Welcome to the page about Coronavirus. As you know, all meetings and events have been cancelled until further notice. In the meantime here are some articles, thoughts and ideas for you to think about, starting with a messaage from Broxbourne U3A Committee:

We are sure that everyone is aware that our meetings and Group activities are on hold at the moment following the Government's advice and recent formal instructions, and will be until further notice. We do not know at this moment of time how long this will last. To keep you informed, we will update our website as the situation changes.
Please keep those members who do not use the web updated, especially as to when life at the U3A can get back to normal.
If you have any cheerful items that would interest our members please send them to Maureen Dennis (, who will post them on our website, they will be most appreciated.
Most importantly of all, please keep in contact with those of us who may be lonely by regular phone calls, checking if they need help in anyway.
Please all stay safe and keep to the Government's rules and advice.
Looking forward to getting together again.

Your Committee.

There is plenty of advice and information available from,, other websites

Shopping: Most local stores are allocating special times for the over-70s.

The Creative Writing Group have been having some fun writing or re-writing nursery rhymes. Here is an example:

I had a little visa
nothing would it buy
not a stack of bog rolls
or a cherry pie
The threat of Covid-19
wouldn't hamper me
I'll have to take a shower
Every time I pee.

by Julie Rizzi

The U3A National Office produce a National Newsletter each month. To have a look at it, and maybe sign up for regular email delivery, visit (go to Quick Links at the bottom of the page and click on ‘Newsletter Sign-up). On the U3A website you will also find the latest guidance and advice on coronavirus, plus some great ideas to keep learning together.

A Message from the Herts. Network of U3As:


Herts. Network feel that the following is particularly relevant at this time. It is from the editors of McCall's Magazine of America 1959.

"At this difficult time, mend a quarrel.
Seek out a forgotten friend.
Dismiss suspicion, and replace it with trust.
Write a love letter. Share some treasure.
Give a soft answer. Encourage youth.
Manifest your loyalty in word and deed.
Keep a promise. Find the time.
Forgo a grudge. Forgive an enemy.
Listen. Apologise if you were wrong. Try to understand.
Flout envy. Examine your demands on others.
Think first of someone else. Appreciate.
Be kind; be gentle. Laugh a little. Laugh a little more.
Deserve confidence. Take up arms against malice.
Decry complacency. Express your gratitude.
Welcome a stranger.
Gladden the heart of a child.
Take pleasure in the beauty and wonder of the earth.”

(I'm not sure about 'Welcome a stranger' in these times ..... M)

A few more nursery rhymes from the Creative Writing Group:

Baa Baa black sheep
Have you any bread
No sir, no sir, the bakers in bed

So is the milkman
And so is the dame
The Covid virus has got them
Will we ever be the same again

Jack and Jill went to the town
To get some toilet paper
When they got there
The shelves were bare
So they contacted the local Council
But they were laid off
Due to a cough
They had contracted Coronavirus
Joan Facey

hot cross bums
Hot cross bums
One a penny two a penny
Hot cross bums
if you’ve got no loo roll
You’ll have to use your thumbs
One a penny two a penny
Hot cross bums
Julia Rizzi

(Now, now, keep it clean! ...... M)

Shared Learning Project - a message from Herts. Network (this looks interesting) .......

All U3A members have the opportunity to take part in a Shared Learning Project entitled “A Living History of Members’ Experiences during the 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic”.
This will involve keeping a diary of our time in this pandemic, not necessarily daily, which will ultimately be collated with others submitted to produce what will be a fascinating document
Details of what you need to do can be found by following the LINK (Living History in Unprecedented Times) on this page.
This could turn out to be an important and valuable piece of work relevant as both an historical record for future generations and an aid to planning for extraordinary circumstances in the future, so have a look at the link and see if you would like to take part.

If you have anything you would like to contribute to this page, please send it via the CONTACT page.

Keep smiling and stay well!