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Share your Lock Down stories here, have you stayed in contact with other group members? share the story/photo/zoom screen shot with all our membership. Email Website Administrator from the contact page.
We do appreciate that most groups have maintained contact between members and quite a few groups have been active using the in one form or another. These however, are some of the first groups to restart their normal activity since lock down. There is still a long way to go but we have made a start.
One other item of interest is a project by the Guardian News & Media (GNM), archive on a shared learning project. They are looking for volunteers who know Pitman Shorthand to help transcribe the journals (now on line digitally so you can work from home) of Clyde Sanger, the Guardian’s first Africa correspondent. This project has now been funded and already over 100 U3A members have shown interest. To register contact Jennifer, the U3A’s shared learning coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Prior to the onset of the Covid-19 virus and subsequent lockdown, the Digital Photography 1 group would meet each month to view and appraise the photographs taken for that month's project, possibly view some videos relevant to future projects, and discuss various aspects of photography that may be of interest.
Since the imposition of the lockdown, the group has continued to function, but instead of our monthly meetings, we have sent our photos to each of the group members who have been able to vote for the three pictures that most appeal to them, and the member with the most votes declared "Photographer of the Month".
Projects tackled during this period have included "Bikes and motorbikes", "The colour red (or some other colour)", "Time", "Covid-19", "Water" "Things that grow (flowers, trees, plants, etc.)",and "Animals" The photographs submitted can be viewed via the attached link.
Future projects are "Local places" and "Reflections". The photographs taken for these projects will be added to the site in due course."
The Tuesday Walkers are keen to share this message and pictures with all of you.
With other outdoor groups considering how or when to get started, the Tuesday Walkers are the trail blazers who have already set off in the sunshine.
"Tuesday Walkers 2
Hoorah! Tuesday morning walkers had a first meeting since lockdown on 21st July 2020. There were just 5 of us walking but it was lovely to be back together again. We walked from French’s Avenue through to Sewell and then around the Blue Circle Quarry, about 4.5 miles in total. We took time to take in the abundance of wildlife as we walked. One of our walkers, commented “Lots of butterflies and wildflowers around the Houghton chalk pit.
Just the right temperature for walking and good company, what more can anyone ask for?”
We plan to walk again on our regular days (1st & 3rd Tuesdays each month) but, for a while, we. intend to keep to a small number of walkers each time. However, we will walk in two groups as numbers increase. An enjoyable morning and a move back to normality."
Thursday Wine Tasting Group No 2
There are eight members in our group and before the onset of lockdown we met once a month on a Thursday. We purchased two bottles of either red or white wine from various countries and had 50 ml of tasters in a glass. We made our comments on the wine as to colour, grape variety, taste on palate and what type of meal you would have with it.
Once a year we had a BBQ in summer, and winter dinner at a member’s house. Each member was tasked to bring either a starter or dessert and a selection of cheese and chocolates. The main meal is cooked by the host with the wine mainly being red, with a dessert wine & port to drink with the cheese.
Lockdown means we are not able to meet in person, so we have a weekly Zoom meeting. We drink our own wines and tell the others all about it. It is very sociable for the 40 minutes duration. Here is a screen shot of us of one of our meeting. It goes to show that group activities can continue while we have social distancing rules in place
It must be said that this way does not have the same personal connection as meeting sociably, but it is a good way with Zoom allowing us to continue to keep the group and its members connected