News and information

This page has news about Cottingham U3A together with local information and websites which members might find useful and interesting.

U3A Day 2020

The first national U3A Day is to be held on 3rd June 2020. The hope is that U3As throughout the country will do something to raise the profile of the U3A nationally. There is a special Facebook site for members from any U3A where ideas can be discussed. It is called U3A Day and can be found using search on Facebook. Ideally a group of members, rather than the committee, will plan the day for Cottingham. If you are interested in being involved in the planning please let any member of the Committee know ASAP.


Future events:

10th March. There will be a study day in the Mercer Gallery in Harrogate. There is a Turner exhibition and there will be 3 workshops – painting, writing and researching. £25 to include all refreshments and lunch. See the YAHR website for more details.

3rd June. National U3A Day. There is a dedicated Facebook site with contributions of ideas from U3As all over the U.K. and also a dedicated section on the Third Age Trust website. If you are interested in being part of a planning group for Cottingham U3A please let a committee member know.

24th & 25th June. Study days in Whitby on Captain Cook. This is quite a full programme for the days and evening. There will also be suggestions for accommodation. £60 without accommodation. See the YAHR website for more details.

27th–30th July. Our regional U3A summer school at Hawkhills conference centre outside Easingwold. More information and application forms will be on the YAHR website in January. You can also contact Pat Collard if you require further information.

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Third Age Trust website:

Christmas Party Meeting 12th December 2019

This Christmas we spent a fun afternoon being entertained with our very own "Old Time Music Hall Concert." First to appear on stage were a number of our members who are also members of the Hull Folk Dance Club and they performed a traditional folk dance. Our Committee then performed their first ever potted pantomime, Cinderella, read poems and gave us a performance of Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer using sign language. Other talented members of our group, notably Maggie Graham who performed hilarious ditties and Jill Brooks who appeared as Fairy Snowflake, kept the audience amused. To close the show we finished with a sing-along of traditional Christmas songs with the audience joining in. The afternoon ended with festive refreshments and a raffle.

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Articles Required for the Newsletter
Now that there is more space available in the newsletter, Pat Windle would welcome more articles from Interest Group Convenors about their group, especially those looking to attract new members.

We regularly report on recent outings, but it would also be good to hear from members about any enjoyable group meeting or anything else that readers of the newsletter might find interesting.


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.