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BUXTON AND DISTRICT U3A
CORONAVIRUS BULLETIN 2
20th April 2020
1) COMMITTEE STRUCTURE UNTIL THE AGM
I hope you are all keeping well and managing to cope with the restrictions of the lock down that is in place. I just wanted to inform you all that the existing committee will be staying in place until a proper AGM and handover can be conducted. We will do our best to keep you informed of anything that may be of interest through the website and hopefully it won't be too long before we are all back attending classes and seeing our friends again.
2) NEWS OF ACTIVITIES AROUND THE U3A
Art and Painting for Beginners
The group is sharing and commenting on each other’s paintings/drawings by email (no negative remarks allowed. Ric Stubbs, a member of the group, is putting together a “Lockdown Art” display of representative water colours and sketches. These will be published on a sub-page of the group’s website page. In will appear in early May. The point of contact is Ric Stubbs Richard.firstname.lastname@example.org
In the last week, existing and prospective members of the Committee have telephoned 68 members who are not on email. Apart from having a chat, they told the members about the postponement of the AGM and where appropriate, reminded them about paying their subscriptions. This section of our membership remains philosophical and positive and seemed to appreciate the personal touch.
Intermediate Walks – Wednesday
Hilary Gresham, Group Leader, coordinates a weekly blog and encourages members of the group to send in a favourite photograph taken from the previous week’s officially sanctioned exercise walks. In addition, there is a regular “Quest”. The first was to find a particular bridge and to take a photo of yourself by it and to send pictures in of other attractive bridges. The second was to do the same with two disused turn-styles and to seek out more of them.
Singing for Fun
Frances Brindley, Group Leader, has brought to her group’s attention Gareth Malone’s “Great British Home Chorus”, a virtual experience with which members can sing along. She also emails details of site addresses offering other singing-related opportunities or interest. Members who are not on email and who may be vulnerable are also telephoned from time to time. There is guidance for practising exercises and songs which the group have studied and there is the scope for creativity…Frances suggests “.How about all of us singing “On the Sunny side of the Street” whilst cleaning?
Lyn Noble, Group Leader, is currently sending out a series of “lessons” to the group. The aim is to provide a bit more information about the instrument, how it works and how to play tunes as well as strum. There is much email communication within the group.
Virtual Digital Photography Group
The group continues from the safety of members’ own homes. They are still doing monthly assignments but instead of getting together to review and discuss what they are doing, they are doing so via a photo-sharing website. Details of this are on their group page https://u3asites.org.uk/buxton/page/5603
Ian Taylor, Group Leader, receives details of special offers, including free ones, from the various websites associated with family history. He emails them to members of his group and knows from the feedback that some members do appreciate this.
Due to the Government Guidelines, the annual spring Talk run by the group at the Palace Hotel has had to be postponed. This was due to take place on 20th March. It will now be on 19th March 2021. Each year, the Group hosts a very successful annual conference , to which members of other U3A Family History Groups in the region are invited. This is held at the Palace Hotel in September. The likely status of the Government Guidelines in September is unknown and the staff at the Palace Hotel are currently on furlough. It is an example of the difficulties encountered when trying to plan events in the time of Coronavirus! Ian wishes to assure all who have already bought tickets that they will be valid for the rescheduled events if necessary.
3) INFORMATION AND IDEAS FROM ELSEWHERE
The Parish has put together an excellent guide to all of the shops that are open, have remote ordering and delivery services during the lock-down. If you live in or close to Buxton, you may find this very useful. It is on the Links to the right of this page ..
THE THIRD AGE TRUST WEBSITE u3a.org.uk
The Trust has undertaken an enormous amount of development work in the last month to provide online activities and resources for U3As, Group Leaders and individual members. All are covered by your subscription. Take a look. The offerings fit broadly under three headings:.
Ideas for Keeping Well
Weekly mindfulness sessions
From 20 April – a week’s worth of fitness exercises developed specially for U3As by the TV fitness champion Mr Motivator.
Aids to keeping informed about Coronavirus – latest advice from the Government and NHS.
Take part in the U3A Support Forum – contribute and share general chat and learning topics.
Things to do
Take part in the “Living History in Unprecedented Times” project: see Coronavirus Bulletin 1.
Photographic projects to take part in – “U3A Birdwatch”, “U3A Eye”
Take part in learning forums. These are related to learning and strengthening your U3A.
Individual members and U3As have presented eg Maths puzzles, yoga sessions, etc.
Learning about Communications Technology
The lock-down has brought all sorts of new names into the communications world – Zoom, Whypay, etc. The Trust has developed a whole series of “How To” guides about getting started on some of these free telephone and video-conferencing services. It is setting up a network of volunteers you can contact for help in getting underway.
And for those not using computers……. Groups within some U3As ensure every member not on email has some buddies who phone them regularly during the lock-down.