Welcome & Chair
WELCOME TO THE EASTLEIGH DISTRICT U3A
Learn, laugh, live.
With the Prime Minister recommending that everybody self-isolates, and in particular those over 70 or with certain health conditions should avoid contact with others to curb Coronavirus, your Committee have reluctantly agreed to cancel the Open Meeting this Wednesday and those in April and May. A review will take place in early May to agree what further actions are required.
We must stop all Group Activities.
The various days out, theatre trips and holidays will be reviewed by the relevant organiser and Members will be advised as information becomes available.
You can view this message on the U3A national newsletter.
We are facing unprecedented times and U3A members have resolutely stepped up to make the coming months the best they can, given the circumstances we find ourselves in.
We have many innovate and brilliant ideas coming from U3As, we will be sharing these each week - please check the website and let us know what ideas that you have used and share your results.
We are trialling a number of remote interest groups options, developing guidance for using products such as Zoom, whypay. We are also collating online learning resources to share with you. We will soon be rolling out tech volunteers to assist local U3A group leaders who want to run remote interest groups.
We will be having a movement-wide Shared Learning Project asking members to keep a diary of the coming days and weeks. We believe it will be an amazing example of living history and already many of you have shown an interest in this project.
If you would like to take part please contact us at email@example.com
We will be sharing well-being ideas from the members too, as it is important that members feel supported at home.
We now have a U3A: Keeping In Touch Facebook that received nearly 100 members as soon as it was launched and is growing all the time. This will enable members to share what they are doing with each other.
Our advice line is working hard to answer all of your queries, we are taking over 2000 a month in normal times, it is likely that for the moment we may have even more than normal but you can be assured that the advice line will be there to support you.
This newsletter is crucial in reaching out to members, as we have no direct contact with them. During this period we would be very grateful if you could assist members to sign up to the newsletter.
Thank you to all of you members, U3A committee members, and to our volunteers, the team here at the national office and the trustees.
We have a movement of incredible people. You the members have shown your support, your empathy, your willingness to share ideas and experiences, and more importantly, to carry on learning, laughing and living.
With very best wishes,
For those of you who have not yet joined our happy band,let us explain what the U3A ('University of the Third Age') is all about.
For a start, it is not a University! We don't give out qualifications in the shape of degrees or anything like that. Neither do we ask for a certain level of qualifications before you can join us. Qualifications, or no qualifications, or anything in between, it makes no difference; your level of education doesn't come into it! University here is only really used in the sense of 'universal' or 'for all'. Lots more about the U3A ethos in '500 Beacons', the U3A story, available by mail order or you can borrow a copy!
You can also look at the U3A's central website, run by the University of the Third Age Trust. Click on the U3A yellow button at the top right of this page for a full run-down.
The Eastleigh District U3A
We are continuing to grow in size and have a range of activities to offer you. So if you are retired or semi-retired and live in the Eastleigh area of Hampshire why not come along to one of our open meetings and get to know us.
We currently meet every third Wednesday in the month at 2pm at the Fair Oak Village Hall Shorts Road Fair Oak (approximately 2.5 miles from the centre of Eastleigh) with a talk or another subject. Also we offer a range of study groups and leisure activities, these may be based in Eastleigh Town Centre, in a member's home or at the Fair Oak village hall.
If you are new to the area?
One way to find your way round is to join us! Eastleigh was at one time one of the leading railway centres of the UK, with an enormous works close to the Town Centre. There was also a major cable works, Pirelli, based in Eastleigh. However, the importance of the railway works declined over time and the various sites previously used by Pirelli are now all housing estates. The railway works did close down a few years ago, but luckily the sheds etc, remained and over time these have become fully utilised again for railway related work (train refurbishment, etc) and associated specialist firms.
Eastleigh is also the home of Southampton International Airport, which in its early days as Eastleigh Airport, played an important part in the development of the Spitfire fighter plane.
The Town has continued to thrive as a centre for shopping and business located conveniently halfway between Southampton and Winchester.
Join us on one of our Outings
Look behind the scenes at what makes things tick, perhaps at what the general public doesn't get to see. You could have joined us on four day trips to the heart of Snowdonia, or Lincolnshire, or to Monet's Garden, or Cork in Southern Ireland or most recently the Yorkshire Moors. You missed the opportunity to travel with us on one of our popular New Year breaks visiting Shropshire and the Severn Valley; Great Yarmouth; and the latest in Ilfracombe. Many of us are still talking about the very enjoyable Easter Break on the Isle of Wight.
Locally we have visited the Esso Oil Refinery, had a back stage tour of the Mayflower Theatre then traveled to Bristol to visit the S.S. Great Britain and marveled at the Carpet of flowers in Arundel Cathedral,
Come to London with us, we've been on a guided tour of the Albert Hall, a visit to the Houses of Parliament, the Thames Barrier, a look at the restored St Pancras International - we will return!
Come with our Theatre Group to the best shows that Southampton, London and other towns and cities have to offer.
Join some of the other groups we have on offer.
There are currently over 30 varied activities on offer, where you can enjoy yourself and make new friends at the same time. Can't see a group you would like to participate in, well join us and help start one that you would like.