Stourbridge

Welcome to Stourbridge u3a

This week there is a Climate Change Festival at St Thomas' Church, Stourbridge.
Stourbridge u3a are taking part, pop in to see our display and others from around
St Thomas the area

The exhibition is open daily 9th- 17th October, 10am - 4pm
Admission is free

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Stourbridge in Stourbridge in Bloom Bloom
Our u3a cares about Stourbridge. All through the year a small number of members have met in Stourbridge to maintain the flowers planted in Foster Street and also help where necessary around the town.
David Harcourt, the organiser, entered the application online to the Heart of England in Bloom board – this was a lot of hard work for him; photographs, work logs and evidence of all the groups involved around the area to show how we have all worked to make our town look good and raise everyone’s spirits. Well! he must have made a good job of it because we were awarded – GOLD in our category.
I would like to thank everyone who helped and especially to Ian Scotford and Jean Bradshaw, they have not missed a Sunday or Wednesday watering since we planted the summer flowers!!! You are both superstars and Maggie Billings and I are very grateful to you for all the effort you made.
Besides Maggie and myself, Barbara French, Tess Wagstaff and Brenda Smith and Eve Schneider have also given up a lot of their time. Many others have supported us when needed and also sent contributions of bulbs and winter flowers to be planted very soon. If you would like to be involved or contribute, please let me know, we would appreciate it!! Foster Street has become our domain and we would like to keep it cheerful all year round.
So proud of our achievement – well done to Stourbridge!
Brenda Stevenson

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Thursday 4th November, 2pm

Andrew and Pam are designers and makers of fused glass jewellery.

They explain their life and work on the canals and the process of making fused glass.

www.theglassbarge.com

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Summer has been a bit hit and miss this year!
However, our u3a is slowly getting back to normal and some returning to safe indoor meetings – not an easy task and the Group Leaders and our Accommodation Officer are working hard to get it all satisfactory for everyone. Some venues have changed please take a look at your group's page.
We are thinking of having the Speaker meetings broadcast as Zoom meetings at the same time as the meeting at New Road to enable those not yet ready to join us to join in. This will all be new to us and if any members have this sort of expertise, we will be very happy to hear from you.
It has been good to keep in touch with our Members via Zoom, the Newsletter and Email bulletins, but it will be wonderful to see you all again.
I hope you continue to enjoy all u3a has to offer.

Best wishes

Brenda Stevenson Chairman Stourbridge u3a

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The lastest Stourbridge u3a Newsletter, Autumn 21 is now on right in Links

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u3a has been known as the ‘University of the Third Age’. However, it was thought that this suggested formal learning at a high level. This is not what we are about. The strapline “ Learn, Laugh and Live” is now used to better describe what we do.

After spending years working or bringing up a family, we can offer you an informal way to LEARN by exploring new or renewed interests. We have over 40 special interest groups, covering a wide range of subjects from astronomy to playing ukulele.

All our groups and events have a strong social element. They offer a chance to LAUGH and have a good time.

There are also many trips and outings to choose from, these are on hold at present, but we intend to start again after Covid 19 restrictions are lifted.
We offer many ways to get out and LIVE, rather than staying at home. Several of our groups are about wellbeing and keeping fit. Checkout the Groups tab.

Stourbridge u3a
As the name suggests we serve Stourbridge and the surrounding area, but wherever you live you are welcome to join us if you like what we do and you want to be involved.
Like all u3a branches, we are a self-governing and self-financing body, operating under the Third Age Trust. The Trust is the national body that provides our core principles and vision, as well as educational and administrative support. The Trust publishes a quarterly magazine for members called Third Age Matters.

Joining Stourbridge u3a
You are eligible to join if you are no longer in full-time work. There is no age stipulation. All are welcome; indeed our new recruitment campaign is being aimed at the younger person to invigorate the movement. Please see our other pages and the link ‘Join us’ for more information.

The effect of COVID-19 on our activities
Our Group Leaders keep up with changing instructions and will always do their best to conduct meetings within the current guidelines. The Committee are informed by the Central u3a when the Government announcements happen and we circulate these to all.

Monthly meetings take place on the first Thursday afternoon of each month commencing at 2pm. The venue is the New Road Methodist Church, New Road, Stourbridge DY8 1PA.

Covid restrictions have meant that these meetings are now on line using zoom.

All members are welcome to attend the monthly meeting and we aim to have an interesting talk each month by a visiting speaker as well as news of outings and group activities.

Speakers - First Thursday of the month at 2pm

We warmly welcome new members and visitors alike so please call in and see us. Visitors are allowed to attend up to three times before joining, and this is an ideal way to try us out and see how friendly we are

Membership costs are £17 per year.
Visitors to Thursday meetings are charged £2 per meeting including refreshments.

Further details on Stourbridge u3a can be obtained by emailing us using the details on our Contacts Page.

Registered Charity Number: 1166067