This page is where committee members, group facilitators and other u3a members can make everyone aware of groups' news, members' news or other items of interest that may be useful to the membership in general.

Send your contributions to the Secretary (see the Contact page).

Follow the Newsletters link (right) to read our latest newsletter (in PDF format) plus previous editions and recent National and Scottish u3a newsletters.

If you have missed any previous items of news, please take a look at our Earlier news page.

See the Events page for details of what's coming up.

Interested in volunteering? We now have a dedicated page for volunteering opportunities.

Save your plastic bottle tops

Local member Glenis is still collecting plastic bottle tops for charity. The re-use of these tops becomes ever more important for our environment as well as for the disabled children that the charity helps. Glenis will be taking the collection with her to Portugal this autumn. She will pick up any you can add from the monthly meetings in Wigtown or contact the Webmaster.

Save your used postage stamps

Do you know that The South of Scotland Wild Life Hospital collect used, old and foreign stamps?
If possible please keep and send them stamps from your Christmas cards etc. Barony College Grounds, Parkgate, Dumfries, DG1 3NE

Banking scam warning

We have been warned that u3a's are being targeted by phone calls purporting to be from their bank's Fraud Department. A number of other u3as have reported similar attempted scams. As a result, we are removing all personal details from the website. Please use the contact forms throughout the site to email committee members.

If you are suspicious about a phone call, the safest thing is to hang up.

The Davy Notebooks Project - get involved

A message from Dr Andrew Lacey, Senior Research Associate in the Department of English Literature and Creative Writing at Lancaster University.

The Davy Notebooks Project is currently doing some exciting research, with the help of the public, that may be of interest to your members. We and an international community of over 1400 volunteer transcribers are currently transcribing, using the people-powered research platform Zooniverse, Sir Humphry Davy's (1778-1829) handwritten notebooks (around 70 in all), many of which have never been transcribed before. Davy was the leading chemist of the early nineteenth century, but also a poet, moving in the same circles as Lord Byron, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and William Wordsworth. His notebooks contain not only chemical notes and poetry, but also material encompassing philosophy, medicine, geology, mathematics, astronomy, and more. Anyone interested in any of these topics, or science or history more generally, will surely find the much of the material we're making freely available - in most cases for the first time - stimulating.

We'd be very grateful if you'd please circulate this amongst your local members, and help us to spread the word by whatever other means you think appropriate (e.g. social media, newsletters items, mailouts). Contributing transcriptions to our project is entirely free, both interesting and rewarding, and no prior experience is necessary - we provide full guidance on the transcription process on our Zooniverse page, and the project team is on hand through the Talk forum feature to answer any queries.

If you have any questions, please just email davynotebooks@lancaster.ac.uk, and a member of the project team will respond. We can provide further promotional materials (e.g. newsletter item text, images) if you'd like them.

Open Letter from Liz Thackray

The Chair of the Third Age Trust, Liz Thackray, has sent an open letter to all u3a members. Click on the 'open letter' link to read it. (October 2021)

Monthly Committee Minutes

The full minutes of committee meetings are to be found on the Contact page. You'll need the password to access them, available from the Secretary.