Cotswold U3A Link


Diversity and Inclusion

Click on the image to the right for news of a Third Age Trust initiative on DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION. For more information click on TAT DandI. This section includes information on inclusion, guidelines, and links to recommended sites, the model policy, and a copy of the Equality Act 2010.

To book, or to discuss this further, please click eMail DandI to contact the Diversity & Inclusion Committee.

LAUGH LIVE CRY - Ten Short Plays for Play Readers on Zoom

Published authors and Tetbury u3a members Stephanie Dale and Jeremy North are offering ten plays for play-reading groups to read in person or on screen, specially designed for Zoom. This means they are short, often with a narrator, usually with a high percentage of female parts.
The cost is £3 per pdf file downloaded. All proceeds from the sale of pdf files will be donated to Tetbury u3a, but the authors would like to make it clear this is a private offer and not a u3a project. They were inspired by their u3a play-reading group to write the plays.
Format: pdf files sent electronically.
Click for the list of plays. To place an order, please email Jeremy North for instructions.

Message from Vice Chairman

7 August 2020
Have your say! We are looking for your ideas to help us develop the new Online Learning Hub. This is going to be an online collection of all of the resources and tools you may need to support learning across your interest groups and U3A.

This short questionnaire will give us valuable information about what’s important to you, and what we need to consider in the design and implementation of this Online Learning Hub. None of the questions are compulsory and your response is anonymous. This should take you less than 10 minutes. Click here to participate: Survey

Hilary Jones
Vice Chairman - Third Age Trust

Offers from Bromsgrove and Malvern U3As

August 2020

The leader of Malvern U3A's Astronomy and Astrophysics Group, Chris Baddiley, would like to invite interested Link U3A members to join his Group. Chris says: "It’s not just astronomy, but through the astrophysics and basic physics of it all, understanding how the universe works and our perception of it, which is key. Many people have enjoyed the course and learnt a great deal, new models of understanding; the result is that my students mostly are re-enrolments, so I could do with some new faces."
It meets every Tuesday and Friday at 4:30pm via Zoom starting on the 15th of September. For more information click Malvern A&A.

Bromsgrove U3A would like to make an offer to any Cotswold Link members to join any of their Zoom groups for an activity. Primarily they should contact Bromsgrove via their website - click Bromsgrove and send a message to 'Group Enquiry'. Their details will then be passed on to the relevant group leader. Additionally, if you have any places in your Zoom meetings please get in touch with their group co-ordinator so that we can reciprocate.

Chairman's Newsletter

Click Newsletter-May 2020 for the latest from the chairman.

Here are some past news items from more normal times.

Congratulations to John Merrick, conductor of Gloucester & District U3A’s choir, who won the 2018 BBC Radio 3 carol competition with his setting of music to Carol Ann Duffy’s poem The Bee Carol.

Special Interest Day July 2018 Special Interest Day: 'The Great Outdoors'
The Cotswold Link held a successful special interest day on 3 July at Cheltenham entitled “The Great Outdoors” attended by around 70 members.

The day commenced with a demonstration by a local professional artist from Chipping Campden, who specialises in painting outdoors with water colours. David Birch chose a picture from a variety of photographs brought along by members, and in less than an hour David produced his own unique interpretation of the photo, on stage, accompanied by his humorous lesson on outdoor painting. A thoroughly enjoyable experience even for those not talented in the art of painting.

A Rapt Audience The Artist at work - 1 The Artist at work - 2 Surveying his handiwork Explaining how it is done The End Result

This contribution was followed a presentation from David Viner, a Heritage Adviser for the Canal & River Trust, who works in the areas covered by the Cotswold Link. We had a comprehensive review of the work of the trust and David particularly mentioned the history and plans under the Trust from the Kennet and Avon canal in the south to the Birmingham/Worcester canal further north. David’s enthusiasm for his work was obvious to all.

After lunch Clare Henderson from the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust gave a wide ranging talk on the extensive work of the Wildlife Trust covering managing and preserving wildlife and woodland in our area. Clare outlined the progress being made and plans for future development, all accompanied by lovely pictures to illustrate this work.

Our final speaker gave a completely different view of the ‘great outdoors’ as Tim Barnes, an experienced member of the Cotswold Gliding Club, introduced members to the joys of seeing the outside world from a different perspective, without an engine. It was a stimulating performance where in addition to the technical side of aerodynamics, Tim outlined the immense pleasure to be found in flying free. Interestingly the membership of the Gliding Club includes many members aged 60 plus.

Jane Flynn

Choir Day In Good Voice
Several choirs from the Cotswold Link U3A groups joined together for a choir day organised by Malvern U3A on 23 May 2018.

A Grass Roots Approach to Family History Research
A book by Pershore U3A Family History Group -

How it all began : It seemed like a good idea at the time…
This book started life as a project to involve the whole group over the year. The thought was that most books are far too detailed & can be quite daunting, so we would produce a basic starter document to get the beginner going.

After a brain storming session on what to include, people chose which area interested them to write about. It took some months to collect it all together & then came the task of editing it into the book we have today. It leads the researcher from researching living family members, through how members are related, to how to record your findings and build family trees.

Advice is given on how & what you will find at County Record offices, Family History Centres & Libraries. Further chapters detail online research, how to research Parish Records, Civil Registration & UK Census Returns.

For those who wish to go further, information on what you can get from Gravestones & plaques, Wills and the Workhouse records are included. Finally, Migration & Travel and a little on Irish records are covered. At the end of the book are sample recording documents.

It has been challenging but so satisfying to see the finished article which we hope will inspire others to get searching.

Books are available at £3 (+ P&P). For further details please email Margaret or Keith.