Calling All Members

Are you a secret writer? Do you love a particular piece of music that you would like to share with the rest of us? We would like to put more photos, illustrations, poems, music extracts, local news items, visits to a place of interest, etc on our website but need your help. You do not need to be a member of any interest group. If you would like to send us a contribution that you think the full membership would enjoy reading about, please contact Heidi Ebrahim either by email hehitu3aweb@outlook.com or phone on 07974 374106


Nocturne. Alexander Borodin was born on 12 November 1833. The Nocturne from his String Quartet No. 2 has a wonderfully romantic and emotional melody. Sir Arthur Bliss conducts the string section of the New Philharmonia Orcheestra . Enjoy the accompanying pictures too.

For more music go to the Music Appreciation Group page to find out what this month's selection is.


Travel the world ARMCHAIR TRAVEL
Many of us have been shielding for so long now that we cannot even imagine travelling overseas again. But there is help at hand: Heygo is a company that offers real time live-streamed guided tours from the safety of your armchair. From St Petersburg to Cadiz or Vienna to Delhi, you can now explore the world through 2854 unique tours in 444 locations . It is free to sign up and if you enjoyed the tour, you may wish to leave a tip for the tour guide, but there is no obligation to do so. Give it a try; this is probably the only way you will travel anywhere this year.


With the sad demise of our very own Jazz Group - hopefully only temporary - you may wish to check out the LETCHWORTH JAZZ APPRECIATION SOCIETY (LJAS). They meet and listen to recorded jazz, same as our group did, but they have an added attraction: an extensive library of CDs, Books and Jazz DVDs that members may borrow. Find out more and contact details from their website by clicking on Letchworth Jazz Appreciation


Whats Social media is currently buzzing with security alerts relating to Whats App which has, apparently, secretly changed your privacy settings for groups to include ‘everyone’ by default so people you don’t know can add you to a group without your knowing. These people may include scam messages, loan Sharks, etc. I have checked mine & all settings had indeed been changed to 'everyone' instead of 'my contacts'. However, this is not new but happened in 2019. It should have been picked up if you check your settings regularly. If you are like me and have not done this, you can make the change now as follows:
1. Go to WhatsApp: 2. Go into Settings 3. Go to Account 4. Go to Privacy 5. Go to Groups 6. Change from (Everyone) to (My Contacts)


Keep Smiling
Keep smiling This is a very sad moment: the very last edition of this cheerful publication has arrived - a bumper issue of 18 pages including 3 quizzes. Treasure this issue as there will be no more. Our huge thanks go to Philip Joiner for keeping us smiling throughout a very difficult year.
Check out this final edition plus a few back copies by clicking on the Keep Smiling links in column on the right. Goodbye


Hitchin Nub News
Nub News Read Nub News for latest developments, stories and features on Hitchin. This local news website is also useful for live road and rail travel info and events in and around Hitchin once these get going again. Click on the link in the right hand column.


Radio u3a Podcast Episodes 10
Radio u3a The latest Episode 10 is as interesting as its predecessors. It includes the ever lovely Nick Bailey chatting to the new Chair of u3a, Dr Liz Thackeray, a u3a member travelling round the world in 80 days and other items worth listening to.
If you have missed any of the earlier episodes, you can find them by clicking on this link: Radio u3a Podcasts


u3a Members Link
This new leaflet has advice, links, tips and resources to help keep us all connected, active and learning together. To find out more about the support available to u3a members, click on the link on the right hand side.


Membership Renewals
Time might seem like it has stood still for most of the past year but we are still moving forward - and hopefully still managing to keep cheerful. As a one-off there is a reduction in the fee this year - this reflects the lack of meetings in the church but many of the costs of running our U3A still remain.
You should all have received an email, or a letter, with details of how to renew. If you have not received notification please contact the Membership Secretary using this link. We hope you will continue to support Your U3A.

Quite a number of groups are holding meetings using Zoom - not as scary as it sounds and a great way to keep in touch.
Whatever approach your group agrees to take to keep itself active it must conform to current government and U3A guidelines. Safety for yourself and others must be paramount.

Please pass on this message to anyone you know who does not use electronic media. And please keep in touch with friends.

National U3A Advice - visit the National website for the latest advice. National U3A will continue to update the advice when required in response to any further developments in the spread of the virus.


SCAMS - also be aware of scams relating to COVID-19. Herts CC has the following warning and advice :
- Fraudsters are exploiting the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus to facilitate various types of fraud and cyber crime SO
- Watch out for scam messages: Don’t click on the links or attachments in suspicious emails, and never respond to unsolicited messages and calls that ask for your personal or financial details.