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On this page you will find the latest 'breaking' news from Redditch U3A, its groups and events, plus the latest news from National Office.

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Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra - Concert

We have received the following notice from Philip Roberts:- 'you might be interested to hear about the concert being promoted by the Rotary Club of Redditch, featuring the award-winning Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra (MYJO), which is taking place at Trinity High School, Redditch, on Monday, 10th December, at 7.30pm. There is a poster for this event on display at Community House, but tickets for this 'Big Band Christmas' event - £10 - can be obtained from The Music Shop, Kingfisher Shopping Centre, or by phoning me on Redditch 450382. MYJO features the cream of Midlands' young jazz musicians aged from 16-25, many of whom go on to become professionals. This 20-piece orchestra delivers a big sound, and makes for a great evening out; perhaps you could put a party together and make an evening of it?

Philip Roberts
Rotary Club of Redditch


*** NEW INTEREST GROUP *** A Spanish Conversation group will meet for the first time in December to decide the format of future meetings. Please see their group page for details or speak to Sue Gee.

If you enjoyed reading 'Running Hot & Cold' written by our member, Doug Richards, then the sequel 'Can We Run With You, Grandfather?' is now available in paperback (and shortly in Kindle format). Copies are priced at £12.99 and are available from bookshops, Amazon or Doug himself, who will bring copies to future Tuesday meetings.

Shakespeare short course
Following the successful Shakespeare Short Course held earlier this year on ‘Twelfth Night’, a second course will begin in September on 'Troilus and Cressida'. See the group page for full details and dates.

Holiday Opportunity in Bournemouth with Alcester U3A

I am the Vice Chairman of Alcester U3A and am in the process of organising a short coach holiday with Harry Shaw Travel, 1st-4th October 2018 which includes travel, half board accommodation in Bournemouth and vists to various places of interest each day. The cost is £255 each based on 2 people sharing a twin/double room (single room supplement may apply). I have 3 rooms available and wondered if any of your members would be interested in joining us? (they would be made very welcome). I have a brochure that I can email to you or a hard copy that I can send, if you let me have an address.

John Pickering
As the Heritage Project Co-ordinators for Birmingham Civic Society's Centenary Project - The City Beautiful, we are delighted to send you details of the programme of events and activities that we think will be of interest to your members. In particular I should like to draw your attention to the Talks, Walks and Tours listed within the programme.

Yours sincerely and with thanks

Rachel Hunter Rowe and Jane McArdle, Mrs History working on behalf of Birmingham Civic Society

Are you interested in Country Dancing? Please see the leaflet to the right for a local club that would welcome new members.

David Pattenden has compiled some information providing details of amateur music groups local to Redditch which might accept new members, and therefore be of interest to musically inclined members of Redditch U3A. Click on the link to the right of this page to see this information.

Would you like to start a new interest group for Redditch U3A? The committee have drawn up some helpful advice which you can find via the link on the right.


Arc Legal Assistance - U3A Helpline
We are delighted to be able to tell you that we have managed to source a new provider which will commence on 1st October 2015.

The details are as follows:-
Arc Legal Assistance in partnership with Irwin Mitchell Solicitors
Telephone number 0344 770 1040
Quote - U3A Legal Helpline
This telephone advice service is available to all U3A members not just committee members; there is no limit to the number of calls you can make and advice will be given on all aspects of law. Please make your members aware of this service as we will review its usage at the end of the year in order to decide whether to renew it. Also if you can inform them that if they are asked for an insurance number they should say that they do not have one.

And, from our Regional Trustee, Tony Randall:

Events Mailing List
You can now sign up to receive updates regarding national events by email. The form can be found in the Events section of the national website.

The RHS offers discounts for U3A groups (10+) wishing to visit their gardens or attend flower shows. See flyer on our notice board or visit

St John’s Ambulance have produced a pocket-sized first aid guide which is available free. It covers 5 common conditions where straightforward first aid could be the difference between a life saved and a life lost. Use the link below: