Melbourn & District

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OUR GROUPS ARE FOLLOWING GOVERNMENT ADVICE - SO HERE'S WHAT WAS HAPPENING INSTEAD - IN MAY 2020

Friday March 13th 2020 was the day when many older folk weighed up the risk of going out to do things that we no longer take for granted.
Five hundred locals who were members of Melbourn & District U3A, would now miss 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, 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 weeks later, the local U3A is picking itself up. Its computer group now meets weekly online instead of at All Saints Hall. They enjoy the social connection. Our yoga teacher runs her weekly lesson by video. A Science group, a Current Affairs group and a German conversation group now hold video chat meetings. A French conversation group uses the good old telephone to practice their French, and now weekly instead of fortnightly. The Poetry Group emails a monthly poem and members email back their feelings about it. The Quiz group emails their members a monthly quiz. 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 leader of our monthly walks has been sharing her expertise, helping us to find public footpaths we’d been oblivious to.

These are early days. As we look ahead we hope to restore some of the busy timetable our U3A previously had. For example, we could have a ‘community coffee bar’, where members can drop-in and talk. We’ll soon see if this takes off.
One is mindful that online video chat is lacking as a way to communicate. It’s a 2D world that’s missing the nuances of human conversation, never mind hugs. However, I’ll note some plusses. Of late I’ve had more chats with distant friends and family than ever. And, as a sign of the world ahead, I’ve attended a ‘zoom’ parish council meeting from the comfort of home.

Melbourn & District U3A is open to ‘retired’ people who live locally. The newsletter at newsletter.melbu3.org tells more of what we do.
Roger Frost, newsletter editor for M&D U3A.

PLEASE IGNORE ALL MEETINGS and EVENTS IN THIS SECTION - but do see the next item

DURING THE EPIDEMIC ...
... the National U3A offer ideas for actvity. Follow your interests from the page here: COVID19. We'll be adding local news to the NOTICES page (menu above)

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 Chris Davison. Chris who is also the Membership Secretary 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.

CLAY PIGEON SHOOTING
A monthly clay pigeon shooting group runs at Nuthampstead on a Wednesday afternoon at 2.00 pm. Guns, cartridges, electronic traps, clays, ear muffs and instructors are provided. The cost would be £25 per month including an introductory training session in Royston, concentrating on safety issues, prior to participating at the shooting ground. As it’s a U3A Royston group there’s a need to join U3A Royston (£10.50 / year). If you would like more details, please contact Frank Martin direct on 01763 246876, If you are interested in this opportunity, please let the Group Leaders’ Co-ordinator know.

Group List
Art Appreciation
Tuesday p.m.
2nd Tuesday monthly
Tuesday p.m.
2nd Tuesday monthly
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.
3rd Thursday monthly
Thursday a.m.
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 required
Family 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 onlyFrench conversation
Tuesday a.m.
2nd & 4th monthly
Tuesday a.m.
2nd & 4th monthly
Garden Enthusuiasts
 days vary
 days varyGerman 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
Local History
Tuesday a.m.
3rd Tuesday monthly
Tuesday a.m.
3rd Tuesday monthly
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 & Tech. forum
Wednesday p.m.
1st Wed. monthly
Wednesday p.m.
1st Wed. monthly
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 / Evening
MondayBadminton   Italian Conversation   Scrabble 1   Short Walks (3-4 miles)   Yoga 1    
TuesdayFrench conversation   Handbell Ringers   Local History   Art Appreciation   Book Club 2   German conversation   Painting & Sketching  
WednesdayCroquet   Family History 2   Philosophy   Table Tennis   Quiz group   Science & Tech. 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)