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Advance notice of the 3rd U3A Energy Conference

Cumbria Network of U3As is planning the 3rd Energy Conference : “Strategies for Tackling Climate Change” which will take place at Rheged, near Penrith on Thursday October 8th 2020. A host of eminent speakers will cover current progress and the actions needed at international, national and personal levels to reach the IPCC target of net zero carbon by 2050 . Watch this space!

North West Region of U3As Summer School 2020

Information regarding the above can be found at NEWTON RIGG SUMMER SCHOOL 2020

New Venues and days for 2020 Drop-In Meetings

We’d like to cater better for members in the south of the Furness peninsula, and also for people who can’t manage Tuesdays. So, in 2020, we’re going to start alternating the venues for the drop-in meetings between Ulverston and Barrow/Dalton, and also have the Barrow/Dalton ones on other days of the week. The first drop-in of the new year will be in Ulverston, on the usual last Tuesday of January (28th, 10-11:30am), in the upstairs Supper Room at the Coro. But the February drop-in will be in Dalton, at the Community Centre in Nelson Street, on Wednesday morning, 26th February. See future newsletters for later drop-in details, but at the moment the idea is to continue this pattern, with drop-ins for the odd-numbered months (Jan, Mar, May, Sep, Nov) being at the Coro in Ulverston on the last Tuesday morning of the month, as in the past. But the dropins for the even-numbered months (Feb, Apr, Jun, Oct) being in Dalton or Barrow and probably on a different day of the week.

Monthly Meeting charge and Drop-in tea/coffee charge dropped

Our U3A's rising membership has swelled our reserves more than we expected, and your U3A committee has decided to use some of the reserve to enable us to drop the charge for the monthly speaker meetings, and make the tea/coffee refreshments at drop-ins free, for the foreseeable future at least. So, forget your pound coins when entering the hall for the meetings – you no longer have to pay!

U3A DAY - 3rd June 2020

On the 3rd June next year, U3As across the country are getting involved in a unique U3A Day. We are all being asked to mark the day by organising eye catching events which showcase and celebrate what happens in our U3A. Your committee is setting up a working group to plan and implement what we want to do to publicise the excellent work being done by our 60 interest groups. We need to show how the Furness U3A proves that while as members we have retired from work we most certainly have not retired from life. As your Publicity Officer I have now joined a dedicated U3A Day Facebook Group to share ideas but your committee want to use the talents and imagination of our members so we can come up with the best way of publicising our great work and fun activities. We need to make sure that we get our message out there to opinion formers like local politicians and especially the local media and to do that we are going to have to do something really special and attention grabbing. So please let me have your ideas you can get me at publicity@furnessu3a.org and please title your email as U3A Day.

Your U3A needs U and your ideas

We also need to raise the profile where we can of the U3A in advance of the U3A Day and it would be helpful that where you identify locations where we can put up our generic U3A posters that you put them up for us, such as in your local library. I can supply the posters and even the drawing pins if you want. Again email or phone as above. Thanks in advance for your ideas and actions.
Harry Knowles, Publicity Officer




This is now up and running and will have its first meeting on December 5th at 2pm where we will discuss how, when and where we wish the group to be run. If you wish to join please contact the group leader Ron Creer, as numbers are limited because the group is meeting in members’ houses initially

NEW WALKING GROUP - The Wednesday Walkers

The Wednesday Walkers will meet every Wednesday at Daltongate in Ulverston (A590 end). We leave at 9.30am and share cars, so please arrive early to arrange places. If you don't drive, don't worry because you can always get a lift. Fuel cost for passengers is £1 for every 10 miles. Walks range from 6 to 9 miles in length and up to 1000ft in height. Suitable clothing is a must and should include good walking boots and waterproofs. The Group will start in January on the 8th and you can find the Walks Programme on the Group page. Contact the coordinator Ann Wilson if you are interested.

Environment matters: Last time the group discussed how we measure our personal Carbon Footprint. This is very complicated and the science is quite impenetrable for anyone without the genius of Einstein. We are all researching differing aspects of environmental change with a view to running a study day (or two). Our contribution to Environmental Change this month is to suggest that when preparing for Christmas we consider re-using wrapping paper or at least not using metallic paper which cannot be recycled, making our own decorations from natural materials, avoiding crackers that are full of plastic trinkets and perhaps not giving gifts that are likely to end up in landfill e.g. Secret Santa. We can still all enjoy Christmas while at the same time not adding to that huge mountain of glittery rubbish that goes to landfill each January. (Comments can be addressed to E.Scrooge at the usual address!)

Crafts - it is hoped to start a second crafts group which will meet possibly in Barrow.

If you are interested in, or would just like to know more about any of the new groups, please contact Groups Organiser Liz Hill.



Harry Knowles, our publicity officer, has had some new Furness U3A leaflets designed and printed. And we’d like your help to get some distributed and displayed in suitable places where possible new members might see them, particularly in Barrow and Dalton and other places where we have much fewer members and need to raise our profile – i.e. outside Ulverston, where we’re already well known.

So if you know somewhere in those areas that might be suitable – e.g. a community hall or a doctor’s or dentist’s waiting room – then please come to the Drop-in or the Monthly meeting to collect some leaflets, and help us distribute them and so raise our profile in Barrow, Dalton, Askam, etc., where Furness U3A is much less well known. Thank you.



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