Stoke-on-Trent South

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In early May membership stood at 325, including 287 renewals (47 more than at the same time last year. Renewals are still being received and we’re confident that numbers will continue to increase steadily. The subscription fee of £10 is due for renewal, unless you have joined or renewed your membership recently, and payment should be submitted together with the completed renewal form.

Please remember to take your current membership card to any meetings you attend.

If you have friends or relatives thinking of joining, application forms can be obtained from our website or from Membership Secretary Alan Stevenson, Tel: 01782 395760 or emailing:

You can also find us on Facebook at:


At the end of this month we are resuming our normal monthly meetings and we are looking forward to seeing many familiar faces, plus some new members attending for the first time. The attendance at last month’s AGM was extremely encouraging, in fact it was our best ever AGM turnout! The entertainment provided by the Mel Baines Trio was exceptional and we will certainly invite them back before too long.


In accordance with our Constitution, Keith Ward stepped down from his role as Chairman at the recent AGM, but we are pleased to say that he will be continuing as a committee member. Andrew Devin has now stepped up from Vice Chairman into into the role of Chairman. Two new faces on the committee since lockdown are Phil Rowley and Joe Neilson. Dianne Ellis has also joined us recently and we should be gaining a Minutes Secretary very shortly. This is very positive and welcome news as it is quite some time since we last had a full committee to share the load!


Joe Neilson has offered to start a new computer group and would love to hear from anyone who is interested.
You can contact Joe on 01782 852042 or by email to:


30th June Monthly Meeting 2pm - Talk by Philip Caine “Barrow to Baghdad”
28th July Monthly Meeting 2pm – Talk about the Staffordshire Oatcake by Alex Povey
25th August Monthly Meeting 2pm – details to be finalised


The u3a Radio Podcast, broadcast on 17th of each month, can be viewed via u3a’s YouTube channel. It is now also on podcast platforms including Apple, Spotify and Google Podcasts.
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2022 marks the u3a’s 40th birthday and still many people don’t know of its existence. However, great efforts are being made nationally to bring the benefits of u3a to a wider audience.
The GenerationWOW campaign with Specsavers is one scheme which is helping to promote positive aging through YouTube videos of u3a members demonstrating their skills for others to share. You can access these through the Specsavers Hub.


The Potters 'Arf marathon takes place in Stoke-on-Trent on Saturday 12th June, starting and finishing in the city centre. Volunteers are sought to help marshal the course on race day. Course Marshals will be located on the route and help by cheering on runners and walkers; informing vehicles of road closures due to the race; and being a point of contact for participants and spectators. It’s a very rewarding role, as you get to see over 1500 people tackle the route and challenge themselves and your support is what helps to keep them going! Volunteers need to be available between 9.45am – 1.30pm (timings will vary, depending on your location on the course). If you would like to help out on the day, please email

To show appreciation, volunteers will receive family swim passes for Dimensions Leisure Centre, permitting 2 adults and 2 children free entry to the pool during a leisure swim. Perhaps you prefer to take on the challenge and run, walk or enter a relay team?! You can find out more and register here:


The Haywood Foundation, together with Keele University, have designed free packs to encourage and advise people how to manage joint pain by keeping joints mobile. A few of these packs are available at Central Hall. Funding has been provided by Versus Arthritis and the project team would be very grateful for any feedback you can provide. A card and pre-paid envelope are provided in the pack. Dr Johny Quicke has now left the project but June Brammer is available by calling or texting 07812 491603 (mobile) if you have any enquiries. Before leaving, he left a few pre-stamped packs with Fay Howell, so if you need one posting, please contact Fay on 01782 658659 or by email to:


A new study aimed at improving mobility in older adults is launching in Stoke-on-Trent, led by scientists from the University of Birmingham. Researchers are looking for 200 Stoke-on-Trent people over 65 years old to take part in the study, which is designed for older adults who are starting to find everyday activities such as getting up from a chair, climbing stairs or walking to the shops harder than they used to be.

The ACE (Active, Connected and Engaged) study will pair people 65 and above with a volunteer buddy, themselves 55+ years, for six months. The pair will choose local activities to try out together. It could be an exercise class, dancing, knit and natter, a choir or just a local walk.

If you would like more information about taking part, or about becoming one of the volunteers, please contact Katie Chatwin on 07442989155,
or visit the website:


2022 Shows scheduled at Buxton Opera House from 30th July to 6th August 2022:

Matinee performances commence at 2.30 pm. Evening performances commence at 7.30pm.

Saturday 30th July IOLANTHE, NGSOC (mat and eve)
Sunday 31st July THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, NGSOC (mat and eve)
Monday 1st August THE GONDOLIERS, Forbear! Theatre (eve)
Tuesday 2nd August THE MIKADO, Peak Opera (eve)
Wednesday 3rd August HMS PINAFORE, NGSOC (mat) IOLANTHE, NGSOC (eve)
Thursday 4th August EXPRESS G&S, Charles Court Opera (mat) PATIENCE Charles Court Opera (eve)
Friday 5th August UTOPIA, NGSOC (eve)
Saturday 6th August UTOPIA, NGSOC (mat) HMS PINAFORE, NGSOC (eve)

Prices are as follows: Dress Circle - £39 pp. Mid Stalls & Upper Circle - £32 pp Front & Rear Stalls; Gallery - £29pp Upper Circle Sides with restricted view - £19pp Group discounts of 10% for 15 – 29 passengers per performance and 15% for more than 30 passengers per performance.
Booking requests for large groups can be held without charge but a review would be requested around the end of February 2022.
The Box Office is open for Group Bookings: Tel: 01422-323252 or

G&S Opera TV is available at home at any time – see details at:

Items for publication in the next newsletter will need to reach Fay Howell by Wednesday, 22nd June, 2022. Tel: 01782 658659 or email: