Wellingborough & District

LATEST NEWS

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CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC - Update 18/03/2020

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The Committee, in light of the serious Coronavirus situation and Government advice, has taken the unanimous decision to suspend ALL of our U3A activities until further notice. This includes the monthly meetings, Interest Groups, trips and the Drop-In sessions at Wellingborough Library.

The Northants U3A Network event, (a talk by author Gervase Phinn) planned for 23rd April, has been re-scheduled for Friday 23rd October. Those of you who have already bought tickets will be contacted by the Network Secretary in due course.

Check back on this website for updates on the situation.

Click on the link on the right for National U3A advice on the Coronavirus.

Stay well and keep washing your hands!!!

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BEACON

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We are now up and running with Beacon. The committee are using Beacon to manage membership details and send emails to all members when required, which has been vitally important in these uncertain times. It’s good to keep in touch!

We are now going to open up the Member’s Portal, so that you can control the details that we hold about you - especially useful if you change your email address or move house. You will find a link for this on the right of this page.

To sign in you will need your membership number, your forename and surname as they are printed on your membership card, your postcode, and the email address that we hold for you.
When you have signed in you will be able to look at the list of groups we have, see planned meetings on the calendar, or update your personal details. If details for groups you belong to are not yet on the Beacon calendar, your group leader may not have signed up yet. The details may become available in the future, if they do so.

If you have any problems, please contact Sue Burrell (Web Co-ordinator), Bob Watts (Chairman) or any other committee member, who will help you if they can.

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MARCH NEWS

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March meeting

Stephen Mold

There were 170 members who attended the March meeting, and heard a very interesting talk from Stephen Mold, the Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner on "Making Northamptonshire Safer".
He gave us many statistics showing how crime in Northamptonshire is decreasing, in spite of the impression that you may have received from news sources, and told us about the initiatives for fighting crime that have been started in Northamptonshire. Stephen impressed upon us that our Community Charge is being put to good use, and gave us excellent advice on how we can help fight crime, remembering to lock your doors being the top priority!

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The raffle took £166 and the star prize was the popular £50.00 M&S voucher again.

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Event rescheduled to 23rd October due to Coronavirus

Dear U3A members,

The date for the Network’s big event has been rescheduled to 23rd October this year at the United Reformed Church in Wellingborough. Our venue was chosen as it is both large and fairly central for all members of the Northamptonshire Network. The event will be a talk by popular author and public speaker Gervase Phinn. It promises to be a really great afternoon, and tickets will be required; more information will follow, regarding the cost and how to obtain tickets. (There is even talk of cake for this auspicious event, so mark the date on your calendar; if you attended our November meeting you will know that the cakes we supplied were sublime. We promise you will not be disappointed, so do come along – Friday 23rd October – make a note now!!!)

We hope to see lots of you there, and you will have the opportunity to meet many other members from the 13 (soon to be 14) U3As across our county.

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Non Fiction Book Group

The Non Fiction Book Group meets on the 3rd Monday of the month 2.15 - 4.00pm
January is our planning meeting. New ideas for reading welcome.
Are you a non-Fiction reader? Are you interested in Travel, History, Biographies etc. The group will meet on the 3rd Monday of each month at the Group Leaders home. Members would need to commit to buying the books we will be reading on Kindle or online.
Details can be found on the groups list or contact the Groups Co-ordinator.

The Crochet Group

The Crochet group is looking for new members. It takes place every Tuesday from 10.00 - 12.00. The group is suitable for beginners or the more experienced. Details can be found on the groups list or contact the Groups Co-ordinator.

Walking Football

Is there anybody interested in joining a walking football group, if you are please contact Julie, Groups Coordinator

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Outing to Courteenhall House

Courteenhall House Northampton NN7 2QG

Linda and Chris Walker are organising an own transport trip to Courteenhall House on 06/07/2020. Arrive at 1.30pm for a two and a half hour tour of House and kitchen garden. Bookings are still being taken at £18 each. Contact Groups Co-ordinator, who can give you contact details for Chris & Linda.

The property is only open for private tour visits and is only 30mins from Rushden.

Chris & Linda are happy to arrange a meal locally after the visit. Let them know if you are interested.

Courteenhall House, built in 1792, is a stunning example of classic Georgian architecture, built by Samuel Saxon.
The grounds were designed by Humphrey Repton and the arboretum is internationally recognised for its collection of rare and beautiful trees and shrubs.
Courteenhall House was commissioned by Sir William Wake (10th baronet), and retains almost all of its original features. It remains the home of the Wake family to this day and is a treasure trove of family and national history. The house is very rarely opened to the public. The grounds were designed by the legendary Humphrey Repton and can be viewed in detail. The arboretum, planted by Sir Hereward Wake (14th baronet), is visited by the International Dendrology Society and the Royal Forestry Society, amongst others, for its stunning and rare specimens.

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Don't Forget

Please remember to bring your plastic membership cards with you and have them ready for scanning so we can get you in more promptly. When you renew your membership this year you will not get a new card so please look after your existing card.

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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.

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