Latest Information on how Chester U3A activities are changing because of Coronavirus

More information can be found in our monthly News Sheet on the NEWS page.

1) Monthly Meetings are replaced by online talks

See EVENTS for upcoming talks & Monthly Online Talks for those past.

Whilst Covid-19 is with us, we are replacing the talk at the meeting on the first Tuesday of each month with one that is delivered online. Each member will be emailed a link to the talk, which will be available for one month only. Please do not forward these links to anyone who is not a member of Chester U3A, as the talks have been specially commissioned and paid for by us, and the speakers may not want their talks circulated more widely (and they have a living to make!).

Thursday meetings have changed! They also are being delivered online, recently as Crowdcast webinars and before that May & June were substituted by an email with a series of links to online materials (blogs, videos, podcasts, etc.) that we hope will be of use to members. In July we had a live webinar where Mal Waite told us how the 2020 Chester Folk Festival survived Covid19 by going online. You can play the recording at the bottom of this page.

2) Groups

New Guidance for group activities was produced by U3A National Office on 21st December. Click the link which can be seen on the right or below.

Many group activities are continuing in a different form. For example the Bridge groups now play online, Science group meet via Zoom and watch the presentation followed by Q&As, Social Psychology are meeting twice a month via Zoom. Other groups share pictures & links by email/WhatsApp groups/Skype etc. To find out what a group is doing contact the group coordinator via their Group page.

Groups can use video conferencing to discuss, present talks, or just a friendly chat. Jitsi Meet, Zoom & Crowdcast are all being used. The tool we are using for committee meetings is Zoom. It is very easy to use. Instructions are here > How to Zoom.

3) The EVENTS page is being updated with the status of all activities that were planned and with additional on-line activities that we have set up. Social activities have had to stop until the situation eases. When it does they will appear in EVENTS on the Social page.

4) U3A National Office has been sending out very informative email newsletters, ideas on how to enjoy your group activities and how other U3As are changing their methods of working. If you do not get them you can sign up here > U3A Newsletter. Direct link to Covid-19 advice sources on the U3A National website > U3A Covid Advice.

Useful Information for our Coronavirus Isolation Time

  • Guides to tools that help you stay in touch and connected with your friends & family and U3A can be found on the national website here > How to guides.

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