Ledbury u3a Interest Groups
The Government advice on how to deal with this virus has of course seriously affected u3a and its groups. Most Ledbury & District u3a normal meetings were cancelled for long periods, though some Groups used zoom for virtual on-line meetings. With the restrictions easing some groups are now managing to operate within guidelines. This has been included on their Group page. During the lockdown some members have used their skills to do projects, such as the beautiful Lockdown Blanket shown here, made by a member of the needlework group.
When the full impact of Covid became clear, the National Office launched Trust U3A, which is an online u3a community, in April 2020 to meet the continued demand to become a member of the u3a movement while face to face contact is limited. Although initially for non-members, present u3a members can access the site too, at a cost of £4.00. Click on the link to have a look at the Trust U3A website to see the groups currently on offer, with virtual groups are being added daily.
Each group's page has been reviewed and updated to show if and how it has operated under Covid. Sufficient information has been left to show how the Group normally operates and recent events described.
Sadly some 5 groups have ceased operating in these difficult times.
When life start to improve we can again consider the very wide range of interest groups run by Ledbury u3a. They are constantly changing as members come up with ideas for new groups and a very few fall by the wayside under normal conditions. Some groups are sometimes unable to take new members and the position at the beginning of 2020 is given where possible. If you have an interest in a group it is worth contacting the current group leader who will be able to tell you the current position. Currently if you do no know the group leader go via the Groups Co-Ordinator. If it is full the Group Leader may keep a list of interested people but it is a good idea to contact the Groups Co-ordinator as well. If there is sufficient interest a second (or third) group could be started.
We are always thinking of new groups so if you cannot find the group for you, make your suggestions to the New Groups Facilitator via the Groups Co-Ordinator. Perhaps you could form your own group? Group leaders are vital to our u3a running so many of our activities. For many groups it is very easy and takes little time, for others where there is more to do, like arranging outings, the work of a group leader may be shared. For more information on being a group leader click here Abridged Group Leader Guidelines. To help you run your group meetings there is a certain amount of equipment available for groups, including cds, is available - click on the link to see the list. For more information go to the Full Group Leader Guidelines where you will a find additional links to documents on running a u3a group.
Please note that you do need to join Ledbury u3a to become a member of a Group.
For details of the each group's activities, click on the appropriate group name in the grid below. If you wish to join a group, as suggested above, it is a good idea to contact the leader first.
To help you find a suitable group there is a Calendar, showing all the group meetings in a normal month - click on the link to view. It omits groups known to have closed recently but otherwise reflects the position prior to Lockdown.
Click on a picture below to see it full-size with more details.