Selby

Welcome to Selby U3A

Welcome! If you are reading this it means that you are someone with an active mind and the desire to do something with your time now that you are retired. So you are just the sort of person that Selby U3A needs. Whatever your interests we may have something for you, and if we don't, get a few friends together and start your own group. It's easy, and you will always find support. We currently have over 20 groups with Coordinators and several potential groups in which members have expressed an interest.

General meetings take place in Selby Town Hall normally on the first Wednesday of every month. This is where we meet, listen to a guest speaker, meet friends over a coffee and discuss the interest groups. Recent speakers have talked about owning a jet bomber, being a young farmer, Rudyard Kipling, and the importance of fair trade; as you can see we have wide ranging interests which reflect our members' wide ranging experiences.

Group meetings happen when and where the members of the group decide. Large groups tend to meet in church halls and libraries, small groups in members' homes, the decision is entirely down to the members.

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This year the government is going to deliver its National Loneliness Campaign.

The campaign was borne out of recommendations from the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness - a cross-party group Jo set up herself before she was killed - to tackle what has become a serious issue across all areas of society.

What the campaign is trying to do is essentially quite simple; it's to break down the barriers that surround loneliness. Many reasons including , a desire not to burden others and an inability to express feelings which signify a need, can prevent people saying that they don't have the social connections they need and so these people become more isolated and it becomes a vicious circle.

As many U3A members already know, the transition points in people's lives - moving to a new area, retiring from work, recovering from illness, losing a loved one - all can be incredibly lonely periods. Even people in families and with partners can be lonely, and not have the depth or quality of connection they really want.

The campaign wants to tackle loneliness as it has been proven to cause ill health, both physical and mental, from doubling the risk of dementia to increasing the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Loneliness can be harmful; it impacts upon the fabric of our society and communities; it puts our health service under undue stress. And yet it can be curbed if we start talking about it and treating it as what it is; as normal a human reaction as joy, anger, frustration or excitement. This campaign wants to normalise , open conversations about it and begin to change the narrative on loneliness.

The U3A Movement has heard many of your stories especially when we collated our research which looked at the major benefits of being part of the U3A learning model – in terms of confidence, feeling supported in new communities, learning new skills, feeling valued and combatting loneliness.

The team working on the campaign has come to U3A to ask for your help if you have experienced loneliness and have a story to share. Anyone who is willing to stand up and say, "Yes I am/was lonely. This is how it feels. This is why/how it happened to me."

Your stories could help form a library of case studies to build the national understanding of loneliness.

These could also be used as an offer to media outlets to feature in their digital, print and broadcast stories.

If you are prepared and willing to share your experience of loneliness, are happy to divulge your name and age and are aware you may need to be filmed/photographed if your particular story is picked up by the media, then please write a few lines on your experience and send to the communications officer, elizabeth.drury@u3a.org.uk and she will pass them on to the campaign.

Thank you – your help is really appreciated..

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NEW GROUP

CLAY ART & POTTERY PAINTING (CAPP) - STARTING WEDNESDAY 26TH JUNE
Would you love to find a space to indulge your creative side? What stops you ? - space, time,equipment, mess, children ..... grand children ?
Want to make clay creations? Choose a pot and paint it to your liking. Plant pots, mugs, plates, bowls, tea pots and much more!
There will be an Interest Group Meeting (and demonstration) on 26th June. If you wish, you can join in.
In general, you pay for the item you choose to paint. There is also a £3:00 studio fee which includes all paints,glazes and firing of your chosen pot. Tea/ Coffee and light lunches are also available to purchase.
As our skills progress, we are also being offered tutorials in differing painting, glazing and pot making techniques. Seasonal themes and topics will be covered at Christmas, Easter, Halloween etc.
We will meet the last Wednesday of the month 11:00am – 1:30pm.
First Session will be 26 June. Please contact Alma Traska for full details and location
publicity.selbyu3a@gmail.com
☎️ 07591 153321.
If this group proves to be popular and successful, an additional group may be established

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The first social get-together took place of Tuesday 21st May at the Micklegate Cafe..... Marvellous !!!! Thanks to everyone who attended, especially Maureen for allowing Selby U3A to occupy the venue. Come along and catch up on news and events. These will now take place every fortnight.

Next "Drop In" will be:

Tuesday 18 June 10:30 - 12:30 etc etc ad infinitum!

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The latest issue of the Yorkshire and the Humber region’s Bulletin has just been published. To read it go to the home page of our regional website www.yahrU3A.co.uk

If you are a History Group leader you will be interested in the workshop in Leeds on 14th June. It will explore the possibility of forming a History Subject Network in the region to share ideas and experience.

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The Selby U3A Guitar Group would like to invite other musicians, in addition to guitarists, to join us. At the moment our guitar group consists of just accoustic guitars but we would welcome anyone with any skills on any instrument (stringed,wind,percussion,keyboard etc).

Or maybe you can sing and play tambourine and would like to come along- bring your own tambourine !

We meet every Monday, from 1.30-3.30 (approx) at the Selby Bowling Club, Baffam Lane.

We play and sing a variety of music- mostly pop, folk, country, and blues.

If you are interested in joining us, please contact Carol Hewan (SelbyU3AGuitar@gmail.com) for more details.

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A Flower Arranging group has been been formed. This group will meet on the 1st Friday of each month between 10 am and 12 noon at the Selby Bowling Club. A charge of £1 will be made for non Selby Bowling Club members. For more details contact Kay McSherry the Groups Coordinator by clicking the contact tab at the top of this page.

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The Selby U3A Privacy Policy has been updated and can be viewed/downloaded from the link on the right of this page.

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FUTURE EVENTS can be found by clicking on the EVENTS TAB

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PLEASE NOTE THAT EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETINGS ARE HELD THIRD WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH AT 10.00 AT SELBY BOWLING CLUB. PLEASE GIVE ONE WEEKS NOTICE IF YOU WISH TO OBSERVE

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