Melbourn & District

Group list and group news

WE ARE GETTING USED TO MEETING AND MIXING.

As of Summer 2021 several groups continue to meet either online and some are meeting face-to-face. To be in the know of what's happening do please contact the group leader directly as that information is not often made public. For general news about our interest groups see Melbourn & District U3A Newsletter.

WHAT HAPPENED in 2020 - THE YEAR WE MISSED

Five hundred locals who were members of Melbourn & District U3A, are still missing their monthly book or philosophy club, walk and pub lunch, or coach trip to some lovely gardens. With 35 interest groups the U3A is for all sorts of retired, but nevertheless active people. When our members shut their front doors in March 2020, hundreds of seniors said goodbye to a lot of hobbies and socialising. Some of us got busy in the garden or opened cans of beer or cans of paint. Some were understandably resigned to what I’ll call the ‘new awful’. But several U3A members wondered if we could at least get together on our computers.

To make that happen we needed to introduce some skills. In short, our computer club emailed members to attend April’s online video meetings. Some of us already did ‘zoom’ video chats with the younger end of the family. A few were well ahead as they’d given online lectures or, in one case, played in a county-wide ukulele ‘zoom’ group.

Some months later, the local U3A picked itself up. Its computer group has met weekly online instead of at All Saints Hall. They enjoy the social connection. Our yoga teacher still runs her weekly lesson by video. A Science group, a quiz group, a Current Affairs group, a German conversation group, a French conversation group and even Bird Watchers now hold video chat meetings monthly, weekly or fortnightly. The Poetry Group emails a monthly poem and members email back their feelings about it. The Music club posts this month’s music tracks on a website and members write in to comment. And while a table tennis group can only wait for safer times, the monthly walks enjoyed a brief return to walking last summer. Meanwhile the walking group leader has been helping us to find public footpaths we’d been oblivious to.

As we look ahead we hope to restore some of the busy timetable our U3A previously had. Our monthly Speaker Meetings resumed in 2021 on Zoom until further notice.

Melbourn & District U3A is open to ‘retired’ people who live locally.

Roger Frost, newsletter editor for M&D U3A.

NATIONAL U3A SUBJECT RESOURCES
Tucked away on the U3A national website are links and subject resources made by people like you. There’s a newsletter for art appreciation; a poster for philosophy and a way to contact a horticulturist, or indeed any expert for advice. There’s a DVD library with ballroom dance videos and advice on yoga. While there’s not as much as a hint for Scrabble here, others might look and find an idea. Start at the National U3A/resources

PROJECTOR
The Melbourn U3A projector is now under the guardianship of Nicole who is also the Membership Secretary and can be reached at membership secretary.

GROUPS WANTING MEMBERS
Members are welcome to suggest interest groups. To register your interest and make things happen drop a line to Tony Garrick, Group Leaders’ Co-ordinator

CALLING FIRST AIDERS
If you are an up-to-date qualified first aider, do please signal that fact to the leader of any group you belong to, or to any member of the committee.

Group List
Art Appreciation
Tuesday p.m.
2nd Tuesday monthly
Tuesday p.m.
2nd Tuesday monthly
Aviation History
Thursday 
Thursday 
Badminton
Monday a.m.
weekly
Monday a.m.
weekly
Bird Watching
Thursday 
2nd Thursday monthly
Thursday 
2nd Thursday monthly
Book Club 1
Friday a.m.
4th Friday monthly
Friday a.m.
4th Friday monthly
Book Club 2
Tuesday p.m.
3rd Tuesday monthly
Tuesday p.m.
3rd Tuesday monthly
Bridge (contract)
Friday p.m.
weekly
Friday p.m.
weekly
Bridge Group (Beginners)
 
 
Computer Forum
Thursday a.m.
1st and 3rd Thursday monthly
Thursday a.m.
1st and 3rd Thursday monthly
Croquet
Wednesday a.m.
from late April to September
Wednesday a.m.
from late April to September
Current Affairs Group 1
Thursday p.m.
2nd Thursday, monthly
Thursday p.m.
2nd Thursday, monthly
Current Affairs Group 2
Friday a.m.
2nd Friday, am, monthly
Friday a.m.
2nd Friday, am, monthly
Excursions
 days vary - booking required
 days vary - booking requiredFamily History 1
 1st Mon(10am), 1st Fri(2pm)
 1st Mon(10am), 1st Fri(2pm)
Family History 2
Wednesday a.m.
1st Wed. monthly
Wednesday a.m.
1st Wed. monthly
Finance & investing forum
 group is online only
 group is online only
French conversation
Tuesday a.m.
2nd & 4th monthly
Tuesday a.m.
2nd & 4th monthly
Garden Enthusuiasts
 days vary
 days vary
German conversation
Tuesday p.m.
fortnightly
Tuesday p.m.
fortnightly
Handbell Ringers
Tuesday a.m.
Weekly
Tuesday a.m.
Weekly
Italian Conversation
Monday a.m.
10 am to 12 pm, 2nd and 4th Mo
Monday a.m.
10 am to 12 pm, 2nd and 4th Mo
Long Walks (5-6 miles)
Thursday a.m.
last Thurs. monthly
Thursday a.m.
last Thurs. monthly
Music Appreciation
Thursday a.m.
1st Thurs. monthly
Thursday a.m.
1st Thurs. monthly
Painting & Sketching
Tuesday p.m.
2nd & 4th Tuesday monthly
Tuesday p.m.
2nd & 4th Tuesday monthly
Philosophy
Wednesday a.m.
10.00 to 12.00, 3rd Wed month
Wednesday a.m.
10.00 to 12.00, 3rd Wed month
Poetry 2
Thursday a.m.
3rd Thursday monthly
Thursday a.m.
3rd Thursday monthly
Poetry Appreciation
Friday a.m.
2nd Fri. monthly
Friday a.m.
2nd Fri. monthly
Quiz group
Wednesday p.m.
last Wed. monthly
Wednesday p.m.
last Wed. monthly
Science & Technology forum
Wednesday p.m.
Wednesday p.m.Scrabble 1
Monday a.m.
1st Mon monthly - Sep to Apr
Monday a.m.
1st Mon monthly - Sep to Apr
Scrabble 2
Wednesday p.m.
2nd Wed. monthly
Wednesday p.m.
2nd Wed. monthly
Short Walks (3-4 miles)
Monday a.m.
3rd Mon. monthly
Monday a.m.
3rd Mon. monthly
Speaker meeting
Wednesday p.m.
3rd Wednesday monthly (not Dec
Wednesday p.m.
3rd Wednesday monthly (not Dec
Stamps & Collectables
 in abeyance
 in abeyance
Table Tennis
Wednesday a.m.
weekly
Wednesday a.m.
weekly
Yoga 1
Monday a.m.
weekly
Monday a.m.
weekly
Yoga 2
Friday a.m.
weekly
Friday a.m.
weekly
  
Timetable Summary
Day MorningAfternoon
MondayBadminton   Italian Conversation   Scrabble 1   Short Walks (3-4 miles)   Yoga 1    
TuesdayFrench conversation   Handbell Ringers   Art Appreciation   Book Club 2   German conversation   Painting & Sketching  
WednesdayCroquet   Family History 2   Philosophy   Table Tennis   Quiz group   Science & Technology forum   Scrabble 2   Speaker meeting  
ThursdayComputer Forum   Long Walks (5-6 miles)   Music Appreciation   Poetry 2   Current Affairs Group 1  
FridayBook Club 1   Current Affairs Group 2   Poetry Appreciation   Yoga 2   Bridge (contract)