The National u3a have recently announced that during the Covid-19 pandemic all members
are to show evidence of their double vaccination at monthly/group meetings using either their vaccination card or NHS Passport. It is also now a requirement that members who have not been double vaccinated for medical reasons or otherwise must take a lateral flow test within 48 hours prior to a session/meeting and show proof of a negative test.(Test kits are free and available online or from any pharmacy with instructions on how to acquire proof of a negative result).

Group leaders have also been asked to keep a list of members' closest family member or friends contact details, In Case of Emergency (I.C.E.)

Also the u3a asks that any member who tests positive for Covid-19 should contact their group leader or a committee member.

Group leaders can find a recently updated Covid-19 version of the Risk Assessment
Forms on this website under the Members Info tab.

A couple of months ago the committee approached the Grosvenor Ballroom about the availability of their main hall for the last Thursday in July, 2021. Unfortunately the Grosvenor is no longer available to us on any day. We therefore held our first post-lockdown monthly meeting on Wednesday, 28th July at 10.30am. at a new venue for us, New Brighton Cricket Club at Rake Lane.

Most businesses have struggled over the past year and have had to raise their rental prices significantly. In view of this, the Committee has decided to increase the attendance fee for the monthly meeting to £2 per person. This is the first time in 13 years that we have increased this charge and the increase in the cost of rental, speakers and catering means that a one pound charge is now unsustainable.

Our Garden Party at the end of June was a great success with over seventy people attending. We had sunshine, cakes and music provided by our own ukulele group, as well as a table quiz and plenty of laughter and chat. Well done to all those involved.

Our first meeting using New Brighton Cricket Club on 28th July proved to be a popular new venue for our Wallasey u3a group. Almost sixty members came to enjoy our first get together since the Covid outbreak in March of last year. As members arrived they were each given a mug from our huge collection to take home and bring for future meetings as there is very little storage space at the cricket club.
Seating was arranged in a semicircle, one meter apart and facing the stage in the corner of the room. Graham Clayton, our chairman opened the meeting and then our speaker Tina Saunders told us about her life from attending the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court Palace up to working at Buckingham Palace designing and creating beautiful dresses for the Queen's official functions. Tina also told us about her business, Needles and Sparkles, luxury embroidery, dress making and alterations, in West Kirby.
At the end of the talk, which was interrupted several times by torrential rain on the roof and loud thunder, we were able to enjoy refreshments provided by Marina and her volunteers. She will continue to require more volunteers to help her in future. Her contact details are on your blue u3a membership card.
Next month`s meeting will be on Wednesday 25th August at 10.30 at New Brighton Cricket Club, Rake Lane which is where we will continue to use for all future monthly meetings.

Our next speaker will be Nina Olsen who lives on the Wirral Peninsula. Telling of her sledding trip with five huskies as part of a team in a charity challenge over Norwegian and Swedish countryside. The challenges faced, the dogs, the terrain, the cold. A story of teamwork, fun, hard work, expectations, capabilities, limitations and achievements.

Please contact Jean Taylor for further details.

Some of our interest groups have resumed. These include Bridge Club (Online), Bowls, Golf, Ukulele, Guitar, Walking Group, Lunch Club.

Did you know

that the U3A publishes a full colour magazine five times a year?
To subscribe please ask one of the committee members at the desk at our monthly meeting