Witney

Welcome

u3aDay

The u3a Stand Chair and Robert Courts MP Our stand in Witney Town Centre on Saturday 5th June was a great success, attracting much attention with many visitors finding out how the u3a can benefit them when they are no longer in full time employment. We also had visits from our MP Robert Courts, Councillor Duncan Enright and the Witney Town Crier. Our volunteers had done a great job in creating the stand and the publicity materials; many thanks to all involved. Click on an image to see a full size photo. (Photos JP)

See more photos and more about u3a Day on our u3a Day page

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WELCOME TO THE WITNEY u3a WEBSITE

Witney u3a continues to provide opportunities to learn, laugh and live during the Covid-19 pandemic:

Witney Buttercross and Town Hall We are a friendly, self help organisation for retired and semi-retired people living in the Witney area of Oxfordshire. Our aim is to provide continued learning , and the opportunity to make new friends, in a sociable environment through a wide range of interest groups run by our members, fortnightly meetings with visiting speakers. Many of these activities continue on-line during the current pandemic together with new initiatives to help us keep in touch.

GROUPS

We currently have over 50 Special interest groups covering areas such as:
Jazz AppreciationLiterature: Book Discussion
Music: Classical, Jazz
Languages: French, German, Italian,SpanishWalking
Games: Canasta, Scrabble
Recreation: Croquet, Dance, Gardening, Table Tennis, Tai Chi, Walking
Tai ChiArts: Needlework, Photography, Play Reading, Poetry
History: Art, Local History, Family History, First World War
and many others including: Archeology, Railways, Science and Technology, Wine Appreciation

A number of these are currently meeting on-line – see our Groups page for further information

SPEAKER MEETINGS

We have two on-line speaker meetings a month open to all members where we have an outside speaker on a topic of general interest, as well as an update on Witney U3A activities. See our Events page for our current programme.

RESOURCES

Members have access to a wide range of on-line resources from the U3A Thames Valley Network and the Central u3a Office including Talks, Study Days, Outings, Concerts and material to support the work of our Groups

KEEPING IN TOUCH

Our twice monthly on-line speaker meetings have a chat session before and afterwards. We also have a monthly Newsletter providing the latest news, ideas for keeping occupied and staying in touch and humorous items to keep us amused and we organise ocasional on-line social events such as a Quiz or Murder Mystery

COMPUTER SUPPORT

We offer support for those new to on-line meetings: see our Coronavirus page for links to ‘How-to- Guides’ or contact our Zoom Administrator.

OUTINGS

During normal times we organise several outings a year to places such as Gardens, Stately Homes, Museums and Theatre Visits

JOINING

If you are interested in joining please contact our Membership Secretary or visit our Membership page or phone 07732 597087. The membership subscription is normlly £20 per annum but for 2020 to 2021 only we are offering an Early Bird reduced subscription of £15 if payment is received beween the 1st and 30th April.

We welcome prospective members visiting us for the first time and would like to offer two on-line Speaker meetings prior to joining; please contact our Zoom Administrator for an invitation.

A quote from a new member explains: “I joined the U3A to make new friends; to continue learning, and to explore new ideas. Discovering the U3A and all its variety of subjects on offer and the amazing range of its membership has broadened my life and interests still further. It has gone a long way to replacing the colleagues and associations you engaged with in your working life.” See our Testimonials page for more quotes from our members.

A New Members Welcome Pack is available for new members

-----OUR COMMITTEE NEEDS NEW MEMBERS - PLEASE CONTACT ANY COMMITTEE MEMBER VIA THE CONTACTS PAGE IF YOU CAN HELP TO RUN OUR u3a

VACANCIES INCLUDE GROUPS CO-ORDINATOR, BUSINESS SECRETARY, PUBLICITY, NEW MEMBERS CONTACT, PROGRAMME SECRETARY. VOLUNTEERS ROTA ORGANISER AND WEBMASTER.

SEE THE FULL SET OF COMMITTEE JOB DESCRIPTIONS FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

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SUBSCRIPTIONS FOR 2021-22 ARE NOW Due - PLEASE SEE OUR MEMBERSHIP PAGE

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The u3a Stand Goldfinch in the Snow Click on the thumbnail image to view a cheerful picture from our Photo Challenge. Take a photo of something that cheers you up or reminds you of Spring and submit it to Peter Clift at peteru3a@outlook.com. We will publish a selection on the website and in our newsletter. Please let us know whether or not you would like your name published with it.

SEE THE PHOTOS PAGE FOR MORE IMAGES TO BRIGHTEN YOUR DAY SUBMITTED BY OUR MEMBERS

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u3a PODCAST

The June u3a Radio Podcast with the latest National u3a news and features from around the u3a's local groups is now available. See below

Click on a picture below to see it full-size with more details.

u3a Radio