman will let all members know when the monthly meetings and groups can start up again and at that time a new date will be set for the AGM.

Coronavirus - Keeping in Touch (Posted 27/03/2020)
To help you remain connected with your family and friends whilst you are self isolating at home the National U3A Site has some advice on Keeping in Touch etc during the crisis.

Coronavirus (Posted 17/03/2020)
In addition to the previous post and in view of the recommendations from the Government the Committee has decided to also cancel all group meetings until further notice. This supersedes any information in the Calendar, Group and Events webpages.

Coronavirus (Posted 17/03/2020)
In view of the recommendations from the Government the Committee has decided to cancel all monthly meetings until further notice. This supersedes any information in the Calendar, Group and Events webpages.
Membership can still be renewed either by post or putting it through Karen’s letter box (2 Steane View Brackley NN13 7AF or Marie Starkey 2 Martial Daire Boulevard Brackley NN13 6LP). When you renew your membership if possible can you please pay by cheque.
Karen will still receive nominations for the committee.
This message supersedes the earlier post but the advice contained in that post will continue to apply to meetings when they resume.

Coronavirus (Posted 13/03/2020)
Your committee recognise that the current Coronavirus situation is unsettling and we want to reassure you that we are closely monitoring the developing situation and following Government & U3A National Office guidance. At the present time we are not cancelling our March monthly meeting. Should anything change we will inform you as soon as possible.
When attending any U3A meeting we ask you to take the following Government advice:
Washing hands regularly for around 30 seconds and use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser if soap and water is not available.
Maintain good hygiene practices such as using tissues when coughing or sneezing and disposing of the tissue in a bin.
Do not shake hands and use the sanitiser and tissues provided at the door if necessary.

Membership Renewal (Posted 13/03/2020)
Membership renewal is due 1st April 2020. The Committee are pleased to inform you that we have been able to keep the membership fee to £12 and if you belong to another U3A membership fee is £6. If you are paying by cheque can you please fill the cheque in before you come to the meeting, check that the date is correct, signed and made payable to Brackley & District U3A. This will save time when you come to sign in. Members who belong to another U3A can you please renew with Karen and Marie (at the welcome table) and have your other U3A membership card with you. Completed membership forms can be posted or put through my letter box. (2 Steane View, Brackley NN13 7AF)

Poetry 2 (Posted 04/03/2020)
This new Group's Convenor is Frank Arnold. Their first meeting will be held in Brackley Library on Thursday 5 March 2020 10am - 12 noon.

Traditional Dance / Tea Dance (Posted 22/02/2020)
Please Note, the session on Friday 17th April + will now be a Tea Dance (2pm-5pm) at the Methodist Church, High St, Brackley.

Table Tennis for Fun (2) (Posted 03/10/2019)
"Table Tennis for Fun 2" group is a new group to give opportunities for playing Table Tennis in addition to those provided by the existing "Table Tennis for Fun" group which is oversubscribed. The new group meet at the Brackley Leisure Centre on Tuesdays from 13:30 - 15:30. The subscription is £2 per attendance.

If you wish to join this group please contact John Moore using the email link on the "Table Tennis for Fun 2" group web-page, or just turn up for the next session.

Please note, the members of the original group should remain in that group but are welcome to go to the new group for extra sessions if they wish.

Brackley U3A Open Day a Great Success (Posted 18/08/2019)
Brackley U3A Open Day on Thursday 15th. August was a great success. We were encouraged to have so many positive comments, "What a great atmosphere", "What a friendly bunch you all are! And what a great turn out", "I saw the advert, was a bit worried about coming on my own, now I'm here I find I know at least 6 of the members. I wish I'd had the courage to have come along before". The Group Leaders also reported that they seemed to have signed up dozens of our current members who wished to join various activities.

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