News for Members

This news should be of interest to all members - Latest News is at the beginning.

For information about groups, check the group's web-page.

The June edition of the Newsletter can be downloaded by clicking on this link -> Latest Newsletter


An Important Notice about Distribution of the Newsletter

Members will be aware that the new General Data Protection Regulation has recently come into effect.

When the membership data is migrated to the new Beacon System all our communications with members, both postal and e-mail, will be generated from the Beacon System - we have therefore not asked members permission to store information on the current system that we use to send out a mass mailing of our newsletters. Therefore we will not be able to do so until Beacon goes live. However, information that would have been included will be shown on this page.


Visit Oxford now Fully Booked

There will be a reserve list. If you want to be put on it, contact Frank.

For Frank's contact details and details of the trip check the Outings & Theatre Visits page


Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru 2018

This year, the National Eisteddfod is being held in Cardiff Bay. There will be a U3A stand there from Saturday August 4th to Saturday August 11th. It has been organised and run by members of the South Wales Network and hosted by Cardiff U3A. The number of the stand is 418 and it is located close to the Norwegian Church. The photograph on our home page, provided by Jim Bartlett, gives a good idea of it's location.


National Event at the National Museum in Cardiff

For the first time the Third Age Trust have organised an event in Cardiff on the afternoon of Tuesday 9th October.

Tickets are now available to book on-line

For more details click and to book tickets click on this link to Book Tickets for the National Museum.

It will last from 1:30 to 4:30. The cost is £15 which will include refreshments (including a Welsh Cake!).

Members may have noticed that this is the second Tuesday in October, which is the usual date of the Cardiff U3A Annual General Meeting. The AGM this year, has therefore been put back three weeks and will now be held on October 31st

For more details of the Cardiff U3A AGM click on this link to the Monthly General Meetings page.


Email Security

National Office recently reminded us that when sending an email to a number of recipients, we should avoid revealing their names and addresses to the other people in the email by making sure that we use blind carbon copy (bcc), not carbon copy (cc).

This is an important part of the compliance with data protection.

Margot Dixon of Rye U3A Creative Writing group wrote this limerick to help people to remember:

"Desist" I said, feeling quite stroppy,
"Sending emails without Blind Carbon Copy,
To groups of your pals,
Both the guys and the gals"
To do so I deemed very sloppy.


Cardiff U3A Summer Quiz

The Cardiff U3A Summer Quiz will be held at the Heath Citizens Hall in Heath Park on the afternoon of Friday, June 29th. was won by the Old Timers Team from Cardiff U3A.

This was the first win by a team from Cardiff - at the 10th attempt. The runners-up, The Dambusters, were also from Cardiff.


Bus Pass Thursday Visits Next Term

A list of the visits planned from August to November can be read by clicking on the link on the Bus Pass Thursday group page


Member Support

We are an ageing population – though ‘young at heart’ sometimes we encounter difficulties in mobility, hearing, sight and so on. If you are having difficulty with these or other aspects related to health then please let the Group Convenor(s) know so that you can discuss any changes that may help.

The U3Aplus section of the Third Age Trust website ( has advice which members may find helpful. Carers may attend meetings free of charge with you if needed, or it may be that a member of your group would be happy to give you a lift or accompany you on the bus. Many U3A’s do have members who are on hand specifically to help.

If you would be willing to join a team who could offer support to members, getting to or actively taking part in, their group meetings please let Alison know at