Stroud & District


See our latest Information Email!

4 June 2020

As you will be aware, we've been sending out emails to all members (the information email, and quizzes).

Sending out 425 (currently) emails at once is liable to catch the attention of spam filters. Many Internet Service Providers (ISPs) won't let you do this, because it can lead to the ISP itself being blacklisted, to the detriment of their other customers.

We were taking advantage of Google's permission to send up to 500 emails per day, in batches of no more than 100.

This failed at the last attempt, most likely because the emails were reported as spam by one or more of our members who didn't want to receive the emails any more and used this as a way to stop them. We therefore can't continue to use this delivery mechanism.

We have found an alternative way to send emails, using Google Groups. We've set up a private group, and we're in the process of adding members' emails to this group (we're only allowed to add 100 per day). We've limited access so that no outsider can join, and even joined members can't see each other's email addresses or post to the group.

This group offers the ability for members to unsubscribe at any time. We sincerely ask members who don't want to receive these emails to unsubscribe rather than marking emails as spam; too many spam reports will result in Google closing the group, which would leave us unable to send general emails (information, quizzes, etc) to any of our members.

30 May 2020

With the lockdown limiting the activities of many individuals and groups it is great to see U3A members meeting the challenge. The following groups are continuing to 'meet' online and if you would like to join one of them, please contact the Group Leader, whose details can be found in Groups, or contact Jane, the Group Coordinator:

Expressive Writing meets fortnightly via Zoom
The Creative Writing groups continue to thrive
A new Creative Writing group, Group 5, has been set up specifically in response to this lockdown
Spanish Conversation continues to meet weekly via Zoom (Thursday mornings)
Current Affairs continues to meet via Zoom
The Reading - Book Clubs meet up using phone, email, Zoom and WhatsApp
Bridge Onlinemore members welcome
Food Appreciation
Italian (Beginners) have started meeting on line from 4 May
German (Practical) is using email

19 April 2020

Stroud U3A Under Lockdown

I think that it’s fair to say that the Corona Virus has severely disrupted our activities! There are no planned physical meetings but some activity groups are meeting online. We are also issuing a more frequent version of our information email - it was monthly.

It is very much our intention to get back to normal at the earliest opportunity but for that, we are dependent on our wider society itself also getting back to normal – we shall not do anything that will put the health of our members at risk.

Please do contact us if you have any queries about Stroud U3A, on 01453 767850 or at (or at Chair). In the meantime, please stay safe and well.


Clive Edgington
Stroud U3A