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Here you can find local news from U3As up and down the country. Many of these reports also feature in Third Age Matters, the national magazine.




Remembering, Listening, Learning:Is there anything that can be learned from the Holocaust?

A U3A Day at the National Holocaust Centre, Joint Learning Project.

It all began in January 2016, when an email from Louise Stafford of the National Holocaust Centre was forwarded by our Network Contact to all the U3A representatives in the Notts. Network of U3As.
We are very lucky to have the National Holocaust Centre close to us in rural Nottinghamshire.


U3A recorder players gather in Staffordshire  ON Saturday October 1st 2016 , 60 U3A recorder players from all over the East and West Midlands gathered at Hilderstone Village Hall in Staffordshire for a “playing day” led by Alyson Lewin and organised by Uttoxeter U3A’s recorder group. Anthony Barrett, of Barrett Recorders was also there to carry out running repairs and offer advice.


The Honiton U3a History group chose the National Trust property at Stourhead in Somerset for their annual outing. Blessed with perfect weather 26 members enjoyed exploring the house and the world famous lake and landscaped gardens with less mobile members being able to enjoy all the pleasures of the garden courtesy of a mobility buggy.


On 22nd september Thetford U3A held its Open Day. Thetford U3A started in 2014 and counts over 300 members and 46 interest groups. Most of the groups were represented on the Open Day which received the visit of the Mayor of Thetford and his Consort. They were very impressed and stayed longer than the one hour allocated. Group leaders did their best to provide a 'hands on' experience to the members and visitors. Following the Open Day 5 new members registered and many groups gained new participants. The day was judged a success by everyone.


Sherburn & Villages U3A News The centre of Sherburn in Elmet was buzzing with activity on the afternoon of Thursday 20th October. All the car parks were full and the Eversley Centre was bursting at the seams. Sherburn and Villages U3A were holding their annual Open Day, providing an opportunity for people from the surrounding villages to sample the various delights of the fifty plus interest groups on offer. While representatives from many groups displayed their wares and invited people to join them, the noise level escalated and enthusiasm abounded.


In July, Rickmansworth and District U3A Art Appreciation Group went on a tour of Moor Park Mansion, a Grade 1 listed Palladian building set in 300 acres of parkland in the Rickmansworth area. Originally built in the late 17th Century for the Third Earl of Bedford, the Mansion has had various facelifts and extensions over the centuries and is now the headquarters of the Moor Park Golf Club. The group were taken round by a NADFAS guide, Wendy Myers, and shown the wonderfully ornate wall paintings and stupendous ceiling decorations painted by prestigious Italian artists of their day.


BBC Antiques expert helps Mansfield U3A collectors James Lewis, of the popular BBC TV shows Flog It, Antiques Road Trip and Bargain Hunt, was in Mansfield on 11th October to help members of Mansfield U3A build their collections by buying and selling wisely. Over 100 members heard Mr Lewis warn about widespread forgery, which he illustrated by passing around an apparently-antique Bedouin tent peg and a Chinese bronze, both bought deliberately at tourist markets.


SANDWELL U3A MEMBERS HELPING OTHERS - August 2016  Below is a letter from Himley Manor Care home in Dudley, West Midlands, who care for the elderly including dementia patients, and this includes one of our original members Margaret.   Margaret’s husband Mike visits nearly every day and he noticed that some patients do not have visitors, nor do they get supplies of personal items to make their lives and the day to day working life of the staff a little easier. This is where Sandwell U3A stepped in.  


In September Thundersley U3A were able to hand over our cheque for £1477.12 to the Essex Horse and Pony Protection Society, our charity for the past year. This amount came from raffles, sale of second hand books, sale of greetings cards as well as a quiz and a race afternoon. This donation will help rescue horses and ponies from starvation, abuse, neglect and sometimes unspeakable cruelty and turn their lives around. The photo shows our Chairman, Graham Giggins presenting the cheque.

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