Wellingborough & District

LATEST NEWS

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DECEMBER NEWS

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43 members attended our AGM this year, held by Zoom again to reduce social contacts due to continued uncertainty over Covid. The AGM business was successfully completed and the minutes will be posted on the website as soon as they are available.

We then enjoyed taking part in a quiz produced by our Social Secretary Patricia Heed. The quiz was won by Julia Heathcote, who impressively answered all 24 questions correctly and will receive a £10 M&S voucher by email.

And the winner of the lucky number draw was Diana Turner, who will receive a £30 M&S voucher by email.

The January Meeting will be held on Wednesday 5th January at 2.30 via Zoom and we have a fascinating talk about Anne Frank from Gillian Walnes Perry MBE, who is the co-founder of the Anne Frank Trust.

Anne Frank Diaries Gillian has worked with the history of Anne Frank for 30 years, both in the UK and internationally, and has a unique insight into her life and times. She is a popular and in demand speaker, having spoken in locations as diverse as 10 Downing Street in London, the United Nations in New York, as well as many cruise ships and groups in the UK and around the world. As Co-founder of the Anne Frank Trust, she has been privileged to meet some of those who knew Anne Frank and who have quietly shared their personal memories with her, as well as meeting Holocaust survivors who had parallel experiences to those of Anne Frank and some who were with her in the concentration camps.

Gillian says ‘I take the story of Anne’s life through her family background in Frankfurt, their flight to Amsterdam, Anne’s emerging personality as a popular and irreverent school girl, her desperation in hiding (as described to me by the family’s courageous helper Miep Gies), her physical and emotional transition into an adolescent and her developing moral framework, which has proved to be an inspirational to millions. I describe Anne’s tragic and poignant last days, including from first hand witnesses.’

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2022 U3A DIARIES

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Members who wish to order a u3a diary for 2022 can do so directly from the u3a Brand Centre via the following link.

U3A Diaries 2022

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NEW SOCIAL MEDIA PAGE

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We have been setting up more places to check in with Wellingborough and District u3a online. To take a look, please click on the 'Social Media' button at the top of the page.

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THE QUEEN'S PLATINUM JUBILEE

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In 2022, Her Majesty The Queen will become the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee. An extended bank holiday, from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June, will provide an opportunity for communities and people throughout the United Kingdom to come together to celebrate the historic milestone. The four days of celebrations will include public events and community activities, as well as national moments of reflection on The Queen’s 70 years of service.

2022 also marks the 40th Anniversary of the u3a and it has been decided to coincide our anniversary and celebrate it over the four days of the extended Bank Holiday.

Suggested items to be included in these celebrations are: the making of a 40th Anniversary Quilt with contributions from every u3a across the country. This will be in addition to the Quilt that Wellingborough & District u3a plan to create.

U3a Day 2022 will take place in September over the week-end of the 21st and 22nd – at a time many of our members would much prefer.

The u3a Wood

This is an ambitious project to establish a u3a Anniversary Wood on the England/Wales border in the Brecon Beacons National Park. Individual u3as can choose to buy a copse of 100 native trees in our u3a Anniversary Woodland and help support the environment, wildlife and climate. Every copse sold will make a difference and help the u3a get nearer its target of planting 5,000 trees by the end of the planting season in Spring next year.

The u3a Anniversary Woodland will become part of The Queen’s Green Canopy initiative of tree planting to create a network of individual trees, avenues, copses and whole woodlands in honour of The Queen's service and the legacy she has built.

Everyone across the UK is being invited to plant trees from October 2021, when the tree planting season begins, through to the end of the Jubilee year in 2022.  Individuals can purchase a tree from our Brand Centre for £7.50 which will come with a certificate authenticating it as part of the National Woodland initiative. This will create a green legacy of its own, with every tree planted bringing benefits for people, wildlife and climate, now and for the future.

For more information about the u3a Anniversary Woodland : u3a-woodland-copse-100-trees and u3a-single-tree
And the Queen’s Green Canopy: queens-green-canopy

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COVID-19

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Even though things are starting to open up, and some groups are beginning to meet up again (contact your group leader to find out about your groups) we are continuing our monthly meeting by Zoom for a bit longer, until our arrangements at the United Reformed Church can be finalised. We will let you know as soon as this changes.

At the moment Covid is still a risk so if you plan to join in a group meeting please think about whether you are putting yourself at risk and how you can take care of yourself.

Group Leaders have been consulted, and a guidance document has been drawn up: Interest Group Covid Policy. This is also available on the 'Documents' page.

Please also

a) Consider your own general health and look at the NHS website for additional information.
b) Consider the health of anyone you live with.
c) Think about the activity you will be taking part in and talk to your Group leader. You can then make a decision about whether to take part at this time.
d) Do not attend if anyone in your household has COVID-19.

Check back on this website for updates on the situation.

Click on the link on the right or bottom of the page for National U3A advice on the Coronavirus.

Stay well and remember that good ventilation is important when meeting others indoors.

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Don't Forget

When we can eventually meet back at the church, please remember to bring your *new* plastic membership cards with you and have them ready for scanning so we can get you in more promptly. This is a permanent card, so please look after it!

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Digital Projector

The digital projector is currently kept by the Web Co-ordinator, Sue Burrell. If any group leaders would like to borrow the projector please contact Sue, Web Co-ordinator.

Remember to check the Groups pages and the Events page for the latest information.