Forest Of Dean


The FOD U3A and Coronavirus – An Update

As we stated in our original statement, your Committee has continued to monitor the situation and this afternoon’s Government announcement justifies further action.

I have been wondering since the beginning of last week whether we should cancel General Meetings because of the on-going hazard of Covid-19 but, until today, there have been no clear grounds for doing so. That decision was based on the assumption that everybody is taking the precautions recommended by the government, and that anybody infected recognises that fact and stays at home, or is taken to hospital. However, the CMO indicated today that some people infected might not notice, the symptoms being so mild, which significantly undermines my argument. And then the Prime Minister announced that all non-essential social gatherings should be avoided – and U3A meetings fall in that category!

Your Committee has therefore decided to cancel FOD U3A General Meetings (Thursday afternoon meetings) until further notice from today – the meeting this Thursday (18 March) will not be held.

We are not directing that meetings of individual groups be cancelled because that ought to be a decision of the members of those groups and their convenors. However, we fully support any decision to discontinue group activities, or to continue, in the current circumstances. We note that as getting out in the countryside is recommended, we expect the walking groups to continue!

We repeat our previous injunction that you all follow the government’s advice – principally washing hands; self-isolation if you have the identified symptoms; and avoiding non-essential social gatherings. If you do go into isolation, please let your group’s convenor, or any committee member know, so that we know what is going on in our branch and do not inadvertently compromise your self-imposed quarantine. It is especially important that you inform your group’s coordinator and any member of the committee if it is confirmed that you are infected with covid-19.

Your committee will continue to monitor the situation, we will issue further advice and/or instruction as, and when we deem it appropriate, so please don’t panic and continue enjoying yourselves.


The Monthly General Meetings take place at Lydney Town Hall. There is limited car parking at the Town Hall but there is a public car park to the rear of the nearby Library - the post code is GL15 5DY. The meetings start at 1.45pm. After opening remarks or 'housekeeping' the Guest Speaker is introduced by a member of the Committee.
These talks are given by experts in their field. Their subjects cover many different topics and can include slide shows or any other form of media. A question and answer session generally follows the talk.

Tea, coffee and biscuits are available after the event and there is plenty of time to socialise with the other members who have attended.

There are always several members of the Committee at these meetings who are only too pleased to answer any queries you may have concerning Group activities or any other aspect of our U3A.

You can also sign up for Group activities, Trips and social events.

Please use the link on the right of this page to see upcoming trips.

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