Buxton & District

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A message from Anne:
Were you at school in Harpur Hill? If so, the Oral History Group would love to hear from you. We are looking for memories about life at the school over the past 70+ years. It does not matter which decade you attended the School, we are keen to hear from you. Of course the real “jewel in the crown” (pardon the pun) would be if anyone remembers the Coronation and its celebration in Harpur, either in the School or the community.
Never underestimate the importance of your own memories – they are vital to telling the story of the past. Please contact me if you were at the School and will help us.
Anne Rogerson (Oral History Group Leader) arog@btopenworld.com or 01298 26720


A message fro Acclimatise Whaley:

We have learned from our High Peak Green Network colleagues that High Peak Borough Council is putting on a webinar about affordable warmth / fuel poverty, this coming Thursday starting at 1pm. Please see the attached poster with the speakers and timetable.

We are disappointed that the publicity for this event is coming out so late, it looks to be an interesting line up of fairly highly influential speakers.

David Smith, Head of Communities and Climate Change organised this event to outline the services that High Peak Borough Council and these different partner agencies provide for people living in fuel poverty in the Borough.

To join the event, copy and paste the link below in your browser to the Council’s YouTube channel. The event/ link will not be active until 1pm on 4 November.



Ann Sheehy on behalf of Acclimatise Whaley


Big Buxton Conversation on 24 April 2021 was an inspirational experience for those who were able to participate. So much so, that, along with our friends in Buxton Town Team, Vision Buxton, and BCA, we are hosting Big Buxton Conversation Two (BBC2) on 8th November.

The first session in April was forced online, so this next Conversation will be face to face. Indeed, we hope that these might become an annual gathering to ensure our community voices are heard and influence how our town develops. The session in the Methodist Church on the Market Place on 8th November will build on the glorious ideas and themes that arose in the first session, but you don’t have to have participated in April to join us in November.
If you want to review the April Conversation the written version of the proceedings can be accessed via our website: Big Buxton Conversation – Transition Buxton

BBC2 is Free including goodies from Pig & Pepper Bakery at break time. We know that 2:30-5:30 on a Monday afternoon may not be ideal for everyone, but our pre-Christmas options were very limited. Please join us if you can, this is really valuable work which should not be underestimated. Our future is shared, lets create it together.
Everyone who lives, works, studies, owns property or runs a business in Buxton is invited – we want to hear from as wide a range of local people as possible. Thanks to a small grant via the Transition Network UK and the National Lottery Community Fund we are able to offer some travel or childcare bursaries for those who may need support in order to attend 2:30 – 5:30pm on 8th. Please email conversation@transitionbuxtn.co.uk if this is support you would like to access.

It would be much appreciated if you could try to ensure that U3A is represented at BBC2, and if you would help us spread the word as widely around town as possible. The attached can be used as a poster or an invitation. I also attach an image that can be used in a newsletter or social media post.
We will of course share the outcomes of BBC2 after the event.

An URGENT and IMPORTANT message from Lyn Noble:

As we all know, musicians of all persuasions have had a hard time during Covid. Performances have had to be cancelled and audiences have lost the habit of attending. Buxton Musical Society is no exception, so we are asking for help filling St John’s Church for the Society’s first “post lockdown” concert. June and I will be there so you won’t be alone. If you have never tried a concert of this type this could be the moment you’ve been waiting for (and it only lasts an hour!) If you are familiar with the Musical Society you won’t need reminding that their music is superb.

After lots of rehearsal, performing to a small audience can be disheartening so please help support Buxton Musical Society, enjoy the concert and possibly join us for a pint afterwards. Details on the flier. All concerned would love to see you there. Best wishes - Lyn Noble

We have some vacancies for group leaders. Please come forward if you are interested otherwise the groups will disappear. Poetry, Playing the recorder, and Table Tennis Doubles Monday Groups are looking for a group leader. You can share the role too.
Contact Andrew Matthews (Group Leader Liaison) here Contact.

The Latest from TAT regarding phishing and scams.

Here is a message from Neighbourhood Alert about online scam alerts and free webinars.

Keep Buxton on the move. Have your say! Click on Buxton sustainable travel plan to join in the consultation process.

Unfortunately the group Culture Vultures has decided to fold as well as the Intermediate Walkers on Thursday. Anybody who would like to resurrect any group, please get in touch with Andrew Matthews (group Liaison) on the Contact page.

National u3a Day - Due to Covid restrictions it was decided to celebrate this day with two Zoom talks; the first one: 'A two hundred-year Antarctic adventure: a short History of Humans in Antarctica' and the second one 'What happens to History when our leaders are mad or ill'. Both very interesting and enjoyable talks. Unfortunately, the weather was beautiful and a lot of members were probably enjoying the sunshine. However, there were still enough people to have a good laugh and enjoy the sessions. Look out for the recordings in your emails!

Unfortunately, Tuesday single table tennis group has folded. Anybody interested to take on the role of group leader/coordinator? Please contact Andrew Matthews, group leader liaison on the Contact page.

Click here Volunteers needed for Poppy Appeal and click on the picture on the right side of the page to see more.

Link to the latest TAT newsletter

Unfortunately Book Group 2 has decided to call it a day. If anybody wants to start it again, please let Andrew Matthews know. You can contact him on the contact page - Group Leader Liaison.

Click here for Newsletter Express from TAT

Recycling in Buxton - interesting information - click here for Transition Buxton or join Plastic Free pledge

A new link for volunteering opportunities Townend Community

New Crochet group starting on 6th May 2021

Sue Brown is planning to lead a Crochet group, meeting at her house in Buxton to start with. Experienced people and complete beginners are welcome,
At present we will meet outside (in her garden to start with) from 2pm-4pm on a Thursday afternoon, starting on Thursday 6 May 2021.
We will initially meet on alternate Thursdays.
At the moment the group will be a maximum of 6 people to comply with government guidelines, but she will look to increase this in time.

Contact Sue Brown on
email: headlands091@gmail.com

Click here for the National u3a newsletter April 2021

On Wednesday 14th April, Ann Clark is re-starting her Wednesday Longer Walking Group. and it is open to new members.
You are now allowed to walk in groups of up to 30 as long as you respect the Covid rules.
As some of you might not have walked in a group for a while she is planning a shortish walk of 6 miles starting at Poole’s Cavern car park and walking through Mines Research.
Anyone wanting to join this group needs to inform Ann beforehand and will also need to fill in a personal checklist before attending the walk. The Personal Members Checklist can be found on the website under Covid 19/Personal Members Checklist which is a blue link at the right hand side of the page.
Ann is looking forward to seeing some old friends again and welcoming new members to the group.
Please contact Ann Clark on 01298 71058 or by email petenann58@hotmail.com.

From the National U3a - click here: Exploring World Faiths Week

Notice from the charity Prostate Cancer UK - www.prostatecanceruk.org

Latest data shows that since March 2020, urgent referrals by GPs in England have dropped by tens of thousands. Analysis by NHS England show this is a result of the pandemic making it harder for men to visit their GPs. As a result, more than 8,600 fewer men started treatment for prostate cancer in 2020 than in the previous year. The earlier prostate cancer is caught, the more likely it is to be cured, so it’s critical these 8,600 ‘missing men’ are found quickly to ensure they’re not lost too soon as a result of this devastating disease. As such we’re launching a campaign, to encourage more people to take our 30-second risk checker to better understand their risk of prostate cancer and avoid missing out on lifesaving treatment. We wanted to share this news with you and I’d like to ask if you could share this vital tool within your networks too.

A link to the u3a National Newsletter March 2021

The very successful virtual talk on Cyber Security held on the 18th of March will be repeated on 8th April 2pm via the u3a national website. To book click here Staying-Safe-Online

A link to the latest Newsletter from TAT

For music lovers, on the 25th March 7pm, Music in Hospitals and Care organises a Virtual Music Quiz with Katie Derham - click here for FREE tickets Music Quiz

For the poetry lovers, here is a link Meet the Poet to an interesting conversation and poetry reading via Home-Share.

Community notice -
NEW RECYCLING COLLECTION POINT IN BUXTON for empty tablet blister packs.
Don't throw your empty tablet blister packs away - you can now recycle them in SUPERDRUG in Spring Gardens. The container is situated near the dispensary.

A new link to High Peak films of the past has been added to the Hyperlinks page.

Here is a link to an interesting charity called Hearing Ambassadors. We are also going to be using subtitles in our Virtual talks.

Here is the link to the u3a UK Newsletter You can sign up and receive it monthly by email.

11/01/21 An email we received today.
Dear Buxton u3a,
I’m writing to you from the King Lear Prizes, the national creative arts competition for older people during the COVID-19 pandemic. I wanted to inform you about the latest round of the competition, which has just opened to entries, and is running from January to March 2021.
Your U3A members may be interested in hearing about the competition, which is specifically for amateurs and beginners who are over the age of 65. You will know better than me which of your groups might be interested!

The competition accepts entries in poetry, real stories (short stories from people’s lives), art and musical performance, and there are over £2,000 of prizes on offer. The winners will be picked by our panel of expert judges including Gyles Brandreth and Julian Lloyd Webber.
For more info and how to enter, please take a look at our website: www.kinglearprizes.org.uk
It’s a great creative project for people to get stuck into particularly during this lockdown, and it’s an opportunity for your members to improve their creative skills.
If you have any questions or would like more information, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
Very best wishes,
Chris, General Manager, King Lear Prizes
Reply to Chris Bland , but please do not copy your reply back to this web site!

u3aUK has a newsletter and individual members can subscribe to receive the Newsletter directly using the subscription form on the u3aUK website homepage https://www.u3a.org.uk/

ENVIRONMENT GROUP. We are running Zoom meetings and the next one is due on 15 December with the topic REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURE. The first in the New Year will be a presentation by the Biodiversity Group of the Buxton Civic Association. For more information email Ann Clark on petenann58@hotmail.com

WEDNESDAY LONGER WALKING GROUP. Now that we are in Tier3 we can think of walking in groups of up to 6 provided we follow the U3A guidelines. I am looking for volunteers to make up a programme. Ann Clark on petenann58@hotmail.com,

Some interesting reading: Understanding Diversity and Inclusion 2019 membership survey

The last Ad Hoc updates were in February and September 2020 and a lot has been happening since that date!
The latest news is:

  • Since September 2020 there is a new Management Committee and Helpers
  • There is now a special page on the website for Covid-19 news and updates so keep an eye out for regular news from TAT (Third Age Trust).
  • Instead of the Monthly General meetings, there are now interesting talks via Zoom on every second Monday of the month. See the Events page.
  • Newslink Autumn issue 80 is out and has been emailed to all members. The hard copies will be delivered or posted this coming weekend.
  • A Zoom page on the website with links to Zoom courses
  • Contact has been made with an Australian U3A and here is their News Letter with a paragraph on us written by Sue Vernon: Oz Newsletter
  • We have two price winners!! The short story competition was won by Kate Briant 'The Allotment'. The Poetry competition was won by Maggie Hale 'The Singers'. Both are printed in Newslink

September 2020

The first u3a radio broadcast
The first ever u3a radio is officially launched!. 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. 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 communications@u3a.org.uk Here is the link: https://youtu.be/9zGNxpUSUAc

Here is a link to some debates you might find interesting
These debates are on YouTube and feel free to share these links within your groups or with other people who might be interested.

Some links for opera and cultural fans
Opera North and Podcast