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Our National U3A website is permanently linked to our site here by the end tab at the top of the page (next to Gallery). Clicking on this will take you straight through. It has a whole range of things to keep you interested and occupied. I'm hoping to catch the new Live Lectures which are due to start on 14th May with "Robotics". I have been taking part in the Diary Project, and will shortly be sending in my latest musings! Check out what's on offer....

The BBC has recently shown a great video to the words of a poem called "Don't Quit" by Edgar A Guest (first published in 1921), and read by Idris Elba, himself recovered from Covid 19.

DON'T QUIT

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill
When the funds are low, but the debts are high
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don't you quit.

Life is strange, with its twists and turns
As every one of us sometimes learns
And many failures turn about
When he might have won, had he stuck it out
Don't give up, though the pace seems slow
You may succeed with another blow

Success is failure turned inside out
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt
And you can never tell how close you are
It may be near, when it seems so far
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit
It's when things seem worst, that you must not quit.

Our Chairman Irene recently sent me a verse that she had received from a friend across, and wished to share with members:-

IN THE TIME OF QUIET

No one’s told the daffodils about the pause to Spring
And no one’s told the birds to roost and asked them not to sing
No one’s asked the lazy bee to cease his bumbling round
And no one’s stopped the bright green shoots emerging through the ground

No one’s told the sap to rest, deep within the wood
And stop the sleepy trees from waking, wreathed about in bud
No one’s told the sky to douse its brightest shades of blue
And stop the scudding clouds from puffing headlong into view

No one’s asked the lambs to still the springs beneath their feet,
To stop their rapid rush and quell each joyful bleat
No one’s told the stream to halt its gurgle or its flow
And warned the playful breezes, not to gust and blow

No one’s asked the raindrops not to fall upon the earth
And fail to quench the soil in the season of rebirth
No one’s locked the sun down, or dimmed the shimmer of the moon
And even in the darkest night, the stars are still immune

Remember what you value, remember who is dear
Close the doors to danger and keep your family near
In the quiet all around us take the time to sit and stare
And wonder at the glory unfurling everywhere

Look towards the future, after the ordeal
And keep faith in Mother Nature’s power and will to heal

It was written by Nobel prize winner Pablo Neruda from Chile, who died in 1973.
It’s seems very apt for this time of lockdown. Many thanks Irene

Walking Shoes by Stephen Free Latest update 9th April
Stephen Free of our Art Group has sent me a gently humorous illustration, to remind everyone to stay close to home when exercising. This was quite timely, as while on the way back from out daily walk, we saw a couple come out of a house all dressed for exercise, get straight in the car and drive off! Not long after this, the police issued a warning about not driving somewhere to exercise.

Our former Chairman and founder, Ravina Talbot has passed on some advice that she would like to share. Many thanks Ravina, I hope you don't mind me adding my own two penneth.....Sue M

Staying calm in a stressful and confusing world (Mental Health and Wellbeing tips)
Ravina Talbot M.A B.SC.B.A. FHEA

Basic Care

 It’s important you ensure you are in a safe place during the virus pandemic

 Try and establish who your key contacts are. Some people will have family, others will have friends and for some it will be mental health services.

 Try and limit social media and online activities – these are likely to raise your anxieties and concerns.(Same goes for the News, don't become an
obsessive viewer, once or twice a day for updates should do......Sue)

 Ensure adequate medication and liaise with your GP or mental health support team

Keep in touch

 If you need help there are numerous charities, churches and government agencies who you can contact – you just need to ask!

 If you are self-isolating, follow the rules about hygiene and ensuring you have adequate fluids and a reasonable healthy diet – don’t binge eat!
(It's snacking that's the problem for me - already gained a pound, so I'll have to lock up the biscuits for the duration...Sue)

 Prayer and mindfulness works – why not try it!
(Try this simple meditation exercise - sit comfortably away from distractions. Close your eyes, breathe normally and start counting your breaths up to
the count of 5. Go back to 1 and start again. It sounds easy but it isn't, your mind WILL want to wander. If you lose count, just simple go back to 1
and start again. As you get more used to this, your mind will focus and become calm.....Sue)

Self- Care Plan

 Establish a self-care plan and write it down. Questions to ask are:-

 Am I getting enough sleep?

 Am I eating three meals a day and having adequate fluids?

 Am I exercising (even indoors)?

 Have I list of emergency contacts?

 Have I enough medication?

 Remember informal carers need supporting too.

Positive activities

Here are some of the things I plan to do:-

 Reorganise my wardrobe (Yep, now there's a mountain of stuff for the Charity Shops, whenever they re-open.....Sue)

 Do some knitting (If you're a crafty person, fish out those UFOs - Un Finished Object, I have several....Sue)

 Phone a friend or older person who might appreciate contact (chatted for ages with my friend, putting the world to rights - I wish....Sue)

 Hang a bird feeder and note the garden birds who visit (Done this, and even rustled up a makeshift bird bath - no visitors yet though....Sue)

 Do some gardening (Absolutely! This weather has been great, tidied up loads - back's sore now though....Sue)

 Watch a film (Definitely, watched The Favourite recently, a bit strange and what about those wigs.....Sue)

 Catch up with reading my books (I belong to the Henry Bloom Noble Digital Library, via the Libby app, which is brilliant....Sue)

 Music is therapeutic so listen to it (Right on - anything that gets me jigging around lifts my mood - Start Me Up folks.....Sue)

 Churches are streaming services online so fellowship matters (Can be a real source of comfort.....Sue)

Finally……

 This will pass!

 Positivity, whilst helpful can also be irritating, so be aware of what you like and choose to focus on it.

 You are not alone – you can also be a blessing to others in similar circumstances

 Many organisation offer online resources so Google websites ie https://www.mencap.org.uk/advice-and-support

How about beating isolation with online learning? Check out what's free and available on the Future Learn website