News and information

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

Christmas Lunch

I know it's only August but we need to start making arrangements for our annual Christmas Lunch.

Details of the location, menu and price are shown below.
Please note that we will be taking names of those interested in attending the lunch at the August monthly meeting on 11th August. If you are not able to come to the meeting you can always send me an email should you wish to attend.

My email address is

Cottingham u3a - Christmas Lunch
Thursday 1st December 2022 at 12pm in the Kingsley Suite, Canham Turner building University of Hull. (Drinks available in the bar from 11:30)



Homemade cream of winter vegetable soup with crusty bread roll.


Fresh Orange Juice


Traditional Roast Turkey with homemade stuffing and sausages wrapped in bacon finished with gravy. Served with potatoes roasted in garlic and thyme, baton carrots and Brussels sprouts.


Flat cap mushroom and goats cheese stack served with sautéed shallots, chestnuts and fine beans with spring onion potato cake, seasonal vegetables and a wild mushroom cream sauce.


Traditional "Flamed" Christmas Pudding
Sherry Trifle topped with fresh cream

Tea/Coffee and Mince Pie

Cost - £23.00 per head (includes gratuity)


Cottingham Day - 3rd July 2022

A number of our groups took part in the Darby & Joan Hall open day which gave the hall hirers a chance to promote their various activities. We were lucky to have the small hall to ourselves and were able to show the public what the u3a is all about. Fantastic displays by the Art, Craft, Crochet and Needlework groups together with information from our Social Events group, Sunday Strollers, Walking Group and Quiz Group all proved interesting to the many visitors to the hall. Please see below for some pictures from the event.

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Picnic in the Park

To celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee and the u3a's 40th anniversary we held a "Picnic in the Park" albeit in the Darby and Joan Hall. Over 65 members attended and brought a variety of picnic food and wine with them and tea and coffee was served. The hall was bedecked with bunting and our own Crafting Group did a fantastic job with table decorations and displays. There was a film showing on the large screen of "A Walk through the Woods" to help give a picnic atmosphere. This was followed a viewing of the the Queens Coronation, well the edited highlights anyway.

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Please note that the June monthly meeting is open to all those who would like to come BUT the Darby and Joan Large Hall has a safe capacity of 100 for our members (thus leaving enough space between the rows for those members who require to manoeuvre around with a help aid and to give us some social distancing) and as we have a current membership of over 220 it will be on a first come basis until the hall is full.
Please note the doors will not be opened until 13.30. I realise that this is not going to please everyone, (I need you to take note of my final paragraph at this point), especially if we must turn some of our members away when the hall’s capacity is reached, for, if we just look at the problem of a safe evacuation of the hall should the fire alarm be sounded, heaven forbid, this has to be our priority
along with living cautiously and safely with Covid.

Sue Tong - Chair

Groups Update

A group can only exist if members are willing to take on the role of convenor. Two of our groups were under threat this month because we needed new convenors for them. Fortunately Alan Dalton offered to take on the 10 pin bowling group and June Lunnon and Pat Windle have stepped forward to keep the Scrabble group going. I’m sure the members are grateful to them; I know I am.

Patrick Quinn has recently restarted the Garden Visits group. This was a very popular group pre Covid restrictions, run by Kate Brogden. If this group is to flourish again Patrick would appreciate some help or support. Could that be you? Let Patrick know or let me know.

Another group which has recently restarted is the Lunch Club convened by Leah Corboz who is also the convenor for the Discussion group.

At the end of April most of the group convenors met to begin planning the u3a contribution to Cottingham Day in the Darby and Joan Hall, which takes place on 3rd July. Would you like to help on that day? We will have the small hall to meet visitors and exhibit what the groups do and to chat about Cottingham u3a. If you are willing to help please let me know.

The ethos of the u3a is that activities are provided FOR the members BY the members. Could you be more involved? Could you offer support in some way, working with someone else perhaps or being part of a planning group?

Our membership is growing, the number of members coming forward to stand for committee and to run, suggest and support groups is not growing. Please think about what you could do for our u3a and come and have a chat with me or with Sue, our Chair, or talk to one of the Committee members.

Pat Collard, Vice Chair / Groups Coordinator


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.