Buxton & District

Ad Hoc

This page will replace the Ad Hoc email updates, which were previously sent out to members.

Any news or announcements you would like to make on the Ad Hoc page, please email the Webmaster on: banddu3awebmaster@gmail.com

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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


This is your new management committee:

Chair - Fiona McIntoshemail: fionaU3A@gmail.comTel: 07957 242676
Vice Chair - Zan Hurstemail: izhurst@sky.com
Secretary - Sue Vernonemail: suevernonu3a@gmail.com
Treasurer - Joe Brownemail: joebrown957@hotmail.com
Membership Secretary - Gwyneth Reesemail: ghrees2016@gmail.com
Group Leaders Liaison Officer - Andrew Matthewsemail: andrewu3a@gmail.com
Website Administrator - Tineke Bosmaemail: banddu3awebmaster@gmail.com
General Meetings Organiser - Jean Evansonemail: jeanevanson@btinternet.com
Occasional Helpers Organiser - Margery Sherwood