For Facebook users, see the group https://www.facebook.com/groups/U3AKeepingInTouch/
Lots of U3A members from all over the country, very friendly and fairly busy group
Lots of U3A members from all over the country, very friendly and fairly busy group
Thursday Coffee Mornings at the Community Centre
have restarted between 9:30 and 11:15.
You will go in through the front door, and there will be a one way road to leave by the doors in rooms 2 &3.
Masks will be worn anytime you are moving about, but you can lower them when you are seated. There will be no long queues for coffee, only a very few to approach the counter at any one time, to maintain social distance.
Judith will be there with a Quiz for you, so bring pencil & paper..
A second bit of information concerning the community centre . It is advised that if your group normally have a drink while at the community centrethat they bring their own mug/cup as the council say we should only be using the dishwasher for the coffee mornings, as it is is expensive to run for only a few cups. I suggest a member also brings a tea towel. Thank you Brenda
Return of Friday Evening Socials
We hope to resume the monthly Cheese and Wine Socials on 24th September, the 4th Friday, as it used to be.
Group Leaders Meeting
This will be on September 10th , all Group Leaders are invited to attend to help catch up after the enforced ‘gap’. We appreciate all you have done, and will be interested in how things will proceed in the future
DAY TRIPS- We are restarting
SIDMOUTH - Wednesday 4th August £13.00
WYE VALLEY GUIDED TOUR (on coach) and Buffet Lunch
- Wednesday 1st Sept £25.50
EXMOUTH RIVER TRIP - MONDAY 13th Sept £19.00
BOURTON ON THE WATER & STOWE ON THE WOLD -
- Wednesday 13th Oct £13.00
As you can see, the Weymouth trip on Wednesday 21st July is going ahead
Please make sure you have your vaccination certificates with you for any Trip as we will have to check.
We will be following the Covid guidelines for social distancing and hygiene, masks will be required and hand gel will be available.
We are hoping to be in the Community Centre once again when it reopens for the indoor coffee mornings . Only three visitors at a time as there are three of us and that makes 6:-)
The Day Trips Team (Gerry, Carole and Marilyn) look forward to seeing you all again.
Gerry Richards 783372
Burnham on Sea u3a New Facebook Group.
Group Name: Burnham on Sea u3a
Welcome to the launch of our new Facebook Group. We have all experienced great change and challenges over the past 10 months. During this time all of us have learnt new skills and as an organisation we have learnt the importance of looking after each other and ensuring we use every method possible to make our communication systems work for all.
Using technology to keep in touch is a skill many of us have improved, whether it is to order our online shopping or keep in touch with relatives, we have discovered that age is no barrier to learning new skills. In light of this we have now launched a new Facebook Group to provide a new medium for those of us who are happy to use it to share information and keep in touch.
It is a private group, open only to members of the Burnham u3a. On joining you will be asked to confirm you are a member of Burnham on Sea u3a as well as agreeing to very basic rules, such as being kind to each other.
Please use the group to publicise the groups you run, or belong to, tell us about what you’ve been doing or advertise any future events. If you know about anything of interest to our members, for example something happening in our area, you are welcome to mention it. We expect members to avoid contentious issues, such as politics; there are other Facebook groups for that!
GARDEN PARTY IN AID OF THE ROOF FUND
Saturday 21st August 2:30 to 4:30
White Lodge 36 Rectory Road
Admission £5 including cream teas and stalls
Margaret Budden had a spell in Weston, then Southmead hospitals earlier this month, but after getting us all very worried we are delighted that she is now at home, though still having regular visits to the hospital.
Brenda is still U3A Groups Coordinator. But Chris Noble has resigned, as she is moving away from Burnham to be nearer her family. Emails addressed to email@example.com will go to Brenda,. who will continue to lead the Coffee Morning operation
Have you ever thought of writing your own memoirs? Not necessarily for publication, but for the benefit of your family and perhaps your friends. Joan (Locock has already done this and is involved with a possible project to get other people to do it, so if you would like more information write to her here. There’s no time like a pandemic!
ex - Secretary, Burnham U3A
Holidays. We are intending to resume our travel programme in 2022, subject to government guidelines. We have provisional bookings for Norwich and Norfolk in April, and a Holly and Mistletoe Trip in early November 2022.
We intend to begin distributing booking forms in September for our Norwich trip. Please watch the Notice Board at the Community Centre Coffee Morning on Thursdays for proposed itinerary and further details.
Lynn and Richard Mathews
Holiday Group Organisers
Click for information on latest trip
Chris and I had a meeting with some of the members of the walking group last week and have decided to try and start up the group again to that end we have arranged just two walks for next month (August) and hope to issue a short programme for the ensuing months by September.
Please click on the button below (Walking Group) to go to the page with all the details
Letter from Sue Poole
This is to inform you all that myself and Jill will not be continuing with the Theatre Group.
It has become harder to book theatre trips, the cost of the tickets and the coaches make a trip very expensive.
We thank you all for the help we received over the years.
Please contact your Group Leader to find out if your Group is running or has been cancelled
Group Leader now Marilyn Nicholls
The first meeting will be at the Community Centre
Wednesday 11th August 2-4pm
Cost £2 each.. This fee covers Rent for the room and and any CDs or printing required
Marilyn's contact number 01278 780020
KEEP FIT .
U3A Keep Fit will resume on Thursday September 2nd at 11am - 12 noon in room 20 upstairs at the Community Centre, - hopefully no further delays because of Covid restrictions,
The Gardening Group has been restarted by Linda Sadler.
See GARDENING GROUP PAGE for details (Link on bottom of left hand column)
So When Can U3A Groups Start Up Again? Part of the answer is that many Groups never stopped, as mentioned in previous Bulletins; they just decided to meet in different ways! The rest of the answer is more complicated, but here goes:
1. Expect everything to be different, in big ways and small ways. It is clear that many small restrictions (e.g hygiene, handwashing, masks) will be with us for many months, possibly years. The bigger restrictions (on meeting sizes, and activities) may get changed, so look out for announcements, and devise ways to adapt. It will be a long time before things return completely to ‘normal’ so you could even consider completely new Group activities temporarily, better suited to pandemic conditions. (Example: Table Tennis is -er- currently off the table indoors, and impractical outdoors, but members enjoy it for the fitness and coordination benefits. How about a temporary switch to an outdoor game that is permitted? Croquet, Boules, and Walking Cricket require minimal equipment and might fit the bill in the meantime.)
2. Different Rules for different activities.
Keep Fit, Table-Tennis and other Physical Activity Groups, including Singing and Drama: These activities remain impractical indoors, because of social distancing, or (in the case of singing, and performing) subject to an outright ban because of the risk of spreading the virus through deep breathing. But for the fitness activities, although the (various) community halls cannot host you for the time being, you could consider arranging meetings outdoors, while the weather is fine. Easier with some activities than others, I know…
Groups that normally meet in Private Houses.
You are not supposed to meet indoors at the moment, but up to 6 can meet in any outdoor space. If your group is bigger than this, consider dividing into sub-groups, or having some members take part remotely by video, perhaps in rotation.
Outdoor non-Sporting Activities
Walkers and Villagers can start again, with a few adjustments (Split into sub-groups? Don’t share cars. Check whether Refreshment Facilities have outdoor tables or require advance booking). Lunch groups probably fit this category too.
Consider a new activity. The Gardening group is overdue for reviving, but don’t think in terms of its ‘old’ activities or the previous scale of membership. Start with half-dozen like-minded members, meet outdoors, and extend as the rules allow…
Groups that normally meet in the Community Centre
As long as your activity is not one of the ‘currently banned’ sort, you can discuss meeting again. Contact Ken. Expect to be in a different room (room 2 or 3), with different seating arrangements, and maybe not meeting every week. Some Groups have already made their arrangements: Painting for Pleasure, Book 3 and Patchwork 1 are believed to be amongst them.
3. There are more things that the Group Leader needs to do. Can you help him/her out? The Third Age Trust has just published a set of Guidelines which you can read here, but they can be summed up as:
Villages 1 happily restarted our outings in July with a lunch at the Packhorse Inn at Mark and a very interesting visit to the church next door.
We have operated as a group for about 14 years with very little change in members. Unfortunately, in the past couple of years our numbers have sadly dwindled, and we now operate just as a social group. This is mostly due to age, driving, and also having been toi most of the outer reaches of Somerset.]All of this has been most pleasant and now we intend to concentrate on close-to-home places with good eating.
So, if any enterprising person would like to start anew to explare the many, many lovely small places of Somerset, I can offer help and books etc to get going. It is a beautiful and very varied county, well worth the effort to explore, learn and enjoy.
Thank you for this Chris, We shall miss the interesting articles you used to send about the places you visited : Editor
Table Tennis 3 who meet on Friday afternoons at the Bay Centre have
restarted .Jean Matthews is staying as leader .
But Table Tennis 2, who met on Mondays, have stopped.
LIGHT-HEARTED LATIN…………. do those words make you grimace, remembering seemingly endless lessons, drearily chanting Latin verbs? Or were you, like me, lucky enough to have an inspiring teacher who shared his love of language ? Maybe you never had the chance to learn Latin and feel you missed out? I would like to start a group to learn or refresh Latin. We won’t follow a specific school textbook but use a wide variety of resources. Along the way, each week, we will look at Roman history, inventions and influence, as well as the ways in which Latin is still very much part of the modern world. We will meet weekly on Monday afternoons at 2:30 from the first Monday in July (restrictions allowing!) at the Community Centre. So, if you are interested in a friendly, fun way to learn Latin, please contact me, Mary O’Rourke, on 07742497876 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org
U3A KEEP FIT
THURSDAY 11am. -12 noon, - room 10 upstairs at the Community Centre.
I have booked the room so we may hopefully return to the keep fit sessions on -
JULY 1st., 8th. 15th., 22nd., 29th., As usual there will be no sessions during August and then hopefully we will return on September 2nd. Details will be confirmed near to the starting date in case Covid restrictions change the plan.
Please contact me to confirm that you are still interested in continuing with the sessions if you have attended in the past, or if you are interested in joining and require more information. Please remember to renew your U3A membership !!
01278 786054, or 07467029974 or email email@example.com
How often have I heard it said that “I could not lead a group
because I don’t have the expertise” ? I wonder how many groups
fail to get off the ground because of this reluctance? In fact, it is one of the principles of U3A that you don’t require expertise, only a keen interest and enthusiasm.
The original title for this new U3A group was Poetry and Prose. As
a lover of poetry and bearing in mind that the interest is shared by
any, I formed this group in the expectation that nearly everyone
else would know more about the subject than me. They do, and
So, what is POETRY ETCETERA all about. Well, principally, it's
poetry of course, but also about good and memorable writing of
many kinds. These might be extracts from great novels and plays,
historical documents, speeches; or a session might be devoted to
themes such as nature, historical periods; topics - humorous as well
The Oxford Book of English Verse begins with the 13th century
"Sumer is icumen in ..."; and contains nursery rhymes, hymns, satire,
parody, limericks and nonsense verse. An amusing form is the witty
Sir Christopher Wren
Said "I'm going to dine with some men.
If anybody calls
Say I'm designing St. Paul's."
Many poems are by writers in the Americas and other parts of the
English speaking world.
Some poetry of the Romantic Era could be very long, but poetry
need not be long or tedious. A number of modern writers keep it
short, yet profound. This was Adrian Mitchell’s obituary of a great
“He breathed in air, he breathed out light.
Charlie Parker was my delight.”
Finally, while we will mostly be looking at well-known writers,
individual members may like to try out their work on the rest of us.
The great Roman writer Horace (65 BC-1 CE) is encouraging:
"Skilled or unskilled, we are all poets”. In that spirit, members' own
contributions will be welcome.
Our inaugural meeting went very well with lots of lively discussion.
We meet every two weeks, next on 6 July. The initial group is full, but a second group could be formed soon!
Contact Rod Winfield > firstname.lastname@example.org. 01278 238583.
The Philosophy Group is now conducting online meetings .
Anyone interested please send a message to Roger Miller
Ukelele , I would confirm to you that the Ukulele Group is buoyant (I was going to say thriving but with the lockdown that would be exaggerating).
However we hold 2 hour Zoom sessions on Monday and Friday mornings when the majority of our members get together to maintain a regular contact, enjoy a chat and put the world to rights, and fight the vagaries of the Internet to play some music (but not necessarily together).
With the current restrictions on indoor meetings, limited number gatherings etc, we cannot visualise a situation when we might get together in person to play, so we expect to be meeting on Zoom until 2021.
Table Francaise (FR conversation) restarting late Aug/early Sept subject to weather (meeting outdoors at Dunstan House)
Painting for Pleasure Jane Lee has attempted to keep this running, but the constraints and restrictions have made this too difficult. This Group will be stopped again for now
From Laraine Bridges: Vocal Mark:
‘Just in case any members of U3A would like to join us, it is free and fun. Please feel free to share. The Tuneless choir might be interested.’
‘We are getting ready to virtually join up and sing together on Thursday 7th January at 7:30pm. I have also added two more songs to the Choir Player app for you all to look at. The first is ‘Does Your Mother Know’ by ABBA, and the second is ‘This Is Me’ from The Greatest Showman. The second is a bit more complicated to learn with more parts, so if you do get a chance to familiarise yourself with the song it will help. But please don’t stress if you don’t get the time!’
Contact email@example.com for the Zoom link if interested and mention Laraine- not limited to Mark residents.
More Additions to Group restarts
Table Tennis 1 (BAY Centre, Weds PM) Contact John 787200 or Martin 783012
Brush Strokes Contact Sue 792021
French 3 (Temporary contact Geoff@burnhamu3a.com)
French 4 (Contact Robert 641853)
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