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).

Use the link to read our latest newsletter (in PDF format).

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

Our monthly meetings are continuing on Zoom. 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 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

COVID testing - a reminder from Jim

I am sure that our U3A community are aware of this, but just in case.

Covid test kits are available free of charge from Pharmacies and other shops - even Clatteringshaws Cafe has them. If members do self testing, then report their results online at covidtest.scot it will help the cause. Just twice a week will do, and it isn't intrusive. All that is needed is to set up an account with the NHS testing centre first when they log on, then follow the instructions and answer a couple of answers. The test is just nostril testing, not throat, so it tickles a little, but unlike other tests, doesn’t make you gag! All the instructions are simple (if I can do it, everyone can do it)

Christmas Quiz 2021

The Christmas Quiz 2021 should keep you and your family amused over the holiday. There are no prizes and the results will be published in the New Year. Thanks to Jim for another highly entertaining quiz - his decision on the answers will be final!

Third Age Matters - printing delay

We have received an apology that there may be a delay in sending out print copies of the winter 2021 edition Third Age Matters. The TAM competition and some other features are available now on the u3a website.

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.

End of Life care during lockdown study

The University of Glasgow have contacted the Foodtrain regarding a study they are carrying out about end of life experiences of people who lost a loved one within the last two years and had faced financial hardship. They want to find out more about the barriers to access care at such a difficult time and improve peoples’ experiences in the future. If you would like to get involved, please contact the Webmaster via the Contact page.

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)

Third Age Trust survey

Have your say in helping the Third Age Trust develop a strategy to guide the future work of the u3a movement. Take part in the survey (October 4th 2021)

Memorial service for Veronica Algill

A memorial service for u3a member Veronica Algill was held at Challoch Church on September 9th. A tribute, written by David Sumner, was delivered by Ann Dunsford. Veronica had been a member of the French group and formerly of the Literary Appreciation group, and was closely involved with the Swallow Theatre.

Committee members (still) wanted

Sadly, our committee is still under strength. Positions currently vacant include Vice Chair, Deputy Treasurer, and IT Co-ordinator. The Business and Minutes Secretary posts have been temporarily rolled into one and we are extremely grateful to Julia for stepping up, but we need someone else to take on one of these roles. We also need someone to set up the AV equipment now that Nigel has had to step down. Many thanks to him for looking after it up until now. Please help if you can.

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.

Banking scam warning

We have recently 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.

Age Scotland survey

The Age Scotland’s first “Big Survey” is a chance for you to have your say on a wide range of topics. This will help them to get a more in depth understanding of what life is like for people over the age of 50 in Scotland. You can also opt to enter a draw for a chance to win £50. Click the link to take part.

Bottle top collection

Good news for all those who have been collecting bottle tops. Glenis can meet you (fully masked up!) in a carpark to take your collection. You can contact her by email Glenis for details.