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King Lear Prizes

A national creative arts competition for older people during the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically aimed at amateurs and beginners over the age of 65. The latest round of the competition has just opened to entries and is running from January to 19th March 2021.

Poetry, real stories (short stories from people’s lives), art and musical performances are all welcomed, and there are over £2,000 of prizes on offer. The winners will be picked by a panel of expert judges including Gyles Brandreth and Julian Lloyd Webber. A great creative project for people to get stuck into particularly during this lockdown.

Discover more information about the competition and the organisation which runs it.



South West Region Newsletter

The first edition of the South West Region's bi-monthly newsletter is now available. The South West covers the counties/areas of Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Isles of Scilly and the Channel Islands, so is the largest geographical Region in England. It consists of 133 u3as, some large, some very small. Most of them also come together to meet with other local u3as in one of 15 Networks where they can share ideas, help each other solve problems and organise joint activities.



Tai Chi on Zoom

A new group started in November and would welcome more members. It meets weekly on Thursday mornings - see the group's listing for more details. It is hoped that the Zoom sessions will be supported by outdoor meetups at a suitable location in Bishopston whenever regulations relating to the coronavirus pandemic allow.



u3a in the Time of Corona

This book is based on the Diary Project and has been created using contributions from u3a members all over the country. It chronicles our reactions to coronavirus and isolation, as well as how to get a supermarket delivery, how to cut your own hair and what to do with all that free time. Some people sent drawings, photographs and poems, which have been included.

The book is A4, 120 pages, colour printed and costs £10 including postage.

If you would like to order a copy, please go to the national u3a website.



Bridge lessons starting in the New Year

New to bridge or want to improve? Join an online course with Bristol Bridge Club. For further details, contact:



Climate Change and Sustainability this newly formed group is meeting monthly via Zoom on the second Wednesday from 2pm to 3.30pm. Details can be found on the Groups page. If you are interested and would like to find out more, contact Jan Brunwin. New members are very welcome.



News from The Third Age Trust

National u3a is offering a number of workshops, webinars and interactive sessions delivered via Zoom, by members for members, which are free to join. These include 10 week courses of bridge for beginners and improvers, "cryptic crosswords explained" and an introduction to yoga. Booking is required.

The Winter Learning Programme is worth a look - it includes a poetry competition, u3a radio podcasts, a weekly quiz, maths challenges, mindfulness sessions and a diary project. And have you visited the Third Age Trust Youtube channel?



We Are Bristol Helpline

A dedicated free telephone hotline has been launched in Bristol to help the city’s most vulnerable citizens during the coronavirus pandemic.

The We Are Bristol support phone number – 0800 694 0184 – is now live and is free to use. It will offer a potential lifeline to isolated and worried residents across the city.

Call handlers are available from 8.30am-5pm, Monday to Friday and 10am to 2pm Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays to provide support for people with a wide range of needs, including obtaining food supplies, other essential items and medication. They can also help arrange follow-up support with different organisations.



LinkAge Network

LinkAge has rounded up the latest advice on staying healthy and happy while you self-isolate during the Covid-19 pandemic. They have tried to stay relevant to the Bristol area where possible. Please note the advice may change rapidly.

Age UK Bristol has set up a Helpline and the number is 0117 929 7537.



Bristol u3a Newsletters

If you are a member you can download and read recent Newsletters here. If you have forgotten the username or password contact the Website Editor with your membership number.

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