Warwick District


16th March 2020

In the light of this evening’s message from the Prime Minister, all WDU3A activities - all meetings, groups and visits - are suspended from midnight on Monday 16 March until further notice.

The committee (your trustees) hope that ways can be found through which we might support each other through this period of very limited social interaction or self-isolation. Group leaders might like to consider how they might keep alive their activities through social media.

The economics seminar planned for Wednesday will take place via email and all those who planned to participate will receive the keynote presentation and be invited to share their thoughts by reply. If others plan to do anything similar please be aware of data protection rulings and deal only with the provider of that service who may then share your thoughts with others. Others might like to consider conducting their meetings via Skype. If you have any other ideas of how we might continue in our mission then please share them.

No meetings or activities may take place under the auspices of our U3A or be in any way linked to it. Some group leaders may be required to formally cancel bookings. If this causes any problems please contact me.

Some of our members belong to ’Corona Self-Isolating Community Help’ who offer a range of support for those who experiencing difficulties while in self-isolation. This is not an affiliate of our U3A or the Third Age Trust but they can be of great help. They can be contacted on 01926 314220 or helpmyneighbour2020@gmail.com

Finally I wish all of you the best of wishes for the unusual and difficult weeks and months ahead. We will meet again at the end of tunnel. Stay well, stay safe and be there for each other.

Chris Forse, Chairman

If you are self-isolated and need help, click here for information about Covid-19 Self-Isolation Community Help, an initiative for Warwick and Leamington.

In Memoriam

Would you like to help Warwick District Council run their polling stations in May 2021?
The Elections Team are looking for Poll Clerks and you will receive full training to be able to assist the Presiding Officer run the polling station.
It is for the full day as polling stations are open from 7am until 10pm and you will be working a 16/17 hour day, so would need to provide your own refreshments for the whole day.
The fee for Poll Clerks is £178.75 plus travelling expenses. Your will also receive £31 for attending the training session.
Polling staff trainings (90 minutes) will be held at the Town Hall, Royal Leamington Spa CV32 4AT in the preceding weeks. You will be able to book your chosen training session.

If you are interested please contact the Elections Team for details and an application form – email: staffourelections@warwickdc.gov.uk
or phone: 01926 456106.

Free driver assessments for eligible senior drivers
Warwickshire County Council has teamed up with IAM Roadsmart and Specsavers to provide and promote free driving assessments for eligible mature drivers. Click for further information.

AGM 2020 presentation
If you missed the presentation at the AGM or want to review it, you can find it at Heidi Meyer AGM 2020 presentation.

Talk on Hong Kong
Chris Forse recently gave a talk to the Current Affairs group on the recent history of Hong Kong (where he lived for many years), including the background to the recent rioting. It’s worthy of a wider audience, so you can find it here: Hong Kong

Religion in Europe between the late medieval period and the Reformation
The Centre for Renaissance Studies at the University of Warwick has for a number of years run evening courses on the Renaissance, and they are brilliantly delivered by the faculty and post-docs at the university. It will lighten up any Friday evening. Click here for further information. Chris Forse

The Wallace Collection Friday March 20th
Following the interest in the recent talk by Ann O’Flanagan,
an outing to the Collection has been arranged. Numbers will be
limited so before doing anything else, Maggie would like to take
names and then finalise the excursion. For further details, see
Please contact Maggie (details in Info magazine) and she will confirm details later.

Aston Hall and Soho House Wednesday 29th April
Aston Hall and Soho House are linked historically with two of Birmingham’s
most famous industrialists, Matthew Boulton and James Watt Junior. For
further details, see Events and more info here.
Cost will be £38.00pp: cheques should be made out to Warwick District U3A and
posted to Maggie Watts (address in Info magazine).
Pickup time is 9.45 from Warwick Tesco car park.

Chatsworth House Friday June 12th
We will be visiting the RHS Flower Show at Chatsworth, but if you prefer, you
can just visit the house. For further details, see Events.
The plan is to leave Warwick at 8.30am, arriving at about 10.30am.
Please contact Maggie (see Info magazine for details) to confirm
interest and also say which you would like to do (House or Show),
even if you have already told her you’re interested in the trip.

Trip to Tuscany and Umbria 6 days, 5 nights, 10th-15th May 2020 - £799.00 pp, £99.00 single supplement.
Waiting list only
EasyJet flights Luton/Pisa/Luton (flight times to be confirmed) staying at 3* Hotel Villa Ricci located in Chianciano Terme, Tuscany: on 2 days half board and 3 days B & B, with optional farewell dinner in local restaurant or Tuscan farmhouse. U.K. Airport transfers from Warwick included.
Visiting Pienza (where parts of "The English Patient" were filmed), Siena, Florence, Perugia and Assisi. Flight times permit visiting Pisa.

Jean Hardwick 494147

College Lake trip
There are a few spaces on the Natural History Group coach trip to College Lake, near Tring, on Mon 1st June 2020, £19.00.
See Events for further details.

The Arts Society of Leamington Spa - click to find out more

The Pond of Poetry Click here if you want to find out about the latest installation by the Woolpack Group.

Now or Never - click here if you are interested in helping to clear litter where you live.
WDU3A Litter picking

Claim a Power of Attorney refund
Did you know that if you have set up a Power of Attorney you may be able to claim a refund of part of your application fee? You are eligible for a refund if you applied to register a power of attorney from 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2017.

This applies to lasting powers of attorney (LPA) and enduring powers of attorney (EPA).
You must claim your refund by 1 February 2021.

For more information please look at https://www.gov.uk/power-of-attorney-refund.

Music to my ears - click here to find out more about the guide to music in Warwick, Leamington and beyond.

Tools with a Mission
Are you getting rid of old garden tools? Then click on the link, and see how you can give them a very useful second life.

== Group News ==

German for Beginner Plus/Tentative Intermediate level
We are forming a friendly, mutually supportive group for those who do have a LITTLE German, and who would like to take it further, at an enjoyable and relaxing pace. We will meet every 1st and 3rd Friday afternoon from 2.00-3.30 pm, venue to depend on size of the established group. We will be learning together using some agreed texts (which members will need to buy), but also CDs and the internet. For further information, contact:

Hazel Grant 498362, 07818 033607

Local Walkers 1
Our group would welcome one or two new members. Gentle walks, approximately 1-1½ hours. Please phone Judy or
David Hirst for details: 422591

Teach Yourself Italian
Two groups have just started, in which members are working together to learn Italian, learning from books and tapes. We still have 12 members who would like to take part but there is no room in these groups. There are enough members for a third group, but we need a group leader. This is not a onerous task - no knowledge of the language is needed, it simply needs someone to coordinate the efforts of a self-help group. Help and advice on doing this can be provided.
If you think you may be interested, please contact John Wilks, Group Coordinator, for an informal chat about what is required and what help will be available.