This page, written mainly by the Chairman, is for general news. For news relating to our interest groups go to the Group News page.
ALTHOUGH ALL REGULAR U3A EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES HAVE BEEN CANCELLED SINCE MID-MARCH, MANY GROUPS ARE TRYING TO KEEP GOING VIA EMAIL OR VIDEO-CONFERENCING SOFTWARE. NEW MEMBERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME. 14.04.20
Top-class theatrical productions
If you love the theatre, you will be delighted to hear that the National Theatre is streaming live some of its most successful shows of recent years. They will be on their YouTube Channel, starting next Thursday 2nd April (7.00 pm) with the critically acclaimed and hilarious One Man, Two Guvnors The show will be available for a whole week. Jane Eyre, Treasure Island and Twelfth Night complete the offerings during April. You can find full details on their website - National Theatre 28.03.20
News update - what is going on?
I am grateful to the members who responded to yesterday's email. As I mentioned, Photography 1 is continuing to post images for comment by other group members; Photography 2 is doing the same, and they have also set up a flickr account for online photo sharing. Poetry is continuing to operate via email and Yoga 3 has received guidance from the tutor about how they can continue to practise by themselves at home. This is positive news. Can I suggest that there is no reason why members cannot join groups online in order to participate in the activities which are carrying on. You will need to go through the usual procedure of contacting the Group Leaders to see whether they can accommodate you. I would also refer you to the post below which tells you about vU3A - The Virtual U3A. Here you can join groups with members from far beyond Evesham!
If you are concerned about keeping fit as you cannot get out of the house, there are multiple sites online offering fitness exercise sessions.
We have started our own page At Home with Covid19 to collect these ideas and look at some of the more amusing moments so please keep your thoughts and ideas coming in. You can easily get in touch with me via the Contact page on the website. 19.03.20
Run Group online with 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.
Alternatively check out "Google Meet" It has less restrictions than Zoom, especially if you have a gmail account. 24/05/20
U3A Coronavirus Advice
It is important that we keep in touch and stay positive and supportive at times like this. The U3A has started a page on the national website to help and advise us all. The aim is to introduce as many ideas as possible encouraging members to stay active and connected. Click here for the latest U3A Coronavirus Advice
There are other ideas being put forward by groups; Photography 1, for example, is still posting images for the rest of the group to look at and comment on, if they wish. I am also investigating a software package called Zoom which would allow groups to continue to meet online. I hope to update you on this soon. 18.03.20
Coronavirus – more advice
There's a great deal of advice going around and we should follow that of the NHS and the government. The following is a simplified guide, not official, but is believed to come partly from a member of a research team and partly from a doctor who has worked with coronavirus patients.
• The microbe isn't heat resistant, so hot drinks are good (I've taken to cupping my hands round the cup to kill a few more microbes).
• Touching is the main route of transmission, so try not to touch things, especially metal.
• Try not to touch your face, particularly eyes, nose and mouth.
• Wash hands frequently, including finger tips and between fingers. If soap and water aren't available use sanitiser, but soap and water is better.
• Normal detergent kills the microbe.
• If in public, keep well away from other people, 10 foot away if possible.
• If you sneeze, don't put your hand in front of your mouth. Use a tissue, your elbow, or aim for the floor.
• Don't let your mouth go dry. Sip water every 15 minutes.
• Gargling with salt water may help.
This won’t guarantee you’re safe, but should help.
Also, make sure you follow NHS advice.
Keep well and hope for an early return to normality. 19.03.20
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
Cotswold Link Special Interest day now postponed
The Cotswold Link Special Interest day entitled Grand Designs at the Pavilion, Cheltemham, on 30th June from 10:00am until 15:30pm including lunch has been postponed. The day was to include speakers on topics such as William Morris; The Staffordshire Hoard; robotics; and sustainable architecture. We will advise when a new date has been rescheduled. Full details and booking form are here in word or pdf format, word Grand Designs or pdf Grand Designs 6.03.20 (updated 17/06/20)
Our team has tidied up the website and it is now Smart Phone and Tablet friendly. We are currently running a series of Web Page Editing Workshops on various Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings. If you are responsible for your Group's Web Page please contact us please visit our Website Editors Group for dates under "Dates for your Diary". Our Website Editors Group page has lots of useful information to help you edit your Interest Group Web Page. Roger Wyatt, Website Manager 25.01.20
Staying safe on line
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.