Gloucester & District

News in Brief

Coronavirus. (Self Isolation, online activities. Please look at next section.)

Dear All

This afternoon (16th March) the Government announced a significant increase in restrictions on all citizens as a result of the coronavirus outbreak in the UK. The first is to LIMIT SOCIAL CONTACT as much as possible. The second is that, from next weekend, over-70's, and those with underlying health conditions, are asked to SELF-ISOLATE for twelve weeks.

In view of these requests, the Committee feels that it has no alternative but to call a halt to ALL activity under the U3A banner till further notice. All Monthly Meetings, Group meetings and associated activities are cancelled till further notice, and Group Leaders are asked to act quickly to ensure that members are notified accordingly, if you have not already done so. We hope that members will understand the reasons for our action and that it will lead to a quick end to the restrictions in the near future."

for and on behalf of the Executive Officers of the Committee
Marian, Keiron, Jeremy, Erna, Clive

Self Isolation, online activities.

Bridge An online option for playing bridge is at It has its own space for our U3A, on their Members>Clubs page. We hope to see you there.

Chess In order to keep our interest going, and our skills honed, we are continuing to play each other ad hoc through the online app Any members who fancy joining in while we oldies are all on Coronavirus lockdown are welcome to join in. I will be only too pleased to hear from them.


For any voluntary group to function there needs to be an executive committee. There will be vacancies in most years, and that is true for the AGM in 2020.

Our Chairman and Treasurer will not be continuing, and to ensure a smooth transition they are prepared for you to shadow them for the rest of their tenure.

Are you interested in ensuring that Gloucester U3A still functions?
Then we need members to be our committee officers.
Use the Contacts page to express an interest.


Tournament triumph for our table tennis players,

Players from Gloucester U3A's Intermediate Table Tennis Group returned from a U3A area tournament with a triple triumph.

Four doubles pairs from Gloucester took part, and were crowned the best overall performing group competing with U3As from Cheltenham, Churchdown, Bishops Cleeve, Winchcombe and Cirencester.

Visit the group page - Table Tennis: Intermediate, for a full report.


U3A National Robot Challenge.

We attended an extremely well planned event organised by Cannock Chase U3A, on Thursday, 3rd October, in Stafford.
Teams had travelled from Dawlish, North London, and Grantham, to give you an idea of the spread of interest in this first ever event.
Our team, attempted 5 of the 6 challenges, and came away with a very creditable second place. We were fortunate in that we had been able, through simplified design, to have a robot that required no tinkering throughout the competition.
We came away buzzing with excitement at our success, and with quite a few plans for next year.
Care to join us? Visit the Electronics group page.