Discussion Group - meeting online
TU3A Discussion Group - meeting ONLINE on 2nd and 4th Thursdays, at 10.30am
TU3A Discussion has been meeting via Zoom for months, with very patchy attendance.
Zoom is hosted by a member of the Group, Jon.
Anyone wanting to join us should contact Carol on LancsCarol@gmail.com
Jon prepares the meeting ID and passcode several days before the meeting,
and Carol usually distributes the meeting details to
the members of the group who have told Carol their preferred email address.
We have about half a dozen regular attendees, and maybe four others who have attended.
We try to have a proper Discussion topic, but when we are only the very few regulars,
we frequently begin to talk sociably about other topics of interest to us few.
If more members joined us, we would stick to a more formal Discussion format,
as there would be more opinions and facts to share in the group.
The Tewkesbury U3A took the decision to close ALL Groups until further notice,
from 16th March 2020.
Since than, some groups have opened online, and some have done what they can,
within prevailing/changing government and U3A rules, like walking in groups of six.
OLD DETAILS about the group ...
The Gupshill Manor on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month, 10.15am for 10.30am.
Topics planned for Discussion on the right of this page >>>>>
The discussion starts at 10.30, so we meet at about 10.15 to buy a drink each; tea, coffee, orange juice etc. This is our contribution to pay for the venue. Also 50p to the kitty, for normal U3A attendance fee, please.
Future topics should be available on the right, when planned sufficiently in advance, when the leader remembers to alter the website...
We have a selection of moral dilemmas, culled from the internet, to fill the gaps
Directions to the venue
The Gupshill Manor is located on the A38 Gloucester Road outside Tewkesbury; a Tudor building set back on the west side of the road. There is plenty of parking space, with two entrances to the car park if you miss the first one.
This is about a mile away from the Tewkesbury Cross in the centre of town.
The venue is fairly accessible for wheelchair users - we are able to open a door for access across flat ground from the car park, when we meet in the usual room at the front corner of the building.
Turn right immediately at the lower pub entrance: if you go in via the front door, turn left: order your drink as you pass the bar.
There are buses, somewhat infrequently, but a massive car park too.
Stagecoach bus number 41 leaves at 9.40 from Northway, 10.03 from Boots/High Street, reaches Guphill Manor at 10.06.
The next bus at 10.00 from Northway, 10.23 from Boots, arrives at Gupshill at 10.26 - if it's on time, of course...
How it works
We spend an hour or more on the main topic of the day, which may be something making the news at the time, or something chosen in advance by the group.
[See the link Topics planned for Discussion on the right of this page]
After that, conversation roams across a wide range of topics until it's time to leave at noon - always too soon for us.
We have a regular chairperson, Janet. Other members occasionally will chair the meeting, if Janet is unable to attend.
Our conversation covers serious and light-hearted issues, so can be enlightening, as well as fun.
We often have a good laugh - always good for you!
Some of us have even been known to change our minds about a fundamentally held opinion, in the light of convincing argument [always good-natured - please!] put forward by other group members.
As of 2020 Spring, we were at full capacity for the venue and for a discussion forum - this is no longer true for the online version!
A new group - Discussion2 - started in September 2017, with Carol as interim Group Leader.
The group was wound up in January 2020 owing to very poor attendance, and also because no-one was prepared to become group leader.
Let's have more suggestions for topics to discuss. Some ideas are listed top right. Almost anything can be the subject of lively, informed and tolerant debate - and - yes, some people do play "devil's advocate"; so it's best not to make your mind up too soon......
See you next time?