News and information

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

New Members meeting also incorporating a get together (as we have held in the past) for those members who have been unable to attend the January/February monthly meetings. Come and meet some of the committee; possibly some group convenors and some of our members who will be happy to socialise and hopefully give you answers to any questions you may have. We will be providing refreshments too. It is necessary for you to book your attendance with Karen on Tel. no. 840293 as numbers are still limited in the Darby and Joan Hall and you will be required to wear a mask unless exempt. This is presuming that the Covid guidelines/restrictions remain the same.

Date :- February 17th
Time :- 1.30pm to 3.30pm
Venue :- Darby and Joan Large Hall

Those all-important dates to book for the March and April meetings

March – you can book from the 5th February
April – you can book from the 1st March

Please book via our secretary Lesley Tempest on tel. no 847359

Christmas Lunch

Below are just a few pictures from our annual Christmas Lunch at Canham Turner building at Hull University on 2nd December. Despite the heavy snow we had during the morning, over 50 members attended and enjoyed an excellent 3 course meal followed by mince pies, tea and coffee. Following a unanimous decision by those present, we have provisionally booked 1st December 2022 for next year's meal. Make a note in your diary.

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Christmas Party

This year's Christmas Party held at the Darby and Joan Hall on 9th December. Quizzes, a raffle, music and lots of sweet and savoury nibbles enjoyed by around 70 members to get us all in the Christmas spirit.

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Following this morning's well attended meeting, we can set up a new u3a group for crafting. This group will meet from 1.30pm to 3.30pm on the first Wednesday of the month, starting on Wednesday 5th January 2022. It will be held in the Darby and Joan Hall. The cost will be £3 per session and will include refreshments.
Diana Taylor agreed to be the convenor for this group, supported by Lynne Limon. Diana's contact phone number is 01482 845873.
If you would like to join the group, for the first meeting in January please bring along an example of something you think will be interesting, an idea of something you would like to do or explore, or just yourself. All members' crafting ideas will be welcome.
Information about this group will be in the next newsletter but, as that will be after the first meeting, please tell your u3a friends without email about it.
As always, get back to me or Diana if you have any questions. Pat


We are now booking on a month-to-month basis with a set window to get your names registered and having
reviewed the seating we feel that we are able to now seat 80 safely each month. So, for November and
December this will almost cover the total waiting lists. This is using the numbers as of 14th October.

Booking for the January meeting - the start date is 1st December 2021
Booking for the February meeting – the start date is 3rd January 2022

To register a place please contact our secretary Lesley Tempest on 01482 847359

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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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.