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PHIL ROWLEY'S "FILM FRIDAY 3" - 10/04/2020

It's Easter next week, when many people would have at least a couple of days holiday from work and could take the opportunity to make an excursion or two. Of course, we all being asked NOT to travel unless it's essential at the moment, so I've selected a couple of films which will perhaps help with memories.

In our area Blackpool was THE excursion destination, so I've chosen two films of visits there.
The first is a black and white film of an Easter day trip to Blackpool in 1936 : it can be found at :-

The second(colour) film shows a family holiday in Blackpool in 1957.

I hope that you enjoy both films.

If you have a suggestion for future films, please let me know and I'll see what I can come up with.

Like the common cold, Coronavirus (also known as Covid-19) usually occurs through close contact with an infected person via coughs and sneezes or hand contact. You can also be infected by touching contaminated surfaces if you do not wash your hands. The risk of either situation is considered very low at the moment.
The main symptoms of Coronavirus are:
•A cough
•A high temperature
•Shortness of breath

How to avoid catching or spreading germs.
•Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze.
•Put used tissues in the bin straight away.
•Wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
•Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
Do Not:
Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.

We now have 512 members, compared with 494 last month. This is 21 more than at this time last year.

We are very pleased to welcome all of our new members and look forward to meeting you at future meetings and interest groups. If you have friends or family interested in joining, forms can be printed from our website or obtained from Membership Secretary Alan Stevenson on 01782 395760.

Letters and application forms have been issued for the new membership year commencing on 1st April. This doesn’t apply to anyone who has joined us recently whose membership does not lapse until 31st March 2021.

On 27th February, we welcomed Ken Rushton who gave a presentation explaining the role of the Magistrate. At the conclusion of the talk, ample time was given to address questions from the audience. Many thanks to Ken for his presentation that was enjoyed by all.

Our parent organisation, The Third Age Trust, has started to implement a Development Plan following two years of extensive consultation. A priority is to raise the profile of the U3A, as the range of activities provided can help to promote health and wellbeing among its members. The word “University” in the title is widely thought to discourage people from joining, so action has been taken to remove “University of the Third Age” from the logo and replace it with “Learn, Laugh and Live”, which seems much more appropriate.

Our AGM which was planned to take place on Thursday 21st May 2020 has been cancelled. We will inform everyone when a new date has been agreed.

The Beeches 1 The Beeches 2 In September we visited The Beeches in Rocester, to find out for ourselves why the garden was so highly recommended. The pictures show a flavour of the Beeches Garden.

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We still need a new Group Leader for the Walking Group, or more volunteer walk leaders for additional walks during 2020. If any member has a favourite walk which they would like to lead, please contact Ali Townsend on 07450 791153. Ali is currently acting as an administrator to circulate information for the group and she can also be contacted by email to:

A recent meeting of the Southern Community Partnership highlighted changes in the law regarding footpaths and bridle paths. The Ramblers’ website gives details of proposed changes in bureaucratic processes and attempts are being made to identify and record existing and “lost” rights of way before 2026, so that they can be afforded legal protection for future generations. You can find the Ramblers’ website at:

The current Flower Arranging group is presently unable to accommodate any more members, so we would like to start a second group, which would need a Group Leader. We have already had two or three enquiries from members interested in joining. If you are interested in joining a new group, or have flower arranging skills to share, please contact Chris Whitfield (01939 621499) or Trish Rowley (07939 200549).

The 27th International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival takes place this summer and there will be events at the Buxton Opera House from 1st to 8th August and at Harrogate Royal Hall from 9th to 23rd August.

Further information can be found on the internet at

Last year Cannock Chase hosted a robot building challenge event and a similar event is planned for 2020. Further details are available at the monthly meeting and U3A members are being invited to register their interest either as teams or individuals at

The rules are available on the Cannock Chase website at:

We don’t currently have a science or model building group but we’ve had quite a few new members lately and some of you may be interested in this kind of activity.

The National Office produce monthly online newsletters and members can register to receive these by email. You can sign up to receive your copy at

The newsletter includes details of current research projects, study days, entertainment, etc. which may interest some of our U3A members. It is worth signing up if you haven't already done so.