Potters Bar



Electronic Newsletter

This is being issued to all members who have an email address as there will be no printed version until the pandemic is over and we can get back to normality

Please now use the login details below.

The URL is: www.pbu3a.org.uk Password: DarkesLn2019


Weekly, Fitness Walk.

We are starting our weekly fitness walk next Tuesday and every Tuesday thereafter at 09:30 in Oakmere Park. Meet in the car park. We will keep to a safe distance throughout the walk. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Vera Kellock


U3A Radio Group
This group is for members who wish to be involved in various aspects of radio. Think of anything that currently goes out over the airwaves and we can do it! We currently have worldwide reach.
Potters Bar Radio operates two stations. PBR1 caters for general interest programming whilst PBR2 is used for more niche material. Members will be involved with both stations.

The PBR team are pre-recording and broadcasting from their own homes during lockdown. It is a dynamic, motivated team of all ages.
Topics include:-

  • How Internet Radio works – the advantages and disadvantages compared to FM
  • Setting up and operating a studio
  • Equipment and techniques
  • Software – Audacity and Audition
  • Creating content
  • Making jingles
  • Presentation techniques
  • Creating a programme
  • Interviewing skills
  • The Outside Broadcast – Challenges and Benefits
  • Researching material
  • Promotion
  • Scheduling
  • External sources
  • Licensing
  • Roles
  • No experience whatsoever is required.

Please contact Chris Cook to express an interest in being involved or for more information: crdc3108@outlook.com: www.pbradio.co.uk


The latest coronavirus update from U3A National Office.

We will continue to update the advice when required to respond to any further developments in the spread of the virus.

We understand that each committee will assess the risk to their members and make the decisions that they feel can ensure the safety of their members, taking into account any known risks at that time.

At all times we should all follow the most up to date government advice about coronavirus. We hope that coronavirus will not affect any of our U3A community.

We would ask you to keep fellow members up to date with advice about coronavirus.

Our advice currently is as follows:

**If a member has returned from one of the areas identified by the government and has any of the symptoms identified on the government website they should not hold interest groups in their own homes, or attend interest groups or attend monthly meetings until they have followed the NHS advice provided after calling 111

**If a U3A finds that a member has contracted coronavirus, please let the Trust know immediately

**The members of interest groups that any member with coronavirus has attended should all call 111 to ask for advice

**The monthly meeting should be cancelled for that month (and possibly longer) until the spread of the virus has been assessed.

In general a U3A may consider other precautions such as using hand sanitiser gel in interest groups and monthly meetings and reducing physical contact such as shaking hands until further information becomes available.

Thank you. Your support on this is very appreciated.

very best wishes

Chief Executive


Whitechapel Mission

Potters Bar U3A has received a very grateful letter of thanks from The Whitechapel Mission, a charity for the homeless, in East London in response to a cheque for £250 we sent them from the proceeds of the PB U3A quiz in October.


A Simple Guide to being a Group Coordinator

  • Involve group members in decisions and responsibilities - all take an active part.
  • A deputy / assistant proves very helpful.
  • Are the ‘link’ name(s) for our newsletter and webpage.
  • Nobody has to be the expert as all learn from each other.
  • Third Age Trust subject advisors readily available.

Interested? Contact Linda Holdway. Groups Facilitator


New page listing U3A Subject Advisers, available from Groups page.


The Cultural Heritage Group is looking for volunteers to help organise outings - couples, friends or individuals - all will be welcome. Lots of help and guidance will be given to any volunteers. If you are interested or just want to know more, please contact Sue Abdullah, Email: Sue Abdullah


Film Makers Group
New group “Film / Video Making”. - The concept of the group would start by making small video clips of some of the existing groups which would be viewed at our monthly meetings and possibly posted to the web site to help promote their activities.
This will include creating a story board, filming the groups activities, editing and producing a final video.
Anyone who is interested please contact me:- David - David Collins.


Herts Chain Walk
A photo of the walking group undertaking the second stage of the Herts Chain Walk organised by Bob Clarke and Phil Spencer.
(Many thanks to Steph & Pete for photo.)


Richard Furnuval Jones in his Harrods bespoke outfit,
speaker at the Monthly Meeting 12th February.


A new website for U3APlus 
U3APlus is delighted to announce the launch of its new website.

U3APlus aims to help, support and advise U3As to ensure that all their members can access the informal learning and activities in their U3As, regardless of impairment or disability.

The new website will offer practical help and support to ensure that every U3A member can access and enjoy everything the U3A offers, and which makes it such a special organisation.

Visit plus.u3a.org.uk to find out more.


SCHOOLREADERS; improving literacy – increasing life chances
Can you spare an hour or two a week to listen to children read in a local primary school? Schoolreaders is looking for more volunteers in Hertfordshire to carry out this important role.
Reading time for many children at home and at school is often insufficient and one in four children are now leaving primary school unable to read to the required standard. This can have a lifelong consequence. No qualifications are necessary, just a good command of spoken and written English.
Schoolreaders is flexible and will match your availability to an appropriate, local school. Our volunteers find the scheme incredibly rewarding, knowing that a few hours helping a child learn to read each week can have such a great impact on their life chances.
Please visit the website www.schoolreaders.org to join or call 01234 924111 for further information.


What are MOOCs? - Massive Open Online Courses
These courses are designed for groups studying a particular topic. They are written by practising academics from international universities bringing up to date information via the internet for members to access.
They can be used in a variety of ways:
● One member can sign on to a course on behalf of their study group
● All members can sign on the course, watch it and work on it at home
● The group can watch it together
● Start with FutureLearn – it’s easy to follow
● Keep study sessions short
● Do it at your own pace
● Choose a short course to start with
● Join the discussion forums and follow the tutor’s comments
● Go for it – there is nothing to lose
For more information and ideas from U3As who are using MOOCs, go to the
National website or www.u3asites.org/advice-on-moocs


We now have a mobile phone for the Membership Secretaries so that their home numbers do not get blocked with calls so please try to use it if you need to communicate with either of them - the number is 07544 263356. Please use it if you are having problems receiving the electronic Newsletter (providing you have signed up for it) and they will try to sort it out for you.
We are still working (or at least the technical ones are) to improve the mass e-mail system and once again we do apologise for the trouble that has been caused.


Third Age Trust
Arc Legal Assistance, in partnership with Irwin Mitchell Solicitors, are the new providers of the telephone legal advice service which is available to all U3A members. There is no limit to the number of calls you can make and advice will be given on all aspects of law. The helpline is operational 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and powered by a team of legal advisors divided into specialist teams.
To access the legal helpline, please call 0344 770 1040 and quote ‘U3A Legal Helpline’. If you are asked for an insurance number say that you do not have one.


Peter Turnbull has given me updated versions of his comprehensive course notes (Intermediate Computing 2) and has generously allowed them to be made available to all via our website page IT Resources.


New wording for Cheque payments to Potters Bar U3A
From November 2014 the names of our accounts with the bank will change. Each account starts with Potters Bar U3A, so when writing a cheque which you want to be paid into one of our bank accounts please write the payee as
Potters Bar U3A. If the cheque is for your annual subscription that is all you need.
If you are a member of the Cultural Heritage Group then please will you put
Potters Bar U3A - CHG.
If you are a member of any other group please put
Potters Bar U3A - Groups._
If you are in any doubt please consult your group leader as the bank has indicated that it will not accept incorrectly addressed cheques.
Would group leaders please draw the change of wording described above to the attention of any suppliers who may need to make payments to / reimburse Potters Bar U3A.
Thank you, Nick Buckland - Treasurer