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Good news from Pat Wright ………
The Happy Feet group walked today (28 May) for the first time since March 2020. It was very enjoyable and we’ve arranged to walk 2nd and 4th Fridays in June, COVID allowing that is!
A great idea for a new group from Ann Furtado ………
Mixed Craft & Chat Group – Online for now
Are you one of those ‘make-y’ people? Would you welcome the chance to pursue your craft in company with others, once a month, and have the opportunity to chat about what you are doing and about life in general?
All would be welcome at the group, both women and men. The emphasis would be on sharing, in a companionable way, what you like to spend your time doing. There will be no tutoring but as the group evolved, it might be that some would be willing to offer help to others or even a presentation if they felt confident enough and were eager to do so. There would be no insistence on sharing but just a chance to chat and spend some time with like-minded folk.
Craft and Chat Groups can provide much inspiration. One can find oneself taking up a new craft activity or expanding the range of something that you already do. Craft is a broad umbrella - knitters and crocheters, embroiderers, card makers, work with air dried clay, digital crafting, artwork, recycling materials, sewing, macrame, even woodwork if not too noisy!
It would be fine for interested people to just come and chat and enjoy the atmosphere. The intention would be to run the group once a month on a Tuesday or Friday for an hour to an hour and a half. Times are changing and the group would begin via Zoom so could be enjoyed in the comfort of your own home. Later, there might be consideration of a move to meeting in person. One advantage of using Zoom would be that you could work in your own space with your own materials around you.
If you are interested in such a group, please do get in touch with me – Ann Furtado. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org and my phone number is 07758687099. Looking forward to hearing from you.
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 under the group listing below, or contact Jane, the Group Coordinator:
|Arts Appreciation||Although we haven't 'zoomed' during lockdown our Leader, Mervyn Dawe, has kept in touch with us suggesting art programmes, documentaries and films for us to watch and may be discuss when we finally get back together.|
|Book Club||3 of the 4 book groups are meeting up online.|
|Bridge Online||More members would be welcome.|
|Creative Writing||The groups continue to thrive. A new group (Group 5) has been set up specifically in response to this lockdown.|
|Croquet||“It’s great to be out and playing” is the general feeling among the 27 playing members.|
|Current Affairs||Continues to meet via Zoom.|
|Expressive Writing||Meets fortnightly online.|
|French Book Club||Happily continues to Zoom fortnightly at 10:30.|
|French Intermediate||and French Intermediate 2 have combined for online meetings.|
|German Conversation||Joy Way has stood down as group leader and we’re hoping that one of the existing group members will be able to take over in the near future.|
|German (Practical)||Have an active e-mail group for which text, photos and videos are contributed.|
|Italian (Beginners)||Are meeting on line.|
|Italian (DIY)||Are meeting online.|
|Literature 1||The group is meeting weekly via zoom.|
|Local Flora||Members are keeping in touch via emails during lockdown. Several members make lists of the wildflowers they see on their walks or in their gardens.|
|Music Appreciation 2||Since the day before lockdown, Martyn Leighton has been sending out a fortnightly playlist to those on email/internet (all but 2), with a few reflections. That seems to have gone down well and usually generates 2 or 3 responses. It is a way of sharing music which a Zoom call doesn't enable. People can choose when, if and how much they listen.|
|Nifty Knitters||Are meeting outside in gardens when the weather allows.|
|Play Reading 1||The group are meeting up every now and then and reading poems..|
|Reading - Book Club||Meets up using phone, email, Zoom and WhatsApp.|
|Spanish Conversation||Continues to meet weekly via Zoom (Thursday mornings) or on the Common.|
|Walking - Country Walkers||Are walking again. They have circulated a set of walk rules based on government guidance and a walk details summary that is circulated to members in advance.|
|Walking - Wednesday Walkers||Are meeting again walking 4 - 5 miles on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month.|
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.
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 email@example.com (or at Chair). In the meantime, please stay safe and well.