This is the page on which you will find the latest information from Ware U3A and where we can share ideas on how you are communicating or carrying out group sessions remotely with each other.
Cup of Tea and a Chat? If you are missing just the informal chats you are used to why not have a virtual teatime with another U3A member? Please get in touch to let us know if you would like to try a virtual teatime and we will arrange a time to talk.
For old news and information about our local shops opening hours read Archive News
Coronavirus temporary Ware Town Centre changes: The Highways Department will be making changes to some roads and parking in towns to help maintain social distancing. To read about the temporary changes to Ware High Street visit Hertfordshire County Council Highways website.
What the camera did not see
Martin Mulcahy one of Ware's U3A members is a avid photographer who takes his camera on every outing, trip and holiday would like to share his experiences while taking photographs.
- Read about Martin's experience when visiting Massachusetts in 2010 New
- Read about Martin's experience when visiting Cuba in 2011
- Read about Martin's experience when visiting Washington DC in 2013
Digital Photography Group
Barry our tutor was sitting in his garden with his camera and was trying to capture red kites. They are amazing action shots, do take a look.
Project 4: Was to take pictures of flowers. Please see a small selection of the photographs below.
- Lockdown Lounge: The Southern Maltings Lockdown Lounge is now open why not have a look at Southern Maltings Lockdown Lounge
Please see the paintings below by Peter Radley and the one by Eleanor Fielding.
Shared learning projects
You are being asked to help keep track of our garden birds (New 21/05/20)
You are invited to join BirdTrack, a free online tool to record your own bird sightings and keep up to date with trends.
Provided by the British Trust for Ornithology, BirdTrack is for observers to manage their own personal records and contribute data to BTO science; supporting species conservation on local, regional, national and international scales.
This is a great opportunity – not only for members but for any nature enthusiast looking for a fun, outdoor project. Read more about the BTO BirdTrack Project
The U3A would also love to hear about your sightings of different species or bird related garden activity and for you to share any photographs you have managed to take of your feathered visitors. The U3A will publish a selection of these sightings and photos on their website so please fill out their online form to record these also.
Mary Gibbons is the U3A Birdwatching subject adviser for the U3A movement, Mary has a lot of information on her Subject Adviser page to help with this and can help with any individual enquiries.
Look out for a feature interview with Mary and learn more about the garden birdwatch project in this month’s U3A Magazine – Third Age Matters – out next week. See more on the magazine on TAM's new twitter account @MagU3a.
Blog My Story 2020 A new chapter… tell us your story
Hertfordshire Libraries and Nysa Projects are once again inviting you to share your stories and memories as part of a unique creative quarantine project.
Blog My Story Families 2020 “I didn’t know that…!” Calling children to talk to an adult and tell us their story Hertfordshire Libraries and Nysa Projects would like to invite children and young people to take part in our creativequarantine project, My Story Families. Perhaps you can do a joint project with your grandchildren?
Living history of members' experiences: All U3A members have the opportunity to take part in a Shared Learning Project "A Shared Living History of Members' Experiences during the 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic". This involves keeping a diary of our time in this pandemic, not necessarily daily, which will ultimately be collated with others submitted to produce what will be a fascinating document.
This could turn out to be an important and valuable piece of work relevant as both an historical record for future generations and an aid to planning for extraordinary circumstances in the future, so we do urge members to take part. For details of what you need to do please read living history of members experiences.
Theatre Historians: This is a project started at Kingston University based on the Cary Ellison programmes. As far as we can see there's only one theatre in our region, The Palace Theatre in Watford, but there are many in London that people will be familiar with and also one in Bletchley. For details of what is involved please read theatre historians.