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Continuing our series which shares great ideas and the latest ideas and suggestions to help you keep active, keep connected and keep learning.

Phil Joiner from Wanstead and Woodford U3A produce a fantastic newsletter which is jam packed with ideas. It’s on the or website so you can have a look and pick up ideas from them as well as snippets of news and updates.

Carlton & Gedling U3A opera group has taken on a whole new lease of life since the lockdown started. They now meet twice a month. At each meeting they discuss an opera they have watched in the preceding fortnight and one of them introduces the next opera they are going to watch in the next fortnight.

They have been watching operas on YouTube, usually on Operavision. The operavision operas are usually high quality in performance, picture and audio. There are 30-40 operas available at any one time and they are usually available for a couple of months each. ALL FOR FREE. The repertoire is, if anything, particularly strong on operas which are less well known although there are lots of popular classics as well.

Mac McKechnie from Barnsley U3A has posted a series of videos called Lockdown Magic on YouTube as a way of reaching members during lockdown. You can watch the first of these here, the second, third, fourth and fifth are all available online as well.