Croydon

Chairman

Hello to One and All,

We had a BRILLIANT time during our Summer Activities Week in August. It felt especially successful after we had to cancel last year's plans. 22 activities: talks, walks, and visits were arranged with an amazing diversity of choices. Members could join an introduction to Bridge, have a go at Belly Dancing or go sailing on Bewl Water. We had Zoom talks about Vietnam and the Islands in the Southern Atlantic and our third very popular Virtual Pamper Evening. There was Dance Exercise, Chair Yoga, 2 walks and a Garden Visit. The talks ranged from Geology to Elections and the Voting System, How to Avoid Falls and Deal with Stress and Financial Planning in later life. We had an Afternoon Tea attended in a safe environment, with 54 members present and a Quiz. Only one event had to be cancelled - the Fire Safety talk, because on the day the Fire Station didn't have enough staff on duty to be able to release someone for non-essential work. All the members I spoke to during the week very much enjoyed their chosen events and the opportunity to meet up.

We are now in full swing for the autumn with a combination of live and Zoom talks and more Groups meeting up again. Some groups are sticking with Zoom, some are going 100% live and some are having a bit of both. We are adaptable and flexible. Our strategy of being more digitally aware will not be at the detriment of social face to face interaction and opportunities. Belonging to the u3a, keeping existing interests going, discovering new ones and making friends are all top of the menu for protecting our mental health

We have been in touch with our u3a friends in Croydon, Melbourne, Australian. They are having a really tough time. We will keep in contact with them and are hoping to have a virtual meeting-up around Christmas time.

Apart from our two fairly new groups - Mathematics GCSE course and the new walking group for Slow Strollers, we are delighted to be able to offer three more possible new groups. These are Making Music, Wales and its Treasures and....... have you guessed? Belly Dancing!

The monthly Quiz Night is proving very popular. We learn quite a lot, some of it soon to be forgotten but it's great fun. As an evening Zoom event there's no worry about getting home or having a drink or two to inspire the memory!

So if you are not yet a member of Croydon u3a, what's stopping you? We are a lively and friendly bunch of people, interested in all sorts of stuff and actively recruiting new members. It's money well spent. Visit the contacts page without delay. We have a special offer at the moment - a half price deal.

Very Best Wishes

Jenny Wilson
Chair