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email sent to all subscribed members Tuesday 17 March 2020

Subject: Wheathampstead U3A: AGM postponed, Coronavirus advice

Dear Wheathampstead U3A Member,

In our efforts to combat the threat of coronavirus we are all entering challenging times in which we shan’t be able to, or will prefer not to, take part in many of the things that we enjoy doing. Sadly Wheathampstead U3A will be affected by this, and the purpose of this email is to explain the present position.

AGM postponed
Following yesterday evening's updated advice from Public Health England, the Executive Committee has decided to postpone the AGM planned for next week. This is to ensure that none of us, and especially those in the most at-risk groups (age 70+, underlying health issues), are put at unnecessary risk.

With so much uncertainty around the virus, it is impossible to confirm a new AGM date at this time. We will continue to monitor the situation and may need to cancel further monthly meetings. Please look out for updates via email and on the Wheathampstead U3A website: https://u3asites.org.uk/wheathampstead

We would also recommend that all interest groups cease face-to-face meetings with immediate effect. Where possible, online tools such as Skype, Facetime, WhatsApp or email are suggested for discussions, exchange of ideas etc.

It’s very unfortunate that these steps are needed, but the critical thing is that we all try to keep safe and follow the recommendations of Public Health England so that we can protect ourselves, our families and our friends. For the latest information please see Public Health England: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/public-health-england. At the same time, it’s also important that we keep in touch with each another by phone or online where that’s possible. If anyone has any good tips on how best to do this, please email back and we’ll share all useful ideas with other members.

As you know, the coronavirus situation is changing all the time. We will review the position regularly and will keep you updated as it affects the U3A.

Best wishes for the coming weeks,

Richard Brett


Third Age Trust
This is the U3A national body which looks after all the U3As in the UK, providing educational and administrative support. It has a regional structure and organises Study Days throughout the year as well as Summer Schools and other events. The Herts Network of U3As is a group of 39+ U3As which holds events locally, and is home to Jazz in the Third Age.

Third Age Trust website, East of England Region website, Herts Network of U3As website, Jazz in the Third Age website

Local information
Wheathampstead is home to many groups and other organisations. Find out more about these on the Local information page.

Dates for your Diary
Mon Mar 30th POSTPONED due to Coronavirus - Third Age Trust: Discovering Children's Literature at the British Library, The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB

Join us for a study day in the British Library Knowledge Centre theatre to hear five experts speak about the history of children’s literature.

11.00am to 3.45pm. £24, lunch not included. See Third Age Trust Educational Events for full details and to book.
Sun Apr 5th Sunday Afternoon Vocal Jazz: London Gospel Factory Choir - Wellington Hotel, Vincent Square, London SW1P 2PA

In Association with the Brandenberg Choral Festival which hosts the popular U3A Christmas Concerts in London.

Further details and booking on the London Gospel Factory Choir concert web page
Tue Apr 7th POSTPONED due to Coronavirus - Herts Network of U3As: Table Tennis Competition, Ridgeway Academy, Herns Lane, Welwyn Garden City, AL7 2AF.

Free Car Park. 7 Tables available
Time: 1pm-5pm. Cost £8 per entrant.
Trophies awarded to winner and runner up

Mixed Singles Round Robin Tournament playing for your own U3A. Initially a maximum of 40 entrants, if there is more interest we shall have a waiting list for a second tournament, first come first served. Bring your own bat, balls provided. No hard shoes and you are all responsible for your own safety during the tournament.

Table Tennis tournament booking form and further details
Wed Apr 22nd POSTPONED due to Coronavirus - Herts Network of U3As: Study Day "Diversity in London", Woolmer Green Village Hall, SG3 6XA. Free Car Park.

Time: 10.30am-3.30pm.
Cost £12 per person including buffet lunch

Programme: Morning - "London - the modern Babylon" - a highly compelling and moving film by Julien Temple, a probing and celebratory social history of London.
Afternoon - "Stories from our Migration History" - Speaker Martin Spafford, a member of the Education Committee of London's Migration Museum

Study Day "Diversity in London" booking form and further details
Fri May 15th POSTPONED due to Coronavirus - Herts Network of U3As: "Creative thinking" workshop, Woolmer Green Village Hall, SG3 6XA. Free car park.

Time: to be confirmed, but probably 11am-3.30pm.
Cost: Free of charge. Buffet lunch provided.

This is particularly relevant for group convenors. The speaker is Gilllian Russell, North West of England trustee who presented this workshop at the National Conference in 2019.
Wed Jun 3rd NATIONAL U3A DAY - watch this space to find out what is happening in Wheathampstead!
Wed Jun 3rd Herts Network of U3As: "A Spring Bouquet" Concert in celebration of National U3A Day - St Bartholomew the Great Cloth Fair, London EC1A 7JQ

Time: 2pm
Cost: £19.50, includes free refreshments in the interval

The Brandenburg Singers conducted by Robert Porter will perform works by Handel, Mozart, Stanford, Schubert, Faure

See attached A Spring Bouquet flyer for booking details
Sun Jun 7th Exact date TBC - Full details to be confirmed Herts Network of U3As Bridge Tournament.
Sun Jun 7th Exact date TBC - Full details to be confirmed Herts Network of U3As Quiz.
Sun Jun 7th Exact date TBC - Full details to be confirmed Herts Network of U3As Badminton Tournament.
Mon Jun 15th
→Thu Jun 18th
CANCELLED due to Coronavirus - Third Age Trust: South East Region Forum, University of Chichester

See South East Forum events for further details.
Wed Jul 1st
→Fri Jul 3rd
Third Age Trust: Northern Ireland Region Summer School - Greenmount College, Antrim

Exact dates TBC - see Northern Ireland Region for further details.
Tue Jul 21st
→Thu Jul 23rd
Third Age Trust: London Region Summer School - St. Bride Institute, off Fleet St.

See London Region events for further details.
Mon Jul 27th
→Thu Jul 30th
Third Age Trust: Yorkshire & Humber Region Summer School - The Hawkhills near Easingwold.

See Yorkshire & Humber Region summer school for further details.
Mon Aug 3rd
→Thu Aug 6th
SUSPENDED due to Coronavirus - Third Age Trust: National Summer School, Aston University, Birmingham, B4 7ET

See Third Age Trust Summer Schools for further details.
Mon Aug 10th
→Thu Aug 13th
Third Age Trust: Science Network Summer School - Conference Aston, Birmingham

See Science Network for further details
Tue Aug 18th
→Thu Aug 20th
Third Age Trust: Scotland Region Summer School - Stirling Court Hotel, Stirling University

See Scotland Region for further details.
Mon Aug 24th
→Thu Aug 27th
Third Age Trust: North West Region Summer School - Newton Rigg College, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0AH

See North West Region summer school for further details.
Mon Sep 7th
→Thu Sep 10th
SUSPENDED due to Coronavirus - Third Age Trust: National Summer School, Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester, GL7 6JS

See Third Age Trust Summer Schools for further details.
Wed Oct 14th Herts Network of U3As: Study Day - Wildlife
Presented by the RSPB. Full details to be confirmed - will include wildlife photography.