Latest News 28/09/2020
Hope you are all keeping well and been enjoying some of the late summer days we've had this
Government guidelines have changed again around the number of people you can safely meet up
with and I'm sure this has caused problems and disappointment to some of you but lets just hope
this helps to prevent a rise in Covid 19 cases and further lockdown.
You will see in the Newsletter that the Committee have made the decision not to re-commence
monthly meetings until next year.
Thank you again to those who contacted me with their preference for a return and it was not
surprising that the majority were against one.
The Town Hall have shared the safety guidelines put into place and we had to consider how many
of the committee would be able to perform the necessary supervising and sanitizing required
without putting themselves at risk.
Taking all things into consideration the safety and well being of our members is paramount and we
hope you support our decision.
For those who use or have access to a computer, or Ipad etc, Norman Watts has been looking into a
variety of Speakers available to deliver a presentation via Zoom in lieu of monthly meetings.
Before investing in this and securing any bookings we need to know how many members would be
interested in joining one of these, therefore please respond to Norman as soon as you can.
Several groups are now meeting regularly and I note a few more are about to start. If any group
leader needs some support or advise on re-starting a group contact Cyndy Banks your Groups Co-
ordinator in the first instance or any other committee member who will be able to help.
Until next time, take care everyone.
WHAT IS U3A?
LEARN, LAUGH, LIVE
U3A (the University of the Third Age) is an International organisation who's aims are the education and stimulation of mainly retired members of the community - those in their third age of life.
Membership is not related to a specific age but to a period in one's life (the third age) after the Second age of full-time employment and parental responsibility.
Anyone in the 3rd Age can join U3A, including people who work part-time, there is no lower age for membership.
U3A enhances lives by providing a social network of those with similar interests and this is done through interest groups which are based on a self help basis where we share knowledge and experience.
We have over 200 members from Callington and surrounding villages.
There is no waiting list and new members are very welcome.
We currently have over 30 interest groups providing educational, leisure and recreational activities
WHERE AND WHEN DO WE MEET?
We meet at Callington Town Hall. New Road, PL17 7BD
This has full disabled access and Wifi.
Meetings are normally held on the first Monday of each month and members are invited to arrive from 10am for tea or coffee and time to socialise with friends. (There is a suggested donation of 30 pence for refreshments) before the meeting begins at 10.30
We invite a Speaker along to share their experiences for around 45 mins to 1 hour then follow with updates from our groups, local news and U3A business, with the meeting closing by mid-day.
The interest groups may meet weekly, fortnightly or monthly, as agreed by their members, either at member's homes or at a hired venue. More details can be found on the Groups page
WHAT DOES IT COST?
U3As are funded in the main by the subscriptions of their members. Our current annual subscription is £13.00 (half price if you join after October 1st) this covers administration costs including an affiliation fee to the Third Age Trust. It entitles members to attend monthly meetings and take part in interest groups and receive our monthly newsletter. If requested you will also receive the quarterly U3A News and Sources magazine sent out by the Trust. Membership also gives access to the Tamar Valley Network, a collection of local groups which offer learning and training opportunities.
There is sometimes a small contribution towards the costs of meetings, especially if rooms have to be hired – but these are decided by the members of the groups.
HOW DO I JOIN?
If you would like to join Callington U3A, complete the form on the CONTACTS tab at the top of this page and your request will be sent directly to our Secretary to process or come along to one of our monthly meetings, where one of our members will greet you, answer any questions and introduce you to other members. Once you are a member you can join any of our interest groups by completing the contact form, or contacting the Group Leaders via each of the group pages.