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ALL TALKS, EVENTS AND GROUP MEETINGS HAVE
BEEN CANCELLED UNTIL THE END OF JUNE

For up-to-date information about the pandemic, please visit the Coronavirus Information Page

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A message from the Miller Center - Caterham
Following further government announcements, and the ever-evolving coronavirus situation, we have taken the difficult decision to cancel all events at the Miller Centre until September at the earliest.
All planned film shows have also been cancelled, including JUDY (6 April), as has our OPEN DAY (13 June).
We hope that the production of David Copperfield at the Minack open air theatre in Cornwall (27 to 31 July) will still go ahead, and we'll provide more information nearer the time.
We also hope to include some or all of the cancelled productions in our 2020-21 season, which is due to be announced soon.

Newsletter - March / April 2020 edition
Our latest edition of the Caterham U3A Newsletter is now available to read (in PDF format).
If members have any interesting news relating to your group activities, please share with your group leader.
Group Leaders - please submit your articles to the Newsletter editor before the copy deadline of Sat 30th May.

The Silver Line
This is the only free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people, open 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
Find out more about The Silver Line and if you need help? Call them ANYTIME on: 0800 4 70 80 90
It was setup by Dame Esther Rantzen, and can:

  • offer information, friendship and advice
  • link callers to local groups and services
  • offer regular friendship calls
  • protect and support older people who are suffering abuse and neglect

Surrey Libraries
There is some important information provided on the Surrey Libraries - coronavirus page.

Virtual Book Group
If you are interested in joining this new group, please read the U3A Virtual Book Group document.

National U3A Day
The U3A head office have postponed U3A Day on the 3rd June
It is now to be held on Thursday 1 October 2020 (International Day for Older Persons).

National U3A Newsletter
The Mar20 newsletter from the National U3A has some interesting articles, which are worth reading.
Why not subscribe to the newsletter - you will find the link in the newsletter.

Videos of group activities
We have recently been visiting some group sessions to video their activities.
You can take a look at the videos by following links to the Badminton, Glee Tones, Recorder, Science and Table Tennis group pages.

Short Mat bowls
We are planning to use the de Stafford sports centre in Burntwood Lane on either a Tuesday from 17:00-18:00.
If you are interested in joining the group please contact Roger Dale.

Our post-Christmas Festive Lunch, superbly organised by Sheila Frost was held at Bletchingley Golf Club on 10th January 2020. We decided to return to Bletchingley following the success of the Summer Lunch and we were not disappointed.
Over 100 of our members came along and we started the occasion with an aperitif and chatted with friends old and new. The food lived up to our expectations and we tucked in to a delicious lunch served by Tracey and the her team at the club.
A fun quiz prepared by our regular quiz master Phil Wright (which some of us struggled with!) challenged our brains during lunch, but gave us some great talking points. Well done to the brainy table who won.
It was wonderful to have such a great response from our members and to see so many of you getting together and showing your support for our wonderful U3A. Click on the pictures below to see them full size.

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Monthly Open Meetings for 2020 have been published.
They include talks by outside speakers or current U3A members, and are held at the United Reformed Church Hall, Harestone Hill, Caterham. Time: 2.15 pm for 2.30 pm start. The list has been published on the Events page.

Caterham & District U3A ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING - Minutes now on the website
The AGM was held on Monday 25th November 2019 at the United Reformed Church Hall, Caterham. It was very well attended. There was mulled wine, mince pies and our very own Recorder group entertained us - see photos below. The minutes of the meeting have been published and are available for reading on the Membership page.

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U3A Surrey Network
The U3A Surrey Network held their AGM on the 24th October 2019 - you can read the Minutes of the AGM 2019 here

Theatre visits - Miller Centre
We currently don't have a group leader for organising theatre visits to the Miller Centre in Caterham. If you would like to take up this role please contact the Groups Co-ordinator.

Beginners Badminton
There are still a few places available in the beginners badminton group, so if you are interested in learning how to play badminton please contact Roger Dale.

Makaton
We are hoping to start a makaton group (a very basic sign language used to communicate with
those who are autistic or have language difficulties). If you would be interested please contact the Groups Co-ordinator.

Table Tennis
As there is a rather large table tennis waiting list, if we could arrange for another day to play, would
someone be willing to run this group. If so please contact the Groups Co-ordinator.

Digital Imaging
There is a U3A member who is willing to run this group but would need some kind person to provide their living room due to space constraints at his own premises. If you would be interested please contact the Groups Co-ordinator.

Rock and Roll
Do you like rock and roll and enjoy listening to it on vinyl then please put you name forward and contact the Groups Co-ordinator.

Model making
Do you like making models and would like to join a group of like minded people. If you would be interested please contact the Groups Co-ordinator.

Norwegian
Would anyone be interested in learning Norwegian as we have a member who is willing to teach this. Please contact the Groups Co-ordinator.

German Beginners
We still would like to hear from anyone who would like to teach a German beginners group. Please contact the Groups Co-ordinator.