56 people attended Derek Blunt's very interesting talk on'The Spires and Squires of Northamptonshire' at the United Reformed Church this month. Derek is a local author and artist and a gentleman with an amazing knowledge of local history. He has written a number of books including one of the same title as his talk. He was born in Northampton and has lived and worked here all his life. He can trace his family back to the 1500s. He started working in the County Education Department and became the first Bursar at Moulton Agricultural College, followed by many years working for the Welfare and Social Services Departments, mainly in providing care and services for elderly and disabled people. Now retired, Derek spends time doing all the things he enjoys, including visiting stately homes and churches and exploring our county of Spires and Squires. Derek's illustrated talks to all sizes of groups, raises money for the two charities close to his heart - Churches Conservation Trust and Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.
In June we will welcome Roy Smart to inspire us with tales of 'The Last Naval Hero - Battle of Jutland'.
Our meeting, on June 1st, coincides with the anniversary of the Battle of Jutland., which was significant both for being the largest naval battle of the First World War, and for the number of lives lost which totalled 10,000 seamen on both sides. The British Navy lost three times more men and ships than the German fleet, but remained a powerful force while it left the German Navy too diminished to put to sea again while the war lasted.
We are currently hoping that it will also be possible to allow members to join us by Zoom for this meeting - trials of how we can make this work will be undertaken during May.
NEW SOCIAL MEDIA PAGE
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.
THE QUEEN'S PLATINUM JUBILEE
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.
Although we are now being asked to 'live with Covid' it has not disappeared, 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.
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) We request that you do not attend if you or anyone in your household has COVID-19.
Check back on this website for updates on the situation.
Stay well and remember that good ventilation is important when meeting others indoors.
When we 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!
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.