West Pennine Villages

May Newsletter

It’s the end of May already – we all know what happened to March and April.
But despite the lock-down blues, your U3A is still functioning – be it creating face masks, carrying on crafting or restoring old cars and of course our weekly drop-in sessions via the wonders of Zoom.
Here’s a taste of what’s been happening…


Maria has sent an email to the Craft Group asking if they are interested in a virtual Craft and Chat meeting. She said: “It’s such a pity we had only just had our first meeting before lockdown. Can you let me know if you are interested and if so we can set it up?” Contact Groups Coordinator Maria.
Meanwhile she asks that crafters keep sharing any projects which can be included in the Newsletter. The next newsletter will contain a link to a pattern for mask making, thanks to Jacky Cardie.

And here is a picture of some colourful craftwork from Pat Holt.


Despite the lock-down, Dean says has been busy and finally got his old BMW on the road after replacing the push rod tube seals. (That’s a technical term for bikers).
He says: “It's going and looking great. Still a bit of a project, one of the front disks is a little warped. I'm thinking of trying to get it straightened.”

A project!
He’s also traded his modern bike in for a Triumph Tiger 800, pictured right. Meanwhile he still has plenty of time to work on his Scimitar - currently called ' The wreck of the Hesperus'. We are sure it will be road worthy by then end of lock-down Dean!


The Walking Group will be joining the virtual world of Zoom on Monday (May 25) at 10am when they will be having a general catch up and to discuss any walks that members have managed to reccie. Last month issued a challenge to walking group members to recce a local walk passing either near their homes or nearby local landmark (ie pub, park etc ). If there is enough interest these can be used as U3A walks once lock-down is lifted and form part of a U3A walks programme – again social distancing dependant.


Now for the fun part – we appealed for your face mask selfies, and you didn’t disappoint.
Here are some of the contenders for the WPVU3A Face Mask Catwalk award.
Maria said: “I have made a mask, all singing and dancing, wire to fit around the bridge of my nose, extra pocket to put in a filter. Looks great, must be very efficient because I can’t actually breathe through it, therefore its effective for about 45seconds, so maybe needs some modification!”

Our chairman

Jackie has made lots but says she's awaiting a delivery of elastic!
There are also some Dick Turpin type masks which should frighten away Coronavirus!

Maria Brian Pat Jackie is mask Lesley Sheila

Some have gone for high fashion with birds, geometric patterns and even a sporty look, others for the utilitarian look.
Thanks for all the contributions, hope they have raised a smile.

For those who haven’t joined the Zoom drop-ins yet, we hold them every Wednesday from 10 to 10.30am.
Please don’t forget: Anyone who needs any help, please remember your U3A is here to help in any way we can. The committee is active, and ‘meeting’ regularly so please use us if you need to. Stay safe and take care.