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More details on each item can be found by clicking on the links (coloured text).

The information is provided in good faith but Cowbridge U3A is not responsible for it and is not recommending anything. The following list usually does not include U3A events.

The editor was a senior technical author with wide experience in International News who carefully checks the sources of the following information. But do you really believe what's written here? I hope you do, of course!

Well listen to this mind bending BBC Enquiry audio [23 mins], 'Why don't we care about facts?' And think again.
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Latest Info

Info's On-line resources for Groups

Groups Resources
Art AppreciationArty Factory10 Free Courses to help
Bridge40 Bridge SeminarsHow to play BBO onlineBBO online games
GeologyWales Geology resourceOpen University
HistoryWales HistoryTeacher’s resources
MahjongMahjong GamesFree Mahjong.Org
Natural HistoryN.H. MuseumNational Museum of Ireland
QuizSporclePub Quizzes
Tai ChiA Tai Chi Great who taught me.

There are 40 Bridge Seminars on YouTube. By clicking on the link in the table, you go directly to the Video.

  • Do you have an informative video that you've found on YouTube or a new web page that would be interesting to any Group? Then tap this link and I will add it to the resources above.
  • Wales' Economy Minister Ken Skates has given a major hint that non-essential shops could re-open in less than two weeks' time.[Courtesy WalesOnline]

While America is rightly indignant about the murder of a black man, George Floyd, what the unintended consequences of the murder is the mass nationwide mixing of outraged populations protesting that will give Covid-19 another boost to its propagation.

  • Lloyds bank closure postponed!
  • Did you miss the last talk given before lock-down, entitled 'A Career inside Television'? The Program Coordinator has published a Slide Show on a bespoke web page. It includes explanatory text to replace the original commentary. Just click on the Pictures to move to the next Slide. Enjoy!

Oil Central Heating? Then look at Events & Wales further down this page.

Age Cymru is offering a check-in-and-chat telephone service for the over 70s in Wales who live alone.

NHS, 111 Wales is not available in many parts of South Wales.

Latest Covid-19 Advice from the Third Age Trust's Chief Executive is on the Covid-19 page Covid-19 f), Advice & General Information.


Health Headlines

Age Cymru is offering a check-in-and-chat telephone service.

NHS 111 Wales not available in all of South Wales, Stress, Grief, Dementia, A video about Memory & Ageing, and Stroke. Try this NHS Wales site first for general symptoms.

Events & Wales Headlines

Oil Central Heating, Porthcawl Pier, awash during Storm Ciara.
National Trust, Lloyds Bank closure, Porthcawl U3A talks, Usk Open Gardens, Making Wales the best place and Ageing Well in Wales; in this strategy the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales sets out her priorities.



  • Age Cymru is offering a check-in-and-chat telephone service for the over 70s in Wales who live alone. Available to register on-line or from your phone.
  • For more info on 111 Wales coverage, click here on 111 Wales.
  • Help managing Stress, Anxiety and Low mood with Mindfulness on BBC Breakfast.
  • Help dealing with Grief.
  • Opportunities to assist with Dementia Research. See Page 23, of the latest Third Age Matters for an article on Dementia: the risks. Also find out about the Memory Jar. For information contact Madeline.
  • You can follow an International University project called WoMAAC that hopes to help with understanding of ageing and memory. Simply scroll down to the bottom of this page and click on the video [it takes 5 minutes to watch, and it could change many peoples quality of life].

Events & Wales

  • Lloyds closure deferred! The permanent closure of Cowbridge branch has been postponed and it will remain open where possible to "support you through this difficult time". An explanation from Lloyds Bank gave its reasons why it was closing your Cowbridge branch.
  • Oil Central Heating? You can see here that Home Heating Oil prices have dropped considerably since the 25th March and it might seem to a good time to top up your Oil Tank. However the price is still dropping very steeply and if you act too soon you may find that in a fortnight the price is significantly lower. These are unprecedented times especially for Heating Oil prices# so check out the advice first before making a purchase. It's a good time to keep an eye on heating oil prices, anyway!
  • Porthcawl Pier awash, A Helicopter and Storm Ciara. Pictures are on Links to the right. (Courtesy Porthcawl Live RNLI)
  • The National Trust is celebrating its 125th Anniversary and has announced that its Welsh membership has just reached 200,000.
  • [U3A events] If you would like to watch talks presented to our Porthcawl U3A neighbours, click here and then on the pictures.
  • Making Wales a nation of age-friendly communities. A publication from Ageing Well in Wales and COPA (Cymru Older People’s Alliance) is a practical guide to creating change in your community. One of the recommendations is to get involved with your local U3A.


WoMAAC Project Overview