Wirksworth & District

News

A New Start

WELCOME BACK

Covid and Reopening
Now we are out of lockdown here is the u3a guidance on assessing your own personal risk.

1. All participants to review their own personal health and circumstances and refer to current Government guidance for different risk categories in Covid19 and what measures are recommended for people over 70 and/or with various medical conditions.

2. Consider the health risk category of anyone else you are isolating with in your household.

3. Review the risk check list for the activity above completed by the group organiser and consider if you can take part without adverse risk to yourself or household.

We plan to start our monthly coffee mornings in September (restrictions allowing).
The first one will be a much needed and welcome catch up reunion where we can chat or maybe consider joining new groups and hear what groups have planned.

Some groups have been able to meet throughout the pandemic via Zoom and outdoor groups eg cycling, walking, Amblers and photography have now started to meet outdoors with distancing and restricted numbers.
Please look at the individual group pages to see what they are planning or contact the coordinator via clicking on the bluebird in the top right hand corner of the page.

Chance to join:

Reading Group 1: With a couple of members leaving Wirksworth recently this group has space for new
people. Would you like to join us?
Click on the link on our web-page to see what we’ve been reading:

Creative Writing: This group has room for a new member or two. We are a small, friendly lot and
welcome writers and would-be writers whatever their level of experience. We share our work by email
then offer support and encouragement when we meet. See the website for more details, or email Sheila Harding

French Conversation: This new group has been meeting via Zoom for a couple of months but is just
moving to 'real' meetings. It welcomes anyone with some level of French, however rusty, and focusses on
communicating effectively rather than formal learning. Check the website for details and to make contact.

THE u3a COFFEE CLUB
This will continue until September when our in house meetings resume.
They will be fortnightly, either on Zoom or at the Blue Lagoon café at the National Stone Centre.
Please see the webpage for details.

Just want a chat? join a new, relaxed group offering that coffee morning experience via zoom

While most of us are still able to enjoy some of our chosen u3a activities we perhaps miss the opportunity for mingling and chatting informally which the Coffee Mornings at the Memorial Hall offered. Now you have the chance to join a very casual group which provides an opportunity to drop in to a virtual coffee morning, see who else is there, enjoy some stimulating conversation, catch up with friends you haven’t seen for a while or get to know someone new. You can choose to join a full 40 minute session or just pop in for a few minutes and there's no obligation to be a regular member.

Host a meeting yourself if you like; anyone can take a turn. If you need help to set one up on Zoom that's available - it's easy once you've tried it.

If you are interested please contact Sheila Harding,

A note of caution – as with most activity groups you will be asked to share your email address with the co-ordinator, but in order to enable members to take turns as host it will also be necessary to share emails with anyone who sends out invitations.

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Wirksworth and District U3A is going from strength to strength. So far we have 34 interest groups with an appetite for more.
A number of new groups are now up and running, but may still have some spare places.
Please see the Groups page for any group you may wish to join.
If a group is full, do not let that put you off as multiple groups can be formed.

WANTED - NEW COORDINATORS

It is fantastic that Wirksworth U3A has become such a success in just over 3 years.
It is in danger of becoming a victim of it's own success as groups take on waiting lists and new members are disappointed of they are unable to join a group of their choice.
This can change if members would like to come forward and offer to coordinate a second group.
The ethos of the U3A is that it is run by it's members for it's members and everyone should take a part in contributing to their group.
A coordinator is the main contact for a group and works with all members to decide how the group is run. How much or how little they do is up to them.
If you are interested, please contact the coordinator by clicking on the bluebird at the top right hand corner of the appropriate page.

WANTED- NEW WEBMASTER
We are looking for a webmaster to manage our existing website
If you are interested please contact %Pam Johns% who will be happy to advise and support.