News and information

This page has news about Cottingham u3a together with local information and websites which members might find useful and interesting.

Cottingham u3a Day

We had a lovely day today at our national u3a day garden tea party. I am not going to use any names as that would be unfair as so many people contributed to the success of the day. Thanks go to the committee who worked hard preparing everything for the event, as well as at the event ensuring everyone had all they needed, demonstrating yet again the power of teamwork. Thanks go to the members who baked to add to the lovely cakes we all enjoyed. Thanks go to the members who attended for their participation, smiles and chat. It was so good to see people enjoying being out and meeting up with friends old and new and thanks to the photographer for capturing the smiles. Photos will follow.
We had new members to welcome into our group and our oldest member at 102 was with us. The one thing we couldn't do anything about was the weather and it cooperated beautifully with us.
As the first ever national u3a day, this was a special day for the u3a in general and it was a special day for us as we emerge from a period of restrictions and isolation. I felt very proud to be part of Cottingham u3a.


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Things are starting to open up again

Roundup of dates

  • Wednesday 2nd June. National u3a day / Cottingham u3a garden tea party
  • Thursday 10th June Morning - Committee meeting in D&J Hall
  • Thursday 10th June Afternoon - Get together in D&J Hall
  • Thursday 24th June. Morning - Get together in D&J Hall
  • Thursday 24th June. Morning - Needlework Group starts in D&J Hall.
  • Thursday 8th July. Regular monthly meetings return to D&J Hall
  • Thursday 15th July. Conveners’ meeting (Location tba)
  • Thursday 12th August. Morning - Committee meeting in D&J Hall
  • Thursday 12th August Afternoon - Monthly meeting in D&J Hall
  • Thursday 9th September. Morning - Committee meeting in D&J Hall
  • Thursday 9th September. Afternoon - AGM and Monthly meeting in D&J HAll

These are the dates that we are currently aware of. Some of our conveners are adding articles to the next newsletter. If you are a member of a group, or if you want to join a group, and you want more information, please get in touch with the relevant convener. There is a list of contacts near the back of the newsletter or you can check the Groups page here on the website

Captain Cook & Whitby

Come and explore the history of Captain James Cook and Whitby, in a 2-day event hosted by Whitby Whaler U3A.
The event will take place in September 2021, and as well as learning all about Captain Cook you will be able to explore the delights of Whitby, including the legendary fish and chips.

Dates. From Wednesday 22nd to Thursday 23rd September, with arrival on Tuesday 21st and optional stay until Friday 24th

The following are included;
• Lectures and films on Captain Cook and his voyages
• Visit to Captain Cook Museum, Whitby
• Visit to Cook’s birthplace site, Marton
• Visit to Cook’s school, Great Ayton, & tour of village
• Lunches on Wednesday and Thursday
• Social evening provided by Whitby Whaler U3A, with dinner and musical entertainment.
• Optional activities (not included in price) – ghost walks, visits to Whitby Abbey, St Mary’s Church, Whitby Museum, Pannett Park
Accommodation is not included, and must be booked by individual delegates. A list of hotels and B & Bs will be provided, and for those not living near Whitby we recommend at least a 2-night stay (Tuesday and Wednesday nights) – a 3rd night on Thursday would allow Friday for exploration of the many attractions Whitby has to offer.
Cost - £60.00 per delegate

For further details or to register, contact Trevor Barrowclife on 01947 600963, or email

Tour de Walkshire

Do you fancy getting out and about around our beautiful county this spring? Yorkshire Cancer Research and Welcome to Yorkshire have teamed up to bring you "Tour de Walkshire"

With the Tour de Yorkshire cycling race postponed until 2022, Tour de Walkshire is taking its place this year and we are encouraging everyone to get out and walk, cycle or run during the month of May. Have a one-off outing or set yourself a challenge over the month and count up your miles as you go along. You could wander around a local park or have a trip out to one of Yorkshire's beauty spots. You can get involved either on your own or as part of a team. Any money raised will come to Yorkshire Cancer Research so your efforts will help to save lives in our county.

For more details visit the Tour de Walkshire page of our Yorkshire Cancer Research website: Click here

You can sign-up to the Tour de Walkshire from today. Everyone who signs up will receive a free Tour de Walkshire T-shirt.

If you do get out and about we would love to see your photos so please do share them with me if you are willing: Andy Wilson,

Thank you

For information on upcoming u3a Events which are open to all members please click on following link:

Upcoming u3a Events

Getting Back Into the Spin of Things

The Yorkshire Cricket Foundation (YCF) recently announced the launch of the Yorkshire Walking Cricket team. Walking Cricket is an adaptation of the traditional game of cricket to suit those with less mobility.

u3a member Mac Mckechnie had no idea when he was struggling with serious illness in hospital, that several months later he would be getting this new sport off the ground, and encouraging older men and women to participate through his local Barnsley u3a . Now three years on the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation is making Mac the first Walking Cricket Manager for the newly formed Yorkshire team.

Prior to accepting this role Mac had already recruited 53 retired men and women to play for his local u3a team and supported other walking cricket teams to set up across the country. Pre covid the Barnsley team won the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation annual Walking Cricket Shield and they are now planning for this year’s Shield event to be played on June 2nd, which is national u3a day. Other Shield competitors to sign up to date are u3a teams from Doncaster and Sheffield.

Mac is one of over 400,000 u3a members across the country and Barnsley u3a is one of over 1,000 u3a’s. Founded in 1982, the u3a is a UK wide collection of locally –run interest groups that provide a wide range of opportunities to bring people together to learn for fun. It’s important to keep active and healthy and the u3a’s members across the country are doing just that .Those participating are either retired or semi- retired from full time work and cover a wide age range.

Mac says “I have always considered it an honour to represent your county in any capacity, so I am honoured that at the age of 70, I still have something to offer “.

And maybe the icing on the cake is support from International Cricket umpire Dickie Bird who commented as follows “ I have only recently found out about the fine work that the organisation for older people , the u3a, is doing in partnership with YCF around walking cricket , what a marvellous idea. I shall be throwing my weight around the new sport initiative and will be attending and supporting them in any way I can “
Many older people have had a hard time through the pandemic often with enforced isolation, minimal exercise and poor mental wellbeing. Now could be a great time to consider participating in this new sport!

For further information on Walking Cricket please contact Helen Leech on 07557 903264 or


The title does not describe the goings on in Cottingham ............... as far as I'm aware; but it does describe the genre of books many of you read if the books I've been given are anything to go by. I have just been given another few bags with lots of these in.

So if you're a crime fiction fan and you want to cuddle up with a good 'whodunnit'or 'cliffhanger' type book, let me know.
The authors I have in that genre are as follows: M C Beaton, Mark Bellingham, Eunice Chapman, Lee Child, Ann Cleves, Harlan Coben, Michael Connelly, Patricia Cornwall, Bernard Cornwall, Robert Crais, Clive Cussler, Jeffery Deaver, Michelle Giuttari, Robert Goddard, Tess Gerritsen, Gillian Galbraith, Robert Galbraith, David Gutterson, Nicci French, Duncan Falconer, Louise Doughty, Quintin Jardine, Simon Montefiore, Jonathan Kellerman, Tom Knox, Donna Leon, Peter May, Cormac McCarthy, Karen Rose, Karin Slaughter, Carol Smith, Terence Strong, Scott Turow, Minette Walters. If there's an author there you don't know give it a try. You won't be tested on what you've read although that's a thought. If you want to submit a review of a book or author I'll pass it round (unanimously if you prefer) to whet the appetite of others.
Come on folks help me empty some of the boxes of books I have here.

I also have a couple of Crafter's Inspiration magazines for the crafty amongst you. Let me know if you'd like them. Jigsaws still available too. I hope this finds you all well and vaccinated and ready for spring. Mind those backs if you're tempted into the garden although I don't know when the sunshine is coming back. Your March newsletter will be with you very soon.

Stay safe and stay in touch, Pat

YAHR Newsletter February 2021

If you would like to read the latest Newsletter from Yorkshire and Humber Region u3as please click on the link: YAHR - NEWSLETTER

Cottingham u3a swap shop

As members with email will know, we have introduced a swap shop for members to exchange jigsaws and books. We currently have 500 piece and 1000 piece jigsaws and books in different genres by a wide range of authors. I also have a couple of adult colouring books at the moment. These can be collected or delivered. If you would like any of these please let me or any committee member know. Also, if you are interested in a particular type of book or a particular author please ask what is available.

Pat Collard

Coronavirus Update

The roadmap out of lockdown.

As you know this month is the beginning of England moving out of lockdown and returning slowly to resuming our activities and ways of living. We will use this to determine when we can resume our u3a activities and keep you informed.

Here are the key dates of the four stages which are proposed although each will be dependent on examination of the facts and figures which happen between stages.

Stage One

8th March
All pupils return to school.
One person will be allowed to meet another person from another household outside for recreational purposes, such to chat over coffee or have a picnic.
Care home residents will also be allowed to see one nominated regular visitor.

From 29th March
The stay at home rule will end but people should stay local as much as possible.
Outdoor sport facilities will reopen, including golf courses and tennis courts.
Formally organised outdoor sports can also restart
Parents and children groups can return but are capped at 15 and must be outdoors. Indoor groups can take place for vulnerable children and where parents need the groups to go to work

Stage two

No earlier than 12 April:

All shops allowed to open.
Restaurants and pub gardens will be allowed to serve customers sitting outdoors, including alcohol.
Gyms and spas can reopen for individuals and households.
Hairdressers, beauty salons and other "close contact services" can reopen.
UK domestic holidays away from home permitted, with self-contained accommodation able to reopen for use by members of the same household.
Children allowed to attend indoor play activities, with up to 15 parents or guardians allowed to join them.
Zoos, theme parks and drive-in cinemas can reopen.
Libraries and community centres can reopen.
Weddings attended by up to 15 people can take place.

Stage three

No earlier than 17 May:

People can meet in groups of up to 30 outdoors.
Six people or two households can meet indoors.
Pubs, restaurants and other hospitality venues can seat customers indoors.
Up to 30 people can meet to celebrate weddings or other life events, like christenings.
Remaining outdoor entertainment, such as outdoor theatres and cinemas can open.
Indoor entertainment such as museums, theatres, cinemas and children's play areas can open.
Performances and large events will be subject to limits though. For indoor events they can be at half capacity or 1,000 people, and outdoors they can be at half capacity or 4,000 people - whichever is lower. For large venues (at least 40,000 capacity) up to 10,000 will be allowed to attend.
Hotels, hostels and B&Bs can reopen.
International leisure travel will resume no earlier than 17 May.
Adult indoor group sports and exercise classes can start up again.

Stage four

No earlier than 21 June:

All legal limits on social contact will be removed.
No legal limits on the number of people who can attend weddings, funerals and other life events. From April, the government will run pilots for events such as large weddings, festivals and work conferences. This will help to determine how measures such as enhanced testing might allow large groups to attend without social distancing.
Nightclubs will be allowed to reopen.


I received the attached scam alert COVID-19 SCAM ALERT and thought it would be helpful for others to see. It's unbelievable the situations that scammers will use to cheat people.

Most surgeries have sent texts to their patients asking them not to contact the surgeries requesting vaccination appointments as it is diverting staff from dealing with patients who need medical help. I know some of our members have had their first jabs which is great. There is a specified order in which people are being invited. I'm sure many of us in our 70s are keen to get our turn but we wouldn't want to take the vaccine from the over 80s or NHS workers so we'll have to be patient for a little while longer. Stay safe.


Important Information

East Riding Community Response Hub are offering a service to people who need it. They offer the following:

Delivery of food parcels with the basics of bread, milk, eggs etc

Collection of medication

Support with issues around isolation.

In case anyone thinks this might be helpful in this ongoing situation their contact number is:

01482 393919.

If you would find this helpful and you are in the East Riding Council area pick up the phone to them. or you can give me a call for more information.

Stay safe

Pat Collard - Chair


24 hour Legal Advisory Service.
The free legal telephone advice service from ARC Legal Assistance has been cancelled as this has not proved to be financially viable.
In future, please contact National Office direct for legal advice and they will deal with any enquiries on a ‘case by case’ basis.
Telephone 020 8466 6139 and Quote U3A Legal Helpline.

This free telephone advice service is available to all U3A members; there is no limit to the number of calls you can make and advice will be given on all aspects of law. If you are asked for an insurance number, tell them that you do not have one.

Click on Citizens Advice to go to their website, where you can obtain helpful information or be pointed to the nearest location for advice.

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Advice on avoiding Scams
Being aware of different possible scams is the best way to avoid them. Click on any (or each) of the following for advice.

takefive-stopfraud - Awareness campaign by FFA UK, its members, and partners Cifas & City of London Police - Metropolitan Police 47 page advice booklet.
AgeUK Avoiding scams - similar guide from Age UK.
Phishing and Vishing - the Security Awareness article from Driffield U3A (Nov 2015).
Postal & Phone Scams - article from Cottingham U3A Newsletter (Sept 2016)

Mobile Phone Emergency Contact
Have you thought of adding ICE (In case of emergency) next to the mobile phone number of your next of kin or contact person? This would inform the Emergency Services of who to contact in case of emergency. It would also be helpful for Group Leaders.

The Third Age Trust
The Trust holds several summer schools, workshops and conferences annually although these tend to be held in the south. To see if there is anything that appeals to you, check out their website by clicking on the U3A heading above.

National Theatre live
This gives details of selected National Theatre plays which are filmed and broadcast live. Cineworld at Kingswood shows these excellent broadcasts which include extras such as the background to the play or interviews with the author.

East Riding library catalogue - & - Hull library catalogue
Find out which books are available. No need to log on.

Visit Hull and East Yorkshire - Official tourist information.