This page, written mainly by the Chair, is for general news. For news relating to our interest groups go to the Group News page.
Happy Birthday To Us
November 2021 sees the 20th birthday of Evesham u3a. This has involved those of us who are more recent members hunting through the archives to see how it all began. How wonderful to find some of the inspired founder members are still members today. Those little acorns have grown into a mighty oak. Even a pandemic couldn’t keep us down. Many groups kept going right through lockdowns and most are back in full swing. Group leaders have been busy searching out more suitable venues and ensuring members are safe. We come to organisations like the u3a for so many different reasons - How to deal with that free time after retirement? How to keep body and mind active? Or perhaps, like me, you suddenly find yourself alone. Later this year we plan to celebrate this milestone and everything u3a has meant to its members over the past two decades. We would love to hear your stories. Let's keep that mighty oak growing!
Deborah Andrews 7/10/21
Help Shape the u3a Movement for the Future
In the Newsletter Express 1st October there is a survey giving you the opportunity to have your say in developing the strategy for developing the u3a for the future. The survey is completed anonymously but there is also an email address and you are invited to add your ideas. 1/10/21
Latest News from the Trust
Click this link for the Latest News from the Trust 20th Sept to see what is going on in the u3a at national level. Of particular interest is the 40th anniversary woodland project which members can contribute to by buying a tree! You may also be interested in taking part in the consultation on future strategy. A link to the National newsletter is also included which you can register to receive directly if you wish. 20/09/21
Market Gardening Heritage - Hovels project
Now that the Shared Learning Project involving members of Evesham u3a has drawn to a close, you may be interested in looking at the following websites to enhance your knowledge of our local history.
Market Gardening Heritage and Cleeve Prior Chroniclers 23/09/21
For information about restarting group activities from 19th July see Resuming Group Activities page. This will be subject to guidance from u3a National Office and will also depend on group venues arrangements. You will also find there a u3a Covid Risk Assessment template for those planning to restart their groups. 6.08.21
National Office have information about lots of projects/challenges which they have launched during Covid. These include the new u3a Radio podcast, photography, art, quizzes and lots more ideas. Please see National Programmes Also please see u3a Online Events for tutorials, talks, workshops on various different subjects inc. maths, yoga, crosswords, bowling etc.
Some groups have continued to operate during the pandemic using Zoom. Zoom is free software that allows you to hold face to face meetings online with multiple participants. How to do this can be found here Run Group online with Zoom including the links for downloading the software. We have set up our own Zoom Account so if any groups want to make use of this please get in touch to make a Zoom Request and book a time slot. 20/02/21
The Virtual u3a - Vu3a
This might be a good time to try out the Virtual u3a. It's been there for a long time and could be the u3a's biggest secret, but might be a lifeline to many people: Virtual u3a
Go and watch the Intro Video ... it is very good - and with 50 groups you can join from History, through art, books and lots more - right down to a coffee shop where you can just go online for a chat - but you have to supply your own coffee. It could be well worth the £12 annual subscription. 17.3.20
This report on a u3a workshop on Cyber Security contains advice about how to protect yourself online.
u3a book offer
Bloomsbury Publishing are offering book-loving u3a members a 30% discount on most books on the site that includes fiction, non fiction, children’s and cookery plus a discount on all events at the Bloomsbury institute using the code U3A30 at checkout.
Bloomsbury also own the Writers’ and Artists’ brand and the 30% discount is also included on their editing services and one day events run from the Writers and Artists website, use code U3AWRITERS
In case you are unaware ... the Garden Centre at Twyford, Home & Garden, the Valley gives members of Evesham u3a a 10% discount on full-price items. You need to show your membership card and ask politely.