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Dear Silhill U3A member

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..”
So wrote Charles Dickens in his opening line of the novel ‘A Tale of two Cities’.

Well, hopefully, we have had the worst of times concerning this pandemic and we can optimistically look forward for the best of times to come in the future months.

Your committee met recently and discussed membership, the use of zoom and Youtube, a return to core meetings and the publication of a regular newsletter.

Our membership numbers have not changed since our last core meeting in March and remain at 180. It would appear that visits by members to our website have significantly decreased. Please do keep an eye on our website as there may well be new information on there that may be useful to you.

I know that the format of some groups lends itself to the use of Zoom meetings and group members stay regularly in touch and have a busy programme of events. We have discussed the possibility of having a ‘Core’ meeting via Zoom/Youtube so that we can continue with our regular Friday talks – watch this space!

We anticipate that we will not be able to restart our full meetings at the church until 2021. Hopefully that will not be the case but our membership cohort was classed as vulnerable in March this year and we are still vulnerable today and will remain so until this pandemic is brought under control. To try and keep our members active and proactive and to keep Silhill U3A a vibrant organisation, we think that a regular, full colour ‘Silhill News’ publication could be launched which is based on members contributions. Ideas might include experiences during the last 6 months, photographs, the discovery of new local places to walk to, poems, jokes, gardening tips, recipes, book/film reviews, puzzles etc. Our Vice Chair Rita Bennett, and Webmaster Geoff Williams have agreed to launch this new venture. Please send your photos, articles etc. to Rita’s email address With your input we should have some interesting and entertaining reading to curl up with as we head for the cold winter nights.

Thinking of you all, and looking forward to seeing you even more.

Best wishes, Barry

Barry Toft Music quiz????

Do you remember these songs? -

What are the titles and who sang them

You don’t like crazy music, you don’t like rocking bands…..-Baby I don’t care-Buddy Holly

The taxman’s taken all my dough…..Taxman-Beatles

I see trees of green, red roses too…...What a Wonderful World-Louis Armstrong

Nothing you can say can tear me away…..My Guy-Mary Wells

Everybody’s doing a brand new dance now…..Locomotion-Little Eva

You shake my nerves and you rattle my brain….Great Balls of Fire-Jerry Lee Lewis 

Friday night and everything’s right, for the weekend…Weekend-Eddie Cochran

Oh you railway station, oh you Pullman train…...Pasadena-Temperance Seven

When I see my baby what do I see?..Poetry in Motion-Johnny Tillotson

As I walk along I wonder what went wrong with our love, a love that was so strong…Runaway-Del Shannon
I want to be your lover but your friend is all I stay…..Halfway to Paradise-Billy Fury

Come on everybody clap your hands, oh you’re looking good….Lets Twist.Again-Chubby Checker

Well he walked up to me and he asked me if I wanted to dance…Then he kissed me-The Crystals

When I find myself in times of trouble…..Let it Be-Beatles

You can dance; you can jive, having the time of your life…..Dancing Queen-Abba

If I see you tomorrow on some street in town, pardon me if I don't say hello…..Walk on By-Dionne Warwick

The moment I wake up…..I Say a Little Prayer-Aretha Franklin

People try to put us down…..My Generation-The Who

We skipped the light fandango….A Whiter Shade of Pale-Procul Harum

It’s one for the money…..Blue Suede Shoes-Elvis

When I want you in my arms, when I want you and all your charms…..All I Have to do is Dream-Everly Brothers

If there’s anything that you want….From Me to You.Beatles

You think we look pretty good together….Substitute-The Byrds

Ground control to Major Tom…..Space Oddity-David Bowie